Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Chrstmas Eve -- You're Invited!



Dear Friends,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so the old song goes. Yet it doesn’t always feel that way—the hectic holiday schedule, family pressures, and emotional wounds are just a few reasons. But we here at Victory of the Lamb Church see the Christmas season as one that offers a unique opportunity to experience God’s love and grace in the midst of real life. That is the reason for “The Light of Christmas” celebration—to experience the true gifts of Christmas hope and peace that Christ’s birth offers even today.

We will have candlelight worship services on Christmas Eve starting at 4:30 and 6:30 pm, each followed by cookies and refreshments. All are welcome!

And in case you didn’t hear, we’ve just recently moved! We’re now in our newly completed ministry center located at 11120 W Loomis Rd in Franklin.
That means our regular Sunday morning worship services and Victory Kids ministry also happen here at our new ministry center every Sunday starting at 9 and 10:45 am.

For more info about our church, please visit our website or our church Facebook page.

With joy in Christ,

Pastor Ben

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Victory News - We're Moving In!

The cross will be a lighted beacon of hope along Loomis Rd
Emergency lighting inspection – passed!

This means we’re officially good to go for having our first services this Sunday here at our new ministry center. Our first service Sunday begins at 9 am. The second will start at 10:45. A new era of sharing Christ’s victory begins!

Here’s what’s going on:

Friday - Calling All Helpers! There’s a lot still to do here at the ministry center to get ready for Sunday. We’ll be here Friday 12/18 from 9 am – 9 pm working. If you have any time during the day tomorrow we’d welcome help cleaning, washing, organizing, and putting stuff together. Please email Cassy or me if you can help, or just show up and pitch in. We’ll be happy to have you!

Donations – There are a couple items we’re looking for yet: new or gently used wash cloths. Two toasters (of the 4 slot variety). A pizza oven.

Operation Jesus Cares – We had a great crew of volunteers at Christ-St Peter school today. Together we helped the school kids pack 150 gift bags and then delivered them to their neighbors with a message of God’s love in Christ and an invitation to their Christmas services. Thank you to all who donated for the event or volunteered. Check out our church Facebook page for pics.

I got to walk along with a great group of 4th graders
Join Us Christmas Eve – for a very special first Christmas in our new church—celebrating the greatest Gift we’ve ever been given! There will be two services on Christmas Eve: 4:30 and 6:30 pm.

Temporarily No Livestreaming – Unfortunately it’s been a challenge getting internet out to our site across Loomis Rd. But we’re used to overcoming challenges! We hope to have internet up and running soon thanks to AT&T. In the meantime however what this means is we won’t be able to livestream our services. We hope to have our video system set up to record the service to upload to the livestream website, but as far as this Sunday it’s going to be wait and see as to whether we’ll be able to have the service recorded. We’ll continue to do our best and let God take care of the rest!

Temporarily No Sunday morning Bible class – Stay tuned for info in the New Year about regular opportunities for Bible study at our new ministry center.

Big Time Thanks! For your prayers this week, for your willingness to serve, and for your patience in dealing with all the changes. To God be the glory, great things he has done! I’m looking forward to a joyful week ahead worshiping God for the gift of his Son—our Savior Jesus Christ.


In case you missed it, click here to watch the Kids’ Christmas Pageant and Vicar Caleb’s sermon from our final Sunday at Showtime Cinema. 

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben 
Farewell Showtime Cinema...you've been good to us


Monday, December 14, 2015

Help Needed This Week - note a few tweaks

Kids Christmas Pageant - "Operation Baby King"

What a great day yesterday for our final Sunday at Showtime Cinema! The Kids Christmas Pageant was super. Caleb’s message about God’s faithfulness was encouraging. And the army of volunteers we had helping out before, during, and after the service was inspiring!

A couple things to know about this week:

Tonight at 6 pm is our emergency lighting inspection. Please pray this goes smoothly without any hitch.

