Announcements for Sunday, April 7, 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.

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.

Feed My Starving Children – Event Report Tuesday, March 26, 2013
WOW!!! Biggest event turnout yet! Could be because of Spring break, could be because we were able to go at an earlier time. Whatever it was, PRAISE GOD! We had 19 Lord of Life people and lots of friends!!

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.

Kids (preschool – grade 5) SUNDAY SCHOOL: during 10:00 worship
SUNDAY SCHOOL: during 10:00 worship
Preschoolers
This Week – Thomas sees Jesus (John 20:19-28)
Next Week – The Emmaus disciples (Luke 24:13-35)
Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current Theme: “Friendship Ride” (Key Verse: John 15:13)
This Week – Jesus empowers His friends (Acts 1:3-11); The Point – We tell others about Jesus.
Next Week – NEW Theme “Maze Days” (Key Verse: Psalm 121:2)
Lesson – Moses is born to Israelite slaves (Exodus 1:11-2:10); The Point – God helps us.

AWANA (Preschool-5th grade):
Because kids matter God. Wednesdays, 6:15-8:00pm
This Week – Wear sunglasses
Next Week – Final night for Handbooks

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 – Jesus’ Death & Resurrection
Next Week – The Church

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
This Week – Get pumped for Dare to Share!
Next Week – Mission trip applications are due.

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.

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.