How’s the New Year started off for you?
It has been less than two weeks since we started 2019. Already, I know of a cancer diagnosis, a potential genetic disorder, two car wrecks, a home repair in the thousands, and many more difficult situations. Life can be overwhelming if we focus in on the what is going on or trying to figure out the why this is happening.
And you know what we try to do, don’t you? We focus on the what, the why, or both.
What gives us strength is the who. God is the who who is with us. He is the one with the perfect plan, the hope, the joy, the love, and the strength. God never changes. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
Going through a tough time? Let’s see how God is going to work this out: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
Sharing Christ’s Victory,
Current SERIES – Living forward
ICYMI – Last week, Pastor Bill kicked off our Living Forward series will a message called “God Strong”. In a world where truth is feelings-based, we will remain rooted to the Christian Scriptures and their life-giving direction. Click here to view and read last Sunday’s message.
Coming Up This Sunday – This Sunday, we’ll continue the Living Forward series with a message about the importance of children’s ministry. From birth into adulthood, we build relationships with our children and teach them about how we are saved through faith in Jesus. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at church or online.
Call Update – Last Sunday, January 6, our Leadership Team extended a call to Pastor Andy Mueller to be an associate pastor at Victory of the Lamb. Pastor Andy currently serves at Beautiful Savior in Las Vegas, NV. Click here to read the letter from Pastor Andy acknowledging his receipt of the call. Please keep Pastor Andy and his family in your prayers and he deliberates his calls.
LINKED Update – In early December 2018, we launched LINKED, a 3 year campaign focused on making substantial impacts in our community. As of today, we have received prayer and financial pledges of nearly $945,000. Thank you for your generous support as we work to link to Christ, one another, and our community. It’s not too late to get involved; click here to learn more about the campaign and submit your prayer or financial pledge.
Happy Hands and Heads – Scott and Kerry Nelson, members of our Victory community, are sponsoring “Happy Hand and Heads”, a hat and mitten drive for children ages 5-12. From now through the end of February, please bring new hats and mittens to church. Please place them in the donation box in the Welcome area. Scott and Kerry will donate these items to local schools to give to children in need of winter clothing items. For more information, go to the Happy Hands and Heads card on votl.life, or contact Scott and Kerry.
Small Group Leader Training – In late February, we will be launching spring small groups. We need YOU to help us start some new groups. If you are passionate about encouraging others in their faith and building a community of believers, prayerfully consider training for and leading a small group. Small Group Leader Training is a 2 session commitment, and sessions will take place on January 16 and 23 from 6-7:30pm. Click here to register for the training. This training is designed for new small group leaders, but current leaders are welcome to attend.
Altar Flower Sponsorship – Claim your sponsorship opportunity! By sponsoring altar flowers, you are providing us with 2 beautiful arrangements for the altar during our Sunday services. You can now pay and let us know the details of your sponsorship all in one place. Click here to sign up and pay for your altar flowers.
St. Paul’s Franklin School Open House – St. Paul’s Lutheran School has been an educational tradition in Franklin for 150 years and we will be showing off our school Sunday, January 27th from 11:30am until 2pm. Come and see why our families love being a part of our school, grab a snack, meet the teachers, see the classrooms, and learn about the great education available to students from 3k through 8th grade. If that doesn’t work for your schedule, you can call and set up a different time to visit (414-421-1930).