Thank you so much for the outpouring of support for the Dahl family this week as they mourn the unexpected loss of their loving and devoted husband, father, son and brother. Thomas Dahl, 49, went to be with Jesus early Jan. 21. Visitation is from 3 to 6 p.m. today at The Sanctuary with a Celebration of Life service at 10 a.m. Monday. Please continue to pray for Susan and their children: Caleb, 6, and Lucy, 4.

Please make plans to attend Family Chat at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 to get details about the next steps in the Together initiative. We will explain how the One Fund is divided between operational needs, savings and proposed construction. We also will talk about how we plan to prioritize the Together facility upgrades, the construction timeline and the next steps to get involved in our vision to go Deeper, Wider and Farther. Childcare will be available for birth to Kindergarten.

Pastor John and Tiffany are excited to announce the arrival of Lucas Hyun Woo Jou. Lucas was born at 12:24 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 1 ounce, and 19 inches long. Thank you so much for your prayers for the newest member of our Sanctuary family. Congratulations to John and Tiffany!

Giving statements for 2017 will be available at the Info Table Sunday. Please stop by and ask for your statements, which will be in a sealed envelope. Givers also can check their annual contributions through our member directory at: Click on your user profile and look for the financial tab to print out your giving statement.

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.

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 New Year schedule will begin on Jan. 13.

We were never meant to take this journey of faith alone or in secret. God has entrusted us with the great and mighty gift of the gospel, something too precious and life-giving to keep to ourselves. Join other women of The Sanctuary for this six-week Beth Moore study. Participants will be encouraged to guard what God has entrusted to you, further His kingdom by sharing Christ with others, and pour into future generations just as Paul once mentored Timothy. The study is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 31. Sign up at the Info Table.

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 two info meetings 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. Choose to attend one of the identical meetings at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 4 or 11 a.m. Feb. 11 in the church office.

For the last seven 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, aestheticians and setup or take down volunteers. We have limited volunteer slots so sign up early for this wonderful event on Feb. 9.

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:

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.

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.

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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