Friday, July 22, 2016

Victory News - 4th Week of July

Nothing better on a 90 degree day! Having fun at the reception for Liz as our Victory Kids Director.

Dear Friends,

As a church… Why do we do what we do? Why do we say that having an outward focus is one of our core values? Why do we say that the needs of people outside the church should take priority over the preferences of those inside the church?

This Sunday’s message based on 1 Corinthians 9 provides a helpful filter for questions like these with the phrase… “for the sake of the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:23).

So join me this Sunday morning as we view both our church’s ministry and our personal lives as Christians through this gospel filter and apply what we might consider as the apostle Paul’s personal mission statement: I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings (1 Corinthians 9:22b-23).

Click here to watch this past Sunday’s sermon about how “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” (1 Corinthians 8:1).

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

Welcome Liz!
Volunteer For Victory Kids – Stop by the Victory Kids lobby any time after the first service to meet Liz Scheel, our new Victory Kids director. Also, register at the laptop kiosk to serve as a potential volunteer and automatically be entered in a drawing to win an iPad mini! You can also register using this link and this will also enter you in the drawing. Both current and new volunteers are asked to register and all who register are entered to win.

Volunteer For Victory Kids – Sunday, July 31 will be Cassy’s last day as our Children’s Ministry Director. Please plan time to stop by and say “Thank-you!” to Cassy for taking our kids’ ministry from a handful of kids 9 years ago to the thriving ministry that it is today. There are 9 years of changed lives to celebrate!

Bible 101 Continues July 26th – 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. // 4 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm starting July 19th. If you missed the first lesson this past week and you still want to jump in with this group, just let me know. We’d still love to have you join us!

Installation Celebration – Save the Date! August 1 will be Pastor Bill Limmer’s first official day at VotL. We’ll be having his official installation on August 7th during both our regular Sunday morning services with a special tailgate party at noon in the parking immediately following the 2nd service. There will be grilled food, lemonade, games, a huge tent, and a lot of fun to be had come rain or shine. Please make plans to join us as we welcome Pastor Bill, his wife Jacky and their daughter Alyssa to our Franklin community and our church family!

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 – Will meet on Monday July 25th in the ministry center lobby // all are welcome // free breakfast & coffee // 5:45-6:45 am // Just show up!

Sermon Series Retreat – Last week I had a fruitful sermon series planning get-away with the pastors from St Paul’s in Muskego. Pastor Bill also got to join us for a day which was great! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Bill this past month as we’ve been planning his transition here and I’m excited to have him coming on board as my Team Victory teammate! With special thanks for Pastor Jeffrey Bonack from Muskego we’ve got another year’s worth of well-crafted sermon series outlines that are faithful to the Bible, respectful of the historic church years, timely and relevant to the conversations and issues of today’s people.

Lead Pastor Feedback – Thank you to all of you who took the time to provide feedback on my strengths and weaknesses as a pastor, especially in regard to how I can grow and thrive as a teammate with Pastor Bill coming on board as an associate pastor. We had some great conversation at our Leadership Team meeting this past week regarding the comments. There were also some very specific suggestions and remarks regarding my blind spots and areas for improvement. I greatly appreciated these as well and plan to take some more time to prayerfully consider them.

It was affirming for me to be encouraged to continue pouring my best energy into preaching and worship, outreach and evangelism, and teaching. It was also freeing to be encouraged to delegate more, to offload as much administration type responsibilities as I can, to grow in the areas of time management and efficiency, and to unleash more people in doing ministry so that I can have more time for my own family too. Pastor Bill was also able to attend our meeting and participate in this conversation which I think was very helpful. We both want to serve well together with our strengths and passions for the good of the ministry of the gospel.

One immediate step I took this week was to download an app called Priority Matrix which came highly recommended as a productivity tool to help me focus on what matters most and to manage projects that have many moving parts. Google Keep is another app I’ve recently begun using to help me keep track of prayer requests, to-do lists, and creative ideas.

If you didn’t get a chance to fill out the lead pastor survey, I would still welcome any personal feedback. Shoot me an email please.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben 

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