Friday, July 21, 2017

Victory News - Saturated With Prayer



Dear Friends,

To be honest, I’ve never considered myself an accomplished pray-er. I’ve always felt that other people probably pray more frequently, more naturally and more insightfully. So it’s been really healthy for me personally to spend a whole summer saturated with a sermon series on prayer. I hope you’ve felt that way too as we’ve been working through some tremendous examples of prayer in the Bible and seeing how we too can pray with the confidence that our prayers are powerful!

For example, this past Sunday we learned to confidently go to God and ask him to do in you what only God can do. We looked at how this can be as easy as using a one-liner prayer.

Cleanse…  Create…  Cultivate…

Those were a couple of my one-liners based on Psalm 51 in the Bible. What were some of yours? Did you get an opportunity to craft your own one-liner prayers for God’s unlimited power?

In case you missed last weekend’s message, be sure and catch up by watching it online. And join us this Sunday at 8:30 or 10:15 as Pastor Bill will continue our series Prayer Is Powerful with an amazing lesson from the life of King Hezekiah. If you’ve got a couple minutes, check out the background in 2 Kings 18 and 19 before Sunday.

Worship Planning Getaway – Pastor Bill and I will be away Sunday night through Tuesday along with the pastors from St Paul’s in Muskego to plan out our worship series for the next year. We get together to discuss culture and our congregations. We study the Christian church year calendar. We search the Scriptures. We pray. We work hard to develop series outlines, themes and Scripture lessons that then become the basis for our preaching and worship throughout the year as we dig even more deeply into God’s Word. So please feel free to send me any thoughts, suggestions, or creative ideas. Also I invite your prayers for God to bless our planning efforts!

Evening Concert – Friday evening August 11th at 7pm at our ministry center, Chris Driesbach will be sharing his faith through song by putting on a concert and sharing his story of his journey from atheism to Christianity. At 6 pm before the concert I’ll have brats and hot dogs on the grill for anyone who wants to come early and enjoy some yummy food out in the parking lot with me. Read more about Chris Driesbach’s story here on the event page.

Praise and Proclaim – helps Christians and congregations by training them on how to confidently and joyfully proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ with their community. I’m excited to share that we’ll be inviting Praise and Proclaim to VotL in October! You will all be invited to a training event on Friday evening, October 13th followed by a day of putting your training into practice on Saturday, October 14th. I’m sharing this now because it is my prayer that as many of you as possible would be able to attend and find joy in being equipped to share Christ’s victory! Stay tuned for more info over the next couple months.

From Another Mother Sale – St. Marcus is having a Baby Rummage Sale August 4 -from 12:00 pm to 6 pm and August 5 from 9 am. to 2 pm. We are seeking donations of clean and gently used Baby, Kid, and Maternity, Clothes & Shoes, Toys, Books, and Baby Accessories (no mattresses or car seats please.) 100% of proceeds are benefiting Lutherans for Life. We are collecting donations at St. Marcus on July 29 and 30 from 9 am to 2 pm. Have questions or need help donating? Contact Meta at 920 284-0658 or email Lutherans4LifeRummage@gmail.com.

Get Some Exercise, Love Our Neighbors – Partnering with My Team Triumph, the Coventry group home we serve here in Franklin has become an official training site where people can come over and push the ladies in our special jogging strollers around the neighborhood. Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm from now through September and you are invited to participate by coming over to run or walk as we push the ladies around a one mile loop in the neighborhood. Find out more and sign up here on our website. Give it a try! You can go at your own pace. It’s a wonderful way also for a family to get some exercise together while loving and serving our neighbors.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, July 14, 2017

Victory News - Pray for God's Power


Dear Friends,

YouTube has been a game changer for me. I learned how to install a new video card in an old desktop computer by watching a video. I learned how to put new strings on my mandolin by watching a video. There is almost no limit to the number of things you can learn to do by watching a “How-to” video online. YouTube empowers me and makes me feel like I can do almost anything (so long as I can find a video of a twelve-year old showing me how via the internet!)

And yet is that true…that you can do anything you put your mind to doing?

Not exactly. This Sunday we’ll be looking at Psalm 51 in the Bible where we see that there are indeed some things, some really huge and important things!, that only God can do. And that’s why we need prayer. Prayer is acknowledged helplessness. At the same time prayer is acknowledging God’s power to do in us what we cannot do ourselves.

So please join me this Sunday at 8:30 or 10:15 as we continue our series Prayer Is Powerful. And in case you missed it, watch Pastor Bill’s inspiring sermon  from this past Sunday on how God still continues to give us a blank check with prayer!

