Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Victory News - Thanksgiving Eve Worship


Dear Friends,

Remember. Lest we forget…God, his goodness, his blessings.

Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:18).

Join us tomorrow on Thanksgiving Eve at 6:30 pm at our ministry center as we thank and praise God in worship for all the ways he has blessed us and our church family. This is our first ever Thanksgiving service as a church! After the service we are having a pie social in the lobby. All are welcome to stay and enjoy some food and fellowship. There is no service on Thanksgiving Day.

Poulos Family Benefit – A giant THANK YOU to everyone who helped create a community event Sunday afternoon where we were able to show the love of JESUS and raise over $12,000 for the Poulos family! (We'll have a final amount to share after we receive all the vendor contributions.) Read a brief recap here. Through our church we’ve also set up a Poulos Family Fund that you can give directly towards using our online giving platform. Thank you also for keeping Jackson and the whole Poulos family in your thoughts and prayers.

Friends of Jesus - Christmas Toy Drive – We are partnering with an organization called “Friends of Jesus” to provide toys to needy children in the Milwaukee area. New, wrapped toys can be dropped off in the decorated bin in the lobby up until Sunday, Dec 11. You can go the Toy Needs List online to choose the age child you would like to purchase a gift for. You can also go to the Welcome area at the Ministry Center to pick up a gold information sheet with specific details. Contact Nancy Thompson with questions.

Last Call for Leadership Team Nominations – Per an email I sent out on November 10th, VotL members are reminded to submit nominations to fill the two vacant Leadership Team positions via email either directly to me or to the entire Leadership Team. Currently 14 individuals have been nominated. Please submit your nomination by the end of this week. Then I will publish those names and we will begin contacting those individuals to follow up on their willingness and desire to serve.

Please RSVP for the VotL Bucks Game – Saturday, December 3rd. I have reserved 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). I’ve got about 25 more tickets available!

Operation Jesus Cares – Wednesday, December 21st. Once again we will partner with Christ St. Peter’s 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 at. Visit our event page to read more, see pictures from last year’s project.

NPH After Thanksgiving Sale – November 25 & 26 @NPH Christian Books & Gifts Store. Visit Northwestern Publishing House on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving for all your Christmas shopping needs. You'll find special savings, complimentary gift-wrapping, and a free Christmas basket drawing, all in our friendly, Christian environment. Plus, on Friday, jump start your busy day with a hot Rise & Shine breakfast, served free to you by your friends at NPH.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, November 18, 2016

Victory News - Benefit Sunday

Poulos Family Benefit, Sunday 3-6 pm

Dear Friends,

This afternoon at 4pm, the Franklin High School football team is playing in the D1 state championship game in Madison against an undefeated team from Kimberly. What an exciting opportunity for those football players to compete for the title of state champs! A video was posted online of the team buses pulling out and heading to the big game.

I’m guessing though there wasn’t a video of you heading off to work today, was there? No police escort. Nobody lining the street wishing you the best. At least there wasn’t for me.

And yet… in a very real sense, God has also put us together on a team. His team. The Church. Together we have a mission. To share Christ’s victory…over doubt, over despair, over previously unbeaten death itself.

Join me this Sunday as we conclude our study of 1 Corinthians with God’s promise that because Jesus lives…our mission work in this world is NOT IN VAIN. He is cheering us on!

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

(ICYMI watch Pastor Bill’s sermon from this past Sunday about how all bad things must come to an end.)
 
Poulos Family Benefit is THIS SUNDAY, 3-6 pm at Victory of the Lamb. – Get some of your Christmas shopping done and support Jackson and his family! Come enjoy: Silent auction (over 75 items), Vendor sale, Family & Kids' activities, Live band. Hope to see you there! Be sure and check out the AMAZING list of silent auction items. Visit our church Facebook page and use social media to share the event with your friends and family. Let’s get the word out! So many people have worked really hard to make this an incredible event as a blessing. Through our church we’ve also set up a Poulos Family Fund that you can give directly towards using our online giving platform.

