Weekly Connect for Sun, Dec 18, 2016

Christmas Eve Worship Services Info
Come and worship the Christ child born to save us from our sins and conquer the grave to deliver us from death. We’ll worship Christ with three candlelight services that offer traditional hymns and contemporary songs along with a Christmas message to apply to your life today. Christmas Eve services are on Sat, Dec 24 at 3, 5 & 7pm in the Family Life Center.

Christmas Day Worship Services Info
Christmas Day is on a Sunday this year and we’ll worship the babe in a manger during our regular worship times of 8:30 & 10am on Sun, Dec 25. Continue the Christmas cheer with communion, your favorite Christmas carols and a Christmas message to apply to your life today. O come let us adore him!

NEW! Ladies Winter Bible Study Coming in January
The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer will meet from 7:00 to 8:15pm Thursday evenings. All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you. Join Brenda Guetthoff in her home to strengthen your armor beginning Jan 12 and meeting every other Thursday until Apr 6. For more information and directions, contact Brenda at (630) 921-2027 or bucabeppers@aol.com. Please register on the Connection Card. Books will be available for purchase on Jan 8 and 15 in the lobby.

Friends of Jesus Women’s Bible Study on Thursday Evenings at 6:30pm
In this six-session study, Karen Kingsbury explores six people in the life of Jesus and the depth of friendship that is found with each one. All six of these friends of Jesus bring a variety of experiences and examples that show the ups and downs of friendship—and remind us that true friendship is worth the time and commitment involved through challenging and joyful times. Most of all, this Bible study reminds readers that Jesus is the greatest friend they could ever have. He is your Savior and your Lord, now make Him your friend. Join Amy Boynton amy.boynton@att.net and Cheryl Monzingo cwmonzingo@yahoo.com as they study the friends of Jesus beginning Jan 19 and meeting the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. Please register on the Connection Card. Books will be available for purchase on Jan 8 and 15 in the lobby.

Women’s Ministries Informational Meeting
Ladies if you have been a part of any Women’s Ministry events or bible studies please come to a New Year and New Ideas informational meeting on Sun, Jan 29 after the 10am service in the Family Life Center. We want to hear from you and share how you can get involved with Women’s Ministry in the new year.

New Years Day Service Times
New Year’s Day, Jan 1, is on a Sunday this year. We will worship at our regular service times of 8:30 & 10am. Nursery care and Sunday School will be offered as normal. Begin the new year with the Lord Jesus in his house!

Pick up Your Preschool 2017-2018 Pre-registration Forms
Lord of Life Preschool is starting enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year. There are forms available outside the preschool office starting Sun, Jan 8. 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 Mon, Jan 9. All forms received prior to this date will be dated Jan 9 at 8am. Pre-registration will be closed on Mon, Jan 30. 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 2017. For more info, contact Marliss Laughridge, Preschool Director at mlaughridge@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x2

Youth Winter Retreats
Give the gift of growth this Christmas! Forms are available in the lobby or online.
HighWay (grades 9-12) – Jan 27-29 at Catalyst Camp in Cedar Lake, IN. Sign up by Sun, Jan 15. www.lolchurch.net/highway
MidWay (grades 6-8) – Feb 10-12 at Timber-lee in East Troy, WI. Sign up by Wed, Jan 25. www.lolchurch.net/midway. For questions or additional info, please contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net  or (630) 513-5325 x140.

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 on confirmation go to www.lolchurch.net/confirmation or contact Brian at (630) 513-5325 x140. Basic Training sessions are offered once/month on Saturdays from 9am-12pm. The next session will be “Discovering the Bible” on Sat, Jan 14 in the youth room. No sign up necessary. Just show up!

Support IFFO, Our December Mission of the Month
International Foundation For Orphans is a new mission 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.

Hoop It Up in 2017
Men’s Monday night basketball will begin on Mon, Jan 2 and continue every Monday thereafter from 7:30-9pm in the Family Life Center. Come get exercise as you begin the new year! Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

Share the Good News at the Train Depot Outreach Event
Our annual event to bless the commuters at the Metra LaFox Street Station is ready for boarding. Prepare the handouts or come and hand out Christmas invitations to the LaFox and Elburn commuters on Wed, Dec 21 at 5:45am. We’ll meet at LaFox Station at 5:45am. Sign up on the Connection Card. For more info, please contact Curt Berg (630) 715-2674 or email cberg@lolchurch.net.

AWANA: Because kids matter to God. www.lolchurch.net/awana
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm.
This Wed, Dec 21 – NO AWANA – Christmas Break
Next Wed, Dec 28 – NO AWANA – Christmas Break
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Living our faith from the inside out, 24/7. Sundays during 10am worship. Check in is located in the lobby.
This Sun, Dec 18 – Christmas Story – Jesus is Born
Next Sun, Dec 25 – NO SUNDAY SCHOOL – Christmas Day
Grades 1-5
This Sun, Dec 18 – Advent Conspiracy – Love All
Next Sun, Dec 25 – NO SUNDAY SCHOOL – Christmas Day
LOL Kid’s Choir
All children are invited to join the 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.

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, Dec 21 – NO MORPH – Christmas Break
Next Wed, Dec 28 – NO MORPH – Christmas Break
Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Dec 18 – Can I pray anytime, anywhere? (Daniel 6:1-23); The Point – I can pray anytime.
Next Sun, Dec 25 – NO GRAPPLE – Christmas Day
HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
Hang Out: Building friendships with Jesus and each other. Sunday Nights from 6-8pm at the Zielke’s House (221 E Shannon St, Elburn)
This Sun, Dec 18 – Christmas Party at the Zielke’s House – wear a festive sweater, bring a treat to share, and a white elephant gift!
Next Sun, Dec 25 – NO HANG OUT – Christmas Day

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