Monday, June 29, 2015

Victory News / First-Timers Welcome!


First-timers welcome! If you have a couple days or maybe even a week or two this summer, you’re invited to join the Builders For Christ team building our ministry center. The Builders For Christ are looking for volunteers starting now and through the rest of the summer. Get a picture of where we’re at right now in the building process and find out how you can help right here on our church blog.

New Series Starts Sunday – For the rest of the summer as we’re building our ministry center, we’ll be studying Nehemiah. It’s an insightful book of the Bible about an actual building project. But not surprisingly it’s about more than just a physical building project—rebuilding the broken down walls of Jerusalem. On a deeper lever it’s about a spiritual rebuilding project—repairing the broken down hearts and souls of a nation. This coming Sunday we’ll begin by studying Nehemiah chapter 1 as we talk about what it means to have “a broken heart over broken walls” in our world all around us.

“Invisible Suitcases” Sermons Archived – Remember that you can always find them on our website. Think about you might use this as a resource for helping someone else unload their baggage and find strength in Christ.

The 4th of July Parade here in Franklin is this Saturday morning. Our church group will line up on Loomis Road near Forest Hill Avenue (W19 is our actual starting spot). We encourage walkers with strollers, wagons, bikes, etc. to meet the float at approximately 10:15am and walk with us, handing out candy. Wear patriotic and/or VotL attire. Let your light shine! The parade starts at 11.

Helping the Builders – Food Donations Needed. Lots of opportunities yet as the summer progresses into July and August to donate meals, snacks, and supplies. Go directly to the page via this link.

Sermon Series Planning
– I’ll be gone a couple days this week to plan the next year’s worth of sermon series outlines with the help of my pastor friends from St. Paul’s in Muskego. We work hard to collaborate and craft series that are firmly rooted in the sacred Scriptures so that we preach the whole counsel of God on a regular basis. At the same time we also want to preach messages that are also timely, helpful, and relevant to your lives, our church, and the world in which we live. Please feel free as always to send me any input, thoughts, suggestions, or ideas you have for a sermon series either this coming year or in the future. And just pray too for God’s blessings on our getaway. I would really appreciate that!

Bible Study this Sunday – Don’t forget every Sunday morning at 8:09 we have Bible study in theater #6 before worship. Sunday we’ll be studying Zechariah chapters 3-4.

Bible Quest Summer Vacation – This coming Sunday we will again NOT be having Bible Quest. Volunteers, thank you for all your faithfulness in serving. Enjoy the week off! Bible Quest will resume July 12th.

Host Team: Interested in getting involved? We need more people to help create great first impressions for our guests. Please contact Christie Mike to get plugged in.

Volunteer Thank-You! – If you’ve read this far, congratulations! Coming home from camping this past week I was thinking of and thanking God for all the many dedicated and conscientious volunteers we have in our church. You know who you are. I just want you to know how grateful I am when you are able to help free me up to do more of the “ministry of the word of God” (cf. Acts 6:2). It’s a beautiful thing when the church, made up of many members, works together to serve and share Christ’s love—and so much of it behind the scenes. But it’s all that behind the scenes stuff that really helps make our church special. And when it seems like no one sees, just remember you’re not serving men, but the Lord. He sees all your sacrifices of time, effort, and money. He sees all the ways you yield to each other in love. So thanks for all you do to serve!

Last Sunday’s sermon can be found here on our website. Special thanks to Pastor Kelly Huet from St Marcus for preaching for me as I returned from a family camping trip and wedding.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, June 19, 2015

Victory News - Soccer Camp Special


This week was our 8th annual soccer Bible camp at the Polonia Soccer Club. It’s always fun to go back to Polonia which is actually where we first started our church and where we worshipped before Showtime Cinema. When we first started our soccer camp in the summer of 2007, we had about 30 kids. Not too shabby. This week though, we had 163 kids! That’s how many kids got to learn not only some soccer skills but also that God has the power to triumph, comfort, and forgive.

On top of that we had at least 30 coaches and helpers plus I’d say a dozen more helping with snacks and the cookout today. #Unbelievable. I’m just so grateful for all God’s blessings and humbled to serve with such an incredible group of willing volunteers. There were a number of our members who actually used vacation days to help out this week. That is amazing. I got to say this to a couple volunteers today but when I see God’s people serving and doing it willingly and joyfully, serving alongside me…that makes my heart sing. God is doing great things in the hearts and lives of people through our church! Special thanks also to our camp director, Cassy Robbert, for coordinating another successful camp and doing a great job creating memorable experiences for everyone involved.


