We long to be free. We want to be free from the burdens and temptations we face. But how can we escape what holds us captive? How can we make that SHIFT? During our next sermon series, “SHIFT: A New Freedom,” we will look at how Jesus can release us from the bondage of control, fear, greed and power. Join us in November as we learn to walk in the freedom Jesus provides.
Don’t forget to “fall back” on Sunday morning when daylight savings time ends. Set your clocks back and enjoy an extra hour of sleep before coming to church Sunday!
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 love hearing stories of how God has been moving in our church. At this month’s Surge, we want to give you an opportunity to share those stories. Join us for a powerful evening of testimonies and worship at 7 p.m. Nov. 11. If God has been working in your life, please come prepared to share a brief testimony. The evening also will include break-out sessions on living in the spiritual disciplines, living in reconciliation and living in financial freedom. If you are planning to have a child dedicated in December, please plan to attend the child dedication break-out session. Childcare will be provided.
Join the Missions Team at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 to spend time with Richmond Wandera, a pastor from Uganda, and learn more about his ministry, Pastors Discipleship Network. Last year, we interviewed Richmond during our services and took a special offering for PDN. Richmond will update us on how his ministry used the finances provided by our church, what is happening at PDN, and the ministry’s plans for the future. There will also be a Q & A time. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
LUNCH WITH THE PASTORS
If you are new to The Sanctuary, make plans to join us for Lunch with the Pastors right after second service on Nov. 22. 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
Hope for the Holidays, our annual fair trade holiday bazaar is coming 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 21! 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. The event will include live music, plus a coffee bar from Mojo Express Friday evening (Nov. 20) and the chance to experience some new food options from food trucks, including Cupcakes for Courage, arriving on Saturday (Nov. 21). For more info, visit hopefortheholidays.info.
As you start planning for the holiday season, mark your calendars for these exciting events at The Sanctuary!
Nov. 20-21: Hope for the Holidays, non-profit fair trade bazaar.
Dec. 6: The Thrill of Hope, 5 to 8 p.m., an opportunity to serve and build relationships at Bolingbrook Christian Health Center.
Dec. 11: White Christmas ladies’ tea, 6 to 9 p.m., an evening of fun, friends and an inspirational message from a guest speaker.
Dec. 23: Eve of Christmas Eve services
Men of The Sanctuary are invited to a video series and discussion called, “FIGHT”, which looks at the life of Samson, every other Saturday at 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. The next Fight Club date is Nov. 7. For more info, contact Bryan Buckley: .
Hey, moms! Would you like to connect with other moms of young children? Would your children like to make some new friends? Join us for play group from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every other Thursday. The next playgroup date is Nov. 12 in the Preschool Place room at The Sanctuary.
YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS
Thrive and Crossfire, our junior high and high school ministries, meet Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for student-led worship, large group teaching, small group discussion and tons of FUN! Feel free to arrive at 6:30 for hang out time.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
Sundays through Nov. 22: Co-ed flag football practice at Freedom Park, 1600 Park Place, Bolingbrook, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Pack a lunch!
Nov. 16: UPGRADE, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. God wants to take us deeper. God wants to take us wider. God wants to give us a spiritual upgrade. Come join us as we seek God’s promises through praise, creative prayer stations, spoken Word, and powerful teaching. Dinner will be provided!
Nov. 21: Turkey Bowl Pre-Game party, 2 to 9 p.m. We will be serving at Green Harvest Food Pantry, then returning to the church for games, food, a movie and passing out hoodies for Turkey Bowl.
Nov. 28: Turkey Bowl! Time and location, TBA.
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.