This week was our 8th annual soccer Bible camp at the Polonia Soccer Club. It’s always fun to go back to Polonia which is actually where we first started our church and where we worshipped before Showtime Cinema. When we first started our soccer camp in the summer of 2007, we had about 30 kids. Not too shabby. This week though, we had 163 kids! That’s how many kids got to learn not only some soccer skills but also that God has the power to triumph, comfort, and forgive.
On top of that we had at least 30 coaches and helpers plus I’d say a dozen more helping with snacks and the cookout today. #Unbelievable. I’m just so grateful for all God’s blessings and humbled to serve with such an incredible group of willing volunteers. There were a number of our members who actually used vacation days to help out this week. That is amazing. I got to say this to a couple volunteers today but when I see God’s people serving and doing it willingly and joyfully, serving alongside me…that makes my heart sing. God is doing great things in the hearts and lives of people through our church! Special thanks also to our camp director, Cassy Robbert, for coordinating another successful camp and doing a great job creating memorable experiences for everyone involved.
“Invisible Suitcases” Continues Sunday. If you missed the first two sermons in this series, remember that you can always find them on our website. This week I heard from two different people who said they’ve watched or read these sermons multiple times because they found them so helpful. In fact one individual showed me the printed copies that they keep on hand and have already read at least 5 or 6 times. All I can say is that’s the beauty and power of the Gospel. There is no more freeing or fulfilling message than Christ’s victory. Don’t deprive yourself of it!
Soccer Camp Pictures – Be sure and check out our church Facebook page for some fantastic pics from this past week.
The 4th of July parade is coming up quickly! The Victory of the Lamb band plans to rock out on a float for the Franklin parade again this year. We would love your support in one or both of the following ways:
1) Candy donations. If you are interested in donating candy (individually wrapped, not chocolate) or money to have candy purchased, please bring these donations to church on Sunday, June 28th.
2) Walk in the parade. Our church group will line up on Loomis Road near Forest Hill Avenue. We encourage walkers with strollers, wagons, bikes, etc. to meet the float at approximately 9:30AM and walk with us, handing out candy and postcards. Wear patriotic and/or VotL attire. More details on the parade as it draws closer.
Helping the Builders – Food Donations Needed for the Builder Volunteers for the Summer. To sign up to donate meals, snacks or supplies, or even to volunteer time on the build itself, go to www.victoryofthelamb.com and click on the “Feeding the Builders” button on the right hand side of the homepage. Or to make it as easy as possible go directly to the page via this link. From this page you simply have to scroll down to find what you’d like to volunteer for.
Bible Study this Sunday – Every Sunday before worship we have a Bible study in theater #6 beginning around 8:09 am. Since later this summer I’ll be preaching through the book of Nehemiah, our Bible study series is setting the context of that time period and dig deeper into the events and prophecies of post-exilic Israel. This Sunday we’ll be studying the Old Testament book of the prophet Haggai.
The Tuition Assistance Program is open, by application, to students and families that are current members of Victory of the Lamb who are either enrolled in, or intend to enroll in an area WELS grade school, high school, Martin Luther College, or the Seminary. This program is not funded through our church budget but through the generous gifts of individuals who value Christian education and seek to encourage young people to ultimately consider full-time preaching or teaching ministry one day. Applications and program guidelines can be picked up on the info table in the lobby or by visiting this link on our webpage.
Kayla’s Playground Pickets are available to be purchased and personalized. This would be a great way to support our friends and let our light shine in the community. For more info, download this flyer from our website. This Sunday is the last Sunday turn in your picket form.
St. Jacobi Lutheran School in Greenfield – is our partner in providing high quality 3K, 4K, and K-8 Christian Education for those who seek it. Find more info here about special tuition rates for VotL member families.
Last Sunday’s sermon can be found here on our website. Please share with someone who’s struggling to find the strength to press on in the midst of challenging circumstances.
Last Saturday I got to push my nephew Danny Backus in the Rock N Sole race along the lake front in our VotL My Team Triumph racing chair. Danny had the time of his life! Thanks for helping make that possible with your donations last year to buy the chair. Let me know if you ever want to take it out for a spin with someone from your neighborhood or family.
Sharing Christ’s Victory,