Weekly Connect for Sun, Apr 16, 2017

Enjoy Mother’s Day Brunch at Lord of Life!
You’re invited to a Mother’s Day brunch on Sun, May 14 from 9am-Noon in the Solid Rock Lodge. Avoid the restaurant rush, enjoy good food, fellowship and support Lord of Life’s youth ministry. Free will donations will be accepted.

Ready to be Confirmed?
We have scheduled a Confirmation Sunday to encourage youth to take steps on the path to a personal confession of the Christian faith. We will celebrate confirmations during worship on Sun, May 21. For more information on confirmation at Lord of Life visit www.lolchurch.net/confirmation or contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

First Communion at Lord of Life
At Lord of Life, instruction for first communion is a part of our confirmation process. Confirmation is the Path to a Personal Confession of Faith for youth in grades 6-12. It is a self-paced process for youth to start anytime and complete once they have met the expectations and are ready to be confirmed. On the day of their confirmation, they receive first communion and are welcome to participate in the Lord’s Supper thereafter.  or contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

Prayer Vigil for Haiti Mission Trip
Please pray as you are able during the Haiti Mission Trip. Mark your calendars and set aside some time to lift the Mission Team as they travel to Haiti from Sat, Apr 15 through Sun, Apr 23. We won’t have sheets for time slots, but trust we’ll figuratively fill them all with your faithful prayers. For more info, please contact Robin Mathieu at remathieu@mchsi.com

‘War Room’ Married Couples Movie Night
Invest in your marriage with an evening that will strengthen your faith in God as a married coupled. You’ll be encouraged to boldly pray and include God in your daily life as husband and wife. On Fri, Apr 28 from 6-8:30pm we’ll watch the movie War Room and discuss it together. There will be popcorn, beverages and more. Don’t miss it! Register at lolchurch.net/ministries/marriage.

Announcing the Vacation Bible School Theme
We are excited to share that our 2017 VBS theme will be “Operation Arctic” from Answers in Genesis! It will be the week of July 10-14. Each evening will start with a family dinner at 5:15pm, which will be followed by the program from 6-8pm. The program is offered to kids ages 4 years through 5th grade. Registration and volunteer recruitment is coming soon! Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

Prayer Gatherings on Tuesday Evenings
“Call to me and I will answer you” (Jeremiah 33:3). Please join us on Tuesdays for an evening of seeking the Lord and praying for each other. Doors open at 6pm for personal prayer. At 7pm the Prayer Gathering begins as together we worship God with songs of praise followed by a devotional and prayer time where we focus on God’s goodness and love. We then pray together for Pastor Matt, our Lord of Life staff, the church’s ministries, and our congregation’s prayer requests. Everyone is invited!  God will bless you with a fresh wind of His Spirit and a rekindled fire of Christ-like love in your heart.

Ladies! Registration is Open for the Women’s Spring Tea!
Ladies! Mark your calendars for the 20th anniversary celebration of the Women’s Tea Event on Sat, Apr 22. Guaran-tea, A Tea for all Seasons. Registration is in the lobby— cost is $10 per person at registration. Please register early as seating is limited. Nursery care is provided for children ages 0-5. Invite your friends and neighbor to connect with other ladies and hear the Good News. Questions? Contact Patty Griffin at (630) 363-9995 or imbusy15@yahoo.com.

Help Plan for a Summer Family Event
If you are interested in helping to plan a summer family event at Lord of Life Church, please attend the planning meeting on Sun, Apr 30 after the 10am service in the Solid Rock Lodge. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mary Miller at marymmiller@mediacombb.net.

New! Blended and Blessed Conference at Lord of Life
Lord of Life is hosting Blended and Blessed, a FREE one-day live event and livestream for stepfamily couples, single parents, dating couples with kids and those who care about blended families. Join us on Sat, Apr 29 from 8:30am-4pm as we unpack five keys that are crucial to healthy stepfamily marriages. With some of today’s most trusted and respected experts, Blended & Blessed will challenge, inspire and encourage you. Sign up on the Connection Card or online at http://www.lolchurch.net/ministries/marriage. Questions? Email Carlos at cubaez@gmail.com. Learn more at blendedandblessed.com.

Please Provide Your Nominations for Leadership
The nominating committee at Lord of Life is seeking names to serve in leadership. Nominations are being accepted for Elders, Executive Board and Assistant Treasurer. Please write names on the Connection Card. New leaders will be elected at our annual voter’s meeting in June.

Attend the Endowment Fund Open Forum
Lord of Life has started an endowment fund for people to remember Lord of Life Church in their legacy giving. You’re invited to attend a special Endowment Fund Open Forum on Tue, Apr 25 at 10am & 7pm to learn more about how it works and the next steps to take. For questions about the endowment visit lolchurch.net/endowment or contact Endowment Committee member Bob Fredericksen at rdfredericksen1450@gmail.com.

April is Pro-Life Missions Month
This month we support two of our pro-life missions located in the Elgin-area: Corbella Clinic (formerly Fox Valley Pregnancy Center) and TLC Pregnancy Services. They offer medical, spiritual, emotional and material support at no cost to women facing crisis pregnancy situations. They proudly share the good news of Jesus with all who enter their doors. All loose change for this month will support both missions.

Please Contact Pastor Matt If You Need Anything
Pastor Matt invites you to contact him directly if you need anything including prayer before surgery, a communion visit, personal prayer, benevolence or Christian advice of any kind. If you are suffering or need help, don’t hesitate to call him on his cell phone at (970) 214-2373 or by email at matt@lolchurch.net.

AWANA: Because kids matter to God. www.lolchurch.net/awana
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm.
This Wed, Apr 19 – Cartoon Character Night – Last Handbook Time
Next Wed, Apr 26 – Awards Night

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, Apr 16 – Jesus has Risen!
Next Sun, Apr 23 – The Holy Spirit

Grades 1-5
This Sun, Apr 16 – Why do we celebrate Easter? – A Savior Who Lives
Next Sun, Apr 23 – Stephen died for his faith (Acts 6:8-7:60); The Point – God wants us to do right no matter what.

MIDWAY (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
Morph: Becoming who God made me to be. Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm during the school year (Sep-May)
This Wed, Apr 19 – Shine – Continuing Our Conversation
Next Wed, Apr 26 – Awana Awards Night
Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Apr 16 – NO GRAPPLE – Easter
Next Sun, Apr 23 – Do I have to like everyone? (Acts 7:51-60); The Point – Love others as myself.

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
Hang Out: Connecting with Jesus and each other. Sunday nights from 6-8pm in the Solid Rock Lodge at Lord of Life.
This Sun, Apr 16 – NO HANG OUT – Easter
Next Sun, Apr 23 – Shine – Engaging Your Circle

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