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Victory News - Another Year of God's Grace

Dear Friends,

(In case you missed them – Watch our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services online. Enjoy a fresh perspective on what a difference Christmas makes every single day!)

It’s a little hard to believe but our next opportunity to worship together will be in 2017! Join me this Sunday on New Year’s Day as we begin another new year of God’s grace. I can’t imagine any better way to start a new year than being with my church family gathering to hear God’s Word—to be reassured of God’s forgiveness and a fresh start, to seek God’s guidance for how to be a better version of myself, to help carry each other’s burdens, and to pray for God’s blessings for the road ahead.

In the News – Check out a great article from local reporter Tiffany Stoiber about our Operation Jesus Cares Christmas Project with Christ-St Peter’s school. Thanks again to all who donated, prayed, or volunteered for this event!

New Bible 101 Class – Saturdays @10:30am. Start the new year out right. New class is starting…

Victory News - Christmas Weekend Is Here!

Hey there, are you reading this? Anybody listening? I guess I just have to trust your Pastor Ben that somehow the internet (whatever that is!) will deliver this message to you. It’s a little hard to comprehend how incredible your forms of communication are today. Amazing!

Because I’m just a shepherd—think sort of like a baby-sitter except that I watch over sheep. A sheep-sitter! But this Christmas Eve I’ve also got a powerful story to share with you. I’ve come a long way to share it, but it’s definitely going to be worth it. I wouldn’t let anything get in the way of me being with you Saturday. You see I’ve found the secret to having peace. I’m telling you folks, this is for real! And I just can’t keep it to myself.

So would you please join me this Christmas Eve? I have a message to share more relevant to your lives than you would ever think possible in your technology filled world. But hey, enough about me. Join me and your other shepherds (aka your pastors) at either 4:30 or 6:30 pm t…

Victory News - Weekend Weather

Dear Friends,

I don’t think there’s any doubt we’ll be having a white Christmas this year. It looks like God is reminding us that we still live in Wisconsin! Another round of snow is headed our way on Friday and Saturday followed by a deep freeze on Sunday.

I just wanted to let you all know that we’re aware of the weather and we’ve been talking about it as a team. At this time, the Saturday rehearsal for the Victory Kids Christmas program to take place on Sunday during the 10:45 service is going forward as planned. If we need to change anything we’ll communicate through email, Facebook, and a special Victory Kids weather update page on the church website.

So consider this your invitation to bundle up or perhaps “gird thyselves” (like the old King James Version used to say!) and join us this Sunday in person or online for a special Sunday of worship. The message as we continue our series “The Way It Was” will be the same both services except that the Victory Kids service will take place…

Victory News - 2nd Week of December

Dear Friends,

Are you ready for Christmas?

Amidst all the busyness of this season, don’t forget to prepare your heart! Long ago that’s why God sent someone named John. “To prepare the way for the Lord” was his mission.

Join me this Sunday as we hear from him again. His words are as relevant as ever as we continue our series “The Way It Was.”

(ICYMI – Watch my sermon from last Sunday. “God has not forgotten about you (even when sometimes it feels like it)!”

Friends of Jesus - Christmas Toy Drive – Last call to bring new, wrapped toys for the toy drive for needy kids. Gifts will be picked up during the second service on Sunday. You can go to the Toy Needs List online to choose the age child you would like to purchase a gift for. You can also go to the Welcome area at the Ministry Center to pick up a gold information sheet with specific details. Contact Nancy Thompson with questions.

Christian Art Available This Sunday, December 11, our graphic designer, Naomi Scheel, will be selling pri…

Sanctuary Art and Furnishings

Dear Church Family,

Stuffed. To me, it’s a Thanksgiving word.

This year has certainly been stuffed full of God’s blessings. It was wonderful to actually get to sit with my family during our first Thanksgiving Eve service and listen with them (as much as possible with a toddler sitting next to you!) to Pastor Bill’s sermon. A year ago we were worshiping at the cinema. Now we have our own ministry center. A year ago I was a lone-ranger pastor. This year I have an associate. I am thankful.

Pastor Bill encouraged us to remember the Lord’s faithfulness to us over our lifetimes as well as over the timeline of our church. I was reminded again this morning when I saw our attendance report for November. Adults + kids we averaged over 350 people a Sunday in worship. Wow! To God be the glory. I am thankful.

