Monday, October 15, 2018 — Quilt Fellowship will meet in the Social Hall at 9 a.m.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 — Lunch Bunch is going to the Dunn Museum. Join us at noon at 1899 W Winchester Rd. The $10 fee includes lunch, admission and the program. Additional info
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 — Quantum Jesus: Christianity in an Age of Science The late physicist Stephen Hawking once said: “If we do discover a theory of everything...then we would truly know the mind of God.” Is he right? Can science prove the existence or absence of God? We’ll take up these questions from 7-8:30pm in Fellowship Hall. No science degree required. Newcomers welcome!
Sunday, October 21, 2018 — Third Grade Bible Presentation for our 3rd graders during worship. Join us to celebrate them with a reception in Social Hall afterwards.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 — College Care Package Event after worship in Room 203. Bring a bag of wrapped candy (or other treats – edible or otherwise!). Boxes will be provided. RSVP by Oct.19 to Ruth Schneider.
Sunday, October 28, 2018 — Come to the Mobile Blood Drive from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The drive will be held in the bloodmobile located in the Douglas Ave. parking lot. To schedule your appointment, contact Vitalant at 877-543-3768, register at https://www.vitalant.org OR contact Chris Fry. We recommend making appointments as this helps Vitalant Staff facilitate the process. Thank YOU!
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 — Christians and Jews Reading the Same Texts Differently: From Creation to Messiah. Register now for our special Saturday discussion with Dr. Sarah Tanzer, Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism at McCormick Theological Seminary.Additional information & registration.
Children & Youth Ministry News
Children through 7th grade have Sunday School today. We ask parents to escort children to their classrooms when attending for the first time.
In Grades 1—5, we continue our story of Moses and learn how God can surprise us with the people he asks to deliver his message. In Exodus 3 & 4, Moses is told to go to the Pharaoh and speak for his people. Moses says, “Who am I that I should do this? I don’t have all the answers. People won’t believe me. I’m not a good speaker. Send someone else!” Yet God persists, answering each of his concerns, and Moses becomes a great leader of his people.
Next week: Children in Kindergarten and below will be in Sunday School, while children in first grade and above remain in worship. We’ll give Bibles to our 3rd graders during worship and celebrate them with a reception in Social Hall. At 11:30 a.m., join us in Fellowship Hall for a “My Bible” workshop to help children and parents get the most out of their new Bible.
Please be sure you have registered your child. Teachers have forms if you need one or they are by the CE office or fill out the form & email
Find out more about children’s Sunday School, scheduled events and more under the CHILDREN tab at the top of the page. Contact: Carol Boyce, Coordinator for Christian Education.
Sunday, October 14th: JHF is from 4-5:30 p.m. We have a NEW game!! It's about spies & you'll love it! We'll chow down on some LUPPER and sing a few songs.
Save the date for our JHF Halloween party on October 28th! Costumes are optional (they must be blood/violence/weapon free). We'll make something, eat something, and play something.
Sunday, October 14th: SHF is at 7 p.m. in the Youth Lounge Can I be a Christian and believe in evolution? It's going to be a great question to explore this week. Spoiler alert…. You can! How do we reconcile faith and science? Let's talk about it tonight. Plus, we'll play a game about spies.
Youth Sunday is November 18th! And we're ready to start planning something brand new and super creative! If you're a high school student and interested in participating, please contact Kara ASAP. We're going to have some planning and rehearsals starting really soon.
Find out more about FPC Youth Programs, scheduled events and more under the YOUTH dropdown tab on our website. Contact: Rev. Kara Smith-Laubenstein, Assoc. Pastor, Youth Ministry. or 847-362-2174
Upcoming Worship Schedule
God’s Saving Work — The Rev. Dr. Brian Paulson — Psalm 36:5-9; Romans 5:1-11
Faith Choir & Youth bells in the Sanctuary and the Chapel Music Team in the Chapel
Sunday’s 10 a.m. Sanctuary services are available here as well as on our YouTube channel.
