Friday, October 28, 2016

Victory News - Busting the 'Good Person Myth'



Almost 500 years ago, on October 17, 1517 something major took place in Germany when a man named Martin Luther published a document by nailing it to a church door which detailed false teachings and abuses in the church. (This was before blogging!)

What happened? The ‘good person myth’ was busted. Consciences were set free. People learned that they were forgiven in the sight of God by faith in Jesus Christ alone apart from their good works.

It turns out though that the ‘good person myth’ is a persistent bugger. It takes many subtle forms and still holds countless people captive to this day. But the good news is that Jesus is the man who won’t go away. And the message that he came to bring, the Gospel, continues to bust the ‘good person myth’ in a spirit of continuing reformation in the church.

Join me this Sunday as we explore what this so-called ‘good person myth’ is all about and how the message of Jesus blows it up. It’s truly good news! And don’t you think we need some more of that in our world today?

(ICYMI watch Pastor Bill’s sermon from last Sunday about the power of forgiveness. I had the privilege of preaching at my Grandma’s church in Juneau last Sunday for their mission festival and getting to serve her the Lord’s Supper.)

Wednesdays @ 6:30pm through Nov 9 - “Who Is This Man?”
Companion Bible class to the sermon series from 6:30-8:30pm at the Ministry Center // Contact Pastor Billblimmer@victoryofthelamb.com for details

Breakfast and Bible Group – Will meet again this Monday, October 31 @5:45-6:45 am in the ministry center lobby // all are welcome // free breakfast and coffee. Studying Ephesians.

Quest (Teen Group) Presents – “Getting Real About Relationships” – Sunday, October 30th, 6 pm. Rachel Greiner who leads the Healthy Choices program for WELS Lutherans For Life is our guest presenter who will be talking about how to have healthy dating relationships in our crazy world. As a presenter Rachel has talked to almost 2,000 middle school and high school age students in just this past year. She does a terrific job navigating a difficult topic in light of culture and God’s Word. All 7th-12th grade students are invited to the ministry center for an evening of true stories, fun, and free food!

Poulos Family Benefit – Sunday, November 20th, 3-6 pm at Victory of the Lamb. We’re hosting a bake sale, silent auction, vendor sales event at our ministry center. Will be family friendly and have activities for kids. Visit the event page on our website for more info. Contact Robyn to get involved. Visit our church Facebook page and use social media to share the event with your friends. Let’s get the word out!

Online Reviews – Speaking of getting the word out…please consider writing a review and giving a favorable rating for our church online. Whether it’s via Google+ or Facebook or any other social media or ratings sites…personal reviews and ratings matter. This is true whether it’s a restaurant, a beauty salon, or…in our case, a church. So if this is something you’re able to do, please consider taking some time to help us out. Your review might just be what leads to someone getting introduced to their Savior!

Operation Jesus Cares – Wednesday, December 21st. Once again we will partner with Christ St. Peters School in Milwaukee for assembly and delivery of care packages. This is our opportunity to have a positive impact on a struggling community. You can donate through an OJC envelope (available at the Welcome Area), or make an online donation through the church website. To volunteer, sign-up in the Welcome Area or contact Ryan Solie. Visit our event page to read more, see pictures from last year’s project

VotL Bucks Game – Saturday, December 3rd. Our church is reserving a block of 40 tickets as part of WELS Day to watch the Bucks take on the Brooklyn Nets. $20 per ticket; ages 2 and older need a ticket. Following the game, kids can shoot a free throw on the Bucks court! Koine lead singer, Brian Davison, will be singing the national anthem. Register online using this form to reserve your ticket(s). Please RSVP by November 18th.

Joint Reformation Service -- This Sunday afternoon at Carroll University's Shattuck auditorium there will be a special worship service to commemorate the 499th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. You can find out more here on our event page.

Invite Cards – Are available on the info table. Pick some up. Keep them handy in your wallet, purse, or car so you can give them away and invite people to come to church. 

Online Giving - If you are using online banking to pay your bills, consider using our online giving. Safe and convenient for one-time or recurring gifts. Go to victoryofthelamb.com and click on “Give”.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, October 14, 2016

Victory News - Don't Be Afraid; Just Believe!


Dear Friends,

What does despair look like? Does God care when you feel on the brink of despair? As we continue our “Who is This Man?” sermon series this Sunday we are going to explore a wonderfully comforting account from Luke chapter 8, two interwoven stories that shed light not only on who Jesus is, but faith’s response to a Savior who says, “Don't be afraid; just believe” (Luke 8:50).

(“Jesus is the man who won’t go away, because his words won’t go away.” ICYMI watch my sermon based on John 7 from last Sunday.)

Volunteers Needed! Sod Party Tomorrow, October 15th10-12 volunteers needed at the ministry center tomorrow, October 15th, beginning at 8:00 am. We will be laying sod on the south side (main entrance side) and around the corners of the main entrance. If anyone has sod cutters that they could bring, that would be great. Any questions please contact Dick Riege / 414-750-7977.

Who Is This Man? Study Group In addition to our Sunday teaching we’re having a Bible Class to deepen our study and broaden the impact. The study will be held at the ministry center and led by Pastor Bill. This group will meet on Wednesdays from Oct 12 – Nov. 9 from 6:30 to 8:00pm. Contact Pastor Bill / 608-556-1757 to let him know you’re coming or if you have any questions. All are welcome!

