Weekly Connect for Sunday, December 14, 2014

Campaign Update!
There is still time for you to give a pledge to the 25 Years and Beyond Campaign. Simply turn in your pledge card during offering or mail it to the church. The total will be announced on Sun, Dec 21 at both services. If you need a pledge card mailed to you, contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Join us for the Voter’s Meeting Sun, Dec 14
The voter’s meeting will take place immediately following the 10am worship time on Sun, Dec 14. Approval of the 2015 financial budget as well as updates from the Elders, Executive Board and Pastor Matt will be discussed.

Interested in Membership at Lord of Life?
Start Here is the new membership class being offered on Sun, Jan 25 from 11:30am-2pm. Pastor Matt will share the mission, vision and values of the church and answer your questions. Childcare and lunch are provided. Please sign up for this class on the Connection Card. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Pick up Your Preschool 2015/2016 Pre-registration Forms
Lord of Life Preschool is starting enrollment for the 2015/2016 school Year. There are forms available outside the preschool office starting Sun, Jan 4. Complete the form and return it to the preschool office as classes will be filled in date/time of order received. Forms will be accepted starting Wed, Jan 7. All forms received prior to this date will be dated Jan 7 at 8am. Pre-registration will be closed on Fri, Jan 30. All forms received after this date will be added to a list that will place your child on a list for the classes indicated. You will receive registration forms in Feb 2015. For more info, contact Marliss Laughridge, Preschool Director at mlaughridge@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x136

Help Serve on Christmas Eve and Day
We are in need of cookies and breads for fellowship on Christmas Eve between services and Christmas Day after service. We are also looking for ushers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services— we are in need of a captain, greeter, and ushers for Christmas Day and ushers for Christmas Eve. Finally, we need help for fellowship on Christmas Eve. If you are interested in serving, sign up on the Connection Card or contact Mary Miller at 630-365-2205 millers800@sbcglobal.net.

Simple and Convenient Ways to Serve at Lord of Life
Are you willing to serve the Lord one Sunday a month? We have a spot just for you. You can help as an usher, greeter, sound and projection servant or nursery volunteer. Ushers help people as they enter worship and greeters welcome people as they enter the church building. Sound and projection servants help run sound and move slides on the screens during the worship services. Nursery volunteers help care and love the youngest people during worship. We’ll provide you with personal training before you start and answer your questions. It’s a fantastic, convenient and simple way to respond to God’s grace. Your smile and willing attitude will help make Lord of Life a welcoming place to connect people with Jesus. Interested or simply want more info? Contact Mary Miller at millers800@sbcglobal.net or 630-365-2205.

Update Your Info in Church Community Builder
Please update your email or contact information for our church database. We need current info for mailings and other communications. If you need a login please contact the church office at lol@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325. You can also use your Connection Card and check off the “Update My Contact Information” and we’ll take care of it for you.

Save the Date—Christmas Worship Times
Be sure to join us for Christmas Eve worship on Wed, Dec 24 at 5 or 7pm. Worship on Christmas Day, Thu, Dec 25 will be at 10am. Communion will be celebrated on Christmas Day. Invite your friends to come celebrate the birth of Christ the Lord!

Pick Up Kitchenware in the Solid Rock Lodge
Check out the tables in Solid Rock Lodge for your kitchenware. We’ve put quite an array of kitchenware that hasn’t been picked up after events. After this week, the remaining items will be donated to Goodwill. For more info please contact Jacqui Fountain quijac13@email.com or (630) 235-2255.

Direct Your Thrivent Choice Dollars to Lord of Life Church
The Thrivent Choice program is an easy way for eligible Thrivent Financial members to recommend how Thrivent should distribute a portion of its charitable outreach funds to organizations that members are passionate about. Lord of Life Church is enrolled in the program and is eligible to receive Choice Dollars®. If you are a Thrivent member and would like to direct your Choice Dollars® to Lord of Life, you can do so at www.thrivent.com or call (800) 847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” when prompted. Please note that we are listed as “Lord of Life Lutheran Church – Elburn.” If you have questions, please contact Jim Krage at bjkrage@live.com or (630) 466-1513.

Pick Up an Ornament on the Giving Tree
The Giving Tree is up and ready. Please take an ornament as we help the community around Anderson School and HELPS ministry. HELPS Ministry is our mission of the month, so this is one way our Church can reach out and help our neighbors in need. Please stop by and check out the Giving Tree. Pick an ornament and give a gift of love. The wrapped gift(s) are due back under the tree by Wed, Dec. 17. For more info please contact Sue Kessler at skessler717@earthlink.net or (847) 347-5928.

Basketball Will Resume in 2015
There will be no Monday night basketball for the remainder of December. Play will resume on Mon, Jan 5 and continue on Mondays thereafter from 6-8pm in the Family Life Center. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

Online Giving Now Available for Members and Non-Members
You are invited to take advantage of the secure online giving option on our web site. Simply go to lolchurch.net and click on Give. There you will be directed to the links to give online. If you have any questions, contact Bob Boynton at bboynton@att.net.

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, Dec 14 – Wise King Solomon
Next Sun, Dec 21 – Jesus is born

Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current theme: “Under the Tree” focused on Jesus’ birth
This Sun, Dec 14 – An angel appears to Mary & Joseph (Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25); The Point – We believe Jesus is God’s Son.
Next Sun, Dec 21 – Jesus is born in Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-7); The Point – We receive God’s greatest gift!

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, Dec 17 – Wear red and green or Christmas apparel
Next Wed, Dec 24 – NO AWANA – Christmas Eve Worship at 5 & 7pm

MidWay (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
Winter Retreat for Midway Youth (grades 6-8)
February 20-22 at Camp Timber-lee in East Troy, WI. Sign up by Wed, Jan 7. Forms available in the lobby, youth room or online at www.lolchurch.net/midway. Parents: This is a great opportunity to give the gift of growth to your child this Christmas!
MORPH: Becoming Who God Made Me to Be, and having Fun in the Process!
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm.
This Wed, Dec 17 – Christmas Party – Bring a treat to share!
Next Wed, Dec 24 – NO MORPH – Christmas Eve Worship at 5 & 7pm

GRAPPLE: Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room
HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
Hang Out Building friendships with Jesus and each other. Sundays from 6-8pm.
This Sun, Dec 14 – Advent Adventure
Next Sun, Dec 21 – Christmas party at the Zielke’s house (221 E Shannon St, Elburn). Wear a festive sweater and bring a treat 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.