MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT
Today is Good Friday. But the history behind Good Friday isn’t so good. The pain Jesus suffered at Calvary is unfathomable. He was beaten, nailed to a cross to hang by his hands and feet, and suffocated to death by the weight of his own body. He was betrayed by one of his disciples, condemned by Pontius Pilate, mocked by soldiers, insulted by strangers, and denied by his closest friends. And yet, none of that pain compared to the anguish of being abandoned by his God and Father.
Jesus had the power to save himself and avoid all this pain, suffering, and anguish. So why did he stay on the cross? Because of us. Because we needed saving, and he was the only one who could do the job:
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
Jesus’ death paid for the sins of each of us and of the whole world, restoring the relationship between us and God. And Jesus’ resurrection gave us new life for today… and for eternity.
On Good Friday, we recognize our sin and our broken relationship with God the Father. We mourn the death of Jesus, knowing that the only reason he had to die was because of our failure to live sinless lives. And we remember this: Friday’s anguish is the only way to Sunday’s empty tomb.
Reaching today’s people with Christ’s victory,
Sammi Goodger, Communications Director
THIS WEEKEND – ALL THINGS NEW
ICYMI – Pastor Ben finished up the series with a message about contentment. When we’re content with what we have, we don’t find ourselves longing for what we don’t have. You can click here to read and watch this message. You can also click here to read and watch Pastor Forrest Biven’s message from yesterday’s Maundy Thursday worship service.
Coming Up This Weekend – Tonight at 6:30pm, Pastor Bill teaches us about the New Relationship we have through Jesus’ sacrifice on the first Good Friday. And, at our Easter services on Saturday at 5:00pm and Sunday at 9:00 & 10:30am, Pastor Ben shows us why Easter means we have new life. You can join in all of these these services at Victory, on our live stream site, or our YouTube channel.
Good Friday and Easter at Victory – Join us tonight at 6:30pm at Victory or online for Good Friday worship. And we’re excited to celebrate the new life we have in Jesus during our Easter at Victory worship services. Mark your calendars to attend one of these services on April 16 at 5:00pm or April 17 at 9:00 or 10:30am. We’ll offer Victory Kids at the Sunday 9:00am service.
Sponsor a Student for the Youth Rally – Victory is excited to be sending almost a dozen teens to the WELS International Youth Rally in Knoxville, TN this summer! This opportunity costs $375 per person. Please consider donating to defer the cost for any teens who might be prevented from attending due to cost. Please click here to learn more and make a donation.
Franklin Bike Rodeo – Victory has the opportunity to support our community by sending volunteers to help with the Franklin Bike Rodeo on June 4 at the Franklin City Hall. This is an all-morning commitment; lunch is provided. To learn how you can get involved and access the sign-up form, click here.
Tuition Assistance – Victory is now accepting applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2022-2023 school year. This fund supports families who opt for Christian education and send their children to area WELS schools. To learn more, read the guidelines, and download an application, click here. Applications are due by May 15, 2022.
Communications Director: Now Accepting Applications – Victory is now accepting applications to fill the Communications Director role. Please click here to view the job description. Those interested in applying for the position should email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1. NOTE: The interview committee will consider splitting the position into two part-time positions depending on applications received. So, if you are qualified for and interested in portions of the role, you are encouraged to apply.
SAVE THE DATE: Community Concert – Mark your calendar for this year’s Community Concert with the Playlist. We’ll be hosting this great event with music, food trucks, and fun on Saturday, July 16 from 5:00-9:00pm. If you’re ready to get involved now, you can click here to connect with event coordinator Robina to help plan this event!