Saturday, January 30, 2016

Victory News - A Whole New Church

Doesn't everybody spend their Sunday morning putting together new shelves before church?
We’re building a whole NEW church!

Well, not exactly, at least not according to what you’re probably thinking. We just built a new ministry center after all.

But the Holy Spirit continues to build Christ’s Church through our gospel witness. And through this gospel message and the means of God’s grace he is making new creations out of people’s hearts and lives—including our own.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17)!

You see sometimes we all need a fresh, new perspective on our lives. And what we’re going to talk about tomorrow is that when it’s Jesus who gives us a fresh perspective, he can also provide us with a whole new purpose. In this way God is always building a whole new church.

“Return home and tell how much God has done for you” (Luke 8:39).

All are invited to join me for worship Sunday morning at 9 or 10:45. Victory Kids during both.

Open Forums – Our church has been extremely blessed to have received grant request approvals so far in the amount of $85,000 to help fund a second full-time pastor position. An additional grant from our District Mission Board is being pursued with their support. Therefore the Leadership Team invites all members of our congregation to attend one of two Open Forums to hear our plans for calling a second pastor and to receive input on future staffing and ministry considerations. The first open forum will be held next Sunday after worship on Sunday, February 7th, at noon. If you’re unable to make it at that time, a second opportunity will be on Thursday evening, February 11th at 6:30 pm.

Teen Ministry – On January 16th we had a strong turnout of parents, potential leaders, and teens at an open forum to begin a youth group for 7th-12th graders. Stay tuned for more details…

Bible 101-201 Update – Happily we have 16 people in my “mix and match” Bible 101 class that takes place on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. We have one more week of Bible 101 to go. That means Bible 201 starts Tuesday, February 9th at 6:30 pm and Saturday, February 11th at 1 pm. If there’s anyone who completed Bible 101 in the past, you’re welcome to jump on board with Bible 201 on those dates. Just let me know.

Ash Wednesday Worship with Koine – On Wednesday, February 10th, at 6:30 pm we’ll be having a special service led by the band Koine. We won’t be having any other regular mid-week Lent services then until Holy Week. During Holy Week we’ll have a simple Maundy Thursday (March 24th) communion service at 6:30 pm, a Good Friday (March 25th) service at 6:30 pm, and then Easter Sunday worship at our regular Sunday morning times of 9 and 10:45.

Easter For Kids on March 12th, a special one day kids’ event to take place at our ministry center between 11am-3pm. Registration info coming soon.

Community Grand Opening on March 20th at our Sunday morning services.

Service Livestreaming – The good news is that wires have been buried under Loomis Rd. The bad news is we’re still waiting to get internet connected in our building. Coming soon…

Mission and Ministry Presentation – This Tuesday I’ll be a guest presenter at the Seminary for Home Missions day of their annual Mission and Ministry week. This means I’ll be leading a workshop called “Starting Steps In Beginning a Mission” a couple times for different groups of Seminary students.

Pastors’ Conference and Board Meetings – This past week I attended Pastors’ Conference with 30+ fellow WELS pastors in our area. I serve the conference as the chairman of our program committee. That means it’s my job to put together the conference study topics, make assignments, bring in guest presenters, and help set the day’s agenda. This past week I also got to serve the church at large in another role as a member of the Board of Directors for WELS Lutherans For Life Metro-Milwaukee. We operate crisis pregnancy counseling and resource centers in the Milwaukee area working to save lives and transforms families from at-risk to thriving. If volunteering at a place like this sounds like a way for you to perhaps serve the Lord and help people in times of crisis and need, please feel free to ask me about it.  

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben  

Friday, January 15, 2016

Victory News - What a Weekend!

Pastor Mark Wagner guest preaching for our dedication service
Despite the cold it was sure a fantastic weekend for our contractor thank-you and our special dedication service. Special thanks to our District Mission Board Chairman, Pastor Mark Wagner, for preaching—“Let THIS be about the Lord’s great love!” I also personally appreciated and took to heart his reminder that our new building isn’t the end. It’s just the beginning. Now we’re really getting started again!

And it was sure wonderful to celebrate with all our Builders For Christ friends who showed up and represented so well. It was rewarding to have them come back and watch them wander around the building and to listen to their reactions at seeing the finishing touches: “This exceeded my expectations.” To God the glory!

I’m also privileged to report that our special dedication offering gathered just over $2,000 which, as we announced at the service, we are splitting up between our More Than Bricks campaign and the Builders For Christ organization. In this way our dedication offering will help support more than just our ministry center building. It will help support gospel outreach in North Dakota, St. Lucia, and Nepal as well as the ongoing work of the Builders For Christ in helping other churches build new facilities for outreach.

Food and fellowship after the dedication service
This Sunday again it sounds like it will be frigid outside, but as we turn out hearts to hearing God’s Word we trust the Spirit power’s to work inside us. I’m reminded of the Emmaus disciples who once said: "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" (Luke 24:32). It’s going to be a great weekend here with a couple baptisms, communion, and a wedding, Bible 101, and a teen ministry meeting.

All are invited to join us for worship Sunday morning at 9 or 10:45. Victory Kids ministry at both.

