Weekly Connect for Sun, Jan 10, 2016

New “Man Up” Group
Join Tino Gutierrez and other men on Wednesdays starting January 27 from 6:30-8pm in the corner office for an 8-week study and discussion based on the book “Man Up: Becoming a Godly Man In An UnGodly World” by Jody Burkeen. Participants will be encouraged to “man up” personally, in marriage, in fatherhood, in the Church, at work, with accountability, and making disciples. The cost is $10 for the book. There is homework (reading) prior to start of class on Jan 27. Sign up on the Connection Card or contact Tino at fortinojg@mediacombb.net or (847) 650-2624.

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 “Discovering the Bible” on Sat, Jan 16 in the youth room. No sign up necessary. Just show up!

Join Us for Fellowship and a Potluck With Anand Thandu
Join us for fellowship and a potluck with Anand Thandu from Children of Faith in India on Sun, Jan 17 at 11:30am in the Cup of Life. Anand will be joining us for worship and then the potluck to let all who attend know Please contact Robin Mathieu at (630) 715-2198 if you are able to bring a dish to pass. All are welcome to attend and hear the wonderful things God is doing for Children of Faith.

Interested in Membership at Lord of Life?
Start Here is the new membership class being offered on Sun, Jan 31 from 11:30am-1:30pm. It’s also for anyone who has questions about the church or simply wants to know more about Lord of Life. Pastor Matt will share the history, mission, vision and values of the church. Membership at Lord of Life means that you’re ready to make this your church home and contribute to fulfill the mission of Connecting people with Jesus and each other! Childcare and lunch are provided. Please sign up for this class on the Connection Card. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Winter Play Dates
Join fellow moms at Lord of Life for indoor play dates 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.

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. 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.

Support our January Mission of the Month 
H.E.L.P.S. (Help, Encouragement, Love, Prayer and Salvation), located in the Valley View neighborhood of St. Charles, was founded by Angelo Valdez and is a Christian ministry that provides transitional housing, food, discipleship and direction for people who struggle with life-controlling issues like drugs, alcohol and emotional problems. The ministry has grown and now includes a community center, a chapel, a food pantry and a shelter.  All the loose change this month will go to support H.E.L.P.S. To learn more, visit their website at thehelpsministry.webs.com.

Serve at Beautiful U Ministries on Mon, Jan 18
Please join us for an opportunity to serve at Beautiful U Resale Shop on Mon, Jan 18. 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.

New! 20-Something Ministry!
A new 20-something ministry at Lord of Life began last month. This is targeted for 18-29 year olds (post-high school). This group meets weekly on Monday nights at 7pm at Riverside Pizza in St. Charles. 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.

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.

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.

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

Preschool 2016-2017 Pre-registration
Lord of Life Preschool is starting pre-registration for the 2016-2017 school year.  There are forms available outside the preschool office.  Complete the form and return it to the preschool office as classes will be filled in according to date/time of form received. This will place your child on a list for the class(es) indicated. You will receive registration forms in February.

AWANA:
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm. Kids and friends are always welcome to join!
This Wed, Jan 13 – Valentines for Soldiers Night
Next Wed, Jan 20 – Race Gear Night & Sparks Turtle Races
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, Jan 10 – Ask God for Help
Next Sun, Jan 17 – God’s House
Grades 1-5
This Sun, Jan 10 – Jonathan Helps David (1 Samuel 18:1-4; 19:1-7); The Point – We show we love God by loving others.
Next Sun, Jan 17 – Peter Denies Jesus (Luke 22:54-62); The Point – We love God by making right choices.
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, Jan 13 – God’s Messengers
Next Wed, Jan 20 – The Beginning of the End (of the Kingdom of Israel)
Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Jan 10 – Will there be a test? (1 John 2:14); The Point – Studying the Bible helps us grow.
Next Sun, Jan 17 – Who’s a perfect 10? (1 John 1:5-10); The Point – Everyone sins.

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, Jan 10 – Prayer & Planning for Summer

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