Evening Concert – Friday evening August 11th at 7pm at our ministry center, Chris Driesbach will be sharing his faith through song by putting on a concert and sharing his story of his journey from atheism to Christianity. At 6 pm before the concert I’ll have brats and hot dogs on the grill for anyone who wants to come early and enjoy some yummy food out in the parking lot with me. Read more about Chris Driesbach’s story here on the event page.

Bible 101 Class – A new Bible 101 group started this past Wednesday night for 6:30-8 pm. Will continue to meet the next 3 Wednesdays. Let me know if you still want to jump on board!

Congrats! To Brett and Crystal whom I had the privilege of marrying last week and to Josh and Lauren whose wedding I’ll be officiating later this afternoon. May God’s picture perfect love continue to grow and flourish in your lives together.

Design Intern We are very blessed that our very own Naomi Scheel will be able to serve 10 hrs a week this summer as a design intern. She will be helping to refresh our logo, redesign the look of our Bible 101-301 materials, and create new publicity pieces for our church as well as continue to work on our sermon series graphics, worship folders, etc.

More Than Bricks Update Available online here. More Than Bricks (MTB) kicked off in December 2014 as a major funding campaign for our new Ministry Center, with a goal of $500,000. 80% of the money received ($400,000) is being used to reduce our mortgage debt and related expenses, and 20% ($100,000) is being used to support mission work in North Dakota, St. Lucia and Nepal.

Leadership Team Update – June update available online here.

Kingdom Workers – This week I had a meeting at the home office of Kingdom Workers here in Milwaukee exploring the potential for developing deeper relationships with mission partners such as we have in St Lucia.

Praise and Proclaim – helps Christians and congregations by training them on how to confidently and joyfully proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ with their community. I’m excited to share that we’ll be inviting Praise and Proclaim to VotL in October! You will all be invited to a training event on Friday evening, October 13th followed by a day of putting your training into practice on Saturday, October 14th. I’m sharing this now because it is my prayer that as many of you as possible would be able to attend and find joy in being equipped to share Christ’s victory! Stay tuned for more info over the next couple months.

Living Water Installation – This Sunday afternoon at 4 pm in a special service Pastor Aaron Voss will be installed as the new pastor of Living Water Lutheran Church just south of us on Loomis Rd. I will be attending to support Pastor Voss and our brothers and sisters in Christ at Living Water. They have been without a pastor for quite some time now and we rejoice with them that God has at last provided for them a new shepherd!

Pregnancy Counseling Center – I serve on the board of directors for WELS Lutherans For Life. The renovations and process of converting our building in West Allis to a medical clinic is moving along swiftly so that on-site ultrasound will be available by the end of the summer. This is very exciting so that we can serve more women with compassionate, quality, Christ-centered care! I serve on the board of directors and want to invite any of you who might be interested in volunteering time. Here are some of the different ways you might consider getting involved.

Get Some Exercise, Love Our Neighbors – Partnering with My Team Triumph, the Coventry group home we serve here in Franklin has become an official training site where people can come over and push the ladies in our special jogging strollers around the neighborhood. Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm from now through September and you are invited to participate by coming over to run or walk as we push the ladies around a one mile loop in the neighborhood. Find out more and sign up here on our website. Give it a try! You can go at your own pace. It’s a wonderful way also for a family to get some exercise together while loving and serving our neighbors.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, June 30, 2017

Victory News - News Service Times This Sunday!


Dear Friends,

Don’t forget…this Sunday our new service times are 8:30 and 10:15!

I will be continuing our series “Prayer is Powerful” as we look at Abraham’s prayer to God on behalf of his nephew Lot and the people of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 18:20-33. Please join me as we learn how persistent prayer is pleasing to God. And let’s take advantage of the freedom that God has blessed us with in this great nation to gather together to listen to his word, to praise him and to pray to him!

This Sunday we also will be welcoming the Branches Band as guest musicians for both our worship services. There will be a free will offering opportunity to support their music ministry after the service as well as an opportunity to purchase CD’s and other music resources in the lobby. Visit the Branches Band website or on Facebook for more info. If you’d like you can also find their music on Spotify.

(ICYMI watch Pastor Bramdeo Ramgolam’s sermon from this past Sunday. “Let’s start with prayer and go from there!” Pastor Bram serves at Trinity Lutheran Church in St Lucia and is one of our More Than Bricks mission partners whom we are privileged to support.)

