Friday, April 7, 2017

Ten Years of Victory!


Easter for Kids 2016
Dear Friends,

Ten years ago. A decade! On Palm Sunday in 2007, our brand new church, Victory of the Lamb, held our first Grand Opening service at the Polonia Soccer Club which we rented on Sunday mornings. It was a one room building that could fit just over one-hundred people. This was our introduction to the community and the first major effort we made to share Christ’s victory with our neighbors. None of us knew then what God had in store for us a church.

Since that day, God has blessed us with a growing church family! We outgrew the Polonia Soccer Club in three years. We passed through Showtime Cinema in the course of six. We’ve begun to make an even bigger impact now that we’ve been in a permanent facility of our own just over a year. So after ten years as an outwardly focused church, our same mission continues….to share Christ’s victory with today’s people, loving them enough to meet them where they are at.

That’s because about two-thousand years ago Jesus met us where we were at…in our sins. On the first Palm Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey on his way to the cross to pay for the sins of the world just a couple days later. The Lamb went uncomplaining forth as a sacrifice for us all. There at the cross he showed us what true love is. There he paid the debt of our sins in full. And after Easter…nothing would ever be the same again! We would have an eternally significant victory to celebrate…and to share!

Our 1st "Grand Opening" in 2007 at Polonia
So join me this coming Palm Sunday, ten years after our first Palm Sunday worship service together, as we continue our series Like Us In Every Way and begin our Holy Week worship that culminates in a big Easter celebration next Sunday!

(In case you missed it, watch or read Pastor Bill’s comforting sermon from last Sunday about how Jesus is just like us. He wept at the death of a dear friend. But at the same time Jesus is not like because he is the resurrection and the life. And because of this, The End is not the End!)

New Bible 101 Opportunities Starting Soon – 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!

Holy Week Worship at Victory of the Lamb – Maundy Thursday (April 13th) at 6:30 pm with Holy Communion. Good Friday (April 14th) at 6:30 pm. Easter Sunday (April 16th) at 9 and 10:45 am with Victory Kids during both.

Holy Week Devotional Martin Luther College, our synod’s college of ministry that trains future pastors and teachers, offers this wonderful, free daily devotional. One 5 minute devotion a day from Palm Sunday through Easter.

Easter for Kids is tomorrow, Saturday April 8th from 11am-3pm at our ministry center. Over 130 kids from the community have registered! Say a prayer asking God to bless our outreach tomorrow. Click here for more info.

Easter Service – We are praying for and expecting many guests! What can you do to help our guests hear the gospel and see the importance of belonging to a church family? A couple of things: If you are asked by one of our serving teams to help out on Easter Sunday…please say yes! If you normally come to the more crowded first service please also consider worshiping during second service instead. Do you love our Victory Cafe? Please sign-up to bring something! And remember…it’s very helpful if you’re able to park in the outer lot. That way those who are new can find easy parking right out front.

Easter Flowers – If you would like to order Easter flowers to beautify our stage for Easter Sunday, you can sign up and pay for them outside our Welcome Area this Sunday. The cost per plant is $8.00. There are four varieties: lilies, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips.

Soccer Camp 2017 - Mark your calendars for the best week of the summer! The 10th annual Soccer Camp will be June 13-16 This year camp will be from 11am-3pm and include lunch. Register here. Hurry, space is limited and June will be here before you know it!

Life-a-thon 2017 is Saturday, May 13th. Benefits the pregnancy care ministry of WELS Lutherans for Life. Get friends together, recruit sponsors, and help save lives! Two locations: Mequon and West Allis, or go virtual. Walk or run with everyone else or on your own! $25 individual or $60 family. Register at www.Life-A-Thon.org or call 414-727-8176. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can also participate "Virtually" on your own or with some friends. Learn how at Life-A-Thon.org/virtual-participation. Watch a Life-a-thon 2017 promo video here.

Fun Runs – There are a number of 5K runs coming up in the area that you might want to enjoy and support. The Seminary Scurry is scheduled for April 29th at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon! For more information and to register go here.  On May 6th is Operation Fit Franklin, the first of its kind.  Register here for Operation Fit Franklin. Kristin Anderson of the Franklin Health Department is also looking for volunteers. Email or call her at 414-427-7537 if you’re able and willing to help.

Viking Explorers is a summer academic and athletic program run by Wisconsin Lutheran high School. There are some program booklets and registration forms in the Welcome Area or you can go online to www.wlhs.org for more information. I encourage you to check it out as there seems to be something for just about any young person from athletics to band to robotics and more!

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

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