In view of God’s blessings this past Thanksgiving week, month, year…I wish to present both a simple update and a special giving opportunity for this December.

We’re at the point where I belie…

Victory News - Thanksgiving Eve Worship

Dear Friends,

Remember. Lest we forget…God, his goodness, his blessings.

Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:18).

Join us tomorrow on Thanksgiving Eve at 6:30 pm at our ministry center as we thank and praise God in worship for all the ways he has blessed us and our church family. This is our first ever Thanksgiving service as a church! After the service we are having a pie social in the lobby. All are welcome to stay and enjoy some food and fellowship. There is no service on Thanksgiving Day.

Poulos Family Benefit – A giant THANK YOU to everyone who helped create a community event Sunday afternoon where we were able to show the love of JESUS and raise over $12,000 for the Poulos family! (We'll have a final amount to share after we receive all the vendor contributions.) Read a brief recap here. Through our church we’ve also set up a Poulos Family Fund that you can give directly towards using our online giving platform.…

Victory News - Benefit Sunday

Dear Friends,

This afternoon at 4pm, the Franklin High School football team is playing in the D1 state championship game in Madison against an undefeated team from Kimberly. What an exciting opportunity for those football players to compete for the title of state champs! A video was posted online of the team buses pulling out and heading to the big game.

I’m guessing though there wasn’t a video of you heading off to work today, was there? No police escort. Nobody lining the street wishing you the best. At least there wasn’t for me.

And yet… in a very real sense, God has also put us together on a team. His team. The Church. Together we have a mission. To share Christ’s victory…over doubt, over despair, over previously unbeaten death itself.

Join me this Sunday as we conclude our study of 1 Corinthians with God’s promise that because Jesus lives…our mission work in this world is NOT IN VAIN. He is cheering us on!

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Al…

Victory News - 3 Days That Changed the World

On Tuesday, the citizens of our country are going to elect our next President. That individual will be the 44th different person to hold the office. It’s an important position and a high calling to be sure. Yet every president’s term of office has been measured by a calendar marked off by the life of a man who once worked as Jewish carpenter nearly 2,000 years ago—Jesus of Nazareth.

In fact every time any human being anywhere on the planet opens a calendar, checks their phone, or boots up a computer, they are reminded that Jesus Christ has in fact become the hinge of human history.
Many world leaders have come and gone. The legacy of Jesus Christ lives on.

Nero, for example, died “in the year of our Lord”—A.D. 68. Napoleon died “in the year of our Lord” 1821. Joseph Stalin died “in the year of our Lord” 1953.

As author John Ortberg says, “Maybe Jesus was not Lord of lords and King of kings, but how strange that now every ruler who ever reigned must be dated in reference to the life o…

Victory News - Busting the 'Good Person Myth'

Almost 500 years ago, on October 17, 1517 something major took place in Germany when a man named Martin Luther published a document by nailing it to a church door which detailed false teachings and abuses in the church. (This was before blogging!)

What happened? The ‘good person myth’ was busted. Consciences were set free. People learned that they were forgiven in the sight of God by faith in Jesus Christ alone apart from their good works.

It turns out though that the ‘good person myth’ is a persistent bugger. It takes many subtle forms and still holds countless people captive to this day. But the good news is that Jesus is the man who won’t go away. And the message that he came to bring, the Gospel, continues to bust the ‘good person myth’ in a spirit of continuing reformation in the church.

Join me this Sunday as we explore what this so-called ‘good person myth’ is all about and how the message of Jesus blows it up. It’s truly good news! And don’t you think we need some more of tha…

Victory News - Don't Be Afraid; Just Believe!

Dear Friends,

What does despair look like? Does God care when you feel on the brink of despair? As we continue our “Who is This Man?” sermon series this Sunday we are going to explore a wonderfully comforting account from Luke chapter 8, two interwoven stories that shed light not only on who Jesus is, but faith’s response to a Savior who says, “Don't be afraid; just believe” (Luke 8:50).

(“Jesus is the man who won’t go away, because his words won’t go away.” ICYMI watch my sermon based on John 7 from last Sunday.)

Volunteers Needed! Sod Party Tomorrow, October 15th – 10-12 volunteers needed at the ministry center tomorrow, October 15th, beginning at 8:00 am. We will be laying sod on the south side (main entrance side) and around the corners of the main entrance. If anyone has sod cutters that they could bring, that would be great. Any questions please contact Dick Riege / 414-750-7977.

