Announcements for Sunday, February 10, 2013

Special Offering
We are going to have a Special Offering on Sunday, February 27th.  There are several purposes for this offering:

1. We are committed to being good stewards with what God has given us.  As we strive to be good stewards we are committed to eliminate our debt.  Eliminating debt  includes avoiding new debts.  It has been clearly expressed through the voters of Lord of Life that we not take on a line of credit to cover “seasonal” shortfalls.  This means that it is important to have a cash reserve on hand for those times of the year when our expenses exceed our giving and available cash is in short supply.

Last year we were able to meet our expenses during the late Summer crunch because we had adequate funds in reserve.  Also, because we had those funds available we were able to replace the shed that fell apart with a very nice new garage at a very reasonable cost of $12,272.  Thank you God, Trustees and all volunteers who worked on that project!  Establishing this reserve allows the Trustees to make timely repairs and to properly maintain the premises.

In 2012 our Revenues exceeded our Expenses by $10,579 (this doesn’t include the $12,272 spent on the Garage because the Garage is an Asset that we paid cash for).  This is the second year in a row that we’ve ended the year with a “balanced budget”.  We thank God for His provision and you for your faithful giving.

2. Godly stewardship also involves having an emergency reserve on hand.  In the unfortunate event where we would have a major building repair, natural disaster, or church cancelled on a Sunday because of a snowstorm, we would be in a major financial bind not having this reserve on hand.

3. God has called us to focus on his mission and his work.  When the leadership is focused on how to pay weekly expenses, it can be a major distraction to what God has called us to do…Ministry!  We are praying that we can continue to move past focusing on paying the bills and focus on the vision God has given us.  Satan does all he can to distract us from God’s purposes and money is one of the things he uses.

During February we will be handing out gold offering envelopes for the Special Offering.  I would encourage you to set aside a certain amount each week and place it in this envelope.  We will then bring these envelopes forward on Sunday, February 27th.  Please keep in mind that this offering is a special offering and does not replace our regular offering.

Please pray for God’s provision and blessing, and for many to participate.  We are praying this offering will be a joyful celebration of unexpected checks in the mail, large tax refunds, bonuses received, jobs secured, raises, and bills paid off.  We’re asking God for his blessing so that we can be a blessing through his Church.

Some may be able to give more and some may be able to give less.  2 Cor. 9:7 “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  God loves the cheerful giver because the cheerful giver knows the secret that the only reason they are able to give is because God gave them the ability to give.  Hallelujah!

In February we will hear more about the Blessings given and received through Lord of Life this past year.  The Executive Board has provided an update of the 2012 year-end financial position.  Please join us in praying for this effort and for your participation.

Fight Club for Men
Only four more sessions. Join us 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 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.

Women’s Spring Tea Saturday March 9 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Register today for Reali-Tea. Take a break from your busy lifestyle. Come join us and see how an afternoon can be transformed into a page from the past…a reality check for today’s modern woman. Guest speaker Eileen Shafer, Corinne Bagley’s daughter, author of “Royal Teas with Grace and Style” will explain the importance of teatime etiquette, while sharing her passion for hosting or partaking in formal afternoon tea rituals. Registration materials are available at the table located in the lobby. Cost for the event is $9.00 at registration. Please register early as seating is limited. You do not need to be invited by a table hostess to attend.  Come alone or bring a friend, we have the perfect spot for YOU!  Table hostesses, scone bakers, food preparation and clean-up helpers are needed for the event. Signup sheets are available at the registration table.  For more information contact:  Patty Griffin (630) 513-5041.

Dresses for Haiti
Quilters of the King are sewing t-shirt dresses for 40 girls at Mama Yol’s Orphanage in Haiti. The dresses will be delivered to the girls by the team members traveling to Haiti in March. We need girl’s short sleeve t-shirts– size small or 4, 5, and/or 6, new or gently used. They can be plain or with cute pictures on the front. We also need fabric, solid colors that are bright and also neon (green, pink, etc.)  Please bring t-shirts and fabric to the Mission Wall by Sunday, Feb 17

Happy Birthday Chloe
Happy Birthday Chloe! Chloe the Comfort Dog turns 2 today and we want to take time to thank God for all that he has accomplished through the Comfort Dog Ministry. We also want to recognize the people God has used to make this ministry 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!

ŸPurchase a Christian greeting card.

ŸPray for a family that has lost everything.

ŸWrite them a message in the card – whatever God places on your heart!

ŸInclude 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.

ŸSeal the gift card with the greeting card in an envelope.

ŸPlace your return address on the envelope.

ŸOn the back of the envelope – in the lower right hand corner, place the amount of the gift card.

ŸMail 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.

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
HANG OUT: Sundays, 6-8pm in the youth room
This Week – Praying Hard and Praying Through
Next Week – Praying is Like Planting

MidWay (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
GRAPPLE: Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others
Sundays, 10am in the youth room
NEW Theme: “Fighting Dirty” (Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:8)
This Week – “Is the devil even real?” The Point – Satan is my real enemy.
Next Week – “Why does Satan fight dirty?” The Point – Satan knows my weaknesses

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 – NO Morph – Ash Wednesday Worship at 7pm
Next Week – Birth of Jesus (Matthew 1-2; Luke 1-2)

Kids
TLC (Preschool): Sundays during the 10:00 service
This Week – Jesus teaches about birds and flowers (Luke 12:22-32)
Next Week – Jesus stops a storm (Matthew 8:23-27)

Living Inside Out (Kindergarten-5th grade)
Sundays during the 10:00 service
Current Theme: “Imperial Palace” (Key Verse: Romans 13:1)
This Week – David plays his harp for Saul (1 Samuel 16:13-23); The Point – We trust God’s timing.
Next Week – The Queen of Sheba visits Solomon (1 Kings 10:1-13); The Point – We show others what God is like.

AWANA (Preschool-5th grade)
Because kids matter God
Wednesdays, 6:15-8:00pm
This Week – NO AWANA – Ash Wednesday Worship at 7pm
Next Week – Favorite Stuffed Animal Night

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.