Thursday, May 12, 2016

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 you reclaim your true identity through holy baptism. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing pictures of your “Child of God” label on your fridge, on your mirror, or in one case… on the waitress who served you on Mother’s Day with a big smile on her face knowing that she too could also be called a Child of God!

If any of you have your own pictures or stories, I want to encourage you to share them with me yet. It’s so helpful for me and others to hear and see how God’s Word is making in a difference in your everyday world. And it encourages me to hear how all the hard work that goes into preaching matters in your life.

In case you missed it, here’s the link to this past Sunday’s service and sermon based on Galatians 3:26-27. Don’t miss out on re-discovering why your baptism can be considered the most important day of your life!

This Sunday Caleb will bring home our “The Most Important Day” series on baptism. We’ll also have an opportunity to witness baptisms in each of the services on Sunday. And we’ve got baptisms scheduled actually the next four Sundays in a row which is awesome!

THIS WEEKEND - The Art of Marriage – I am facilitating a marriage enrichment event at our ministry center this Friday, May 13 from 6:30-9:00 pm and this Saturday, May 14 from 9:00-4:00 pm. For more info and to register please visit our website event page. The church is providing all materials free of charge because we want to help marriages in our community thrive, not just survive! Please register asap.

NEXT MONTH – Soccer Camp for Kids – 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 more info and registration about this fun camp for kids ages 4-11. 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 – Please remember to bring back the baby bottles we passed out the last two Sunday. 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. You can return the bottle to church this Sunday or any of the remaining Sundays in May. If you prefer, you may put your donation in an envelope and mark it “BABY BOTTLE BLESSING”. Please fill out and return the insert in the bottle to receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.

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. Contact Chrissy with questions.

Breakfast and Bible Group – Continues to meet 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.

Landscaping – We are in the final steps of putting together our landscaping plan thanks to the help of our members Dick Riege and Tim Yenter. Stay tuned for requests for help in planting trees, grass, plants, and flowers. We are working through the approval process with the City so we can order plants and begin as soon as possible.

Leadership Team Meeting – Monday evening this week we had a Leadership Team meeting at the ministry center. Look for the monthly update at the info table in the lobby either this Sunday or next when it’s published. I will include a link to it next week in my weekly email as well. And as always if you have any issues, questions, or concerns please communicate them with anyone on the Leadership Team. Contact info can be found here on our website.

Associate Pastor Call – Please keep Pastor Josh Odell and his family in your prayers as they deliberate our call to serve alongside me as an associate pastor at our church. Pastor Josh is also weighing our call with another call he received to St Peter, MN as well as his current call serving two churches in Eagle River and Phelps, WI. It sounds like he hopes to reach a decision in the next two weeks.

Caleb’s Call Day at the Seminary – Thursday, May 19th, at 10 am seniors like Caleb will be receiving their first full-time ministry calls during a special worship service at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. It’s an incredible experience to be a part of “Call Day”. Anyone is welcome to attend to learn right along with Caleb where he and his classmates are going to be assigned to serve as pastors. If you’re unable to attend in person you can also watch live via livestream.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

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