Who Is This Man? Study Group In addition to our Sunday teaching we’re having a Bible Class to de…

Victory News - Who Is This Man?

Dear Friends,

Consider. Whoever wins this year’s presidential election will one day die and be forgotten. Their legacy will not endure. Their influence will fade away.

But Jesus is the person in all of history who won’t go away. His legacy lasts. His influence is still immense. From a human viewpoint though, his movement should have failed before it even started. Yet Jesus’ impact was greater a hundred years after his death than it was during his life. It was greater still after five hundred years. And after two thousand years… he has more followers in more places than ever!

Join me tomorrow as we begin a new series where we will consider the indisputable influence Jesus has had on our world. How his life and teaching simply drew people to follow him. How he made history by starting in a humble place, in a spirit of love and acceptance. How he shared and lived God’s message of sin and grace. And how his vision for us to lead lives of dignity, compassion, forgiveness, and hope continues …

Victory News - Love Is Everything

Dear Friends,

Love. It’s not just wistful thoughts. It’s not just wishy-washy feelings. It’s not mere sentimental words.

It’s everything. Without it, Paul says, we are nothing.

“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2).

Join me this Sunday as we dig into 1 Corinthians 13, a chapter of the Bible that God wants to use to recalibrate our hearts and lives and relationships. What do this have to do with you and me? What does this have to do with spiritual gifts and our church? In a word…everything. Love makes all the difference.

Do you have a case of HDD (“Honor-Deficiency-Disorder") or EH (“Extra-honor-itis”)? Watch Vicar Peter's message based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 from this past Sunday to get the cure!

Weeding Pullers Needed Tomorrow! Help pulling weeds around the ministry center this Saturday morning at 9 am. Just show up. Bring some buck…

Victory News - September Body Building

Dear Friends,

I remember the first time I walked into a weight room with the rest of my freshman football team. Yikes.  I was tall, skinny, wimpy (not much has changed there!) and totally clueless. I felt like a fish out of water. Like I didn’t belong.

But our coaches took the time to show us how to use the equipment. Upperclassmen helped to teach me proper form. Together we set some reachable goals and as teammates we gave each other encouragement. Then I started to see some progress, started to have fun, and started to feel like I belonged on the team. Eventually enjoying success on the field only increased that feeling of getting to be part of something special.

This, I think, is how a lot of people feel when they start coming to church. It can be nerve wracking at first, super intimidating even. They’re sizing themselves up. They’re looking around. They’re wondering, “Do I belong here?” “Where do I fit?” “Is this for me?” But if we find our place, if we grow in using our gifts, if w…

Victory News - Back to Church Sunday!

Dear Friends,

15 years ago. September 11, 2001. It was a Tuesday. I was in college coming out from a class when I heard the news. “We’re under attack.”

That following Sunday, church attendance spiked in churches all across our country.

I’m praying that church attendance once again trends upward in churches all across the country this Sunday, September 11, 2016, as we reflect on what took place 15 years ago and what’s taken place in the 15 years since. We have so many blessings to thank God for, yet at the same time so many reasons to continue to turn to God’s Word and ask in prayer for God’s divine protection and peace.

So please join me this “Back to Church Sunday” coming up this Sunday, September 11th. We’re beginning a new section of 1 Corinthians that looks at spiritual gifts, how each of us has been given a gift by the Holy Spirit, and how we can use our gifts together to make a difference in our world for time… and for eternity!

Click here to watch Pastor Bill’s message from this pa…

Victory News - 1st Week of September

Dear Friends,

It was good to be back with you all this past Sunday after getting to spend a week away with my family on vacation in Branson, MO! Two quick highlights of our trip (among many):

First was worshiping together as a family at Table Rock Lake at a picnic table as we read a Psalm, discussed it, prayed, and sang in a beautiful place surrounded by God’s creation. Second was taking in a production about Moses and getting a tour backstage at the Sight and Sound Theatre which is an absolutely incredible facility in the Ozarks. They did an incredible job making the Bible come alive. And what impressed me very much was how clearly the message of Jesus rang out during and at the end of that production! Taking in the whole scene with the Passover meal as they portrayed it was powerful.

This coming Sunday at Victory of the Lamb, Pastor Bill will wrap up our section on Intimacy and Purity by talking about the blessings of a single life. I appreciate the positive feedback you’ve given a…