Sanctuary leaders will be sharing important updates for 2018 with our church body on Sunday evening at our Family Chat. Whether you are a long-time attender or new to our church, please make plans to attend this meeting. Pastor Ronn and other leaders will explain the next steps in our Together vision, construction priorities and other financial news. Family Chat begins at 6 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium. Childcare will be available for birth to Kindergarten.

If you are new to The Sanctuary, make plans to join us for Lunch with the Pastors right after second service on Feb. 11. 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.

SURGE: Ash Wednesday
Join us on the first day of Lent as we prepare ourselves for the Easter season ahead. We will be worshipping together at 7 p.m. Feb. 14. Childcare will be available for birth to preschool. Our Ash Wednesday service will replace Surge, which is normally the first Wednesday of the month.

Men of The Sanctuary meet every other Saturday from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. in the Community Room for breakfast, Bible study, discussion and accountability. The next Fight Club meets Feb. 10.

Part of The Sanctuary’s two-year Together vision is to reach FARTHER into the community and world with the awesome news of Jesus. The Reach Global team will be giving details on ways to do that at an info meeting about short-term mission trips. The Sanctuary is planning trips both domestically and overseas this summer and fall. Trips are available for singles, couples and families. Get all the info at the meeting at 11 a.m. Sunday in the church office.

Do you sponsor a child through Compassion International or another Christian charity? You are invited to a Sponsor Appreciation Luncheon, hosted by Compassion and the Reach Global team, right after second service March 4 in the K-3rd classroom. Sponsors can share stories, pictures, letters and their love of a sponsored child with others. A buffet luncheon featuring foods from many different countries will be provided. Please RSVP by Feb. 10 to Jim or Gloria Steadman:

Women of The Sanctuary are invited to a fun evening to try out their creative talents while growing in their relationships. Women’s Link is hosting a painting night at Pinot’s Palette from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28. An instructor will guide participants step-by-step in painting a piece called, “Come Together.” Cost is $39. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available. Soft drinks are $1. Please sign up at the Info Table.

If you are looking for an easy and meaningful way to serve in our community, sign up to partner with Morningstar Mission. We have the opportunity to help serve dinner to those without homes 4 to 6 p.m. March 2 and 10. There is room for seven volunteers on each date.

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.

Student Life is planning to take interested students entering their freshman year through graduating seniors on a mission trip to Ensenada, Mexico this summer. Get more info including cost, fundraising opportunities, dates and more at one of the identical meetings scheduled for March 4 at 10:30 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.

Our college and young adult group meets in the Green Room Sunday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. (with the exception of the last Sunday of the month). Lunch is provided! New people are always welcome. Contact Rebecca at 815.980.0127 with questions.

Did you know The Sanctuary has an app? This is your one-stop to watch the latest sermons, find all the details on upcoming events, read the Slice, 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!

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