Weekly Connect for Sunday, January 4, 2015

Campaign Update!
The goal for the campaign was to raise $400,000 in pledges for a new parking lot, new signage and roof repair, plus any extra for contingency. On Dec 7, we dedicated our pledge cards to the Lord. The updated total amount from pledges and donations: is $493,743. Praise the Lord! The campaign team and the Trustees Board have use for every dollar pledged so please take seriously your commitment. Once $250,000-$300,000 has been fulfilled we will begin work on a new parking lot. That being said, it’s really important that we continue our regular giving to the General Fund to continue the day-to-day operations of our church. If you haven’t yet, you can still participate in the campaign. If you 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.

Help Serve on the Connection Board
The Connection Board has reviewed and updated the purpose of the Board.  The scope of our charge Includes: Ensuring Sunday morning servers are trained and scheduled, supporting new member orientation, ensuring the worship center and solid rock lodge are appropriately decorated for the seasons, communicating events through advertising and lobby displays, assisting with assimilation of events, and other assistance as requested. If you are interested in being a part of this team, please contact Mary Miller at marymmiller@mediacombb.net. The next Connection Board meeting is scheduled for Thu, Jan 22 at 6:30 pm in the corner office on the upper level.

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

Get Ready For An All-Church Book Study with Pastor Matt
Pastor Matt will lead a book discussion this month that will help all of us share our faith more confidently and naturally. The book is “God Space: Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Naturally” by Doug Pollock. The dates of the book discussion will be Wed, Jan 28 from 6:30-8:30pm and Thu, Jan 29 from 9:30-11:30am. Only sign up for one since both will be the same content just different times to accommodate people’s schedules. Books will be available in the lobby this Sunday. Read the book on your own before the book discussion. Sign up on the Connection Card this Sunday. If you have questions contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Basketball Will Resume in 2015
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.

Serve at Lazarus House
Every 3rd Thursday and 4th Friday Lord of Life serves at Lazarus House. This month the dates to serve are Thu, Jan 15 and Fri, Jan 23. 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. Want to be a part of the team? For more info please contact Jacqui Fountain at quijac13@gmail.com or (630) 235-2255.

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 and 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.

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.

Come and Sing With Us! Children’s Choir
Children ages 3 through 8th grade are invited to join the Lord of Life Children’s Choir! Choir will meet each Wednesday from 5:30-6:15pm starting Wed, Jan 7. For more information please contact Christina Durrant at 630-209-9458 or cdurrant@lolchurch.net.

Worship Ministry Serving Opportunities
Are you looking for a way to serve on Sunday mornings? The Worship Ministry is in need of volunteers for the praise team, sound, video and scripture readers. If you are interested in serving or have any questions, please contact Christina Durrant at 630-209-9459 or cdurrant@lolchurch.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.
Preschoolers
This Sun, Jan 4 – Split in the kingdom
Next Sun, Jan 11 – Elijah & Elisha
Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current theme: “Under the Tree” focused on Jesus’ birth
This Sun, Jan 4 – Wise men visit Jesus (Matthew 2:1-23); The Point – We seek Jesus every day.
Next Sun, Jan 11 – Light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16); The Point – We show God’s love to the world.
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, Jan 7 – Wear crazy socks
Next Wed, Jan 14 – Wear Hawaiian 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.

MORPH: Becoming Who God Made Me to Be, and having Fun in the Process! Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm.
This Wed, Jan 7 – Searching for Truth
Next Wed, Jan 14 – Searching for Truth
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, Jan 4 – The Arts of Spiritual Conversations – Intro
Next Sun, Jan 11 – The Arts of Spiritual Conversations – Noticing

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