Leadership Team Nominations – Per an email I sent out on November 10th, VotL members are reminded to submit nominations to fill the two vacant Leadership Team positions via email either directly to me or to the entire Leadership Team. Please do so as soon as possible.

VotL Bucks Game – Saturday, December 3rd. I have reserved 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 asap!

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 at. Visit our event page to read more, see pictures from last year’s project.

NPH After Thanksgiving Sale – November 25 & 26 @NPH Christian Books & Gifts Store
Visit Northwestern Publishing House on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving for all your Christmas shopping needs. You'll find special savings, complimentary gift-wrapping, and a free Christmas basket drawing, all in our friendly, Christian environment. Plus, on Friday, jump start your busy day with a hot Rise & Shine breakfast, served free to you by your friends at NPH!

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, November 4, 2016

Victory News - 3 Days That Changed the World

Looking for a sign to go to church? Stop right here!
On Tuesday, the citizens of our country are going to elect our next President. That individual will be the 44th different person to hold the office. It’s an important position and a high calling to be sure. Yet every president’s term of office has been measured by a calendar marked off by the life of a man who once worked as Jewish carpenter nearly 2,000 years ago—Jesus of Nazareth.

In fact every time any human being anywhere on the planet opens a calendar, checks their phone, or boots up a computer, they are reminded that Jesus Christ has in fact become the hinge of human history.
Many world leaders have come and gone. The legacy of Jesus Christ lives on.

Nero, for example, died “in the year of our Lord”—A.D. 68. Napoleon died “in the year of our Lord” 1821. Joseph Stalin died “in the year of our Lord” 1953.

As author John Ortberg says, “Maybe Jesus was not Lord of lords and King of kings, but how strange that now every ruler who ever reigned must be dated in reference to the life of Jesus.”

Join me this Sunday at Victory of the Lamb as we explore why—three days that changed the world. Three days that can change your life! 

(ICYMI watch my sermon from this past Sunday on how Jesus has busted the good person myth...and instead has given us a message that is truly Good News!)

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 Bill for details // blimmer@victoryofthelamb.com

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!

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 at. Visit our event page to read more, see pictures from last year’s project.

VotL Bucks Game – Saturday, December 3rd. I have reserved 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.

Volunteer Opportunity – We are looking to form a Properties Team. Has God gifted you with skills in any of the following areas: plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, general maintenance, yard maintenance and lawn care or general cleaning? If so, you can volunteer to use your gifts by becoming a member of the Properties Committee! To get involved using these gifts that God has given you, contact Pastor Bill at or Ron Takacs.

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.

Kingdom Workers Banquet. Last night I was asked to speak at the annual banquet for Kingdom Workers about the impact of the Builders For Christ—before, during, and after construction of our ministry center. We’ve got so many great pictures and stories…people really appreciated celebrating all that God accomplished through those special volunteers, including all those from our church who worked alongside them and supported them. What a story of God’s blessings the last 2 years have been!

NIFLA Training – In my role as a Board Member for WELS Lutherans for Life I will be attending a training event this Friday evening and all day Saturday. We are in the process of a very exciting transition. We are hoping with God’s blessings to be able to convert our main pregnancy counseling center into a medical clinic that is certified to offer free ultrasounds. Please keep this effort tin your prayers. Let me know if you’d ever like more info about getting involved with this life-giving ministry.

NPH After Thanksgiving Sale – November 25 & 26 @NPH Christian Books & Gifts Store. Visit Northwestern Publishing House on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving for all your Christmas shopping needs. You'll find special savings, complimentary gift-wrapping, and a free Christmas basket drawing, all in our friendly, Christian environment. Plus, on Friday, jump start your busy day with a hot Rise & Shine breakfast, served free to you by your friends at NPH!

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