Thanks for a Great Week of Vacation Bible School
Thanks to everyone who helped make VBS an amazing week! Thank you to all who donated kitchen and craft supplies. Thank you to all of the volunteers (over 75) and all of the families (over 95 kids) who participated throughout the week. Thanks to the area leaders: Becky Fair and her kitchen crew fed over 60 families each night. Rob Linke, Ken Johnston and their squad led exciting games. Valarie Sammons, Cheryl Lee and their team provided fabulous crafts. Christina Durrant and her crew led excellent music and dramas. Thanks to the group leaders for shepherding the kids. And a BIG thanks to Mary Miller for taking the lead and doing a fantastic job of recruiting and coordinating to make VBS possible!

Family Night at Otter Cove • Wed, July 19
Enjoy a fun family evening on Wed, July 19 from 6-8pm at Otter Cove Aquatic Park in St. Charles. All families are welcome. Meet at the water park. There is no need to sign up, just show up. Admission is $6 per person. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at or (630) 513-5325 x 140.

Give Life, Give Blood Ÿ Sun, Jul 23, 7:30am-Noon
Our next blood drive is quickly approaching. Please mark your calendars to stop by to give on Sun, Jul 23, 7:30am-Noon in the Cup of Life. Appointments are preferred; walk-ins welcome! You may sign up or stop by the lobby display during Sunday morning to choose your time slot. All donors will receive a Target gift card as a thank you! We also have a special $1000 scholarship drive going on for students ages 17-21. For more info, please contact Judy Yant at (630) 294-4328 or email

Did You Lose Something at Church? Check Out the Lost & Found
We’re making it easier to find your possible lost items. Please find them again in the next two weeks (7/9, 7/16) on the east wall of our Cup of Life Cafe. You may find those missing treasures you thought were long gone! For more info, please contact Curt Berg (630) 715-2674 or email

Support Our July Mission of the Month 
Bon Repos Orphanage is located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and is led by Yolanda Thervil, known as Mama Yol. Using her life savings, Mama Yol left New York and invested in building a compound that would serve to raise orphans and provide a Christian education for the local community. Her orphanage is currently raising 40 orphan girls. All loose change for this month will go to help support the Bon Repos Orphanage.

Check Out the Updates Downstairs!
This summer the main lobby and lower level team is updating the main lobby and lower level to improve the aesthetics of our space so it is more vibrant and welcoming. Please go check out the paint work downstairs in the youth room and Education Central. It’s quite an improvement and it will bless our youth and children! Also, the new main lobby welcome center desk will be installed at the end of July/early August. This will take the place of our current western-wagon style Connection Cart.

Tuesday Evening Prayer Gathering
Please join us Tuesday evenings for an evening of prayer. Doors open at 6pm for personal prayer. At 7pm the prayer gathering begins—we worship God together with songs of praise followed by a devotional and prayer time where we focus on God’s goodness and love. Everyone is invited!

Ladies! Enjoy The Last Summer Walk and Talk
Ladies, enjoy our last beautiful walk together talking life and faith beginning at 6:30pm at the location listed below.

  • Wed, Aug 9 • Walk the Great Western Trail. Meet at the Dairy Queen parking lot in Wasco. Led by Amy Boynton.
 Summer Park Play Dates
Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer? Connect with other families at different area parks on Wednesdays from 9:30am-Noon. Upcoming locations are…
  • Wed, July 26—Moore Park (splash park), Geneva. Led by Shannon Hanson (630) 877-3031.
  • Wed, Aug 2—Mt. Saint Mary’s Park, St. Charles. Led by Christina Durrant
  • Wed, Aug 16—Pottawatomie Park, St. Charles (splash/water area). Led by Becky Fair
Serve at Beautiful U Ministries
Please join us for an opportunity to serve at Beautiful U Resale Shop on Mon, July 17. We meet at 6:15pm every third Monday of the month at the shop (112 N. Main St., Elburn) to help sort, organize, and price donations. No need to sign up, just show up! Visit or contact Amy Blackford for more info at (651) 238-9374 or

The Case for Christ Book Study is Tue & Wed!
The Case for Christ is a journalist’s personal investigation of the evidence for Jesus. Written by Chicago’s own Lee Strobel, we’ll address common arguments people have about Jesus and we’ll be better equipped to share and defend our Christian faith. The books are available for purchase in the lobby and we’ll meet to discuss it together on the remaining dates below. The same content will be discussed twice each month to accommodate schedules—take your pick. Please register to attend the remaining book study dates on the Connection Card or at if you have not yet done so.

  • Part 2 Chapters 7-10: Tue, July 18, 7pm or Wed, July 19, 10am
  • Part 3 Chapters 11-14: Tue, Aug 8, 7pm or Wed, Aug 9, 10am
 Please Contact Pastor Matt If You Need Anything
Pastor Matt invites you to contact him directly if you need anything including prayer before surgery, a communion visit, personal prayer, benevolence or Christian advice of any kind. If you are suffering or need help, don’t hesitate to call him on his cell phone at (970) 214-2373 or by email at

AWANA: Because kids matter to God.
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm. AWANA will kick off again on Wed, Sep 13.
Preschool – Kindergarten
This Sun, July 16 – Esther – a brave woman that God used to help save His people
Next Sun, July 23 – God likes to share with us because God is good.

Grades 1-5
This Sun, July 16 – Children, obey your parents (Ephesians 6:1-4); The Point – We obey God by obeying our parents.
Next Sun, July 23 – Andrew brings his brother to Jesus (John 1:35-42); The Point – We share Jesus with our families.

MIDWAY (grades 6-8)
Morph: Becoming who God made me to be. Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm
MORPH will kick off again in September.

Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, July 16 – Is hell really that bad? (Luke 17:19-31); The Point – Hell is separation from God.
Next Sun, July 23 – What if God’s plan stinks? (Genesis 37:18-36); The Point – God’s plan for you isn’t always fun.

HighWay (grades 9-12)
Hang Out: Sunday Nights from 6-8pm in the Solid Rock Lodge at Lord of Life
This Sun, July 16 – at the Acosta’s House (40W131 Kingfisher Ct, St Charles)
Next Sun, July 23 – at the Krage’s House (42W721 Still Meadows Ln, Elburn) – Bring a swimsuit and towel.

Pick up the full list of summer Hang Out locations in the lobby. Questions? Contact Brian at or (630) 513-5325 x140.

If you have any questions about children’s or youth ministry, please contact Brian Zielke at or (630) 513-5325 x140.