Weekly Connect for Sun, Nov 15, 2015

Join Us for Chili, Cocoa, and Caroling on Thu, Dec 10 at 6 p.m. 
We are going to spread Christmas cheer to our home bound Lord of Life members, but first we will start with a chili cook-off dinner (child friendly options available). You don’t have to bring chili to participate. After dinner, we will be leave to visit our home bound friends and sing Christmas carols.  Please sign up on the Connection Card. Any questions can be directed to Curt Berg cberg@lolchurch.net.

Ladies, Prepare Your Heart for Christmas With a Cookie Exchange
Ladies of all ages including daughters are invited to come together on Fri, Dec 4 from 6:30-8:30pm to prepare your heart for Christmas. Enjoy music, refreshments and a cookie exchange and an encouraging message to bless your Christian walk! $5/person – pay at the door. Sign up on the Connection Card. Bring three dozen cookies, two for the exchange and one to share. For more info contact Becky Fair at rrubeck@hotmail.com or (630) 365-3294.

Enjoy Breakfast with Baby Jesus
Join us on Sat, Dec 5 from 10-11:30am in the Solid Rock Lodge to prepare for Jesus’ birth with a warm breakfast, a live nativity, craft, music, and a story. This is an event for families and children. O come let us adore Him! Sign up on the Connection Card or online at www.lolchurch.net/bwbj.

Join Us For Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Join us on Wed, Nov 25 at 7pm for Thanksgiving Eve worship to praise the LORD and celebrate His goodness! He has given us everything that we need including forgiveness, life, and salvation in Christ Jesus. There will be special fellowship time after worship to enjoy pie and apple cider.

Join Us in Decorating for Christmas
We will meet from 9am-Noon on Sat, Nov 28 to prepare our church building for the celebration of Jesus’ birth!  If you would like to help, please sign up on the Connection Card. For more info contact Emily Zielke at mrs.zielke@gmail.com or (630) 818-7533.

Update on Ghana Mission Trip
Thanks to many of you (56 family units) who have pledged your support with prayer and/or finances ($6,745). We are very blessed to be recipients of your generosity. We are currently team building, preparing testimonies and getting our medical shots updated. We will leave the USA on Sun, Dec 27 and return back from Ghana Sat, Jan 9. If you’d like to donate and haven’t been able to as of today, please contact any member of the Ghana Mission Team. Yours for the Kingdom, Rob & Cathy Geiger, Gene Walker, Nick Krywaruczenko, and Curt Berg.

Thank You For Your Donation of Bibles
A great big thank-you for your donation of bibles to our mission partner, Mission Possible. All the bibles received at the end of September have been distributed. Therefore, you can imagine how thrilled they were. The Lord of Life Mission Board generously donated two dozen new Spanish bibles and the September loose change. Please visit www.onjesusmission.org to learn more about the wonderful ways in which God is at work in the community and how you can be a part of the glory.

Join us for the Voter’s Meeting Sun, Dec 13
The voter’s meeting will take place immediately following the 10am worship time on Sun, Dec 13. Approval of the 2016 financial budget as well as updates from the Elders, Executive Board and Pastor Matt will be discussed.

Save the Date—Christmas Worship Times
Be sure to join us for Christmas Eve worship on Thu, Dec 24 at 3pm, 5pm or 7pm. Worship on Christmas Day, Fri, Dec 25 will be at 10am. Communion will be celebrated on Christmas Day. Invite your friends to celebrate the birth of Christ!

Opportunities to Help Out at Christmas
Please sign up on the Connection Card to help in the Solid Rock Lodge between Christmas Eve services and after service on Christmas morning.  Helpers are needed to replenish goodies and clean up. Please sign up on the Connection Card to bring Christmas cookies or bread to serve in Solid Rock Lodge at Christmas services. Questions? Contact Mary at marymmiller@mediacombb.com

