Weekly Connect for Sun, Nov 13, 2016

Letters to Children at Mama Yol’s Orphanage in Haiti
Several months ago, we asked for prayers for all the children living at Mama Yol’s orphanage in Haiti. Photos of each of these children were placed on the mission wall bulletin board. We asked if you felt led, to please take a photo home, and pray daily for that child. Thank you for your continued pray coverage for these children. There is a mission team headed to Haiti at the end of December. If you would like to write a letter to the child you have been praying for, the Haiti Mission team would be happy to personally deliver it for you! Letters may be typed on your computer, or hand written (please print, do not use cursive writing). If you don’t have a photo, you can still write a letter to an orphan, teacher, house mom or Mama Yol. Let them know you have been praying for them, and send words of encouragement or favorite Scripture verse! All letters must be submitted no later than Dec 10. There will be a drop box placed near the mission partner bulletin board. Contact Kim Cole (630) 918-3015 with any questions. We are not able to take gifts, letters only.

Give the Gift of Life at the Blood Drive on Sun, Nov 27, 7:30am-Noon
For those who donate blood you will receive a $10 Target Gift Card and a FREE long-sleeved t-shirt. Please stop by the Blood Drive lobby display by the Mission Wall to sign-up or contact Judy Yant at (630) 294-4328 or email judy.a.yant@gmail.com

Give Thanks at Our Annual Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service
Save the date for our annual Thanksgiving Eve service on Wed, Nov 23 at 7pm. There will be a special testimony from one of our members who has experienced God’s faithfulness this year. This is a full service with communion. Cider and dessert will follow. Nursery care will be provided. Come give thanks to the Lord!

Support our November Mission of the Month
Faithlife Ministries was founded in 2001 by former Lord of Life members, Barry and Kim Voss. It is a ministry dedicated to training and equipping pastors and church leaders in Africa, Asia, Latin American and Eastern Europe. This year, Faithlife’s MCL training material has now reached 56 nations. Barry recently returned from Estonia where he trained 23 Lutheran pastors. South Sudan is currently holding the first ever MCL training to 81 pastors and leaders in the city of Mingkaman. All loose change this month will go to support Faithlife Ministries.

Kairos Torch
Kairos Torch is an ecumenical ministry made up of volunteers that share the love of Christ with the young men (13-20 years old) at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles by conducting a spiritual retreat weekend at the youth center. If you want a short term mission trip that will bring you joy, help you grow spiritually, and fulfill some of what Christ has asked each of us to do, then you need not travel farther than St. Charles. No special skills required just the prompting of the Holy Spirit and a willingness to be used by God. Training provided at no costs to you. The training is on the following dates and times. For more info please contact Carlos Baez (630) 306-1989 or cubaez@gmail.com
· When: Tuesday Dec 6, 2016 or Thursday Dec. 8, 2016 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
· Where: Lord of Life Church, 40W605 Rt. 38, Elburn, IL 60119, corner of Rt. 38 and La Fox Road, approx. 1 mile west of Randall Road on Rt. 38

Lazarus House Thanksgiving Feast
Lazarus House warmly invites you to join its staff, guests, and many supporters at our annual Thanksgiving Feast to be held Thur, Nov 24, at the Salvation Army St. Charles Tri-City Corps, 1710 S. 7th Ave., in St. Charles. The event will run from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm with dining beginning at noon. The feast has become an established tradition in the community. Not only are Lazarus House guests blessed by the outpouring of generosity and compassion exhibited by those who attend, the feast has also become the family meal for many who live by themselves or do not have family close by. Come meet new friends and share a meal with the neighbors in your community. For those able to cook, a dish to pass is most appreciated. Food should arrive ready to serve between 11:30am and 11:45am in a disposable container. Needed dishes and supplies are posted on their website at www.lazarushouseonline.com. There is no cost to attend, but we would greatly appreciate a courtesy call or email letting us know if you are able to contribute a dish and/or plan on attending. Please contact Ellen at (630) 587-2144 or holidays@lazarushouseonline.com.

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 “Living on Purpose” on Sat, Nov 19 in the youth room. No sign up necessary. Just show up!

Return Operation Christmas Child by Sun, Nov 20
Please review the donation list at the OCC display table to start your adventure of making a special Christmas gift for a boy or girl somewhere in the world. Since 1993, God has worked through people like you to send more than 135 million shoeboxes to children in 158 countries. Shoeboxes will be collected on Sun, Nov 20. For all questions or inquiries, contact Dwayne Nelson at dnelsonlol@comcast.net.

Please Complete the Governing Board Survey
The Governing Board wants our body of believers to continue to grow in faith in order to spread the Word.  Please complete the survey insert and place it the offering basket or in the box at the Connect Cart. Lord of Life wants to help the entire congregation deepen their walk with Jesus so they can connect people with Jesus and each other. In Matthew 28:19 we are told to “Go and make disciples of all nations…”  In this survey we ask that you score yourself on the various subjects so we can begin to understand the pulse of our congregation.   Please complete the survey by Sun, Nov 27. Thank you.

Refrigerator Needed
Our preschool is in need of a refrigerator for their food service. If you have a NSF National Sanitation Foundation) refrigerator that you’re not using, please contact Christine Gerke at (630) 584-9678 or email rcgerke@aol.com.

AWANA: Because kids matter to God. www.lolchurch.net/awana
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm.
This Wed, Nov 16 – Thank You Note Night
Next Wed, Nov 23 – NO AWANA – Thanksgiving Eve Worship at 7pm 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, Nov 13 – God hears Hannah and Samuel
Next Sun, Nov 20 – David and the giant
Grades 1-5
This Sun, Nov 13 – The Israelites worship a golden calf (Exodus 32:1-26); The Point We worship only God.
Next Sun, Nov 20 – Giving Thanks for God’s Blessings

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, Nov 16 – Communion
Next Wed, Nov 23 – NO MORPH – Thanksgiving Eve Worship at 7pm
Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Sun, Nov 13 – Can’t you just leave me alone? (Matthew 26:36-46); The Point – I can’t do it alone.
Next Sun, Nov 20 – Why should I butt in? (Genesis 3:1-13); The Point – I am responsible for others.
HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
Hang Out: Building friendships with Jesus and each other. Sunday Nights from 6-8pm at the Zielke’s House (221 E Shannon St, Elburn)

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