Announcements for Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sunday Worship Line-Up
As the call process for a full time pastor for Lord of Life proceeds, we continue to be served well by those who assist us in worship.  This weekend we are served by one of our former pastors, Rev. Dr. Barry Kolb.  Next weekend, July 21st, our Elder Gene Walker gives the message for worship. On July 28th, Pastor David returns.  We hope that you find yourself fed through our worship.  The elders and those who serve are glad to get your feedback.  Remember that our lead pastor is Pastor David and you can speak to him or Lord of Life’s staff at any time about your needs or concerns.  For regular church staff, call (630) 513-5325 and should you wish to speak to Pastor David, he can be reached at 815-962-2145 or email: pastor@stpaulrockford.org

Are You Hungry?
Do you need the LORD? Are you desperate for Him? Is He everything to you? As Americans we tend to compartmentalize our relationship with God. We like to get what we want, when we want it, and treat Almighty God like a side dish. Let’s be honest. Let’s confess. We worship idols, even in the church. We put ourselves, our comfort and our preferences, in front of God and His desires. We need to return to Him, honoring His rightful place in our hearts and lives, and in His Church. When we deny ourselves…when we fast, pray, and worship, we are setting the table for a feast with Him.  Are you hungry? This is a call for the people of God to come together with empty hands and empty stomachs, to draw close to Jesus, our Lord of Life, to experience Him, to believe that we do not live on bread alone but on the very Word of God (Deut 8:3; Matt 4:4), to taste and see that the LORD is good (Psalm 34:8). It is a call to sacrifice, to realize our desperate need, to seek the LORD, and to receive His grace and mercy. Wednesday, July 17 will be a day of fasting and prayer. We will come together at 6:30pm for worship in the Solid Rock Lodge. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at 630.513.5325 x40 or bzielke@lolchurch.net.

Collection of School Supplies for Grace and Liberia
Grace Christian Academy (preschool to grade eight) in Chicago and Joe Boway,
missionary in Liberia, are in need of school supplies for the coming school year.
Please consider blessing both these ministries by helping fulfill their schools’
needs.  Here are some items that are needed, although any and all school supplies
are welcome. Please bring your donations to the school bus located in front of the
mission wall.

-pencil boxes 13 x 8
-scissors (adult and primary)
-ziploc bags
-watercolors
-washable markers
-pencil top erasers
-crayons
-glue sticks
-bottle glue
-pencil sharpeners
-compasses and protractors
-colored pencils
-pencils
-erasers
-loose leaf paper
-pocket folders
-calculators
-spiral notebooks
-graph paper
-rulers
-note cards

Lord of Life Preschool
If you are looking for a preschool for Fall 2013, classes start September 3. Please visit our website lolchurch.net\preschool or contact us for additional information 630.513.7346 x2 mlaughridge@lolchurch.net

Wanted: YOU
There’s a new Sheriff in town and she is after you! She’s tracking down volunteers for SonWest Round-up VBS: July 22nd-26th. Volunteers will be apprehended for crafts, games, kitchen, and group leaders.  Kitchen help is needed from 4:30-7:00pm and craft, game, and group leaders are needed from 6:15-8:00 pm.  Group leaders will be responsible for teaching the Bible lesson (all materials provided) with their group and then walking the kids to the craft, game, and mission stations during the evening. Please indicate the area in which you would like to serve on the Connection Card.  If you have any questions, please contact Sheriff Mary Miller at 630-365-2205 or millers800@sbcglobal.net. VBS craft and kitchen needs are on he VBS table in the lobby.

SonWest Round-Up VBS: July 22nd-26th, 5:15pm family dinner, 6-8pm program
(ages preschool – grade 5)

Out in the wide-open spaces, we’ll discover a colorful old town where all the excitement of the Wild West awaits! In SonWest, we’ll celebrate all the fun of being buckaroos—so grab a sarsaparilla and join in the jamboree. There’ll be food, games, music, crafts—and amazing true stories that point you and your kids to Jesus!  Register online at www.lolchurch.net.  If you’re interested in helping with VBS, contact Mary Miller at (630) 365-2205 or millers800@sbcglobal.net.

VBS Volunteer Meeting
There will be a meeting TODAY Sunday, July 14 at 9:30am (between services)  for all who have signed up to serve, or are interested in helping, with VBS. Please stop by the Solid Rock Lodge to ensure you are on the list for the area that you would like to volunteer, pick up any materials needed, and get any questions answered.  If you are unable to attend on July 14th, please contact Mary Miller (630) 365-2205 or millers800@sbcglobal.net.

