Weekly Connect for Sun, May 14, 2017

Preparing for Worship
This Sun, May 14, is Mother’s Day. We’ll begin a new sermon series called Following Jesus In Our Busy Lives. Mark is the fastest gospel! Jesus is constantly on the move, “immediately” moving from one place to the next. We’ll learn about Jesus and apply his teaching to our busy lives today. Read Mark 1 to prepare for Sunday’s sermon.

Enjoy Mother’s Day Brunch at Lord of Life!
You’re invited to a Mother’s Day brunch on Sun, May 14 from 9am-Noon in the Solid Rock Lodge. Avoid the restaurant rush, enjoy good food, fellowship and support Lord of Life’s youth ministry. Free will donations will be accepted.

Register Online for the Islam Workshop • Tue, May 23 or Wed, May 24
If you read or watch the news, you’ve certainly heard about Islamic terrorists. Ever asked yourself, “What is Islam?” Come find out. Join Pastor Matt and Lord of Life member Ray Nordbrock for a workshop to learn about Islam and ask your questions. The same workshop will be offered twice to accommodate schedules. Take your pick: Tue, May 23 at 7pm or Wed, May 24 at 10am. Childcare is available. For more info, contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net. Register on the Connection Card. Or register online for the Tuesday class or the Wednesday class.

Register Online for The Case for Christ Books Study
On Fri, Apr 7, the influential Christian book The Case for Christ became a major motion picture in theaters. This summer, we’ll read and discuss the book together as a church. It’s helped develop the Christian faith of believers and skeptics worldwide. The Case for Christ is a journalist’s personal investigation of the evidence for Jesus. Written by Chicago’s own Lee Strobel (Lee is a former reporter for the Chicago Tribune). We’ll address common arguments people have about Jesus and we’ll be better equipped to share and defend our Christian faith.The book will be available for purchase at the church starting Sun, May 14 and we’ll meet to discuss it together on the dates below. The same content will be discussed twice each month to accommodate schedules. Take your pick: Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning. Please register to attend the book study on the Connection Card or at lolchurch.net/ministries/biblestudies.
               Part 1 Chapters 1-6: Tue, June 13, 7pm or Wed, June 14, 10am
               Part 2 Chapters 7-10: Tue, July 18, 7pm or Wed, July 19, 10am
               Part 3 Chapters 11-14: Tue, Aug 8, 7pm or Wed, Aug 9, 10am

Register Online for Vacation Bible School
Join us this summer, July 10-14, for “Operation Arctic” where kids will explore the coolest Book on the planet and discover how we can know for sure that the Bible is God’s written word to us! Each evening a family dinner will start at 5:15pm, followed by the program from 6-8pm. All kids age 4 through 5th grade are invited to participate. The cost is $30/family. Register in the lobby or online at www.lolchurch.net/vbs. Youth and adults are invited to serve. We need help with meals, crafts, games, nursery, check-in, group leaders, and group assistants. Sign up to serve on the Connection Card or online atwww.lolchurch.net/vbs. We are also collecting supply donations (see list in lobby). If you have any questions, please contact Mary Miller at marymmiller@mediacombb.net or (630) 365- 2205.

Video Scavenger Hunt (grades 8-12) • Sun, June 11
On Sun, June 11 after the 10am service (around 11:30am), we’ll have lunch together at the church and then catch a train from LaFox into Wheaton for a video scavenger hunt and some ice cream. Then we’ll take the train back to Elburn and walk to the Zielke’s house (221 E Shannon St) for more food, fun, and Bible study. Ends at 6pm. Bring $ for train ticket ($8) and ice cream. For more info, contact Brian at bzielke@lolchurch.net

Join Us for the Congregational Voter’s Meeting
Please join us for the congregation voter’s meeting on Sun, June 11 immediately after the 10am service. The meeting will start promptly in the Family Life Center so please plan to stick around or come back if you attend the 8:30am service. The order of business will include electing leaders, an update on proposed governance structure and an update from both Pastor Matt and the new Endowment Ministry Team. Your attendance and participation at this meeting is extremely important as we move forward the mission of our church together. The agenda will be available on the Connect Cart starting Sun, May 28.

