Weekly Connect for Sunday, December 21, 2014

Campaign Update!
Pastor Matt will share the total of pledges and donations to the 25 years and beyond campaign during worship this Sun, Dec 21. If you still need a pledge card they are available in the back of the Family Life Center or at the Connect Cart. If you would like a pledge card mailed to you, contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Distribute Train Station Cookies this Monday
Let’s spread some Christmas cheer to our commuters from LaFox Station. As they arrive on Mon, Dec 22, let’s give them a bag of cookies with a special Christmas message. We’ll meet at the LaFox Train Depot at 5am (until 7am). Come anytime in between, even for only 5 minutes if you can spare the time. If you’d like to help or need more info please contact Curt Berg at cberg@lolchurch.net or (630) 715-2674.

Join Us for Christmas Worship
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!

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 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.

Fight for What’s Right in God’s Sight
Men, let’s get ready to rumble! Fight Club kicks off again on Sat, Jan 10 from 7:30-9am in the Solid Rock Lodge. We are looking at the life of David. How did he, and how can we, defeat the giant? Come get encouraged, equipped and empowered for the fight. Fight Club meets monthly on the second Saturday from 7:30-9am. Got questions? Contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

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 and 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

Serve at Lazarus House
Every 3rd Thursday and 4th Friday Lord of Life serves at Lazarus House. If you’d like to provide a meal, bring a beverage, provide a side dish, make lunches, or spend the night, there’s something you can do to help those who are less fortunate than us. Why do we do this? Not because we feel sorry. No, it’s because of God’s great love that allows us to love them and show that through our service. Want to be a part of the team? For more info please contact Jacqui Fountain at quijac13@gmail.com or (630) 235-2255.

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.

Discover Opportunities to Grow in Community
Check out the new Winter Connect Groups Catalog and discover many opportunities to connect with Jesus and each other! There is a group just right for you to grow as a disciple of Christ. If not, contact Brian to start your own connect group. Catalogs are available in the lobby. Sign up on a Connection Card or visit www.lolchurch.net/groups. 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 new 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.

Simple and Convenient Ways to Serve at Lord of Life
Are you willing to serve the Lord at least one Sunday a month at Lord of Life? 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 more welcoming place to connect people with Jesus. Interested or simply want more info? Contact Mary Miller at millers800@sbcglobal.net or 630-365-2205.

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.

Sunday School
Learning to live our faith from the inside out, 24/7. Sundays during 10am worship. Check-in is located in the lobby.
Preschoolers
This Sun, Dec 21 – Jesus is born
Next Sun, Dec 28 – Shepherds worship Jesus
Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current theme: “Under the Tree” focused on Jesus’ birth
This Sun, Dec 21 – Jesus is born in Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-7); The Point – We receive God’s greatest gift!
Next Sun, Dec 28 – Shepherds learn that Jesus is born (Luke 2:8-20); The Point – We tell others about Jesus.
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 24 – NO AWANA – Christmas Eve Worship at 5 & 7pm
Next Wed, Dec 31 – NO AWANA

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 24 – NO MORPH – Christmas Eve Worship at 5 & 7pm
Next Wed, Dec 31 – NO MORPH
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 21 – Christmas party at the Zielke’s house (221 E Shannon St, Elburn). Wear a festive sweater and bring a treat to share!
Next Sun, Dec 28 – NO HANG OUT

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