Weekly Connect for Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Bibles for Kids This Sunday!
On Sun, Feb 26 we will launch an opportunity for parents and grandparents to receive a brand new Bible to give to their children who do not have their very own Bible. We want to encourage and support parents as the primary teachers of God’s Word to their children. These Bibles will be provided by the church at no cost to the families. There will be different Bibles available for various ages (including adults who need a Bible) at the Connect Cart in the lobby. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

Save the Dates for Vacation Bible School – July 10-14
As your family looks ahead at plans for this summer, make sure to put Vacation Bible School (VBS) on your calendar for July 10-14. Each evening will start with a family dinner at 5:15pm, which will be followed by the program from 6-8pm. Save the dates and stay tuned for more details to come! Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

Special Governing Board Presentation
During worship on Sun, Mar 5, the Governing Board will present a vision for 2017 to our congregation. The Governing Board used the congregational survey from 2016 and prayerfully collaborated about where God is leading us in 2017 to ignite hearts on fire for Christ. Come find out specifically where God is leading us! If you’re excited by this vision, look for opportunities to partner with this effort as the Governing Board rolls out specific action points in the weeks to come.

Give Life – Give Blood
Next Sunday is our Blood Drive with Heartland Blood Centers. It’s a chance for us to give back to our community the very lifeblood we’ve been givenMay you find joy as you give and receive many blessings in return. Please sign-up in the lobby or click here to sign-up on the Heartland Blood Drive website. For more  info please contact Judy Yant at judy.a.yant@gmail.com or call (630) 294-4328.

Meal Train At the Station
We are rolling down the tracks and picking up passengers. Everyone already has a ticket – it’s your Connection Card! Just sign your name and email address and you can journey aboard the Meal Train Express. For more info please contact Mary Owen at le710@comcast.net or call (630) 377-8731

Ash Wednesday Worship Service | Wed, Mar 1
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent. Lent is a 40-day season to prepare our hearts for Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. Join us on Wed, Mar 1 at 7pm for this penitent worship service. Nursery care is available for children ages 0-3.

New! Blended and Blessed Conference at Lord of Life
Lord of Life is hosting Blended and Blessed, a FREE one-day live event and livestream for stepfamily couples. single parents, dating couples with kids and those who care about blended families. Join us on Sat, Apr 29 from 8:30am-4pm as we unpack five keys that are crucial to healthy stepfamily marriages. With some of today’s most trusted and respected experts, Blended & Blessed with challenge, inspire and encourage you. Sign up on the Connection Card or online here. Learn more at blendedandblessed.com. Questions? Email Carlos Baez at cubaez@gmail.com

New! Prayer Gathering on Tuesday Evenings Starts Mar 7
Please join us on Tuesday evenings for a time of seeking the Lord and pray for others. The first Tuesday Evening Prayer Gathering will be on Mar 7. Doors will open at 6pm for those who want to pray alone or with a prayer partner. The prayer gathering begins at 7pm. We will spend time worshiping the Lord, praying over the prayer requests of our congregation, praying for Lord of Life ministries, and storming the gates of Heaven for the Church of Jesus Christ. Everyone is welcome including those who would like someone to pray with them for their needs. All ages are welcome. No prayer experience is needed.

Men! Sign Up for the Iron Sharpens Iron Conference for Men
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17) This conference on Sat, Mar 4 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. Cost is $55 when paid by Sun, Feb 19. Students (age 13-22) are only $40. Sign up in the lobby or at www.lolchurch.net/men Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

Register for the Dare to Share Unshakeable Tour
Using the story of young David facing an immense giant, the Unshakeable Tour will inspire teenagers (grades 8-12) to stand with an unshakeable faith in Jesus Christ and equip them to answer Christ’s call to make disciples who make disciples. March 3-4 at Life Changers Church in Hoffman Estates. Sign up by Sun, Feb 26. More info is available at the Connect Cart in the lobby or online at www.lolchurch.net/highway. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

Basic Training for Confirmation | Sun, Mar 11
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 “Living on Purpose” on Sat, Mar 11 in the youth room. No sign up necessary. Just show up!

Want to Increase the Spiritual Connection in Your Marriage?
Join Pastor Matt and his wife Amy for the next couples group on Mon, Mar 6 from 6:30-8pm in the large conference room. We’ll have time to visit and then study God’s Word. Childcare is provided. Please sign-up on the Connection Card or online at www.lolchurch.net/marriage. For more info contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Direct Your Thrivent Choice Dollars to Lord of Life
Are you a Thrivent Member? If so, you can direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars to support Lord of Life Church. Jude Wilbers from Thrivent Financial will be here on Sun, Feb 26 to answer your questions and walk you through how to do it. If you would like to contact Jude Wilbers directly, reach him by phone at (573) 645-0495 or by email at jude.wilbers@thrivent.com.

AWANA: Because kids matter to God. www.lolchurch.net/awana
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm.
This Wed, Mar 1 – No AWANA – Ash Wednesday Worship at 7pm
Next Wed, Mar 8 – Dress Like a Pirate 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, Feb 26 – Baby Jesus
Next Sun, Mar 5 – The Power of God
Grades 1-5
This Sun, Feb 26 – Jesus heals a Roman officer’s servant (Matthew 8:5-13); The Point – We go to Jesus in hard times.
Next Sun, Mar 5 – God heals Naaman’s leprosy (2 Kings 5:1-16); The Point – We humble ourselves before God.

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, Mar 1 – NO MORPH – Ash Wednesday Worship at 7pm
Next Wed, Mar 8 – Sharing Your Faith
Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Feb 26 – How did I get stuck with them? (Genesis 37); The Point – God wants me to love my family.
Next Sun, Mar 5 – Why is it so unfair? (Luke 15:11-32); The Point – God wants me to be content.

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
Hang Out: Connecting with Jesus and each other. Sunday Nights from 6-8pm in the Solid Rock Lodge at Lord of Life.
This Sun, Feb 26 – Look ahead at Lent
Next Sun, Mar 5 – Will we dare to share?

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