Last Sunday we began a three-part series to end the summer that I pray will help all of us from every generation see that we have much more in common with each other than we might think. In this series we’re getting at the heart of what Jesus meant when he said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).
We started by looking at what this means especially for our young people—those heading out the door for school, our teens, our college age students and young adults. We learned how none of us is in this cross-carrying struggle alone. We also learned how to lean on God and each other for strength as we live our lives under the cross. In case you missed it be sure and catch up by watching it online.
This Sunday Pastor Bill will pick up where I left off by talking about the crosses we carry from the perspective of our middle ages years. How do we stay focused on what’s most important when the business of making a living, of getting ahead, of accomplishing goals, or even just surviving from day to day can so easily turn our eyes away from the cross? And where do you find your true sense of self?
So please join us this Sunday at Victory of the Lamb at 8:30 or 10:15 as we come together as a growing family of people from all kinds of different backgrounds to grow and support each other. Come discover how your life is part of God’s bigger story, in a place where you can truly belong.
FYI – If you want to take a deep dive into the truths we’re exploring in our current series, check out this book called “Theology of the Cross” by one of my college professors. I highly recommend it for those of you who love deepening your faith by studying theology.
Please Save the Date – God uses ordinary people like us to bring the hope of Jesus to others when we share our faith. Wouldn’t you love to be able to do that confidently and comfortably with anybody? That’s why on Friday evening, October 13th we’ll be hosting a special weekend training event at our ministry center with that purpose. It’s called Praise and Proclaim. The next day, Saturday morning and afternoon, October 14th you’ll have an opportunity to put that training into practice. Meals will be provided. Childcare will be provided. We are praying even now that a great many of you who are our members will participate! Stay tuned for more info in the weeks ahead. Sign-up will begin on September 17th.
Logo Refreshed – After a summer of working with us, our resident artist Naomi Scheel has nearly finished the project of refreshing our church logo so that it resonates with our target audience of unchurched millennials and their friends, so that it works well on various social media platforms, and it communicates the vibrant, welcoming, refreshing feelings of our church. One more week and we’ll be able to share!
Bible 201 – A new “mix and match” opportunity is coming up in September for anyone who has completed Bible 101 and is looking to continue their faith journey and/or work towards membership in our church. Classes will be on 3 consecutive Wednesday evenings (9/6, 9/13, 9/20 from 6:30-8:30pm) and Saturday mornings (9/9, 9/16, 9/23 from 9:30-noon) so that you can choose to go to either the Wednesday option or the Saturday morning option each week as suits your schedule. More time for discussion is allotted for the Saturday morning class. Please register online using this form to attend.
Faith Unleashed – On Wednesday this week Pastor Bill and I were able to attend a special event put on by Faith Unleashed at Northwestern Publishing House in Milwaukee on how to engage and equip lay members like you for doing ministry. This was a timely and helpful presentation because we want to help all of you discover your God-given potential and the joy of serving others. We’re working at incorporate this more specifically into our membership path.
Attention Mothers-To-Be (and those who know a mother-to-be!): WELS Lutherans for Life is seeking pregnant women interested in a FREE limited obstetrical ultrasound. We are becoming a medical clinic to provide sonograms to clients seeking pregnancy related services. Our sonographers will be receiving training and need pregnant women to practice their sonography skills. Service hours for this activity will be from 9AM-5PM from Tuesday through Friday, September 19-22 and again September 26-29 in West Allis. Please call 414-727-8176 to ask questions and/or to schedule an appointment.
St. Paul’s School of Early Learning (SOEL) is a childcare and Early Educational Ministry of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church located in Muskego. We are in need of an outgoing, energetic person who loves to make a difference in the lives of young children. We are looking for a year-round Teacher’s Aide. Days and hours would be Monday thru Friday 7:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.. Experience in childcare or a related field is preferred. We offer a competitive hourly wage and a pleasant working environment. If you are interested please call Kim Neubauer at 414-422-0320 ext.200, Cell-262-470-0465 or e-mail at email@example.com for more information. You can also stop by the SOEL office for an application (S66 W14325 Janesville Road, Muskego. We’re located off of the east entrance of the church)
You’re Invited! WELS Lutherans for Life will be holding 2 fundraising events on Friday, October 13 at Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee. Both the luncheon and the dinner have been paid in full by generous underwriters. While there will be no cost to attend, there will be an opportunity to support the ministry financially. All funds raised will directly support life-affirming help for abortion-vulnerable mothers, people suffering post-abortion trauma, and a youth development program. Pre-registration is required and seats are limited, so don’t delay. Learn more and register at EveningForLife.org, email Contact@ALife2.com, or call 414-727-8176.
Sharing Christ’s Victory,