Get Certified to Help After a Natural Disaster
Training and Certification for LERT (Lutheran Early Response Team) is being offered by Lutheran Church Charities. The next class is Sat, Jun 3 in Montgomery IL from 9am – 1:30pm. Cost is $35. Please register at www.lutheranchurchcharities.org/LERT Training. For more info please contact Larry Zagorski at (630) 209-6195.

Ladies! A New Book Study Group Just For You!
Are you feeling tired or stressed? Looking for a place to rest your heart and renew your spirit? Join us for Soul Spa by Sharla Fritz. This study will care for and refresh your spirit. We will meet Tuesday mornings from 7-8:30am at Lord of Life. The study starts June 13 and ends the last week of July. For more info, please contact Leslie at lvdifiglio@gmail.com.

Opportunities to Serve Within Women’s Ministries
Women’s Ministry is looking for ladies (all women 16 and older) to help serve and grow our ministry at Lord of Life Church. We have several opportunities for you to get involved. We are currently looking for anyone with the heart to serve in the following areas.

  • Bible Study
  • Hospitality/Outreach
  • Mom’s Outreach
  • Women’s Events Committee
  • Women’s Retreat Committee
  • Prepare Our Hearts For Christmas Committee
There is a description of each position available at the Connect Cart in the lobby starting this Sun, May 14. If you have any questions or interest, please contact Becky Fair at rrubeck@hotmail.com or at 630-365-3294.

You’re Invited to a Night of Worship! Fri, June 9
Praise God during this night of worship at Lord of Life on Fri, June 9 at 7pm. This event is for all ages. The Lord of Life band will play worship music, lead prayer and a member of our church will give a personal testimony. Invite your friends and neighbors! For more info contact Christina Durrant at cdurrant@lolchurch.net.

Support Our May Mission of the Month, C.W.O.W
C.W.O.W (Church without Walls) is located in Ghana, Africa. John Donkoh, who is C.-W.O.W.’s pastor, serves as a missionary in Ghana where he preaches, teaches and leads the native people to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. John also trains leaders to help meet the growing demands of the local church plants in his community. All loose change for this month will go to support C.W.O.W.

New! Tuesday Morning Men’s Group
A group of men from Lord of Life meet at Colonial Cafe on Randall Road (St. Charles) on Tuesday mornings at 6:30-7:30am to discuss faith, life and pray together. Any and all men are welcome! Questions? Contact Don Martens at donmartens@comcast.net.

Ready to be Confirmed?
We have scheduled a Confirmation Sunday to encourage youth to take steps on the path to a personal confession of the Christian faith. We will celebrate confirmations during worship on Sun, May 21. For more information on confirmation at Lord of Life visit www.lolchurch.net/confirmation or contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

First Communion at Lord of Life
At Lord of Life, instruction for first communion is a part of our confirmation process. Confirmation is the Path to a Personal Confession of Faith for youth in grades 6-12. It is a self-paced process for youth to start anytime and complete once they have met the expectations and are ready to be confirmed. On the day of their confirmation, they receive first communion and are welcome to participate in the Lord’s Supper thereafter. For more about confirmation or first communion, visit www.lolchurch.net/confirmation or contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

Graduate Recognition • Sun, May 21
We will recognize and celebrate all graduates (high school and college) during worship on Sun, May 21. All graduates should see Brian Zielke after worship to receive a special gift from the church. Congrats grads!

AWANA: Because kids matter to God. www.lolchurch.net/awana
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm. AWANA will kick off again on Wed, Sep 13.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Living our faith from the inside out, 24/7. Sundays during 10am worship. Check in is located in the lobby.
This Sun, May 14 – Love for Moms
Next Sun, May 21 – Jesus’ return

Grades 1-5
This Sun, May 14 – Love for Moms
Next Sun, May 21 – God gives Isaac a wife (Genesis 24:1-51); The Point – We trust God’s plan for us.

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 in the youth room
This Wed, May 17 – Luther Move (part 3)
Next Wed, May 24 – Morph Finale – bring an ice cream topping to share!

Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, May 14 – NO GRAPPLE – Mother’s Day
Next Sun, May 21 –

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
Hang Out: Sunday Nights from 6-8pm in the Solid Rock Lodge at Lord of Life
This Sun, May 14 – NO HANG OUT – Mother’s Day
Next Sun, May 21 – Moving Up and Moving On

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