Announcements for February 3, 2013

Today’s Worship
Big prayers yield bigger results. Today, we conclude the Circle Maker message series to take your prayer life to a new level. We encourage you to pray for our 7 prayer circles and to write and start praying for your own prayer circles.

Fight Club for Men
Join us for the Fight Club this Wednesday at 6:30pm or on Saturday Morning at 7:30am. This is more than a Bible Study. It is a brand new initiative designed to equip and train you to fight for your family, church, and community. It will enable to you stand against injustice and oppression in this world. The number #1 rule of Fight Club is that everyone will be talking about it.

Upcoming training sessions include:
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Week 3- Becoming the Spiritual head of your home
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Week 4- Blessing your wife and and children
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Week 5- Serving God’s kingdom with your gifts
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Week 6- Being the defender of the marginalized and fighting injustice
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Week 7- Building unity and accountability

Ash Wednesday Worship
Worship at 7pm, February 13. Ash Wednesday begins the 40 day season of Lent. During the season of Lent we focus on our need to repent of our sin and our need of a Savior from sin. During this special worship service we take the ashes from palm branches from last year’s Palm Sunday and draw the sign of ashes on the each worshipper’s forehead. It is a visual reminder of our sin and that our bodies came from dust and it is to dust we shall return. Join us for this moving worship to prepare you for the observance of Lent.

New Member Orientation
Join us for the Lord of Life New Member Orientation on Saturday, March 16 from 8am–12pm. The New Member Orientation provides an overview of what we believe and teach as a church. It is a great opportunity to meet some new people and learn about the vision and priorities of Lord of Life. At the end of the orientation, participants are given the opportunity to sign the Lord of Life membership covenant to be received as new members. The orientation lasts about 4 hours. Childcare is provided by request. To sign up today, please fill out your connection card or visit lolchurch.net.membership. For more information contact Pastor Phil at 630–513–5325 ext 39 or pressler@lolchurch.net.

Hope for your Marriage
Looking to strengthen your marriage? Or maybe you are struggling and looking for healing? The Love and Respect Marriage Conference will be in will be at Harvest Bible Chapel in Davenport, IA on March 8–9. For more information visit loveandrespect.com.

Women’s Spring Tea Saturday March 9 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Mark your calendars ladies for “Reali-TEA” the annual Women’s Tea event.  All women and young ladies are invited to attend.  Registration begins Sunday February 10.

Men of Integrity Booklets
Your Daily Guide to the Bible and Prayer. The January/February issue is here! Pick up your copy at the Information Wagon in the lobby for $1.00.

Happy Birthday Chloe
Chloe will be 2 years old on February 10. On that Sunday we want to celebrate all that God has accomplished through the Comfort Dog Ministry in the past year and to recognize those who have served to make it all possible. Some people have asked about gifts for Chloe. What Chloe likes best is helping other people. Here is what you can do:

So many people want to help the people affected by Superstorm Sandy in a meaningful way – but are not sure what to do. Here is an opportunity to provide Mercy and Compassion and Help to an individual or family right now!

Purchase a Christian greeting card.

  • Pray for a family that has lost everything.
  • Write them a message in the card – whatever God places on your heart!
  • Include a gift card in the card (Visa, MasterCard, Walmart). If you so choose, include your email or phone number in the message for them to call and thank you or pray with you.
  • Seal the gift card with the greeting card in an envelope.
  • Place your return address on the envelope.
  • On the back of the envelope – in the lower right hand corner, place the amount of the gift card.

·   Mail the card to: Lutheran Church Charities – SANDY CARE CARDING; 333 W Lake Street; Addison, IL 60101 and share that it is in honor of Chloe’s Birthday.

Lutheran Church Charities will then send a thank you and charitable receipt to the return address you place on the card. Lutheran Church Charities will deliver the cards unopened to

Lutheran churches on the east coast for their members and staff to personally hand out to families and individuals who are in need.

