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Victory News – October 22, 2021

Victory News – October 22, 2021

PASTOR’S MESSAGE

Hi Friends,

We live in a time of division. It’s like we can come up with any reason to dislike or even hate someone. Teams people cheer for, political parties, view on mask-wearing, decision on vaccinations, gender, and race… all of these cause division between people.

At the time of the early Christian church, there was opportunity for extraordinary division.  There were five groups of people:

  • Jews, who thought they were better than everyone else;
  • Gentiles, who thought the Jews thought they were better than everyone else, which caused tension;
  • Freedmen, who earned the freedom either by paying off their debt or behavior and were looked down on by the Jews and Gentiles alike;
  • Slaves, who were looked down upon by everyone; and
  • Women, who had no rights.

It was a recipe for disaster. Only it wasn’t. It turned out to be a recipe for unity. Do you know what brought them all together? Jesus. His love, his forgiveness, and his redemption bring unity.

This weekend, we are beginning a new series called Before You Lose Your Faith. In this series, we will examine a number of contemporary social issues and compare them with the teachings of Jesus. Through this series, we will discover that Jesus is not only our Savior, but also that he is good for us and for all people. Our first topic is race.

Hope to see you for worship this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am, in person or online.  Feel free to invite a family member or friend to join you. You can worship at Victory, on our live stream site, or on our YouTube channel.  

Reaching today’s people with Christ’s victory,

Pastor Bill

CURRENT SERIES – BEFORE YOU LOSE YOUR FAITH

ICYMI – Last weekend, Pastor Ben wrapped up the Forward No Matter What series with a reminder about keeping at the work to fulfill a God-sized vision. At Victory, we learn from each opportunity we take, and we continue to go back to our mission and values to stay focused on the work. You can click here to read and watch this message.

Coming Up This Weekend – Pastor Bill kicks off the series with a message about racism. When we follow Jesus’ teachings, the Christian Church can begin to break down the racial barriers we see in our culture to share Jesus’ love with all people. Join us for worship on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at Victory on our live stream site or our YouTube channel.

VICTORY OPPORTUNITIES

What Divides and Unites Us as Christians – Churches are different, and it may be difficult to understand why that is when we are all Christians. In the next Victory University class, starting October 27, Pastor Ben will explore what makes churches different and how we can learn from one another. Click here to learn more and register for the course.

Find Your Fit – Worship and events at Victory simply don’t happen without our volunteers. THANK YOU to those of you who already serve or have signed up to get started! We’re encouraging all Victory attenders to try out a serving team for 3 months to see if it’s right for them. As always, you can learn more at votl.life/serve.

Chair Removal and Replacement – If you have time after the 10:30am worship service this Sunday, we’re asking for about 15 minutes of your time to remove all the chairs from the Worship Space out into the lobby. We are having a Telecoil system installed early this week. And, if you have some free time next Thursday at 6:30pm, we’ll need some people to help reset the chairs!

VICTORY NEWS

Coming this Week: Telecoil System – Thanks in part to a generous donation from one of our members, Victory will now have a Telecoil system in place in our worship center. This system is intended to help people who have hearing aids and cochlear implants be able to clearly hear worship services and other presentations through their assistive listening devices. We will also have stand-alone devices for people to use if needed.

Upcoming Opportunities – Mark your calendars for the following opportunities coming up at Victory. More information on all of these events coming out in the next few weeks.

  • Afghan Resettlement Support Drive – November 7-21
  • Christmas Decorating at the Ministry Center – November 21 // 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • Thanksgiving Eve Worship – November 24 // 6:30pm (at Victory and online)
  • Friends of Jesus Toy Drive – November 28-December 12
  • Jingle Jam! A Party for the Whole Family – December 3 // 6:00-8:00pm (at Victory and online)
  • Operation Jesus Cares – December 17 // 8:00am-12:00pm (at Christ/St. Peter School in Milwaukee)
  • Christmas at Victory – December 23 // 6:30pm; December 24 // 1:00, 2:30, & 4:00pm (at Victory and online)