Announcements for Sunday, April 14, 2013

Pastoral Transition and Luncheon
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.

Please RSVP this morning on your connection card letting us know you plan to attend.

We are looking for people to donate desserts for the dessert table. Desserts should be brought to the main kitchen and marked “Pastor Lunch” by Saturday, April 20th.  If the refrigerator is full, please use place items in small Cup of Life kitchen. Please mark your dish with your name or use a disposable container.  Please indicate if your dessert has nuts or peanut butter.  If you have any questions regarding the Pastor Luncheon, please contact Mary Miller at 630-365-2205/millers800@sbcglobal.net.

We need a team of people to help set up tables/chairs in Solid Rock Lodge on Saturday, April 20th 8:30 a.m for the luncheon and another team to help decorate the tables in Solid Rock Lodge on Saturday, April 20th 9:00 a.m. If you would like to be a part of one or both of these teams, please let us know your willingness to help by indicating your choice(s) on the connection card this morning.

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.

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.

Feed My Starving Children – Can we top last months effort?
We’re going back to pack more meals. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:00pm. Car pool can be arranged if you let us know. Please contact the church office 630.513.5325 or email care@lolchurch.net to make arrangements.

Mission Luncheon Coming Soon
Sunday, April 28th is a big day for missions. We will present India, Haiti, and Minneapolis. Bring a dish to pass, but most importantly just come! You’ll be glad you did! Besides bringing a dish to pass do enjoy some fellowship as we share our stories of how GOD uses us in missions.

Mission Connection for April — Ethnos Commission
Gene and Carol Burton are with us today from Greeley, CO. The Ethnos Commission, a church development division of Better Life Missions, is our LoL Mission of the Month for April. The purpose of Ethnos Commission is the advancement of Biblical churches among Native, Hispanic and other ethnic groups. The Burtons have helped plant many churches including Indian Bible Church in Greeley and Supai Bible Church at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. In July 2010, Lord of Life’s youth team traveled to Greeley and started a park ministry with the Burtons. Today we remember Marty Olson who loved and supported the Burtons for many years and was instrumental in making them a mission partner at Lord of Life.

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
There is a little girl at our church whose family is asking for your support. Meagen was born with very little brain and was expected not to live especially once life support was removed in the NICU.  But she is ‘ the miracle baby ‘ and has been featured on several national news stories.  If you would like to see her information, Google “Meagan Seals Miracle Baby. Here is the direct link to vote daily until May 10th for a wheelchair van for Meagan and her family. The current count as of Monday, April 1, 2013 1:15pm is 1,716. Let’s double that number by next week! Vote daily!

http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/meagan-seals-elburn-il/#.UUNS-xYwOlM.facebook. You will need to choose how you know her (I chose friend/family), your name and e-mail, check the agreement box and answer the simple math problem. Our Church family and the Seals family thanks you for your support.

Cougar’s Game
Join us for All-Faiths Night on Monday, June 3rd  6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each! We are also selling CARE tickets!  CARE tickets will be distributed to families and individuals that visit the Elburn Food Pantry and HELPS. Tickets will be available in the Lobby or Solid Rock Lodge April 28, May 5 and May 19….don’t delay-get yours TODAY! Cost is $5 per person, tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available to purchase in the lobby on April 28 and May 5.  Please note that the Cougars now charge a $5 fee for parking, not included with your ticket price. Questions? Contact Mary Miller 630-365-2205/millers800@sbcglobal.net

Scrapbooking Event Saturday, May 18th 8am-10pm
Please join us for our 2nd Scrapbooking Event at Lord of Life Church (downstairs in the Preschool area). $40 for 14 Loaded Hours Saturday! Doors open one half hour before the event. You bring your own supplies and creativity! We provide: table space to work on; Cricut machines will be available; Breakfast-Lunch-Supper, Goodie Bag AND Fun! Make and Take Workshops (payable to the consultant) will start at 10 a.m….please sign up at least 30 minutes prior to the session! Please note: there is no internet access.

TLC Pregnancy Services – Life Choices
Help protect the unborn. The Life Center (TLC) and Life Choices Pregnancy Crisis Center provide free pregnancy and ultrasound testing and counseling in our community. Everyone who comes hears the gospel message before leaving. Please help our church support this mission by giving a donation or attending their annual fundraising banquet on April 25th at Villa Olivia. It will feature a delicious dinner and guest speaker Janet Parshall, the nationally syndicated Christian talk show host on Moody Radio. Please call Robin Mathieu at 630-715-2198 to reserve your spot.

