|Picture from the book "The Jesus Storybook Bible" depicting Revelation chapter 21|
“Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself. Is everything sad going to come untrue? What's happened to the world?”
“A great Shadow has departed,” said Gandalf, and then he laughed and the sound was like music, or like water in a parched land; and as he listened the thought came to Sam that he had not heard laughter, the pure sound of merriment, for days upon days without count.
I don’t know about you, but ever since I was a boy, this conversation recorded by author J.R.R. Tolkien in his book “The Return of the King” has resonated in the deepest parts of my soul.
Is everything sad going to come untrue?
Well as wonderful as Gandalf’s reply, the Gospel of Jesus Christ answers even more definitely, “Yes!” Yes because Jesus has conquered the grave. Yes because Jesus has won the victory over Satan. Yes because heaven is going to be our true and lasting home. For all those who trust in Jesus Christ alone, everything sad really is going to come untrue!
Join me this Sunday at Showtime Cinema at 9:09 as I eagerly look forward to sharing with you the beautiful comfort of one of my favorite chapters in the Bible on what is known as “Saints Triumphant” Sunday.
We’re On the Move! – This Sunday begins our 3-2-1 countdown to moving into our newly completed ministry center at 11120 W Loomis Rd. In other words, just 3 Sundays left at Showtime until our first services on December 6th in our very own place! Starting December 6th we will be having two services on Sunday mornings. The first one will start at 9 am. The second one at 10:45 am.
Here’s a timeline of the next couple weeks:
November 29th: Last Sunday at Showtime Cinema.
December 6th: First services at new ministry center! First service at 9 am. Second service at 10:45.
December 13th: Kids Christmas Pageant at 10:45 service.
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 – THANK YOU, everyone! In just over two weeks, we've reached $8,350 in our matching gift campaign to buy chairs for our sanctuary! This is great news because it gets us close to having the number of chairs we’d like to have right off the bat when we have our first service in our new ministry center, God-willing, on December 6th. Just $1,650 more to go to meet our goal so we can have 300 chairs on day one. 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 training opportunities. Thank you to everyone who already signed up! If you didn’t sign up and you’re a member of our church, someone will be calling you in the next week to check in and see if we can help you find your fit and serve with joy.
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.
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!
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.
Christmas Ornaments : Mr. Bill, one of our Builders For Christ volunteers, has generously donated 49 hand crafted ornaments. Look for them at church the next couple Sundays. We’re selling them via a silent auction (simply sign up at the table in the lobby) with all proceeds being donated to our Operation Jesus Cares Christmas project to help poor people on the southside of Milwaukee. Thank you, Mr. Bill! And by the way, if you don’t get the one you want…please take note of what number is on the tag. Mr. Bill can always make you another one just like if he knows which one you’d like. Here’s Mr. Bill’s email if you’d like to contact him directly.
In case you missed it, click here to watch Caleb Schultz’s sermon from this past Sunday.
Also, here’s the message I preached for the mission festival at Goodview Trinity in Winona.
Sharing Christ’s Victory,