Friday, April 29, 2016

Victory News

Ice cream and conversation following Daniel Dexter's (far right) theatrical storytelling of Genesis
Last Sunday was a great day. First of all we heard a spot-on message from Vicar Caleb about the GREAT promises that God has made to us in Romans 8:26-39. In case you missed it, be sure and catch it online.

Later in the afternoon, our Leadership Team also held a call meeting for a second pastor. After prayerful consideration the Leadership Team has extended a call to Pastor Josh Odell to serve as our Associate Pastor. Pastor Josh currently serves as an associate pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Eagle River and St. John Lutheran Church of Phelps where he was assigned when he graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2010. Please keep Pastor Josh in your prayers that the Holy Spirit guides him to go where he feels his talents can be best used to extend Christ’s kingdom and where he thinks that he can serve with maximum joy.

Finally, last evening after the call meeting, over 50 people enjoyed the storytelling presentation of Daniel Dexter as he masterfully wove together the first chapters of Genesis with the truths about our Savior in the New Testament. So much fun! Even the teens who were there had a positive reaction and we all enjoyed ice cream and a time of fellowship together in the lobby afterwards. I’d like to thank our teen group, Quest, and their leaders for organizing that and serving us with smiles on their faces!

Baptism Class – This Sunday May 1, Noon-1pm – I will be leading a one hour class for anyone who hasn’t been baptized, wants to have their kids or grandchildren baptized, or simply wants to learn more about baptism. A free, light lunch will be provided. On Sunday, May 15 we will then celebrate a Baptism Sunday for people who want 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.

New Sermon Series Starts Sunday: The Most Important Day – Baptism is one of the greatest gifts God has given his church. It provides incredible peace and encouragement for God’s people. There is power available to us in our baptism that is vital for everyday living and, frankly, for our spiritual survival. Yet, it’s so easy for us, in the daily grind of life, to forget that this peace and power is there for us. In this series we want to gain a clear understanding of what baptism is and how we can plug into its power in our daily journey.

Soccer Camp 2016 – Parents and kids are calling it, “The best week of summer!” Visit the event page on our website for more info and registration. Scroll down and find links to volunteer as a coach or group helper, or to help with the snacks, registration, or cookout.

Baby Bottle Blessing – Sunday we will be making baby bottles available for you to take home! The funds collected in these bottles will help support pregnancy care centers operated by WELS Lutherans for Life. The money collected will go to saving lives and spreading the love of Jesus to those making pregnancy decisions. Please take a bottle and fill it with cash, change, or a check and then return it to church. If you prefer, you may put your donation in an envelope and mark it “BABY BOTTLE BLESSING”. Please fill out and return the insert to receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.

The Art of Marriage – I am facilitating a free, weekend marriage enrichment event here at our ministry center 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. You don’t have to be a member of our church and you are certainly welcome to invite another couple to attend with you!

Victory Moms Group– Thursday Morning Playgroup and Book Club
Connect with other moms. Newcomers always welcome! Meets Thursday mornings 9:30-11 am in the Victory Kids wing at our ministry center. Discussing “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. Contact Chrissy with questions.

Breakfast and Bible Group – Meets on Monday mornings from 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.

Life-A-Thon 2016, Saturday May 7th – 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!

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben 

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