I hope you have enjoyed this sermon series as much as I have. It has been such a blessing to study, preach, listen, and learn about Jesus’ resurrection appearances. Each message continues to give me hope in the darkness. Jesus really did rise from the dead. The early followers of Jesus told us so.
But maybe you are like me. Maybe you don’t just want to hear evidence about Jesus’ resurrection. Maybe you want to experience Jesus yourself. That is going to be the focus of this week’s message. We are going to see how we can experience the presence of Jesus just like the disciples did.
Here’s a bit of a spoiler: Jesus sometimes hides himself, so that he can reveal himself to all. He hides his physical presence so that we can all see him in the Scriptures and the Supper.
Reaching today’s people with Christ’s victory,
CURRENT SERIES – HOPE IN THE DARKNESS
ICYMI – Last weekend, Pastor Bill continued the series with a message about doubt. When your faith is tested, when you struggle to find hope in Christ amidst your doubt… Jesus uses his Word and his people to bring you hope to overcome your doubt. You can click here to read and watch this message.
Coming Up This Weekend – Pastor Ben wraps up the series with a message about how hope in Jesus guides you through life. Even when your life didn’t turn out as you expected it, when you aren’t sure how to make it through your day … Jesus is with you, bringing you hope for life. We’ll also be welcoming our 11 confirmands into membership at Victory during the 10:30am service. Join us for worship on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at the Ministry Center, on our live stream site, or our YouTube channel.
Parenting Support: Substance Abuse – Coming up on Monday, May 3 at 6:30pm, Victory will partner with Christian Family Solutions for the final presentation in the Parenting Support Series. This presentation will cover the basics of substance abuse and give parents tools to deal with this challenging situation. You can attend this presentation at Victory or online. Go to votl.life/parenting for more information.
Bedtime Stories – It’s BACK! Bedtime Stories is happening again on Friday, May 7 at 6:30pm. Families can park in the lot at Victory, receive snacks and goodies for each kid and a set of books on a theme of fire safety, and enjoy family fun and a read-aloud in the lot. And, the Franklin Fire Department plans to join us for this event with some emergency vehicles! No RSVP needed for this event. To learn more, go to votl.life/bedtime.
Versiti Blood Drive – Save a life… donate blood! Victory will partner with Versiti for a Blood Drive on Wednesday, May 12 from 2:30pm-6:30pm. Click here to learn more and reserve your spot to donate. As an added bonus, all attempting donors will receive a goodie bag courtesy of Biggby Coffee in Franklin.
Confirmation Sunday – This Sunday at the 10:30am service, Victory has the pleasure of confirming 11 8th grade students into membership at Victory. We wanted to let you know that this will be a highly attended service, in case you would choose to attend 9:00am or worship online to avoid being in a larger crowd.
Mask Policy Update (Effective May 9): Victory’s Leadership Team has decided to make changes to our mask policy. We continue to ask everyone in the building to wear masks while moving around the building. However, starting May 9, you may feel free to remove your mask/face covering while seated and socially distanced from those outside your household. These changes have been reviewed and deemed acceptable by the Franklin Health Department. Questions, comments, or concerns regarding this policy change can be directed to the Leadership Team (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mother’s Day at Victory – On May 9 at both our services, we’ll be celebrating Motherhood in honor of Mother’s Day. As part of the service, we’ll have a reading and a message from Pastor Bill about the calling God gives mothers and mother figures to do His work. Additionally, if you plan to worship at the Ministry Center, you can grab a photo with your family at a Mother’s Day photo booth.
Soccer Camp – It has been decided that, for many reasons, Victory will not offer Soccer Camp this summer. Instead, we will offer several events for the entire family to serve our community and provide opportunities for free fun! Stay tuned for how you can get involved in these opportunities through serving, donating, and attending.
Board Game Drive – This week, the Franklin Community Education and Recreation Department picked up over 70 board games that you generously donated for our Board Game Drive. These games will be used by children in the Kids Club program (before/after school and summer child care), as many of their board games have been destroyed due to the need to frequently sanitize them. Thank you for your generosity to our community!