Weekly Connect for Sunday, November 30, 2014

25 Years and Beyond Q&A Forum—This Sunday
There will be a special Q&A forum on Sun, Nov 30 at 11:15am-Noon in the large conference room upstairs. This is for anyone who has further questions about the 25 Years and Beyond Campaign. If you didn’t receive the most recent mailings, you can find extra copies on the Connect Cart in the lobby and the usher stand in the Family Life Center. For more info about the campaign visit lolchurch.net or contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325.

Commitment Sunday is Next Sunday Dec, 7
What a joy it will be to dedicate our pledges to the Lord next Sun, Dec 7 during both worship times! Please bring to worship your pledge form in the envelope provided. If you need an extra pledge card, they are available in the church office, usher stand in the Family Life Center and the Connect Cart.

Give Blood—This Sunday
Our Blood Drive is scheduled for this Sun, Nov 30 in the Solid Rock Lodge. It’s a life-giving ministry opportunity to help other families in need. Giving your blood can truly help save lives right here in the local area. We do this in the name of Jesus, who gave His life for us. Walk-ins welcome!

Christmas Cottage Visits at Illinois Youth Center – Call for Volunteers
On Sat, Dec 13 from 12:00-3:30pm, an 80 member team will enter IYC and meet with the boys in their cottages.  We will sing Christmas Carols, visit with the boys, and deliver a Christmas gift of one dozen cookies to each boy.  This is a wonderful opportunity to bring the light of Christ to a dismal place and announce the love of Christ to these young men. If you feel called to join this team…volunteers need to be at least 18 years old. Need to know by Mon, Dec. 1. For more info please contact Barb or Don Martens donmartens@comcast.net or (630) 232-7320. You can also sign up on your Connection Card and we’ll be in touch with you.

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 Church by Thu Dec 11. If you can help, please  contact Barb or Don Martens at donmartens@comcast.net or 630-232-7320.

Prepare Your Heart for Christmas on Tue, Dec 2
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! $6/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
Join us on Sat, Dec 6 from 10-11:30am in the Solid Rock Lodge to prepare for Jesus’ birth with a warm breakfast, a live nativity, craft, music, and a story. This is an event for families and children. O come let us adore Him! Sign up on the Connection Card or online at www.lolchurch.net/bwbj.

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

Giving Tree
Next week the Giving Tree will be up and ready for you to take its ornaments. We will help the community around Anderson School and HELPS ministry. HELPS Ministry is our mission of the month for December, 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. For more info please contact Sue Kessler at skessler717@earthlink.net or (847) 347-5928.

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.

Church Community Builder
Please update your email or contact information for our church database. 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 and neighbors to come celebrate the birth of Christ the Lord!

Pick Up Kitchenware Soon
Check out the tables in Solid Rock Lodge. 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.

Shoot Some Hoops on Monday Nights
Come out and play basketball on Monday nights from 6-8pm in the Family Life Center. We will not play on Dec 22 or 29. Questions? For more info contact Matt Byars at (815) 793-9751.

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 30 – David and the giant
Next Sun, Dec 7 – David is sorry
Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current theme: “Schooner Island”
This Sun, Nov 30 – Paul brings Eutychus back to life (Acts 20:7-12); The Point – God uses us to do amazing things.

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 3 – Bring new hats and mittens
Next Wed, Dec 10 – Bring cookies for IL Youth Center boys

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.
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 30 – “Can I do anything I want?”
Next Sun, Dec 7 – “Is God a wimp?”

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.