Announcements for Sunday, February 23, 2014

Join us for Ash Wednesday Worship
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent; a season to turn our hearts to repentance and remember our great need for a Savior. Join us for Ash Wednesday worship on Wed, Mar 5 at 7pm. For more info contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Spring Decorating
Who is ready for Spring? Please come and help us decorate the church for spring on Sat, Mar 1 at 9am.  Call Emily Zielke with questions at (630) 818-7533.

Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s One Day Equipping Conference
Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” This conference is for men of all ages­—emerging men (age 13) to seasoned men—on Sat, Mar 15 in Beloit, WI. We’ll meet at Lord of Life at 6am and return by 7pm. $44 when paid by Sun, Mar 2. Students (age 13-22) are only $29. Sign up in the lobby. Questions? Contact Gene Walker at (630) 338-3596 or Brian Zielke at (630) 513-5325 x140 or bzielke@lolchurch.net.

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.

February Mission Connection
LifeSpring Ministries in Aurora, a division of Wayside Cross, is a 6-month residential program for women who are homeless due to addiction, abuse or financial reasons. This safe loving ‘family’ environment can house up to 57 women and children. Through Christian counseling and guidance, skills are learned and people are healed. For more info contact Lynda Dorsch, Director (630) 851-0187 x11 or Pamela McLane (630) 879-0989.

Monthly Food Drive for Elburn Food Pantry
Each month Lord of Life Church and Preschool partner for a monthly food drive benefiting the Elburn Food Pantry. This month we are collecting canned vegetables and fruit. Due Date: Mon, Mar 3. Drop off items at the mission bulletin board. For more info contact Curt Berg at (630) 513-5325 x131or cberg@lolchurch.net.

Quilters of the King
We feel blessed to have had help from the church for our group to continue making quilts for Washington, Il. Paula Price delivered five quilts for families in need. We can always use white thread (not quilting thread), sheets in good condition, and material. We meet Thursdays at 9am if you want to join us. We have devotion, snacks and lots of laughs. If you don’t sew, we will teach you. You can also iron or help organize the closet. For more info call Pamela McLane at (630) 879-0989.

Blood Drive
Heartland Blood Centers needs your help! There is a critical need for all blood types. Approximately 2,000 units of blood have been lost in January due to the severe temperatures, an increase in illness, and the cancellation of some 21 blood drives. Due to this, we are unable to supply the local hospitals with the blood products that are needed. To meet the needs of the 49 hospitals served by Heartland Blood Centers, almost 600 units of blood are needed every day.  In order to rebuild the blood inventories that have been so greatly impacted by the adverse conditions, we are holding our quarterly blood drive Sun, Mar 2 from 7:30am-Noon in Cup of Life Cafe. To be a blood donor, individuals must be at least 17 years old or 16 with written parental permission; weigh at least 110 pounds; be symptom free of cold, flu and allergies; and be in general good health. Please fill out the connection card or stop by the table to sign up. If you have any questions about donating blood or are willing to serve in other ways, please contact Judy Yant at (630) 294-4328 or judy.a.yant@gmail.com or stop by the signup table. If you are someone that has been considering donating blood, please sign up…we need you!

Register for the Women’s Spring Tea
We are pleased to have Nancy Kolb returning to speak on living out our God-Created identity at the annual women’s tea event on Sat, Mar 8, 12:30-3pm. Nancy developed and coordinated women’s ministries for Lord of Life while her husband, Dr. Barry Kolb, served as pastor from 1995-2008. She enjoyed many teas, Prepare Your Hearts events, retreats, slumber parties, conferences, women’s days and Bible studies with us. Nancy and her husband now reside in North Richland Hills, TX. Registration materials are available at the table located in the lobby. Cost for the event is $9 payable at registration. Please register early as seating is limited. You do not need to be invited by a table hostess to attend. Come by yourself or with a guest, we have the perfect spot for you! Table hostesses, scone bakers, food preparation and clean-up helpers are needed for the event. Sign up sheets are available at the registration table.  Questions? Contact Patty Griffin at (630) 363-9995 or imbusy15@yahoo.com.

Save the Date for Christina & Alex Durrant’s Baby Shower
On Sun, Apr 6 from 2-4pm there will be a baby shower for Christina and Alex Durrant. All are invited to attend. To RSVP today, sign up on the connection card or email Pamela McLane at jwpamclane@comcast.net. For more info please contact Pamela McLane at (630) 879-0989 or Kim Cole at (630) 918-3015.

Basketball on Monday Nights
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 x140 or bzielke@lolchurch.net.

Feed My Starving Children
A serving event held in Aurora to package meals to be shipped overseas to those who desperately need nutritional food supplements. Please mark your connection card to come and assemble these packages on Tue, Mar 18 from 8-9:30pm. Stop by the Mission Bulletin Board for a display and a take home reminder sheet to put on your refrigerator. For more info please contact Kim Cole at (630) 918-3015 or kimcole1299@sbcglobal.net.

Kids (preschool – grade 5)
AWANA:
Because Kids Matter to God. Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm for kids age 3 through grade 5. 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, Feb 26 – Wear red and white
Next Wed, Mar 5 NO AWANA – Ash Wednesday worship at 7pm

SUNDAY SCHOOL:
Sundays during 10am worship for kids age 3 through grade 5. Always open to new kids. Check-in is located on the main floor near the elevator.
Preschoolers
This Sun, Feb 23
– Jesus feeds 5,000 (John 6:1-13)
Next Sun, Mar 2 – Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42)
Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current Theme: “Arctic Antics” focused on Family; Key Verse: “Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other.” (Romans 12:10)
This Sun, Feb 23 – Abraham and Lot work out their differences (Genesis 13:1-18); The Point – God helps us get along with our families.
Next Sun, Mar 2 – NEW Theme “Spelunkers” focused on Bible Skills
Lesson – Paul’s charge to Timothy (2 Timothy 3:14-17); The Point – We believe the Bible because it’s from God.

MidWay (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
GRAPPLE: Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room
This Sun, Feb 23 – “What’s up with the “Shepherd”?” (Psalm 23); The Point – The Holy Spirit comforts me.
Next Sun, Mar 2 – “What if I’m scared”?” (Romans 8); The Point – The Holy Spirit empowers me.
MORPH: Be transformed by Jesus. Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm in the Youth Room.
This Wed, Feb 26 – Demolishing Strongholds – Counterfeit Reality
Next Wed, Mar 5 NO MORPH – Ash Wednesday worship at 7pm

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
WORK OUT: Exercising our faith together.
Sundays from 6-8pm in the Youth Room. Food. Friends. Growing stronger in Christ. We are currently studying John’s Gospel.
This Sun, Feb 23 NO Work Out
Next Sun, Mar 2
– Continue our study of John’s gospel

Dare to Share – Reverse Tour
Based on the life of Daniel, the 2014 tour is challenging youth to live in reverse. To STAND when others bow, SPEAK UP when others shut up, KNEEL when others run away . . . to change the world! Sat, Apr 12-Sun, Apr 13 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Forms and $75 payment due Sun, Mar 23. Find forms and more details at www.lolchurch.net/highway. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at (630) 513-5325 x140 or bzielke@lolchurch.net.

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