Weekly Connect for Sun, Feb 7, 2016

Join Us for Ash Wednesday Service
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent; a season to turn our hearts to repentance and remember our great need for a Savior. Join us for Ash Wednesday service on Wed, Feb 10 at 7pm.

Lent Paint and Preach Sermon Series Starts Next Sunday
Next Sun, Feb 14 is the first Sunday in Lent, a six-week season in the church year to journey with Jesus toward his cross and the resurrection. For six weeks, Pastor Matt will paint a large canvas during worship to connect the gospel with the arts. Invite your friends and family to worship the Lord who died and rose again!

New! Couples Bible Study Group!
Want to connect with other couples in community around God’s Word? Mary Rose and Ed Kulczak are leading and hosting a couple’s group at their house in Batavia starting at 7pm on Mon, Feb 8. They will start with food and then get into a study of Luke’s gospel. Sign up this Sunday at the lobby display or online. For more info contact Mary Rose at (636) 484-3299 or email her at maryrosescafe@gmail.com.

New! Christian Art Show at Lord of Life!
Artists of all ages (really, children, youth and adults) are invited to participate in the Lord of Life Art Show during Lent (Feb 14-Mar 27). It will be a great way to connect the gospel message with our visual society! Do you have any Christian artwork that you or your family have made? If so, please submit it to the art show by bringing it to the church anytime during office hours. Submission forms are available at the Connect Cart or in the church office. All artwork needs to be submitted with a form. Artwork will be collected in the Connect Office upstairs and then displayed around the church from Sun, Feb 14-Sun, Mar 27. For more info contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Register this Sunday for the Women’s Tea!
Ladies, register today for Inner Beau-tea on Sat, Mar 5 from 12:30-3pm.  We are pleased to have Carolyn Larsen presenting “Here She Comes…Miss-cellaneous…Not”. A look at the woman God desires each of us to be. Carolyn is an author, actress and speaker with a God-given passion for ministering to women. Register at the lobby display table. Cost is $10.00 at registration. Please register early as seating is limited. Come by yourself or with a guest, you do not need to be invited by a table hostess to attend. Table hostesses, scone bakers, food preparation and clean-up helpers are needed. Nursery care for infants and toddlers and a “mini” tea party for 3 to 5-year-olds will be provided. Your children or your guest’s children must be registered in advance on the sign-up sheet at the registration table. For more info contact Patty Griffin at (630) 363-9995 or email imbusy15@yahoo.com.

Care for Our College Students
It’s that time of year again where we take the time to send a note and a small gift to our members in college. Please help the Care Board by supplying the name(s) of your child(ren) who could use a note of encouragement and a small gift while at school. Please write their contact information on your Connection Card or send an email to cberg@lolchurch.net.

Iron Sharpens Iron Conference for Men
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17. This conference on Sat, Mar 5 is for men of ALL AGES, emerging men (age 13) to seasoned men. It will be at Central Christian Church in Beloit, WI. We’ll meet at Lord of Life at 6am to carpool and return by 7pm. The cost is $55 when paid by Sun, Feb 21. Students (age 13-22) are only $40. Sign up in the lobby. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

Men on Mission
All men are invited on Sat, Feb 20 from 7:30-9am to hear from a few of the guys who recently returned from mission trips in Ghana and Haiti. But their mission didn’t start (or end) in far-away countries, and neither does yours! Don’t miss this special morning of stories and encouragement to live on mission with God and each other. For more information, contact Brian Griffin at brianmgriffin1@gmail.com.

Basic Training for Confirmation
Get trained on the basics of faith and life. There are four sessions: 1) Discovering the Bible, 2) Encountering Jesus, 3) Living on Purpose, and 4) Searching for Truth. Completion of all four sessions is an expectation for confirmation. For more on confirmation go to www.lolchurch.net/confirmation or contact Brian at (630) 513-5325 x140. Basic Training sessions are offered once/month on Saturdays from 9am-12pm. The next session will be “Encountering Jesus” on Sat, Feb 13 in the youth room. No sign up necessary. Just show up!

Help Support our February Mission of the Month 
Awana, based in Streamwood, Illinois, is a global non-denominational ministry committed to making the hope of the gospel and long-term discipleship available to every child, everywhere.  Awana reaches children through fun, scripture rich experiences, helping churches and parents work together through the gospel to raise children and youth to know, love and serve God.  Lord of Life’s Awana program meets Wednesdays from 6:15 – 8pm.  Kids and friends are always welcome to join! All loose change this month will go to support Awana’s ministries.

Let’s Celebrate Chloe’s 5th Birthday!
It’s hard to believe we have been in ministry with Chloe four years already! Chloe turns five on Wed, Feb 10, and in celebration we’d like to lift up the Comfort Dog ministry. Please stop into the Solid Rock Lodge on Sun, Feb 21 between services and also following the second service to say hello to Chloe, talk with the Comfort Dog team, and enjoy a piece of birthday cake!

You’re Invited to the Next Mission Board Meeting
You are invited to attend the next Mission Board meeting on Sun, Feb 21 at 11:15 am, right after the second service in the large conference room upstairs. Together we are serving the local and global communities and making a positive impact for God’s kingdom. Come and see what a difference you can make in your community and the world. All are welcome.

AWANA:
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm. Kids and friends are always welcome to join!
This Wed, Feb 10 – NO AWANA – Ash Wed Worship at 7pm
Next Wed, Feb 17 – Dress Like & Bring Your Dad Night

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, Feb 7 – Rebuilding the Walls
Next Sun, Feb 14 – The Birth of the King

Grades 1-5
This Sun, Feb 7 – Enemies threaten Nehemiah (Nehemiah 4:1-9); The Point – We pray when people are mean.
Next Sun, Feb 14 – God gives Joshua courage (Joshua 1:1-9); The Point – We ask God for strength and courage.

MIDWAY (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
Morph: Becoming who God made me to be. Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm
This Wed, Feb 10 – NO MORPH – Ash Wed Worship at 7pm
Next Wed, Feb 17 – The Return Home

Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Feb 7 – Now what? (Romans 10:1-13); The Point – Confess and believe in Jesus and be saved.
Next Sun, Feb 14 – Do I have to go? (Hebrews 10:19-25); The Point – God wants me to be in community.

Youth Winter Retreats
Get away to grow. If you still want to sign up, please contact Brian at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140 to see if there is available space.
MidWay (grades 6-8) – Feb 26-28 at Timber-lee in East Troy, WI.

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, Feb 7, 5pm – Super Bowl Party at Lindsey Norman’s house (1322 Souders Ave, Elburn). Bring friends and a snack to share.
Next Sun, Feb 14 – Where’s the love?

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