Saturday, July 9, 2016

Victory News - 2nd Week of July

4th of July Parade
Dear Friends,

As another week draws to a close this evening, my heart is tugged by all the tension in our world. Yet at the same time I know that once again tomorrow morning God will speak to my heart a message of peace and hope—the message of a Savior who said: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Don’t you need to hear that? I do…and I’ll be the one preaching it!

(Click here to watch this past Sunday’s sermon, “It’s a Perfect Time to Grow Up!” Special thanks to our very own Prof. Bivens for filling in for me and preaching so I could officiate my brother-in-law’s wedding this past weekend down in Illinois.)

Mulch Day – What a fantastic crew who showed up today to mulch and water here at the minister center. Thank you so much, everyone. The place looks great!

Victory Kids – For the summer months of July and August, we will have our Victory Kids ministry during the 9 am service only. There will be no Victory Kids during the 10:45 service. Victory Kids will return to two services at the end of summer.

Open House and Pizza Party – On Thursday evening, July 21st from 6-8 pm all parents, volunteers, and Victory Kids supporters are invited to a pizza party at the ministry center. We will be welcoming Liz Scheel, our new Victory Kids director, and to give you all an opportunity to get to meet her and other members of the Victory Kids leadership team. This is also a time for you to give us feedback and for you to find out about ways you can be involved in the Victory Kids ministry – with the chance to win a free iPad mini!

4th of July Parade – Getting to participate in the Franklin 4th of July parade is always so much fun. Special thanks to the Quest teens for decorating the float, all who donated candy, and all who showed up to help the day of the parade…including Pastor Bill and his wife Jacky which I thought was pretty cool! Something that wasn’t cool was me trying to twirl a baton (it’s harder than it looks!)…unlike Taylor who absolutely rocked the house for us throwing it up and the air! To check out some pics from the parade, visit our Facebook page.

New Bible 101 Class Beginning July 19thBible 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. // 4 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm starting July 19th. Contact me to register for Bible 101! All materials provided.

Bible 201 – No class this coming Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the ministry center

Installation of Pastor Bill – August 1 will be Pastor Bill Limmer’s first official day at VotL. We’ll be having his installation on August 7th during our regular Sunday morning services with a special tailgate party at noon in the parking immediately following the 2nd service. Stay tuned for details about the fun!

The Tuition Assistance Program is open, by application, to students and families that are current members of Victory of the Lamb who are either enrolled in, or intend to enroll in an area WELS grade school, high school, Martin Luther College, or the Seminary. This program is not funded through our church budget but through the generous gifts of individuals who value Christian education and seek to encourage young people to ultimately consider full-time preaching or teaching ministry one day. Applications and program guidelines can be picked up on the info table in the lobby or by visiting this link on our webpage. If you would like to donate to our Tuition Assistance fund, you can do so through our Online Giving page on our website.

Breakfast and Bible Group – Won’t meet on the 11th. Will meet on July 18th and 25th in the ministry center lobby // all are welcome // free breakfast & coffee.

Pastor Ben Out of Town – This week I’ll be heading up north to do sermon series / worship planning with the pastors from St Paul’s in Muskego. We’ve been doing this the last couple years and it’s a great opportunity to engage with local brothers in the ministry and work together to put forth a plan to share God’s Word for the upcoming year. I will be back in plenty of time to preach for church on Sunday. I will have limited phone and internet access though during the week. I would love though if you have any ideas or suggestions for sermon series to please send them my way.

God's Abundant Blessings – Although attendance doesn’t always tell the whole story, we sure have reason to thank God for his blessings this past fiscal year. From July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 our Sunday morning attendance increased by 41.5%. That means 15,862 people heard God’s Word preached throughout the year. Thus weekly attendance increased to 305 up from 215. During this same period Victory Kids also increased by about the same percentage to 55 a week up from 38 a week the previous year (kids and helpers). God be praised that we have an opportunity to keep reaching out to more people this new fiscal year!

Along with the growth in attendance, God has also poured out his blessings on our church through the generosity of our members and guests in giving. Our general fund is in good shape and we’re in solid financial standing to be able to support the addition of Pastor Bill coming in August, as well fund all of the current landscaping projects to completion. If you’d like more details there will be a narrative budget document available this Sunday on the info tables.

Awake and Alive – The Christian even for the 18-25 generation continues its Summer group series Sunday evening July 17th in Muskego at The Bridge, on the grounds of St Paul’s Muskego. Come for a great night of community with our famous $2 dinner, special music with Mike Westendorf and the Awake and Alive band as well as great discussion and encouragement for your Christian journey. See awakalive.com

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

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