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SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE

Sunday School resumes on September 11 at 10:45 AM. The Bible stories for September are:

  • September 11, The Creation
  • September 18, The Fall and the Promise
  • September 25, The Flood


GREEN TEAM

Green Team is the "Lutheran Pioneer-like" kid's group at New Life. Kids who are preschool through eighth-grade are invited to attend. Green Team meets on the second and four Thursdays of each month. The meeting starts with a devotion, covers a topic and includes a craft and a snack. During the year the Green Team also works on a major project in the fall, like rocket racers or rain-gutter regattas, and then in the spring works on pine cars.


SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE CLASS

The concept of a "superpower" is nothing new. One of the great ancient superpowers was the Assyrian Empire. The Assyrians had direct contact with the Israelites and attempted to destroy Jerusalem. The prophet Nahum worked among God's people and addressed the threat of Assyria. What he wrote under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit speaks to God's people today who live in a world of competing superpowers.

Sunday morning Bible class resumes on September 11 at 10:45 AM in the New Life Café. The class will study the Old Testament book of Nahum during the month of August and then return to a study of the life and ministry of Christ using the "Chosen" video series.


MEN'S BIBLE CLASS

Men's Bible class resumes on Friday, September 16 at 11:30 AM. Men's Bible class will begin a study entitled "God's Rest". On September 16, 23 and 30, the class will look at Rest-Unrest-Rest Restored, The Sabbath Rest and The Sabbath Rest (cont.)-Rest in the Promised Land. Men's Bible class includes lunch and is usually done by 1:00 PM.


CONFIRMATION CLASS

Confirmation class for 7th and 8th graders will begin on September 18 at 6:00 PM. This year's confirmation class will include three seventh graders from Faith in Antioch.


LITTLE SPROUTS TODDLER PROGRAM NEWS

School days, school days, dear old golden rule days ... The Little Sprouts are excited to start their new school year on September 1. There are two boys and two girls enrolled in the class. We will begin the month by being introduced to classroom routines and rules as well as creating some fun back to school projects, including a first day handprint craft. By the middle of the month, we will take a look at different colors and read a silly flannel story called "Dog's Colorful Day". The children will also discover what happens when colors are mixed together. Each child will create an "Our Colorful World" book by coloring and gluing magazine pictures that represent different colors to the pages of their book. Our Jesus Time begins with the story "Jesus Blesses the Children" followed by "God Made the World", God Made Me", "The Sneaky Snake" and "Noah's Big Boat". I am looking forward to a wonderful year filled with learning, laughter and spiritual growth as the children learn about God and His gift of eternal life through our savior Jesus Christ.

- Mrs. Rachel Andrews


TREE OF LIFE PRESCHOOL NEWS

The 2022-2023 school year officially starts on Thursday, September 1st. We will start our year with a total of 32 students! At this point in time we are full, a first since I started teaching here. As always, summer has flown by way too fast. I have been very busy saying goodbye to my children who are all out west now and preparing for the upcoming school year. I am very happy to say we will have more field trip opportunities added to our program again - starting with a field trip to the pumpkin patch this fall.

During the month of September, we will be getting to know each other while trying to learn our daily routines and keep things moving so we can fit everything in during our two- and half-hour mornings. The three-year-old class will be learning "All About Me" while the four-year-old class will learn about "Apples" and "Pets" this month. During Jesus time both classes will learn the following stories: "God Creates Our Beautiful World", "God Creates Man and Women", "God Saves Adam and Eve", and "God Saves Noah and His Family". Additionally, we are very excited to welcome back Emily Hernandez Photography who will be taking class photos for us on Monday, September 19th and Tuesday, September 20th. Welcome back and may God bless us with another successful school year.

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director


WELS CAMPUS MINISTRY

Heading to college can be exciting, stressful, and everything in between. WELS Campus Ministry can help! Let us help you stay connected to God's Word. To begin go towels.net/campus-ministry and click the button "College students register here". You can register for free subscriptions to Forward in Christ and Meditations booklets and will be connected to the campus pastor for your school. Students who have previously registered for WELS Campus Ministry are encouraged to check your profile and preferences and make any necessary updates. For questions please contact Ginny Mundstock at the WELS Campus Ministry office: 414-256-3279.


