Announcements for Sunday, April 27, 2014

National Day of Prayer
Come join us for National Day of Prayer, Thu, May 1, any time beginning at 8:30am. A special prayer service will happen at 7pm. Lord, bless our nation.

Join Us for the “Walkers & Talkers Book Club”
Join us for a new book club while exploring local hiking trails at Campton Nature Trails. We will start with the book In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson, the same author who wrote The Circle Maker. The book centers around the story of Benaiah in 2 Samuel 23: 20-21. The main premise of the book is that God uses our past experiences to shape us and prepare us for future “God-ordained opportunities.” This book club is open to adults of any age, from young adult to the oldest adult and to those with any level of walking preferences, from the casual stroller to the fast-paced walkers. We will meet Wednesdays from 6:15-7:45pm at Campton Nature Trails from May 7 through June 25. For more info contact Brenda Guetthoff at 630-921-2027 or bucabeppers@aol.com for further information.

Come Meet Our Missionary from India
Join us for a special dinner on Tue, May 13 at 5:30pm in the Solid Rock Lodge with our mission partner Anand Thandu from Children of Faith Orphanage, in Vizag, India. It will be a special time to celebrate the work God is doing in India and pray for the salvation of many people in Vizag area. Please RSVP on the Connection Card today.

April Mission Connection
Feed My Starving Children is a Christian organization committed to feeding malnourished and starving children all over the world. Volunteers help assemble and pack nutritionally complete meals that cost 22 cents each. The meals are shipped to 70 different countries worldwide. Madi Cole is Lord of Life Ambassador for Feed My Starving Children. For more info please contact Kim Cole at (630) 918-3015 or kimcole1299@sbcglobal.net

Monthly Donations to Benefit Elburn Food Pantry
Each month Lord of Life Church and Preschool partner for a monthly food drive benefiting the Elburn Food Pantry. The next two months (April/May) we are collecting personal care products-Toothpaste, soaps, shampoos, feminine care, deodorant, etc.Due Date: Mon, May 20. Drop off items at the mission bulletin board. For more info contact Curt Berg at (630) 513-5325 x131or cberg@lolchurch.net

Mission Possible Shoe Drive
Help show Christ’s love by donating your used shoes. Please tie your shoes together and toss them in the bin located in the lobby now through Sat, May 10.  Lord of Life is partnering with Mission Possible, a Christian-based non-profit in Aurora, IL that provides free medical, vision and dental clinic. This shoe drive will raise the necessary funds to expand their facility while providing shoes for people in Haiti, Honduras and parts of Africa. Start cleaning your closets today! For more info contact Mary Owen at (630) 377-8731 or le710@comcast.net. Check out onjesusmission.org

Come Serve at Saint Matthew Soup Kitchen
Our next day to serve at the Saint Matthew Soup Kitchen in Chicago is Thu, May 15 from 10:30am-3:00pm. Includes travel time. For more info please contact Pamela McLane at (630) 879-0989.

Comfort Dog Ministry
Did you know that Chloe is one of 70+ comfort dogs that have been placed with congregations in nine states? This ministry is growing with the latest dog placed at Concordia University, Wisconsin. This morning, we will celebrate our second anniversary of our own Chloe coming to minister with us here at Lord of Life. We will highlight Chloe’s ministry and the blessings we’ve experienced through comfort dog ministry. Please join Chloe for cake in the Solid Rock Lodge after both services. If you are interested in joining the comfort dog ministry, Chloe is looking for help in the following areas: marketing/fundraising, IT expertise, and correspondence with people who could use a note of encouragement. For more info please contact Diane Roloff at diroloff@att.net or Sandi Kessler at sandi.kessler@sbcglobal.net.

Connect Groups
At Lord of Life, we have many Connect Groups (for men, women, couples, singles, etc) that meet throughout the week to help people connect with Jesus and each other through Bible study and relationships. If you would like to learn more about the groups or become part of one, please contact Brian Zielke at (630) 513-5325 x140 or bzielke@lolchurch.net.

