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Victory News – April 22, 2022

Victory News – April 22, 2022

PASTOR’S MESSAGE

Hi Friends,

How was your Easter?

For most of us, when we woke up early on Easter Sunday morning, our Easter was a lot different than that first Easter Sunday morning for the followers of Jesus.

When the followers of Jesus woke up on Easter morning, thoughts of the Victory Café, ham, potatoes, rolls, brunch, Easter Egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, and family gatherings never crossed their minds.

Their early morning Easter experience was ALL about grief. In their grief, the disciples forgot Jesus told them he would conquer death. And so when they woke up on Easter morning, there were tears of sadness instead of tears of joy. There were shouts of anguish instead of shouts of praise. There was emptiness instead of fullness. They were lost in grief over the death of their loved one, Jesus.

We experience grief when we lose someone or something that is near and dear to us. Have you ever experienced grief? Are you experiencing grief right now?

This weekend we begin a new series, Emotions: Dealing with Feelings. And we are going to get really honest about grief and God. I think God will use this message to support, help, and encourage us all!

You’re invited to join us for worship this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am. You can worship at Victory, on our live stream site, or on our YouTube channel.  

Reaching today’s people with Christ’s victory,

Pastor Bill

CURRENT SERIES: EMOTIONS

ICYMI – During Holy Week, our pastors shared three different messages to help us understand how Christ makes all things new.  You can read and watch Pastor Bivens’ Maundy Thursday message about the New Covenant we have through Christ by clicking here. Pastor Bill’s Good Friday message explained why Christ’s sacrifice on the cross gave us a new relationship with God; click here to read and watch. And, Pastor Ben’s Easter message (click here to read and watch) celebrated the new life we have in Christ.

Coming Up This Weekend – Pastor Bill kicks off our new series Emotions: Dealing with Feelings with a message about grief. Even at the deepest stages of grief, God is with us. You can join in all of these these services at Victory, on our live stream site, or our YouTube channel.

VICTORY OPPORTUNITIES

Versiti Blood Drive – Save a life… donate blood! Victory’s next Versiti blood drive is taking place on Wednesday, May 11 from 2:30-6:30pm. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are encouraged. Click here to make your appointment.

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.

Concert Planning Team – We’re exciting to host a concert with The Playlist on July 16 at Victory! We’ll have more details on volunteer opportunities coming up soon. If you’d like to be part of the planning committee, please click here to get in touch with Robina, our events coordinator.

VICTORY NEWS

May 1: Installations and Confirmation Sunday – May 1 will be an exciting day at Victory! At our 9:00am service, we’ll install Cindy Bergner, Robina Biesterfeld, and Jayne Reuter to their positions at Victory. And at our 10:30am service, we’re welcoming 14 confirmands into membership at Victory. Please be prepared to arrive at Victory a few minutes early and park further out to leave closer spots open for our guests and visitors.

Glad You Asked series – Starting June 5, Victory will have a sermon series called Glad You Asked. We need your help to select topics for this series! Please email us with your questions or suggestions for topics that people ask about related to church, God, or Christianity.

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 hello@victoryofthelamb.com 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.

VICTORY STORIES

Holy Week Worship – Thank you for all who served at, attended, and invited others to attend our Holy Week worship services. We had record numbers for attendance! Why are attendance numbers important? Because every number represents a person with an eternal soul! Here are a few of the highlights from this weekend:

  • Maundy Thursday Attendance: 244 (154 at the Ministry Center, at least 90 online)
  • Good Friday Attendance: 371 (281 at the Ministry Center, at least 90 online)
  • Easter at Victory Attendance – 3 services: 1021 (774 at the Ministry Center, 43 in Victory Kids, at least 204 online)
  • Almost 100 volunteer positions filled across five services, with many volunteers serving at two or more services