Friday, September 9, 2016

Victory News - Back to Church Sunday!

Truck, van, bike...or trike...come back to church this Sunday! Victory Kids is also back to two services.

Dear Friends,

15 years ago. September 11, 2001. It was a Tuesday. I was in college coming out from a class when I heard the news. “We’re under attack.”

That following Sunday, church attendance spiked in churches all across our country.

I’m praying that church attendance once again trends upward in churches all across the country this Sunday, September 11, 2016, as we reflect on what took place 15 years ago and what’s taken place in the 15 years since. We have so many blessings to thank God for, yet at the same time so many reasons to continue to turn to God’s Word and ask in prayer for God’s divine protection and peace.

So please join me this “Back to Church Sunday” coming up this Sunday, September 11th. We’re beginning a new section of 1 Corinthians that looks at spiritual gifts, how each of us has been given a gift by the Holy Spirit, and how we can use our gifts together to make a difference in our world for time… and for eternity!

Click here to watch Pastor Bill’s message from this past Sunday, "Single Lives Matter.” Part 4 of our mini series--Intimacy and Purity—based on 1 Corinthians 5-7.
Breakfast and Bible Group – Will meet on this Monday, September 12th @5:45 am in the ministry center lobby // all are welcome // free breakfast & coffee.

New Bible 101 Class Beginning September 22nd – 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 Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm starting September 22nd. Contact me to register for Bible 101! All materials provided.

Victory Kids – Victory Kids will continue with regular children’s programming at both services again this Sunday, September 11. If you have any questions, contact our Victory Kids Director, Liz Scheel.

Sanctuary Art and Furnishings – Thank you for the feedback—in person, at our open forums, or via the online form. Paul Mattek from Design Fugitives and I met again Thursday this week to discuss the feedback, design details, timeline, and next steps. Paul will be making some design tweaks and putting together a list of options. Stay tuned for more info including an FAQ document.

Confirmation Class (6th-8th Grade) Starting This Sunday, September 11thThe class will meet twice each month on Sunday mornings during the school year. Currently we will be meeting during the 10:45am service. The lessons are presented in a 3-year revolving curriculum, so regardless of when a student joins, they receive the entire instruction. If you have any questions or would like to enroll your child, please contact Pastor Bill or Jon Brown-Schmidt.

An Army For Jackson -- John and Ashley Poulos' son Jackson (age 4) is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Please continue to pray for this family! If you would like to help in a tangible way, you can purchase food/grocery/gas gift cards and place them in the box marked "Support for Poulos Family" in the welcome area at church. A GoFundMe page has also been set up online where you can donate. You can also sign up to bring a meal to the family through Care Calendar. To sign up, go to www.carecalendar.org. The Calendar ID is 237748, and the security code is 4799. Any dates that have "Dinner" in red are open for you to bring a meal! Due to a nut allergy in the family, please be sure to prepare all meals nut-free. Any questions? Feel free also to email Sammi Goodger.

Next Monthly Leadership Team Meeting – Coming up this Monday evening, September 12th. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to reach out to anyone on the Leadership Team individually or to email the Leadership Team as a group.

Volunteer Request for Victory Moms Group – Looking for someone to help as a volunteer by being the second person in the room on Thursday mornings to hang out with kids (no more than 2 hrs) so moms can be strengthened fully in their devotion time. For more info or to express interest please contact Chrissy or Lara.

Quest Teens (7th-12th grade) – Welcome back! All teens are invited to a kickoff party this Sunday evening from 6-8 pm at the ministry center. Pizza, fun, and time discussing God’s Word together.

Fall Women’s RetreatA one day Women’s Retreat filled with worship, prayer and God’s Word designed to renew and strengthen your faith. Learn how to count trials and sufferings as joy. We will hear how this is possible through God’s promises and learn how we can keep joy in our hearts every day. Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Divine Peace Lutheran Church (3203 S. 76th St. – Milwaukee). For more information and registration visit their event page.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

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