Victory’s COVID – 19 Plan

Victory’s COVID – 19 Plan

Dear Members and Friends of Victory,

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” -Psalm 46:10 NIV

With faith and confidence in our Almighty God, the Victory Board of Directors met and has decided on a plan for worship and other activities at Victory.

Worship is the central activity of the church. It is critical for us to gather together to receive what God offers through His Word and the Lord’s Supper. God’s Word also directs us saying, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” -Galatians 6:10 NIV Unprecedented action is being taken in our nation to slow the spread of the COVID -19 virus. As a church whose identity revolves around community and being together, we find ourselves at a challenging juncture. In an attempt to balance the importance of corporate worship and our care for each other we will be live streaming our Wednesday evening Lent services and our Sunday morning worship services on Facebook. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. on Sunday go to the Victory Lutheran Church Facebook page to watch a simulcast of an abbreviated service. Though we will not be worshiping together physically, we are still the body of Christ.

I am still working to keep you connected to and comforted by God’s Word via social media. Our office Administrator, Jennifer is coordinating online resources including worship folders for the live-streamed services and children’s bulletins.  These will be emailed and also available on the Victory website.  www.victorylcms.org. Our Board of Directors is dealing with issues as they arise on this ever changing landscape.  We’re praying for you, please pray for us!”

Pastoral care will continue. In other words, if you need something, please contact the church office, or me directly. Jennifer and I will also generally be keeping our regular office hours.

A few important things to keep in mind:

Victory’s financial obligations continue. Please mail your regular offerings to Victory or contact Pam Bandy on how to set up direct deposit. PamBandy@edinarealty.com You can also download the Venmo app and search @victory-Lutheran to give your regular offerings that way.
Sunday School will not meet until further notice.
We will forego the remaining Lent suppers.
We will not be serving refreshments after worship until further notice.
Greeters, readers, ushers, worship assistants and acolytes need not report for duty on Sundays or Wednesdays until further notice.

I encourage you to read your Bible to receive strength and hope from God’s Word. Pray for wisdom for our leaders, protection for first responders and medical staff and a quick resolution to this issue here in our nation and around the world.
In order to maintain some sense of community, I encourage you to reach out to fellow members of Victory on Social media to be… well… “social”. Text, call, write a letter. Continue to communicate with each other.

If you have further questions, email or call. I am here for you and will be there for you wherever you are if needed.

Pastor’s mobile number: 612-616-0313
revbprigge@victorylcms.org

Jennifer’s info:
Church number: 952-934-0956
admin@victorylcms.org

Love and peace in Jesus,
Pastor Prigge

Lent Worship 2020 – 6 PM Supper and 7 PM Worship

Lent Worship 2020 – 6 PM Supper and 7 PM Worship

Get to know Jesus better this Lenten season.  Jesus makes revealing statements about Himself in the Gospel of John saying things like, “I am the good shepherd”, and “I am the vine”.  Each week we’ll examine one of these “I am” statements and learn just how much our Savior loves us.  Services are Wednesdays beginning February 26 at 7 pm with a light supper served at 6 pm in the lower level.  Come, grow in your faith and be empowered to share!

Victory Vitamin Blog – Psalm 23:6

“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

-Psalm 23:6 NIV

What comforting words!  God promises goodness and mercy during our earthly lives and an eternity with Him in heaven.  It may sound good to you, but another of one of the common objections to Christianity is that it’s just a psychological crutch invented long ago to offer consolation to life’s losers.  Is Christianity a crutch?  I don’t have a problem calling it that, but then let’s be honest, it’s not just Christians who have a crutch.  Other people use money, possessions, food, tobacco, sex, porn, drugs and alcohol. (hopefully not all at the same time!)  People rely on all kinds of things for comfort, soothing, or numbness.  I’d argue that among potential crutches, Christianity is a pretty good option.  No physical harm, no hangover, no legal consequences, no STD’s.  We believe that God loves us and has removed our sin by Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Because of that we will live eternally through faith in Jesus.  And because God loves all people, we aspire to all people.  Where’s the harm in that?  If you’re confronted with this objection perhaps gently and respectfully ask the person, “If you know any Christians, why do you think they embraced Christianity?”  Perhaps ask, “If Christianity is beneficial to those who practice it, would you still recommend that they renounce their faith?”  and finally ask, “How can you be sure that God is not real?” And encourage them to look at all the evidence for themselves.  Invite them to read the Gospel of Mark to get to know who Jesus is; how He lived, what He did, who He hung out with.  The truth is that God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.  What comforting words!

Victory Vitamin Blog – 2 Timothy 3:16

“All Scripture is God-breathed.”

-2 Timothy 3:16

One objection often leveled against Christianity is that our faith is anchored to a faulty document.  For centuries people have pointed out the contradictions in the Bible.  If there are contradictions in the Bible then it can’t be the holy, inerrant Word of God that we claim it to be.  It’s easy to make accusations, but to prove them requires effort and evidence.  Many people don’t back up their claims with proof.  To do so would require research.  3 initial questions can reconcile most of what are actually “apparent” contradictions in the Bible.  Are the verses that apparently contradict each other describing the SAME THING at the SAME TIME in the SAME SENSE?  One example is in Genesis when it tells us that God looked at everything He had made and it was very good.  5 chapters later it says that the earth was corrupt in God’s sight.  A contradiction?  Nope.  The earth was not “very good” and “corrupt” at the same time.  It was “very good” before Adam and Eve disobeyed the Lord and “corrupt” after that sin destroyed God’s once “very good” creation.  This is an obvious example and there are many other more challenging apparent contradictions in the Bible but they can be reconciled with some study and effort.  If you can find it, I recommend W. Arndt’s book “Does the Bible Contradict Itself? Copyright 1955, Concordia Publishing House.  Our hope is anchored in God’s inerrant Word.  Don’t let lazy critics shake your faith.  Jesus died to pay for your sins.  Jesus rose from the dead so you would live forever.