The previous week’s Sanctuary service may be viewed on cable at the following times:Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. on Channel 17, Comcast – Libertyville, Waukegan, ZionWednesday at 5:30 p.m. on Channel 4, Comcast – Vernon Hills
Sunday, October 14
Please join us in Social Hall after worship for a Fall Festival for treats, games, and crafts.
Animate Faith — The new Adult Faith Formation series Animate Faith, led by Dave Semmelman, will be offered at 11:15 a.m. in the Conference Room. This first session uses a video and group discussion to explore big questions about God. Is God real? Which God are we even talking about? Come try out the first class. No long-term commitment required!
The Caregiver Support Group meets today from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 203. Anyone caring for a loved one with a chronic illness (cancer, COPD, stroke, Alzheimer's/dementia, alcohol or opioid-related health issues, etc.) is welcome. Contact Rosemary Monahan at 847-471-6751 or email@example.com with any questions..
Deacons Winter Clothing Drive — Today is the last day to donate new or gently used winter clothing of all sizes for children and adults in need.
Convenient, Automated Giving for Your Busy Schedule. School is back in session! Don’t forget to sign up for convenient, recurring giving. Sing up now. This way, even if you can't be here every Sunday, your generous tithe always will be. Try it today!
Earth Care Team Eco-Tip: The travel industry is trying to reduce plastic waste by reducing or even banning water bottles, cutlery, single-use bags, and mini shampoo bottles. Please support their efforts.
The October 20th Food Pantry is when deacons will distribute warm coats, gloves, hats, scarves. If you are not finding any items in your closet to donate this year, consider going to local thrift stores as they often have wonderful items that our food pantry guests would welcome. We have children as well as adults that come through our pantry line that are in need of clothing that can keep them warm this winter. Goodwill, Lambs Farm, St. Vincent's are a few of the places that may have quality items to recycle to a new family. The deadline to donate is October 14. Drop off your clean, gently used items in the Sanctuary Narthex. Thank you for your generosity,Sue Ellen Skeens, Volunteer Coordinator for Mobile Food Pantry
Visit our Facebook page or join our First Pres Facebook Group to see the fantastic photos from VBS and our SHF Service Trip to Italy.
Opportunities For Service
Our PADS homeless shelter is open for the season and we are already hosting over 50 men, women and children each Tuesday night . We need on site volunteers especially in the overnight and early morning shifts and food supply volunteers. Come serve with us on this important and rewarding ministry. Additional information and signup.
Cuba Partnership Group—The Cuba Partnership Group is planning a trip to visit to our sister church in San Nicolás di Bari, Cuba, in February. Interested in traveling with us? We are also looking for help hosting visitors from the San Nicolás church during the first week in November. Questions? Contact Carmen Lago, Anna Groebe or Kris Sundberg.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 — Contemporary Literature & Faith will meet from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the Library to discuss The Sheriff’s Children by Charles Chesnutt, from the Book of American Short Stories, edited by Joyce Carol Oates. All are invited. Questions? Call Eileen Luther Sokoloski.
Centering Prayer —Centering Prayer — Every 2nd and 4th Thursday morning, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the Spirituality Room. Join us for Centering Prayer in order to …find simplicity, silence, & stillness. We’re Praying for You — Our pastoral staff invites you to join us in prayer via Facebook Live at 11:30 a.m. on Monday mornings. Find additional information.
Flower Donations — Please consider signing up for a flower dedication. We still have many open spots on our Flower Chart now through the end of the year. As you may know, commemorative donations are our only source of revenue for our Sunday flowers. The flower chart is located in the church office. $40 per arrangement. Fill out a card when you sign up. or you may send an email to the office.
Stay in Touch with your First Pres family! Have you recently moved? Dropped your landline? Changed your email address? Let us know & we’ll update our records! Call the church office at 847-362-2174 or email us with your new contact information. Thank you!From the Library Staff — The church library has a number of titles that have been “borrowed” from the library, and have now been adrift for some time. Please take a few moments to check around, and if you have borrowed any materials from the library, please make an effort to usher them home. There is a "Book Returns" bin on a shelf just inside the library door. Thank you!
Church HoursMonday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m-9:30 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m-9:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Sunday 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The church office hours of operation are from 9:00 - 5:00 M-F