Thursday, January 29, 2015

Victory News - Shadows


In a couple days America will be waiting expectantly for the results of an annual event.

(What’s that? ... There’s something called the Super Bowl this Sunday? Personally, I’ve tried to forget about this reality after the outcome of the NFC Championship game two weeks ago!)

But no I’m not talking about the Super Bowl. I’m talking about what America is anticipating on the morning after—Groundhog’s day. According to folklore if that little groundhog sees his shadow and scoots back into its burrow, winter will linger for six more weeks. But if it’s cloudy and it doesn’t see its shadow, then spring will come early. I know, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me either. Somehow I think winter is going to last a while here no matter what. Yet some people still seem to care about that little shadow.

Well this Sunday at VotL we’re going to learn about some more important shadows. These were shadows that pointed ahead to the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. But now that Christ has come, we don’t have to get too worked up about the shadows. So we’ll see together how Christ fulfilled and embodied these shadows, the dangers of not understandings what this means for our lives, and the joy of living in the freedom Jesus Christ came to bring.

Take a peek at the verses we’ll be studying this Sunday as we continue our Profile series in Colossians 2:16-23. Do you see any of the shadows?

Building Project – One final reminder: if you know anyone in the trades or someone who might be able to help our building project either with skilled labor or a competitive bid from their company, please contact Matt Burow from Catalyst Construction.

More Than Bricks Is the name of our capital campaign to help us build our ministry center and do mission work around the world. For more info please visit our webpage.

Small GroupsHave Fun  - Make Friends - Grow Your Faith. For more information click on this link.

Bible 101Bible 101 is the starting point in our church for anyone who would like to learn more about God, anyone who wants to see for themselves what the Bible says, or anyone who would like to receive the sacrament of holy communion in our fellowship. It’s also a great refresher for anyone who’d like to review the Bible’s basic teachings. Contact me for more info on how to get connected when we start a new group.

Last Sunday’s sermon that Nathan preached can be found here on our website. Also remember that all our sermon resources are archived on our sermon page.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Victory News - Colossians Continues

Thank you 2nd and 4th graders from St Jacobi. Great job singing to the glory of God!
One of the joys in working through a book of the Bible is that we get an opportunity to unpack some of the deep truths of the faith as we encounter them. That’s what we’ll be doing this Sunday as we continue our Profile series and camp out for a while in Colossians 2:6-15.

What are we going to learn?

Everything that Jesus has accomplished has become yours through your baptism!

Sound too good to be true? Join us this Sunday as we continue our study of Colossians with the theme Profile Complete.

Pastor’s Conference ­ - Monday I spent the day at St. Paul’s in East Troy attending our pastors’ conference with about 25 other pastors from churches in my conference—which, by the way, is called the Western Lakes Conference. As the Program Committee Chairman it’s my responsibility to plan the agenda for these conferences which we have twice a year. We began the morning with a worship service and holy communion. The rest of the day we learned from Prof. Rich Gurgel from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary who was our guest presenter. He led us in three sessions on how to be better preachers.

Preaching in a Postmodern World ­ - Speaking of trying to become a better preacher, I’m currently also taking an online class through the Seminary on preaching. It’s my first online class and that’s taking some getting used to. But I’m really getting a lot out of it and I’m eager to keep sharing God’s Word.

Building Plans ­– Thanks for attending our get-together at Gus’ last Friday night if you got the chance. Attendance was great. We had about 50 people. It was a terrific setting to mingle and with our architects and I think we got a lot accomplished. A special thanks to an anonymous donor from our church who generously covered the costs of the food so that we could be together and everyone’s voice could be heard!

An Evening at Gus' with our architects from Korb Tredo
Time and Talents – I’m thankful to Matt Burow of Catalyst Construction and Mark Pamperin from the Builders For Christ for taking the time to be with us last Sunday. In case you weren’t there, Matt asked people to contact him if you have labor and skills that you would like to donate to our project or you’d like your company to be part of the competitive bidding process.

Small GroupsHave Fun  - Make Friends - Grow Your Faith. For more information click on this link.

Bible 101Bible 101 is the starting point in our church for anyone who would like to learn more about God, anyone who wants to see for themselves what the Bible says, or anyone who would like to receive the sacrament of holy communion in our fellowship. It’s also a great refresher for anyone who’d like to review the Bible’s basic teachings. Contact me for more info on how to get connected when we start a new group.

Last Sunday’s sermon can be found here on our website. Also remember that all our sermon resources are archived on our sermon page.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben


Friday, January 16, 2015

Victory News - Builders For Christ


“Christian leadership is more a function of who you are in Christ rather than what you do for Christ.”

