Friday, March 18, 2016

Victory News - A Grand Sunday to Share the Gospel!

Schmiege helping the kids make a cross necklace out of two nails at Easter For Kids
It was on Palm Sunday almost a decade ago now when our church, Victory of the Lamb, celebrated our first community-wide grand opening at the Polonia Soccer Club. That was a pretty special day. A day I’ll never forget. We packed that one big room at Polonia about as tightly as we could fit. It was as if God knew how many people we could handle…and just that many he brought to church, and not a single person more!

I believe that this Sunday it will be that way too as we welcome new guests from all over who will be coming to check out our brand new ministry center and worshiping with us for the very first time, and perhaps in some cases, for their first time ever…or in a while…in church.

And so remember that what we know to be true, the message of Christ’s victory… might for some people be brand new. We get to help introduce people to their Savior. We get to help give people their first impressions about what His church is like. What an awesome and joyful privilege!

And so I also pray for all you that the message of Christ would bring you joy and peace as if you were hearing it also for the very first time. Do you remember what it was like to hear this good news and understand it for the first time—that it’s for you, and that it’s complete, and that it’s all by grace?
Would you also pray for me that the Spirit gives me clarity and conviction as I preach this Sunday so that everything I say and do helps point people to Christ, and to his victory, and to the peace that he came to bring? Thank you!

Easter for Kids – Thank you so much to all of you who volunteered or donated for our Easter For Kids event at church last Saturday! We had over 90 kids join us to experience the “Road to Resurrection.” But don’t just take my word for it. Check out Nancy’s wonderful pictures here on our Facebook page. Special thanks to Cassy for organizing a well-run event.

Quest Teen Ministry (7th – 12th grade) – Any and all teens, come to Quest on Sunday nights at 6 pm at Victory of the Lamb. Visit Facebook.com/questteens or contact Jon Brown-Schmidt via email or via phone/text: 414-531-3690.

Easter Flowers There will be a sign-up sheet in the lobby to purchase Easter Flowers for the beautification of our Easter services. This year we’re trying something new. I pre-ordered a variety of flowers and I need families to purchase from the list. Lilies are $7.00 and all others are $7.50. Money is due on March 20th. Make checks payable to Sharon Kiesow. - Flower co-ordinator: Nancy Fabian.

Livestreaming – Please note we have changed our live streaming platform. Here’s the link which you can also find via our church website. 

Holy Week is coming up on the heels of our Palm Sunday grand opening. We will be having services on  Maundy Thursday (March 24th) at 6:30 pm and Good Friday (March 25th) at 6:30 pm and Easter Sunday morning (March 27th) at our regular times.

Find a Place to Serve – Our Altar Team works behind the scenes to prepare the elements for Holy Communion and keep the altar tidy and clean. Now seeking more volunteers. No experience necessary. Training provided. Please contact Nancy Fabian if interested or sign up on the sheet at the info table.
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 about 15 months into the 3 year campaign, and we will be including monthly status updates in the Friday blog from Pastor Ben.  

Commitments through February 2016           $416,000

Donations Received                                        $213,747

God has blessed us richly in this campaign, and our prayer is that we are able to reach the $500,000 in commitments during the next two years. 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.

Watch Last Sunday’s Service: In case you missed it or want to share the message with someone else, from now on you can watch the service archived on our website.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben
 

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