Friday, March 27, 2015

Victory News - Palm Sunday


Think of the cheers of Palm Sunday: “Hosanna to the Son of David!” Then think of the jeers five days later: “Crucify him!” We may shake our heads and wonder What happened? And yet how easily we can get dragged along with the wrong crowd!

Join me this Sunday at Showtime Cinema at 9:09 am as we celebrate the victory Jesus came to win for all of us even when we’ve joined in with the wrong crowd.

Holy Week—Since we’re still in the movie theater, we don’t have our own Holy Week services. So instead, be encouraged to visit an area WELS church for Holy Week services. You will be welcome! Here’s a list of opportunities for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday worship services.

Kayla’s Krew News—What a wild week! First there was a special common council meeting held on Monday evening. Then there was another special common council meeting on Thursday evening. In a week full of surprises, the end result is that Kayla’s Playground is going to be built at Franklin Woods Park (near 36th just off of Puetz). Here’s what Kayla’s Krew had to say via their Facebook page.

My comment was simply: “Wow! As always may God bless you and our community. All of us from VotL are happy for you and can't wait to work alongside you to help build Kayla's Playground here in Franklin this September!”

Here’s what the Mayor had to say on his Facebook page as well. He spoke some kind words about our church.

Ministry Center Plans—We’re working with our civil engineer to tweak our site plan now that Kayla’s Playground is no longer a part of it. City staff has been helpful and supportive. We are very thankful for that.

Soccer Camp 2015 – Registration is up and running on our website! Mark your calendars for June 15-18! Also, if you are on social media…please SHARE the event we created on our church Facebook page.

Social Media—Speaking of social media, the last couple weeks have really confirmed for me the importance of Christians using social media to the glory of God. Facebook, Twitter, Blogs etc. are incredible tools to share our faith and display God’s love as we interact with people. And everything the Bible says about how we are supposed to deal with people in general applies online too (Think Luke 6:27-36). So thank you for representing Jesus and our church well! Take this as further encouragement to use the social media tools we have in our technology rich world to communicate grace filled words about Jesus, kind words of personal encouragement, excitement about your church, and patient love for everyone in our community.

This coming week, I’d also like to give you special encouragement to think of how you might use social media to invite a friend to come check out our church on Easter Sunday to hear about Christ’s victory! Keep your eyes open for our Easter promo next week as an easy way to do this.

Be a hero! Run for their lives at the Life-A-Thon! Get some exercise and support the ministry of WELS Lutherans for Life! Get friends together, recruit sponsors, and help save lives! Feel free to wear a cape or hero costume. Saturday, May 9, 2015 South Site: McCarty Park Pavilion 10am-Registration; 10:30am-Diaper Dash; 11am-Walk/Run North Site: Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary 8am-Registration; 8:45am-Walk/Run (competitive 5K) Go virtual! Register and walk/run on your own. Registration: www.Life-A-Thon.org or 414-727-8176 $20-individual / $55 for family of 3 or more.  Be sure when you register to indicate that you’re running/walking for team Victory of the Lamb!

Last Sunday’s sermon resources can be found here on our website. If you’ve ever struggled with how to make God pleasing decisions in life, be sure and check it out.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben
 

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