Needed: Creative Director for Mission Wall
Lord of Life is looking for a creative director of our mission wall. The purpose of the mission wall is to tell the story of Lord of Life’s mission work. For more info contact Lois Linder at (630) 879-6717 or Curt Berg at (630) 513-5325 x131.

Know Someone in the Military?
We would like to honor our veterans with a tribute during worship on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. If anyone in your family has served in the military, please let us know by contacting Tom Clark at tclark2@gmail.com or (630) 337-6238.

Men’s Fight Club
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Eph 6:10-11). Fight Club is coming back for another four weeks to complete the full armor of God. If you missed last Sat, you can still pick up the Shield of Faith this Wed, Apr 30 from 6:30-8pm. Then this Sat, May 3 from 7:30-9am, we will take the Helmet of Salvation in the Solid Rock Lodge.

Thrivent Members: Direct Now and Add $20
Thrivent members, select Lord of Life Church the first time you direct Choice Dollars® between Apr 1 and May 31 and our church will receive an extra $20 grant from Thrivent Financial! Through the “Direct Now . . . and add $20!” campaign, Thrivent will give an extra $20 for each member who chooses to direct Choice Dollars to our congregation first.

Children’s Ministry (age 3-Grade )
Sunday School

Sundays, 10am during worship. Always open to new kids. Check-in is on the main floor near the elevator. Children will be dismissed after children’s message.
Preschoolers
This Sun, Apr 27 – Thomas sees Jesus (John 20:19-28)
Next Sun, May 4 – The Emmaus disciples (Luke 24:13-35)

Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current Theme: Balloon Fest; Key Verse: “The Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God” (Romans 8:10).
This Sun, Apr 27 –Philip ministers to the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-40); The Point – We rely on the Holy Spirit for help.
Next Sun, May 4 – The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23); The Point – The Holy Spirit helps us to be like Jesus.

AWANA
Wednesdays, 6:15-8pm. AWANA helps the church and families work together to develop children’s Christian faith so that they follow Jesus Christ. Always open to new kids. Come on out and join us!
This Wed, Apr 30—Award Night—6:30pm Family Life Center

Save the Dates for Vacation Bible School
Set sail on an amazing grace adventure this summer! Gangway to Galilee VBS will take us on and around the Sea of Galilee with five accounts of Jesus’ ministry there. Mark your calendar for July 21-25. Stay tuned for more details.

Thank You to Eggstravaganza Volunteers
Thank you to everyone who helped with the Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday. Also, a big thank you to everyone who donated candy. It was a very special time for people of all ages to celebrate the Risen Lord Jesus.

Youth Ministry (Grades 6-12)
MidWay (grades 6-8)

Sundays at 10am and Wednesdays, 6:15-8pm in the Youth Room on the lower level. Learn more at lolchurch.net/midway.
GRAPPLE: Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room
This Sun, Apr 27 – “Isn’t it their fault?” (Luke 6:37-42); The Point – I don’t judge.
Next Sun, May 4 – “Shouldn’t everyone be green?” (Genesis 1:26-30); The Point – I care about my environment.
MORPH: Be transformed by Jesus
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm in the Youth Room
This Wed, Apr 30 – SALT Creating Thirst – How valuable am I?
Next Wed, May 7 – SALT Creating Thirst – What happens after we die?

HighWay (grades 9-12)
Sundays, 6-8pm in the Youth Room. Learn more at lolchurch.net/highway

Ready to be Confirmed?
We have scheduled a Confirmation Sunday to encourage youth to take steps on the path to a personal confession of the Christian faith. We will celebrate confirmations during worship on Sun, May 18. For more info on confirmation at Lord of Life visit lolchurch.net/youth.

If you have any questions about children’s or youth ministry, please contact Brian Zielke at (630) 513-5325 x140 or bzielke@lolchurch.net.