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Flat Jesus

Hello CV family. Lots of people are asking for more flat Jesus. You can print and color your Jesus-on-the-go using the following link. The pastors will also be sending out discussions on our weekly texts via facebook and e-blast to help families who want to worship-on-the-go with flat Jesus. Don’t forget to post pictures with #flatjesuscv so that we can see all of the cool places you and Jesus go this summer.

Flat Jesus-Cross+Gen Activity

Strudel Redefined!

Ruhland StrudelHand Crafted – You Bake – Freezer to Oven

Support the Mission Trip to Denver this summer. Strudel will be sold March 1 – March 15 with delivery to CV on March 29. New flavors!

Sweet – $15.00

Apple – Strawberry Rhubarb – Raspberry Almond Cream Cheese – Chocolate Banana Hazel – Fig Honey Goat Cheese

 Savory – $20.00

Roasted Vegie – Italian Stallion – 3 Cheeseburger – Mucho Burrito – Turkey Cranberry Swiss


What’s new with CV youth…

Thank you for a wonderful Christmas. It was wonderful to celebrate Christ’s birth with you for the first time. I was impressed by the children’s program and the simplicity and power of our Christmas Eve services. Thank you to everyone who helped out during the Christmas season to help make everything come together.

Our Confirmation classes just finished their section on the Ten Commandments. We will be having a parent/ student potluck on the 28th before starting a series on Baptism before Lent. Our Wednesday night High school group is starting a series on self-image and being made in the Image of God. Our Sunday morning high school group is continuing to write prayer petitions based on the narrative lectionary. They are also starting a theme of discussing meaningful song lyrics and music videos.

I know it seems like summer is far away, but we are already starting summer ministry opportunities. There will be fundraising opportunities for these programs in the near future.

You can sign up for week at WAPO June 21-26 at the WAPO website. We will also be doing a youth/adult Youthworks mission trip to Denver this summer July 5-11th. You may also be interested in the next TEC event April 10-12th.

With all these programs going on I don’t want you to miss something important. Lent. Don’t let Lent slip by you this season. Lent starts on Ash Wednesday Feb 15th. As we head toward the start of Lent you can start thinking about what you want to get out of this season of waiting, prayer, making amends, repentance of sins, and self-denial. Lent can be a wonderful season of grace for us if we give ourselves to it.

Don’t go through Lent alone. If you have a spouse, or children, or some close friends, you can begin now to talk about how you will support each other in this Lenten journey. This season of anticipation and the preparation is transformed with the companionship of family and close friends. We shouldn’t be deterred by the fear that our spouse or children or friends “won’t be into it.” Let’s begin now to tell others about our desires. Let’s help support others’ expectations. Let’s help others see that Lent doesn’t have to be something you avoid. Lent can be so much more than “giving up candy,” although that sort of thing can be a start for some. As we prepare for Lent we can help our loved ones to begin to imagine what they could receive from God in this season.

In Christ,

Pastor Steve

Feed My Starving Children Mega Pack Feb. 9-14, 2015

IT IS TIME TO START SIGNING UP TO PACK MEALS AND START SAVING YOUR MONEY! Look for the sign-up sheets in the hallway, or talk to Jennie Rice to register your small group to pack meals together, or go to the website:

Last year over 10,000 volunteers, including over 140 people from Christus Victor, participated in the community-wide Mega-Pack event at Shepherd of the Lake, in Prior Lake! Together we packed over 3 Million meals!!!

This coming year we will again be participating in a community-wide packing blitz, the week of Feb. 9-14, 2015. Over 20 churches have joined together to begin the planning and preparation of this massive endeavor, and we want your help too! Please put the dates on your calendar, invite your family and friends, and start saving your money! Fill those M&M tubes and Pringles cans!!!

Here are the volunteers needed:


Special Teams Descriptions

Dates/Times Needed  



Contact Information

Trained Volunteers – Meal Packing Room

During the event, Trained Volunteers (TV) help supervise the meal packing floor. E.g., troubleshoot/answer questions at packing stations, work in the warehouse stocking ingredients & supplies, maintain the labeling area, etc. TV’s must be 18 years of age or older.

