Victory News – September Body Building

Dear Friends,

I remember the first time I walked into a weight room with the rest of my freshman football team. Yikes.  I was tall, skinny, wimpy (not much has changed there!) and totally clueless. I felt like a fish out of water. Like I didn’t belong.

But our coaches took the time to show us how to use the equipment. Upperclassmen helped to teach me proper form. Together we set some reachable goals and as teammates we gave each other encouragement. Then I started to see some progress, started to have fun, and started to feel like I belonged on the team. Eventually enjoying success on the field only increased that feeling of getting to be part of something special.

This, I think, is how a lot of people feel when they start coming to church. It can be nerve wracking at first, super intimidating even. They’re sizing themselves up. They’re looking around. They’re wondering, “Do I belong here?” “Where do I fit?” “Is this for me?” But if we find our place, if we grow in using our gifts, if we encourage each other and work together…there is great joy to be had in belonging to something special!

This is what we’ll be talking about Sunday as we study 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 in the Bible. Peter Schlicht, our new student assistant from the Seminary, is going to talking about “Body Building.”

What’s this all about? It’s about how each one of us is part of the Body of Christ! We’re here to encourage each other, to honor each other, and to work together using our spiritual gifts as members of one body to share the message of our common Savior.

Click here to watch my message from this past Sunday, “The Holy Spirit Loves Diversity.” This was part one of another mini-series within 1 Corinthians based on chapters 12-14. Its sets the stage for what Peter will be sharing this coming Sunday.
 
Breakfast and Bible Group – Will meet again this Monday, September 19th @5:45 am in the ministry center lobby // all are welcome // free breakfast & coffee. We’ll be starting a new book of the Bible so this would be a great time to jump in!

New Bible 101 Class Beginning September 22nd – Bible 101 is a 4 week class and is the next step for those who would like to know more about the basic teachings of the Bible. It is also for anyone who would like to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. // 4 consecutive Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm starting September 22nd. Please RSVP online by filling out this brief form. All materials provided.

Small Groups– Opportunities to connect with other people and grow together. Visit our web page to see if there’s a group for you. Stay tuned for more opportunities as this is one of the major areas that Pastor Bill will be working on and communicating as we work together as a team.

Victory Kids – Victory Kids is back to both services again after the summer. If you have any questions about our Victory Kids program, or wish to learn more about volunteering, please contact our Victory Kids Director, Liz Scheel.

Wedding – Congratulations and God’s blessings to Nate and Olivia who were united in marriage this week Tuesday evening at our ministry center. It was a privilege to officiate for the ceremony and to see all the Victory of the Lamb volunteers serving. Thank you all! Please keep the Grunds in your prayers as they head off soon to North Carolina where Nate will be stationed until possible deployment early next year.

Sanctuary Art and Furnishings – Currently coordinating next steps with Paul from Design Fugitives. Stay tuned for more info including an FAQ document. We’ll do our best as we move forward to keep the website page updated.

An Army For Jackson — John and Ashley Poulos’ son Jackson (age 4) is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Please continue to pray for this family! If you would like to help in a tangible way, you can purchase food/grocery/gas gift cards and place them in the box marked “Support for Poulos Family” in the welcome area at church. A GoFundMe page has also been set up online where you can donate. You can also sign up to bring a meal to the family through Care Calendar. To sign up, go to www.carecalendar.org. The Calendar ID is 237748, and the security code is 4799. Any dates that have “Dinner” in red are open for you to bring a meal! Due to a nut allergy in the family, please be sure to prepare all meals nut-free. Any questions? Feel free also to email Sammi Goodger.

Fall Women’s RetreatA one day Women’s Retreat filled with worship, prayer and God’s Word designed to renew and strengthen your faith. Learn how to count trials and sufferings as joy. We will hear how this is possible through God’s promises and learn how we can keep joy in our hearts every day. Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Divine Peace Lutheran Church (3203 S. 76th St. – Milwaukee). For more information and registration visit their event page.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben