Weekly Connect for Sun, Dec 20, 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). This group meets weekly on Monday nights at 7pm even during Christmas break and the holiday season. 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

New Study for Women: Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas
A six-session study on how God can transform lessons in raising children into opportunities to grow in the image of Christ. You will look at parenting from a different perspective: as a method of spiritual formation expressly designed by God to shape your soul in ways you can not imagine. This study is for all women at any stage of parenting from diapers, to toddler tantrums, to teenage silence. The study begins January 12th at 7pm. The group will be meeting at Brenda Guetthoff’s home: 41W638 Far View Rd in Elburn. Please enter from the breeze way and not the front door. Sign up on the Connection Card. The book will also be available to look at on the Connect Cart. Contact Denise Murphy for more information at dmurphy939@comcast.net or Brenda Guettoff at 630-921-2027.

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 Tuesday mornings at 9:30am in room 101 beginning Jan 12, Wednesday mornings at 9:15am beginning Jan 6th or you can join the  Tuesday evenings class that begins on Jan 12th 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.

Men – Come Enjoy Some Breakfast and Encouragement
All men are invited on Sat, Jan 9 from 7:30-9am in the Solid Rock Lodge. Don’t miss this special morning, featuring a great breakfast, fellowship with the guys, and a powerful message. This is a free event!  Invite your friends. For more information, contact Brian Griffin at brianmgriffin1@gmail.com.

Beautiful U Ministries Service Event Cancelled for Mon, Dec 21
Beautiful U Ministries serving event scheduled for Mon, Dec 21 has been cancelled. The next opportunity to serve as a church will be on the third Monday in January. Stay tuned for more details.

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.

Capital Campaign Update
There are a little over six months remaining in our 18-month 25 Years and Beyond Campaign. As we conclude 2015, a reminder that the end of the year is an opportune time to fulfill pledges so they can be included with 2015 tax-deductable contributions. Thanks to everyone who has already contributed! The new parking lot is complete and the next focus areas are roof repair and a new corner sign. The next update during worship will be in January. Please continue to pray for this effort to position our church for the next 25 years of ministry.

Winter Play Dates Coming Soon
Join fellow moms at Lord of Life for indoor playdates this winter.  Moms can enjoy fellowship while their kids play together.  We will meet the second Monday of the month from 9:15 to 11am in the nursery.

Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm. Kids and friends are always welcome to join!
This Wed, Dec 23 – NO AWANA – Christmas Break
Next Wed, Dec 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 20 – Jesus is Born
Next Sun, Dec 27 – Visitors Worship Jesus

Grades 1-5
This Sun, Dec 20 – Emmanuel & the Christmas Story
Next Sun, Dec 27 – Visitors Worship Jesus

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 23 – NO MORPH – Christmas Break
Next Wed, Dec 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 20 – Emmanuel & the Christmas Story
Next Sun, Dec 27 – Why should I care? (Matthew 4:1-11); The Point – The Bible equips us.

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 20 – Christmas Party at the Zielke’s house – 221 E Shannon St, Elburn – wear a festive sweater or vest, bring a treat to share, and a white elephant gift.
Upcoming: Dec 27 & Jan 3 – NO HANG OUT

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