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.

The next generosity goal in the Together vision is March 18. We are praying for an offering of $100,000 above and beyond normal giving on that date to help us begin the first renovation project. As Pastor Ronn explained at Family Chat, our first step is to improve safety and security in our lobby, as well as make it a more welcoming, cozy and informative environment. Because we are moving ahead only as cash becomes available, adding $100,000 to our previous giving would allow us to begin renovations. For more details, go to

Celebrate the resurrection of our awesome Savior at three service times on Easter Sunday! Join us at 8:15, 9:45 or 11:15 a.m. for worship, relevant Biblical teaching and engaging classes for kids. Arrive a little early for a family photo opportunity in the lobby before each service!

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 March 7 at 7 p.m. We will have childcare for birth to fifth grade.

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. 24.

You don’t want to miss our worship service on March 11 when Student Life takes over! Junior high and high school students will be volunteering to serve coffee, greet, pass out bulletins and play on the worship team. We see our youth as the NOW Generation, not just the Next Generation! Celebrate the gifts and talents of our youth with us at this special service.

Renew is a ministry focused on helping people discover a life worth living through an interactive evening of dinner, learning and discussion. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. every Thursday in the Community Room, followed by worship, teaching and break-out time. The evening includes small group discussion for women, men, a deep dive into scripture and a unique Christian recovery meeting for both the addicted and those sharing the struggle. Childcare is provided. If you have any questions, contact Bob Butler at

Reach Local is a team that strives to learn, love and live out the heart of God right in our own backyard. Hear more about upcoming local events and Go Group opportunities, as well as the vision for the future, at an informational meeting March 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Save the date for our annual Hop2It event! Plan to invite your friends and join us on March 24 from 9 a.m. to noon for a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt, Easter story presentation, bounce houses, face painting, crafts and donuts. To avoid the entry line, register early at

MAR. 18: If you are planning on participating in one of the summer mission trips to DesMoines, Nicaragua or Scotland, please make sure you RSVP to Mike and Paula Wangler at

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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