Weekly Connect for Sun, Dec 3, 2017

Save the Date: Voter’s Meeting 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 to take at the back table in the Family Life Center and review before the meeting.

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 beginning Sat, Dec 9 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.

Guys, Don’t Miss Impact for Men on Dec 9!
The next Impact for Men will be on Sat, Dec 9 from 7:30-9am in the Large Conference Room upstairs. Come out for some fellowship with the guys and a message that will impact your life. Please invite your friends to come along too! Impact for Men meets on the second Saturday of each month. For more info, contact Brian Griffin at brianmgriffin1@gmail.com or (630) 877-2260.

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.

Ladies! Prepare Your Heart for Christmas!
Please join us on Mon, Dec 4, 6:30-8:30pm for our annual Prepare Your Heart for Christmas event. This year’s theme is “Under the Giftwrap”. Get ready for fellowship, a faith-filled message and a holiday cookie exchange! Cost is $5 per person and payable at the door. Please bring 3 dozen cookies—2 dozen for the exchange and 1 dozen for sharing. Please be sure and sign up on the Connection Card. Questions? Contact Becky Fair at rrubeck@hotmail.com.

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.

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.

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.

Ready to be Confirmed? 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 “Searching for Truth” on Sat, Dec 9 in the youth room. No sign-up necessary. Just show up!

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox—An Updated Update
Thank you, Lord of Life Church and Preschool families! You donated 192 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child this year! Thanks to you and many people from across the United States and around the world, the shoeboxes this year will be delivered to children in Botswana, Ghana, Madagascar, Rwanda, Suriname, Tanzania and Togo. Operation Christmas Child is not only a wonderful way to bring joy and hope to children living in desperate conditions, it is also a tremendous evangelism ministry. Last year 1.6 million children received the love of Jesus Christ by receiving a shoebox and going through the Operation Christmas Child discipleship program!

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.

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.

Help Launch a Singles Ministry!
There is interest in our church to start a singles ministry to serve and grow in faith together. Are you interested in being part of a leadership launch team? This team will plan out ministry events, develop a communication plan and promote the ministry to the church. If you’re interested in getting this off the ground, contact Vicki Bergquist at vvickister@aol.com.

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 6 – Light the Night – Bring a flashlight.
Next Wed, Dec 13 – Pajama Night – Awana store will be open!
Preschool – Kindergarten
This Sun, Dec 3 – Two Kind People: Ruth and Boaz
Next Sun, Dec 10 – God Hears Hannah and Samuel
Grades 1-5
This Sun, Dec 3 – Silent Night (Luke 2:1-7); The Point – God’s plan is surprising.
Next Sun, Dec 10 – Angels We Have Heard On High (Luke 2:8-14); The Point – God’s plan is for everyone.

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 6 – Hiding from God (Genesis 3:8-11); The Point – Adam and Eve felt shame and hid from God after they sinned.
Next 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.
Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Dec 3 – What’s up with the offering? (Matthew 6:19-34); The Point – God wants me to give him my whole heart.
Next Sun, Dec 10 – Why is church so boring? (John 10:7-10); The Point – God wants me to have a full life.

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
Hang Out: Sunday Nights from 6-8pm at Lord of Life.
This Sun, Dec 3 – Special Hang Outing – Meet at Randall 15 Theater at 4:15pm to see the movie “Wonder.” Bring $ for ticket. Pick up after at 6:45pm.
Next Sun, Dec 10 – Universe (Psalm 8:3-4)