New Bible 101 Class Starting in July Bible 101 is the first step at our church for anyone who has questions about God, wants to learn what we believe or teach from the Bible, or is interested in receiving the sacrament of holy communion with our church family. Choose the schedule that works best for you: Super Saturday July 8th from 10am-3:30pm. All 4 lessons in one day. Or Wednesday nights July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, and August 2nd from 6:30-8pm. One lesson each week for 4 weeks. Please register online here.

Tuition Assistance Fund – To see the tuition assistance fund guidelines or to apply for tuition assistance before June 30, 2017 visit our Christian Education page of our website. To contribute to this fund go to our online giving page. Under “Select Fund” click on Tuition Assistance.

4th of July Parade – This is a great way to let our community know about Victory of the Lamb! Walk alongside our church float. We’ll be handing out candy while our band plays music. It’s a fun thing to do as a family! The parade starts at 11 am on July 4th. Meet by our float between 10:30 and 11 am (usually located about 1/4 mile north of Walgreens on Loomis). Decorated strollers welcome! Helpful information about where to park or get dropped can be found right here on the event page on our website. And so that we’ll have plenty of candy to hand out during the parade, you may donate individually wrapped, non-chocolate candy at the ministry center anytime through July 2. Look for the bin in the lobby.

Leadership Team News – At our meeting Monday evening, Jim Kehoe was chosen to serve on the Leadership Team to replace Wes Andersen who is stepping down after serving the past 7 years as part of a normal transition. As we welcome Jim to the Leadership Team, I want especially to also thank Wes for his approachability, his patient listening ear to all who sought him out, his quiet wisdom, and his consistently sound, God-pleasing advice to me personally. Jim will be installed at an upcoming service in July. Leadership Team updates from July will be published soon.

Financial Ministry Plan Our church operates on a fiscal year budget. As such, today - June 30th, is the final day of this fiscal year. That means there’s still time to give online today to help us meet our goal for this year. FY to date we’ve received $289,386 in offerings compared to a financial ministry plan goal of $305,000 in offerings.

At the same time, July 1st begins not only a new fiscal year but is the beginning of a new phase of our ministry where we have to begin paying the mortgage on our ministry center. For this reason our financial ministry plan for the upcoming fiscal year reflects our prayerful goal of receiving $345,000 in offerings, an increase of $40,000.

While this is a substantial increase, we also recognize that God is continuing to richly bless our church with regular new guests, an increase of new members, and consistent numerical growth. We are accomplishing our mission of sharing Christ’s victory with today’s people!

Generous giving over the past decade has enabled our church to be known for our outwardly focused mission, our hospitality, our love, and our joy. We trust that the wonderful good news message of Christ’s victory will continue to motivate you and cause you to overflow as joyful givers who reflect the heart of God who gave us his Son!

A word of practical encouragement: Now would be a great time to consider regular on-line giving if you haven’t or to re-evaluate what your automated giving is if that’s been something you’ve been doing for a while. On-line giving helps provide a consistent picture of where we’re at as a church from month to month so that the Leadership Team can make adjustments to our financial ministry plan if needed.

Get Some Exercise, Love Our Neighbors – Partnering with My Team Triumph, the Coventry group home we serve here in Franklin has become an official training site where people can come over and push the ladies in our special jogging strollers around the neighborhood. Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm from now through September and you are invited to participate by coming over to run or walk as we push the ladies around a one mile loop in the neighborhood. Find out more and sign up here on our website. Give it a try! You can go at your own pace. It’s a wonderful way also for a family to get some exercise together while loving and serving our neighbors.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, June 16, 2017

Victory News - Prayer Is Powerful!


“If God is for me, who can be…who can be against me???”

This isn’t just the chorus to the catchiest soccer camp song of all time (You’re welcome, parents😊). It’s also a promise of God recorded in the Bible (check out Romans 8:31-39)! Since God has already given us his greatest gift in Jesus who went to the cross for us and has defeated sin, death, and the devil for us, we can therefore trust God for everything else that we need in life too. Every. Single. Thing. God is for us!

This means we can talk directly to God now as our dear Father in heaven because of the victory that Jesus won for us. And that’s really what prayer is…talking to God. It’s our privilege to pray knowing that our relationship with God has been changed because of Jesus. God is now our true, heavenly Father. We are his children. He loves us. He is for us. And so he delights to hear from us – in any and every situation. In fact, God promises that our prayers have power. And that’s what we’re going to start talking about as we begin our new series this Sunday – Prayer Is Powerful!

So please join us this Sunday at 9 or 10:45 at our ministry center here in Franklin located at 11120 W Loomis Rd. At our 10:45 service all our soccer camp kids are going to be invited to come up and sing that catchy camp song that I was talking about. And if you have any prayer requests that you’d like us as pastors to be praying for you, please feel free to share them with us through our website.


