Weekly Connect for Sun, Dec 10, 2017

Preparing for Worship
This Sun, Dec 10, we’ll carefully examine the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary to tell her that she will give birth to the Son of God. Gabriel tells her that nothing is impossible with God! We’ll apply this angel encounter to our lives today. Read Luke 1:26-38 to prepare for worship. See you at 8:30 or 10am this Sunday!

Voter’s Meeting This Sunday, Sun, Dec 10
All members of Lord of Life are invited to the Voter’s Meeting on Sun, Dec 10 after the 10am service. Approval of the 2018 financial budget as well as updates from the Congregational Leadership and Pastor Matt will be discussed. Voter’s Meeting agenda and information is available for you on the back table in the Family Life Center. Please be sure to pick up a copy before the meeting begins.

NEW! Young Men’s Discipleship Group
This group is open for men between the ages of 18-35. The group is primarily focused on building relationships, sharing struggles, and praying for one another weekly over breakfast at Colonial Café on Saturday’s at 11am on Randall Rd in St. Charles. This group will also be reading and discussing the book Act Like Men by Pastor James Macdonald. For more info please call or text Nick Acosta at (630) 877-0550.

End of Year Giving Reminder!
For IRS purposes, any tax-deductible gift for 2017 to Lord of Life Church should be postmarked by Sat, Dec 30 or paid online by Sun, Dec 31 or turned into the church office by Fri, Dec 29. Office hours on Fri, Dec 29 are from 8am-Noon. Obviously, gifts can be given during any of our worship services in December. Thank you for your generosity throughout 2017!

Stop By the Giving Tree to Help People in Need!
Back by popular demand! It’s what we’ve waited for all year. Choose an ornament off the Giving Tree in the lobby and help a family who may not experience the fullness of Christmas without your gift of love. It’s what we do – share God’s love by reaching out to others! May others feel the presence of our Savior through the outpouring of love from His children to His children. We partner with H.E.L.P.S. Ministry to distribute these gifts to families in their ministry area. For more info contact Jan Berg (630) 818-7532.

Christmas Eve Worship Service Times!
This year, Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday. Our Christmas Eve worship times on Sun, Dec 24 will be at 10am, 3pm and 5pm. They will be identical services, except the Lord’s Supper will only be offered at the 10am service. There will be no Christmas Day services this year. We’ll sing traditional hymns and a few contemporary songs, hear a message that applies Christmas to today.

Laser Tag Youth Event
Kickstart the New Year with some laser tag action! All youth grades 6-12 are invited to bring friends on Fri, Jan 5 from 6-11pm. The event includes a message at Lord of Life; then a bus ride to Luigi’s Pizza & Fun Center in Aurora for laser tag, pizza, and pop. Turn in form (available at the Connect Cart in the Solid Rock Lodge) and $30 by Sun, Dec 31. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at (630) 513-5325 x140 or bzielke@lolchurch.net.

Serve at Beautiful U Ministries
Please join us for an opportunity to serve at Beautiful U Resale Shop on Mon, Dec 18. We 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. No sign up, just show up!

LaFox Train Station Outreach • Wed, Dec 13
On Wed, Dec 13 we will hand LaFox Train station commuters invitations to join us for worship during Lent and Christmas. When we did this in April many commuters shared their thankfulness to the church and some even attended Easter services! We will meet at the train station at 5:45am on Wed, Dec 13. If you would like to help hand out invitations, please let us know by signing up on the Connection Card. For more info contact Curt Berg at cberg@lolchurch.net.

New Location for Connect Cart!
The Connect Cart (looks like a western wagon!) is now located in the Solid Rock Lodge under the large projection screen. Please visit the Connect Cart to find Portals of Prayer devotionals, Endowment Fund brochures, youth registration forms, Women’s Quarterly Magazine, preschool brochures and other items.

