Announcements for Sunday, December 29, 2013

Winter Connect Groups
Check out the NEW Connect Groups Catalog and discover many opportunities to Connect with Jesus and each other! There are all kinds of groups waiting for you to join! Sign up by writing the group # (from the catalog) on your Connection Card or sign up online at www.lolchurch.net/connect.

Join us for fellowship in the Solid Rock Lodge
After worship, you are invited to the Solid Rock Lodge for refreshments, goodies and fellowship. This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to someone and connect with friends. Sit down and have a conversation about today’s message or share a laugh together.

Preschool 2014/2015 Pre-registration
Lord of Life Preschool is starting enrollment for the 2014/2015 School Year. There are forms available outside the Preschool Office starting January 5th. Complete the form and return it to the Preschool Office as classes will be filled in date/time of order received (forms will be accepted starting January 8th-all forms received prior to that date will be dated the 8th at 8:00 am). Pre-registration will be closed on January 31, 2014.  All forms received after this date will be added to the list. This will place your child on a list for the class(es) indicated. (You will receive Registration Forms in February 2014.)

Basketball on Monday Nights
NO basketball this week (12/30).
We’ll start back up on January 6. Come out and shoot some hoops with us on Monday nights from 6-8pm in the Family Life Center. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at (630) 513-5325 x40 or bzielke@lolchurch.net.

Connecting to Lord of Life Seminar
Interested in membership or simply want to know more about Lord of Life Church? Save the date for Sunday, January 26 (there is no football that weekend!). Pastor Matt will share the mission, vision and values of the church and answer your questions. You’ll also learn about the history of the church, ways to serve and get connected. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

Simple and Convenient Ways to Serve at Lord of Life
Are you willing to serve the Lord one Sunday a month? We have a spot just for you. You can help as an usher, greeter, sound servant, projection servant or nursery volunteer. Ushers help people as they enter worship and greeters welcome people as they enter the church building. Sound and projection servants help run sound and move slides on the screens during the worship services. Nursery volunteers help care and love the youngest people during worship. We’ll provide you with personal training before you start and answer your questions. It’s a fantastic, convenient and simple way to respond to God’s grace. Your smile and willing attitude will help make Lord of Life a welcoming place to connect people with Jesus. Interested or simply want more info? Contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

December Mission Connection
H.E.L.P.S. Ministry is our Mission Connection for December. Angelo Valdes founded H.E.L.P.S. Ministry ten years ago in Valley View. H.ope for a dying and unsaved world, E.ncouragement to believe that with God all things are possible, L.ove that has power to transform, P.rayer that gives the opportunity to commune with the living God an S.alvation through Jesus Christ alone, which brings eternal life in heaven. H.E.L.P.S. provides a transitional home for men and women who are recovering from drug and/or alcohol relationships. The ministry reaches out to feed and serve the homeless and gives help to young adults who are dealing with life controlling issues.

Quilters of the King Update
Quilters of the King will be starting a new project in January. We will be making quilts for the people downstate that were hit by the tornado. The first family we will be making them for are the boys and wife that lost their husband and father. We could use batting or light weight blankets to fill the quilts. This project we will continue for many months. Paula Price will be delivering them for us. Want to help? Join us. We meet on Thursday morning at 9:00 am. Call Pamela McLane at 630.879.0989 for more information.

Painting the Family Life Center
Want to help increase the sound acoustics in the Family Life Center? We’ll begin the process with a clean paint job. Mark your calendars for either Friday, January 24th or Saturday, January 25th. We’ll be preparing the walls and masking the trim on Friday evening. Saturday we’ll bring in the paint crews. To sign-up or if you have other questions contact Marty Coomes 630.546.7191. You may also sign-up on your connection card.

Feed My Starving Children
Our next scheduled event is coming soon. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, January 28th from 8:00pm to 9:30pm.

Monthly Food Drive for Elburn Food Pantry
Each month Lord of Life Church will partner with Lord of Life Preschool for a monthly food drive for our own Elburn Food Pantry. To encourage the children in the art of giving they are taking one marble out of the “need” jar and place it in the “give” jar to show their act of giving. We’ll do the same with the two jars in front of the Mission Display Board. Our goal each month will be one item per LoL family or about 205 items. This month (January) we are collecting Soup & Pasta/Rice/Beans-canned soup, Ramen, soup mixes, pastas, rice, beans, etc. If every family brings in just one item, our goal will be reached…any additional items will help us exceed the goal! Due Date: Feb 3

Church Office
The church office will be closed on New Year’s day.

Kids (Preschool—Grade 5)
AWANA
Wednesdays from 6:15-8:00pm
Awana helps the church and families work together to develop spiritually strong children who faithfully follow Jesus Christ.
This Wednesday NO AWANA – Happy New Year!
Next Wednesday – Wear Boots Night

SUNDAY SCHOOL: during 10:00 worship
Preschoolers
This Sunday – Wise men give gifts to Jesus (Matthew 2:2)
Next Sunday – Jesus grows as a child (Luke 2:40,52)

Kindergarten-Grade 5
NEW Theme:
“Snow Day;” Focus: Jesus’ Life; Key Verse: “All who believed Him became children of God.” John 1:12
This Sunday – Simeon and Anna prophecy about Jesus (Luke 2:21-40); The Point – We trust God to keep His promises.
Next Sunday – Visit of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12); The Point – Jesus had a way better gift for the Magi than they had for Him!

MidWay (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
GRAPPLE:
Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others
Sundays, 10am in the youth room
This Sunday
– “Is God keeping score?” (Genesis 3:16-24); The Point – All sin separates us from God and is punishable by death.
Next Sunday – “What makes Jesus so cool?” (Romans 5:1-17); The Point – God gave us a gift in Jesus.

MORPH: Be transformed by Jesus
Wednesdays from 6:15-8:00pm
This Wednesday
NO MORPH – Happy New Year!
Next Wednesday – New lesson series led by Mikey Jessen!

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
WORK OUT:
Exercising our spiritual muscles together. Sundays, 6-8pm in the Youth Room at LOL
This Sunday
– Game Night – Bring your favorite games (board, card, party, video, etc)
Next Week – Serve Night – Help with some work projects around the building

Basic Training
Get trained on the basics of faith and life. There are four sessions: 1) Discovering the Bible, 2) Encountering Jesus, 3) Living on Purpose, and 4) Searching for Truth. Completion of all four sessions is an expectation for Confirmation at Lord of Life. For more on Confirmation go to www.lolchurch.net/youth or contact Brian at (630) 513-5325 x40. Basic Training sessions are offered monthly on Saturdays (9am-12pm) throughout the school year. The next session will be “Discovering the Bible” on Saturday, January 11 in the youth room. No sign up necessary. Just show up!

Youth Winter Retreats
Parents: Give the gift of growth this Christmas! Both retreats will be at Camp Timber-lee in East Troy, WI.
HighWay:  January 24-26, sign up by December 15th www.lolchurch.net/highway
MidWay:  February 21-23rd, sign up by January 8th www.lolchurch.net/midway