Announcements for Sunday, October 13, 2013

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. The timeline for Pastor Matt’s arrival has not yet been established. We will continue to give updates as things develop.

Rental Property Needed
Pastor Matt and his wife, Amy, are looking for rental property in the area. If you, or if you know of someone that has rental property available in November, please call or email  Sheila in the church office  630.513.5325 skuranda@lolchurch.net with complete information.

Name Tags
We are now taking orders for name tags. In an effort to help Pastor Matt and his family put names to faces once they arrive, we are asking each and every individual to wear name tags. If you already have one you will not need to order a new one. The cost of each name tag is $5. Please PRINT exactly how you would like your name to appear on your tag. Orders are being taken this morning on the back of your connection card.

Sunday Worship Line-Up
This morning we welcome back Pastor David. On October 20th, our long time member, John Olson, will deliver our message.  Then on October 27th Pastor Rub returns.  We hope we are serving you well in this way.  Again, if you have any thoughts of concerns or a pastoral nature, you are welcome to contact Pastor David at his cell number of 815-962-2145 or email at pastor@stpaulrockford.org

Mens 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 bzielke@lolchurch.net

MEN – Fight Club Round 3 – Fight for what’s right in God’s sight
Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00pm and Saturdays from 7:30-9:00am at LOL. This week’s topic is “Courageous: Leadership Begins in the Home.”  We’ll watch and discuss a video message presented by film writer and producer, Stephen Kendrick, the driving force behind major motion pictures Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. We look forward to seeing you there!  For more information, contact Brian Griffin at brianmgriffin2013@yahoo.com

Blessings Shop
This year, we are planning another Blessing Shop.  We have set the dates/times, but we need to ensure that we have the people to help run the event.  Please sign up on the Connection Cards or by e-mailing Mary Miller (millers800@sbcglobal.net) by October 14th.  If we do not have 2-3 people signed up for each time, we will be canceling the event.  If you have any questions, please see Mary Miller or Becky Fair.

Please bring your gently used items (clothes, household, toys, books, games, etc….except large furniture) to Lord of Life on Wednesday 5:30 to 8:00 at Awana (10/23), Thursday 9-11:30 (10/24) and Friday 11:30 to 1:30 (10/25) and over the weekend of October 27th during church.  Drop off will be downstairs by the Sunday School rooms this year as the event will be held there as well.  The Blessing Shop is open for shopping:  Thursday, Oct. 31 10-1:30, Friday, Nov. 1st 10 a.m. -7 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 2nd 9 a.m.-Noon.

Marklund Run, Walk & Roll 5K – Sunday, October 27
Marklund is one of our “hands on” mission partners. Lord of Life has been asked to assist, if we are able, with the gift portion of their fundraiser. If you so desire, you could purchase gift cards to be used for prizes for the runners who compete. For further questions please contact Emily Jablonski at emilyjablonski@hotmail.com or call 630.781.6918. You may also check out their website at http://www.marklund.org/getting-involved/attend-an-event/run-walk-roll-5k

October Mission Connection
Every year we participate in the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection. This year is their 20 years of Sharing GOD’s Greatest Gift. Girls and boys in more than 150 countries have experienced the joy of Christmas and heard the Good News of Jesus Christ, thanks to caring people like you who have packed over 100 million shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child since 1993. Praise GOD for how He uses these simple gifts to spread the Gospel to the far corners of the earth. This morning we’ll hear more about this outreach effort through a video we’ll watch as we collect our offerings.

Feed My Starving Children
Our next scheduled event is coming soon. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 22nd from 8:00pm to 9:30pm. Let us know  you’re coming by signing up on your Connection Card.

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, are due November 4.  If every family brings in just one item, our goal will be reached…any additional items will help us exceed the goal!

Quilters of the King
We continue to make baby quilts for the pregnancy centers. We have 10 finished. We received a thank you note from the lady that we made the prayer quilt for who has cancer. Thank you Lord for all the opportunities you put before us. Praise God to whom all blessings flow. Come join us on Thursday mornings for devotions, sewing and wonderful snacks, laughter and fun. Sewing is not a requirement and we always can use another pair of hands to do God’s work. Call Pamela McLane, 1.630.879.0989 for more information.

Elburn Food Pantry Dinner – Thursday, October 31
Every quarter LoL serves dinner to the folks that use the Elburn Food Pantry. This quarter the date falls on Halloween night. We’ve decided to provide sack dinners – to go! We are looking for food donations of fruit (apples, bananas, grapes), chips (single serve packages), dessert (cookies, brownies). We plan to assemble these dinners on Thursday afternoon at 3pm. We’ll provide the sandwich contents to serve 35 people. Want to help? Sign-up on your connection card on Sunday. Got questions? Call Jan Berg at 630.818.7532

Good News Partners
Good News Partners invites you to celebrate with us on Friday, October 25th, 2013 at our Annual Community Dinner.  Good News Partners is a ministry in the North of Howard neighborhood of Chicago, providing housing and building community with people who would otherwise be homeless, right in our own backyard. We ask you to join this wonderful combined-community shared meal, shared rejoicing and shared worship through Gospel song on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, 1427 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.  Join us at 6pm for the reception, which will include a silent auction. Our reception will be followed by dinner, uplifting stories shared from GNP residents and then live music and dancing!  Tickets are $50 per person, $400 per table of eight.  For more information, contact Jan at 773.764.4998 or jan@goodnewspartners.org.

Hallelujah Fest— Wednesday, October 30 from 6:15-8:00pm
Put on a costume, enjoy the festivities, and shine the light of Jesus to your family and neighbors.  Neighbor invitations are available in the lobby.  There are many opportunities to serve.  Sign up on today’s Connection Card.  Please drop off candy donations in the lobby by Sunday, October 20.

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 – Paint Your Face Night
Next Week – Wear Something Shiny Night

SUNDAY SCHOOL: during 10:00 worship
Preschoolers
This Week – Jacob takes care of Joseph (Genesis 37)
Next Week – Joseph finds his brothers (Genesis 37)

Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current Theme:
“Star Quest” – Key Verse: “God is the King over all the earth.” Psalm 47:7
This Week – God gives Isaac a wife (Genesis 24:1-51); The Point – We trust God’s plan for us.
Next Week – Moses sees God on a mountain (Exodus 33:12-23); The Point – We worship a perfect God.

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 – “Will I live happily ever after?” (Genesis 45:1-11; 50:19-21); The Point – God knows me and chose me to become like Jesus.
Next Week – “Are Christians always nice?” (John 2:13-22); The Point – Love isn’t always nice.

MORPH: Be transformed by Jesus
Wednesdays from 6:15-8:00pm
What happens when you bring together seven unlikely strangers, throw them right in the middle of the mountains and take them on a journey through the Gospel message as it unfolds throughout the story of the Bible? Come find out as we watch this unscripted reality series and join in on the Gospel Journey together!

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
WORK OUT:
Exercising our spiritual muscles together.
Sundays, 6-8pm in the Youth Room at LOL
We’re changing the name from Hang Out to Work Out. Come get some spiritual exercise and “continue to work out your salvation” (Philippians 2:12). Current Study – through the Gospel of John

Laser Tag Outreach All Youth (grades 6-12)
Friday, November 8
at Luigi’s Fun Center in Aurora. Turn in $25 and form (available at www.lolchurch.net) by Wednesday, October 23.  Only 50 spots available!