PrintSince we moved into our facility four years ago, The Sanctuary Church has grown in numbers, but also expanded in ages, stage of life and diversity. It is our hope that during the next two years our entire church will come “Together” around a common vision. We want to go deeper in our walk with Christ and one another, grow wider in our relationships and reach farther into the community and world. Find out more at a special progressive dinner at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Adults will enjoy appetizers, drinks, dinner and dessert in different rooms of our facility as leaders explain what’s ahead. We will have limited childcare available, with cheese pizza for their dinner. Please RSVP at

This fall, men will dive into a study, called, “Play the Man.” Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving generations of men and men-to-be confused about their roles, responsibilities, relationships, and the reason God made them men. The Fight Club meets 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Oct. 21; Nov. 4, 18; Dec. 2, 16.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month! We will be celebrating Pastor Ronn, Pastor John and their families with donuts after each service on Oct. 29. Please consider showing your appreciation to our awesome pastors by writing them a note or blessing them with a gift or gift card that day.

Are you longing to connect with God through a time of deep worship and prayer? Join us the first Wednesday of each month at Surge, which is an extended worship service designed to help us step out of the busy pace of life and Revive, Regroup and Recharge. The next Surge is Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. We will have childcare for birth to fifth grade.

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. Nov. 12. A baptism class will be offered during first service on Oct. 29 in the Green Room. Please e-mail Emily Neal if you plan to participate in the class:

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. Oct. 14.

Make a difference in the life of a child by helping pack shoe boxes that will be donated this Christmas to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease. Bring your family to this event from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7. Please visit for suggestions on what to include in the boxes. You can drop off all donations at the Info Table. After packing the boxes, we will pray over them and enjoy refreshments of cookies and milk.

Hope for the Holidays, our annual fair trade holiday bazaar is coming 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 and  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18! 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 and treats Friday evening (Nov. 17) and the chance to experience ethnic food options on Saturday (Nov. 18). For more info, visit

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.

Students, pack a lunch and come dressed for Turkey Bowl practice from 12:30-3 p.m. Sundays at Freedom Park, 1600 Park Place in Bolingbrook! Don’t want to play? Come anyway and watch! Everyone is welcome.

Our college and young adult group meets in the Community Room Sunday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (with the exception of the last Sunday of the month). New people are always welcome! Contact Rebecca at 815.980.0127 with questions.

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