– President Mark Zarling, Martin Luther College

This comment that I heard during the opening session of the Christian Leadership Experience that I attended last week really resonated with me. Leadership isn’t just what you do. It starts with who you are. And based on what the Apostle Paul says in Colossians 1:24-2:5 I’m confident that he’d agree. That’s the section we’ll be studying together as we continue our Profile series based on the book of Colossians this Sunday.

So join me as we explore what it means (and how wonderful it is!) to be secure in who you are in Christ. And then we’ll talk about how being secure in Christ leads to having energy to serve in Christ’s church.

Christian Leadership Conference ­ - It was good to be together with over 500 fellow brothers and sisters in Christ down in Arizona for a couple days last week. Sarah and I attended numerous workshops pertaining to ministry and leadership. Especially we also attended all the tracks sponsored by the Builders For Christ who will be on site all summer here in Franklin from Memorial Day to Labor Day helping as volunteers to build our ministry center. We also had a little time to get out and enjoy some time together walking and talking. Lori Stankiewicz from our church also got to attend with us. Check out her story in the back of this Sunday’s worship folder for a recap of her conference experiences. 

Builders For Christ Presentation ­ - This Sunday we’ll have a shortened service to allow for a presentation by Matt Burow of Catalyst Construction and Mark Pamperin of the Builders For Christ. They will be talking about opportunities for all of you to help out with time and talents in the building of our church. We are very excited to have recently received approval from the City of Franklin for the Builders For Christ to come this summer and stay on site.

Special Singing Guests ­ - This Sunday we’ll also warmly welcome the 2nd and 4th grade families from St Jacobi Lutheran School in Greenfield as the 2nd the 4th graders will be singing a song for us. Principal Brian Mensching will be attending as well and setting up an informational table about St Jacobi School in the lobby. St Jacobi is our Christian education partner that provides opportunities for 3K-8th graders.

An Evening at Gus’ ­ - I’m looking forward to seeing the 50 of you who registered to attend tonight at Gus’ to get an update on our design plans. Doors open at 6 for tacos and enchiladas. I’ll introduce our architects at 6:30 as well as our task forces and then you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions and talk.

Small GroupsHave Fun  - Make Friends - Grow Your Faith. Our winter session of groups is starting soon here in January. For more information click on this link.

Bible 101Bible 101 is the starting point in our church for anyone who would like to learn more about God, anyone who wants to see for themselves what the Bible says, or anyone who would like to receive the sacrament of holy communion in our fellowship. It’s also a great refresher for anyone who’d like to review the Bible’s basic teachings. Contact me for more info on how to get connected in a group starting soon!

Last Sunday’s sermon can be found here on our website. Also remember that all our sermon resources are archived on our sermon page.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, January 2, 2015

A New Year of God's Grace!


Welcome to a new year of God’s grace! The arrival of a new year is the perfect time for fresh starts in our lives physically, mentally, and most importantly…spiritually.

So join me this Sunday at church as we kick off 2015 with a new sermon series called Profile based on a book of the New Testament called Colossians. If you haven’t been to church in a while, it’s the perfect time to come back!

In Colossians, the apostle Paul presents a profile that has the power to change our lives completely. Paul presents Jesus, the uncreated Creator of all things, the image of the invisible God, the firstborn from the dead.

The better we understand Jesus’ profile, the better we’ll understand who we really are in Christ.  In this series, as we work through Paul’s letter to the Colossians, we’re going to see how Jesus truly is our all in all and explore how this truth impacts our lives.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory” (Colossians 3:2-4).

More Than Bricks is the name of our church-wide capital campaign to raise the funds needed to build not only our own ministry center but also help build the Kingdom around the world. If you haven’t turned in your commitment card yet, please do so soon. The commitments of our members and regular attenders has a significant impact on what we’ll be able to accomplish in 2015. Likewise, important building decisions will be made at the end of January based on the commitments we have received. So if you haven’t yet, simply bring your commitment card to church this Sunday, thanks!

Small GroupsHave Fun  - Make Friends - Grow Your Faith. Our winter session of groups is starting soon here in January. For more information click on this link.

Bible 101Bible 101 is your opportunity to begin a faith journey with other people in a group. Bible 101 is the starting point in our church for anyone who would like to learn more about God, anyone who wants to see for themselves what the Bible says, or anyone who would like to receive the sacrament of holy communion in our fellowship. It’s also a great refresher for anyone who’d like to review the Bible’s basic teachings.

No previous Bible knowledge needed or expected!

Contact me for more info on how to get connected in a group starting soon!

Last Sunday’s sermon can be found here on our website. Also remember that all our sermon resources are archived on our sermon page.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben