Weekly Connect for Sun, Nov 22, 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.

Thanksgiving at HELPS Ministry in St. Charles
Looking for something to do on Thanksgiving to help the poor in our community? You’re invited to a Thanksgiving meal at HELPS Ministry (one of our mission partners) at 6N571 Tuscola Avenue in St. Charles. Enjoy a meal, help with set up and cleanup. Contact Curt Oswald for details at (630) 677-5887.

Save the Date: 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.

New 3pm Worship Time Added for Christmas Eve!
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 Serve at Thanksgiving and Christmas Services
Please sign up on the Connection Card to serve on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. We need volunteers to help with many areas of hospitality. Also, 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

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.

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.

Calling All 20-Somethings!
Are you in your 20s? If so, join Pastor Matt for a meeting to discuss the start of a 20-something ministry at Lord of Life. The meeting will be at 7pm, on Mon, Dec 7 in the large conference room upstairs. Come to connect with other 20-somethings and collaborate about starting something new for Christ.

Shoeboxes Due Back to Church this Sunday, Nov 22!
If you picked up a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child, please return your filled shoeboxes to the Solid Rock Lodge by Sun, Nov 22. For questions contact Dwayne Nelson at dnelsonlol@comcast.net.

Children’s Christmas Musical Potluck
Come one, come all!  Come kick off the Christmas season with “A Christmas Carol,” presented by the LOL Children’s Music and Drama Teams. This charming musical will be presented on Sun, Dec 13 at 5pm in the Family Life Center. Please join us as we are reminded about the greatest gift of all…..Jesus! Potluck dinner will follow. Please bring a dish to share.

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!

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.

AWANA:
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm. Kids and friends are always welcome to join!
This Wed, Nov 25 – NO AWANA – Join us for 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 22 – Wise King Solomon
Next Sun, Nov 29 – The Split in the Kingdom

Grades 1-5
This Sun, Nov 22 – Christmas cards for our friends Stenly (Indonesia) and Asha (India)
Next Sun, Nov 29 – The BIG Questions of Christmas

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, Nov 25 – NO MORPH – Join us for Thanksgiving Eve Worship at 7pm
Next Wed, Dec 2 – From Shepherd to King

Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Nov 22 – Isn’th it justth and oldth bookth? (Hebrews 4:12-13); The Point – The Bible is alive and applicable.
Next Sun, Nov 29 – Advent Conspiracy – Worship Fully

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 22 – The Faith of a Foreign Woman
Next Sun, Nov 29 – Standing Tall, Falling Hard

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