Veterans Day: “Some Gave All” 11.11.18 Pastor Lien
VICTORY’S ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1:00PM
Pre-meeting packets for next weeks congregational meeting can be picked up this weekend at the Welcome Desk. The packets consist of an agenda, proposed budget, YTD financial summary and a nominating committee ballot. If anyone has questions, they are encouraged to stop by the NW corner of the Fellowship Hall to meet with a Council Member at one of the times listed below.
“QUESTION & ANSWER” PRE-MEETING FINANCIAL FORUMS
SATURDAY | NOV. 17, 5:00PM, FH
SUNDAY | NOV. 18, 9:00-10:30AM, FH
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
SHOEBOX COLLECTION: OCT. 28 – NOV. 18
The Annual “Shoebox” Ministry is one of Victory’s Global Missions. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ Name through the power of a simple gift. Our goal is to collect 300 boxes! Pick up your box in the lobby.
*Each shoebox must include a check/money order for a $9 mailing fee to cover critical shipping and ministry costs.
VLC FOUNDATION BOARD IS NOW ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS!
– Ministries serving our Lord Jesus Christ
– New and start-up ministries
Pick up applications at VLC Office Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm OR download from our website. If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, please call the office at 480-830-5024.
Victory’s choir is in need of a few good singers, especially sopranos and tenors. We welcome all who love to sing, but basic music reading is a plus. If you are interested, contact Kristin Prouty at email@example.com.
Letter from the Pastor
“THE REFORMATION: GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT GRACE”
Pastor Larry Kassebaum
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Have you ever given a gift to a child and then been amused or disappointed to see that the child is more fascinated with the box or packaging than the gift itself? It’s a little frustrating isn’t it? The more time, creativity and money you spent trying to find just the right gift, will probably just make the child’s behavior all the more disappointing to you.
Sadly, children aren’t the only ones who behave in this way. We need only to read the Old Testament to find stories that indicate the ancient Israelites were often more fascinated with their temple or with personal comfort than with God. This misplaced worship and devotion was even a part of the motivation for the crucifixion of Jesus.
When Martin Luther arrived on the world scene in the early 1500’s, mankind’s spiritual focus was just as misplaced. One of the key issues that Luther addressed, as part of the original Reformation, was people’s desire for the benefits of Christ rather than a relationship with Christ himself.
This problem will be with us until Christ returns. The very word “reformation” means that the forms of our faith can and will change but, the content of our faith, “Salvation by GRACE (God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense) through faith” remains unchanged.
Since Reformation Day is the same as Halloween every year, it is a great opportunity for Lutheran Christians to examine whether we have been “tricked” into wanting something less, more or other than Christ. Jesus is the only true gift, everything else is packaging!
Grace & Peace,
Pastor Larry Kassebaum