Pig races, food, food on a stick, the main stage, 30 free stages for entertainment, flavored milk, cream puffs, the midway, expo center, farm animals, crafts, blue ribbons, Alice in Dairyland, people of all ages – these are all things you find at the Wisconsin State Fair.
Forgiving the unforgivable, mercy, loving the unlovable, grace, selflessness, servant leadership, grace, mercy, truth in trial, patience, compassion, power, healing, conquering sin, death and Satan, – these are all blessings that we have in and through Jesus our Savior. Jesus does one other thing for us that often gets overlooked. He prays for us. Join us this weekend as Pastor Ben has a most amazing and comforting message planned for us based on Jesus’ prayer in John 17! Worship times Sunday morning are at 8:30 and 10:15.
If you missed last weekend’s message on Vending Machines, Microchips and Prayer, you can view it or here.
Summer Concert – Tonight, Friday evening, August 11th is the night! We are hosting a special concert at 7pm at our ministry center. Our musical artist is Chris Driesbach. Chris will be sharing a concert and his faith journey from atheism to Christianity. Pastor Ben will have brats and hot dogs on the grill around 6 pm for anyone who wants to come early and enjoy some yummy food out in the parking lot. Read more about Chris Driesbach’s story here on the event page.
Leadership Team Update – Check out the Leadership Team meeting minutes from July so that you can see how God is blessing us! The Leadership Team will be meeting this Monday evening at 6:30.
More Than Bricks (MTB) – is our campaign to fund our new ministry center as well as to support three global mission partners: in Nepal, in St Lucia, and in N.D. The campaign kicked off in December 2014 as a major funding campaign for our new Ministry Center, with a goal of $500,000. 80% of the money received ($400,000) is being used to reduce our mortgage debt and related expenses, and 20% ($100,000) is being used to support mission work in North Dakota, St. Lucia and Nepal. Total Received through June – $389,472 (93% of Commitments, 77% of goal). If you didn’t complete a commitment card or if you are a new member in the last 2 years, prayerfully consider supporting MTB. As a reminder, your box of donation envelopes includes a monthly MTB envelope. Reducing our mortgage debt as much as possible during the upcoming year will allow us to have a manageable mortgage payment and also help us support other VOTL programs more effectively. Follow the link for a full report!
Host Team – If you would like to be a member of our phenomenal Host Team or would just like more information about the Host Team contact Christie. There will be an informational/training meeting this Sunday, August 13, after the 10:15 service.
Emergency Response Training – will take place this Thursday at 6:30 pm. The Franklin Police Department will be at our ministry center to help us continue to maintain a safe environment in the event of any weather, health, or security emergency. In the world that we live in, it never hurts to be proactive when it comes to the safety of our members and guests here at VotL. All who are interested in this training are invited and encouraged to attend!
Confirmation Class – Confirmation Class, for 6th through 8th graders will be starting on Sunday, September 10. This year we will be meeting on Sunday evenings from 6–8 pm. More information will be coming soon!
College Students – Let me know your school address asap! And if you need anything be sure to get a hold of me! Thanks.
Praise and Proclaim – helps Christians and congregations by training them on how to confidently and joyfully proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ with their community. Praise and Proclaim will be at VotL in October! You will all be invited to a training event on Friday evening, October 13th followed by a day of putting your training into practice on Saturday, October 14th. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info over the next couple months.
Get Some Exercise, Love Our Neighbors – Partnering with My Team Triumph, the Coventry group home we serve here in Franklin has become an official training site where people can come over and push the ladies in our special jogging strollers around the neighborhood. Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm from now through September and you are invited to participate by coming over to run or walk as we push the ladies around a one mile loop in the neighborhood. Find out more and sign up here on our website. Give it a try! You can go at your own pace. It’s a wonderful way also for a family to get some exercise together while loving and serving our neighbors.
Sharing Christ’s Victory,