Announcements for Sunday, March 24, 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. lamb 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!

Join the Easter Choir!
Everyone (High School age and older) is invited to join the Easter Choir! Come worship the Lord with us as we lead the congregation on Easter morning. Rehearsal will be following the Good Friday service (around 8:30) and go no later than 10pm. No auditions are required—only a heart to praise the Lord. Questions? Contact Christina Durrant at 630-209-9458 or cpeters124@hotmail.com.

LERT Training Last Chance
UPDATE – Prepare to Share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Christ in Disasters.  Twenty Four (24) people have signed up in the last two weeks. We’ll be contacting you to arrange transportation and registration for our next training session. Send an email to care@lolchurch.net or call the church office 630.513.5325 or check your Connection Card 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

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.

Tiny Little Christians (Preschool)
This Week – Jesus’ death and resurrection (Matthew 27:32-28:6)
Next Week NO Sunday School on Easter Sunday, March 31st

Living Inside Out (Kindergarten-5th grade)
Current Theme: “Friendship Ride” (Key Verse: John 15:13)
This Week – Jesus appears to His friends (John 20:11-29); The Point – We believe Jesus is alive.
Next Week NO Sunday School on Easter Sunday, March 31st

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

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 – “Why does Satan fight dirty?” The Point – Satan knows my weaknesses.
Next Week NO GRAPPLE, Easter

MORPH: Be changed by Jesus
Wednesdays, 6:15-8:00pm in the Family Life Center
This Week NO MORPH
Next Week
– The New Covenant

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
HANG OUT: Sundays, 6-8pm in the youth room
This Week – The Passion of the Christ
Next Week *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.

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.

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. Our goal is one item per person which translates to 120 for preschool and 280 for the church. Total goal for April is 400 items. We have our work cut out for us, that’s for sure. Other food items always welcome. 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.

Saint Matthew’s Soup Kitchen
We are planning a trip to St. Matthew’s Soup on Thursday, April 25th. Leaving LoL at 9:45am and returning before 3:00pm. We would like to start collecting food items today. 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.

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.

Undercover Special Operations
Are you Ready to GO? Let’s go undercover to find the good guys! May the LORD use us to share the Good News through our serving in our community. Check out the Care Calendar for opportunities to serve in our community.

Special Care Appeal
Meagan Seals is in need of a van and that by just voting on her web site: Meagan Seals Miracle Baby she may be able to get one. She’s in the running and has a great chance to be a finalist. Won’t you help them through prayer, friendship, and your vote? C’mon Church! Let’s make a difference for this family! As we do, we give GOD glory!

Calling Out Softball Umpires
IYC is having a softball league this summer starting in May. Lord of Life Church supplies the umpires for each game. Games will be Tuesday and Thursday evening. All interested men or women please contact church office at 630.513.5325 or email care@lolchurch.net or check off the box on your Connection Card.