Running for Victory 5K in Eden Prairie, MN – Sunday, August 6, 2016 – 8:30 AM

Running for Victory 5K in Eden Prairie, MN – Sunday, August 6, 2016 – 8:30 AM

Please join your community in support of the 4th Annual Running for Victory,  a 5K fun run/walk to be held at Staring Lake Park in Eden Prairie, MN on August 6, 2017 at 8:30 am. A worship service will follow the race at 10:00 am along with a free lunch at 11:00 am. The race is supported by Victory Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie. Our goal is to raise money for our charity partner, Educate Tanzania, Inc. (ETI). Educate Tanzania partners with the most effective organizations in the world to bring education to Tanzania, specifically around agri-business and sustainable farming. Their first project is to build KARUCO – Karagwe University College. Check out more at EducateTanzania.org. Last year, our participants and sponsors presented ETI with a check for $3200!! To learn more about this great organization providing food, water, education and health to one of the neediest areas of the world, visit www.EducateTanzania.org.

The mission of Running for Victory is to support charities, locally and beyond, by bringing together our community in a healthy and fun activity. A free Kid’s 1K run will also be held to help motivate the next generation of active community members!

Thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration to sponsor our race and such an amazing local charity with a global reach! If you are interested in sponsoring this event, contact admin@victorylcms.org.

In the previous three years, Running for Victory and it’s participants have donated over $7000 to charities supporting local and global initiatives. ETI, Mission Balls, 363 Days, Lutheran Malaria Initiative and PROP have all benefited from this event! Please consider being a part of all this goodness!

You can register through the mail or in person by clicking here and printing and filling out the form. All forms can be returned to Victory Lutheran Church at 16200 Berger Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55347, Attn: Becky McCathie. For questions please contact Jennifer in the office at 952-934-0956 or at admin@victorylcms.org.

How can you make a tax deductible contribution to support Running for Victory 5k? Consider making a one time donation of $250. This donation will get you TWO complimentary entries to the race ($50 value), and your name on the race t-shirt! Plus, the whole donation is tax deductible!! Race fees for individuals are not tax deductible, regardless of non-profit status. Remember that 100% of dollars leftover from supporting the race will go directly to our partner, Educate Tanzania. We need YOU to contribute, and thank you for considering to do so in this way!

Check back soon for more info on the Victory 5K race held at Starring Lake Park in Eden Prairie, MN.

American Red Cross Blood Drive – Victory Lutheran Church – June 12, 2017 – 1-7 PM

American Red Cross Blood Drive – Victory Lutheran Church – June 12, 2017 – 1-7 PM

We will be hosting a American Red Cross Blood Drive here at Victory Lutheran Church on June 12th, 201 at 1-7 pm. You can sign up to donate by clicking here. Or you can sign up on the signup sheet on the back kiosk in the church sanctuary. We will also need volunteers to help register the people donating and hand out juice and snacks to them as well.  Click here and sign up to volunteer.

The American Red Cross has changed the name of the double red cell donation to power red donation to find out more about this process click here.

There an option called RapidPass that speeds up the donation screening process. You can complete the donor questions from home or work, wherever you choose. Click here and check find out more.

LifeTouch Directory Pictures – Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, 24th

You can now schedule your photography session through LifeTouch by clicking here, you can pick your date and time. If you want help scheduling your time and date please let Jennifer know and she can help you. More info will soon be handed out and posted. Our dates are Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th. It is to your benefit to sign up as soon as possible to ensure the time and date you prefer.

We also need help with hosts for this event there is a signup sheet on the back kiosk in the sanctuary or you can signup online by clicking here. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Victory Vitamin Blog – 1 Peter 3:21 – Victory Lutheran Church

“and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,”

-1 Peter 3:21 NIV

 

I don’t like to rock the boat. Ever.  But baptism is a controversial topic among Christians and I can’t help but speak the Truth.  Most Non-Catholic and Non-Lutheran Christian churches today believe that baptism is merely a symbol, an outward act that conveys nothing, but symbolizes one’s decision to accept Christ into their hearts.  Problem is, the Bible never says anything about making a decision for Christ, or accepting Him into one’s heart.  The Bible does say a lot about how baptism saves us.   For starters, look at the first 10 words above.  Couldn’t be more clear.  But one might ask, HOW does baptism save me?  Fair enough.  Acts 2:38 teaches that through baptism we receive the Holy Spirit.  1 Corinthians 12:3 teaches that without the Holy Spirit, no one can say “Jesus is Lord.”  Since we need the Holy Spirit in order to believe, and since baptism gives the Holy Spirit, it is truly good, right, and salutary to say “Baptism saves you (not to mention the fact that the Bible says the very same thing).  It saves us by giving us the Holy Spirit who enables us to believe.  Rejoice that you are baptized.  Rejoice every day in the fact that the Holy Spirit lives in you and enables you to believe that Jesus is YOUR Savior.  Rejoice that because you believe and are baptized, you will be saved.

Victory Vitamin Blog – John 14:3

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

-John 14:3 NIV

 

God has always wanted to be with His people.  God created the world, the Garden of Eden, and Adam and Eve with that goal in mind.  We were created to be in communion WITH God.  Adam and Eve disobeyed God and so Sin has destroyed what God desires.  Sin and perfection cannot be united.  Thanks be to God, that He became Immanuel, “God with us” and died to pay the price for all sins.  He is with us now in the Word and in the Lord’s Supper to strengthen us while we wait to be with the Lord forever.  And that’s Jesus’ promise in the verse above.  He will come and take us to be with Him eternally in heaven.  It will be unlike anything we have ever experienced or could ever imagine.  We will be in perfection and peace, united with our Maker for eternity.  Until then, God is with us in the Bible, the bread, and the wine.  Through Word and sacrament we remain in Him until we are with him forever.  God cannot lie, and Jesus’ promise in John 14:3 gives us hope, happiness and peace while we wait for His return.