Weekly Connect for Sun, Dec 13, 2015

New! 20-Something Ministry!
Several 20-somethings collaborated on Monday evening about starting a new 20-something ministry at Lord of Life. This is targeted for 18-29 year olds (post-high school). The opening night is this Mon, Dec 14 at 7pm in the large conference room upstairs. This group will meet weekly on Monday nights at 7pm even during Christmas break and the holiday season. Activities will include group discussion, servant events, hangouts, Bible studies, fun activities outside the church and more. Invite your friends, kids and grandkids in this age range to come check it out and meet new people. For more info call or text Joe Kuipers at (815) 791-6137 or Natalie Albers at (630) 806-5625.

Youth Winter Retreats
Give the gift of growth this Christmas! Forms are available in the lobby or online.
HighWay (grades 9-12) – Jan 29-31 at Catalyst Camp in Cedar Lake, IN. Sign up by Sun, Jan 3 at lolchurch.net/highway. MidWay (grades 6-8) – Feb 26-28 at Timber-lee in East Troy, WI. Sign up by Wed, Jan 13 at lolchurch.net/midway

Serve at Lazarus House and Help the Poor
Lord of Life serves at Lazarus House every 3rd Thursday and 4th Friday . This month the dates to serve are Thu, Dec 17 and Fri, Dec 25. If you’d like to provide a meal, bring a beverage, provide a side dish, make lunches, or spend the night, there’s something you can do to help those who are less fortunate than us. Want to be a part of the team? For more info please contact Chris Christopher at cchrist1956@gmail.com or (630) 391-8728.

Train Depot Outreach Event
Our annual event to bless the commuters at the Metra LaFox Street Train Station is ready for boarding. Please sign your Connection Card to make cookies, pack cookies or come and hand out Christmas invitations. Mark your calendar for Tues, Dec 22 meeting at LaFox Street Station at 5:45am. For more info please contact Curt Berg at (630) 715-2674.

Join Us For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Worship!
Be sure to join us for Christmas Eve worship on Thu, Dec 24 at 3pm, 5pm or 7pm. Worship on Christmas Day, Fri, Dec 25 will be at 10am. Communion will be celebrated on Christmas Day. Invite your friends to celebrate the birth of Christ!

New Ladies Bible Study Coming in January
Join us in the new year for The 7 Experiment by Jen Hatmaker. Disturbed by her families excess Jen writes about their unique social and spiritual decision to live by 7 rules and reducing material possessions and distractions in 7 areas (food, clothes, spending, media, possessions, waste and stress) in order to connect with a greatly increased God. This class is offered on Wednesday mornings at 9:15am beginning Jan 6 or you can join the Tuesday evenings class that begins on Jan 12 at 7pm. The book and registration information is available to look at on the Connection Cart in the lobby or you may sign up on the Sunday morning Connection Card. For more info please contact Becky Fair at rrubeck@hotmail.com.

Voter’s Meeting Sun, Dec 13
The voter’s meeting will take place immediately following the 10am worship time on Sun, Dec 13. Approval of the 2016 financial budget as well as updates from the Elders, Executive Board and Pastor Matt will be discussed.

Children’s Christmas Musical Potluck
Come one, come all!  Come kick off the Christmas season with “A Christmas Carol,” presented by the LOL Children’s Music and Drama Teams. This charming musical will be presented on Sun, Dec 13 at 5pm in the Family Life Center. Potluck dinner will follow. Please bring a dish to share.

Participate in the Prayer Vigil for International Mission Teams
There will be a special “sending” during worship on Sun, Dec 13 at both services. In addition, there will be a prayer vigil for both the Haiti and Ghana mission teams while the teams are on mission. We will have signup sheets for the prayer vigil in December. The goal is to have a person prayer every hour starting Dec 27 through Jan 4. Please contact Robin Mathieu (630) 715-2198 if you are interested in helping with organizing this vigil.

Serve at Beautiful U Ministries on Mon, Dec 21
Please join us for an opportunity to serve at Beautiful U Resale Shop on Mon, Dec 21. We will meet at 6:15pm every third Monday of the month at the shop (112 N. Main St., Elburn) to help sort, organize, and price donations. Beautiful U is one of our official mission partners. They help provide Christian resources and housing to young moms in the local area. Sign up on the Connection Card. Contact Amy Blackford for more info at (651) 238-9374 or amy.blackford@gmail.com.

Hoop It Up in 2016
Men’s Monday night basketball will begin on January 4 and continue every Monday thereafter from 6-8pm in the Family Life Center. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

Support Our December Mission of the Month
Lutheran Church Charities, located in Northbrook, was founded in 1947 and works throughout the United States and internationally responding to those suffering and in need with the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Christ. LCC is the home of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and the L.E.R.T. (Lutheran Early Response Team) Ministry and works with and in partnership with our churches providing church worker support, bible studies and online daily devotions. Learn more at lutheranchurchcharities.org.

L.E.R.T. Training Coming to Lord of Life
For anyone interested in joining the Lord of Life  L.E.R.T. (Lutheran Early Response Team) and serving others after natural disasters occur. Online registration is now open for the Sat, Jan 30, 2016 (9:30am-1:30pm) L.E.R.T. Basic Training class which will be held at Lord of Life. This class is mandatory to participate in disaster response with L.E.R.T. Ministry. Registration fee of $35.00 includes training, vest, manual and ID credentials needed to enter disaster areas. Scholarships available. Go to www.LutheranChurchCharities.org  for more information and to register. Any questions, call Larry Zagorski at (630) 209-6195.

AWANA:
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm. Kids and friends are always welcome to join!
This Wed, Dec 16 – Red & Green Night
Upcoming Weds, Dec 23 & 30 – NO AWANA – Christmas Break
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Living our faith from the inside out, 24/7. Sundays during 10am worship. Check in is located in the lobby.
Preschool & Kindergarten
This Sun, Dec 13 – Messages from God
Next Sun, Dec 20 – Jesus is Born
Grades 1-5
This Sun, Dec 13 – The Origins of Hanukkah
Next Sun, Dec 20 – Emmanuel & the Christmas Story
Join the Children’s Choir!
All children are invited to join the LOL Children’s Choir! Choir meets each Wednesday from 5:30pm-6:15pm. Children ages 3 through 8th grade are welcome to join. For more info please contact Christina Durrant at (630) 209-9458 or cdurrant@lolchurch.net.

MIDWAY (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
Morph: Becoming who God made me to be. Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm
This Wed, Dec 16 – The King Who had It All
Upcoming Weds, Dec 23 & 30 – NO MORPH – Christmas Break
Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Dec 13 – The Origins of Hanukkah
Next Sun, Dec 20 – Emmanuel & the Christmas Story

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
Hang Out: Building friendships with Jesus and each other. Sundays from 6-8pm in the youth room.
This Sun, Dec 13 – Come early for the Children’s Musical (5pm) and potluck
Next Sun, Dec 20 – Christmas Party at the Zielke’s house – 221 E Shannon St, Elburn – wear a festive sweater or vest, a treat to share, and a white elephant gift.

If you have any questions about children’s or youth ministry, please contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.