Announcements for Sunday, November 3, 2013

Pastor Matt’s Installation and Fellowship Sunday, November 10 @6pm
Please join us for Pastor Matt’s installation service on Sunday, November 10 @6pm. Fellowship with desserts and beverages in the Solid Rock Lodge immediately after the  service. We are asking for dessert donations. If you are able to donate a dessert, please sign up on the connection card and indicate how many the dessert serves.

Pastor Blackford Accepts the Call to LOL
Pastor Matthew Blackford has accepted the Call to become the next Senior Pastor of Lord of Life Church! Please continue to pray for the Blackford family, us at Lord of Life, and our brothers and sisters in Christ at Redeemer Lutheran (where Pastor Matt has been serving) during this time of transition. There will be a special worship service for Pastor Matt’s installation at 6pm on Sunday, November 10 with refreshments afterwards.  All are welcome and invited to attend! Pastor Matt’s first Sunday preaching at LOL will be the following Sunday, November 17.

Prepare Your Heart for Christmas Tuesday, December 3, 6:30-9:00pm
Women and young ladies of all ages: Come together to prepare your hearts for Christmas! Enjoy music, a craft, refreshments by the best cookie bakers of LOL, and a message to tie it all together. An $8 donation is suggested.  Questions? Please contact Peg Glad, Pamela McLane, or Dian Johnsen.

Men’s Retreat – November 22-24
Recharge your man spirit at the Villa Desiderata Retreat Center in McHenry, IL.
$95 includes everything for the weekend, except transportation.  Scholarships are available by request. Sign up on Sunday in the lobby! Please invite other men to join us. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at (630) 513-5325 x40 or

MEN – Fight Club Round 3Fight for what’s right in God’s sight
Saturday from 7:30-9:00am and Wednesday from 6:30-8:00pm at LOL. Wednesday’s topic is “Light It Up.”  We’ll watch and discuss a video message presented by Rev. Bryan Carter, the Senior Pastor at Concord Church in Dallas, Texas. Rev. Carter speaks of God’s call to us to be His light in the world and letting the light of God shine through us at home, at work and in our communities. Then on Saturday (and next Wed), will be the final sessions of Round 3, which will review the highlights and key takeaways from the Iron Sharpens Iron video series and our seven Fight Club principles. We look forward to seeing you there!  For more information, contact Brian Griffin at

Sunday Worship Line-Up
Welcome to Lord of Life! – As we wait for Pastor Matt’s installation on November 10th at 6pm, this morning Pastor Rub leads our worship and Pastor David will be with us the morning of November 10th. Join us for it all!

Communion Servers Training
Communion servers training will be held on Sunday, November 17th right after 10 a.m. service.  If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Mary Miller

Also…The women are taking over the service on Sunday, November 23 so the men can go on Retreat.  So, if you are interested in serving for this service, please e-mail Mary Miller at  …we need 8 women to be trained in order to have enough servers to “take over the service” Mary will contact you to arrange for training.

Christmas Decorating
We will be decorating the Solid Rock Lodge and worship center for the Christmas season the Saturday following Thanksgiving,  November 30th @9am. We need many helpers and men with muscle to help with the Christmas trees. If you are able to help, please sign up on this mornings connection card.

November Mission Connection
St. Matthew’s Soup Kitchen in Chicago serves hot meals each week to the homeless, unemployed, seniors and children in the Pilsen Neighborhood. Pastor Loza and his miracle worker, Maria Leal, started the Soup Kitchen 23 years ago. It is a beacon of hope in Chicago to fulfill Christ’s miracle of the bread and the fish to feed thousands who suffer from hunger. Lord of Life is blessed to partner with Pastor Loza. Our next visit is Thursday, December 19 and we are collecting food to take along. Please join us as we help serve the food and give encouragement to all who walk through the doors. Bible reading and prayer is given before each meal. Our loose change offerings will go to Pastor Loza and the Soup Kitchen during the month of November.

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 (October) we are collecting Thanksgiving Items-stuffing, cranberries, bread mixes, vegetables, gravy, etc. If every family brings in just one item, our goal will be reached…any additional items will help us exceed the goal!

Feed My Starving Children
Our next scheduled event is coming soon. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 12 from 8:00pm to 9:30pm. Let us know you’re coming by signing up on your Connection Card.

Christmas Cottage Cookie Visits at Illinois Youth Center A Call for Volunteers
On Saturday December 7 from 12:00-3:30pm, an 80 member team will enter IYC and meet with the boys in their cottages.  We will sing Christmas Carols, visit with the boys, and deliver a Christmas gift of one dozen cookies to each boy.  This is a wonderful opportunity to bring the light of Christ to a dismal place and announce the love of Christ to these young men. If you feel called to join this team…volunteers need to be at least 18 years old. Don’t wait until the last minute to sign-up. There are new requirements this year which will be due November 8. Contact Barb or Don Martens 630-232-7320

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies
Will you bake cookies for our visit to IYC?  Cookies need to be delivered to Lord of Life Church by Thursday December 5.  If you can help…contact Barb or Don Martens 630.232.7320

Lazarus House Asking for Some Help
Many of you may, or may not, know about our homeless shelter in our own backyard called Lazarus House (LH). Located on Walnut and 3rd Streets in Saint Charles, LH provides a safe place for those who are homeless or need that extra hand up. LH is in desperate need of overnight help to cover a gap in the monthly schedule. Lord of Life provides two of those overnight volunteers twice a month. We could use a few more. If the LORD is tugging on your heart, check mark the box on your connection card and we’ll be in touch. Our LoL ministry to LH also could use a few more people to help with meals. Once a quarter volunteers prepare a large hot dish to feed about 40 people. Meat is provided by LH from surplus donations. Please sign up on your connection card if this is an area you’d like to serve.

Kids (Preschool—Grade 5)
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 – Food drive for Elburn Food Pantry (bring in non-perishable food item)
Next Week – Silly Hair Night

SUNDAY SCHOOL: during 10:00 worship
This Week – Food for a family (Genesis 42)
Next Week – Baby Moses (Exodus 2:1-10)

Kindergarten-Grade 5
NEW Theme:
“Wilderness Trail” – Key Verse: “Respect everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a
This Week – David spares King Saul’s life (1 Samuel 24:1-22);
The Point – God tells us to respect people in charge.
Next Week – Jesus teaches about respecting others (Luke 6:27-36);
The Point – Jesus says to respect everyone.

MidWay (grades 6-8)
Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others
Sundays, 10am in the youth room
This Week – “What if they’re a sandwich short of a picnic?” (Ezekiel 4:1-17);
The Point – Love others; don’t judge them.
Next Week – “Should I be friends with sinners?” (Mark 2:13-17);
The Point – I must be salt and light in the lives of others.

MORPH: Be transformed by Jesus
Wednesdays from 6:15-8:00pm
This Week
– The GOSPEL Journey – Life with Jesus starts now and lasts forever!
Next Week – Reach Out, Don’t Freak Out – Just Ask

HighWay (grades 9-12)
Exercising our spiritual muscles together. Sundays, 6-8pm in the Youth Room at LOL

Laser Tag Outreach All Youth (grades 6-12)
Friday, November 8 at Luigi’s Fun Center in Aurora. Extended deadline! Turn in $25 and form (available at by Wednesday, November 6.  Invite friends. Only 50 spots available!