(ICYMI, watch and share Pastor Bill’s sermon from this past Sunday where he helped us see that even though Gideon fell into great sin, ultimately he didn’t fall from God’s grace. What a comfort that is for us too when we struggle against the inadvertent idols in our lives!)

Soccer Camp Success! First of all…thank you, GOD, for a week of mighty fine warm weather, safety, provision, and protection! And also thank you to Cassy our dedicated camp director, all our coaches, helpers, and donors for your organization, generosity, patience, and crazy love on display…often with much perspiration! This week 220 kids got to make new friends, learn that God loves them and has a purpose for their lives, and have fun playing soccer and soccer related games like sharks and minnows. You can check it all out firsthand by visiting our church Facebook page. There are pictures and videos galore including one of my favorites moments…the day the ice cream truck arrived! And on a hot summer day – to hear that little jingle playing as it came closer and closer down the long Polonia driveway – it was like the bells of heaven chiming! (Ok, maybe that’s a sliiiiiight exaggeration. But it was close to that. Can you tell that it’s Friday evening at the end of a long week?!)

HEADS UP – Worship Time Tweaks Coming in July! – Starting Sunday, July 2nd we’re going to change our service times to 8:30 and 10:15 am.

New Bible 101 Class Starting in July – Bible 101 is the first step at our church for anyone who has questions about God, wants to learn what we believe or teach from the Bible, or is interested in receiving the sacrament of holy communion with our church family. Choose the schedule that works best for you: Super Saturday July 8th from 10am-3:30pm. All 4 lessons in one day. Or Wednesday nights July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, and August 2nd from 6:30-8pm. One lesson each week for 4 weeks. Please register online here.
Tuition Assistance Fund – To see the tuition assistance fund guidelines or to apply for tuition assistance before June 30, 2017 visit our Christian Education page of our website. To contribute to this fund go to our online giving page. Under “Select Fund” click on Tuition Assistance.

4th of July Parade – As we have in the past, our church will have a float in the Franklin parade. Band members will be playing music and you have an opportunity to walk alongside it and hand out candy to the community representing our church. Donations of candy are appreciated. You can bring bags of candy to the ministry center any of the next 3 Sundays. Thanks!

Get some exercise, Love our neighbors – Partnering with My Team Triumph, the Coventry group home we serve here in Franklin has become an official training site where people can come over and push the ladies in our special jogging strollers around the neighborhood. Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm from now through September and you are invited to participate by coming over to run or walk as we push the ladies around a one mile loop in the neighborhood. Find out more and sign up here on our website. Give it a try! You can go at your own pace. It’s really not hard and it’s a wonderful way also for a family to get some exercise together while loving and serving our neighbors.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, June 9, 2017

Victory News - Don't Laugh at the Gaffe

Jordan, we'll be praying for you this week! Thank you, everyone, for helping raise over $3,000 for the Moore Family!

Dear Friends,

“Oops…Sorry! I didn’t mean to do that.”

Whether Gideon thought this way or not, what we’re going to see this Sunday is that he made a huge spiritual gaffe. Something that started out seemingly kind of small spiraled into something significant and spiritually dangerous. That ever happen to you? Have you ever set up a secret idol, unintentionally? You might be surprised to find out you have. But even more surprising is to learn how God deals with us according to his grace time and time again…even when our lives are full of spiritual gaffes!

Join us this Sunday at 9 or 10:45 as Pastor Bill is going to bring home our series Ordinary People, Extraordinary God with the grand finale in part 4: Gideon’s Gaffe.

(ICYMI, watch and share my sermon from this past Sunday. God used Gideon to defeat the Midianites. See how God also wants to use you. And the good news is that Gideon’s God…is our God too! He is patient when we waver. He is powerful when we’re weak!)

Soccer Camp Is Here – Here’s How You Can Help! What a huge impact we get to make this coming week in our community by connecting with 220 kids—teaching them not only soccer skills, but also about our wonderful God who made us and redeemed us by his Son, Jesus Christ our Savior!

HELP NEEDED: 1) Donations – cash can also be donated and we will shop for you. 2) Help setting up on Sunday after church 3) Help all day Monday starting at 9 am 4) Help Tue am setting up from 8-10 am.

Please contact Cassy either via email or cell #414-899-4984. All hands on deck for Jesus! Thank you for your generosity, your prayers, and your time! For more info about the camp visit the event page on our website.

