Weekly Connect for Sunday, October 5, 2014

Join Pastor Matt and Amy for the Rescheduled 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 starting this Sun, Oct 5. 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 the child receiving a shoebox gift, it may be his or her first step of a lifelong walk with Jesus Christ.

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

Take Fun up a Notch at the “Heroes Unmasked” Hallelujah Fest
On 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. There are also many opportunities to serve. Sign up to serve on the Connection Card this Sunday.

Interested in Membership at Lord of Life?

Start Here is the new membership class being offered on Sun, Oct 19 from11:30-2pm. 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 questions, contact Pastor Matt at matt@lolchurch.net.

Watch For Future Info on the Blessings Shop
We will not be offering a Blessings Shop this year.  Please watch for information regarding this event in the future.

Bring in Your Lord of Life Memorabilia
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.

Get Trained at Basic Training
Get trained up on the basics of faith and life. Completion of Basic Training (all four sessions) is an expectation for Confirmation at Lord of Life. To learn more about the Confirmation process visit www.lolchurch.net/youth. This year we are going to integrate Basic Training into our weekly youth programs – Wednesdays at Morph for middle school and Sundays at Hang Out for high school students.

Serve the Poor at Saint Matthew’s Soup Kitchen
The next trip to Saint Matthew’s is scheduled for November, 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. Often, students have only one pencil to use for the entire year. English dictionaries are so scarce, a whole village has to share one copy. Please remember to pray for Joe, the teachers and the precious children in Liberia.

Connect in Christian Community this Fall
Check out the NEW Connect Groups catalog and discover many opportunities to connect with Jesus and each other. There are all kinds of groups waiting for you to join! Sign up on a Connection Card or visit www.lolchurch.net/groups. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

Serve Together Outside
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.

Nursery Volunteers Needed
Do you have a heart for little ones?  We need you in the nursery! Please call or email Emily Zielke if you are interested in serving the children and their families at Lord of Life!  mrs.zielke@gmail.com or (630) 818-7533

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: “The Big Dig” overview of the Bible
This Sun, Oct 5 – Jesus heals a paralyzed man (Mark 2:1-12); The Point – Forgive others as we have been forgiven.
Next Sun, Oct 12 – The importance of the Body (1 Corinthians 12:12-27); The Point – When we work together, God can work through us.
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 8 – Wear a crazy hat
Next Wed, Oct 15 – Paint your face

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 – “Discovering the Bible”
This Wed, Oct 8 – Hitting the Trail
Next Wed, Oct 15 – Encountering Jesus
GRAPPLE: Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room
Current topic: “The End”
This Sun, Oct 5 – “Will things be the same?”
Next Sun, Oct 12 – “Why should I even trust God?”

HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
Hang Out Sundays from 6-8pm
This Sun, Oct 5 – Meet at Lord of Life youth room. We will start a new lesson series on Basic Training: Discovering the Bible.
Next Sun, Oct 12 – 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.