Friday, October 30, 2015

Victory News - It's the Final Countdown!


It’s the final countdown. (I can’t even say this without hearing the song in my head—one of my pep band favorites!)

God-willing, it now looks like November will be our last month as a church in a movie theater. That means 5 more Sundays at Showtime Cinema. Then on December 6th we hope to begin worshiping at our brand new ministry center just down the road at 11120 W Loomis Rd. On December 6th our plan is to begin with two regular Sunday services. The first service will begin at 9 am. The second at 10:45. We’ll be working hard to have a consistent 70 minute service length to leave enough time for a smooth transition in between. I will be regularly communicating with you over the next month as we look ahead to our big move!

So I suppose you could say that for every end there is a new beginning—which leads me to our new sermon series starting this Sunday. It’s called “It’s End of the World…and I Feel Fine!”


The big idea is that for God’s people, who live in the light of a resurrected Savior, there are only better tomorrows and an end to this world that will usher in the life that our hearts have always longed for. In this series we will find joy and peace in the promises of God that he will uphold us and carry us, that he will be our sunshine through the last dark days of this world and that, in the end, a true paradise awaits us!

Fall Back This Weekend – Don’t  forget to set your clocks back an hour this Saturday night as Daylight Savings Time is once again coming to an end. And since you’ll be gaining an extra hour, might I suggest using it to join me for Bible study in theater #6 at 8:09 before worship? Everyone is welcome! Just come on in.

Buy a Chair – THANK YOU, everyone! In just one week, we've reached $5,000 in our matching gift campaign to buy chairs for our sanctuary! This is great news because it gets us halfway to the number of chairs we'd like to have when we have our first service in our new ministry center, God-willing, on December 6th. Still time to give as there is another $5,000 to be matched if we can reach that goal so that we can have 300 chairs. Please share with anyone you think would cheerfully help make sure we have a seat for everyone who wants to come learn about our gracious God! You can find more info on how to do this on our website as well.



Sign Up To Serve Online: Visit this page on our website where you can learn about the different opportunities to serve as we move into our new ministry center. You can then fill out an online form according to your interests and be contacted with more information about future training opportunities and getting connected. Thank you to everyone who already signed up. Please be patient with us as we work together to communicate next steps as we get ready for our big move in to our ministry center. Also, in case you weren't at church Sunday, I've attached a form that you could fill out, print off, and bring to church to hand in.

Suitcase for St Lucia: Next week, members from our church will be going down to St Lucia and visiting Trinity Lutheran Church, one of our More Than Bricks mission partners. They’re able to take an extra suitcase filled with school supplies for the preschool at Trinity. Here’s a list of things they need: Sticky tac, Paint, Tape, Thumb tac, White out, Play dough, Laminating sheets, Outdoor chalk, Liquid glue, Stick glue, Coloured pens, Folders ( ones with the tack), Sticky note, Hand sanitizer, Hand tissue. If you’d like to help fill the suitcase simply bring any of these items to church this Sunday or contact Jim Guenther to ask how you can help. 


Operation Jesus Cares – Christmas Project: Even though we’re a church in the suburbs we also have a heart for the sharing Christ’s victory in the City. Therefore once again we will be working with Christ-St Peter’s School in Milwaukee for our outreach Christmas project. We will be raising money that will go towards purchasing items for care packages, and the students at Christ-St Peter’s will assemble the care packages and deliver them to neighbors near the school along with helpers from our church.

We are looking to raise $2,000 for the project this year. The money will go towards purchasing food items for a nice meal, winter hats/gloves, sanitary items, and a children’s toy/coloring book. We will again be working with the Pick N Save off of 18th/National for the purchase of the food items. We will need enough items to make 130 care packages (one care package per student). You can donate to the project through your OJC envelope if you’re a Victory of the Lamb member, or make an online donation through the church website.  

On Thursday, December 17th, we will be meeting at Christ-St Peter’s School to assist the students in assembling their care packages, and walking with the students in the neighborhood as they deliver their care packages. The event will last roughly from 8AM-noon, and ends with a special lunch/celebration with the students in their lunchroom. If you would like to volunteer, please respond give us your name and phone number. Young children are welcome to the event!
Please consider donating and volunteering for this event, as we are having a positive impact on a struggling community in the Milwaukee area! To volunteer or if you have any questions, please contact Ryan Solie / 414.828.7425

Watch last year’s celebration video on our YouTube channel here.

In case you missed it, click here to read last Sunday’s sermon that I preached based on 2 Corinthians 9:6-15. “Generosity Prompts Praise!” Our apologies to all of you who were trying to watch online. Our Livestream provider went down during the service and we weren’t able to stream the sermon.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

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