Friday, November 20, 2015

Victory News - Change of Plans

1989, Domino Rally. I remember it well. I got it for Christmas that year. The cover of the box says it all: “It’s a chain reaction of surprising stunts and non-stop action.” Simply set up the plastic framework, place the dominoes one by one, and 3-2-1… domino powered rocket liftoff!

Except it was never that simple.

What I learned trying to set up those hundreds of dominoes is that often just one little nudge, one shaky finger, or one accidental encounter with our family kitten is all it took to set off that “chain reaction of surprising stunts and non-stop action.”

This week we had a domino fall like that with our ministry center building project. Nothing major. Just one domino really—a shipping delay on the sanctuary lights. Something beyond our control. What that means however is that some things can’t be completed until those lights arrive and get installed—not the least of which are our final inspections leading up to an occupancy permit. Otherwise everything is wrapping up wonderfully on site and I can’t wait for you all to be able to see it completed and get to worship our Savior there together!

So that being the case, we now anticipate, prayerfully and God-willing as always, that December 20th will be our first Sunday holding services in our new ministry center followed by a special Christmas Eve later that week.

The way I look at it is that God is reminding us once again that he is in control and all our future plans are in his hands—short term and long term. The good news is that there is no safer and better place for them to be!

The other good news for which I’m thankful is that Showtime Cinema is willing and able to be flexible with us, graciously allowing us to still meet there as usual on December 6th and 13th.

So all things considered…I feel fine. In fact this Sunday we’ll be talking about what it means for our lives that Christ is our King who is in control. What better way to celebrate the conclusion to our series “It’s the End of the World…and I Feel Fine!” I invite you to come alongside me on this journey of faith again this Sunday at Showtime Cinema at 9:09 for some timely, important gospel truth.

Beautiful sunsets this week

Updated Timeline – Starting December 20th we will be having two services on Sunday mornings at our new ministry center. 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. Last Sunday at Showtime!
December 20th: First services at our new ministry center at 9 am and 10:45 am
December 24th: Christmas Eve 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. Sermon series: “All Things New”
January 10th: Regular 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.

Buy a Chair Update –  We did it!!! This week we received a number of gifts in the mail from family members of people in our church expressing their thankfulness to God. I also received a joyful email from our brothers and sisters at St. Paul’s in Muskego with the encouraging news that they’ve been gathering gifts to send us for our chairs as well. And with that news…once those checks have all arrived, we’ll have hit our goal of raising $20,000 to cover the costs of having 300 chairs in our sanctuary. I can’t thank you all enough for your joyful generosity! Any further gifts given via our text-to-give campaign will go to helping us furnish the rest of our ministry center including the welcome room, lobby, and multi-purpose room.

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. 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.

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)

About 2/3 of the ornaments made and donated by Mr. Bill have been bid on. We will continue to receive bids through next Sunday, November 29th at 11 am. The sheet of bids is available right on the display table with the ornaments in the lobby at Showtime. 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.

In case you missed it, click here to watch my sermon from this past Sunday: “The Best Is Yet to Come!”
Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben 

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