Weekly Connect for Sun, Jan 17, 2016

Where Are We Headed in 2016? Come Find Out!
Join Pastor Matt during worship at 8:30 or 10am on Sun, Jan 24 to learn where we’re headed in 2016. It’s a new year with many exciting new opportunities to grow in your faith, connect people with Jesus, bless the community and connect with each other! Come ready to learn, participate and engage with God’s mission to Connect people with Jesus and each other!

Mission Sunday! Come Hear about Haiti and Ghana Trips!
On Sun, Jan 31, members from the Haiti and Ghana mission trips will share what God did on their trips and together we’ll be inspired to continue to preach the gospel all over the world. In addition to updates during worship, there will be a more detailed report from each team after the 10am worship service. Come enjoy a potluck lunch and hear the good things that God has done.

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.

Join Us for a Potluck Lunch With Missionary 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.

Ladies Crafting Day—Sat, Jan 30, 8am-8pm
Ladies, bring your favorite crafting supplies and come join us for a day of fun! We will be working in the lower level, so use the back parking lot. Each crafter will have half of an 8ft table. There will be a limited supply of electrical outlets so let us know if you need one. We have invited some local ladies to come in and offer us some workshops on things like scrapbooking and card making. If you have a craft that you would like to share, contact Mary or Becky to get a time slot and give a description of the craft/project. Sign up on the Connection Card and details will be emailed to you. Invite your crafting friends! The cost is $25 and covers the food for the day (continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and bottled water. Please bring a snack to share. Any costs for the workshops will be extra and paid directly to the consultant. For more info contact Mary Miller marymmiller@mediacombb.net or Becky Fair rrubeck@hotmail.com.

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. For more info contact Amy Blackford at amy.blackford@gmail.com.

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.

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.

Get Trained to Serve After Natural Disasters Strike
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.

Last Chance to Sign Up For Youth Winter Retreats
Get away to grow. The retreats are coming up soon! If you still want to sign up, contact Brian at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140 to see if there is available space. HighWay (grades 9-12) – Jan 29-31 at Catalyst Camp in Cedar Lake, IN. MidWay (grades 6-8) – Feb 26-28 at Timber-lee in East Troy, WI.

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.

Save the Date—Women’s Spring Tea Saturday March 5 12:30pm to 3:00pm
Mark your calendars ladies for “Inner Beau-tea” the annual Women’s Tea event. All women and young ladies are welcome. Registration begins Sun Feb 7. For more info please contact Patty Griffin at (630) 363-9995 or email to imbusy15@yahoo.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!

Monday Night Basketball for Men
Men’s basketball is on Mondays from 6-8pm in the Family Life Center. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325.

AWANA:
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm. Kids and friends are always welcome to join!
This Wed, Jan 20 – Race Gear Night & Sparks Turtle Races
Next Wed, Jan 27 – Pajama 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, Jan 17 – God’s House
Next Sun, Jan 24 – Esther Gets Ready
Grades 1-5
This Sun, Jan 17 – Peter Denies Jesus (Luke 22:54-62); The Point – We love God by making right choices.
Next Sun, Jan 24 – David and Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:1-11); The Point – We need to get along with others.
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 20 – The Beginning of the End (of the Kingdom of Israel)
Next Wed, Jan 27 – The Kingdom’s Fall
Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Jan 17 – Who’s a perfect 10? (1 John 1:5-10); The Point – Everyone sins.
Next Sun, Jan 24 – Is God keeping score? (John 8:2-11); The Point – All sin separates us from God and is punishable by death.

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 17 – Prayer, Worship, and Looking Ahead

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