New Member Class is This Sunday!
The Start Here new member class is this Sun, Nov 15 from 11:30am-1:30pm. It’s  for anyone who is interested in membership or simply has questions about the church. 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. Questions? Contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Not Too Late to Sign up for the Men’s Retreat
The Men’s Retreat is almost here! If you are not already signed up, it is not too late. Join us on Fri, Nov 20 – Sun, Nov 22 for an opportunity to slow down, unplug, and connect with Jesus and other guys. We are going to the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, IL (about an hour away). The cost is $100, but assistance is available. Also, if you cannot take the whole weekend, but would like to join us for part of the retreat, just let us know. Sign up in the lobby or online at www.lolchurch.net/men. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

Join Pastor Matt for a Baptism Class
Baptism is one of the most important parts of the Christian faith. Pastor Matt will teach a baptism class on Sun, Dec 6 from 11:30am-12:30pm. This class is for anyone who wants to be baptized, including parents who wish to baptize their children, and anyone who has questions about this tremendous gift of grace.  Pastor Matt will walk you through the Scriptures regarding baptism, answer your questions and share the next steps to be baptized at Lord of Life. Sign up on the Connection Card. For more info contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Donate Blood at Lord of Life on Sun, Nov 29
Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sun, Nov 29 from 7:30am—Noon. Signups in the lobby begin this Sun, Nov 15, or go online now at ht.heartlandbc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/2027215 to sign up. This is an opportunity for us, as a church family, to help other families in need. For more info, please contact Judy Yant at judy.a.yant@gmail.com or (630) 294-4328.

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 “Searching for Truth” will be on Sat, Dec 12 in the youth room. No sign up necessary. Just show up!

Thank You to Everyone Who Stayed For Lunch with Christobel
A big thanks to everyone who stayed after worship to support and encourage our missionary partner Christobel from India. Thanks also to everyone who brought food for the potluck lunch. It was wonderful! There is more info about Gilgal Gospel Mission available for you at the Connect Cart in the lobby.

November is Haitian Missions Month 
This month we support our two Haiti Missions in Port-au-Prince.  Mission Assembly Chretienne is led by Pastor Ernst Mesidor who also serves twelve branch churches in the surrounding mountain villages. Bon Rapos Orphanage is led by Yolanda Thervil, known as Mama Yol. Her orphanage is currently raising 40 orphan girls. This December we have an LOL mission team traveling to Haiti. All loose change for this month will go to support both Haitian missions.

Serve at Beautiful U Ministries on Mon, Nov 16
Please join us for an opportunity to serve at Beautiful U Resale Shop on Mon, Nov 16. 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.

Bless a Child in Need By Filling a Shoebox!
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to over 124 million children affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, and other crises in more than 150 countries. Every shoebox gift you pack helps reach children worldwide with the Good News of God’s love and the true meaning of Christmas. Please visit the Operation Christmas Child display table in the Solid Rock Lodge. You will find everything you need there to start your adventure of making a special Christmas gift for a boy or girl somewhere around the world. Please return your shoeboxes to Lord of Life Church by Sun, Nov 22.

AWANA:
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm. Kids and friends are always welcome to join!
This Wed, Nov 18 – Thank You Note Night
Next Wed, Nov 25 – NO AWANA – Join us for Thanksgiving Eve Worship at 7pm
No Awana on Wed, Nov 25 – Thanksgiving Eve Worship at 7pm
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, Nov 15 – David is sorry
Next Sun, Nov 22 – Wise King Solomon
Grades 1-5
Current Theme – “Best Friends Forever”
This Sun, Nov 15 – Jesus visits Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42); The Point – We can have a friendship with Jesus
Next Sun, Nov 22 – Jonathan helps David (1 Samuel 18-19); The Point – We show we love God by loving others.

MIDWAY (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
Morph: Becoming who God made me to be. Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm
This Wed, Nov 18 – Standing Tall, Falling Hard
Next Wed, Nov 25 – NO MORPH – Join us for Thanksgiving Eve Worship at 7pm
Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Nov 15 – Who came up with this? (2 Timothy 3:16-17); The Point – The Bible is inspired by God.
Next Sun, Nov 22 – Isn’th it justth an oldth bookth? (Hebrews 4:12-13); The Point – The Bible is alive and applicable.

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, Nov 15 – A Few Good Men…and Women
Next Sun, Nov 22 – The Faith of a Foreign Woman

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