Weekly Connect for Sunday, September 7, 2014

Let’s Kickoff a New Ministry Year Together!
This morning is our primary vision setting event of the year! A new ministry year begins this fall and there is so much to share with you. In addition to worship, Pastor Matt will share several ministry updates and where we are headed in new ministry year. Also enjoy Kuiper’s Family Farm donuts and apple cider in the Solid Rock Lodge after worship.

Join Other Moms in the ‘Entrusted With a Child’s Heart’ Study
Entrusted with a Child’s Heart is a 22-week moms study for creating a loving and disciplined family life based on specific truths from God’s Word. Find hope and direction as you begin to learn biblical solutions for parenting. Gain confidence and timeless wisdom each week with our DVD study as you listen to practical teaching from seasoned mom and counselor Betsy Corning. Then make new friends and receive encouragement from your time with other moms during our group discussion time.Starting on Wed, Sep 17 we will be meeting Wednesday mornings from 9:15am to 11:15am in the large conference room located on the upper level. Childcare will be available.  Study Books cost $40. If you’re interested in joining our class or simply have a few more questions please contact Emily Varsho at (847) 452-5681 or emily_wood18@sbcglobal.net.

Support the September Mission of the Month
John Donkoh, leader of Church Without Walls (C-WOW) in Ghana, Africa, is our mission of the month for September. John serves as a missionary in Ghana where he preaches, teaches and leads the native people to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Currently, John is training leaders to help meet the growing demands of the local church plants in his community. All of the loose change given in September will go to financially support our long-time partner John Donkoh. For more info about C-WOW, contact Sue Kessler at skessler717@earthlink.net.

Sign Up for Women’s Bible Study Fellowship
Women, you’re invited to participate in Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) at Lord of Life starting Wed, Sep 10 at 9:15am-11:30. Childcare is provided. BSF is an international, inter-denominational Bible Study respected around the world. This year they are studying the life of Moses. If you are interested, please contact Charlene, Class Administrator, at jjneidl@comcast.net or (630) 365-3488. Learn more at bsfinternational.org.

Explore Honey-Do Crew
The Honey-Do Crew is group of members who volunteer a few hours a month to help complete projects around the church facility. Projects range from simple to complex including lawn mowing, painting the Sunday School rooms, pulling weeds, repairing fixtures, changing light bulbs and more. If you are interested in joining the Honey-Do Crew, please sign-up on the Connection Card this Sunday. For more info contact Curt Berg at cberg@lolchurch.net.

Serve the Poor at Saint Matthew’s Soup Kitchen
Thank you to everyone that donated food, and recently served at St. Matthew’s Soup Kitchen in Chicago on Thu, Aug 21. 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 please contact Pamela McLane memaw.nan@comcast.net or (630) 879-0989.

Help Package Meals for Feed My Starving Children
Join us for a serving event in Aurora to package meals to be shipped overseas to those who desperately need nutritional food supplements. Sign up on the Connect Card to assemble packages on Tue, Sep 23 from 8-9:30pm. For more info please contact Kim Cole at (630) 918-3015 or kimcole1299@sbcglobal.net.

Want to Quilt for Jesus?
The Quilters of the King, Lord of Life’s quilting group, finished 11 quilts for TLC Pregnancy Center in Elgin. The next project is to make 5 pillows for the Youth Room downstairs. You are invited to join the quilters on Thursday mornings in the Solid Rock Lodge at 9-11am. For further info please contact Pamela McLane memaw.nan@comcast.net or (630) 879-0989.

Connect in Christian Community this Fall
Check out the new Connect Groups catalog at the lobby display on Sunday to discover opportunities to connect in community at Lord of Life. 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.

Sign up For the Men’s Retreat
Reserve the weekend of Oct 3-5 for a men’s retreat that you do not want to miss! We are going to Camp Timber-lee in East Troy, WI. It’s going to be a great time together! The cost is $95. Assistance is available. We want all men to go. Sign up in the lobby. Questions? Contact Brian Zielke at bzielke@lolchurch.net or (630) 513-5325 x140.

Join the Walk for Life to Support TLC Pregnancy Services
Lord of Life is assembling a team to walk in the 2014 Walk for Moms and Babies on Sat, Sep 20 from 9am-Noon at Lord’s Park Pavilion in Elgin. The walk raises funds for TLC Pregnancy Services in Elgin—a pro-life local crisis pregnancy center—that helps 100s of women in the surrounding communities each month. If you’re interested contact Robin Mathieu at remathieu@mchsi.com or (630) 715-2198.

Play Basketball at Lord of Life on Mondays
You’re invited to play basketball at Lord of Life on Monday nights from 6-8pm beginning Mon, Sep 8. It’s a great time to connect with others in our church and outside our church, all while getting exercise. For info contact Matt Byars at mbyars031880@gmail.com or (815) 793-9751.

Do You Play the Drums?
The Praise Team is in need of drummers to play on Sunday mornings. You must be able to commit to Thursday evening rehearsal and both worship services on Sunday.  For more info please contact Christina Durrant at cdurrant@lolchurch.net or by phone at (630)209-9458.

Sunday School
Sundays during 10am worship for kids age 3 through grade 5. Check-in is located in the lobby by the stairs.

Kindergarten-Grade 5
NEW Theme: “The Big Dig” overview of the Bible
This Sun, Sep 7 – God sends a rainbow (Genesis 9:8-13); The Point – We can trust God to keep His promises.
Next Sun, Sep 14 – God appears to Abram in a vision (Genesis 15:1-6); The Point – We know that God provides for us.
AWANA
Because kids matter to God. Wednesdays from 6:15-8pm starting Sep 10. Register online at www.lolchurch.net/awana or arrive early on a Wed (open enrollment all year long). We encourage kids to bring friends!

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 (see below for more details).

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 starting Sep 10.

GRAPPLE: Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others. Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room
This Sun, Sep 7 – “Is it ok to argue?” The Point – My life will be a witness.
Next Sun, Sep 14 – “When is the end?” The Point – God’s ultimate concern for everyone salvation.
HighWay (grades 9-12) www.lolchurch.net/highway
Hang Out on Sundays from 6-8pm
This Sun, Sep 7 – at the Guetthoff’s house (41W638 Farview Rd, Elburn)
Next Sun, Sep 14 – at Grace Acosta’s house (40W131 Kingfisher Ct, Campton Hills).

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