“Invisible Suitcases” Continues Sunday. If you missed the first two sermons in this series, remember that you can always find them on our website. This week I heard from two different people who said they’ve watched or read these sermons multiple times because they found them so helpful. In fact one individual showed me the printed copies that they keep on hand and have already read at least 5 or 6 times. All I can say is that’s the beauty and power of the Gospel. There is no more freeing or fulfilling message than Christ’s victory. Don’t deprive yourself of it!

Soccer Camp Pictures – Be sure and check out our church Facebook page for some fantastic pics from this past week.

The 4th of July parade is coming up quickly! The Victory of the Lamb band plans to rock out on a float for the Franklin parade again this year.  We would love your support in one or both of the following ways:

1) Candy donations.  If you are interested in donating candy (individually wrapped, not chocolate) or money to have candy purchased, please bring these donations to church on Sunday, June 28th OR contact Sammi (414-731-3741) to make arrangements to have the donations picked up.

2) Walk in the parade.  Our church group will line up on Loomis Road near Forest Hill Avenue.  We encourage walkers with strollers, wagons, bikes, etc. to meet the float at approximately 9:30AM and walk with us, handing out candy and postcards. Wear patriotic and/or VotL attire. More details on the parade as it draws closer.

Helping the Builders – Food Donations Needed for the Builder Volunteers for the Summer. To sign up to donate meals, snacks or supplies, or even to volunteer time on the build itself, go to www.victoryofthelamb.com and click on the “Feeding the Builders” button on the right hand side of the homepage. Or to make it as easy as possible go directly to the page via this link. From this page you simply have to scroll down to find what you’d like to volunteer for.

Bible Study this Sunday – Every Sunday before worship we have a Bible study in theater #6 beginning around 8:09 am. Since later this summer I’ll be preaching through the book of Nehemiah, our Bible study series is setting the context of that time period and dig deeper into the events and prophecies of post-exilic Israel. This Sunday we’ll be studying the Old Testament book of the prophet Haggai.

The Tuition Assistance Program is open, by application, to students and families that are current members of Victory of the Lamb who are either enrolled in, or intend to enroll in an area WELS grade school, high school, Martin Luther College, or the Seminary. This program is not funded through our church budget but through the generous gifts of individuals who value Christian education and seek to encourage young people to ultimately consider full-time preaching or teaching ministry one day. Applications and program guidelines can be picked up on the info table in the lobby or by visiting this link on our webpage. If you would like to donate to our Tuition Assistance fund, you can do so through our Online Giving page on our website.

Host Team: Interested in getting involved? We need more people to help create great first impressions for our guests. Please contact Christie Mike to get plugged in.

Kayla’s Playground Pickets are available to be purchased and personalized. This would be a great way to support our friends and let our light shine in the community. For more info, download this flyer from our website. This Sunday is the last Sunday turn in your picket form.

St. Jacobi Lutheran School in Greenfield – is our partner in providing high quality 3K, 4K, and K-8 Christian Education for those who seek it. Find more info here about special tuition rates for VotL member families.

Last Sunday’s sermon can be found here on our website. Please share with someone who’s struggling to find the strength to press on in the midst of challenging circumstances.

Last Saturday I got to push my nephew Danny Backus in the Rock N Sole race along the lake front in our VotL My Team Triumph racing chair. Danny had the time of his life! Thanks for helping make that possible with your donations last year to buy the chair. Let me know if you ever want to take it out for a spin with someone from your neighborhood or family.


Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, June 12, 2015

Victory News - We've Got Some Walls!

Builders For Christ Campground (view from northwest corner)
This week four huge walls seemed to literally pop up from the ground! It was an incredible thing to witness the precast concrete walls of the worship space installed and to be able to walk around inside where I’ll be getting to preach and teach God’s Word in the next couple of months when it’s all finished.

At the same time the Builders For Christ have been actively working on wood frames for the rest of the building and are looking forward to building our storage shed as their base of operations for the next couple months now that we finally have the permit for it.

I’ve had a couple opportunities to stop by and meet people coming and going. I hope many of you get a chance to meet, work with, or worship with the Builders For Christ folks—many of whom have committed huge chunks of their summer to serve their Savior here. They’re inspiring people to be around. And thanks to all of you who’ve been helping out with supplying snacks, meals, and supplies. Y’all are doing a great job and you’re inspiring too!

