The artwork was first commissioned by Louis XII of France and later owned by Charles I of England. But the “Salvador Mundi” had disappeared and was presumed lost in the late 18th Century. The DaVinci masterpiece reappeared in an auction in 1958. The painting was deemed a copy and sold for just under $60. The “Salvador Mundi” was acquired by a group of art dealers for around $10,000 in 2005. Turning $60 into $10,000 is pretty shrewd, wouldn’t you agree?
But get this. After the painting was restored, it was authenticated! The painting of Jesus holding the world in one hand and with the other hand lifted up in blessing sold in 2013 for . . . $127.5 million. Wow! Perhaps you know, the painting went up for auction again this week and was purchased by an anonymous buyer for $450.3 million.
How shrewd are you? This weekend Pastor Ben is going to continue our series on “Generosity.” He has a great message for us to see that God wants us to use our brain (be shrewd) so we can be generous in the service of sharing the gospel whose blessings lasts for an eternity which is far longer than even $450.3 million lasts. I hope to see you this Sunday morning at 8:30 or 10:15 at our Ministry Center, 11120 W. Loomis Rd.
ICYMI – watch my message from last Sunday where I began our Generosity series and we saw why we don’t need to worry!
Connection Cards – We now have over 425 baptized members. God be praised! Because we care about each and every person in our church family it’s important to us that we stay in tune with your church attendance. So if you miss a couple weeks in a row we want to be able to check in to make sure everything’s ok and see if there’s anything we can be praying about for you. In order to help us do this it’s important for you to fill out a connection card each Sunday when you attend a worship service. Please help us pastors out and write the names of everyone who attends so we can use our time wisely to be able to reach out to those in our church family who could use our encouragement and prayers. Thank you!
Holiday Season Opportunities
We’re having a pie social after our Thanksgiving Eve service on Nov 22. While you are making a Thanksgiving pie for your family, why not make an extra one for your Victory of the Lamb family? Drop off your dessert at the Victory Cafe before the 6:30pm service starts.
If you would like to help decorate the sanctuary and lobby for the Christmas season, join us after the 2nd service on Sunday, Nov 26, or on Monday, Nov 27 anytime between 4-8pm.
To participate in either option, please click here! The link will take you to your login page. After you login the needs list will show up immediately.
Thanksgiving Service – As mentioned above, our Thanksgiving service will be held on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, Nov 22, at 6:30. I promise – it is going to be a service you won’t soon forget! Following our time of thanks, we will have the added bonus of celebrating with a pie social!
Christmas For Kids – Saturday Dec 9, 11:30am-3pm. Drop your kids off to experience the Bethlehem Marketplace while you catch up on your holiday to-do list. Please let your friends know too! This free and fun event is open to kids ages 3-11. Kids are invited to join us the next day at 10:15am to sing their song during the service. Go to the website to register kids or to sign up to help.
Christmas Toy Outreach – bring toys starting Nov 19. We are partnering with the Friends of Jesus organization again this year to provide toys to needy children in the Milwaukee area. New, wrapped toys can be dropped off in designated bins in the lobby by Dec. 10. Pick up an information sheet with specific details in the Welcome area and sign-up to bring a toy through our needs list.
Operation Jesus Cares – Dec 19 Once again we will partner with Christ St. Peters School in Milwaukee for assembly and delivery of care packages. This is our opportunity to have a positive impact on a struggling community. You can help provide items for the care packages by donating online. Volunteers are needed on Dec 19 at the school from 8am-12:30pm. To volunteer, sign-up online. Visit the website for more information.
Christmas Shopping with Amazon Smile – Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-3012729 and Amazon donates to Victory Of The Lamb. #YouShopAmazonDonates
Sharing Christ’s Victory,