Saturday, October 10, 2015

Victory News - True Riches

This week we got a parking lot!

Can a poor person be rich?

Can a rich person be poor?

Absolutely. Because in God’s economy of grace, true wealth has nothing to do with how much material stuff you’ve accumulated in your life. It has everything to do with who is at the center of your spiritual life.

Come find out what this means and consider what this might look like in your life this Sunday as we continue our series Live Like No One Else.

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).

In case you missed it, click here to watch last Sunday’s sermon—“Only Jesus Can Give You a Surplus of Joy”
New Small Group Starting Tuesday, October 13th. Meet on Tuesdays, beginning Oct 13 through Nov 17, 6:30 PM- about 7:30 PM at Ron and Sue Takacs house, 7275 Foxcroft Crt, Franklin. Newcomers welcome! Contact Tim Johnson for more info / 414-322-5432

Opportunities To Serve  – Hospitality
Many people form an opinion about their church experience soon after they arrive in the parking lot, most often before the first song or sermon is heard. This means we want to be intentional about making people feel as comfortable and welcome as possible.

The last couple weeks at church we’ve talked about the “Worship One, Work One” culture that we want to create so that in our new ministry center everyone will have an opportunity to worship an entire service while at the same time being able to volunteer and serve others during a second service. To make this possible we plan on starting with two services right away on Sunday mornings. The first service will start at 9:00 am. The second service will start at 10:45 am.
Here’s what we highlighted this past Sunday. Please contact our team leaders for future info and training opportunities.

Host Team: Our Host Team exists to make great first impressions with guests whether it’s in the parking lot, the lobby, alongside the Victory Café, or in our new ministry center’s welcome room. Who to contact? Christie Mike / 414.218.6002

Victory Cafe:  Make people feel welcome by offering them food and drink.
Whether you want to sign up to bring food, go shopping, or simply show up to help serve there are lots of different ways to help. In our new ministry center the Victory Café will be the front and center hub of fellowship where new connections are made, friendships are strengthened, and people find encouragement by talking with each other.  Who to contact? Cindy Bergner / 262.881.1930

Ushers: In our ministry center, ushers will go back to being their own team. Ushers make sure everyone gets a worship folder, a connection card, and a smile. They help people find open seats, gather the offering, receive prayer request cards, and guide people through communion flow. Who to contact? Karl Freund / 414.423.8986

Kayla’s Playground Open!  – Last night will always be an unforgettable experience for me. It was my great honor and privilege to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and be asked to speak words of blessing. Hundreds of people from our community were there and it was absolutely incredible to watch all the kids flood into the playground after the ceremony to play for hours into the night! Thank you to all of you from our church who supported Kayla’s Krew in their mission, let your light shine along the journey, and continued to pray or volunteer right up to the end. May our gracious God bless all who gather there!

Kayla's Playground just south of Puetz Rd around 37th St
Conference  - This week Jim Guenther and I attended a conference on Money, Millennials & Ministry Leadership sponsored by the Siebert Lutheran Foundation. Especially interesting was a discussion of an in-depth study on “Engaging Millennials In Ministry.” It identified who millennials are, how they engage in spirituality and worship communities, best practices from other ministry models, and practical applications for ministry to millennials. I’ll be sharing the report with our church Leadership Team for study and discussion over the coming months. If you’re interested in seeing the research report, just let me know and I’d be happy to share it with you too.

Evening For Life – Thursday night my wife and I were privileged to host a table at the Evening For Life banquet. We heard one of the most incredible stories of God’s power and grace that I’ve ever heard by abortion survivor Melissa Ohden. We were all reminded how much God loves each of us and how much our world needs to hear the message of Jesus. I was personally convicted to speak with as much courage and strength about our awesome God who loves us!

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben  

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