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

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