Weekly Connect for Sun, July 19, 2015

20s and 30s Gathering at Pastor Matt’s House!
If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you’re invited to a summer barbeque gathering at Pastor Matt’s house on Fri, July 31 from 5-8pm. Yes, your kids are welcome too! We will card at the door and anyone over or under this age group will be turned away (LOL)! Sign up on the Connection Card or online. For more info contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Help Paint the Offices
Could you help lend a hand by helping us paint the offices this summer? Our goal is to paint all 19 rooms upstairs. Please sign up on your Connection Card or for more info contact Curt Berg cberg@lolchurch.net or (630) 715-2674.

Blood Drive Coming Soon!
Mark your calendars for Sun, Aug 16 for our next blood drive. We are looking forward to a great participation from our Lord of Life Church family. What a difference we can make to save a life. Sign ups begin next Sun, Aug 2.

We’re Getting Close to Our Goal for a New Parking Lot!
Are you able to fulfill your 25 Years and Beyond pledge early? Or are you able make a special contribution to the campaign? We are getting closer and closer to our goal of $300,000 to then begin work on the parking lot this fall. For more info, contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Interested in Membership at Lord of Life?
The next Start Here new membership class is on Sun, Aug 30, from 11:30am-1:30pm. Pastor Matt will share the mission, vision and values of the church and answer your questions. Childcare and lunch are provided. Sign up on the Connection Card. Questions, contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Help Serve at the Elburn Food Pantry Dinner on Thu, July 30
It’s time again for Lord of Life Church to provide a meal for our community on Thu, Jul 30 from 5-7pm. The main entree will be Pulled Pork sandwiches from Ream’s Meat Market. Please register online or use your Connection Card to provide food items or offer your services.

Pick-Up Food for Elburn Food Pantry on Tue, July 28
Every fourth Tuesday of the month we pick up donated food from the Jewel Food Store in Elburn and deliver to the Elburn Food Pantry. We could use a few more helping hands. Our next pick-up is Tues, Jul 28 at 9:15am. Want to help? You can register online or sign-up on your Connection Card. For more info please contact Curt Berg (630) 715-2674.

Serve the Homeless in Our Community
There is a need for more overnight volunteers to be “on call” at the Lazarus House in St. Charles. Last month 50% of the volunteers couldn’t make it. If you could help by being placed on the “on call” list that would help immensely. Requirements are to report in by 9pm and sleep the night. Wake up at 5:30am and leave by 7am. There is an overlap of staff so if the times need to be tweaked, that’s a possibility as well. Please use your Connection Card to let us know you’re interested. We’ll be in touch.

VBS Starts Monday—Sign Up Today!
Vacation Bible School at Lord of Life starts this Monday, July 20! We are so excited for a week of connecting children (and parents) to Jesus! Pastor Matt will be there all week and invites you to spread the word to your neighbors and friends. If your child or grandchild (3yr-grade 5) isn’t registered yet, you may sign up here. Each evening, Monday through Friday, will start at 5:15pm with a family dinner, then VBS from 6-8pm. There will also be a special program for parents on Tue, Wed and Thu from 6-8pm. A great team of dedicated volunteers is ready to serve. If you’re interested in serving, please email Mary Miller at marymmiller@mediacombb.net

Serve at Beautiful U Ministries This Mon, July 20
Please join us for an opportunity to serve at Beautiful U Resale Shop on Mon, Jul 20. 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. Sign up on the Connection Card or online. Also, they are in need of Gentle Ease baby formula by Enfamil and/or A.R. Enfamil baby formula. You can drop off unopened cans at the resale shop in Elburn. Contact Amy Blackford for more info at (651) 238-9374 or amy.blackford@gmail.com.

Men, Get in God’s Word on Friday Mornings!
You’re invited to join the Friday morning men’s Bible study at 6:30-8am in the Solid Rock Lodge. Yes, they still meet in the summer months! Just come as you are. If you have a Bible, bring it. If you need one, extra Bibles are provided. For more info contact Don Martens at donmartens@comcast.net.

Support Our July Mission of the Month 
This month highlights Lord of Life’s own Comfort Dog, Chloe. As a trained comfort dog, Chloe interacts with children and adults in our local public schools, IYC prison, Lazarus House, nursing homes, hospitals, events and in disaster response situations. A comfort dog is a friend who brings a calming influence, allowing people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them. Chloe’s ministry opens a door to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Chloe is part of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry of Lutheran Church Charities. For more info, please contact Sandi Kessler at sandi.kessler@sbcglobal.net

Can You Help Serve in the Nursery?
There is a need for a nursery volunteer on the third Sunday of the month at the 8:30am service. Training will be provided. If you’re interested in caring for our youngest worshippers and being a part of this fantastic team, please contact Emily Zielke at mrs.zielke@gmail.com.

Sunday Servers Bulletin Insert to Be Discontinued
The Sunday Servers bulletin insert will no longer be available beginning Labor Day weekend. All servers should be receiving reminder e-mails the Wednesday prior to the Sunday you serve. If you are not currently receiving e-mail reminders, please contact Mary Miller at marymmiller@mediacombb.net to ensure that your CCB login and info are up to date and that you are on the serving list for the correct service.

Sunday School
Living our faith from the inside out, 24/7. Sundays during 10am worship. Check in is located in the lobby.
Preschoolers
This Sun, July 19
– God made us (Genesis 1:26-27)
Next Sun, Feb 22 – God has a plan (Genesis 12:1-7)
Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current Theme – “The Big 10” focused on the Ten Commandments
This Sun, July 19 – Jesus heals on the Sabbath (Mark 3:1-5); The Point – We set aside a day for God.
Next Sun, July 26 – Parable of the two sons (Matthew 21:28-32); The Point – We honor God by obeying our parents.
AWANA: Registration for 2015/2016 will be on Wed, Aug 26 at 6pm. AWANA will kick off again in the fall on Wed, Sep 9!

Tuesday Play Dates at Parks
Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer? Connect with other families at different area parks on Tuesdays at 10am. Upcoming locations are…
Tue, July 21 – Moore Park (splash park) in Geneva
Tue, July 28 – Wheeler Park in Geneva
If there is a threat of inclement weather, we will not meet. Pick up the full list of dates and locations at the Connect Cart in the lobby. Questions? Contact Emily Varsho at (847) 452-5681 or emily.varsho@gmail.com.

MidWay (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
MORPH: Next season will premiere on Wed, Sep 9.
GRAPPLE: Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room
This Sun, July 19 – Who left you in charge? (Daniel 2:24-45); The Point – God puts people in charge.
Next Sun, July 26 – What if I’m smarter than them? (Romans 13:1-7); The Point – I must honor authority.

HighWay
(grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
Hang Out Building friendships with Jesus and each other. Sundays from 6-8pm.
This Sun, July 19 – at the Schrepferman’s house (501 W Maple Ave, Elburn); bring a swimming suit & towel.
Next Sun, July 26 – at the Acosta’s house (40W131 Kingfisher Ct, Campton Hills)
Check out www.lolchurch.net/highway for updates on summer locations.

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