Weekly Connect for Sun, Aug 14, 2016

Heaven Sermon Series and Bible Study!
Every wondered about heaven? Or what happens after you die? What will happen when Jesus comes back? Join Pastor Matt for a 3-week sermon series during worship on Sun, Sep 14, 21 and 28 to answer these questions and more. Also, there will be a 3-week Heaven Bible class to coincide with the sermon series. The class starts on Tue, Sep 13 and Wed, Sep 14 at 6:30-8pm (the same class is offered twice each week to accommodate people’s schedules). Sign up for the Tuesday evening Bible online at https://goo.gl/xN9ae4 or the Wed evening class at https://goo.gl/Muabnm. You can also sign up on the Connection Card.

All Church Picnic Sun, Sep 11!
Join us for loads of fun and great food at the All-Church Picnic on Sun, Sep 11 after the 10am service. There will be games, brats, hot dogs, and community to remember the Lord’s providence on this 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The new Heaven sermon series will start this Sunday. We’ll have chairs and tables at the Preschool entrance but feel free to bring your own lawnchair. The church will provide the meat, games and setting. Please bring a dish to share. See the list below to see what to bring. Sign up on the Connection Card to let us know how many will attend and how many brats and dogs you’ll need and if you would like to help with the picnic. Questions? Contact Mary Miller at marymmiller@mediacombb.net.
· Last Name A-D: Veggie Salad or Pasta Salad
· Last Name G-R: Fruit Salad
· Last Name S-Z: Chips & Dessert

Ministry Kickoff Sunday, August 28!
During worship on Sun, Aug 28, come find out the new ministry opportunities available for you and your family to grow in your faith this fall. Pastor Matt will share what’s head for the fall including new Bible studies, servant opportunities, children and young ministry updates and much more. Plus we’ll have a sending for one of our mission teams leaving for a Ghana mission trip. Save the date!

Get Away for a Weekend with Your Family
Are you looking for an opportunity to spend quality time as a family with freedom from everyday distractions? Lake Geneva Youth Camp offers a Labor Day weekend Family Camp experience combining family worship time, free time for recreation activities and great all-you-can-eat meals. The experience begins Fri, Sep 2 and continues through mid-day Mon, Sep 5. Family Camp strengthens connections with family and God and can be a life-changing experience for your children and you. Questions? Contact Jason Fair at jason.fair@mchsi.com or (630) 476-0942. Register at www.lgyc.org/camps.

Mystery Retreat for Upperclassmen
Up for the Unknown is a mystery retreat for high school upperclassmen (juniors & seniors) that will take place from Sat, Sep 10 through Sun, Sep 11. The location and the activities will be unknown to the participants. All they need to know is that it is guaranteed to be a good time! Parents of eligible youth will be contacted by Brian Zielke to discuss the classified information regarding the retreat’s top secret location and details. Sign up forms are available on the Connect Cart in the lobby or online at lolchurch.net/highway. Deadline to sign up is Sun, Sep 4.

Join Us for the Elburn Days Parade
Lord of Life will have a float in the parade this August. The parade will be on Fri, Aug 19, at 6pm. Sign up on the Connection Card and help us hand out items to the crowd with details about our church! New this year to our “float” is the LERT (Lutheran Emergency Response Team) Trailer which will be pulled by truck. We are #63 in the parade. Line-up by 5:15pm on Pierce St in Elburn. For more info about our parade, contact Mary Miller at marymmiller@mediacombb.net.

Audition for the LOL Kid’s Christmas Musical
Lights! Camera! Action! Auditions for the LOL Kid’s Christmas Musical will be held on Tue, Sep 13 from 6-7pm and Sat, Sep 17 from 10am-12pm. Auditions are open for kids 3rd-8th grade. Each audition will last 10 minutes. Participants will be asked to prepare a vocal solo and read an excerpt from the musical. Rehearsals will be on Tue evenings, starting Sep 20 from 6-7pm. The musical will be on Sun, Dec 11 at 5pm. Sign-up sheets can be found on the Connect Cart in the Lobby. For more info, contact Christina Durrant at cdurrant@lolchurch.net or (630) 209-9458. Come praise our King in this fun-filled worship production!

