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Victory News – May 17, 2019

Victory News – May 17, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE

Dear Friends,

Who is Jesus to you?

Of course, we might give the standard answer: Jesus is the Savior of the world. Yes, that’s so true! But we also need to be honest that the culture is telling us a different message about Jesus. Currently, we live in a post-truth culture. And in a post-truth culture, we are supposed to keep our personal beliefs about Jesus private.

So some might tell you, “It’s okay if you want to believe in Jesus; just keep your belief private.” The culture has sent us that message in so many ways that we might have started to believe it. We might be tempted to keep our personal faith private. We might even wonder if living for Jesus and being bold about our faith is arrogant and closed-minded.

This weekend, we will listen to one of Jesus’ followers named Peter. He is preaching a sermon to a large crowd on the day of Pentecost (Jewish harvest festival). In this sermon, Peter teaches us the truth about Jesus and what it actually looks like to follow him. By the end of the sermon, you’ll see that living for Jesus in a bold way is not arrogant or closed-minded. In fact, it is the best way that you can love and serve those around you in humility.

If you want to prepare yourself for Sunday’s message, check out Acts 2:22-41.

Your life has value. See you on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am, in person or online.  

Sharing Christ’s love and victory,

Pastor Ben

CURRENT SERIES – Changed

ICYMI – Last Sunday, Pastor Bill shared a message about the value of women throughout the history of Christianity. Although men and women serve different roles in God’s kingdom, we are all one in Christ. Because we are God’s children, we are changed for eternity. Click here to view or read last Sunday’s message.

Coming Up This Sunday – This week, Pastor Ben will share a message about Jesus changes us through baptism. Baptism brings us our identity. Critics, culture, past sins, age, illness, job, etc. don’t define you; God does!

VICTORY NEWS

Pastoral Care – From Monday through Thursday, Pastor Bill and Pastor Ben will be out of town for pastoral training. Should there be a need for pastoral care while they are gone, please contact Pastor Bob Johannes via email or at (920) 860-5078.

WELS Church Extension Fund – The WELS Church Extension Fund is a financial organization that supports organizations like Victory in spreading the Gospel by providing loans and grants. They are currently offering special rates on loans, retirement/IRA certificates, and savings certificates.  When you take advantage of these opportunities, you are allowing WELS CEF to provide more loans to missions and congregations starting building projects. Click here to learn more about this opportunity.

Tuition Assistance Program – The Tuition Assistance Program provides assistance to those youth of our congregation pursuing a Lutheran-based education. In addition, the program provides an opportunity for our congregation to show their encouragement and support for a Lutheran-based education. If you are interested in donating to the Tuition Assistance Program, there are many methods for giving. You can give online, mail in your donation, or leave it in the offering plate on Sundays with “Tuition Assistance” in the memo. For more information about local Christian education opportunities, click here.

VICTORY OPPORTUNITIES

Blood Drive – On Wednesday, May 22, Victory will again partner with BloodCenter of Wisconsin (part of Versiti) to offer a blood drive at the Ministry Center. Refreshments and childcare provided during your donation. Appointments encouraged. Click here to make your appointment, or call (877) 232-4376. All donors will receive “I Love Wisconsin” shirts as a thank-you for saving lives. You can also support the blood drive by providing child care for donors, donating snacks, and helping with clean-up. Click here to sign up to help with the drive. (Note: you will need to log into your MyVOTL account to sign up to help.)

Soccer Camp – The best week of summer is coming soon! The 12th Annual Soccer Camp is scheduled for July 8-11 from 1:00-4:30pm each day at Polonia Soccer Club. We need YOU to volunteer as a coach, registration support person, or food preparation person. Click here to register your kids and sign up to help at the camp as a volunteer.  We encourage you to register your kids by June 15th to be guaranteed a shirt.