Announcements for Sunday, January 27, 2013

NEW “God Heard Their Cry” Faith Lessons Study
The “Faith Lessons” Connect Group that meets on Sundays at 10am in Conference Room 217 is starting a NEW study this week called “God Heard Their Cry.” 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.

Connect with Jesus and Each Other
Check out the NEW Winter Connect Groups Catalog and discover many opportunities to Connect with Jesus and each other! There are all kinds of groups waiting for you to join! Sign up on the Connection Card or online at www.lolchurch.net/connect.

Vacation Bible School 2013
VBS 2013 “SonWest Roundup” is just a short 7 months away! Now is the time to join the Leadership Team! The Leadership Team is a group of individuals that each take charge of an area of VBS, such as kitchen, games, crafts, and mission.  The Leadership Team also recruits volunteers to serve in each area.  It’s not a big job, but each role is very important!  If you would like to take a Lead in VBS this year, please contact Mary Miller at (630) 365-2205 or millers800@sbcglobal.net.

Scrapbooking Event
Please join us for our first Scrapbooking Event, Friday, February 1st  6-12pm & Saturday, February 2nd 8am-10pm. $15 for 6 hours NO FRILLS FRIDAY – $40 for 14 Loaded Hours Saturday. Doors open one half hour before the event.  COME JOIN THE FUN! You bring your own supplies and creativity. *Friday night bring a snack to share for the “snack table”. We provide: table space to work on; consultants with some supplies. *Breakfast *Lunch *Supper *Goodie Bag *Fun. Please note: there is no internet access. Saturday’s Workshops (payable that day to the consultant) are: Classes offered:  Creative Memories – Stamping Up – Cricut Classes start at 10:30am. In-person registration will be in the lobby this morning. Mail in registrations are still being accepted.

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.

Founder’s Week at Moody Church
“I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Philippians 3:8). The theme this year is “Knowing Christ.”  We will be challenged to make the knowledge of Christ our greatest pursuit through biblical preaching, reverent worship and uplifting fellowship.  A group from LOL will be attending sessions on Thursday, February 7th.  If you would like to go along, contact Dwayne Nelson at 630.488.2510 or dnelsonlol@comcast.net.

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.

Monthly Mission Connection
For two and a half decades, the Fox Valley Pregnancy Center in S Elgin has been assisting young women who are facing the possibility of an unplanned pregnancy to make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives and the lives of their unborn babies. The new St Charles location also helps change hearts and lives after viewing the image of their babies on an ultrasound screen. Adoption is presented as a loving, selfless option. They are given the reassurance that God loves them and cares about them and they can find hope and peace through Jesus Christ.

Community Diaper Program for Fox Valley Pregnancy Center
Families in the community have the opportunity to receive diapers, wipes, formula, and baby food each month. Often mothers have to face the decision whether to buy food or diapers for their babies because they don’t have money for both. During the month of January, we are collecting diapers for Fox Valley Pregnancy Center by the Mission Wall.

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.

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.

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 – NO Hang Out
Next Week – NO Hang Out

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 do I get the blame?” The Point – I am responsible for myself.
Next Week – “Why can’t we just get along?” The Point – I need to forgive others.

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 – Old Testament Rewind
Next Week – Game Night – Final retreat payments due.

Kids
TLC (Preschool): Sundays during the 10:00 service
This Week – Jesus chooses his disciples (Matthew 4:18-22)
Next Week – Jesus blesses the children (Mark 10:13-16)

Living Inside Out (Kindergarten-5th grade): Sundays during the 10:00 service
Current Theme: “Miracle Lab” (Key Verse: Psalm 77:14)
This Week – Jesus feeds the five thousand (John 6:1-14); The Point – We trust God to provide.
Next Week – NEW Theme: “Imperial Palace” (Key Verse: Romans 13:1)
Lesson – Saul disobeys God (1 Samuel 15:1-22); The Point – We obey God’s commands.

AWANA (Preschool-5th grade):
Because kids matter God. Wednesdays, 6:15-8:00pm
This Week – Bring a Dollar to support our AWANA missionaries
Next Week – Inside Out 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.

Today’s Worship
Big prayers yield bigger results. We continue the Circle Maker message series today to take your prayer life to a new level. In this four-week experience we will gain a deeper understanding of prayer and, in turn, make a more consistent practice of prayer to see the amazing things God will do. New Connect Groups are forming that you will be able to participate in explore this topic in greater detail. You can purchase a copy of the Circle Maker Book in the Church Lobby for $10.

Circle Maker Discussion with Pastor Phil
Take the next step with our new message series. Join Pastor Phil on Thursday mornings at 6:45am for breakfast and an informal discussion of the Circle Maker Message Series at Papa G’s in Elburn starting on Thursday, January 17.

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. Training sessions include: * Week 1 – Disciplines of a godly man. * Week 2- Pursuing spiritual, moral, ethical, and sexual purity. * Week 3- Becoming the Spiritual head of your home * Week 4- Blessing your wife and and children * 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.

Baptized in Christ
Today we celebrate the baptism of Samantha Gene Varsho, the daughter of Jesse and Emily Varsho.  Please join us for cupcakes in the Fellowship Center after the 10am worship to celebrate this occasion.

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.

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.

Preschool 2013/2014 Pre-registration
Lord of Life Preschool is starting enrollment for the 2013/2014 School Year. There are forms available outside the Preschool Office starting Sunday, January 6th. Complete the form and return it to the Preschool Office as classes will be filled in date/time of order received. Pre-registration will be closed on January 31st, 2013. All forms received after this date will be added to the list. This will place your child on a list for the classes indicated. You will receive registration forms in February, 2013.

Chloe is Turning Two!
Join us on Sunday, February 10 after the 8:30 & 10am worship services for a birthday celebration in the Solid Rock Lodge in honor of Chloe turning two years old! Please, NO GIFTS! Just come and enjoy the celebration!