Weekly Connect for Sunday, October 19, 2014

You’re Invited to the Mission Possible Open House
Celebrate our newest local mission partner’s building expansion on Sat, Nov1 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, at 61-63 S. Broadway in downtown Aurora, IL.  Tour the facility, enjoy light refreshments and see what God has been doing in downtown Aurora in Christ’s name. Ribbon cutting at noon, and special guest – Milton Coronado – gospel graffiti artist is speaking at 1:30pm.  To RSVP Mission Possible directly call (630) 801-0086 or email admin@onjesusmission.org or call Nancy Gatfield at (630) 879-1420.

Ladies, A Special Event for You!
Women, you’re invited to a special event called So That on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 from 7-9pm. There will be food, 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 at alberscarolyn@gmail.com.

Join Pastor Matt and Amy for Date Night!
Want a fun and Christ-centered date with your spouse? Join Pastor Matt and Amy for date night at Lord of Life on Fri, Oct 24 at 6:30-8:30pm. If you were at the date night in February, you know how special it was! Cost is $10 per couple. Childcare provided. Children will be fed and kept occupied. Sign up on the Connection Card. For more info contact Mary Miller at millers800@sbcglobal.net.

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. We look forward to seeing millions of lives transformed around the world through the gifts, prayers, and support of everyone involved in Operation Christmas Child. 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. You will find everything you need there to start your adventure of making a special Christmas gift for a boy or girl somewhere in this world. All shoeboxes donated at Lord of Life Church will be collected on Sun, Nov 23. For more info please contact Dwayne at dnelson@comcast.net or (630) 488-2510.

Help the Mission Possible Shoe Drive
Help show Christ’s love by donating your used shoes. Please tie your shoes together and toss them in the bin located in the lobby starting Sun, Oct 12 through Sun, Oct 26. Lord of Life is partnering with Mission Possible, a Christian-based non-profit in Aurora, IL that provides a free medical, vision and dental clinic to people in need. This shoe drive will raise the necessary funds to expand their facility while providing shoes for people in Haiti, Honduras and parts of Africa. Start cleaning your closets today! For more info contact Mary Owen at (630) 377-8731 or le710@comcast.net. Check out onejesusmission.org

Are You Available to Serve on Sat, Nov 1?
Come together for a Fall Work Day on Sat, Nov 1 from 9am-Noon. We’ll do some specific trimming, general fall clean-up, raking, and transplanting. Please sign up this Sunday on the Connection Card. If you have any of these items at home you could donate or label, please feel free to offer these as your service to this project: rototiller, rakes, weed whacker, wheelbarrow, hand sheers, shovels, transport vehicle, pruning sheers, hand clippers, hoes, chain saw, hammers, grass seed, top soil, and fertilizer. For more info please contact Curt at cberg@lolchurch.net.

Take Fun up a Notch at the “Heroes Unmasked” Hallelujah Fest
Wed, Oct 29 from 6:30-8pm. Play amazing games, enjoy crafts and activities, meet Bible heroes, and get loads of treats! Plus Les the Magician will join us for a wonder-filled performance! It’s all at Heroes Unmasked! Put on a costume and bring your friends and family! Register in the lobby and grab some invitations.

Help with the Hallelujah Fest
The Hallelujah Fest on Wed, Oct 29 is a great opportunity to invite and welcome families from the surrounding community to Lord of Life to experience the love of Jesus and connect with our church; and you can play a part in it! There is something that everyone can do to help, from donating candy to decorating your car for the Trunk or Treat; from setting up games to playing the part of a Bible hero. Please drop off candy donations in the lobby by Sun, Oct 26. Sign up to serve on the Connection Card or contact Brian at (630) 513-5325 x140 or bzielke@lolchurch.net if you want more info.

Save the Date, Sun, Nov 2, for the 25th Anniversary Celebration

During worship on Sun, Nov 2, Lord of Life will celebrate it’s 25th anniversary! To help everyone celebrate this special day, we are collecting memorabilia from the past 25 years to display in the Solid Rock Lodge. Please dig out your Lord of Life Church t-shirts, mugs, bags, pictures, etc. and bring them to the church office (upper level) by Mon, Oct 20, marked with your name. Lori Pfortmiller is the contact for the memorabilia at (847) 321-0567.

Serve the Poor, Thu, Nov 20, at Saint Matthew’s Soup Kitchen
The next trip to Saint Matthew’s is scheduled for 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”). For further info contact Pamela McLane memaw.nan@comcast.net or (630) 879-0989.

Support the October Mission of the Month
Liberian Children’s Ministry is our Mission of the Month for October. Joe Boway, founder and director, has built 12 schools in rural Liberia with partner churches where the physical, spiritual and educational needs of 3,500 students are met each year. Thank you Lord of Life Church and Preschool for donating school supplies for the children in Liberia. Please remember to pray for Joe, the teachers and the precious children in Liberia. For more info about Liberian Children’s Ministry contact Lois Linder at linderlf@aol.com or (630) 488-2510.

Sunday School
Learning to live our faith from the inside out, 24/7. Sundays during 10am worship. Check-in is located in the lobby.
Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current Theme: “God’s Game Plan”
This Sun, Oct 19 – The believers share with each other (Acts 4:32-35); The Point – We should put others first.
Next Sun, Oct 26 – John baptizes in the Jordan River (Matthew 3:1-6); The Point – We please God when we obey.
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, Oct 22 – Dress like a superhero or princess
Next Wed, Oct 29 – Hallelujah Fest

Get Some Epic Air with Your Friends
On Fri, Nov 7, for youth (grades 6-12) at Epic Air trampoline park in South Elgin. We will meet at Lord of Life at 6pm, bus to Epic Air, and return to the church by 10pm. Pick up a flyer in the lobby and return the form portion with $25 by Wed, Nov 5 to sign up. Invite friends! Space is limited so don’t wait to sign up!

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: Basic Training – “Encountering Jesus”
Next Wed, Oct 29 – Helping with the Hallelujah Fest
GRAPPLE: Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room.
Current topic: “The End”
This Sun, Oct 19 – “Why should I even trust God?”
Next Sun, Oct 26 – “What’s in it for me?”
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 – “Discovering the Bible”

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