Weekly Connect for Sun, Feb 15, 2015

Join Us for Ash Wednesday Worship
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent; a season to turn our hearts to repentance and remember our great need for a Savior. Join us for Ash Wednesday worship this Wed, Feb 18 at 7pm. For more info contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Want a Safe Place to Ask Questions about Christianity?
Join Pastor Matt for a 1-hour discussion called Christianity 101 on Sun, Mar 15 at 11:30am-12:30pm. The purpose of this class is to offer a safe place for you to ask your questions about Christianity. Pastor Matt will teach about the basics of the faith and open it up for Q&A. Sign up on the Connection Card. For more info contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Decorate for Spring
We’ll be gathering soon for our annual Spring Decorating to get everything “springy” for the Women’s Tea. Please come and help on Sat, Feb. 28 from 9am-Noon. Please sign-up on your Connection Card to attend. For more info please contact Emily Zielke (630) 818-7533 or mrs.zielke@gmail.com

40 Things to Give Up for Lent and Beyond
Looking for a devotion book for the season of Lent? Pastor Phil Ressler, our previous pastor, recently published a devotion book called the 40 Things to Give up for Lent and Beyond.  It is currently available on Amazon.com.  If you would like to pick up a copy, visit Amazon and search “40 Things to Give Up for Lent.”  Print copies are $9.99 and the Kindle version is $4.99.  Versions are also available on the Barnes & Noble Nook and Apple iBooks.

Date Night With Pastor Matt and Amy
Join Pastor Matt and Amy for Date Night on Fri, Feb 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm.  The cost is $10 per couple, please sign up in the lobby or on the Connection Card.  Please indicate if you need childcare and the children’s ages.  If you are interested in helping with childcare (middle and high school students are welcome) or the evening activities, please mark the Connection Card or contact Mary Miller marymmiller@mediacombb.net.

Want to Go on a Mission Trip?
The Missions Board is initiating a mission trip to Ghana, Africa scheduled for Dec 2015/Jan 2016. Rob and Cathy Geiger will be leading the trip to serve with our mission partner John Donkoh. The team will help train and encourage leaders, dedicate a water well and serve the people of Ghana. If you’re interested, please plan to attend an informational meeting on Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 11:30am in the large conference room. For additional info, contact Cathy Geiger at cgeiger@aavextechnology.com or 630-365-6809.

Shoot Some Hoops on Monday Nights
Come out and play basketball on Monday nights from 6-8pm in the Family Life Center. Questions? Contact Adam Spore at (630) 777-2127.

Register for the Women’s Spring Tea
Register today for the Women’s Spring Tea entitled “Country Tea” on Sat, Mar 8 from 12:30 to 3:00pm. We are pleased to have Kendra Smiley presenting Heart Clutter; What to Throw Away, Give Away and Keep. Whimsical. Witty. Wise. The three words that describe Kendra. Intentional in all she does as a sought after author, speaker, radio and TV host. Registration materials are available at the lobby display. Cost for the event is $9 per person at registration. Please register early as seating is limited. Come by yourself or with a guest. You do not need to be invited by a table hostess to attend. Table hostesses, scone bakers, food preparation and clean-up helpers are needed for the event. Sign up sheets are available at the registration table in the lobby. Nursery care for infants and toddlers and a “mini” tea party for three to five year olds will be provided this year. Your children or your guest’s children must be registered in advance when you sign up. For more info, please contact Patty Griffin (630) 363-9995.

Iron Sharpens Iron Conference for Men
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17. This conference on Sat, Mar 14 is for men of all ages, emerging men (age 13) to seasoned men. It will be at Central Christian Church in Beloit, WI. We’ll meet at Lord of Life at 6am to carpool and return by 7pm. The cost is $50 when paid by Sun, Mar 1. Students (age 13-22) are only $35. Sign up in the lobby. For more info contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

Give Blood
Last month we experienced school cancellations and dangerous road conditions due to winter storms which have serious ramifications on blood collection.  This coupled with higher than usual blood transfusions at local hospitals have significantly increased the demand for blood. In addition, several mobile drives and many existing donor appointments continue to be cancelled resulting in a substantial collection loss.  Your blood donation is imperative to patient transfusion needs. It is critical that Heartland Blood Centers schedule donors to offset the loss of over 500 donor appointments for just one day! All blood types are needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply is available to patients throughout the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas. Families of cancer patients, accident victims and many others are counting on the generosity of volunteer blood donors. Please sign-up today for an appointment on Sun, Mar 1, from 7am-12:30pm, at Lord of Life Church. Please use your Connection Card or sign-up at the lobby display this week or next week. Remember, Walk-in’s are always welcome! For more info please contact Judy Yant at (630) 294-4328.

February Mission of the Month
Beautiful U Ministries is our newest mission partner. They are dedicated to serving Elburn and the surrounding area as a Christ-centered, family-style intervention program for at-risk pregnant teens and teen mothers, and works together with various social work organizations to prayerfully place a young woman with a Christ-centered Beautiful U satellite-home family. Visit Beautiful U’s resale shop at 112 N. Main Street in Elburn. Donate your new and gently used items, shop or become a volunteer. All profits help fund their mission!

Sunday School
Learning to live our faith from the inside out, 24/7. Sundays during 10am worship. Check-in is located in the lobby.
This Sun, Feb 15 – Esther gets ready
Next Sun, Feb 22 – Set apart to honor God
Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current Theme – Cornerstone Construction Zone
This Sun, Feb 15 – An angel visits Mary (Luke 1:26-38); The Point – We believe that Jesus was born of the Holy Spirit.
Next Sun, Feb 22 – Jesus comes back to life (Mark 15:42-16:7); The Point – We believe that Jesus died and came back to life.
AWANA: Because kids matter to God.Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm. Register online at www.lolchurch.net/awana or arrive early on a Wed (open enrollment all year long).
This Wed, Feb 18 – NO AWANA – Ash Wednesday Worship at 7pm
Next Wed, Feb 25 – Dress like a Bible character

MidWay (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
MORPH: Becoming Who God Made Me to Be, and having Fun in the Process! Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm.
This Wed, Feb 18 – NO MORPH – Ash Wednesday Worship at 7pm
Next Wed, Feb 25 – The Gospel Journey – Why do bad things happen?
GRAPPLE: Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room
(grades 9-12)
Hang Out Building friendships with Jesus and each other. Sundays from 6-8pm.
This Sun, Feb 15 – The Arts of Spiritual Conversations – Loving
Next Sun, Feb 22 – The Arts of Spiritual Conversations – Welcoming
Dare to Share – Fearless Tour
Dynamic training, worship, drama, and outreach that will motivate and mobilize youth to live fearlessly. March 13-14 at Life Changers Church in Hoffman Estates. Sign up by Sun, Mar 1. Forms are available at the Connect Cart in the lobby or www.lolchurch.net/highway. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

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