I am excited as this weekend we begin our new series, Christmas at the Movies. Watching Christmas movies is part of our yearly traditions. So this year at Victory, we’ll view some of your favorite movies through the lens of the greatest story ever told: God sending our Savior to earth on the first Christmas.
Data from Barna’s recent study, Gen Z Volume 2, show that, in describing their experience with various emotions, 44% of 13–21-year-olds reported feeling lonely “a lot” or “some” of the time. But those of us who are older know about loneliness too. In fact, there is a loneliness epidemic that began before the pandemic.
This weekend we are going to mesh the movie Home Alone, the parable of the lost Son in Luke 15, and our lives to see that, because of Jesus, we are actually Never Alone. And it is not movie; it is real life. Jesus says in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Hope to see you for worship this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am, in person or online. Feel free to invite a family member or friend to join you. You can worship at Victory, on our live stream site, or on our YouTube channel.
Reaching today’s people with Christ’s victory,
THIS WEEKEND – CHRISTMAS AT THE MOVIES
ICYMI – Last weekend, we welcomed Pastor Forrest (Frosty) Bivens, who shared a message about God’s good promises. You can click here to read and watch this message.
Coming Up This Weekend – This weekend, Pastor Bill kicks off our Christmas at the Movies series with a message about how we are never truly alone. Jesus is right there with us, celebrating with Our Father when we return. Join us for worship on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at Victory on our live stream site or our YouTube channel.
Friends of Jesus Toy Drive – From now through December 12, Victory will be collecting gifts for the Friends of Jesus Toy Drive. Please consider bringing new, wrapped toys of at least $15 in value to donate to Milwaukee children in need. Click here to learn more about the Toy Drive.
Operation Jesus Cares – This year, we’ll resume our partnership with St. Jacobi and Christ/St. Peter School to support Operation Jesus Cares. In this project, children at Christ/St. Peter School prepare and deliver care packages to their neighborhood. You can get involved by making a financial contribution, donating items from a Target Wish List, and/or volunteering at the packing party on December 17. Click here to learn more about Operation Jesus Cares.
Christmas at Victory – You’re invited to Victory this Christmas as we celebrate the greatest story ever told… the birth of our Savior Jesus, who brings hope and peace to the world. We’ll host services on December 23 at 6:30pm and December 24 at 1:00, 2:30, & 4:00pm. In order to help us plan for guests, we will be asking everyone to reserve their seats, which you can do by clicking here.
Seminary Christmas Concert – Join the Seminary Chorus for their annual Christmas concert on December 12, 2021, at 3:00 and 7:00 pm in Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary’s auditorium. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. The 3:00 pm (central) service will be streamed live and recorded at livestream.com/WLSLive.
#GodWillProvide – At our Thanksgiving Eve worship service, we handed out $7,000 to you to make a difference in the community. We remind you to be the answer to someone’s prayer with this money. If you worshiped online and opted to receive a gift card in the mail, you should get those soon. Don’t forget to share your #GodWillProvide story, either on social media or by emailing it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jingle Jam – This evening, we’ll welcome over 250 people to the Ministry Center and over 50 people online to join us for Jingle Jam! Thank you to everyone who donated, loaned us items, and volunteered. You are the reason that we can provide high-impact events like this for our community.