Tonight at 7 pm - assuming that we pass the inspection we’ve learned that we can begin unloading the moving truck, trailer, and vans immediately afterwards. Therefore if you have some time this evening you are invited to join our church Leadership Team at the ministry center at 7 pm or shortly thereafter to unload. Our goal is to empty at least the moving truck so that we can use it Tuesday morning to go pick up all the office furniture at Jeff and Nissa’s house. I will post an update on our church Facebook page regarding the lighting inspection. (There is a chance the lighting inspection will go past 7 pm so we may have to play it by ear).

At the ministry center - Tuesday 12/15 anytime starting at 7am: We need help putting things away, organizing, cleaning, doing some light furniture assembly, and basically just working with directions on where to put stuff. Any help arriving Tuesday morning would be greatly appreciated. Lunch and refreshments will be provided! Our Children's Ministry Director, Cassy, will be on site helping to provide direction.

Chrissy will also be there 9 am – noon to help watch kids in the toddler room. Thank you, Chrissy, for volunteering to do that!

On the move - Tuesday 12/15 starting at 7 am: We need at least 5-6 strong people to follow the empty moving truck from the ministry center to meet up at Jeff and Nissa Guenther’s house in New Berlin to move all our office furniture which is being stored in their garage. Once loaded we’ll head back to the ministry center to unload. I’m not sure how long this will take. It depends on how many people can help. There is a lot of heavy stuff to move. Please let me know and I can certainly text you where we’re at even if you’ve just got an hour or two to help during the morning. Once we unload the office furniture there is quite a bit of arranging and we could use some experience in cabinet hanging if we time to get to that.

Anytime Tuesday-Friday: There will be lots to do as far as cleaning, organizing, and putting stuff away. Can you help for a morning, an afternoon, or an evening? Any help Tuesday-Friday would be huge. Kids are welcome. We’ve got the toddler room available with toys in the toddler corner. And if you’ve got some cleaning rags, Norwex cloths, etc those things could help. Reach out to Cassy and let her know when you can come even if it’s just for an hour or two on one day.

Thursday morning, December 17th – is our Operation Jesus Cares Christmas Project with Christ-St Peter. We’ll take a break from working in Franklin to help our brothers and sisters on the southside from 8am - 12:30 pm. Remember to email Ryan Solie or me if you can help with this. We still have need for at least 10 volunteers.

Please email me and/or Cassy if and when you can help at any time on any of these days so that we have a sense how many people we’ll have each day.

Thanks for rolling with all these changing timelines and helping out however you can!

I'm looking forward to our first services in our new ministry center this coming Sunday, God-willing.

In Christ,

Pastor Ben

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Moving Help Needed

Dear Friends,

God-willing, December 20th will be our first services in our new ministry center. (We have one final inspection to pass this coming Monday night before receiving occupancy, on Tuesday morning.)

That means we have 10 days starting today to move in so that we’re ready for the 20th. There is cleaning, organizing, assembling, and yes…moving…that needs to get done in this process.

So I’m personally asking for some extra special help the next couple days in this already busy time of year. I’m even asking that perhaps you might consider taking a day off of work, or a half-day, to come and help us in this unique season of our church’s history.

Here’s how you can help:

Friday, 12/11 at 7am: Cassy and I will be at Showtime Cinema to begin moving out all the supplies not needed for church this Sunday. A 26 ft moving truck will arrive at 7:30 am at Showtime. We would appreciate all the help we can get tomorrow morning any time after 7 am to move things into the truck. Afterwards, we’ll follow the truck to our storage unit on Hwy 100 and Layton, Cassy’s apartment, and the church parsonage to continue filling it will stuff that is being stored for our ministry center. I will personally buy lunch for all who can come and help tomorrow! We will be parking the truck at our ministry center in the parking lot over the weekend.

Sunday 12/13:  We want to fill the moving truck with any remaining things left at Showtime Cinema so that we are completely moved out on Sunday after the pageant. We need some help to do this.

Tuesday 12/15 at 7am: We will begin unloading the moving truck into the ministry center. We need help unloading the truck, putting things away, organizing, cleaning, doing some light furniture assembly, and basically just working with directions on where to put stuff. Any help Tuesday morning would be greatly appreciated. Lunch will be provided!