THREE-PART STRATEGIC PLANNING SEMINARS

New Life has been struggling with creating a five-year plan. The three seminars will get all of the attendees on the right track when it comes to thinking about the future of our congregation in the Lake Zurich community and then putting together a long range plan for our congregation. Everyone is invited to attend, including members of area WELS congregations who are struggling with the same issue.

For our three-part speaker series, New Life will focus this fall on strategic planning for nonprofits. The guest speaker for each session will be Dr. John Bauer. The first seminar will be held on Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00 PM

John Bauer is the Founder and Senior Strategist of John Bauer Consulting, LLC. He has more than 40 years of experience in the executive leadership of mission-driven, nonprofit organizations.


CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP

As we watch the warm summer months begin chasing away, so it is with the first two months of our six-month debt reduction campaign. You will recall that the six-month debt reduction drive will run through December 31, 2022. Please take a moment to view the thermometer debt reduction progress chart located just outside the New Life Café. As we move forward with our drive, progress will be indicated by the amount of red color displayed on the thermometer diagram. A running total along with month-by-month progress is displayed on the right side of the chart. The thermometer chart will be updated following each offering count on Sundays.

As mentioned in past Newsletters and also at our annul voter's meeting on July 10th, debt reduction has been identified by New Life's church council as a congregational goal for the remainder of 2022. So, as we prayerfully consider debt reduction in the coming months, let's remain mindful of our commitment to financially support the fiscal budget as well.

Our Lord has always blessed New Life with generous Christian giving over the years. Now, we pray that for the remainder of 2022, God will bless BOTH our efforts to meet our annual budgetary commitment as well as to successfully reduce our mortgage debt.

We know that all of our earthly possessions belong to our creator. We are taught to be generous with these gifts and to use them in ways pleasing to God.

Undesignated offerings toward our fiscal budget will continue to be reported in the monthly newsletter. If you have questions pertaining to debt reduction and the impact on refinancing, please feel free to discuss with a council member.

(2 Cor. 9:7) Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

-- Mike Spangle, Chairman, Elder


BRANCH CONNECTION

The Branch Connection will have its next meeting on Tuesday, September 13 at 4:30 PM. All the women of the congregation are invited to attend.

Jerry and Vanesa Bauer are expecting a baby girl in September. Since the Branch Connection is unable to have a shower for them the Branch Connection would like to receive donations and sent them a gift / gifts from their registry. If you are interested, please see Kelly, Lori, Rachel or Susan.


ADOPT-A-SAILOR ON THANKSGIVING DAY

The Recruit Training Center at Great Lakes recently notified Pastor Bauer indicating that they plan to restart the Adopt-a-Sailor program this Fall. If you are interested in helping host 28 Navy recruits on Thanksgiving Day, please indicate your willingness by putting your name on the sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall.


FELLOWSHIP

Prior to the pandemic, members would sign up to bring something to eat and drink for after the service. For the past several months, pre-packaged goods have been kept at church and served. It's time to get back to normal. Please consider taking a Sunday for fellowship. The sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board in the basement.


UNITED WAY

The United Way's fall fund drive is underway right now, and many employers will match employee contributions. Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool is recognized by the United Way, so this is a great opportunity to help out with our education and community outreach efforts via the preschool. "10438331" is the ID number for Tree of Life. All contributions are greatly appreciated!


EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

While updating Ministry plans for the next fiscal year it was noted that again the Elder's plan includes assisting members or friends of New Life with emergency assistance. Emergency assistance is often needed due to weather related emergencies. Be mindful that New Life has access to equipment and tools not always readily available to the person in need. Examples include generators, chainsaws, etc. Often times it may be as simple as just needing some extra hands to address a need. So, in the event you need help, please do not hesitate to call. To request assistance, simply call church at 847-438-5018 and leave a message. Have a wonderful safe summer!

-- Mike Spangle - Elder


THRIVENT CHOICE

The Thrivent Choice® program lets eligible members recommend where some of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' charitable outreach funds go by directing Choice Dollars®. You can direct your funds to New Life Lutheran Church and/or Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool. If you have any questions about how to do this, please speak to Craig LaPlante the Stewardship Chairman.