HEADS UP – Worship Time Tweaks Coming in July! – Starting Sunday, July 2nd we’re going to change our service times to 8:30 and 10:15 am. 

Peter’s Party – Sunday at the Victory CafĂ© we’ll be having a little farewell for our now former student assistant Peter Schlicht as he and his family will soon be making the transition to Madison, WI to begin serving as a pastor of Eastside Lutheran Church.

District Conference – This week Pastor Bill and I spent some time at the Seminary in Mequon attending our Southeastern WI District Conference where we got to worship with fellow WELS pastors and teachers and receive updates on our join work together as members of the synod. Highlights for me were worshiping with hundreds of fellow believers; attending a special commissioning service for new missionaries in Malawi, Cameroon, Nigeria, Mexico, Latin America and Milwaukee; also getting reports from our World Mission field such as this: there are 450 students being trained to be pastors around the world in our global Seminary programs! That’s really amazing. God is pouring out incredible blessings through the mission efforts we do together!

Get some exercise, Love our neighbors – Partnering with My Team Triumph, the Coventry group home we serve here in Franklin has become an official training site where people can come over and push the ladies in our special jogging strollers around the neighborhood. Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm from now through September and you are invited to participate by coming over to run or walk as we push the ladies around a one mile loop in the neighborhood. Find out more and sign up here on our website. Give it a try! You can go at your own pace. It’s really not hard and it’s a wonderful way also for a family to get some exercise together while loving and serving our neighbors.

Tuition Assistance Fund – To see the tuition assistance fund guidelines or to apply for tuition assistance before June 30, 2017 visit our Christian Education page of our website. To contribute to this fund go to our online giving page. Under “Select Fund” click on Tuition Assistance.

VotL on Facebook – If you’re on it, don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook. Pictures, videos, prayers, sermons, events, and other relevant stuff are posted regularly. Also feel free to “check in,” “like”, comment, and share gospel content with your friends!

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, May 19, 2017

Victory News - Extraordinary God


Dear Friends,

“In those days… everyone did as they saw fit.” Sounds like a culture where people maintain that their own unlimited personal autonomy is the only virtue there is. In that way it seems quite contemporary, doesn’t it? Yet would you be surprised to learn that phrase is actually found in the Old Testament book of Judges where it describes what it was like in Israel 3,000+ years ago?

This Sunday we’ll journey back to this time of the Judges and step into the life and circumstances of a man named Gideon. We’ll see over the next four weeks that he was a man full of doubts and fears and more than a little deceit. An unlikely hero to be sure. Kinda like us. Yet we’ll see how God used this ordinary man to accomplish extraordinary things. In fact we’ll see how God specializes in using ordinary things and unlikely people to accomplish his saving will for us…and through us.

I would love to have you join me and Pastor Bill this Sunday at 9 or 10:45 as we begin our new series Ordinary People—Extraordinary God. We also look forward to welcoming our Teen Band who will again be leading our worship music for both services. During the 10:45 service we will also celebrate God’s grace in the lives of 4 students who will be receiving our Lord’s body and blood in the sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time.

(ICYMI, watch and share my sermon from this past Sunday. In fact, I would encourage all of you to go back and watch any of the messages that you may have missed over the last couple weeks in our “Empty” series going back to Easter Sunday. From beginning to end I think this series was one of the most impactful, fulfilling series we’ve ever preached at our church. Visit our sermon archive on our website to check them out or share them with family and friends.

HEADS UP - Time Tweaks Coming in July! Our church continues to grow and for this we praise God! Starting in July we’re going to change our service times to 8:30 and 10:15 am as a trial run for 6 months. Our goals are 1) free up parking spaces, sanctuary seats, and room in Victory Kids during the first service because studies have shown that when the sanctuary or parking lot becomes 80% full people start to stay away; and 2) create a more vibrant worship atmosphere during the second service. We will evaluate this experiment at the end of the year.

Soccer Camp 2017 – Our 10th annual Soccer Camp is June 13-16 from 11am-3pm and includes lunch. Register here. Don’t wait…space is limited. We’re expecting over 200 kids!

Moore Family Fundraiser Visit the event page here. Our TNT Small Group will be holding a Cookie and Car Wash fundraiser on Saturday, June 3, for one of our members, eight-year old Jordan Moore, who will be undergoing brain surgery in the middle of June. Please check out the needs list here so that you might have an opportunity to get involved and help support the Moore family.

Peter’s Call Day This past Thursday, Peter and Rachel (along with baby Solomon) found out that they will be moving to Madison, WI this summer as Peter was called to be an associate pastor at Eastside Lutheran Church. Peter will be helping to lead worship with the teen band this Sunday at VotL and then getting ready to make the transition to Madison.
 

