Friday, April 8, 2016

Victory News - Great Things Going On!

Over 450 people celebrated Christ's victory with us on Easter Sunday...God be praised!
First of all, I want to thank all of you who gave special gifts to help me and Sarah get away last week to attend my “Renewed in Grace” 10 year retreat in San Antonio. Your gifts of love enabled us to really enjoy this special time away. And your generosity also allowed us to be generous in picking up the tab for a couple meals we enjoyed with friends on the Riverwalk in between study sessions where we grew together in God’s grace through studying Scripture together. We spoke highly of you and your very evident love for your pastor and his family!

All in all, despite Sarah and I both getting the respiratory version of influenza while down there, it was really great to get away and reconnect with classmates I haven’t seen in almost a decade—friends from all over the country and beyond. It’s amazing that this year marks ten years for me being a pastor, but by God’s grace I pray He’ll supply me with the strength to carry on for the next ten. God knows how much I need it because the number of new people the last couple weeks to follow up with is incredible!

In recounting among friends and former classmates the joys and sorrows of a decade of ministry, I was keenly reminded just how much credit and praise belongs to God for all the blessings I have experienced here as the pastor of our church—Victory of the Lamb. Our church is so special and unique. I’m also reminded of something I read a couple years ago: “We tend to overestimate what we can accomplish in a year, but we tend to underestimate what God can accomplish through us in ten.” To God be the glory!

There are a lot of new ministry opportunities coming up soon so please see below and check them out! I also look forward to continuing our “Greatness” series this coming Sunday based on Romans 8 and our gracious God. And as always, everyone is invited to join us for worship Sunday morning whether at 9 or 10:45. Victory Kids during both.

Open Forum This Sunday @Noon –Join me this Sunday after the second service at noon if you’re interested in learning more about our plans to call a second pastor or if you have any questions about the process.

New Bible 101 Begins - Mix & Match times starting April 20/24
Bible 101 is a 4 week class and is the next step for those who would like to know more about the basic teachings of the Bible. It is also for anyone who would like to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. Each week you may choose to come on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm or Sunday mornings at 10:45-11:45am during the second service, whichever fits your schedule best. Contact me to register! // 414.403-3275.

Bible 301 Begins – Tuesday evenings starting April 12th
Bible 301 is an 8 week class for those who have completed Bible 101 & 201. The new 301 class will meet on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm starting April 12. The first 2 classes will be on Christian Living and Prayer. Contact me to register if you haven’t already.

Baptism Class - Sunday May 1, Noon-1pm Pastor Ben will be teaching a class for anyone who hasn’t been baptized, wants to have their kids or grandchildren baptized, or wants to learn more about baptism. A light lunch will be provided. On Sunday, May 15 we will then celebrate a Baptism Sunday for people to be baptized in church at either the 9:00am service or the 10:45am service. Contact me with questions and to register for the class // 414.403.3275.

The Art of Marriage – is a weekend marriage enrichment event at Victory of the Lamb on Friday, May 13 from 6:30-9:00 pm and Saturday, May 14 from 9:00-4:00 pm. For more info and to register please visit our website event page.
Breakfast and Bible Group Starting Early Monday morning! – Meets on Monday mornings for 6 weeks starting this Monday, April 11 5:45-6:45 am in the ministry center lobby. All are welcome. Free breakfast and coffee. Bring a Bible or we’ll happily give you one. Let me know if you’re coming or just show up! We’ll be going through the book of Philippians together.

Victory Moms Group Starting – Thursday Morning Playgroup and Book Club
Are you a mom that’s new to church, new to motherhood, or just need to connect with other moms? We’d love to welcome you to a new small group opportunity for this season of motherhood. Let's make use of the awesome toddler room in our new ministry center by letting the kids play and "try" to gain strength from Him and each other by reading, sharing, and praying. We’ll meet Thursday mornings 9:30-11, starting April 14th. The first week will just be a casual meet & greet, where we’ll talk about ideas, and then the following week we’ll jump into “The Power of a Positive Mom,” by Karol Ladd. The book discussion will be very flexible and kid friendly, so if you don’t have time to read the book each week, no worries! We’ll still have plenty to discuss. No homework, no shower, just show up and we'll put a mug of hot coffee in your hands (or iced if the weather ever warms up!).

Scripture Storytelling - Sunday, April 24, 6:30pm – Invite your friends to join you for this inspirational event. Daniel Dexter from El Paso, TX will share a portion of Genesis with the theme “In The Beginning: From Creation to Christ”. From creation to the fall into sin to the great flood to God’s covenant with Abraham, Daniel weaves New Testament verses into the Genesis account to demon­strate that Christ truly is at the heart of Scripture, even from the very beginning. The storytelling will begin at 6:30pm and will last about an hour with refreshments to follow.

Life-A-Thon 2016 – Does your family cherish God's gift of life? Run with team Victory of the Lamb and me to help support the life saving work of WELS Lutherans For Life Metro-Milwaukee. For info and registration go to www.life-a-thon.org Help save the life of a baby, transform a family, and share the gospel with those who are scared and hurting!

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.

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

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.

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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