Weekly Connect for Sunday, December 7, 2014

Commitment Sunday is this Sunday!
What a joy it will be to dedicate our 25 Years and Beyond pledges to the Lord this Sun, Dec 7 during both worship services! If you need an extra pledge card, they are available in the church office, at the usher stand in the Family Life Center and at the Connect Cart in the lobby.

Join us for Chili, Cocoa, and Caroling this Thu at 6pm.
We are going to spread Christmas cheer to our homebound 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 Mary Miller millers800@sbcglobal.net or Emily Varsho emily_wood18@sbcglobal.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. Please make plans to join us.

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

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.

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies
Will you bake cookies for a visit to IYC?  We need 600 dozen cookies…our goal is to give each boy and each IYC staff person a dozen cookies.  Cookies need to be delivered to Lord of Life by Thu, Dec 11. If you can help, please  contact Barb or Don Martens at donmartens@comcast.net or 630-232-7320.

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 two weeks, 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.

Results of Blood Drive Last Sunday
Here’s the “Thank you” note we received from Heartland Blood Centers who ran our blood drive. “It looks like the generous folks at Lord of Life Church really helped us out on Sunday! Not only did we manage to collect 32 units; but because of your thoughtful donors, we saved up to 96 lives!” Save the date for our next blood drive scheduled for Sun, Mar 1, 2015.

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.

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 7 – David is sorry
Next Sun, Dec 14 – Wise King Solomon
Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current theme: “Under the Tree” focused on Jesus’ birth
This Sun, Dec 7 – Prophets foretell Jesus’ birth (Isaiah 7:14 & 9:6-7; Micah 5:2); The Point – We put our hope in Jesus.
Next 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.
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 10 – Bring cookies for IL Youth Center boys
Next Wed, Dec 17 – Wear red and green or Christmas apparel

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.
GRAPPLE: Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others
Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room
This Sun, Dec 7 – “Is God a wimp?”
Next Sun, Dec 14 – “Can’t you just leave me alone?”

HighWay
(grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
Hang Out Building friendships with Jesus and each other. Sundays from 6-8pm.

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