Breakfast and Bible Group – Will meet again this Monday, October 17th @5:45-6:45 am in the ministry center lobby // all are welcome // free breakfast & coffee. Studying Ephesians.

Franklin Fire and Police Spaghetti Dinner – Every year the Franklin firefighters and police offers host a spaghetti dinner to help people in our community. It's awesome. Next week on October 20th they're doing it to benefit Jackson Poulos and his family. Come and join us! We are so thankful to God for ALL the compassionate people of Franklin who are rallying around Jackson. Check out this flyer for event details.

Poulos Family Benefit – Sunday, November 20th, 3-6 pm at Victory of the Lamb. – We’re hosting a bake sale, silent auction, vendor sales event at our ministry center. Will be family friendly and have activities for kids. Still in planning stages. Save the date. Visit the event page on our website for more info. Contact Robyn to get involved.


Operation Jesus Cares is a great opportunity to help shine a little hope into a community that is struggling to make ends meet. Visit our event page to read more, see pictures from last year’s project, and learn how you can help us create another successful Christmas project on December 21st in partnership with the students of a south side Milwaukee school. Contact Ryan Solie to sign up to help.

Bible 201 Class Starting Next Week – The next 6 Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm. For people who either just completed Bible 101 or have in the past and have been waiting to connect with a new group. Contact me to register.

Bible 301 Class – We’ll be looking to start a new group in 2017 after our next Bible 201 group finishes. Stay tuned if you’ve been waiting.

October Leadership Team Update – Printed copies of this month’s update from our October 10th meeting will be available at the info tables in the lobby. It will also be available online soon on the page where all of our Leadership Team updates are made available.

Invite Cards – Are available on the info table. Pick some up. Keep them handy in your wallet, purse, or car so you can give them away and invite people to come to church.

Online Giving Cards – If you give online each week, these are little cards you can put in the offering basket each week as a simple way to say, “I give online.” If you’d like to do this go ahead and pick some up on the info table in the lobby.

Meditations – Are daily devotional booklets that we purchase and make available for you as a way to help you stay connected to Jesus. There are still a number of them available on the info tables.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Victory News - Who Is This Man?


Dear Friends,

Consider. Whoever wins this year’s presidential election will one day die and be forgotten. Their legacy will not endure. Their influence will fade away.

But Jesus is the person in all of history who won’t go away. His legacy lasts. His influence is still immense. From a human viewpoint though, his movement should have failed before it even started. Yet Jesus’ impact was greater a hundred years after his death than it was during his life. It was greater still after five hundred years. And after two thousand years… he has more followers in more places than ever!

Join me tomorrow as we begin a new series where we will consider the indisputable influence Jesus has had on our world. How his life and teaching simply drew people to follow him. How he made history by starting in a humble place, in a spirit of love and acceptance. How he shared and lived God’s message of sin and grace. And how his vision for us to lead lives of dignity, compassion, forgiveness, and hope continues to inspire and challenge humanity today.

“Love is an action. It looks like something. It looks like service.” Watch Pastor Bill’s outstanding sermon based on 1 Corinthians 14 from this past Sunday as he wrapped up our mini-series on spiritual gifts.

Who Is This Man? Special Study Group - In addition to our Sunday teaching we will also be having a Bible Class to deepen our study and broaden the impact. The study will be held at the ministry center and led by Pastor Bill. This group will meet on Wednesday’s from Oct 12 – Nov. 9 from 6:30 to 8:00pm. Contact Pastor Bill / 608-556-1757 to let him know you’re coming or if you have any questions.

Sod Party Re-scheduled for Saturday, October 15th.  10-12 volunteers needed at the ministry center next Saturday, October 15th, beginning at 8:00 am. We will be laying sod on the south side (main entrance side) and around the corners of the main entrance. If anyone has sod cutters that they could bring, that would be great. Any questions please contact Dick Riege / 414-750-7977.

Breakfast and Bible Group – Will meet again this Monday, October 10th @5:45-6:45 am in the ministry center lobby // all are welcome // free breakfast & coffee. Studying Ephesians.

Franklin Fire and Police Spaghetti Dinner – Every year the Franklin firefighters and police offers host a spaghetti dinner to help people in our community. It's awesome. This year on October 20th they're doing it to benefit Jackson Poulos and his family. Come and join us! We are so thankful to God for ALL the compassionate people of Franklin who are rallying around Jackson. Check out this flyer for event details.

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. Contact Sammi Goodger with any questions.

Next Monthly Leadership Team Meeting – Coming up this Monday evening, October 11th. 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.

United Way: Save babies' lives and transform families when you designate your United Way gift to WELS Lutherans for Life, Metro-Milwaukee as an eligible recipient of United Way donations through the Donor Choice option. Ask your employer for a Donor Choice form and designate WELS Lutherans for Life, Metro-Milwaukee, 8501 W. Lincoln Ave, West Allis, WI 53227, 414-727-8176. For information or details visit: www.ALife2.com, email: Contact@ALife2.com or call: 414-727-8176.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben