Weekly Connect for Sun, Apr 30, 2017

Men! Learn How to Effectively Deal with Conflict God’s Way
Join us for Second Saturday Men on Sat, May 13 from 7:30-9am. Conflict is a part of life. Whether it’s at home, in the workplace, or elsewhere – it’s how you deal with conflict that makes all the difference. When handled in the right way, addressing conflict can make relationships stronger. When handled in the wrong way, conflict can tear relationships apart. God values relationships and gives guidance to help us handle conflict His way! Join Curt Berg and Rick Ford to learn the specific steps to Godly conflict management. There will also be small group discussion, coffee and donuts, and time for fellowship with the guys. If you have questions, contact Curt Berg at cberg@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x131.

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.

Support our May Mission of the Month, C.W.O.W
C.W.O.W (Church without Walls) is located in Ghana, Africa. John Donkoh, who is C.-W.O.W.’s pastor, serves as a missionary in Ghana where he preaches, teaches and leads the native people to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. John also trains leaders to help meet the growing demands of the local church plants in his community. All loose change for this month will go to support C.W.O.W.

Want to Share God’s Love? Participate in the Torch Closing Event
The weekend of May 19-21, a team of 28 adults of Kairos Torch Prison Ministry will be leading 21 incarcerated youth on a spiritual retreat and begin a mentoring process to Jesus Christ. At the conclusion of the weekend, we ask for representatives of the community of believers to assemble and affirm the youth at the conclusion of their weekend journey. You will be a believer standing in the gap!  Please consider being a blessing to these young men as they begin their heroic journey of faith. We will need you to be at IYC-St Charles on Sun, May 21 from 2­-4:30pm. If you can attend we will need your full name, date of birth, and social security number for clearance. Please contact Carlos Baez by Fri, May 5 at cubaez@gmail.com or (630) 306-1989.

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. For more about confirmation or first communion, visit www.lolchurch.net/confirmation or contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

National Day of Prayer is Thu, May 4
The U.S. Congress has designated the first Thursday of May each year to be a National Day of Prayer: http://nationaldayofprayer.org/. This year’s National Day of Prayer theme is “For Your Great Name’s Sake!” based on Daniel 9:19. Our church will be open for prayer all day on Thur, May 4, starting at 8:30 am. Please join us at 7pm, for a special time of worship of our sovereign God and prayer for our great nation. Along with millions of sisters and brothers in Christ, we will pray for:  1) Government, 2) Military, 3) Media, 4) Business, 5) Education, 6) Church, and 7) Families. For additional info, contact Dwayne Nelson at (630) 488-2510 or dnelsonlol@comcast.net.

Prayer Gatherings on Tuesday Evenings
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!

Come Play Golf on Monday Evenings
Looking for some great fellowship and play golf in God’s beautiful creation? Come join others for some golf at Hughes Creek Golf Course beginning Monday, May 1. Tee times begin between 4:30-5pm. For more info please contact Scott Cole (630) 918-3014 or scottcole1299@sbcglobal.net.

Graduate Recognition • Sun, May 21
We will recognize and celebrate all graduates (high school and college) during worship on Sun, May 21. All graduates should see Brian Zielke after worship to receive a special gift from the church. Congrats grads!

20s & 30s Gathering • Fri, May 12
All young adults in their 20s and 30s are invited to a bar-b-que event on Fri, May 12 at 5:30pm. Kids are welcome too! Meet at Angela & Adam Spore’s house in Elburn.Get address info and sign up here. Please bring a food item to share. Invite your friends and neighbors! Questions? Contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Like Dogs and Jesus? Serve in Our Comfort Dog Ministry
Do you like dogs and Jesus? We have a place for you to serve! Bring the love of Christ to the community by becoming a prayer partner or handler for Chloe the comfort dog. Comfort Dog Ministry is specifically looking for people to serve during the week during daytime. To ask questions or get involved, contact Sue Kessler at skessler717@earthlink.net.

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, May 3 – 5th graders are invited to check out MORPH!
Thanks to all of the leaders, parents, and kids for a great year of AWANA!
AWANA will kick off again in the fall on Wed, Sep 13.

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 30 – God uses Paul
Next Sun, May 7 – God’s Servant
Grades 1-5
This Sun, Apr 30 – Moses and the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-15); The Point – We can count on God because God never changes.
Next Sun, May 7 – God speaks to Job (Job 38-39); The Point – We’re thankful God made everything.

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 in the youth room
This Wed, May 3 – Luther Movie (part 1) – 5th Graders invited to join!
Next Wed, May 10 – Luther Movie (part 2) – 5th Graders keep on coming!
Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Apr 30 – Is it ever ok to lie? (Joshua 2:1-24); The Point – Love often requires sacrifice.
Next Sun, May 7 – What’s the point? (Luke 10:38-42); The Point – It’s all about a growing relationship with Jesus.

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
Hang Out: Sunday Nights from 6-8pm in the Solid Rock Lodge at Lord of Life
This Sun, Apr 30 – Shine – Continuing the Conversation
Next Sun, May 7 – Nick’s Night – Come see what he has up his sleeves!

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