Get some exercise, Love our neighbors – Partnering with My Team Triumph, the Coventry group home we serve here in Franklin has become an official training site where people can come over and push the ladies in our special jogging strollers around the neighborhood. Pastor Ben, Pastor Bill, or Ryan Solie will be present every Wednesday at 5:30 pm from now through September and you are all invited to participate by coming over to run or walk as we push the ladies around a one mile loop in the neighborhood. Find out more and sign up here on our website. Give it a try! You can go at your own pace. It’s really not hard and it’s a wonderful way also for a family to get some exercise together while loving and serving our neighbors.

More Than Bricks (MTB) – is our campaign to fund our new ministry center as well as to support three global mission partners: in Nepal, in St Lucia, and in N.D. To date, you, God’s people have generously donated $367,380 (88.3% of Commitments, 73.5% of goal). Thank you! Click here for more info from the latest monthly update. MTB runs through Dec 31, 2017.

Tuition Assistance Fund – The Purpose of the Tuition Assistance Program is: 1. To encourage the young people and families of our congregation to receive a Lutheran based education (Kindergarten through Seminary), through providing some financial assistance, whether based on need or scholarship. 2. To provide some financial assistance to the young people and families of our congregation who intend to pursue the preaching and teaching ministry in our Synod. 3. To provide an opportunity for the members and attendees of our congregation to encourage and support a Lutheran based education for our young people. During the month of May we will be receiving donations to fulfill the purpose of this fund. To contribute to this fund go to our online giving page. Then under “Select Fund” click on Tuition Assistance. To see the tuition assistance fund guidelines or to apply for tuition assistance before June 30, 2017 visit our Christian Education page of our website.

Church Accountant – For the past many years we thank Jayne Reuter for serving faithfully as our church accountant as a volunteer. At the start of the new fiscal year in July, Jayne is stepping down as our accountant in order to pursue other avenues of serving the Lord in our church. This means we have an open position for someone within in our church to volunteer and serve using their time and talents. If you’re interested to learn more please download and view this position description here. Contact me or Jim Vogel, our Treasurer, to express interest or ask questions.

Leadership Team Transition – With our gratitude, Wes Andersen, who has served faithfully on the Leadership Team for 7 years, will be stepping down at the end of this fiscal year (6/30). This opens up the opportunity for someone else to serve on our church’s Leadership Team. To fill two vacant positions back in November we received nominations from the congregation, requested feedback after publishing their names, and contacted those who were nominated to see who was willing to serve. The Leadership Team will select Wes’s replacement from this same list at our next Leadership Team scheduled for June 12th.

13 Reasons Resource – Parents of middle schoolers and high schoolers…if you haven’t heard of the Netflix show 13 Reasons, or if you have, you will want to read this helpful guide. Please know that Pastor Bill and myself are here for you also if you ever feel you need to talk about any of the things this kind of show brings up. 

Viking Explorers is a summer academic and athletic program run by Wisconsin Lutheran high School. There are some program booklets and registration forms on the info tables near the Welcome Area or you can go online to www.wlhs.org for more information. Check it out! There’s something for everyone—from athletics to band to robotics and more!

Our church now has an Amazon Smile account. At no cost to you, 0.5% of your purchases will be donated to Victory of the Lamb. All you need to do is go to smile.amazon.com when you make your purchases. Select Victory of the Lamb Exploratory as your organization, and the church will receive the 0.5% in quarterly deposits. Any questions, please let us know.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, May 12, 2017

Victory News - Empty No More

"Hey, let's meet up at church this Sunday. Bring the whole family!" Sincerely, Mother Goose

Dear Friends,

Years ago, after I had received the call to plant the church that has become Victory of the Lamb, I had a dream (actually it was more like a nightmare!). I dreamed no one showed up for church. The place was empty. In my dream I kept watching the clock. The minutes passed. Then hours. I was all alone. It was awful. Thankfully, it was a dream (and hopefully you’ll all show up on Sunday!). But I’ll never forget that feeling—the fear of an empty church (it’s a pastor thing).

Now for you maybe it’s not an empty church that you fear, but rather an empty home. Or perhaps the intense feelings that stir when our most precious life relationships fall apart or those feelings that stir at the prospect of our most meaningful relationships fading away. Can anyone or anything fill those kind of deep, empty spaces in our souls? The good news is Jesus says, “I can!”

Please join me this Sunday at 9 or 10:45 as I wrap up our “Empty” series at church and we find out how!