This is a tangible way to show the Love of Jesus Christ to someone in need – and help them spiritually and physically! To those who already have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – this shows them the support of the Body of Christ. To those who do not – it shows them the Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ through his church – the Body of Christ.

Elburn Food Pantry
Partnering with Lord of Life Preschool collecting different items each month. The current items we’re collecting are Canned Soups. They are due Tuesday, February 12th. 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, March 12th Canned Vegetables/Fruit; Tuesday, April 9th Paper Products-Paper Towels, TP, napkins, Kleenex, etc.; Tuesday, May 7th Rice/Pasta.

Mission Trip to Haiti in March
Gary Kessler and Kenny Holmes are leading a team to Haiti on March 12-19, 2013.
Purpose of the trip is to extend God’s love to the orphan girls at the Bon Repos orphanage in Port au Prince.  Openings still available for team members.  If interested please contact Gary Kessler at (630) 805-0822 or at gmkessler@earthlink.net.

Feed My Starving Children
Meet at LoL at 7pm and we will carpool to North Aurora for this month’s packaging event on Tuesday, February 19th. Packaging time is 8:00pm to 9:30pm. Sign-up on your connection card.

Mission Connection – Community Meals, serving our family and beyond…
The purpose of this ministry is to provide meals to those who are in need of a little TLC due to unemployment, illness, stress, transition, family birth, family death, or just to show the love of Jesus. These meals are not only for our Lord of Life family, but also as an extension of us into our community (neighborhood, workplace, etc.) If you’d like to help, you can prepare, and/or deliver the meals. Please let us know by checking off the box on your connection card.

Youth: Get trained on the Basics
Basic Training session #2: Encountering Jesus on Saturday, February 9th, 9am-Noon in the youth room.

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
HANG OUT: Sundays, 6-8pm in the youth room
This Week – Super Bowl Party at the Coomes’ house (42W683 Arrowhead Dr, St Charles) starting at 5pm.  Bring a snack to share.
Next Week
– Praying Hard and Praying Through

MidWay (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
GRAPPLE: Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others
Sundays, 10am in the youth room
Current Theme: “Got Friends?” (Key Verse: John 15:12-13)
This Week
– “Why can’t we just get along?” The Point – I need to forgive others.
Next Week
– NEW Theme: “Fighting Dirty” (Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:8)
Lesson
– “Is the devil even real?” The Point – Satan is my real enemy.

Morph
Be changed by Jesus. Wednesdays, 6:15-8:00pm in the Family Life Center. This year we are “Echoing” the entire Bible story!
This Week – Game Night – Final retreat payments due.
Next Week
– NO Morph – Ash Wednesday Worship at 7pm

Kids
TLC (Preschool): Sundays during the 10:00 service
This Week – Jesus blesses the children (Mark 10:13-16)
Next Week
– Jesus teaches about birds and flowers (Luke 12:22-32)

Living Inside Out (Kindergarten-5th grade): Sundays during the 10:00 service
NEW Theme: “Imperial Palace” (Key Verse: Romans 13:1)
This Week
– Saul disobeys God (1 Samuel 15:1-22); The Point – We obey God’s commands.
Next Week
– David plays his harp for Saul (1 Samuel 16:13-23); The Point – We trust God’s timing.

AWANA (Preschool-5th grade):
This Week
– Inside Out Night
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9 at 2pm – Grand Prix Race
Next Week
– NO AWANA – Ash Wednesday Worship at 7pm

Summer Mission Trip for Youth and 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. Find out more at the initial Information Meeting on Sunday, February 10th at 11:45am in the Cup of Life Café.  Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at (630) 513-5325 x40 or bzielke@lolchurch.net.

“God Heard Their Cry” Faith Lessons Study
Join the “Faith Lessons” Connect Group that meets on Sundays at 10am in Conference Room 217 as they discover how God answered the cry of the enslaved people of Israel after 400 years in Egypt—and revealed himself as Lord to them and their oppressors. Follow Ray Vander Laan on location in Egypt as he details a fascinating five-part story.