Announcements for Sunday, September 29, 2013

Special Voter’s Meeting 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.

Sunday Worship Line-Up
While we progress in the call process toward obtaining our new full time pastor, our team of pastors continues to serve us for worship and other matters.  This weekend and on October 6th Pastor Rub will be back in action.  Come and be part of the family of God in worship at LOL! 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

 MEN-Fight Club Round 3Fight for what’s right in God’s sight
Round 3 sessions are taking place on both Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00pm and Saturdays from 7:30-9:00am at LOL.  Remember the session content is ALL NEW this round!  We’re using great resources from the Iron Sharpens Iron events and speakers.  This week’s topic is “When I’m with my Dad.”  We’ll watch and discuss a video message presented by Kenny Luck, the Men’s Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and the founder of Every Man Ministries. Kenny’s unique sense of humor and powerful insight helps us find God’s calling in our life and reminds us that He will walk with us if we invite Him to do so. We look forward to seeing you there!  For more information, contact Brian Griffin at brianmgriffin2013@yahoo.com

Autumn Church Decorating
We will be decorating the inside of the church for the autumn season on Saturday, October 5 @9am. If you would like to help with the decorating, please sign up on this mornings connection card.

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.

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.

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! Theme: Baking products and due by October 7.

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.

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

For women on the go and making a difference
The Women’s Fall Gathering will feature exciting and innovative presenters, Rev. Mike Mast and Gail Ficken. This dynamic gathering will challenge participants’ capacity to live life so that others may come to know Christ as their Savior. Join this inspirational event at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle on Saturday, October 5, 2013.  Registration is $25 and includes a light breakfast and boxed lunch. Invite friends. Check in begins at 8am. The closing service ends at 3pm. Contact Carol Fuys at 630-319-0551 or cfuys14@comcast.net for more information or visit www.nidlwml.org  for the registration flyer.

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

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.

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 your favorite team gear
Next Week – Crazy Hat Night

SUNDAY SCHOOL: during 10:00 worship
Preschoolers
This Week – A promised baby (Genesis 17-18)
Next Week – A willing helper (Genesis 24)
Kindergarten-Grade 5
NEW Theme: “Star Quest” (Key Verse “God is the King over all the earth” Psalm 47:7)
This Week – Moses and the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-15); The Point – Life is all about God.
Next Week – God speaks to Job (Job 38-39); The Point – We are thankful God made everything.
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 life ever get better?” (Genesis 39:1-6); The Point – Make the best of a situation.
Next Week – “Can I take a vacation from God?” (Genesis 39:6-23); The Point – Integrity: Always being true to yourself in Christ.
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.
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 with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose” (Philippians 2:12b-13). Current Study – through the Gospel of John