Announcements for Sunday, July 7, 2013

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
Summer Connections
Wednesday July 10th 9:00am – Help with child care for siblings of children with disabilities at Blackberry Creek Elementary.

Marklund Baseball Friday, July 12th 6:15pm – Play a game of baseball on a real baseball diamond. We need to provide 18 people to assist “players” in wheelchairs.

Work Half Day at LOL Saturday, July 13th 9:00am – Only 5 people (4 men and 1 lady) have signed up for the work half day at LOL this coming Saturday. We could use a few more hands on deck. We’ll be mulching, pulling weeds, and cleaning up the outside. Inside we’ll be fixing minor repairs with doors, windows, and fixtures. You will be able to take your pick of jobs you’d like to do. We’ve prepared a small booklet with the jobs laid out for your review this week before you come to work on Saturday. The booklets are available at the Information Wagon. See you Saturday 9am to 12noon!

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 ChildrenTuesday, 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.

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!

Quilters of the King
Quilter of the King is working on quilts for the veterans. We thank the people who came forward and donated money for the postage. We are going to make baby quilts next for the two pregnancy centers. If you would like to come and join us on Thursday mornings at 9:00 for sewing, devotions, refreshments, and fellowship we would love to have you. You do not need to know how to sew as we have lots of other tasks one can do and we are willing to teach. We are always in need of light weight blankets, batting , children’s prints , white thread and gently used sheets. We will be visiting Lifespring on July 25th to do a Bible study, craft and fellowship with the ladies. We are looking for buttons to use for the craft project. Drop off button donations at the Mission Bulletin Board and we’ll put them to good use. For more information please contact Pamela McLane 630.879.0989.

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.

Meet Our Interim Pastor David Thies
Pastor David will be serving Lord of Life as lead pastor as we go through the Call process for our next pastor.  He is also the Senior Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church & School in Rockford (since 2003). Before becoming a pastor in 2000 (Faith Lutheran Church in Huntsville, Texas), he was an attorney in Alabama for six years.  Either Pastor David or another pastor from St. Paul’s will be with us most Sundays through the summer months and potentially beyond. If you would like to get in touch with Pastor David, he can be reached at (815) 962-2145 or pastor@stpaulrockford.org.

Introducing the Call Committee
George Acosta (Chair), Cathy Geiger, Brenda Guetthoff, Bob Kessler, Jim Krage, Matthew Luhman, Jake Martens, Greg Strasser, and Brian Zielke.  The process to call a new full time pastor is underway with the assistance of Pastor Keith Haney of the LCMS Northern Illinois District.  Please continue to pray for and with us as we trust and follow the Spirit’s leading.  We want to communicate with and involve the congregation as much as possible. Please contact the church office at (630) 513-5325 with any questions or concerns for the Call Committee.

Are you hungry? Wednesday, July 17 will be a day of fasting and prayer
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.

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!

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 NEXT 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 9 at Pottawatomie Park in Saint Charles
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
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
NO Sunday School
Next Week
– God made the world (Genesis 1:1-19)

Kindergarten-Grade 5
NEW Theme:
“In the Dog House” (Key Verse: John 13:34)
This Week NO Sunday School
Next Week
– Cain kills his brother in anger (Genesis 4:2-16); The Point – We show God’s love by controlling anger.

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 NO Grapple
Next Week
– “Who died and left you in charge?” (Daniel 2:24-25); The Point – God puts people in charge.

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
HANG OUT:
Sundays, 6-8pm
This Week NO Hang Out
Next Week
– at the Zielke’s house (221 E Shannon St, Elburn)