Friday, September 23, 2016

Victory News - Love Is Everything



Dear Friends,

Love. It’s not just wistful thoughts. It’s not just wishy-washy feelings. It’s not mere sentimental words.

It’s everything. Without it, Paul says, we are nothing.

“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2).

Join me this Sunday as we dig into 1 Corinthians 13, a chapter of the Bible that God wants to use to recalibrate our hearts and lives and relationships. What do this have to do with you and me? What does this have to do with spiritual gifts and our church? In a word…everything. Love makes all the difference.

Do you have a case of HDD (“Honor-Deficiency-Disorder") or EH (“Extra-honor-itis”)? Watch Vicar Peter's message based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 from this past Sunday to get the cure!

Weeding Pullers Needed Tomorrow! Help pulling weeds around the ministry center this Saturday morning at 9 am. Just show up. Bring some buckets if you've got them, maybe some gloves, perhaps a trowel or spade. Boots might be nice too. The ground is soft and the weeds pull out pretty easily, but some are getting quite large! There is quite a bit of work to do and we could use your help. If you have any questions please contact Ron Takacs at 414-510-4805. This will help prepare for sodding and seeding this Fall. 

Sod Party Next Saturday – Volunteers needed at the ministry center on October 1st, beginning at 8:00 am. We have 12 pallets of sod coming, so it would be great if we could get 15-20 people there to help, as we'll be able to get 6-7 teams of 3 people or so working around the building. If anyone has sod cutters that they could bring, that would be great. Any questions please contact Jim Guenther / 414-659-3648.

Victory Kids – Victory Kids is back to both services again after the summer. If you have any questions about our Victory Kids program, or wish to learn more about volunteering, please contact our Victory Kids Director, Liz Scheel.

Breakfast and Bible Group – Will meet again this Monday, September 26th @5:45 am in the ministry center lobby // all are welcome // free breakfast & coffee. Studying Bible.

New 101 Class – continues Thursday evening from 6:30-8:00. Lesson on Grace.

Sanctuary Art and Furnishings – Next week I am meeting with Paul Mattek of Design Fugitives to discuss extending the stage as part of the overall project. Jeff Tredo, one of our original building architects, has generously volunteered to work with us to cover the costs.

September Leadership Team Update – Printed copies of this month’s update from our September 12th meeting will be available at the info tables in the lobby. It will also be available online soon on the page where all of Leadership Team updates are made available.

Symposium on Hermeneutics This week Monday and Tuesday, Pastor Bill and I attended a gathering with 350 other pastors at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary for a symposium on Biblical Interpretation (aka Hermeneutics). For those of you who might be interested in digging or experiencing this too, the papers that were studied as well as archived video that was live streamed is available on the Seminary website here.

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.

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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