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Victory News – November 22, 2019

Victory News – November 22, 2019

PASTOR’S MESSAGE

Dear friends,

Have you ever played the kids game “follow the leader?” In this game, one person is the leader and the rest line up by behind him/her and do whatever the leader does or they get disqualified from the game.

For Christians, Jesus is not only a Savior but also our Lord, our Leader. Jesus didn’t just teach; he led by example:  Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us (Ephesians 5:1-2a).

Jesus gives us these imperatives for our life: Love God, first and foremost in your life. Love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you. Without the grace of God in our life, we wouldn’t even begin to be able to do these things. Oh how we need God and his grace.

This weekend, as we pursue God, one of the things we are going to find out is that the more we pursue Jesus, the more we see he has been pursuing us all along.

Can’t wait for Sunday! Join us for worship this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am in person or online.

Reaching today’s people with Christ’s victory,

Pastor Bill

CURRENT SERIES – WELCOME TO VICTORY

ICYMI – Last Sunday, Pastor Ben shared another one of our core values: connectedness. At Victory, we believe the love of Jesus compels us to evaluate and create new ways to effectively communicate the Gospel, which does not change, within a culture that changes constantly. Click here to read or watch last Sunday’s message.

Coming Up This Sunday – This weekend, Pastor Bill will continue the series with a message about why we pursue excellence at Victory. We give God our first and our best, pursuing excellence in all we do to be positive representatives of His Kingdom. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at church or online. You can also check out the Spotify playlist for the series here.

VICTORY NEWS

LINKED Update – Last Sunday, Leadership Team President and LINKED committee member Jeff Guenther shared a year-end update on what has happened with LINKED funds and next steps for 2020. Click here to read the latest update. It’s never too late to get involved in the LINKED campaign! Learn more about the campaign and donate here.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship – Take time out from the busyness of holiday preparations. Join us for Thanksgiving Eve worship on Wednesday, November 27 at 6:30pm. We’ll thank God for the blessings of this year, have an opportunity to provide blessings in our community, and share some pie after the service (served by our Quest teens and leaders). Pastor Ben will wrap up our Welcome to Victory series with a message about why generosity is a part of who we are at Victory.

Will & Estate Planning Seminar – On Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30pm, Mr. Rick Kneser will offer a Will & Estate Planning Seminar. This information is for adults of all ages as we consider how God has blessed us and how we can be a blessing to our congregation and the world-wide mission of the Lord’s Church. Young couples are especially invited since Rick will discuss Medical and Financial Power of Attorney forms as well as other tools for the “what if” scenarios that pop up in life. Come and start your planning process which will be a blessing for you, your family and church family.

VICTORY OPPORTUNITIES

Jingle Jam! – Our next community opportunity is Jingle Jam!, happening on Friday, December 6 from 6:00-8:00pm. At this free event, we’ll offer cookies and hot cocoa, pictures with Santa and family portraits, and a great time for the whole family. Click here to sign up to volunteer at the event. (NOTE: You will need to log into your MyVOTL account to sign up.) You can also grab invite cards at church to ask a friend or neighbor to join you and your family at this event.

Friends of Jesus Toy Drive – Victory is again partnering with Friends of Jesus as a collection site for their annual Christmas Toy Drive. Starting this weekend, you’re invited to bring new, wrapped toys to church for the toy drive. When you get to church, head to the welcome area with your gift. Please attach a green sheet to your present to let volunteers know for

Operation Jesus Cares 2019 – Victory of the Lamb will partner with Christ/St. Peter School again this year for Operation Jesus Cares on Wednesday, December 18. We’ll work with the school to prepare and deliver care packages to the neighborhood around the school. You can donate to the event now by clicking here and designating “Operation Jesus Cares” for your donation. You can also click here to volunteer at the event.