Tuesday 12/15 at 12pm: We need some strong people to follow the moving truck to Jeff and Nissa Guenther’s house in New Berlin to move all our office furniture. I expect this to take the entire afternoon and we really need at least 5-6 strong people to help but the more the merrier. I will be a part of this but I sure can’t do it alone. Meanwhile during Tuesday afternoon a crew can be at the ministry center helping to put away all the kids’ ministry things that we unloaded in the morning.

Tuesday-Friday: There will be lots to do as far as cleaning, organizing, and putting stuff away. Can you help for a morning, an afternoon, or an evening? Any help Tuesday-Friday would be huge. Kids are welcome. We’ve got the toddler room available with toys in the toddler corner. And if you’ve got some cleaning rags, Norwex cloths, etc those things could help. Reach out to Cassy and let her know when you can come if it’s just for an hour or two on one day.

Thursday morning, December 17th – is our Operation Jesus Cares Christmas Project with Christ-St Peter. We’ll take a break from working in Franklin to help our brothers and sisters on the southside from 8am - 12:30 pm. Remember to email Ryan Solie if you can help with this.

Prayer – Please pray for a successful final inspection on Monday evening as well as the Lord’s peace for everyone during this moving process. Please pray for safety and protection for all in the moving process. But also please pray that through it all God is glorified and our house of worship is made ready for the Gospel of our dear Savior to be shared this Christmas!

Please email me and/or Cassy if and when you can help at any time on any of these days so that we have a sense how many people we’ll have each day.

Thank you so much!!!

In Christ,

Pastor Ben

Friday, December 4, 2015

Victory News - Coming Soon

Soon... our new sanctuary will be filled with chairs... and people! 1st services on December 20th at 9 and 10:45 am
Coming soon...

After having church in a movie theater for many years, I’m used to hearing this phrase. The new Star Wars movie is “coming soon” for example (as if anybody needed to be reminded of this!).

Actually though this is a key message that Jesus Christ himself wants us to be reminded of and to take to heart. “Behold! I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:7). That’s what this season that Christians call Advent is all about. Jesus is coming soon. And that’s why the title of our current message series is Anticipation. We look ahead not only to celebrating Christmas when Jesus Christ came into this world the first time as one of us. We also look ahead to Christ’s second coming when he returns on the last day to rescue us once and for all from everything that causes sadness, pain, and death.

With this bigger picture in mind, I’m also of course anticipating being able to move into our new ministry center very soon. December 20th in fact is the day, God-willing, when we will be having our first services there, just down the road from the movie theater. Until then though, for two more weeks, we’ll be meeting at Showtime Cinema at 9:09 am.

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.

Operation Jesus Cares – Christmas Project: Volunteers needed on Tuesday morning, December 17th to partner with us helping school kids reach out to their neighborhood with the kindness of Christ. 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 – During November, you were given the opportunity to bid on Christmas ornaments that Mr. Bill from Builders for Christ made and which were on display in the Victory Café.  We raised $459 through the auction, all of which will go to helping people in need. Praise God!  If you placed a bid and are wondering if you won, email Jim Guenther and he'll happily let you know.

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 ministry center.

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.

Marriage Enrichment Weekend: January 29-31 - Christmas is fast approaching. Are you looking for a great gift idea for your husband or wife - a gift that keeps on giving? Consider giving the gift of a Marriage Enrichment weekend January 29-31, 2016 at the Green Lake Conference Center. The cost is $285 per couple and includes lodging and all meals. Spend your weekend learning how to build on your strengths and conquer weaknesses, improve communication, move through conflict, grow in intimacy and improve your financial relationship – all in the light of God’s grace. The result? A richer marriage. Visit www.wels.net/adult-discipleship for more information and to register.

In case you missed it, click here to watch Vicar Caleb’s sermon from this past Sunday: “When the world is darkest, God shines brightest.”

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben