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Church News and Blogs (Page 2)

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October 2019 Leadership Team Minutes

October 2019 LEADERSHIP TEAM MEETING Date/Time/Location: October 14, 2019 at the Ministry Center Present:  Jeff Guenther, Jay Justmann, Kevin Rasmussen, Steve Abramowski, Ron Takacs, Jim Vogel, Jason Seiberlich, Pastor Bill, Pastor Ben ***Please Note: Due to the schedules of Leadership Team members and pastors, the Leadership Team did not meet in September. OPENING AND DEVOTION Our meeting began with a brief devotion about prayer.  God listens to all prayers.  Prayer works and is very powerful.  Pray often! TOPICS OF DISCUSSION…

Victory News – November 1, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Recently, Pastor Bill and I were talking and he made this observation: “We are a friendly church, but we are not necessarily a church of friends.” In other words, we are very good at making a first impression and welcoming a guest into church, but we struggle to build deeper relationships. There are lots of reasons for this. Most of us have crammed schedules. Others already have a solid network of friends and family. The blessings…

Victory News – October 25, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Here are some mission statements you might recognize: “To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.” (Starbucks)  “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” (Google) “To seek and save the lost.” (Jesus) What is your mission in life?  What if your mission is way too small? This weekend, we are going to look at the big mission that Jesus has for…

Victory News – October 18, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Louis Zamperini, American hero, knows something about forgiveness. He was an Olympic athlete who flew fighter planes in WWII. His plane was shot down, and he survived 47 days in the open sea. A Japanese ship picked him up and took him to a prisoner camp, where he faced hard labor and torture for two years. Zamperini endured all that physical pain, and yet he said, “The hardest thing in life is to forgive.” According to…

Victory News – October 11, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, It’s easy to judge others, even if we don’t intend to do so. One Sunday morning, a man in ragged clothes, looking rugged and walking slowly, made his way down the side of the highway near a church. Car after car passed by the man and pulled into the church parking lot. Some people in their cars talked about him as they passed by, and some pretended not to notice him. When the church service started…

Victory News – October 4, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Have you ever heard anyone say, “Christians are just a bunch of hypocrites”? I know I have heard that. I’ve even thought it. We all have our stories of people who claimed to be upright, model Christians, and yet their lives were filled with envy, anger, and wickedness. In fact, maybe hypocrisy in the church is one reason that you don’t come to church as often as you used to. Well, instead of looking at what…

Victory News – September 27, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, From your perspective, what is the most scandalous thing in the news from this past week? What is the most jaw-dropping play from Thursday night’s Packers/Eagles game? What is the most outrageous teaching of Jesus? This weekend in our Start With Jesus series, I am going to share with you what many people think is the most scandalous, jaw-dropping, outrageous teaching of Jesus. I will give you a hint: sooner or later, you are going to…

Victory News – September 20, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, I don’t have a good memory. Just ask my wife. I rarely get the facts straight in my recollections. Our conversations usually go something like this: “Hey, honey, remember two years ago when we went to that Julia Roberts movie called Galaxy?” Then my wife will respond, “Yes, I remember, but it was five years ago, not two. And it was a Sandra Bullock movie, not Julia Roberts. And the movie is called Gravity, not Galaxy.” But…

Victory News – September 13, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, While on vacation this past summer, Jacky and I went to a fast food restaurant. We ordered our meals and we both opted for water. While I was paying the bill at the counter, Jacky went to the newer Coke Freestyle soda machine. The machine poured her water and she found our seats. I took my cup and went to the soda machine. When I saw a button for lemon water,  thought, “Wow, that’s cool. I…

Victory News – September 6, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, We are finishing up our sermon series on the book of Jonah. When it comes to the meaning of the book of Jonah, we often miss the boat. We might think the story is just about a runaway prophet and a big fish. That story works well for kids books, but the main message of Jonah is much deeper. You see, when we read Jonah 4, we find the real reason Jonah ran away: he was prejudiced.…

August 2019 Leadership Team Minutes

August 2019 LEADERSHIP TEAM MEETING Date/Time/Location: August 12, 2019 at the Ministry Center Present:  Jeff Guenther, Jay Justmann, Kevin Rasmussen, Steve Abramowski, Ron Takacs, Pastor Bill, Pastor Ben OPENING AND DEVOTION Our meeting began with a brief devotion on the different styles of Evangelism.  There are many different styles and the devotion helped us to look at what style we use as an individual.  We also learned that it doesn’t matter what style you use, just do it!  The more…

Victory News – August 30, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Sometimes when a golfer shanks their first tee shot, they are allowed a mulligan. A mulligan is a do over, a second chance. Sometimes when students bomb a test, the teacher will allow them to retake it. The teacher will give the student a second chance. Can you think of a time when you needed a second chance? A lot of times when we need a second chance it begins with us admitting our mistake -“I’m…