Retreat! Youth Winter Retreats Info
Give the gift of spiritual growth to your teen/preteen this Christmas! This year we will be combining grades 6-12 on one winter retreat March 2-4 at Camp Timber-lee in East Troy, WI. Forms are available in the lobby or online at www.lolchurch.net/youth. Sign up by Sun, Feb 4.

Married Couples Group with Pastor Matt & Amy
Join Pastor Matt and his wife Amy for a married couples group at Lord of Life. We have time to visit and then study God’s Word. Childcare is provided. We’ll meet this Mon, Dec 11 from 6:30-8pm in the Small Conference Room upstairs. Just show up! Questions? Contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Pick Up Your Preschool 2018-2019 Pre-registration Forms
Lord of Life Preschool is starting enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. There are forms available outside the preschool office starting Sun, Jan 7 and at the Connection Cart in the Solid Rock Lodge. Complete the form and return it to the preschool office as classes will be filled in date and time of order received. Forms will be accepted starting Wed, Jan 10. All forms received prior to this date will be dated Jan 10 at 8am. Pre-registration will be closed on Fri, Jan 26. All forms received after this date will be added to a list that will place your child on a list for the classes indicated. You will receive registration forms in Feb 2018. For more info, contact Marliss Laughridge, Preschool Director at (630) 513-5325 x2 or by email at preschool@lolchurch.net. Extended Care is also offered all year to students who are currently enrolled in the preschool program. Extended Care is available from 7:45am to 5pm Monday through Friday. To register your child contact the preschool at preschool@lolchurch.net or call (630) 513-7346.

Support our December Mission of the Month
International Foundation For Orphans was founded by Lord of Life members Kim and Scott Cole and Andrew and Amy Anderson. It is dedicated to being the hands and feet of Jesus, sharing God’s love with orphans and widows while providing spiritual, emotional, physical, medical and educational care to further His Kingdom. Founded after returning from visiting several orphanages in Haiti, IFFO strives to raise awareness of the plight of the nearly 153 million orphans worldwide. Learn more at www.iffocares.org.

AWANA: Because kids matter to God. www.lolchurch.net/awana
Our Awana Clubs meet on Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm Sept-April.
This Wed, Dec 13 – Pajama Night – Awana store will be open!
Next Wed, Dec 20 – Dress Like Christmas Night
Preschool – Kindergarten
This Sun, Dec 10 – An Angel Visits Mary
Next Sun, Dec 17 – Jesus is Born
Grades 1-5
This Sun, Dec 10 – Angels We Have Heard on High (Luke 2:8-14); The Point – God’s plan is for everyone.
Next Sun, Dec 17 – O Come All Ye Faithful (Luke 2:15-20); The Point – God’s plan is something to celebrate.

LOL Kid’s Choir
Choir meets each Wednesday from 5:30–6:15pm, for children ages 3 through 8th grade. For more info please contact Christina Durrant at (630) 209-9458 or cdurrant@lolchurch.net.

Nursery Care
Nursery care is provided for children ages 0-3 at both the 8:30 & 10am worship services. Nursery check-in is located in the lobby.

MIDWAY (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
Morph: Becoming who God made me to be.
Meets on Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm during the school year (Sept-May).
This Wed, Dec 13 – The Wreckage: Death, Suffering, and Pain (Romans 5:12-14); The Point – Sin caused a huge amount of wreckage for all humanity.
Next Wed, Dec 20 – Christmas Party – Bring a treat to share.
Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Dec 10 – Why is church so boring? (John 10:7-10); The Point – God wants me to have a full life.
Next Sun, Dec 17 – How am I supposed to know? (Psalm 51); The Point – The Holy Spirit convicts me.

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
Hang Out: Sunday Nights from 6-8pm at Lord of Life.
This Sun, Dec 10 – Universe (Psalm 8:3-4). Meet at the Zielke’s house (221 E Shannon St, Elburn)
Next Sun, Dec 17 – Christmas Party at the Zielke’s house! Wear a festive sweater, bring a treat to share, and a white elephant gift to exchange.
Questions? Contact Brian at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.