This week, we are beginning a new sermon series called Finding Joy. It will be a study through Paul’s letter to the Philippians. In this short letter, Paul mentions the word “joy” sixteen times. What’s so surprising is that he is writing this letter from a Roman prison, which is not exactly the place you would expect to find joy.
So how can we do that? How can we find joy even during a pandemic and social upheaval? Paul says, Rejoice in the Lord, always! (Philippians 4:4). That means we can always rejoice in what God has done and what God is still doing in our lives. We can find joy knowing that God is moving the story of history towards a world where he will make all things new (Revelation 21:5).
One other reason to feel joy is the fact that we are reopening this weekend for in-person worship. We understand that not everyone will be ready to participate in returning to the building for a number of reasons. But we can all rejoice, knowing that some of our brothers and sisters in Christ will be joining their hearts and voices in the same room to worship Jesus together. (See below from more information about reserving your seat.)
So, whether we worship in-person or online this weekend, let us rejoice in the Lord, always. I will say it again, “Rejoice!”
I invite you to join and participate in worship in person or online this Saturday at 5:00pm or Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am.
Sharing Christ’s victory,
CURRENT SERIES – FINDING JOY
ICYMI – Last weekend, Pastor Bill wrapped up the series with a message about blessings. As forgiven children of God in Jesus Christ, God cannot curse those whom he has blessed. Click here to read or watch this message.
Coming Up This Weekend – This weekend, Pastor Ben kicks off a new series called Finding Joy, based on the book of Philippians. In this weekend’s message, we’ll learn how we can find joy in teamwork as we share the Good News of Jesus. Join us on Saturday at 5:00pm or Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am. You can join in for all of these services in person or online.
Heiman Family Encouragement Parade – Scott Heiman has been battling cancer for five years and has reached a difficult point in his treatment. His family attends Jordan Lutheran and his wife Debbie is a part of our Victory Moms group. Victory is coordinating an Encouragement Parade to show support for the family tomorrow (Saturday), June 27. Meet at Franklin Elementary School (2060 S 86th St, West Allis) at 9:45am. The parade will go by the Heiman house, which is about 1/2 block away, starting at 10:00am. If you are free, please consider joining us to support the Heiman Family during this challenging time in their lives.
Biblical Storyline Lecture – The next Biblical Storyline Lecture is this Wednesday, July 1 at 6:30pm. You can join us in person or online for the lecture. Professor Frosty Bivens will help us understand the role that prophets played in the Old Testmanent.
Tuition Assistance Program – Every year, Victory provides tuition assistance to families who send their children to area Lutheran Elementary Schools. You can also donate to the Tuition Assistance fund by designating “Tuition Assistance” for the fund via our online giving platform. To find more about the program and how monies are awarded, please see the Tuition Assistance Guidelines. To apply for the program, please complete the Application for Tuition Assistance. The deadline for applications for the 2020-2021 school year is July 15, 2020.
Reopening Plans – We’re excited to announce that, starting this weekend, we’ll open up our worship services to limited, reserved seating! This weekend, our volunteers and their families will attend worship to practice and polish our new processes in order to ensure your safety when you attend worship. Stay tuned this week for details about what to expect and how you can reserve your seat. You can learn more about what reopening will look like by clicking here.
No Service on July 4 – In celebration of Independence Day, and to allow our volunteers and their families to spend time with one another, we will not host worship in person or online on Saturday, July 4. However, we will still offer worship on Sunday, July 5 at 9:00 and 10:30am, in person and online. Happy 4th of July and God Bless America!
Shirts are In! – If you ordered a Victory shirt earlier this month, it is now available for pick-up. You can grab your shirt on your way out of church this weekend. If you are unable to attend church and need to arrange a different pick-up time, please contact Kari in the office.
This Week’s Bible Reading – This week in the Biblical Storyline Plan, we read Ezekiel 28:48. Supporting video for this week included Overview: Ezekiel Part 2. Learn more about this reading plan and get involved at votl.life/bible.