Saturday, November 28, 2015

Victory News - Anticipation


What are you most looking forward to?

That’s a question I’ve been asked repeatedly the last couple weeks as our ministry center building project has been coming to a conclusion and we hope to have our first services there now on December 20th.

My answer, truthfully? Seeing more people fill the chairs (which you helped buy—thank you!) who might not yet know the victory that Jesus won for them. But also just seeing how God’s going to surprise us with blessings we didn’t plan for or necessarily expect because with God, I’ve come to expect the unexpected. I anticipate that God will bless us in ways we didn’t think of and in ways more abundantly than we could have hoped.

What are you most looking forward to?

Join us this Sunday at Showtime Cinema at 9:09 am as we start a new series this Advent season called “Anticipation.” It’s fitting as we look forward to so many blessings at our new ministry center that we also anticipate the blessings that we have through Jesus Christ—who came into this world on that first Christmas and who’s coming back at the end of time.

Thank you, chair movers!
Updated Timeline – Starting December 20th we will be having two services on Sunday mornings at our new ministry center which is located at 11120 W Loomis Rd. The first service will start at 9 am. The second one at 10:45 am.

Here’s an updated timeline of the next couple weeks:

December 6th: Worship and Bible Quest at Showtime Cinema at 9:09
December 13th: Bible Quest Kids Christmas Pageant followed by a sermon at Showtime Cinema at 9:09 am. Last Sunday at Showtime!
December 20th: First services at our new ministry center at 9 am and 10:45 am
December 24th: Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm
December 25th: No special Christmas Day service this year
December 31st –January 1st: No special New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day service this year
January 3rd: First Sunday services in 2016.
January 10th:  Special “Thank-you, contractors!” Sunday morning services followed by 2 pm special Dedication service.
February 10th: Special Ash Wednesday service with guest worship band Koine presenting Footsteps to the Cross. Time TBA.
February 21st: Special “Worship at the Cross” service at both Sunday services led by National Director of Jesus’ Cares Ministry (JCM), Pastor Joel Gaertner.
March 20th: Grand Opening services on Palm Sunday. Community outreach.
March 24th: Maundy Thursday service Time TBA.
March 25th: Good Friday service(s). Time(s) TBA.
March 27th: Easter! Community outreach.

Steve doing a great job on the cedar entryway.
Operation Jesus Cares – Christmas Project: On December 17th we will be partnering once again with Christ-St Peter’s School in Milwaukee for an outreach Christmas service 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. Make an online donation through the church website.

Then on Thursday, December 17th, we will be meeting at Christ-St Peter’s School in the morning 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! This is a really fun, great way to give back this season and show the love of Jesus.

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.

Mr. Bill’s Christmas Ornaments (all silent auction proceeds go to supporting our OJC Christmas Project to help people in need)

The sheet of bids is available right on the display table with the ornaments in the lobby. We will continue to receive bids today until 11 am after church. Each winning bidder will be contacted the week of November 29th-December 5th and winners will be invited to pick up their ornament December 6th or 13th with a check made out to Victory of the Lamb for the amount of the winning bid. Take note of the # for any particular ornaments that you would really like. If you don’t have the winning bid on November 29th, Mr. Bill has offered to make duplicates for the amount of the winning bid.

Bible 101Want to be part of my first class in our new ministry center? Let me know if you’re interested so I can keep you in the loop. I anticipate starting a new class in January once the holidays are over and we’ve moved into our new church.

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 or who who’d like to grow beyond knowing a bunch of religious sounding clichés to know actual Bible truth.

Advent Devotions – Our synod’s college of ministry, Martin Luther College (MLC), has prepared a special devotional booklet that you can download and use for free. The 25 devotions in this booklet were authored by current students at MLC, as well as pastors, teachers, staff ministers, and lay leaders who have studied at MLC. They are intended for use December 1-25. Download the free pdf here.

In case you missed it, click here to watch my sermon from this past Sunday: “Relinquish control to the One who is really in control!”

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

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