Wow. Black Friday deals. I saw large screen TV’s for outrageously low prices. Video games, toys, and jewelry prices slashed. One discount after another. Black Friday is a shopper’s delight.
Wow. Good Friday deals. I would have never been able to afford it, not even close. But because of a Good Friday long ago where our Savior was slashed and crucified, our sins were paid for in full. This is not a discount where we still have to pay part of the price. Salvation is a done deal because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It cost him dearly, but it is free for you and me. Good Friday equals a sinner’s paradise.
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. (1 Peter 1:18,19)
Remember this Christmas Season, Jesus purchased you!
CURRENT SERIES – IMITATING GOD: LIVING GENEROUSLY
ICYMI – Last weekend, Pastor Bill explained that we show hospitality to others because of Christ’s example of hospitality in our own lives. Click here to view this message.
Coming Up This Sunday – This weekend, Pastor Bill will explain that we don’t give to God because we feel guilty or because of a mandate; we give to God out of thankfulness and appreciation for all He has done for us. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at church or online.
Amazon Smile – As you prepare to get your Cyber Monday shopping done, please remember to start your shopping at smile.amazon.com. By designating “Victory of the Lamb Exploratory” as your charity, we receive a portion of what you pay for Amazon purchases. Thanks for supporting your church!
Call Update – This week, Pastor Dustin Blumer notified us that he has returned the call to Victory of the Lamb and will remain at Amazing Love (Frankfurt, IL). His letter explaining his decision can be found here. Please keep Pastor Blumer, Amazing Love, and Victory of the Lamb in your prayers as we continue to reach out to our communities with the love of Jesus. The Leadership Team will meet soon to discuss a future call for the Associate Pastor position.
Christmas Decorating – After the 10:30am service on Sunday, November 25, a team of decorators will beautify the Ministry Center for Christmas. Let us know you plan to help out with decorating by filling out this form. Thanks for helping us trim the trees and light up our building!
Drop + Shop – Victory of the Lamb will host a FREE Drop + Shop event on Saturday, December 8 from 9-11am. We need YOU to make this outreach event a success! To volunteer for the event, click here. There are opportunities to serve with elementary and toddler-aged children, prepare snacks, register kids, and much more.
Toy Drive – Starting this weekend through December 9, Victory of the Lamb will participate in the Friends of Jesus Toy Drive. There will be a box in the lobby for you to drop off wrapped presents. Make sure to grab a yellow sheet from the lobby to indicate what’s underneath the wrapping. You can click here to sign up to bring a toy.
Blood Drive – Be a hero! Donate blood to the BloodCenter of Wisconsin at the Ministry Center on December 5 from 3:00-7:30pm. You can now reserve your appointment online,or call BloodCenter at 877-232-4376. Appointments encouraged, and refreshments provided. If you are unable to donate blood but would like to support this event, click here to donate time and snacks for the event.
Thanksgiving Eve Worship – Almost 300 people attended the Thanksgiving Eve service at Victory of the Lamb on Wednesday. God is good! Thanks to those who filled out connection cards with information about their skills and professions, we will donate $520 to Hunger Task Force. Additionally, we handed out almost $3,000 in a reverse offering during the service with instructions to “spill it” to others during the next two weeks. Make sure to share how you “spilled it” with us; post your story on social media with #becauseofJesus, or email your story to us.