(ICYMI, watch and share my sermon from this past Sunday. If you’ve ever experienced pressure, if you’ve ever had some regrets about how your life turned out, if you’ve ever felt like your life has no purpose…check it out! I promise you won’t regret it. Or if you’re just curious as to what Buzz Lightyear’s boot has to do with your life…be sure and watch!)

HEADS UP - Time Tweaks Coming in July! The good news is that my nightmare long ago didn’t come true. People are coming to church! More and more every week. And we want people to keep coming to church. We want more people to come to our church. In fact we’re expecting that to happen so that we can continue to share Christ’s victory with as many as possible. That’s why starting in July we’re going to change our service times to 8:30 and 10:15 am as a trial run for 6 months. Our goals are 1) free up parking spaces, sanctuary seats, and room in Victory Kids during the first service because studies have shown that when the sanctuary or parking lot becomes 80% full people start to stay away; and 2) create a more vibrant worship atmosphere during the second service. We will evaluate this trial run at the end of the year.

Nepal Mission Update – Remember the little girl who needed ear implants, the daughter of our missionary there? Thanks to special collections from churches like ours, she received them and is adjusting to them well! She now can say "mama" and "papa" when prompted by her parents. Can you imagine the joy our contacts must feel to know their daughter hears them and can repeat their names? So thank you for your kindness and your prayers. And please keep our contact family and our Nepal mission in your prayers.

The Life-a-thon is this Saturday, May 13th! Family friendly 5K Run/Walk at McCarty park in West Allis. Register at www.Life-A-Thon.org or call 414-727-8176. Join Team Victory of the Lamb! Watch a Life-a-thon 2017 promo video here.

Soccer Camp 2017 – Our 10th annual Soccer Camp will be June 13-16 from 11am-3pm and include lunch. Register here. Don’t wait…space is limited. We’re expecting over 200 kids!

Peter’s Call Day at the Seminary Thursday, May 18th, at 10 am seniors like Peter will be receiving their first full-time ministry calls during a special worship service at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. It’s an incredible experience to be a part of “Call Day”. All are welcome. If you’re unable to attend in person you can also watch live via livestream. Of special interest is the annual graduation concert that evening with the Seminary Chorus at 7:00 pm.

Get Some Exercise, Love Our Neighbors – For years we’ve ministered to the Coventry group home here in Franklin where special 5 ladies live. Partnering with My Team Triumph, our Coventry group home has become an official training site where people can come over and push the ladies in our special jogging strollers around the neighborhood. Pastor Ben, Pastor Bill, or Ryan Solie will be present every Wednesday at 5:30 pm from now through September and you are all invited to participate by coming over to run or walk as we push the ladies around a one mile loop in the neighborhood. Find out more and sign up here on our website. Give it try! You can go at your own pace. It’s really not hard and it’s a wonderful way also for a family to get some exercise together while loving and serving our neighbors.

Moore Family Fundraiser – Our TNT Small Group will be holding a Cookie and Car Wash fundraiser on Saturday, June 3, for one of our members, eight-year old Jordan Moore, who will be undergoing brain surgery in the middle of June. A needs list or two will be coming out soon so that you might have an opportunity to get involved and help support the Moore family. Keep Jordan and her family in your prayers.

Tuition Assistance Fund – The Purpose of the Tuition Assistance Program is: 1. To encourage the young people and families of our congregation to receive a Lutheran based education (Kindergarten through Seminary), through providing some financial assistance, whether based on need or scholarship. 2. To provide some financial assistance to the young people and families of our congregation who intend to pursue the preaching and teaching ministry in our Synod. 3. To provide an opportunity for the members and attendees of our congregation to encourage and support a Lutheran based education for our young people. During the month of May we will be receiving donations to fulfill the purpose of this fund. To contribute to this fund go to our online giving page. Then under “Select Fund” click on Tuition Assistance. To see the tuition assistance fund guidelines or to apply for tuition assistance before June 30, 2017 visit our Christian Education page of our website.

Viking Explorers is a summer academic and athletic program run by Wisconsin Lutheran high School. There are some program booklets and registration forms on the info tables near the Welcome Area or you can go online to www.wlhs.org for more information. Check it out! There’s something for everyone—from athletics to band to robotics and more!

Amazon Smile account. At no cost to you, 0.5% of your purchases will be donated to Victory of the Lamb. All you need to do is go to smile.amazon.com when you make your purchases. Select Victory of the Lamb Exploratory as your organization, and the church will receive the 0.5% in quarterly deposits. Any questions, please let us know.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, April 21, 2017

Victory News - The Tomb Is Still Empty!

