Announcements for Sunday, September 15, 2013

Special Voter’s Meeting on Sunday, September 29th after the 10am Worship Service
Please plan to attend a Special Voter’s Meeting on Sunday, September 29 immediately after the 10am service. The purpose of this meeting is to extend a call to Pastor Matthew Blackford. Please pick up a bio sheet on Pastor Blackford after service this morning so that you can attend the meeting well prepared.

Sunday Worship Line-Up
This weekend and next, Pastor David will be speaking and Pastor Rub will be returning September 29th.  As always, if you desire greater pastoral care of counseling, please contact the church office directly or Pastor David Thies at 815-962-2145 or email at pastor@stpaulrockford.org
               
St. Matthew’s Soup Kitchen
“She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31: 20. We will be serving at St. Matthew’s on Sept. 19th. and would like you to come out and help us. We will be leaving the church at 10:00 and need drivers. They are running very low on food. We will be collecting chicken legs and thighs, large bags of rice, beans, noodles, canned tomatoes, and canned or frozen vegetables. The frozen items can be left in the freezers at church and the cans and dry foods on the counter marked for St. Matthew’s. We also will be making candy bags, which they enjoy so very much and need small chocolate candy bars or any wrapped chocolates to fill them. It is always such a joy to serve these people and to help Pastor Lozo and Maria. In Dec. we would like to make bags with travel size products for each person. Call Pamela McLane, 1.630.879.0989 for more information.

Quilters of the King
Praise God to whom all blessings flow. We are so thankful to everyone who has donated fabric and other donations to our group. This year we will be making quilted pillows for the children at Lifespring. If you have any small square or rectangular pillows in good condition that we could recover we would greatly appreciate them. We can always use white thread but not quilting thread. 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.

IYC Closing Ceremony for TORCH Weekend
We are doing a Torch weekend at IYC this November. We would like to invite you to the closing ceremony on Sunday Nov 17th at approx 2:00 PM. We would like to get at least 100 people to come to the closing ceremony, so feel free to pass this on to other church members. If you’d like to come, you will need to complete the DCFS/IYC form and get it back to me in the next few weeks. It takes about 4-6 weeks to have the state do the new background check for IYC visitors. Please contact Carlos Baez at cubaez@gmail.com

Exciting News!
Have you heard the news! The Live Out Loud Charity Annual Fashion show is being held at LORD OF LIFE CHURCH this year! WOW! This is such an AMAZING outreach opportunity for us! Many from the community will be walking thru our church doors for the first time, and we could use LOTS of volunteers to make sure this show goes well! Event is scheduled for Saturday, October 12th from 5pm – 9pm. We need a few greeters, a few “security” personnel, some parking lot assistants, etc. If you want to get involved, please contact KIM COLE at 630-918-3015, or at kimcole1299@sbcglobal,.net

Thank you!
Thanks to all who donated school supplies and dictionaries. Last Thursday, missionary/teacher, Joe Boway, came to Lord of Life to pick up the 20 boxes we had packed for his 3000 students in Liberia. He told stories of how excited the kids are when they receive new pencils, crayons, and spiral notebooks. Please pray for all the kids and the teachers as they start a new school year.

September Mission Connection
The Wayside Center in Elgin was established in 1993 as an extension of Wayside Cross Ministries in Aurora. It is primarily a daytime intervention shelter, providing food, clothing, laundry facilities, lockers, Bible study and encouragement for the homeless in the Elgin area. Christ’s love is shared with everyone who comes for assistance. Many volunteers work with local agencies to find jobs, places to live,  child care and other support. Wayside House is an interim home for Wayside Center clients who are employed and in the process of returning to the community.

Always be Ready to GO! Don’t GET caught in the NET
Our Community Outreach calendar is ready. We are adding some new opportunities and bringing back some ol’ reliables. If you are only able to participate in ONE event this season, mark your calendar for SATURDAY, September 28 from 9am to 12pm. This is a Community Care Training (CCT) workshop. It’s very practical, useful, and fun on how to be a good neighbor. Sign-up today!

Feed My Starving Children – NEW potato meals
Tuesday, September 17, 6:00pm – 7:30pm is our next FMSC event. We’re going to be packing a new potato meal. It’s your hands that will turn hunger into hope and we also invite you to invest in bringing these children a brighter tomorrow through donating and fundraising. We give our food away for free to those in need, however, we do need to assure the cost of the food is covered. This is where you come in!