Teen Ministry Open Forum Tomorrow - On January 16th @ 4pm, we are inviting all young adults from 7th grade up to 12th grade and any adults interested in developing our Teen Ministry to a Teen Ministry Open Forum. The goal is to lay the foundation for a Teen Ministry to begin in February. There are no geographic boundaries and VotL membership is not required. If you have any questions, concerns or can’t make the meeting but would like to be involved; please contact Jon Brown-Schmidt either by phone/text 414-531-3690 or via email schmidt0675@gmail.com.

Quick note: There will be a wedding going on in the sanctuary at 3:30 so if you’re coming for the teen ministry meeting, please head into the large group kids room (the Elementary room) in the Victory Kids wing.

New Bible 101 Has Started – Still time to jump on board! Bible 101 is the starting point in our church for anyone looking to learn more about God, anyone who wants to see for themselves what the Bible says, anyone who would like to receive the sacrament of holy communion, or anyone seeking membership in our church family.

No previous Bible knowledge needed or expected. All materials provided free of charge.

Here’s the scoop: “Mix and match” either Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons starting January 12th and 16th. Bible 101 is 4 lessons (4 weeks). After that Bible 201 begins which is 6 lessons (6 weeks). After that Bible 301 begins which is 8 lessons (8 weeks).

Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm or Saturday afternoons from 1-2:30 pm.
Mix and match your Tuesdays and Saturdays...or come to both!

Please contact me to let me know you’re coming.
Still time to jump in tomorrow at 1 pm!

Save the Date – Easter For Kids on March 12th, a special one day kids’ event to take place at our ministry center between 11am-3pm.

Save the Date – Community Grand Opening on March 20th at our Sunday morning services.

Service Livestreaming – We’re getting close! It sounds like potentially next week we’ll be getting internet in our building. Hopefully this means we’ll get back to regular livestreaming soon.

The time in-between – In between services we love to have people mingle and enjoy the food and fellowship provided by the Victory Café. We want the time in between to be a meeting up point for people no matter which service you’re attending. Please be mindful though too of the flow of people coming in for second service that we don’t cluster right in front of the main entrance. If possible please spread out throughout the lobby to make it easier for new people coming in for the second service. Thanks!

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben 
I enjoyed singing "In Christ Alone" with our special dedication choir

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New "Mix and Match" Bible 101 Class

Dear Friends,

It's a new year. We've just moved into our brand new ministry center located at 11120 W Loomis Rd here in Franklin.

Why not start a new faith journey by being a part of my first Bible 101 class in our new ministry center?

Bible 101 is the starting point for anyone looking to learn more about God, anyone who wants to see for themselves what the Bible says, anyone interested in being a member of our church, or anyone just searching for truth with lots of questions.

It’s also a great refresher for anyone who’d just like to review the Bible’s basic teachings.

No previous Bible knowledge needed or expected. All materials provided free of charge.

Here’s the scoop: You can “mix and match” Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons starting January 12th and 16th. Bible 101 is 4 lessons (4 weeks). After that Bible 201 begins which is 6 lessons (6 weeks). After that Bible 301 begins which is 8 lessons (8 weeks).

So each week you have an option. Come Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm or Saturday afternoons from 1-2:30 pm whichever works best.

Mix and match your Tuesdays and Saturdays...or come to both! The same lesson will be taught at both each week.

Just send me a quick email to let me know if you're coming.
And if you miss tonight, please know you're welcome to jump in on Saturday afternoon since we're going through the same lesson.

Finally, for more info about our church, Victory of the Lamb, please visit our website: www.victoryofthelamb.com

In Jesus' peace,

Pastor Ben

Friday, January 8, 2016

Victory News - Dedication Sunday!


Nine years ago a little mission church started with less than nine people. We called it “Victory of the Lamb” because we wanted it to be all about Jesus. We’ve worshiped in a soccer club and a cinema. We’ve held Bible studies at a health club, a bank, restaurants, coffee shops, houses, apartments, condo association clubhouses, a warehouse and a computer software company conference room. We’ve held outreach events in local parks, at the library, and in parades. We’ve canvassed door to door, hung door hangers, mailed postcards, and invited family members, friends, and neighbors.

And this Sunday, by God's grace, we will be dedicating our brand new ministry center located along Loomis Rd to the glory of God in a special service at 2 pm in the afternoon!

All are invited to join us praising God—including our local area WELS congregations, our District Mission Board, Kingdom Workers, contractors and our many Builders For Christ volunteers, friends, and supporters who helped to build our building.

Pastor Mark Wagner, chairman of our District Mission Board, will be our special guest preacher. I’ll be reading Scripture and leading the service of dedication. Our Victory of the Lamb music team will lead the singing and our Victory Café will provide a ham sandwich luncheon for all who’d like to stay after the service and enjoy a time of food and fellowship.

Also special this Sunday is that at our morning services at 9 and 10:45 we are inviting all our contractors and their families to join us for a special thank-you, to see and celebrate the work they accomplished, and to get a taste of what goes on in our new building. Our project has truly been a team effort with the labor of many hands.

