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This Sunday we’ll be wrapping up our All Things New series as we give thanks for the “new vision” that Jesus gave his first disciples and us. It is a new vision that can sustain us along our journey through life when there seems so often to be no happy ending here on earth.

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

Open Forum This Sunday After 2nd Service – 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 as presented in our 2020 Staffing Vision. The first open forum will be held this 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.

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.

Quest Teen Ministry (7th – 12th grade) – The foundations for our Teen Ministry are beginning to come together. We are planning March 6th as the first meeting of Quest in our new ministry center. Prior to that, we are looking for a couple more leaders. If you are interested in being an adult leader in our teen ministry please contact Jon Brown-Schmidt at or call/text 414-531-3690.  Also follow Quest on Facebook:

Bible 201 Starting Next Week – Saturday afternoon we’ll be wrapping up the last lesson of my “mix and match” Bible 101 class that takes place on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. That means Bible 201 starts Tuesday, February 9th at 6:30 pm and Saturday, February 11th at 1 pm. If you’ve completed Bible 101 in the past, you’re welcome to jump on board with Bible 201 on those dates.

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 – We have internet installation scheduled for this coming week. That’s the latest and greatest. Things are coming together….

Mission Board Meeting – This week members of the Leadership Team and I met for a couple hours with our Mission Counselor, Ed Schuppe, up from Atlanta, and our WELS District Mission Board. They reviewed with us and gave feedback on the 2020 Staffing Plan that we will be presenting at the open forums coming up this week. We received great encouragement regarding the potential of receiving a “mission enhancement” grant through the Mission Board to complete full-funding for our proposed 2nd full-time pastor position. We discussed the logistics, process, and timeline involved in that grant request in regard to calling a 2nd pastor.

Viking Explorers Camps— Wisconsin Lutheran High School invites you to set sail this summer with the Vikings Explorers summer program. There are a variety of summer camp options that allow your kids to grow and experience a wide variety of activities and interests in a Christian setting. Access the full 20 page booklet of opportunities online at VotL has a limited # of copies on the info table in the ministry center lobby.

Luther Prep Summer Camps – Luther Preparatory School summer camps are designed to impart valuable skills within the framework of Christian fellowship with other young people. In additional to critical skills training, challenging games and fun contests are in integral part of this annual summer experience! For more info, please visit and click on “Athletics” to find “Summer Camps” in the drop down menu. Register early, the camps fill quickly. For music camps, click on “Performing Arts” to find “Summer Music Camp” in the drop down menu. Luther Prep is a 4 year high school with dormitories supported by the WELS located in Watertown, WI.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben


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