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(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 January 14th. Meets for 4 weeks ending Feb. 4. // 10:30-Noon at the ministry center. All materials provided. For anyone interested in learning more about God and the Bible. The first step also for anyone wanting to learn more about our church or wanting to take Holy Communion. Contact me to register.
“Deep Love” building healthy relationships – starts Feb 1. A new relationships group to meet 4 consecutive Wednesday evenings Feb 1- Feb 22 6:30-8:00 pm. Childcare provided. It’s for couples who want to move from broken to better as well as those moving from good to great. Also open to couples who are engaged or dating. Contact Pastor Bill if interested.
New Bible 301 Class – Tuesdays @6:30pm. Class meets on 8 consecutive Tuesday nights Jan 17-Mar 7. This is the next step for those who have completed Bible 101 and 201 // 6:30-8:00 pm at the ministry center. Contact Pastor Bill if interested.
Home with His Savior – Tuesday morning this week our Savior Jesus called home Ray Milosch, the father of Liz Scheel, our Victory Kids Director. His health had been declining for a while and was in home hospice care. While we grieve with Liz and her family, with also rejoice with them that Ray is now perfectly at peace with his Savior and ours--enjoying the eternal victory won for us by Jesus and stored up for us in heaven! Here’s a link to Ray’s obituary with today’s service details at the Heritage Funeral Home on 27th St in Oak Creek.
Matching Gift Opportunity - Sanctuary Art and Furnishings. Generous donors have volunteered to match dollar for dollar any special gifts given between now and the end of the year! So far we’ve raised about 40K of the 50K required to fully fund the project. That means we have just 10K to go—5K in gifts received by the end of the year would be fully matched to bring us to finish line! Details of the project can be found online here as well as ways to donate.
More Than Bricks Update
MTB kicked off in December 2014 as a major funding campaign for our new Ministry Center, with a goal of $500,000. 80% of the money received ($400,000) is being used to reduce our mortgage debt and related expenses, and 20% ($100,000) is being used to support mission work in North Dakota, St. Lucia and Nepal. We are 2 years into the 3 year campaign, and you’ve seen monthly status updates in the Friday blog from Pastor Ben and Pastor Bill.
Commitments $416,000 (83.2% of Goal)
Donations Received in December $5,986 (Need $7,225/mo to reach commitment goal)
Total Received through December $329,302 (79.2% of Commitments, 66% of goal)
Total Received in 2015: $206,052 Total Received in 2016: $123,250
God has blessed us richly in this campaign, and our prayer is that we strive to reach the $500,000 in commitments during the next 12 months. As a reminder, your box of donation envelopes includes a monthly MTB envelope, and you can also donate either on line or via text. If you are a new member or would like an informational packet about MTB, please ask an usher at church.
A Year of Blessings – Our total worship attendance (adults and kids) in 2016 was 18,295 vs. 12,319 in 2015. This is 49% growth overall. God be praised! Attendance in Victory Kids was 3,381 (including helpers) vs 2,154 in 2015 (including helpers). This is 54% growth in Victory Kids overall when including the number of helpers serving per Sunday. The growth of kids in the program is about 35%. God be praised!
New Leadership Team Members – Steve Abramowski and Jason Seiberlich will be installed this Sunday during the 9 am service.
In Jesus’ peace,