When I was a six-year-old, I could not wait to go into the deep end of the swimming pool with the big kids. And so, I took swimming lessons. And I became a good swimmer. But something overcame my desire to swim with big kids: fear. I was afraid because I couldn’t touch the bottom. I remember taking the swimming lesson test to pass to the next level. If I passed, I would be able to go into the deep end.
The test was clear – show enough strength and stamina to swim across the pool in the shallow end and you could go to the deep end. I could make this swim easily. But I was afraid. And so, when it came time to take the test, I purposely stopped one swim stroke short so I failed the test. Mission accomplished.
Sometimes we may be afraid to love someone because we don’t know how it is going to work out. So, instead of spanning the distance to love them, we stop short. It can be scary to take the risk of loving someone. Because love, after all, isn’t just a word; it is an action. An action that will require of us to give of ourselves without expecting anything in return. We might get hurt.
So how can you love when you are in that place of hurt? We remember Jesus, in our place on the cross, and see his unconditional love for us.
Reaching today’s people with Christ’s victory,
CURRENT SERIES – RENEWED
ICYMI – Last weekend, guest preacher Pastor Joseph Radsek from Wisconsin Lutheran Institutional Ministries joined us to help us learn that Jesus loves sinners, which includes all of us. Click here to read or watch this message.
Coming Up This Weekend – Pastor Bill will wrap up the Renewed series with a message about the impact of God’s love. God’s love for you renews you so you can be catalyst for renewal for others by sharing God’s love and your love with them. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am. You can join in these services at Victory, on our live stream site, or on our YouTube channel.
Milwaukee Habitat Sign the Studs – Victory will support 2021 Habitat for Humanity building projects by hosting a Sign the Studs event TOMORROW, February 13. You and your group can sign up for a 30 minute slot between 9:00am and 3:00pm to decorate 2x4s in the Victory lobby. Markers provided! Click here to learn more and sign up to decorate studs with your family or group.
Emotionally Healthy Christianity – We might be tempted to separate our emotional health from our spiritual health. But, they go hand-in-hand. To help create a greater awareness of where our unwanted emotions come from and make progress towards a Christ-centered emotional life, Pastor Ben will teach “Emotionally Healthy Christianity”, a 5-week course starting February 23. Learn more and register here.
Pre-Marriage Seminar – Engaged? Planning to get engaged? This group counseling course, happening Saturday, February 27 from 9:00am-3:00pm, is designed for couples who are engaged or considering engagement to get to know each other and grow in faith together as they plan for married life. Couples will also meet with Pastor Bill individually to plan for the wedding ceremony. Click here to register you and your spouse-to-be. Lunch will be provided.
Update on Liz Scheel – Liz Scheel (Victory Kids director) has been diagnosed with liver cancer. She is currently in a rehab facility to receive continued care. If you would like to send Liz a card or other encouragement, you can drop the card off at church. There is a red box under the Victory Kids logo in the lobby where you can place your card.
Ash Wednesday Worship – Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, the time leading up to Easter. Victory will host an Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30pm. This will be a brief but meaningful time to lead us to Good Friday and the Resurrection celebration of Easter. We will have songs, a message, and Communion to help you reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus. Click here to reserve your seat if you plan to worship at the Ministry Center.
From the Franklin Health Department – As a service to our community, we wanted to make sure to share information from the Franklin Health Department regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The vaccine is now available to certain members of the population, including those individuals over age 65. To learn about when you might be eligible to receive the vaccine or how to receive it if you are eligible, click here to view the Franklin Health Department’s COVID Updates page.