This Sunday we will be concluding our three-part series “Take Up Your Cross.” 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. Last week I talked about, “What is it that make you it?” And we learned that Jesus is the one who makes us it! And when we take up our cross we lose things like: the burdens of self-reliance, arrogance, disappointment, doubt, envy, death, grief, sin, guilt, and shame! In case you missed it, or would like to watch it again or share it you can find the message here.
This Sunday Pastor Ben will talk about the crosses in the golden years. And like with the first two messages, we are going to find that it will apply to all of us as whether we are in the golden ayears of life or not. So, 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.
After a summer of working with us, our resident artist Naomi Scheel has finished the project of refreshing our church logo! Naomi gives us a fantastic description of the logo: “Using bold and precise lines, strong colors, and memorable symbols, the new logo tells a story that proclaims Christ’s victory through the cross and His resurrection. The simplicity of the logo communicates the bold, vibrant, and welcoming community of Victory of the Lamb while also carrying a deeper meaning of the Gospel within it. The rising sun doubles as an empty tomb, pointing to the victory won by God’s son rising from the grave, while the three sun rays call to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Gospel message wrapped up in a modern design helps us better share Christ’s victory with today’s people, loving them enough to meet them where they are!”
Leadership Team – Keep up-to-date with our what leadership team is doing by reading the August 2017 meeting minutes.
Quest – We are having our back to school night on Sunday 9/10 from 6-8pm. We’ll play some games and have some pizza with a short devotion. Maybe a fire, weather depending!!
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.
Pray for Texas – Continue to hold the people of southeastern Texas and all of those who have been adversely effected by Harvey in your prayers. At this time of catastrophic disaster they especially need to know the God loves them with an everlasting love. Here is a trusted site for you to donate to the relief efforts if you are able and so moved.
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.
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.
United Way: Save babies’ lives and transform families by designating your United Way gift to WELS Lutherans for Life, Metro-Milwaukee. WLFL operates a pregnancy medical clinic in Milwaukee to provide free services to mothers at risk for abortion and people suffering post-abortion trauma. Ask your employer for a “Donor Choice” form and designate WELS Lutherans for Life, Metro-Milwaukee, 8501 W. Lincoln Ave, West Allis, WI 53227, 414-727-8176. WLFL is a registered non-profit 501(c)3 tax exempt organization (EIN 39-1436085) and is an eligible recipient of the United Way “Donor Choice” option. For information or details visit http://www.alife2.com/united-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Labor Day – Finally, this Labor Day, Pastor Ben and I would like to thank you for all of your labors of love in the community, in your home and here at Victory! We could not do it without you. Thank you so much. Join with us in thanking God too! Through Jesus, the work of salvation is finished!
Sharing Christ’s Victory,