“Invisible Suitcases” Continues Sunday. We all carry emotional baggage that drains our energy and hope. Last week we studied God’s answer to the feeling, “I’m worthless.” This Sunday we’ll discover God’s answer to the feeling, “I’m powerless.” Based on the feedback I received this past week after week one, this is a message series that so many of us need to hear.

Soccer Camp Is This Coming Week! Donate Food for Snacks and the Cookout: Because of the record breaking numbers of kids we have this year, we still need food donated for daily snacks and the camp cookout on Thursday. There are two ways you can help: 1) A cash donation would be great. Sammi Goodger will use this $ to shop for any items that we still need that don’t get donated. 2) However, if you’d still like to donate specific items please contact Cassy or Sammi via email or after church on Sunday. They can help you identify what items we still need.

Soccer Camp Is This Coming Week! Help Set Up On Monday Morning at Polonia: There’s a lot to do setting things up for camp to start at 1 pm. We need helpers at Polonia from 8 am-12 noon on Monday morning to get everything ready. If you have any time to help Monday morning please contact Cassy to let her know you’re coming.

Helping the Builders – Food Donations Needed for the Builder Volunteers for the Summer. To sign up to donate meals, snacks or supplies, or even to volunteer time on the build itself, go to www.victoryofthelamb.com and click on the “Feeding the Builders” button on the right hand side of the homepage. Or to make it as easy as possible go directly to the page via this link. From this page you simply have to scroll down to find what you’d like to volunteer for.

Bible Study this Sunday – Every Sunday before worship we have a Bible study in theater #6 beginning around 8:09 am. Since later this summer I’ll be preaching through the book of Nehemiah, our Bible study series is setting the context of that time period and dig deeper into the events and prophecies of post-exilic Israel. Join us this Sunday as Prof. Bivens takes us through a study of Ezra 3:7—Ezra 4: Rebuilding of the Temple Begins – with Opposition to the Project.

The Tuition Assistance Program is open, by application, to students and families that are current members of Victory of the Lamb who are either enrolled in, or intend to enroll in an area WELS grade school, high school, Martin Luther College, or the Seminary. This program is not funded through our church budget but through the generous gifts of individuals who value Christian education and seek to encourage young people to ultimately consider full-time preaching or teaching ministry one day. Applications and program guidelines can be picked up on the info table in the lobby or by visiting this link on our webpage. If you would like to donate to our Tuition Assistance fund, you can do so through our Online Giving page on our website.

Kayla’s Playground Pickets are available to be purchased and personalized. This would be a great way to support our friends and let our light shine in the community. For more info, download this flyer from our website.

Host Team: Interested in getting involved? We need more people to help create great first impressions for our guests. Please contact Christie Mike to get plugged in.

St. Jacobi Lutheran School in Greenfield – is our partner in providing high quality 3K, 4K, and K-8 Christian Education for those who seek it. Find more info here about special tuition rates for VotL member families.

This week I attended the Southeastern Wisconsin District Conference which took place Tuesday and Wednesday at on the beautiful campus of our Seminary in Mequon. Victory of the Lamb was highlighted in the Home Mission presentation. That was pretty neat. My personal highlight of the whole conference was getting to meet and hear from a very special family that just arrived in our country from a far away country where mission work is dangerous. They came here to our country fleeing persecution and threats of death. One of them that had actually been kidnapped but by God’s grace made it out alive. Now they are here and are being trained to continue to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their talk was highly inspirational and passionate about the need for sharing Christ’s victory. It made me realize how easy it is to settle into my own little comfort zone instead of actively making the effort to go meet more people in the hope of ultimately sharing the gospel with them.

More Groundbreaking Celebration photos have now been posted on our Facebook page. Click here to view them.

Last Sunday’s sermon can be found here on our website. If you or anyone you know has struggled or is struggling with feelings of low self-worth, be sure and watch!

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, June 5, 2015

Victory News / Groundbreaking / Soccer Camp / Invisible Suitcases


This is going to be a jam packed email full of blessings, updates, and upcoming opportunities. First, thank you all for attending our Groundbreaking Celebration last Sunday! It was an incredible day that anticipates even more blessings. Special thanks to our Victory Café team for doing a great job on the spread of goodies after the service (as always!). Also thanks to everyone who helped with worship, set-up and take-down, as well as the groundbreaking ceremony itself.

I posted a few pictures on our church Facebook page. More pics to come. I also posted on YouTube a video that was taken of the groundbreaking ceremony itself in case you missed it. From start to finish the ceremony was about 20 minutes. I’ll have a few DVDs of the ceremony at church on Sunday too if you’d like one of those instead or you know someone who can’t view it via YouTube. Thanks to Doug for making the effort to produce them. And in case you just wanted to catch the song at the end, here’s a YouTube link just for that.

