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Victory News and Happenings

This coming Sunday we’re continuing our series about how vital relationships are in God’s grand design for our lives. Last week we looked at the most important of all these relationships—our relationship with God. And we talked about how to have a healthy relationship with God—one based on his unconditional love, one where you can have confidence that you have God’s full approval as a child of God through faith in Jesus. If you missed last week’s message I would encourage you to make sure you check it out because everything we’re talking about now builds on that. And remember that you can always watch or share any of our sermons via our archived sermons page on our website!

If you’re not out of town this Memorial Day weekend, join me this Sunday at 9 or 10:45 for worship. Victory Kids during both services.

Soccer Camp – For 9 years now we’ve been hearing parents tell us that their kids say this is their favorite week of the summer! Visit the soccer camp event page on our website for m…

Victory News - New Series Starts Sunday

What a wonderful way to wrap up our series on baptism last Sunday with a great message and the opportunity to witness baptisms during each service! In case you missed it, here’s Caleb’s message and the recording from second service last Sunday. And here is a link to the video for the baptisms in first service. Remember too that you can always go back and watch or share messages from any of our sermon series via the archived sermons page on our website. Thank you so much to our tech team working diligently behind the scenes in the tech booth every Sunday who help with service production and livestreaming.

Coming up this Sunday we’re starting a new series called Real-ationships Make All the Difference. Here’s the big idea:

As we read through Scripture it’s amazing to see how vital relationships are in God’s grand design. In fact, God himself exists and works exclusively in relationship—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, in a sinful world relationships are not easy. In this serie…

Victory News - One Label to Wear

To remember your baptism is to reclaim your true identity as a child of God. Why? Because through the water and word of holy baptism you have exchanged the filthy old rags of your sins along with all the worn out, mis-fitting , and entirely inappropriate labels that the world has slapped on you for the brand new clothes of the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ your Savior!

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27).

That’s why Sunday we passed out “Child of God” labels to illustrate the fact that your past history does not change your present identity. Did you wear yours? Where did it end up? On your closet door? On your fridge or bathroom mirror? Somewhere else? – Thank you by the way to Lexi and Josh and Sophie and Lydia for writing out all those labels!

And thank you to all of you who’ve shared pictures or stories with me about how that little label has helped …

Victory News - The Love of Strangers

Dear Friends,

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing…” do you know how this verse ends?

“…some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2

Can you even imagine? What a thought…you never know who might be coming to church this Sunday!

This past weekend I got to lead a workshop at Wisconsin Lutheran High School as part of Evangelism Day. My workshop was called “Creating a Culture of Hospitality.” Over 40 people from quite a few different churches sat with me and discussed how our congregations can cultivate the biblical core value of hospitality and put it into practice.

Did you know that the word translated “hospitality” in the Bible literally means the “love of strangers”? We openly discussed, How would I as a stranger first experience the “love of strangers” in your church?

One of the things that inspires me about our church is the consistent feedback we’ve been getting from first-time guests who express how we’ve helped make them …