We have two exciting opportunities coming up to invite your friends and neighbors to learn more about The Sanctuary!

Don’t miss Fall Fest Saturday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. This free family event features crafts, games, inflatables, prizes, 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 popularity of the Smarty Pants show, we are asking that you reserve your free tickets here for the 7 p.m. show. (The 6 p.m. show is sold out.)

If you have been looking for an opportunity to invite your friends to church, ask them to attend with you on Oct. 30, for I heart Sunday. We will be launching a new sermon series that will help people understand who we are as a church and why we get so excited about Sunday! We sent an e-mail invitation on Wednesday that you can use to forward to your friends. You also can pick up a stack of print invitations at the Info Table or invite them using our Facebook event . Each family visiting for the first time will receive a free t-shirt.

One of the families The Sanctuary supports through its Missions budget is Andrew and Alanna Brown. They have been serving in Turkey for several years, but because of increasing danger, they made the difficult decision to move back to the United States this fall. A Target gift registry has been set up so we can bless them with essential items to make their new house a home. Please visit their registry and see how you can help. Gifts can be sent to their home in Michigan or delivered to Mark and Alexis Hyerdall’s house by Oct. 28.

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.

Do you have a heart for people who have questions about life and faith, but aren’t sure how to respond? Would you like to have a better understanding of how to help people explore their faith? If that’s you, you are invited to come to “Alpha Vision Night” in the Community Room at 7 p.m. Nov. 14. You’ll learn how to help facilitate Alpha at The Sanctuary or how to start one in your neighborhood. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith, with groups running around the globe. The Sanctuary will be starting Alpha in February. Come to the vision night to learn about Alpha and find out how it can help us play our part in helping people become passionate followers of Jesus.

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.

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].

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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