Running for Victory 5K in Eden Prairie, MN – Sunday, August 6, 2017 – 8:30 AM

Running for Victory 5K in Eden Prairie, MN – Sunday, August 6, 2017 – 8:30 AM

Please join your community in support of the 5th 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. You can also register and pay online by clicking here.  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 by July 1, 2017. 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!

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.