Play Dates at Parks
Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer? Connect with other families at different area parks on Tuesdays from 10am to Noon. It’s a relaxed time to hang out, share, play, and pray together.  Upcoming locations are…
July  16 at Engstrom Park in Batavia on Main St
July 23 at the Stuart Sports Complex on Jericho Rd in Montgomery – wear swim suits
July 30 at the Community Center Park in Elburn
Pick up the full list of dates and locations at the iConnect wagon in the LOL lobby. Not sure about the weather and if the play dates will meet that morning? Contact Lena Lamore at (630) 443-8566.

Sunday School: during 10:00 worship
Preschoolers

This Week – God made the world (Genesis 1:1-19)
Next Week – God made fish, birds, and animals (Genesis 1:20-25)

Kindergarten-Grade 5
NEW Theme: “In the Dog House” (Key Verse: “You should love each other…” John 13:34)
This Week – Cain kills his brother in anger (Genesis 4:2-16); The Point – We show God’s love by controlling anger.
Next Week – Jacob steals his brother’s blessing (Genesis 27:1-45); The Point – We show God’s love by being honest.

MidWay (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
GRAPPLE: Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others. Sundays, 10am in the youth room
This Week – “Who died and left you in charge?” (Daniel 2:24-25); The Point – God puts people in charge.
Next Week – “What if I’m smarter than they are?” (Romans 13:1-7); The Point – I must honor authority.

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
HANG OUT
: Sundays, 6-8pm
This Week – at the Zielke’s house (221 E Shannon St, Elburn)
Next Week – We’re going to the Kane County Fair – meet at LOL at 6pm, return at 10pm.  Bring $15 (for admission and demolition derby).

July Mission Connection,  Children of Faith Ministries, Vizag India
VBS will share Lord of Life’s Mission Connection this month, Children of Faith Ministries. Founded by Anand and Rosie Thandu in 2003, they provide a loving home for 104 children, along with food, clothing, education, medical care and Christian upbringing. Their newest project is building a boy’s dormitory. All the kids are happy and doing well, growing in the Lord. LoL Vacation Bible School, July 22-26, will show and tell what life is like at the orphanage and what God is doing. Offerings will provide optical testing and glasses for some of the kids and shoes, shoes, shoes for all the kids.  Remember to pray for Children of Faith.

READY to GO! Mission Possible – Summer Community Outreach Opportunities
VBS Signups
 –  Monday – Friday, July 22-26 5:15pm – Be sure to register your children and/or sign up to serve for this church-wide event. Check bulletin announcements for further details. Check off your willingness to serve using your connection card Sunday morning.

Elburn Food Pantry Jewel Pickup – Tuesday, July 23rd 9:15am – Join the growing team to pick up food at Jewel Food Store in Elburn to deliver and stock the shelves at the Elburn Food Pantry.

Feed My Starving Children – Tuesday, July 23rd 9:30am – We’ve reserved 30 spots to help feed our starving children around the world. Won’t you come and help package these fine meals? We’ll meet at location or contact Kim Cole 630.365.9891 if you need a ride.

Lifespring Bible Study – Thursday, July 25th 10am – Join us to serve the ladies at Lifespring with a devotion, craft, and some great fellowship.

Quilters of the King UPDATE
We continue to finish the quilts for the veterans and are working on a prayer quilt for a lady who has cancer. Last week we cooked meals for the shut in’s and the sick. We are still in need of buttons for Lifespring. Also we need batting for the baby quilts that we will be starting soon.We are always in need of light weight blankets, batting, children’s prints, white thread and gently used sheets. Drop off button donations at the Mission Bulletin Board and we’ll put them to good use. Galatians 6:9 “Don’t get tired of doing what is good.Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessings at the appropriate time.” For more information please contact Pamela McLane 630.879.0989.

Paws For Fun!
Bring your furry friend to Lord of Life Church on Saturday, Sept. 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  You can participate in the dog walk fundraiser (to help support Chloe & our Comfort Dog Ministry) win prizes in the dog contest (most kisses, waggiest tail, tidbit toss, best trick, best bark and best dressed) enjoy pet related presentations, doggy cake walk, dog parade, win raffle prizes, pet parade, enjoy delicious Ream’s brats and of course, HOT DOGS!  We promise you and your four legged friend a “barking” great time!

Save the Date – Iron Sharpens Iron for Women. Saturday, October 12th 9am-5pm
Attention Ladies! After 7 years and 23 equipping conferences for men, Focal Point Ministries announces our first Iron Sharpens Iron Women’s Equipping Conference! This conference will be the same format as the men’s – 16 different seminars, 2 nationally-recognized keynote speakers, inspiring praise and worship, exhibitors and resources specifically designed with you in mind. This will be a great opportunity to fellowship with women from all over the region as well as develop and nurture relationships with women from your church. We hope to see you there!

Men’s Retreat – Don’t Miss This!
November 22-24 at the Villa Desiderata Retreat Center on the shores of Pistakee Bay in McHenry, IL. Put it on your calendar NOW! More information coming soon.