The new year brings new expectations, new dreams, and new beginnings. Some of us make resolutions about getting back to the gym, getting on a budget, or starting a date night. Whether or not we make a resolution, all of us desire to see changes in our life for the better. We want to have a clear focus on what really matters in life. We want to restore relationships, reconcile marriages, and reach goals. Those changes happen as God changes us. God is more than just for us and with us, God dwells in us. When God comes in, He transforms us and He makes us new. Come join us for this series and see how God will RENEW U.
Sermon based small groups meet during the week in area homes to study the Bible, pray and fellowship. This is a great way to find accountability and get connected to a group of believers near you! Sign up at the Info Table, and we will help you find a group that fits your needs. Small groups begin the week of Jan. 18. Contact: Nick and Jamie Howard.
We have several women’s Bible studies starting in January in various homes. Contact a leader to join a study that interests you:
BREAKING FREE: Making Liberty in Christ a Reality in Life, by Beth Moore: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays. Contact: Susan Buckley.
BELOVED DISCIPLE: The Life and Ministry of John, by Beth Moore: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Contact: Sarah West.
A WORD STUDY ON HOPE: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Contact: Cheryl Lynn Cain.
SEARCH FOR SIGNIFICANCE: Day and evening studies available. Contact: Gwen Applington for more info.
GOT CREATIVITY?: A study exploring God’s role and our role in creativity: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Contact: Andrea Cain.
If you missed our service on Sunday, we wanted to give you an update on our six-week giving initiative. We had been praying that God would provide $100,000 in offerings the last six weeks of 2014. He provided above and beyond what we asked! Thanks to your generosity, our offerings exceeded $112,000 during that time period. Thank you for being open to extending your giving and listening to God’s prompting to help us meet this goal!
LUNCH WITH THE PASTOR
If you are new to The Sanctuary, make plans to attend Lunch with the Pastor right after second service Jan. 18. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the mission and vision of the church, get to know Pastor Ronn, ask questions, and, of course, enjoy lunch together. Please sign up at the Info Table or RSVP here. Childcare will be available.
Men of The Sanctuary are invited to gather for a time of personal spiritual retreat 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 17. This is an opportunity to spend an extended time alone with God in prayer, Bible study, meditation and listening to God. We will provide structure and tools to help you use your time well. Sign up at the Info Table or RSVP here. For more info, contact Bryan Buckley.
Ladies, don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a fun night out with other women. Women’s Link is hosting a Coffee House Social, which will feature live music and refreshments in the church lobby 7:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 24. Women of The Sanctuary also will be going on a Garden Getaway retreat March 6 and 7 at Great Lakes Leadership Campus near Geneva. Cost is $80 for room, board and materials. A $40 deposit is due Jan. 30.
For the last few years, the Sanctuary has had the privilege of bringing “Loved!”, a spa makeover event, to our local domestic violence shelter. Plan to join us this year at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 — whether you can help with kids’ activities, have a beautifying skill, or just want to be part of it all. Sign up at the Info table to let us know how you would like to participate.
Join us from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4 for the next Surge, our monthly gathering to refuel through worship, testimonies and topical break-out sessions. This is a time for our entire church to come together at one service. Childcare will be provided for birth to 5th grade. Thrive and Crossfire are cancelled on Surge nights so the students can attend with their families. Future dates are Mar. 4 and May 6. Find more details at the Info Table.
Hey, moms! Would you like to connect with other moms of young children? Would your children like to make some new friends? Join us for play group from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every other Thursday. The next playgroup date is Jan. 22 in the Preschool Place room at The Sanctuary.
Join us for a winter workshop designed to provide support, healing and creative inspiration toward freedom from hurts, shame, burdens and difficult seasons in your life. These workshops furnish a safe place to meet you wherever you are in your journey to impart fresh vision and renewed hope. We will use modes of creative expression such as writing, art materials, video and music. No experience necessary! Come to class 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 22 through Feb. 26. Veterans, you are welcome to come to an open art studio with teaching and lots of creativity-sparking supplies, along with a desire to provide camaraderie and fun. The first Veterans Art Blast is 2 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24. RSVP is required for all classes. To sign up, contact Kathy Jarman.
YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS
Thrive and Crossfire will not be meeting during the holiday season. Both Thrive and Crossfire will kick-off again in the new year on Jan. 14. Thrive will be going to Winter X-treme at Camp Timber-lee Jan. 16 to 18. Crossfire is going to Winter X-treme Jan. 30 to Feb. 1.
Ignite, our college ministry, meets on Sunday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. at the home of Danielle Sault, 941 Canyon Run Road, Naperville. For more info, contact Steven Cruz at 630.687.4045 or check out The Sanctuary Ignite page on Facebook.
For dates and times of all upcoming events, check out our website by clicking here.
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to send it to our Prayer Team so they can lift up your needs before the Lord. Contact Marilyn Webster with your prayer request.