Weekly Connect for Sun, Sept 27, 2015

Sign up for the Men’s Retreat
Pull out your calendar and mark down Nov 20-22 for an opportunity to slow down, unplug, and reconnect with God and other guys. We are going to Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, IL. The cost is $100. Assistance is available. Sign up in the lobby. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

Youth Mystery Retreat Revealed
A few weeks ago (Sep 12-13) there was a mystery retreat for our high school juniors and seniors. We called it “Up for the Unknown.” The youth had no idea where we were going or what we were going to do. Only the adult leaders and parents knew. You might have heard about it and wondered what it was all about. Now that it is over, we can reveal the mystery! We had a great time together up on Wood Lake in Wisconsin! We spent time on the lake canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, as well as relaxing, eating good food, playing games, studying God’s Word, and being encouraged in our faith and leadership. A BIG THANKS to all who kept the secret and helped make it possible. We hope to make “Up for the Unknown” an annual tradition for our juniors and seniors. The only question is, where will we go next year? It’s a mystery.

Nursery Team Appreciation Lunch
Lord of Life is blessed to have an amazing team of people serving in our nursery! We are so grateful for their commitment to invest in the lives of children, which impacts families and the Kingdom of God immeasurably! As a church, we want to show our gratitude, which is why we are hosting an appreciation lunch for the Nursery Team this Sun, Sep 27 at 11:30am in the Cup of Life Cafe. If you have a chance, stop by to say “thanks” to our Nursery Team.

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.

20s and 30s Gathering Coming Soon!
The next 20s and 30s gathering will be on Fri, Oct 16 at 5:30pm. We’ll share an awesome chili supper! We’ll meet at Angela and Adam Spore’s house at 1N971 Mulhern Drive, Elburn, IL 60119. Together we’ll build community, join in prayer and enjoy some good food. Please bring a side dish, salad, dessert or appetizer to share. Kids are welcome too! Sign up on the Connection Card this Sunday or online. Questions? Contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

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.

Special Gift for 3, 4, and 5 Year Olds
This Sun, Sep 27 during 10am worship there will be a special presentation of crosses to children ages 3, 4, and 5 years old. We want recognize and celebrate the beginning of our children’s formal Christian education by giving them the gift of a cross. One of the most important messages to teach young children is that Jesus died on a cross to take away our sins. Because he died and rose again, we get to live and enjoy his love forever!

Five Wishes Workshop is Back By Popular Demand
Back by popular demand! Five Wishes Workshop scheduled for Sun, Oct 25 from 11:30am-1:30pm with lunch all for a low fee of $5/person. What will you get for your $5 entry fee? Lunch, Five Wishes booklet, priceless presentation moderated by Bob Fredericksen. Five Wishes lets your family and doctors know: 1.) Who you want to make healthcare decisions for you when you can’t make them. 2.) The kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want. 3.) How comfortable you want to be. 4.) How you want people to treat you. 5.) What you want your loved ones to know. Five Wishes is changing the way America talks about and plans for care at the end of life or in life-changing circumstances. Five Wishes meets the legal requirements in 42 states and is useful in all 50. Five Wishes has become America’s most popular living will because it is written in everyday language and helps start and structure important conversations about care in times of serious illness. Please sign your Connection Card to register.

Financial Peace University Starts Monday at Lord of Life!
Lord of Life is proud to offer and host Financial Peace University on Mondays starting Mon, Sep 28 at 6:30-8:30pm. For nine consecutive weeks, you’ll learn how to get our of debt, hold to a budget, save for the future and much more!  It’s fun, engaging and life-changing! Join other couples and individuals from the church and community for this DVD-based course based on God’s Word.  If you’re interested in more information, signup at the lobby display this Sunday and view the video on line at https://vimeo.com/138212192. Questions? Contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

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, Oct 4 from 11:30am-12:30pm. This class is intended 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.

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 info on confirmation, please 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, Oct 17 in the youth room. No sign up necessary. Just show up!

AWANA:
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm. Kids and friends are always welcome to join!
This Wed, Sep 30 – Dinosaur Night
Next Wed, Oct 7 – Stuffed Animal Night – Sparks Bring Parents

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, Sep 27 – The Ten Commandments
Next Sun, Oct 4 – Two believing men

Grades 1-5
Current Theme – “Extreme Makeover: Redesigned Attitudes”
This Sun, Sep 27 – A woman anoints Jesus’ feet (Luke 7:36-50); The Point – We serve others.
Next Sun, Oct 4 – Twelve spies report on Canaan (Numbers 13:17-14:9); The Point – We trust that God is with us.

MIDWAY (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
Morph: Becoming who God made me to be.
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm
This Wed, Sep 30 – Deliverance
Next Wed, Oct 7 – New Commands and a New Covenant
Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Sep 27 – Will life ever get better? (Genesis 39:1-6); The Point – Make the best of the situation.
Next Sun, Oct 4 – Can I take a vacation from God? (Genesis 39:6-23); The Point – Integrity: Always being true to yourself in Christ.

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, Sep 27*SPECIAL* from 4-6pm at Kuipers Family Farm (meet at the Corn Crib Café on the pumpkin farm side). Thanks to the Kuipers family for the FREE passes! Bring $ for treats. Invite friends! Call or text Brian at (630) 209-4263 if you need help finding our group.
Next Sun, Oct 4 – Joseph: from Slave to Deputy Pharaoh

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