Announcements for Sunday, March 17, 2013

Pastor Phil’s Call to New Jersey
Pastor Phil recently announced he has accepted a call to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Old Bridge, NJ. We are thankful for his service here and will be sad to see him go. Please know our Lord of Life leadership is currently working on matters of transition and will have much to share very soon. Pastor Phil’s final Sunday at Lord of Life will be on April 21.

Join the Prayer Circle
Join us each Sunday morning during the season of Lent to Circle God’s promises in prayer at 7:30am. We are praying that Lord of Life would be a house of prayer at that everything we do would be led with prayer. Come help make this happen!

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.

Easter Fellowship
The Connection Board could use your help with Easter Sunday fellowship goodies. They could use donations of Easter specialty goodies, i.e. bunny cakes, decorated cookies, hotcross buns, etc. Donations can be dropped off on Good Friday and placed in the main kitchen marked “Easter Fellowship”.

Date Night Saturday, April 13th 6-9 p.m
Dinner for adults, dinner/child care, and program Focus in the Family Date Night Challenge. Cost $30 for couple/$40 for family (includes childcare/dinner). Scholarships available!  Sign up in the lobby or on the connection card this morning. On-line registration is also available!

Blood Drive Results from Sunday, March 3rd.
Once again the Lord of Life community never ceases to amaze me!!! This blood drive we had 6 people donate blood, who have never donated before, that is an additional 18 lives that will be saved by these 1st time donors!! We had a total of 29 people donate, and 6 people who were defered for a total of 35 people seen by Heartland! Thank you Lord of Life and thank you God, for all these wonderful caring people who gave a little bit of themselves to save 87 lifes!!!

Special Advance Training Opportunity
The DuPage County Health Department Office of Risk and Emergency Management is offering a unique opportunity for any person over the age of 18 to participate in mass vaccination/medical countermeasure training. This training will provide the participant with a basic overview of response activities associated with public health emergencies, specifically a bio-terrorism event. No special expertise is required. All you need is a desire for helping others and your community. We recognize that in a disaster, private/public partnerships and volunteers must come together to successfully safeguard our communities. The training is specifically designed to orient both the public and the credentialed volunteer to mass dispensing operations during a public health emergency. Please send an email to care@lolchurch.net for more information.

Undercover Special Operations
Remember our Advent Conspiracy? That was our Christmas Community Outreach Emphasis! Well, it’s a new season. Time for a new beginning. Perfect for Springtime! Check out the new adventure we have in store for you this Sunday, March 17th, during the 8:30am and 10:00am offering. It’s what we do! Ready to GO!

March Mission Connection-Grace Christian Academy
Grace Christian is a mission outreach school in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago serving students age 3 to grade eight. Many students have no home church and rely on Grace to hear the Gospel. Grace is dependent on individuals and Lutheran congregations throughout northern Illinois for financial assistance for tuition expenses and educational programs. Thanks for your loose change offering. Every cent matters!

Elburn Food Pantry
Partnering with Lord of Life Preschool collecting different items each month. The current items we’re collecting are Paper Products: i.e. Paper Towels, TP, Napkins, Facial Tissue, etc.. They are due Tuesday, April 9th. 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, May 7th Rice/Pasta.

Feed My Starving Children
We packing during Spring break! Let’s get you students out in mass!!! Meet at LoL at 5pm (note time change) to  carpool to North Aurora for this month’s packaging event on Tuesday, March 26th. Let’s Pack the Place. Packaging TIME CHANGE: 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Sign-up on your connection card.

Saint Matthew’s Soup Kitchen
We are planning a trip to St. Matthew’s Soup kitchen very soon. Until we get the date we would like to start collecting food items. They are in need of chicken legs and thighs, large cans of tomatoes, large cans of vegetables, canned soup, large bags of rice or noodles. If you could bring some of the items and mark them for St.Matthew’s and leave them on the counter we’ll put them away. Please label the frozen items and put in the Main Kitchen freezer. We are also making candy bags for each participant. Any small chocolate bars or candies are appreciated. We need about 8 fun size bags.When everyone in the family helps out and works together, it certainly makes things more enjoyable. As we serve, we show our love for God and neighbor in a concrete way. We will let you know when the date is set to go to St. Matthew’s. If you have any questions please call Pamela McLane at 630.879.0989.

LERT Training
UPDATE – Prepare to Share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Christ in Disasters . Send an email to care@lolchurch.net or call the church office 630.513.5325 to learn more about the 2013 Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) trainings: Sunday, May 5 – Calvary Lutheran Church, Elgin, Illinois Registration & dessert begin at 1:30pm followed by training from 2-5pm. Cost $20

Haiti Mission Trip
Special Thanks to Wade Kuipers for stepping up to drop off and pick up at the airport for the Haiti Mission Team. What a blessing you are to them!

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.

Kids (preschool – grade 5) SUNDAY SCHOOL: during 10:00 worship
*There will be NO Sunday School on Easter Sunday, March 31st
Easter Eggstravaganza
Saturday, March 30th, 10:00-11:30am. Hunt for eggs. Celebrate the risen Savior! Sign up on the Connection Card or at www.lolchurch.net. Please drop off candy donations in the Lobby. We need to fill over 1,000 eggs!

Tiny Little Christians (Preschool)
This Week – Children praise Jesus (Matthew 21:7-11,14-16)
Next Week – Jesus’ death and resurrection (Matthew 27:32-28:6)

Living Inside Out (Kindergarten-5th grade)
Current Theme: “Friendship Ride” (Key Verse: John 15:13)
This Week – Jesus dies for His friends (Luke 23:44-49); The Point – We believe Jesus loves us.
Next Week – Jesus appears to His friends (John 20:11-29); The Point – We believe Jesus is alive.

AWANA (Preschool-5th grade):
Because kids matter God. Wednesdays, 6:15-8:00pm
This Week – Wear a Cap
Next Week – NO AWANA

MidWay (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
GRAPPLE: Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others
Sundays, 10am in the youth room.
*There will be NO Grapple on Easter Sunday, March 31st.
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 Week – Miracles
Next Week – NO MORPH

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
HANG OUT: Sundays, 6-8pm in the youth room
This Month – The Case for Christ – Investigating the evidence for Jesus.
*There will be NO Hang Out on Easter Sunday, March 31st.

Dare to Share – The Follow Tour
April 12th-13th at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Forms and $75 payment due Sunday, March 24th. Find forms and more details at www.lolchurch.net/highway

Ready to be Confirmed?
We are scheduling a Confirmation Sunday to encourage youth to take steps on their path to a personal profession of faith.  We will celebrate Confirmations on April 14th.  See the expectations for Confirmation outlined at www.lolchurch.net.  Contact Brian Zielke at (630) 513-5325 x40 or bzielke@lolchurch.net with questions or to set up an interview – before the end of March.