Weekly Connect for Sunday, November 16, 2014

Be On the Lookout for Your 25 Years and Beyond Pledge Card
The second mailing of the 25 Years and Beyond campaign went out this week that includes a letter from Pastor, answers to more FAQs and a pledge card. Please review these materials and be in prayer about your participation in this all-church effort to connect more people with Jesus. If you did not receive the first or second mailing, there are extra copies at the church office, Connect Cart in the lobby and usher stand in the back of the Family Life Center. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325.

Join us for Chili, Cocoa, and Caroling on Thu, Dec 11 at 6 p.m.

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 Mary Miller millers800@sbcglobal.net or Emily Varsho emily_wood18@sbcglobal.net.

Prepare Your Heart for Christmas
Ladies of all ages are invited to come together on Tue, Dec 2 from 6:30-9pm to prepare your heart for Christmas. Enjoy music, a craft, refreshments, cookies, and of course a wonderful message from Amy Blackford! $8/person – pay at the door. Sign up on the Connection Card or in the lobby. If you would like to bake cookies, write your name and how many dozen on the sheet in the lobby. For more info contact Pamela McLane at (630) 879-0989.

Breakfast with Baby Jesus
O come let us adore Him! Breakfast, live nativity, craft, music, and story. Sat, Dec 6 from 10-11:30am in the Solid Rock Lodge. Sign up on the Connection Card or online at www.lolchurch.net/bwbj.

Ladies, A Special Event For You!
Women, you’re invited to a special event called So That on Fri, Nov 21 from 7-9pm. There will be snacks, fellowship and you’ll hear from speakers that will support your Christian faith. The speakers for this event are Marliss Laughridge, Amy Blackford, Diane Brasfield and Natalie Albers. Please sign up on the Connection Card during worship. For more info contact Carolyn Albers at alberscarolyn@gmail.com.

Join Us in Decorating for Christmas
We will meet from 9-11am on Sat, Nov 29 to prepare our church building for the celebration of Jesus’ birth!  For more info contact Emily Zielke at mrs.zielke@gmail.com or 630.818.7533

Sign Up for Donating Blood
Our next Blood Drive is scheduled for Sun, Nov 30. Please sign-up at the lobby display for your particular time slot. It’s a chance for us, as a church family, to help other families in need. Giving your life blood will very likely save another. We do this in the name of Jesus, who gave His life for us. For more info, please contact Judy Yant at judy.a.yant@gmail.com or (630) 294-4328.

Support Operation Christmas Child
Last year, God worked through people like you to send nearly ten million shoeboxes to children in 112 countries.  Every shoebox gift you pack helps Samaritan’s Purse to reach children worldwide with the Good News of God’s love and the true meaning of Christmas. If you would like to pack one or more shoeboxes this year, please visit the Operation Christmas Child display table in the Solid Rock Lodge. Please remember to include $7.00 (cash or check) to cover shipping expenses for each shoebox you pack. Also, be sure to label your box for boy or girl by using the labels provided at the display table. All shoeboxes will be collected on Sun, Nov 23. For more info please contact Dwayne at dnelson@comcast.net or (630) 488-2510.

Serve the Poor, Thu, Nov 20, at Saint Matthew’s Soup Kitchen
Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving with Saint Matthew Soup kitchen on Thu, Nov 20. Please consider donating big bags of rice, beans, large cans of tomatoes, canned fruit or vegetables and bags of chocolate candy (frozen items can be put in Main Kitchen freezer; please mark all items “For St. Matthew Soup Kitchen”). Please sign up on the Connection Card during worship. For more info contact Pamela McLane memaw.nan@comcast.net or (630) 879-0989.

Bless the Illinois Youth Center this Christmas
Lord of Life will go to the Illinois Youth Center to visit the prisoners, deliver cookies and share the gospel message. You can help by baking cookies that will be delivered to the prisoners on Sat, Dec 13. Cookies need to be delivered to the church by Thu, Dec 11. For more info contact Don Martens at donmartens@comcast.net.

November Mission of the Month
Kairos TORCH is a program for youth who live in juvenile detention or correctional facilities. An ecumenical TORCH team spends two days (20 hours) introducing young men and women to Christian concepts as a means of making better choices for their lives. After the TORCH Weekend, each inmate participant will be mentored for six months by the volunteer members of the TORCH team. Through unconditional love and affirmation, the incarcerated youth will begin to see themselves as God sees them, as unique, special and created in the image of God. For more info contact Don Martens at donmartens@comcast.net.

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.

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, Nov 16 – Two kind people
Next Sun, Nov 23 – God hears Hannah and Samuel

Kindergarten-Grade 5

Current theme: “Schooner Island”
This Sun, Nov 16 – Peter and John before the council (Acts 4:1-14); The Point – We help others know Jesus.
Next Sun, Nov 23 – Run the race with endurance (Hebrews 12:1-13); The Point – We live for 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, Nov 19 – Bring Thank You notes
Next Wed, Nov 26 – NO AWANA – Thanksgiving Eve worship at 7pm

MidWay (grades 6-8) www.lolchurch.net/midway
MORPH: Becoming Who God Made Me to Be, and having Fun in the Process!
Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm.
Current topic – Living on Purpose
GRAPPLE: Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room
This Sun, Nov 16 – “What if I really mess up?”
Next Sun, Nov 23 – “Don’t all good people go to heaven?”

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
Hang Out Building friendships with Jesus and each other. Sundays from 6-8pm.
Current topic: Basic Training – Encountering Jesus

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