Announcements for Sunday, February 17, 2013

Special Offering 

We are going to have a Special Offering on Sunday, February 24th.  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 24th.  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 three 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: * Week 5- Serving God’s kingdom with your gifts * Week 6- Being the defender of the marginalized and fighting injustice * Week 7 – Building unity and accountability

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.

Holy Week Worship
Join us for Holy Week worship services. Maundy Thursday Worship is March 28 at 7pm. Good Friday Worship is March 29 at 7pm.

Free Lenten Devotions
Lenten devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries are now available in the Lobby. The daily devotions, titled From the Cradle to the Empty Grave, reflect on Christ’s redemptive work and sacrifice as detailed in the Gospel of Luke. Pick up a copy today to help guide you in your personal journey with Jesus through the season of Lent.

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.

Work Half-day at Lord of Life Church
Let’s get some things done inside on Saturday, February 23rd. We’ll work from 9am until 12pm to get the jobs done that need to get done. Please let us know you’ll be coming on your connection card this morning.

Blood Drive Sunday March 3rd 7:30am – 12 noon
Blood is something that needs to be constantly replenished. A donation to Heartland Blood Center would help to replenish that shortage. It only takes 10-15 minutes to donate but 45 min. should be allowed for the entire process because each donation can be made into 3 different blood products. Will YOU consider giving someone the GIFT OF LIFE? Please visit the sign up table in the lobby or complete the connection card to make an appointment. If you aren’t sure of your schedule on the 3rd, walk ins are always welcome! Remember to eat something light the morning you donate and bring a picture ID. If you do not want to donate but are willing to volunteer to serve in other areas such as baking, help out at registration, or sit at the refreshment table please also stop by the sign up table. If you have any questions, please call or email Judy Yant @ 630-294-4328 or Judy.a.Yant@gmail.com.

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.

We will also be collecting items for the Elburn Food Pantry. Their immediate needs are as follows: Toilet paper and cereal desperately. They could also used boxed meals (hamburger helper) and canned fruit and vegetables. Please place your donated items in the tub at the mission wall.

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

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.

Opportunity to Serve – Marklund Center
What: International Housewares Show Donation
Where: McCormick Place
When: Tuesday 3/05/13
Time: 12:45p-8:00p (time could be earlier if we have lots of volunteers)
# of Volunteers needed: 100
Sign up this morning on your connection card to help out Marklund Center. Call 630.513.5325 or email care@lolchurch.net we’ll supply more details for you.

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

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: “Texting God” (Key Verse: Philippians 4:6)
This Week – “Can I pray anytime/anywhere?” The Point – I can pray anytime.
Next Week – “Can I mess up?” The Point – I can say anything to God.

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 – Birth of Jesus (Matthew 1-2; Luke 1-2)
Next Week – Baptism & Temptation (Matthew 3-4; Mark 1; Luke 3-4; John 1)

Kids
TLC (Preschool): Sundays during the 10:00 service
This Week – Jesus stops a storm (Matthew 8:23-27)
Next Week – Jesus feeds 5000 (John 6:1-13)

Living Inside Out (Kindergarten-5th grade)
Sundays during the 10:00 service
Current Theme: “Imperial Palace” (Key Verse: Romans 13:1)
This Week – The Queen of Sheba visits Solomon (1 Kings 10:1-13); The Point – We show others what God is like.
Next Week – Esther goes to the king (Esther 3:5-5:3); The Point – We do brave things with God’s help.

AWANA (Preschool-5th grade)
Because kids matter God
Wednesdays, 6:15-8:00pm
This Week – Favorite Stuffed Animal Night
Next Week – Wear red and white

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