Also this week, I providentially stopped by the land just in time to help place your prayer rocks from the groundbreaking ceremony into the cement footings of our building as it was being poured. This was an incredibly meaningful and moving opportunity for me that I won’t soon forget. Here are a few pictures I took and posted on our Facebook page.

Soccer Camp Is One Week Away! – This is going to be a record breaking year! We have about 160 kids and more than 30 volunteers! We have more teenage volunteers than ever before! This means we will need more help than ever to get ready for camp as well. There are many opportunities to help out in lots of different ways. Please consider how you can help out today.

Donate Food for Snacks and the Cookout:  We still need a large amount of food donated for daily snacks and the cookout on Thursday. Due to our high enrollment, we will need more than originally planned. Please sign up here.  If you have donations, please bring them to church or contact Cassy Robbert to arrange a time to drop off items.

Borrow Us Props?  Our Bible lesson theme is “Everest:  Conquering Challenges With God’s Mighty Power”, which follows the life of Elijah.  We are looking to borrow the following items if you are willing to let us use them for the 4 days of Camp.  All items will be returned to you after camp.  Please talk to Cassy Robbert before bringing items: A Small Tent, A couple of Camping Lanterns and Miscellaneous hiking or camping supplies.

Helping the Builders – Food Donations Needed for the Builder
Volunteers for the Summer.
To sign up to donate meals, snacks or supplies, or even to volunteer time on the build itself, go to www.victoryofthelamb.com and click on the “Feeding the Builders” button on the right hand side of the homepage. Or to make it as easy as possible go directly to the page via this link. From this page you simply have to scroll down to find what you’d like to volunteer for.

“Invisible Suitcases” series starts Sunday - So many people today are carrying around emotional baggage. They’re dealing with broken families, broken marriages, abusive relationships, or just a lack of feeling loved and cared for. They’re constantly struggling with feelings of being unloved, of low self-esteem, of powerlessness and hopelessness.

Yet often we don’t even recognize this is going on in other people. We’re too busy to take the time to notice. Many times hurting people hide what’s going on inside because they feel ashamed and afraid to let anyone in. We’d probably be surprised at how many of these people are sitting next to us in church every weekend.


In this series we’ll seek to become more aware of the hurting people around us and their struggles. We will search God’s Word to find promises of hope and help. We’ll talk about how we can hold out this hope to others or cling to ourselves. Invite a friend!

New Bible Study Beginning this Sunday – Every Sunday before worship we have a Bible study in theater #6 beginning around 8:09 am. Since later this summer I’ll be preaching through the book of Nehemiah, our Bible study series over the summer will set the context of that time period and dig deeper into the events and prophecies of post-exilic Israel. Join us this Sunday as Prof. Bivens starts us off with a study of 2 Chronicles 36:15-23, Ezra 1, 2, 3:1-6.    

Odds and Ends: Over the last two weeks I’ve had a funeral, a wedding, and a groundbreaking to prepare for and lead. I completed 4 sessions of pre-marriage counseling with 3 different couples and counseled a few others with God’s Word on an ongoing basis. I got to visit a couple families at their homes and invited others to ours. With Cassy and Sarah’s help we sorted and mailed 17,500 postcards for soccer camp. I got to help the Builders For Christ volunteers set up an account at Menards. I attended a building inspection meeting at City Hall, a planning meeting with our design and financial task forces, a meeting with other pastors in our circuit, and a number of meetings with individuals, couples, and families. I also got to enjoy the wonderful food and fellowship at one of our small groups this Wednesday at the Andersens. Sarah and I also have been working to complete all the paperwork, classes, and requirements for our adoption to be finalized in July.

So life is full. God is good. Somewhere in the midst of all this I’ve also had the opportunity to prepare worship services and sermons for Sunday mornings at VotL which I love and enjoy. I’m continually thankful for all of you who volunteer, help carry out ministry, and remember me in your prayers. God gives all of us gifts to serve and it’s truly a beautiful, wonderful thing when we can all find ways to build each other up and reach out to others.

Host Team: Interested in getting involved? We need more people to help create great first impressions for our guests. Please contact Christie Mike to get plugged in.

St. Jacobi Lutheran School in Greenfield – is our partner in providing high quality 3K, 4K, and K-8 Christian Education for those who seek it. Find more info here about special tuition rates for VotL member families.

Last Sunday’s sermon resources can be found here on our website. “Jesus Has Groundbreaking Words!”

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben