Join us for a special Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Wednesday as we prepare our hearts for the 40 days of Lent. The one-hour service will include a message, worship and communion. We hope you will join us as we reflect on the incredible sacrifice of our awesome Savior Jesus Christ! Childcare will be available for birth to kindergarten.

As we look ahead at Resurrection Sunday, we want to invite the church to study God’s word together during the Lenten season. We created a 40 day Bible reading plan, journal and study guide to help us stay committed to daily time with God. You can access the “40 Day Journey” in several ways:

ONLINE: Get the daily content on your phone, computer or mobile device at themodelchurch.com.

EMAIL: Go to themodelchurch.com and subscribe by e-mail to receive each day’s reading in your inbox.

PRINT: Pick up a print copy of the journal at the info table.

PDF: Download the pdf of the journal at themodelchurch.com.


We will be taking a benevolence offering at the end of service Sunday. This is a special offering that goes directly to help those in our church body who have a financial need. Please look for the ushers as you leave the auditorium.


We will have a short congregational meeting following second service March 13 to vote on hiring John Jou as our full-time associate pastor. Everyone is welcome to attend but only members can vote.


Men, set aside 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 12 to attend Friday Night Fights, an evening for guys to hang out in a guy-friendly environment, eat guy food and connect with other guys. For more info, contact Bryan Buckley: .


For the last five years, The Sanctuary has had the privilege of bringing “Loved!,” a spa event, to our local domestic violence shelter. We are looking for people who love to paint nails, do make-up and offer hospitality, as well as licensed stylists, massage therapists and aestheticians. We are also looking for some volunteers who want to make a positive impact on the kids staying at the shelter by taking them to the local gym for some high energy games. We have limited volunteer slots so sign up early for this wonderful event 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 13.


If you are new to The Sanctuary, join Fusion, a seven-week introductory small group experience that will meet during the 9:30 a.m. service, beginning Feb. 28. Learn more about what we believe, your spiritual gifts and who we are as a church. Sign up at the Info Table. For more info, contact Emily Neal, .


Have you ever considered taking a short-term mission trip, but you weren’t sure how to get involved? Are you ready to find out how you can Leave Safety for Adventure this summer? Join the Mission Team on Feb. 28 after second service for an info meeting about summer trips to Honduras and Good Works in Athens, OH. Meet in the Community Room for lunch and then groups will split up according to trip interest. Please sign-up at the Info Table if you plan to attend.


Join other women of The Sanctuary as they spend a weekend in the Psalms and respond to God’s invitation to see situations in a new way.  The retreat is March 4 to 5 at Michiana Christian Service Camp in Niles, MI. Cost is $80; $40 due at registration, $40 at time of retreat. Please register at the Info Table. For more info, contact: Cheryl Lynn Cain, .


Invite your friends and family to our exciting Easter event, Hop2It! Kids won’t want to miss our unique glow-in-the-dark egg hunt, prize room, bounce house, food, crafts, face painting, story time and card tricks by “Don’t Blink”! We’ll have a corn hole tournament for older kids and adults. Bounce on over to this FREE event 9 a.m. to Noon March 19.


If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and you would like to be baptized, plan to participate in one of our regular morning worship services at 9:30 and 11 a.m. March 20. A baptism class will be offered at SURGE on March 9 to prepare you for the service. Please sign up at the Info Table to participate.


Imagine how different your outlook on life would be if you had absolute confidence God was with you. Imagine how different you would respond to difficulties, temptations and even good things if you knew God was in all of it and was planning it to leverage it for good. This six week study challenges us to grow BIG Faith. Fight Club meets every other Saturday at 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. The next Fight Club is Feb. 20.


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.


Thrive and Crossfire, 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.

Ignite, our college and young adult group, meets Sunday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. at the home of Danielle Sault, 941 Canyon Run Road, Naperville. For more info, contact Steven Cruz at 630.687.4045 or check out The Sanctuary Ignite page on Facebook.

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