Weekly Connect for Sun, Dec 25, 2016

Ministry Kickoff 2017!
During worship on Sun, Jan 8, Pastor Matt will share where we’re headed for new year of ministry! There will be new updates on Bible studies, small groups, outreach events and missions. A new winter ministry guide will also be available that Sunday. Join us as we kickoff 2017.

New Year’s 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!

New Bible Class! Uncovering Jesus in God’s Calendar & Feasts
Join Lord of Life member Rich Dillon for a 6-week Bible class titled Uncovering Jesus in God’s Calendar & Feasts. Learn about how the Old Testament gives us a deeper understanding of who Jesus is and how we can know him in a more intimate way.The 6-week class will meet from 6:30-8pm on Thu, Jan 12-Thu, Feb 16 at Lord of Life.Sign up on the Connection Card or online. For more info contact Rich Dillon at (630) 377-0197.

Family Game Night!
Got cabin fever? Do you kids need a break from being cooped up? Bring the whole family over to Lord of Life on Wed, Dec 28 for a fun family game night. We’ll start at 6pm in the Solid Rock Lodge. Bring a snack to share.For more info contact Mary Miller at marymmiller@mediacombb.net.

New! Conflict Resolution God’s Way Workshop
Join Lord of Life staff member Curt Berg and Rick Ford for a 6-week workshop called Conflict Resolution God’s Way. We’ll cover a peace-making model based on the Bible that applies to all your relationships. The workshop will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm, Wed, Jan 18-Wed, Feb 22. Sign up online or on the Connection Card. Contact Curt at cberg@lolchurch.net or (630) 715-2674.

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 or online. Books will be available for purchase on Jan 8 and 15 in the lobby.

Thank You Volunteers!
A big thank you to all Lord of Life volunteers for your dedicated service to the Lord and His Church in 2016.  Let’s commit ourselves to continued service in 2017 and connect people with Jesus and each other!

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 or online. 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.

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.

AWANA: Because kids matter to God. www.lolchurch.net/awana
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm.
This Wed, Dec 28 NO AWANA – Christmas Break
Next Wed, Jan 4 – Glow in the Dark 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, Dec 25 NO SUNDAY SCHOOL – Christmas Day
Next Sun, Jan 1 – Wise men give gifts to Jesus
Grades 1-5
This Sun, Dec 25 NO SUNDAY SCHOOL – Christmas Day
Next Sun, Jan 1 – Paul explains why we worship (Ephesians 1:3-14); The Point – We live to worship God.
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 28 – NO MORPH – Christmas Break
Next Wed, Jan 4 – The Church
Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Dec 25 – NO GRAPPLE – Christmas Day
Next Sun, Jan 1 – Can I mess up? (Luke 11:1-4); The Point – I can say anything to God.
HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
Hang Out: Building friendships with Jesus and each other. Sunday Nights from 6-8pm at Lord of Life starting Sun, Jan 8.
This Sun, Dec 25 – NO HANG OUT – Christmas Day
Next Sun, Jan 1 – NO HANG OUT – New Year’s Day
Upcoming Sun, Jan 8 – Kickstart 2017 at Lord of Life – Live music, food, games, prizes, and more!

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