Wonderfully full house on Easter!

Dear Friends,

Good news...the tomb is still empty! So even if you’ve been the victim of a Craigslist scam or something worse…the victory that Jesus Christ pulled off on Easter when he rose from the dead is still the single most decisive event in history. Because your Savior lives…nothing now, not even the curse of sin, can take away or rob you of the inheritance you have in heaven! That’s what Pastor Bill is going to explain this Sunday as we explore this comforting passage that the apostle Peter first shared with suffering believers in the 1st century about “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade-- kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4).

So please join us this Sunday at 9 or 10:45 as we continue our “Empty” series and unpack the implications of what the empty tomb practically means for our lives!

(And in case you missed it, watch and share my Easter message from Sunday where I expose the emptiness of honest atheism and showcase the awesome comfort we have as a result of the resurrection.)

Bible 101 Starts Tomorrow – REGISTER TODAY! Bible 101 is the first step at our church for anyone who has questions about God, wants to learn what we believe or teach from the Bible, or is interested in receiving the sacrament of holy communion with our church family. Choose the schedule that works best for you: Super Saturday, April 22nd from 10am-3:30pm. All 4 lessons in one day. Or Tuesday nights April 25, May 2, May 9 and May 16 from 6:30-8pm. One lesson each week for 4 weeks. Register online here!

Life-a-thon 2017 is a family friendly 5K Run/Walk at McCarty park in West Allis. Coming up soon on Saturday, May 13th. Get friends together, recruit sponsors, and help save lives! $25 individual or $60 family. Register at www.Life-A-Thon.org or call 414-727-8176. Join Team Victory of the Lamb! Watch a Life-a-thon 2017 promo video here.

Pics from Easter for Kids – 136 kids filled our ministry center on April 8th. Did you see the album on our Facebook page? Check out the pics. Like, tag and share!

Soccer Camp 2017 – Our 10th annual Soccer Camp will be June 13-16 from 11am-3pm and include lunch. Register here. Don’t wait…space is limited. We’re expecting over 200 kids!

Viking Explorers is a summer academic and athletic program run by Wisconsin Lutheran high School. There are some program booklets and registration forms on the info tables near the Welcome Area or you can go online to www.wlhs.org for more information. Check it out! There’s something for everyone—from athletics to band to robotics and more!

Our church now has an Amazon Smile account. At no cost to you, 0.5% of your purchases will be donated to Victory of the Lamb. All you need to do is go to smile.amazon.com when you make your purchases. Select Victory of the Lamb as your organization, and the church will receive the 0.5% in quarterly deposits. Any questions, please let us know.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter at Victory of the Lamb




Hi Friends,

You ever feel empty, yet at the same time feel full of stress and worry? Ever feel anything but joy? Need some good news for once?

You’re not alone!

So if you don’t already have a church home, please join us at Victory of the Lamb this Sunday on Easter! Come meet some people just like you. Leave your emptiness behind. Go home filled with a message of hope!

Victory of the Lamb is a church for everyone—including those who feel like they’ve given up on church but haven’t given up on God. We would love to meet you. The victory that Jesus won makes all the difference in the world!

For more info about our church, please visit our website. Easter services are at 9 and 10:45 am at our new ministry center here in Franklin on Hwy 36/Loomis Rd just south of Showtime Cinema and Innovative Health and Fitness.

Come early and enjoy some free breakfast goodies and coffee at our Victory Café in the lobby!

Wondering about the kids? You’re welcome to bring them early to register for Victory Kids—our safe, secure Sunday morning kids program for kids ages infant—fifth grade where kids can connect with God at their level.

Thanks for listening. We’d love to meet you this Easter!

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben


Other Events Coming Up…

Soccer Camp 2017 – Our 10th annual Soccer Camp is June 13-16. For kids ages 4-11. This year camp will be from 11am-3pm and include lunch. Register online here. Hurry, space is limited and June will be here before you know it! Please share with other families who you think might be interested!

New Bible 101 Classes Starting – Bible 101 is a class I teach where I try and meet you where you’re at with whatever questions you have. It’s a great first step for anyone who has questions about God, wants to learn what we believe or teach, or just wants to grow and explore Christianity. Choose the schedule that works best for you: Either Super Saturday, April 22nd from 10am-3:30pm. All 4 lessons in one day. Free lunch provided. Or Tuesday evenings April 25, May 2, May 9 and May 16 from 6:30-8pm. One lesson each week for 4 weeks. Register online here!