New Bible 101 Class Starting Next Week! Bible 101 is the starting point in our church for anyone looking to learn more about God, anyone who wants to see for themselves what the Bible says, anyone who would like to receive the sacrament of holy communion, or anyone seeking membership in our church family.

It’s also a great refresher for anyone who’d like to review the Bible’s basic teachings.

No previous Bible knowledge needed or expected. All materials provided free of charge.

Here’s the scoop: “Mix and match” either Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons starting January 12th and 16th. Bible 101 is 4 lessons (4 weeks). After that Bible 201 begins which is 6 lessons (6 weeks). After that Bible 301 begins which is 8 lessons (8 weeks).

Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm or Saturday afternoons from 1-2:39 pm.

Mix and match your Tuesdays and Saturdays...or come to both!

Please contact me to register.

Teen Ministry Open Forum - On January 16th @ 4pm, we are inviting all young adults from 7th grade up to 12th grade and any adults interested in developing our Teen Ministry to a Teen Ministry Open Forum. The goal is to lay the foundation for a Teen Ministry to begin in February.  There are no geographic boundaries and VotL membership is not required. If you have any questions, concerns or can’t make the meeting but would like to be involved; please contact Jon Brown-Schmidt either by phone/text 414-531-3690 or via email.

Save the Date – Easter For Kids on March 12th, a special one day kids’ event to take place at our ministry center between 11am-3pm.

Save the Date – Community Grand Opening on March 20th at our Sunday morning services.

Service Livestreaming – Getting an internet connection extended to our site is challenging due to the permits needed to bury a wire under Loomis Rd. We hope to have this completed by the end of January. However this means that it’s kind of wait and see as far as being able to livestream our services depending on a cellular connection that we sometimes have until then. We’ll continue to do our best and let God take care of the rest!

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben  

Friday, January 1, 2016

Victory News - All Things New

Last Sunday at our new ministry center, so blessed!
Happy New Year! Sometimes though at the hinge point between another year gone by and a new year that’s before us it’s easy to feel weary of same old, same old, isn’t it? Same old job, same old stresses and pressures in life, same old personal struggles. But here’s the great thing… God’s blessings to us are new every morning!

As God grows us through word and sacrament, he promises that he will make us new, that he will give us new power, new hope, new love and new purpose so that our spirits are revived once again. That’s why this Sunday at our brand new ministry center in this brand new year we’re starting a series called All Things New.

Together we will marvel at the new things Jesus did in people's lives. We will also find new life, joy and excitement as we begin to see more clearly all the amazing things that Jesus continues to do in our lives. So even if you haven’t been in church for a while, please don’t let anything keep you away. A fresh start is always possible with Jesus!

“I am making everything new” (Revelation 21:5) – Jesus 

And remember, 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 at our new ministry center every Sunday starting at 9 and 10:45 am.

Next Sunday, January 10th: 9 and 10:45 — Contractor Thank-You at each of our Sunday services. All our contractors and sub-contractors and their families are cordially invited to join us at either of our regular Sunday services.

Next Sunday January 10th: 2pm — Special Church Dedication Service. All are invited including all our members, attenders, family, friends, area WELS churches, Builders For Christ Volunteers, Kingdom Workers, and Our District Mission Board. Pastor Mark Wagner, chairman of our District Mission Board, will be our special guest preacher.

Special Choir — For our Dedication service next Sunday we would like to invite any interested members of our church to sing in a special one-time choir. We will be singing an SATB arrangement of “In Christ Alone”. Rehearsal will be Saturday, January 9th at 11 am at the ministry center. If interested please see Sarah Kuerth (the keyboardist) up by the stage after church to pick up music. Sarah can also email you part specific practice tracks. One of our founding members, Sharon Robbert, will be our special choir director for this occasion.

New Bible 101 Class Starting Soon! Bible 101 is the starting point in our church for anyone looking to learn more about God, anyone who wants to see for themselves what the Bible says, anyone who would like to receive the sacrament of holy communion, or anyone seeking membership in our church family.

It’s also a great refresher for anyone who’d like to review the Bible’s basic teachings.

No previous Bible knowledge needed or expected. All materials provided free of charge.

Here’s the scoop: “Mix and match” either Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons starting January 12th and 16th. Bible 101 is 4 lessons (4 weeks). After that Bible 201 begins which is 6 lessons (6 weeks). After that Bible 301 begins which is 8 lessons (8 weeks).

Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm or Saturday afternoons from 1-2:30 pm.

Mix and match your Tuesdays and Saturdays...or come to both!

Please contact me to register.

Save the Date – Easter For Kids on March 12th, a special one day kids’ event to take place at our ministry center between 11am-3pm.

Save the Date – Community Grand Opening on March 20th at our Sunday morning services.

Service Livestreaming – Getting an internet connection extended to our site is challenging due to the permits needed to bury a wire under Loomis Rd. We hope to have this completed by the end of January. However this means that it’s kind of wait and see as far as being able to livestream our services depending on a cellular connection that we sometimes have until then. 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.

In case you missed it, click here to watch our first service at our new ministry center from December 20th.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

*For a special New Year's prayer visit our church Facebook page.