Announcements for Sunday, October 6, 2013

Result of Last Sunday’s Voters’ Meeting
After prayer, a devotion from Acts 20:28 led by our circuit counselor Pastor Reuben Baerwald, a review of the process up to this point from Call Committee chairman George Acosta, an open forum for questions for the Call Committee and representation from the Elders and Executive Board, followed by a time for comments; a vote by secret paper ballots was conducted and resulted in unanimous approval to extend a call to Pastor Matthew Blackford to become the Senior Pastor of Lord of Life Church. Please continue to pray for Pastor Matt and his family as they seek to follow God’s path. And pray for Lord of Life too as we trust in the LORD and wait on His timing to bring the shepherd to us that He has already chosen.

Sunday Worship Line-Up
As we await Pastor Blackford’s response to the call Lord of Life has issued to him to be our full time pastor we continue to be served by our weekend team.  This weekend Pastor Rub again preaches with Pastor David returning October 13th.  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
               
MEN – Fight Club Round 3Fight 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 “Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood.”  We’ll watch and discuss a video message presented by Dennis Rainey, the Co-Founder of Family Life, host of a daily radio program and author of numerous books on marriage and family. He describes five steps in a man’s life, challenges us to identify the step we’re on and urges us to step up! 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.

Hallelujah Fest— Wednesday, October 30th 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 – Crazy Hat Night
Next Week – Paint Your Face Night

SUNDAY SCHOOL: during 10:00 worship
Preschoolers
This Week – A willing helper (Genesis 24)
Next Week – Isaac and Rebekah have twins (Genesis 25-27)
Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current Theme:
“Star Quest” – Key Verse: “God is the King over all the earth.” Psalm 47:7
This Week – God speaks to Job (Job 38-39); The Point – We are thankful God made everything.
Next Week – God gives Isaac a wife (Genesis 24:1-51); The Point – We trust God’s plan for 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 – “Can I take a vacation from God?” (Genesis 39:6-23); The Point – Integrity: Always being true to yourself in Christ.
Next 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
MORPH: Friends, Games, Music, Message, Discussion, and sometimes Food! Wednesdays, 6:15-8:00pm in the Family Life Center. 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. “Continue to work out your salvation” Philippians 2:12. Sundays, 6-8pm in the Wayt Room (aka youth room)
Current Study – through the Gospel of John
*Special HANG OUTing on October 20th, 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!

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.

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.

Marklund Run, Walk & Roll 5K
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