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Victory News – January 4, 2017

Have you ever had one of those epiphany moments when something just clicked? Maybe you were experiencing angst over some decision or you didn’t know how to solve a problem. And then, just like that, it all became clear. Suddenly, you wonder why you didn’t see it earlier.

The world we live in has some pretty serious issues with God and the Bible. There are things he does that just don’t seem to make sense. It’s like, in some ways, God is hiding from us. But every once and a while he pulls back that veil and helps us see and understand something we’ve never understood before. These are big moments when suddenly God’s plan and God’s great love become clearer.

In a new four-week Epiphany series we’ll explore world-changing, life-altering “aha” moments in the lives of a number of God’s New Testament followers. It is our prayer that these “aha” moments will also help to bring clarity and understanding to us and to our spiritual journey today.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” (John 8:12).

In the last installment of “The Way it Was” series we see that God bring us peace through the Christ-child!

Need Pastoral Assistance – Pastor Ben and I will be at a Leadership Conference from January 5-9th. If you need pastoral assistance during that time, please contact Forrest Bivens. His contact info is: bivensf22@gmail.com or his phone number is 414-484-3778. Pastor Ben and Sarah will be back on the 9th. Jacky and I are taking a few extra days for vacation and will return on the 13th.

ChristLead – ChristLead is the name of the Leadership Conference that Pastor Ben and I are attending in Orlando, FL. ChristLead is a conference designed to provide the tools, information and encouragement to change the world one life, one community or one special point on the globe at a time. In addition to a host of breakout sessions, there are four featured speakers including Todd Gongwer, Rebecca Kleefisch, Susan Marshall and Tom Osborne.

God’s Word – Have you ever wanted to read the bible but you didn’t know where to start?  As we start 2017 here are a couple of different plans for you.  One year plan, Three year plan, Chronological plan.  My encouragement would be not that you read so much but that you read and it take it to heart.  It is God speaking to you!  Romans 10:17 – “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”

Confirmation Class – Confirmation Class resumes this Sunday, January 8th at 10:45 am in the Garage Room. Confirmation Class will also meet this month on January 25th.

New Bible 101 Class – Start the new year out right! A new Bible 101 class is starting January 14th. The class will meet for 4 weeks ending Feb. 4. The class times are 10:30-Noon at the ministry center. All materials are provided. This class is for anyone interested in learning more about God and the Bible. It is also the first step also for anyone wanting to learn more about our church or wanting to take Holy Communion. Register here.

“Deep Love” Building Healthy Relationships – starts Feb 1. A relationships seminar to meet 4 consecutive Wednesday evenings Feb 1- Feb 22 6:30-8:00 pm. Childcare provided. It’s for couples who want to move from broken to better as well as those moving from good to great. Also open to couples who are engaged or dating. The cost is $50 per couple. Register here.

New Bible 301 Class – Tuesdays @6:30 – 8:00 pm. The class will meets on 8 consecutive Tuesday nights, Jan 17-Mar 7. This is the next step for those who have completed Bible 101 and 201. Bible 301 will be held at the the ministry center. Contact me if interested.

Leadership Team –  Steve Abramowski and Jason Seiberlich were installed as Leadership Team Members on New Year’s Day in the 9 am service.  To find out more about some of the Victory’s Leadership Team decisions take a look at the December meeting minutes.

Awake and Alive – Awake and Alive is a Christian Event for the 18-25 generation which encourages a closer relationship with Jesus and with each other.  Awake and Alive will meet Sunday, January 15 at the Trinity Cafe and Gym at St. Paul’s Lutheran, Muskego.  The tailgate games and $2 dinner begin at 5:30.  Pastor Ben will be the keynote speaker!  For more information check out the Awake and Alive website.

Sharing in Christ’s Victory!

Pastor Bill