Unity In Marriage Retreat—Life Spring Network
Building a Marriage that Experiences and Expresses the Love of God retreat will be held May 17 to 19 at Eaglewood Resport and Spa, 1401 Nordic Road, Itasca. This retreat has something to offer everyone – single individuals, engaged and married couples are welcome to attend and learn about marriage from God’s perspective. To register, visit www.lifespringnetwork.org or contact Darlene Rosenquist at 630-259-8438.

Kids (preschool – grade 5) SUNDAY SCHOOL: during 10:00 worship
Preschoolers

This Week – The Emmaus disciples (Luke 24:13-35)
Next Week – The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20)
Kindergarten-Grade 5
NEW Theme “Maze Days” (Key Verse: Psalm 121:2)
This Week – Moses is born to Israelite slaves (Exodus 1:11-2:10); The Point – God helps us.
Next Week – Moses is called to free the Israelites (Exodus 3:16-4:17); The Point – God has a plan for us.

AWANA (preschool-grade 5): Wednesdays, 6:15-8:00pm
This Week – Final night for Handbooks
Next Week – Award Night (6:30pm)

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: “Fighting Dirty” (Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:8)
This Week –  “Who will be the Ultimate Fighting Champion?” The Point – Jesus is my Champion.
Next Week – “When is it GO TIME?” The Point – Jesus protects me.
MORPH: Be changed by Jesus. Wednesdays, 6:15-8:00pm in the Family Life Center
This Week – The Church
Next Week – Saul to Paul

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
HANG OUT: Sundays, 6-8pm in the youth room
This Week – Mission trip applications are due.
Next Week – Mission team meeting 5-7pm then join with Hang Out until 8pm.

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 TODAY!!!.  If you’re interested in participating or have questions, please contact Brian Zielke at (630) 513-5325 x40 or bzielke@lolchurch.net.

Men’s Fight Club (Round 2) KickOff
Saturday, April 20th, 7:30-9:00am
If you participated in Round 1, come back for Round 2 to continue your journey and take your relationship with God to the next level. If you haven’t been to Fight Club, the Round 2 KickOff is a great opportunity to come and find out what it’s all about. The event will feature a great breakfast, fellowship with the guys, and a preview of how Round 2 will help you live the vision of Fight Club: to train and equip men to…

Live for God and be warriors for Christ
Courageously serve the Lord, loving and protecting their families
Champion God’s work in the Church and community, fighting against the powers of Satan

We hope to see you there! For more information, contact Larry Brasfield at (630) 208-7984  or larry.brasfield@yahoo.com OR Brian Griffin at (630) 427-5835 or bgriffin@powerwellness.com.

Confirmation Celebration
Today we celebrate with the following youth as they publicly profess their faith in Jesus Christ through confirmation: Grace Acosta, Kendall Anderson, Nicole Gerke, Emily Gonnerman, Jackson Gonnerman, Emily Gregory, Channing Haacker, Julianna Klecka, Konrad Kotz, Octavia Lamore, Alex Mack, Christina Mack, Hayley Meyer, Emma Passaglia, Michael Rinella, Cody Schrepferman, Emma Stevens, Ryan Straughn, and Alex Willis. Learn more about our beliefs and practices concerning confirmation at www.lolchurch.net

This Mornings Baptisms
This morning we celebrate the baptisms of Liam Evan Fann, Robert Mitchell Jendrzejczyk IV, Kendall Ashlee Johnston, Alyssa Taylor Worley.

LOL visit to Grace Christian Academy
Please join us and Chloe the Comfort Dog for a Spring visit to Grace Christian Academy on Wednesday, May 1. We’ll assemble at LoL at 8:30am to arrive by 10am at Grace Christian Academy. We’ll visit classrooms and tour the school before having lunch. After lunch we’ll return to our home base by mid-afternoon. Please sign up on this morning’s Connection Card.

IYC TORCH Retreat
LOL is participating in the TORCH retreat weekend at the Illinois Youth Center (IYC) on May 3, 4 and 5th.  Church members have been faithfully attending 40 hours of classes in preparation for serving the 30 -35 incarcerated young men who will be attending.  This team is then committed to weekly mentoring  individual youths for the next 6-12 months.Through Christian example we are hoping the young men will remove their masks, make mature choices, and build their self-esteem thereby having a hope for a life not affiliated with gangs and crime. Please see your connection card to sign up for at least one area of need.  Monetary donations are tax deductible and should be made out to Kairos Prison Ministry International. Please remember to pray for the boys and their TORCH team members during the retreat from May 3 through May 5.