All TV’s must attend one of the following training sessions held at the FMSC Eagan site (990 Lone Oak Rd, Ste 136):

Tues., Jan. 20th, 6:30-8:00 pm, OR

Sat., Jan. 31st, 9:30-11:00 am

(Even if you received training for a prior event, you must attend one of the training sessions for this event.) Feel free to work more than 1 shift.

Every day, Feb. 9-14, all 18 shifts, varying times


6 per shift

(6 x 18 = 104!)

To sign up to be a Trained Volunteer & to register for the training, or for any questions, email Vanessa Edwards at
Hospitality: Parking Lot Attendants (PLA)

Primary responsibility is to provide friendly guidance to parking slots & to the event entrance. Orange vests & orange flags will be provided.

We would love to have different Church Partners adopt a shift for PLA’s. Feel free to adopt more than 1 shift! J

Each evening shift & all Sat shifts (11 shifts total) Start 30 minutes prior to packing shift. End when packing shift starts. 4 per shift

(4 x 11 = 44!)

To volunteer, or for questions, email Rick Newman at

Hospitality: Welcome Hosts (WH)

Provide a welcoming presence, greet volunteers as they arrive, help distribute hairnets & smiles. Help collect cash donations at the end of shifts.

We would love to have different Church Partners adopt a shift for WH’s.   Feel free to adopt more than 1 shift! J

Every day, Feb. 9-14, all shifts, varying times; Start 30 minutes prior to packing shift. End when packing shift starts. 6 per shift

(6 x 18 = 104!)

To volunteer, or for questions, email Sue Linden at

Hospitality: Food & Beverage
Set-Up Team

As many hands/muscles as possible are needed to help set up our space. E.g., tables, chairs, welcome center, coat racks, staging.

Families, Scout groups, individuals…all are welcome!

Sun., Feb. 8

1:00-4:00 pm

unlimited To indicate the number of volunteers from your church, or for questions, email Vanessa Edwards at
Clean-Up Team

As many hands/muscles as possible are needed to tear down after the event. E.g., tables, chairs, welcome center, coat racks, staging.

Families, Scout groups, individuals…all are welcome!

Sat. Feb. 14

7:30 – 10:30 pm

(or earlier if we get lots of help!)

unlimited To indicate the number of volunteers from your church, or for questions, email Vanessa Edwards at
Audio/Visual Team – To be determined.

If you are interested in being a team member to help make this amazing event happen, please contact Pastor Kent please contact Pastor Kent at (952) 454-6927 or



What’s new with CV youth this time of year? Lots!

We have a wonderful active program for kids of all ages. We just finished our children’s Christmas play, “Christmas at a Bus Stop.” I’d like to thank all the adults and kids that helped make this play both fun and meaningful. I have talked to volunteers, actors, singers and congregation and everyone seems to be positively impacted by the play. We have a great young kid’s program at CV, but we still need Faith Trek Sunday School teachers to make it work. There are still openings for teachers this spring. We only need your commitment for a few weeks at a time. We have a great time of leaders to help you teach, the kids are lots of fun and there is a pretty high likelihood you will have fun and grow in your faith too.

Our confirmation program has just finished a section on the 10 commandments. This January we will talk about Baptism. SWAG our Wednesday night high school group has been working through the highs and lows of the Psalms. On Sunday mornings high school Connections has been writing prayer petitions for prayers of the people based on the narrative lectionary. See if you can guess which prayer petition the high schoolers write each week! The High Schoolers are also looking forward to a lock-in this January.

YouthWorksYou should also know that we are planning on doing a mission trip to Denver this summer. If this is something you or your kids might be interested in, please join us for an information meeting on January 18th after church. We are going to Denver to worship and serve alongside other churches that are dealing with the increasing problem of homelessness.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for calling me to be your pastor. Thank you for being a part of the CV family. I hope you all are able to experience the joy of Christ in your lives. See you at worship sometime soon.

In Christ,

Pastor Steve