Weekly Connect for Synday, November 23, 2014

Join us for Chili, Cocoa, and Caroling on Thu, Dec 11 at 6 p.m.
We are going to spread Christmas cheer to our home bound 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.

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 in Decorating for Christmas
We will meet from 9-11am on Sat, Nov 29 to prepare our church building for the celebration of Jesus’ birth!  For more info contact Emily Zielke at mrs.zielke@gmail.com or 630.818.7533

Sign Up for Donating Blood
Our next Blood Drive is scheduled for Sun, Nov 30. Please sign-up at the lobby display for your particular time slot. It’s a chance for us, as a church family, to help other families in need. Giving your life blood will very likely save another. We do this in the name of Jesus, who gave His life for us. For more info, please contact Judy Yant at judy.a.yant@gmail.com or (630) 294-4328.

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.

Save the Date—Christmas Worship Times
Be sure to join us for Christmas Eve worship on Wed, Dec 24 at 5pm 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!

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.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes due Back by Sunday
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. Please remember to include $7.00 (cash or check) to cover shipping expenses for each shoebox you pack. Also, be sure to label your box for boy or girl by using the labels provided at the display table. Please return your shoebox by this Sun, Nov 23. For more info please contact Dwayne at dnelson@comcast.net or (630) 488-2510.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Join us on Wed, Nov 26 at 7pm for Thanksgiving Eve worship to praise the LORD and celebrate His goodness! He has given us everything that we need for forgiveness, life, and salvation in Christ Jesus. There will be special fellowship time after worship to enjoy pie and apple cider.

November Mission of the Month
Kairos TORCH is a program for youth who live in juvenile detention or correctional facilities. An ecumenical TORCH team spends two days (20 hours) introducing young men and women to Christian concepts as a means of making better choices for their lives. After the TORCH Weekend, each inmate participant will be mentored for six months by the volunteer members of the TORCH team. Through unconditional love and affirmation, the incarcerated youth will begin to see themselves as God sees them, as unique, special and created in the image of God. For more info contact Don Martens at donmartens@comcast.net.

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 play basketball on Monday night from 6-8pm in the Family Life Center. We will not play on Dec 22 or 29. Questions? Contact Matt Byars at (815) 793-9751.

25 Years and Beyond Q&A Forum
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.

Sunday School
Learning to live our faith from the inside out, 24/7. Sundays during 10am worship. Check-in is located in the lobby.
This Sun, Nov 23 – God hears Hannah and Samuel
Kindergarten-Grade 5
Current theme: “Schooner Island”
This Sun, Nov 23 – Run the race with endurance (Hebrews 12:1-13); The Point – We live for 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 26 – NO AWANA – Thanksgiving Eve worship at 7pm

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
This Wed, Nov 26 – NO MORPH – Thanksgiving Eve worship at 7pm
GRAPPLE: Tackling Tough Questions about God, Myself, and Others
Sundays during 10am worship in the Youth Room
This Sun, Nov 23 – “Don’t all good people go to heaven?”

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.