Weekly Connect for Sun, Jan 24, 2016

Where Are We Headed in 2016? Find Out This Sunday!
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.

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 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, dinner and bottled water), and $10 for half a day. If you are bringing your pre-teen/teen daughter please add an additional $10. 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 and fourth Monday of the month from 9:15 to 11am in the nursery. For more info contact Amy Blackford at amy.blackford@gmail.com.

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!

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.

New Member Class is Next Sunday!
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.

Help Donate Items For the Lord of Life Quilters
The Lord of Life quilters visited and gave out gifts at Lifespring, the women’s division of Wayside Cross. We made 28 pairs of mittens for the 17 women and 11 children that currently reside at Wayside Cross. Our next project is making quilts for Lazarus House. We are in need of ecru batting—twin size folded like a blanket from JoAnn’s fabric and white all purpose thread (no quilting or rayon thread) to accomplish this task. If you would like to join our group we meet every Thursday at 9am. You do not need to know how to sew, we have lots of jobs and can teach you how to sew if you desire to learn. For more info please contact Pamela McLane at (630) 879-0989.

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.

New! 20-Something Ministry!
This ministry is targeted for 18-29 year olds (post-high school). This group meets weekly on Monday nights at Lord of Life Church. For more info call or text Joe Kuipers at (815) 791-6137 or Natalie Albers at (630) 806-5625.

Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm. Kids and friends are always welcome to join!
This Wed, Jan 27 – Pajama Night
Next Wed, Feb 3 – Inside Out Night

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 24 – Esther Gets Ready
Next Sun, Jan 31 – Set Apart to Honor God
Grades 1-5
This Sun, Jan 24 – David and Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:1-11); The Point – We need to get along with others.
Next Sun, Jan 31 – Jesus Clears the Temple (John 2:13-17); The Point – We do the right thing when other people disrespect God.

MIDWAY (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
Morph: Becoming who God made me to be. Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm
This Wed, Jan 27 – The Kingdom’s Fall
Next Wed, Feb 3 – Daniel in Exile

Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Jan 24 – Is God keeping score? (John 8:2-11); The Point – All sin separates us from God and is punishable by death.
Next Sun, Jan 31 – What makes Jesus so cool? (Romans 5:1-17); The Point – God gave us a gift in Jesus.

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 24 – Prayer, Worship, and Looking Ahead
Next Sun, Jan 31 – NO HANG OUT – Winter Retreat Weekend
Sun, Feb 7, 5pm – Super Bowl Party at Lindsey Norman’s house (1322 Souders Ave, Elburn). Bring friends and a snack to share.

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