Fall Fest, The Sanctuary’s annual fall family event, is right around the corner! Join us from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 for an evening of activities including crafts, games, inflatables, prizes, a free taco bar, caramel apples and tons of fun for the whole family! We will also be featuring an incredible show by balloon artist, Smarty Pants! Due to the anticipated popularity of the Smarty Pants show, we are asking that you reserve your free tickets here for either the 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. show. If you would like to help with this event, please consider donating pumpkins or a bag of candy, or sign up to volunteer at the Info Table.

If you are new to The Sanctuary, make plans to join us for Lunch with the Pastors right after second service on Nov. 13. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our mission and vision, get to know Pastor Ronn and Pastor John and, of course, enjoy lunch together. Childcare will be provided. Sign up at the Info Table if you plan to attend.

Have you been looking for an opportunity to invite your friends, family and neighbors to check out The Sanctuary? Bring them to I heart Sunday on Oct. 30 at 9:30 or 11 a.m! Not only is Sunday a great time to slow down and gather in community, but it’s also a time of renewal as we remember what God did for each of us. Pick up a stack of invitations and ask your friends to join us for an opportunity to experience why The Sanctuary (loves) Sunday. Each family attending for the first time will receive a free t-shirt!

Are you longing to connect with God through a time of deep worship and prayer? Join us the first Wednesday of each month at Surge, which is an extended worship service designed to help us step out of the busy pace of life and Revive, Regroup and Recharge. Surge is at 7 p.m. Nov 2. We will have childcare for birth to fifth grade.

Hope for the Holidays, our annual fair trade holiday bazaar is coming 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 18 and  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19! Make plans to shop with a purpose when you give a gift that gives twice! Proceeds from the event go to help artisan families living in third world countries and disadvantaged workers right here in Chicagoland. The event will include live music, plus a coffee bar and treats Friday evening (Nov. 18) and the chance to experience some new food options from food trucks, including Cupcakes for Courage, arriving on Saturday (Nov. 19). For more info, visit hopefortheholidays.info.

Men of The Sanctuary meet Saturday mornings for breakfast, Bible study, discussion and accountability. They also meet one Friday a month for Friday Night Fights, an evening gathering, with guy food and guy talk on relevant topics. Men meet every other Saturday, from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. in the Community Room. The next Fight Club is Oct. 29. Friday Night Fight events are at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 and Dec. 9.

Our junior high and high school ministries meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays for student-led worship, large group teaching, small group discussion and tons of FUN! Feel free to arrive at 6:30 for hangout time.

Practices are in full swing for a co-ed football tournament the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Pack a lunch and come dressed for practice from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sundays at Freedom Park 1600 Park Pl, Bolingbrook. Students who don’t want to play can still come and watch! For more info, contact John Jou or Carl Fisher.

Our college and young adult group meets Sunday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. (with the exception of the last Sunday of the month) Please contact Steven Cruz at 630.687.4045 for more info. You can also email us at [email protected].

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