Victory News – March 31, 2017

Victory News – March 31, 2017

Hi Friends,

Growing up I couldn’t wait to be parent. Parenting was easy, I thought. All you did was say, “yes” or “no,” and mostly “no” and that was all there was to parenting. “No” isn’t always the right answer but sometimes it is way better than “yes.” Check out last weekend’s message and see when “no” is way better than we deserve.

Sin brings so much grief into our lives. The most powerful example is death which steals our loved ones from us.  Jesus was moved to tears on more than one occasion as he witnessed and experienced the sorrow that sin brings into our lives. Join me this weekend as we see that because of Jesus, “The End is not The End.”

New Bible 101 Opportunities Starting Soon! – Bible 101 is the first step at our church for anyone who has questions about God, wants to learn what we believe or teach from the Bible, or is interested in receiving the sacrament of holy communion with our church family. Choose the schedule that works best for you: Super Saturday, April 22nd from 10am-3:30pm. All 4 lessons in one day. Or Tuesday nights April 25, May 2, May 9 and May 16 from 6:30-8pm. One lesson each week for 4 weeks. Register online here!

Easter for Kids is coming up soon! It’s an awesome, fun outreach event for kids of any background. Join us on Saturday April 8th from 11am-3pm at Victory of the Lamb. This program is open to anyone ages 3-11 and is free of charge. Lunch is also provided. Kids are invited to join us on Palm Sunday, April 9th at 9am when the kids will sing their song in church. Click here for more information, to register, or to sign up to help.

Easter Flowers – If you would like to order Easter flowers to beautify our stage for Easter Sunday, you can sign up and pay for them outside our Welcome Area this Sunday and next (Palm Sunday). The cost per plant is $8.00. There are four varieties: lilies, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips.

Thanks – Thanks to all of you who have been able to park on the northeast side of the parking lot to allow more room in the “main” lot for our guests! Great job. Thank you very much!

Easter Service – We will have our two usual worship times for Easter, 9:00 am and 10:45 am. We expect a large attendance with many new faces. What can you do to help our guests hear the gospel and see the importance of belonging to a church family? A couple of things! If you are asked by one of our serving teams to help out on Easter Sunday….say yes! If you normally come to the more crowded first service please consider worshiping during second service instead! Do you love our Victory Cafe? Please sign-up to bring something!

Postcard Party
The party supplies are here!
This Saturday, April 1, (really) at 10 am, we are having a postcard party at Victory!! We have the privilege of mailing roughly 15,000 postcard invitations out to our community. If there are about 10 of us, we will be through in about an hour. I hope you can make it to the party and help share the Christ’s Victory!

Soccer Camp 2017 – Mark your calendars for the best week of the summer! The 10th annual Soccer Camp will be June 13-16 for kids ages 4-11. This year camp will be from 11am-3pm and include lunch. Register here. Hurry, space is limited and June will be here before you know it!

Fun Runs – There are a number of 5K runs coming up in the area that you might want to enjoy and support. The Seminary Scurry is scheduled for April 29th at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon! For more information and to register go here. On May 6th is Operation Fit Franklin, the first of its kind. Register here for Operation Fit Franklin. Kristin Anderson of the Franklin Health Department is also looking for volunteers. Email or call her at 414-427-7537 if you can help.

Life-a-thon 2017 is Saturday, May 13th. Benefits the pregnancy care ministry of WELS Lutherans for Life. Get friends together, recruit sponsors, and help save lives! Two locations: Mequon and West Allis, or go virtual. Walk or run with everyone else or on your own! $25 individual or $60 family. Register at www.Life-A-Thon.org or call 414-727-8176. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can also participate “Virtually” on your own or with some friends. Learn how at Life-A-Thon.org/virtual-participation. Watch a Life-a-thon 2017 promo video here.

Victory Kids – Volunteers Needed. Our Sunday morning kids’ program continues to grow! Please consider volunteering and make a huge difference in the lives of kids. A once a month commitment is all that is needed. Training provided. There are many roles to fill besides being a teacher. Some with little to no prep required. What is required? Most of all a heart that loves God and a willingness to show that love to others. Contact Liz to volunteer.

Host Team – Volunteers Needed. You may have noticed…the lobby quickly fills with people on Sunday morning and we’re growing. This is wonderful! What it also means is that it’s more important than ever that our guests feel welcome and are able to find their way around. It can be intimidating to attend a church for the first time. This is where the Host Team helps by creating great first impressions. Please consider helping out once a month. Contact Christie to volunteer.

Viking Explorers is a summer academic and athletic program run by Wisconsin Lutheran high School. There are some program booklets and registration forms in the Welcome Area or you can go online to www.wlhs.org for more information. I encourage you to check it out as there seems to be something for just about any young person from athletics to band to robotics and more!

Sharing in Christ’s Victory!

Pastor Bill