Announcements for Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013

Pastoral Transition
Pastor Phil’s last Sunday at Lord of Life will be on April 21. There will be a luncheon following the 10am worship service to celebrate Pastor Phil’s 9 years of ministry at Lord of Life. During this time our church leadership is working on securing an interim pastor and is in the process of forming a call committee.

Well Wishes
Pastor Phil and his family will be making the move to New Jersey in a few weeks. We would like to put together a book of thanks and well wishes for them before they leave. If you would like to contribute a note or photos to be included, please send them to the church office or to Becky Fair by Wednesday, April 17.

Date Night Saturday, April 13th 6-9 p.m
Dinner for adults, dinner/child care, and program Focus in the Family Date Night Challenge. Cost $30 for couple/$40 for family (includes childcare/dinner). Scholarships available!  Sign up in the lobby or on the connection card this morning. On-line registration is also available!

Serve in the Lord of Life Nursery
Serve the Lord through the Lord of Life Nursery. By serving in the nursery, you’re serving God’s church by welcoming children with the love of Jesus.Your serving in the nursery allows time for busy and tired parents to find some time alone to spend abiding in Christ. Your serving in the nursery helps children form a positive impression of church. By serving in the nursery, parents are entrusting to you their most precious possessions. By serving in the nursery, you are often the first impression our first time guests receive. Lastly, by serving in the nursery, you have the opportunity to pray over the future leaders of the church. If you would be interested in serving in our nursery, or would like more information, please indicate so on the connection card today.

Identity Theft Workshop and Shredding (sponsored by Thrivent)
Saturday, April 20th – Workshop 9:00-10:00am; Shredding Truck 10:00am-Noon @ Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S Lincoln St., Batavia IL 60510. For more information and to RSVP contact Beth Lawniczak at musiczak@hotmail.com or 630-584-2947.

March Mission Connection-Grace Christian Academy
Grace Christian is a mission outreach school in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago serving students age 3 to grade eight. Many students have no home church and rely on Grace to hear the Gospel. Grace is dependent on individuals and Lutheran congregations throughout northern Illinois for financial assistance for tuition expenses and educational programs. Thanks for your loose change offering. Every cent matters! We are planning a visit to Grace On Wednesday, May 1st. Look for bulletin notices coming soon to sign-up to go.

Elburn Food Pantry
Partnering with Lord of Life Preschool collecting different items each month. Our goal is one item per person which translates to 120 for preschool and 280 for the church. Total goal for April is 400 items. We have our work cut out for us, that’s for sure. Other food items always welcome. The current items we’re collecting are Paper Products: i.e. Paper Towels, TP, Napkins, Facial Tissue, etc.. They are due Tuesday, April 9th. We’re encouraging every student, every member, every attender to just bring one item. Hey, that’s easy. Here are the items coming up soon and the due dates: Tuesday, May 7th Rice/Pasta.

Saint Matthew’s Soup Kitchen
We are planning a trip to St. Matthew’s Soup on Thursday, April 25th. Leaving LoL at 9:45am and returning before 3:00pm. We would like to start collecting food items today. They are in need of chicken legs and thighs, large cans of tomatoes, large cans of vegetables, canned soup, large bags of rice or noodles. If you could bring some of the items and mark them for St.Matthew’s and leave them on the counter we’ll put them away. Please label the frozen items and put in the Main Kitchen freezer. We are also making candy bags for each participant. Any small chocolate bars or candies are appreciated. We need about 8 fun size bags.When everyone in the family helps out and works together, it certainly makes things more enjoyable. As we serve, we show our love for God and neighbor in a concrete way. We will let you know when the date is set to go to St. Matthew’s. If you have any questions please call Pamela McLane at 630.879.0989.

Undercover Special Operations
Are you Ready to GO? Let’s go undercover to find the good guys! Agents have gone to Arkansas, Ohio, and Haiti. Where are you going? You may be one of these Special Agents. May the LORD use us to share the Good News through our serving in our community where ever that may be. Check out the Care Calendar for opportunities to serve in our community. Please help yourself to a calendar located at the Missions Bulletin Board.

Special Care Appeal
Meagan Seals is in need of a van and that by just voting on her web site: Meagan Seals Miracle Baby she may be able to get one. She’s in the running and has a great chance to be a finalist. Won’t you help them through prayer, friendship, and your vote? C’mon Church! Let’s make a difference for this family! As we do, we give GOD glory!

Kids (preschool – grade 5) SUNDAY SCHOOL: during 10:00 worship
*There will be NO Sunday School on Easter Sunday, March 31st

Tiny Little Christians (Preschool)
Next Week – Thomas sees Jesus (John 20:19-28)

Living Inside Out (Kindergarten-5th grade)
Current Theme: “Friendship Ride” (Key Verse: John 15:13)
Next Week – Jesus empowers His friends (Acts 1:3-11); The Point – We tell others about Jesus.

AWANA (Preschool-5th grade):
Because kids matter God. Wednesdays, 6:15-8:00pm
This Week – Bring flower seeds
Next Week – Wear sunglasses

MidWay (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
GRAPPLE: Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others
Sundays, 10am in the youth room.
*There will be NO Grapple on Easter Sunday, March 31st.
Current Theme:
“Fighting Dirty” (Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:8)
Next Week – “Who will be the Ultimate Fighting Champion?” The Point – Jesus is my Champion.

MORPH: Be changed by Jesus
Wednesdays, 6:15-8:00pm in the Family Life Center
This Week – The New Covenant
Next Week – Jesus’ Death & Resurrection

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
HANG OUT: Sundays, 6-8pm in the youth room
*There will be NO Hang Out on Easter Sunday, March 31st.
Next Week – Get pumped for Dare to Share!

Dare to Share – The Follow Tour
April 12th-13th at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Forms and $75 payment due Sunday, March 24th. Find forms and more details at www.lolchurch.net/highway

Summer Mission Trip for Youth & Families
Serve this summer with one of our LOL Mission Partners: World Mission Prayer League in Minneapolis, Minnesota! There will be a variety of projects and experiences for all ages and skill levels. Planning is underway and the dates for the trip are June 22nd-29th. Youth Applications are due on Sunday, April 14th.  If you’re interested in participating or have questions, please contact Brian Zielke at (630) 513-5325 x40 or bzielke@lolchurch.net.