With all the concerns of the pandemic and people’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, Memorial Day Weekend caught me off guard. And that’s not a good thing.
This weekend, we remember the soldiers who were not confined to their homes, but to a foreign land. Confined not to a 4-bedroom home but to a fox hole. Confined not to ordering online or curbside but to hunger as they waited for the canned rations to arrive.
Extraordinary men and women went before us with uncommon courage, enduring hardship in order to defend and set us free. They served us, suffered for us, and gave up our futures for us by paying the ultimate price.
This weekend, we remember those gave their all for freedom. We mourn with loved ones left behind. We thank God for the sacrifice of brave men and women and for the freedom fought to preserve. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13).
I don’t know about you, but every Memorial Day Weekend, I also remember the One who fought against our greatest enemies of sin, death, and Satan. Jesus paid the ULTIMATE price for us. He won the ultimate victory for us. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Here’s what I will be thinking about this Memorial Day Weekend. I remember you in my prayers. I remember those who served me selflessly and ultimately. And I remember our Savior who, for the joy set before him, endured the cross so we have peace with God.
This same Jesus comes to us every day with this freeing promise: Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).
As we celebrate Memorial Day Weekend, I invite you to join and participate online for worship this Saturday at 5:00pm or Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am.
Sharing Christ’s victory,
CURRENT SERIES – Who Told You THat?
ICYMI – Last weekend, Pastor Bill explored the misconception that God can’t be loving because He allows suffering. Click here to read or watch this message. We also honored our confirmands and celebrated their next step in faith. You can watch their confessions of faith here.
Coming Up This Weekend – This weekend, Pastor Kevin Hundley wraps up the series with a message about how people view Christians’ opinions on sex. The goal of God’s design is faithfulness and commitment between husband and wife and a healthy home for children. In other words, God’s goal is love. Join us on Saturday at 5:00pm or Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am. You can join in for all of these services online.
MobilizeMKE – Victory participated in MobilizeMKE with over a dozen area churches to collect food to provide 100,000 meals to the Milwaukee area. The results came in this week, and the totals showed that we helped provide 135,000 meals! Thank you to all of you who volunteered and donated for this effort. We are looking into ways to continue to work with MobilizeMKE for future projects.
Versiti Blood Drive – This Wednesday, we hosted a Versiti Blood Drive at the Ministry Center. Thanks to your generosity, we had 15 whole blood and 3 dual red donations to provide life-saving blood for Milwaukee area patients. Mark your calendars for the next Blood Drive on Wednesday, July 29.
Online Bible Studies – Pastor Bill and Pastor Ben are offering online Bible studies to help you grow in your faith during this challenging time. Pastor Bill is leading a study called “Joining Jesus on Mission” on Tuesday evenings, and Pastor Ben has a study to dive deeper into sermon topics on Wednesday mornings. To learn more about these studies and get involved, go to votl.life/online-bible-studies.
Victory Shirts Available – We’ve got an opportunity for you to share Christ’s victory with others through what you wear. We’re working with IdealLogos (a local screen printing business) and Joe Till (a designer in our congregation) to offer you new shirt designs for purchase! You can click here to view and purchase through Sunday, June 7.
Victory’s Hero of the Week – We’re recognizing heroes in our community every Friday during the month of May with a social media post and a gift card to a local restaurant. To help us with this, we encourage you to nominate a hero! You can click here to nominate someone in the community who has made a difference in your life and the lives of others.
Church Reopening Plan – Although the Safer At Home Order was overturned, we are not going to meet for worship this weekend. We want to ensure that in-person worship and other activities are offered in a safe, hospitable way. If you have not already done so, please complete the Re-Opening Survey by the end of the day on Friday. Early next week, we will communicate this plan to our congregation so you know what to expect in the upcoming weeks.
This Week’s Bible Reading – This week in the Biblical Storyline Plan, we read Isaiah 23-53. Supporting videos for this week included Overview of Isaiah Part 2. Learn more about this reading plan and get involved at votl.life/bible.