Consider these facts as you prepare your group to invest:
*22 cents pays for one nutrition-packed MannaPack Potato-W meal $20 will
feed a child for 3 months.
*$10 will keep a child alive for 45 days
*$25 will feed over 100 babies in a Haitian orphanage

Come prepared by:
*Arriving 15 minutes early to get checked in and situated
*Wearing clean, comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes (tennis shoes
preferable).
*Abiding by our adult to youth ratios
*Leaving jewelry at home, we’re not allowed to wear it in our packing room. The only exceptions are newly pierced ears and medical alert jewelry.

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 (September) we are collecting any non-perishable product you would use in baking.  Of course, we will collect any type of nonperishable item.  If every family brings in just one item, our goal will be reached…any additional items will help us exceed the goal! Due Date is October 7.  Theme:  Baking Productsflour, sugar, mixes, etc.

Children and Families with Special Needs
If you want to learn more about serving families who have children with special needs plan on attending this workshop.  This event will be held on Saturday, September 21st from 9:00am till noon at St. Peter’s, 43W301 Plank Road, Hampshire, IL.  You can download an application on our web site at www.stpetersnorthplato.org or call the church office at 847.464.5721.

Lutheran College Fair
Discover a group of colleges that has faith in your future.
Sunday, September 15 – Trinity Lutheran, Roselle, IL
Monday, September 16 – Good Shepherd, Naperville, IL
For more information visit www.lutherancolleges.org/events

Lord of Life Preschool
Lord of Life Preschool has started our 2013/2014 school year – our 20th year.  If you are still looking to start your child in a developmentally appropriate Christ-Centered Preschool and/or Extended Care, please visit our website lolchurch.net\preschool or contact us for additional information. We offer Extended Care to our students who are currently enrolled in our Preschool program. Extended Care is available from 7:45am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Your child’s daily needs are our top priority. Please call us (630.513.7346 x2) or email us at lolpreschool@gmail.com to discuss this exciting option.

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 – Bring a Friend Night
Next Week – Parent Night (bring at least one parent or grandparent)

SUNDAY SCHOOL: during 10:00 worship
Preschoolers
This Week
– God calls Abraham (Genesis 12:1-5)
Next Week – Abraham is blessed (Genesis 15:1-6)
Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current Theme:
“Storm Chasers” (Key Verse “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!” Psalm 107:1)
This Week – Abigail is a peacemaker (1 Samuel 25:1-35); The Point – We help make peace.
Next Week – Stephen dies for his faith (Acts 6:8-7:60); The Point – God wants us to do right no matter what.

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 – “Is hell really that bad?” (Luke 17:19-31); The Point – Hell is separation from God.
Next Week – “What if God’s plan stinks?” (Genesis 37:18-36); The Point – God’s plan for you isn’t always fun.

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
HANG OUT:
Sundays, 6-8pm.
Current Study – through the Gospel of John

Fall Connect Groups
Check out the NEW Connect Groups Catalog and discover many opportunities to Connect with Jesus and each other! There are all kinds of groups waiting for you to join! Sign up by writing the group # (from the catalog) on your Connection Card or go to www.lolchurch.net/connect.

MEN – Fight Club Round 3 – Let’s get ready to rumble!
Join us for the fall kickoff of the Men’s Group “Fight Club” Saturday, September 21st from 7:30-9:00am at LOL. You won’t want to miss this event, featuring:
– A great home-cooked breakfast
– Fellowship with the guys
– A message to inspire you to take your life and relationships with  your Lord, family and other men to the next level
– The launch of ALL NEW content for Round 3 from the inspirational Iron Sharpens Iron events and speakers.

We look forward to seeing you there (and bring a friend)! For more information, contact Brian Griffin at brianmgriffin2013@yahoo.com

LOL Children’s Choir— Come and Sing With Us!
All children are invited to join LOL Children’s Choir! Choir will meet each Tuesday from 5:30 – 7:00 PM starting on September 17. Children ages 3 through grade 8 grade are welcome to join.  Choirsters will be participating in the fun and worship-filled LOL Christmas musical. Come and be ready to burst into jubilant song!  For more information please contact Christina Durrant at (630) 209-9458 or cpeters124@hotmail.com.

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
www.marklund.org/getting-involved/attend-an-event/run-walk-roll-5k