Weekly Connect for Sunday, November 9, 2014

25 Years and Beyond Launched!
Last Sunday, during our 25th anniversary celebration, we launched an 18-month capital campaign called 25 Years and Beyond. The vision of this campaign is to position our church for the next 25 years of ministry—and beyond! Yes, we do have a goal of raising $400,000 in pledges over 18 months for a new parking lot, a new corner sign and roof repair. However, while property improvement is important, that is not the goal in and of itself. It’s all about connecting more people with Jesus and each other! On Wednesday, a mailing went out introducing you to the campaign. If you did not receive it, you can get a copy of it at the usher stand or the Connect Cart. Please be praying about how you can support this campaign through prayer and financial means.

Breakfast with Baby Jesus
O come let us adore Him! Breakfast, live nativity, craft, music, and story on 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.

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.

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.

Save the Date—Blood Drive Coming Soon
Our quarterly blood drive is quickly approaching. Mark your calendars for Sun, Nov 30. We have a limited amount of posters available to display at your local business or someone you know who would post it at their business. Please pick up one (or two) at the Connect Cart today or during the week.

Bless the Illinois Youth Center this Christmas
Lord of Life will go to the Illinois Youth Center (just a few blocks east of the church) to visit the prisoners, deliver cookies and share the gospel message. The date of the visit is Sat, Dec 13 from Noon to 3:30pm. You can help in two ways: bake cookies that will be delivered and/or join the group visiting on Sat, Dec 13. A special clearance form for each volunteer needs to be completed and submitted to the county by Thu, Nov 13. Cookies need to be delivered to the church by Thu, Dec 11. Sign up on the Connection Card during worship. For more info contact Don Martens at donmartens@comcast.net.

Connect with Others in a Group this Fall
Check out the Fall Connect Groups catalog and discover many opportunities to connect with Jesus and each other. There is a group just right for you! Sign up on a Connection Card or visit to www.lolchurch.net/groups. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

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. 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, but in the meantime 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.

Altar Care Help Needed
The Altar Care Group is in need of volunteers.  If you would like to serve, please contact Karen Broten at dyrdalen@yahoo.com or (630) 365-9183.

Thrivent Local Chapter Elections
Members of Thrivent Financial have the opportunity to vote for the leaders of their local chapter. Chapter leaders manage and administer funds available to support activities conducted by members to help others in their communities. The leadership board also supports educational and social activities that bring chapter members together. Thrivent members can cast their votes next Sun, Nov 9 at the election table in the Solid Rock Lodge. If you have questions, please contact Jim Krage at bjkrage@live.com or (630) 466-1513.

Help with the Kairos Torch Weekend
We’ve been promoting the upcoming Kairos Torch weekend Ministry at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles on Nov 14-16, 2014. You may not be able to go, but you could help those who are by choosing one or more of the items shown below. Please sign up on the Connection Card. For more info please contact Kathie Clark (630) 338-6470.

  • Sign up for 30 minute prayer slots any time during the three day weekend
  • Write encouragement/praise letters to the youth (only sign first name, no last names allowed)
  • Hands of Love paper chain
  • Decorate placemats for the meals
  • Help prepare and transport the dinner to IYC Sat Nov 15

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 9 – A strong man
Next Sun, Nov 16 – Two kind people

Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current theme: “Schooner Island”
This Sun, Nov 9 – Jesus sends out the disciples (John 13:1-17); The Point – We boldly tell about Jesus.
Next Sun, Nov 16 – Peter and John before the council (Acts 4:1-14); The Point – We help others know 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 12 – Silly hair night
Next Wed, Nov 19 – Bring Thank You notes

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 9 – “Isn’t God just mean and cruel?”
Next Sun, Nov 16 – “What if I really mess up?”

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.