Memorial Day Weekend 2017

Dear Friends,

Upside down. Sometimes I consider upside down to be good – like in a pineapple upside down cake. Most of the time I don’t consider upside down to be a good thing. Upside down is another way for me to say that things are out of my control. Last week as we began our new series “Ordinary People Extraordinary God” we learned through Gideon that even when things seem upside down, or out of control, or when fear creeps in we can rest in the character of God even when we can’t see the activity of God. We can do that because God’s character never changes, circumstances do but our unconditionally loving God doesn’t! If you missed it or want to check it out again you can see last weekend’s message here!

I’m really excited for this weekend as the series Ordinary People, Extraordinary God continues with the Pastor Ben preaching on “The Fuss About the Plus.” Come and be refreshed with Jesus! You won’t want miss it. Join us in person or online at 9:00 am or 10:45 am.

Memorial Day – I encourage you to take some time this weekend and thank God for all the brave men and women who have served and are serving so that we might enjoy the freedoms that we have. People throughout the world dream of having the freedoms we have. And as we think of the battles of the past, present and potentially the future, think of Jesus who fought and won for us the ultimate battle over sin, death and Satan so that we are free from sin, free to serve with love and free to live forever in heaven.

The Lutheran Military Support Group offers spiritual counseling, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome counseling and many other important programs for chaplains, military personnel, veterans, and their families. Consider supporting the work of the Lutheran Military Support Group!

Summer Worship –  This weekend kicks-off the “official start” of summer. As you make vacation plans be sure to include worship wherever you go.  If you find yourself away from Victory you can always check us out online at 9:00 am and 10:45 am through June 25. Then beginning on July 2 our worship service times and so our online worship times also move to 8:30 am and 10:15 am. Or you can check out the WELS Church Locater for a worship home near your vacation spot so you can join in some community building with fellow Christians.

Bible 201 starts this Wednesday, May 31, at 6:30 at our Ministry Center. The six session seminar will lead us to find out more about the Bible, the Triune God, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper! Bible 201 is for those who have completed Bible 101 or who want a review of these specific teachings of Jesus.

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. Thanks,

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!

Worship 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.

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 Pastor Ben 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!

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor  Bill