Weekly Connect for Sun, Nov 27, 2016

New Sermon Series: The Advent Conspiracy
Can Christmas still change the world? The Christmas story is a story of love, hope, redemption and relationship. So, what happened? How did it turn into stuff, stress and debt? Somehow, we’ve traded the best story in the world for the story of what’s on sale. This advent, God will challenge us to worship fully, spend less, give more and love all. Join us for this 4-week series that prepares us for Jesus’ birth at Christmas.

Families! Enjoy Breakfast with Baby Jesus!
Set the tone with your family for this Christmas season by keeping Jesus front and center. Join us for breakfast, live nativity, craft, music, and a story on Sat, Dec 3 from 10:00-11:30am in the Solid Rock Lodge. Please invite your family, friends, and neighbors. Invitations are available in the lobby. Questions? Please contact Brian at (630) 513-5325 x140 or bzielke@lolchurch.net.

Ladies! Prepare Your Hearts for Christmas
Please join us on Tue, Dec 6, 6:30-8:30pm., when Preparing Our Hearts For Christmas Presents… Why Christmas Trees? Get ready for Christmas with this special women’s event filled with fellowship, faith filled message  and a holiday cookie exchange. Cost is $5 per person. 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 if you will be attending. For addition info or questions, contact Becky Fair at rrubeck@hotmail.com

Save the Date: Voter’s Meeting Sun, Dec 11
All members of Lord of Life are invited to the Voter’s Meeting on Sun, Dec 11 after the 10am service. Approval of the 2017 financial budget as well as updates from the Elders, Executive Board and Pastor Matt will be discussed.

Chili, Cocoa and Caroling!
We are going to spread Christmas cheer to our home bound Lord of Life members, but first we will start with a chili cook-off dinner (child friendly options available). You don’t have to bring chili to participate. After dinner, we will be leave to visit our home bound friends and sing Christmas carols. Please sign up on the Connection Card. Any questions can be directed to Curt Berg cberg@lolchurch.net.

Help the Poor this Christmas
This Christmas we’re partnering with H.E.L.P.S. Ministries in St. Charles to provide Christmas gifts to local families in need. Please choose an ornament from the Giving Tree in the lobby and pick up a shopping list that goes with that ornament. All items should be purchased and brought to Lord of Life by Wed, Dec 14. These ornaments go fast so come quickly to claim your gift idea. For more info, please contact Mary Owen at (630) 377-8731 or email le710@comcast.net

Share the Good News at the Train Depot Outreach Event
Each year before Christmas we hand out cookies at the LaFox train station. The bags of cookies include the gospel message and information about our Christmas services. Please sign your connection card to make cookies, pack cookies or come and hand out Christmas invitations. Mark your calendar for Wed, Dec 21 meeting at LaFox Street Station at 5:30am. For more info please contact Curt Berg (630) 715-2674 or cberg@lolchurch.net

Donate Blood this Sunday!
For those who donate blood you will receive a $10 Target Gift Card and a FREE long-sleeved t-shirt.

Children’s Christmas Musical Potluck
Come one, come all!  Come kick off the Christmas season with “A King Is Coming To Town,” presented by the LOL Kids Music and Drama Teams. This charming musical will be presented on Sun, Dec 11 at 5pm in the Family Life Center. Just who is this King? Please join us as the town of Rumor’s Mill discovers just who this King is. Potluck dinner will follow. Please bring a dish to share.

Complete the Governing Board Survey
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 this survey we ask that you assess yourself on the various subjects so we can begin to understand the pulse of our congregation and identify specific areas to focus on in 2017. If you prefer, you can complete the survey online at lolchurch.net. Scroll down to the bottom of the home page and click on “2016 Governing Board Survey”. Please complete the survey by Sun, Nov 27. Thank you.

Serve the Community with Kairos Torch Ministry
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 is provided at no cost to you. 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 7:00pm–8:30pm
· Where: Lord of Life Church

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.

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 10 in the youth room. No sign up necessary. Just show up!

AWANA: Because kids matter to God. www.lolchurch.net/awana
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm.
This Wed, Nov 30 – Crazy Hat Night
Next Wed, Dec 7 – Light the Night – Bring a flashlight
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Living our faith from the inside out, 24/7. Sundays during 10am worship. Check in is located in the lobby.
This Sun, Nov 27 – David is sorry
Next Sun, Dec 4 – Wise King Solomon
Grades 1-5
This Sun, Nov 27 – Advent Conspiracy – Spend Less
Next Sun, Dec 4 – Advent Conspiracy – Give More

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 30 – Advent Conspiracy – Spend Less
Next Wed, Dec 4 – Advent Conspiracy – Give More
Grapple: Tackling tough questions about God, myself, and others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
This Wed, Nov 30 – Advent Conspiracy – Spend Less
Next Wed, Dec 4 – Advent Conspiracy – Give More

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.