Everyone faces battles, whether big or small. It could be a disobedient child, health struggles or a lost job. Sometimes we are waiting for weeks, months or even years for God to step in and help in the midst of our battles. In the book of Joshua, the Israelites learned what it meant to wait on the Lord in tough moments. As Joshua, the new leader of Israel, led his people into battle, God teaches him about character instead of strategies of war. He talks about courage. Join us this week, as we dig into the book of Joshua and unpack the lessons he learned in his journey to be, “Brave.” Pastor Ronn will be kicking off a seven-week series you won’t want to miss.

Sunday is the last day to complete our 2016 Churchwide survey and we want to hear from you! We want to know more about who you are, how you are doing, and how we are doing to come alongside you. Your responses will help us make decisions on how to focus our resources in the next ministry year. If you are 18 or older, please take a few minutes to complete our anonymous survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HRX77QF.

Mark your calendars for 6 p.m. Sept. 18 for our Annual Meeting. Members will vote to approve the budget for the new fiscal year, elder positions and new members. Childcare will be available. We also will have an Info Meeting to discuss details of the budget at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Community Room. Anyone who attends The Sanctuary is welcome to attend the Annual Meeting, but only members can vote.

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. We are changing the format of Surge this year to give us the freedom to worship in a less structured setting. We will no longer have break-out sessions. Surge is at 7 p.m. Oct. 5. We will have childcare for birth to fifth grade.

Travel along with one of our short-term mission teams on their trip to Honduras this past summer. Hannah Davis gives some of the highlights of the trip and her heart to spread the name of Jesus to other parts of the world. Read more on The Sanctuary blog.

Come grow in your relationship with God and in relationship with others by trying out a Growth Group! Members come alongside each other to study and apply God’s word to their lives, have fun, serve others, eat good food and a whole lot more! Interested in learning how you can get involved? Sign up at the Info Table. For more info, contact Mike and Kara Haas, [email protected].

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, starting Sept. 17. Friday Night Fight events are at 7 p.m. Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 9.

Adult electives meet on Sunday mornings or Monday evenings. Get to know other people with common interests while you study topics that will help you grow in your faith. Contact Larry and Emily Sault, [email protected].
We all need a plan for our money. FPU gives Biblical advice on how to get out of debt, manage your money, spend wisely and save money. Cost is $100 for book, materials and web site access. This nine-week class meets at 7 p.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 26. RSVP here or sign up at the Info Table.
God promises to dwell within us through His Holy Spirit, when we confess and believe. Yet our beliefs about and experiences with the Holy Spirit in the church differ. Join us for this seven-week study starting Oct. 9 at 9:30 a.m. as we look at what the Bible has to say about the encouragement of the Holy Spirit and learn how to live daily with Him. RSVP here or sign up at the Info Table.

Women’s Link seeks to connect women as they grow in their journey with God through events, discipleship relationships and book discussions for women of all ages and stages in life. This fall, women will be going through Believing God by Beth Moore. The study will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings, beginning Sept. 28.
Join other women to be refreshed both physically and spiritually at Soup for the Soul at 6 pm. Oct. 1. Bring your favorite soup or a salad to share. Mark your calendars for the Women’s Christmas Tea on Dec. 2. Contact Cheryl Lynn Cain, [email protected].

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and you would like to be baptized, participate in one of our regular morning worship services at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Oct. 2. Plan on attending a baptism class during first service Sept. 18 in the Green Room. Sign up at the Info Table.

Save the date! We are so thankful for all that God has done in our church body during the past 15 years. We will enjoy a time of community and fellowship at a potluck after second service on Oct. 2. Please mark your calendars to bring a dish and join us for lunch to celebrate 15 years of changed lives. More details will be coming soon.

Thrive and Crossfire, join in for a fun, high-energy serving night Monday at 6:30-8:30 p.m.!  We will be partnering with Power Connection, a local, faith based community organization that empowers people with skills and resources. Please plan to drop off and pick up your student directly at Power Connection, 999 Remington Blvd #F, Bolingbrook. We will not be meeting in the Sanctuary building that evening.

Both Thrive and Crossfire will practice every Sunday starting Sept. 18  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. at Freedom Park, 1600 Park Place, Bolingbrook. Students who don’t want to play can still come and watch! For more info, contact John Jou (Thrive), or Carl Fisher (Crossfire).

Ignite, 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].

Did you know The Sanctuary now has an app? This is your one-stop to watch the latest sermons, find all the details on upcoming events, read the Slice, find the #sundaysetlist, fill out the connect card, give your offering and MUCH more! Go to the app store, and search for “The Sanctuary Church IL” to download the app!

Do you want to stay in the loop with what’s happening at The Sanctuary? We would like to text you with reminders of important events or last minute changes due to weather. To join, text the word “connect” to this number: 630 318-3400. If you are visiting for the first time, please text the word “hello” to the same number. We will follow up with information about our church that is specifically for first-time guests.

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