Announcements for Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Worship Services
Christmas Eve: 5 & 7pm; Christmas Day 10am

Staff Appreciation Gift
The staff at Lord of Life faithfully serves God’s church throughout the year and Christmas is a special time to say thank you. If you would like to give a special financial gift to show your appreciation, please write in the memo line of your check “Staff Christmas Gift” or use the envelope in the bulletin to give cash and write “Staff Christmas Gift” on the envelope. The gifts will be distributed equally among the entire staff before Christmas. Questions? Contact Pastor Matt Blackford at matt@lolchurch.net.

Voter’s Meeting Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Voter’s Meeting will take place immediately following the 10:00am worship service on Sunday, December 15. Approval of the 2014 financial budget as well as updates from the Elders and the Executive Board will be discussed.

Basketball on Monday Nights
Come out and shoot some hoops with us on Monday nights from 6-8pm in the Family Life Center. We will not play on December 23 or 30. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at (630) 513-5325 x40 or bzielke@lolchurch.net.

Chris-Myth Busters Children’s Musical December 15 @5pm
Come one, come all!  Come kick off the Christmas season with “Chris-Myth Busters,” presented by the LOL Children’s Music and Drama Teams.  This charming musical will be presented on December 15 at 5:00 PM in the Family Life Center.  Ethan has a new sister, Michelle. Only Michelle’s not a cute little bundle of joy. She’s a pretty big kid…adopted…and a bit of an annoying trivia buff. When Michelle starts busting some myths about Christmas to Ethan’s friends, it causes quite a stir. Ethan, Lily and Abby begin to wonder: Were there more or less than three Wise Men? Was Jesus really born on December 25th? And what about the angels…did they sing or not? What…no innkeeper? After reading the biblical account of the birth of Jesus, Lily and Abby are still confused. Through it all, Michelle learns that even though some facts about the very first Christmas might not be clear, the truth about why Jesus came is everywhere in Scripture.  Please join us as we learn the truth about why Jesus came! Potluck dinner will follow. Please bring a dish to share.

Last Sunday’s Blood Drive Results!
29 Donors, 31 Units Donated, 3 Deferrals, 2 New Donors. The giving of the Lord of Life community never ceases to amaze me! Coming into the morning we had only 17 donors signed up to donate, we ended the day with 29 donors giving 31 units of blood. Included in that 29 donors included 2 donors who were guests of the church one of which who hadn’t donated in almost 15 years! Together we helped saved 93 lives, that’s potentially 93 people who will be alive for Christmas who may have not, if it wasn’t for Lord of Life. Before Heartland left the property Pastor Matt prayed over the blood that we donated for not only the people who may receive the blood, but also for those of us who donated that blood. By giving you receive much more. In love, Judy Yant, Heartland Blood Drive Coordinator.

Operation Christmas Child Results!
Our Lord of Life family donated 231 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes! Praise the Lord! Dwayne Nelson, Coordinator

Good News Partners – Chicago, North of Howard
Here’s a great way to share the joy of Christmas and plan a trip to the city. Check out this link to volunteer: http://vols.pt/v73Lc9 Week of December 8 through the 14.

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 give 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. One way Lord of Life is helping this year is to provide 20 gifts for teenagers. The ornaments on the Giving Tree were gobbled up last Sunday. If you’d still like to participate, please contact the church office at 630.513.5325 or email lol@lolchurch.net. We’ll give you another chance to give. Praise the LORD!

Saint Matthew Soup Kitchen
St Matthew Lutheran Church in Chicago will again serve Christmas dinner to their congregation and neighborhood families. Pastor Loza has asked Lord of Life to donate small inexpensive gifts for the children: toys, socks, Tshirts, story books, mittens, etc. Please wrap the gifts and mark them “boy” or “girl.” Place the gifts in the basket at the Mission Wall by Dec 19th. For more information, call Lois Linder 630-879-6717.

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 (November) we are collecting Baby Products-jar food, cereal, diapers, wipes, etc. If every family brings in just one item, our goal will be reached…any additional items will help us exceed the goal! Items are due December 16.

Feed My Starving Children
Our next scheduled event is coming soon. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 17 from 8:00pm to 9:30pm. Let us know you’re coming by signing up on your Connection Card.

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 Week – Bring cookies for the youth at IYC
Next Week – Wear red and green
*NO AWANA on December 25 or January 1

SUNDAY SCHOOL: during 10:00 worship
Preschoolers
This Week – Jesus is born! (Luke 2:1-7)
Next Week – Angels tell the shepherds (Luke 2:8-18)

Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current Theme:
“Holy Moly, Advent”
This Week – Mary and Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56)
Next Week – Jesus is born! (Luke 2:8-20)

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 – “Why should I care?” (Matthew 4:1-11); The Point – The Bible equips us.
Next Week – “Will there be a test?” (Psalm 119:81-112); The Point – Studying the Bible helps us grow.

MORPH: Be transformed by Jesus
Wednesdays from 6:15-8:00pm
This Week
– Reach Out, Don’t Freak Out – THE Cause
Next Week – Christmas Party – Bring a treat to share!
*NO MORPH on December 25 or January 1

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 Week
– John 3:22-36
Next Week – Come early (5pm) to watch the Children’s Christmas Musical.
December 22 – Christmas Party at the Zielke’s house (221 E Shannon St, Elburn). Wear a festive sweater and bring a favorite treat to share!

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

Please remember to pick up your serving dishes from past events in the main kitchen.