Announcements for Sunday, October 20, 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. There will be a special worship service for Pastor Matt’s installation at 6pm on Sunday, November 10.  All are welcome and invited to attend!

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
We continue to now count the weeks until Pastor Matt Blackford becomes our full time pastor.  But until after his Installation which is now set for Sunday, November 10th at 6pm we have our partners continuing with us for Sunday worship.  This weekend we enjoy the message from our member John Olsen.  On October 27th and November 3rd Pastor Rub will be with us.  On November 10th, the morning of the Installation, Pastor David will be here.  Come and be fed as we worship and serve together!

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 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 “Christ is the Center.”  We’ll watch and discuss a video message presented by Voddie Baucham, a pastor at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas. He’ll take us through the story of Joseph, how Joseph overcame temptations associated with power and money to become God’s man at a critical time, and how we too can overcome our circumstances to stand faithfully for God. For more information, contact Brian Griffin at brianmgriffin2013@yahoo.com

Blessings Shop
This year, we are planning another Blessing Shop.  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.

Fall Sunday Servers Training
“On the Job” Training offered Sunday, October 27, November 3 and 17.  We are in need of Captain’s, ushers, greeters, and altar servers.  Please sign up on the connection card, we need to know the date and service you would like to be trained.  Please mark on your connection card.

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 millers800@sbcglobal.net.  Mary will contact you to arrange for training, she need to ensure that we have coverage for both services.

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. 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

Saint Matthew Soup Kitchen
We would like to make bags of chocolates for St. Matthew’s Christmas party so if you are buying candy for trick or treaters please buy a bag for us to fill the bags. You can mark them St. Matthew’s and leave them on the counter in the Main Kitchen. We also will be collecting bags of rice, beans, large cans of tomatoes and vegetables, and chicken legs and thighs. We would like to have several people join us on Thursday, Dec. 19 to celebrate the birth of Christ with these wonderful people. Call Pamela McLane 630.879.0989 for more information.

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 8th. Contact Barb or Don Martens 630-232-7320   donmartens@comcast.net.

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 donmartens@comcast.net

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.

So That event for Women Saturday, October 26 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Solid Rock Lodge
Come out for some games, fellowship, goodies, and to share in the joy of Jesus! A few of our own LOL ladies will be sharing personal stories you won’t want to miss! Please sign up on the Connection Card. “They tell of the glory of Your Kingdom and speak of Your might, SO THAT all people may know of Your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of Your Kingdom.” -Psalm 145:11-12

Hallelujah Fest— Wednesday, October 30 from 6:15-8:00pm
Put on a costume, enjoy the festivities, and shine the light of Jesus! 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 and pick up some invitations for your friends and neighbors.

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 – Wear Something Shiny
Next Week – Hallelujah Fest

SUNDAY SCHOOL: during 10:00 worship
Preschoolers
This Week – Joseph finds his brothers (Genesis 37)
Next Week – Joseph shares food (Genesis 41)
Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current Theme:
“Star Quest” – Key Verse: “God is the King over all the earth.” Psalm 47:7
This Week – Moses sees God on a mountain (Exodus 33:12-23); The Point – We worship a perfect God.
Next Week – John teaches about God’s love (1 John 4:7-21); The Point – We love others because God loves us.

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 – “Are Christians always nice?” (John 2:13-22); The Point – Love isn’t always nice.
Next Week – “What if they’re a sandwich short of a picnic?” (Ezekiel 4:1-17); The Point – Love others; don’t judge them.
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 – Help with the Hallelujah Fest

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 – October 20th from 4-6pm at Kuipers Family Farm! We will meet on the west (pumpkin farm) side by the Corncrib Café. Thanks to the Kuipers for the FREE passes! Bring some $ if you want to buy donuts or other goodies.

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!