Victory News – September 20, 2019

Victory News – September 20, 2019


Dear Friends,

I don’t have a good memory. Just ask my wife. I rarely get the facts straight in my recollections. Our conversations usually go something like this: “Hey, honey, remember two years ago when we went to that Julia Roberts movie called Galaxy?” Then my wife will respond, “Yes, I remember, but it was five years ago, not two. And it was a Sandra Bullock movie, not Julia Roberts. And the movie is called Gravity, not Galaxy.”

But that’s how memories work. We don’t always get the facts right.

We live in a post-Christian society. That means, for most of us, Christianity is more of a memory than a reality. When it comes to our memory, we don’t always get the facts right.

That’s why we began this sermon series called Start with Jesus. We know that people might have incorrect assumptions about Christianity. So we wanted to go back to the founder and see what Christianity is all about.

When we start with Jesus, we are always surprised. He is different that what we might assume. He’s the only leader who showed complete integrity. He doesn’t want to manipulate us or control us. He is generous, loving, and giving.

In other words, when we see who Jesus really is, we find a person worth following. Who do you know who needs to hear the facts about the real Jesus? Would you forward this email to them? Would you invite them to worship with you this Sunday?

Join us for worship this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am in person or online.

Sharing Christ’s love and victory,

Pastor Ben


ICYMI – Last Sunday, Pastor Bill kicked off our new series, Start with Jesus, with a message about integrity. Rather than worrying about winning the approval of the crowds and the priests, Jesus spoke with authenticity about his mission to save those dead in their sins – all of us. How would our lives be different if we lived lives of integrity rather than popularity? Click here to read or watch last Sunday’s message.

Coming Up This Sunday – This weekend, Pastor Ben continues the series with a message about serving others. Jesus demonstrated how we should serve others selflessly, not expecting anything in return. What would our lives be like if we served others selflessly? Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at church or online.


Find Your Fit: Serving Teams – Serving is at the core of what we do at Victory. If you haven’t found your spot to serve at Victory, we’ve got a great opportunity coming up for you! At the end of each service this Sunday and next, you’ll get a chance to learn more about the variety of serving teams at Victory to help you find one that fits the interests and talents God has given you. Go to votl.life/serve to preview your opportunities.

New Victory Staff Members – We’re excited to announce that two new staff members will be starting at Victory in early October. Laura Bulanek will work in the new position of Financial Manager, and Kari Nimmer will take on the Office Manager role. (Note: Sammi Goodger’s current position as Office Manager/Communications Director will shift to a sole focus on the Communications Director role as Kari takes over the Office Manager role.) Welcome to the team, Laura and Kari!


Blood Drive – On Wednesday, September 25, Victory will again partner with 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. There are MANY donation opportunities remaining. 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.)

Better Together: Small Groups – Small groups are a great way to connect with others at Victory, grow in your faith, and find support throughout life. Last weekend, we launched our fall Small Groups. You can go to votl.life to learn more and sign up. Many of our groups have started or start soon, so check it out now!

Altar Flowers – There are still a multitude of sponsorship opportunities for altar flowers through the end of the year. You can click here to view available weeks, share your sponsorship information, and pay for your sponsorship.