LOL Kid’s Choir Starts Wed, Sep 14
Come and sing with us! All children are invited to join the LOL Kid’s Choir! Choir will meet each Wednesday from 5:30pm – 6:15pm starting on Sept 14. 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.

Sign Up for the August Blood Drive
Please visit the table at the mission wall this Sunday to sign up for the blood drive. Walk-ins always welcome. The date to remember is Sun, Aug. 21. We’re anxious to reach our goal two in a row! All donors will receive a free T-shirt! For more info please contact Judy Yant (630) 294-4328 or judy.a.yant@gmail.com.

Support Our August Mission of the Month
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.

Ladies! Women’s Ministry Invites You to “Walk and Talk”
Ladies, let’s take hold of the beautiful summer weather and get together for Walk and Talk. The last Walk and Talk for the summer will be Mon, Aug 15. We will meet at 6:30pmin Geneva outside of Kilwins Ice Cream store . The event will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Please sign up on the Connection Card. Questions? Contact Becky Fair at (630) 740-3365.

Serve at Beautiful U Ministries
Please join us for an opportunity to serve at Beautiful U Resale Shop on Mon, Aug 15. 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. Sign up on the Connection Card. Visit beautifuluministries.org or contact Amy Blackford for more info at (651) 238-9374 or amy.blackford@gmail.com.

Welcome the New Governing Board
The congregation voted in June to elect and approve a new governing board for a 1-year “trial” period (June 2016 to June 2017). The first governing board meeting was in July and the board will meet monthly thereafter. The purpose of the governing board is primarily to discern God’s plans for Lord of Life Church to achieve its stated mission of connecting people with Jesus and each other. This also means they are responsible for establishing a vision (a preferred future) and goals for the church. The governing board is comprised of three at-large members, the Executive Director, Assistant Executive Director and the seven Elders. The twelve members are George Acosta, Jim Anderson, Jennie Linke, Paula Price, Kim Cole, Vince Chiaramonte, Matt Gain, Dwayne Nelson, Gary Meyer, Rick Mathieu and Carlos Baez. Pastor Matt serves as an ex-officio member. Please keep the governing board in your prayers as they start this new journey. The Executive Board, responsible for administrative leadership, and the Elders, spiritual leadership, continue their respective roles.

You’re Invited to “Designs of Mercy”
Fox Valley Pregnancy Center invites you to our Celebration Banquet “Designs of Mercy” on Thurs., Sep 8, 2016 from 6-9 PM at the Q Center in St. Charles. Featuring Keynote Speaker Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America. Dinner is complimentary. Details and online registration may be found at www.CelebrationBanquet2016.Eventbrite.com. All proceeds benefit the Center’s pro-life mission to help women and couples facing unexpected pregnancy in our community. Questions? Call (847) 697-0200.

Last Summer Play Date!
Wed, Aug 17 – Last Play Date – Renaux Park – Rt 64 & Peck Rd in St Charles from 9:30am-Noon.

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 14.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Living our faith from the inside out, 24/7. Sundays during 10am worship. Check in is located in the lobby.
Preschool-1st Grade
This Sun, Aug 14 – Gideon
Next Sun, Aug 21 – The Parable of the Lost Coin
Grades 2-5
This Sun, Aug 14 – Jesus feeds the five thousand (John 6:1-14); The Point – We trust God to provide.
Next Sun, Aug 21 – Saul disobeys God (1 Samuel 15:1-22); The Point – We obey God’s commands.

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)
Morph will kick off again in the fall on Wed, Sep 14.
Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Aug 14 – Why are there so many? (Acts 10:34-48); The Point – We are the Body of Christ.
Next Sun, Aug 21 – Are they Christians? (Acts 2:22-41); The Point – The Trinity is important to my faith.

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, Aug 14 – at the Hawkins’ house (1240 Shoop Dr, Geneva)
Next Sun, Aug 21 – at the Zielke’s house (221 E Shannon St, Elburn) – We will walk to Lion’s Park for the Elburn Days carnival. Bring $ for rides and food if you want.

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