Earth Care Team. Learn more about our Earth Care Team (formerly known as Caring For Creation) and the exciting plans we have for the upcoming programming year. We will be meeting the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Room 207. All are welcome!
Congratulations to Gary Holland on his May 18 induction into the Senior Council of Libertyville’s Hall of Fame. His commitment and compassion for the most vulnerable members of society is unwavering and truly inspiring, and First Pres celebrates Gary in his service.
Ways that you can support our Senior High Youth:Fill out a pledge card (pick one up in the church office or in the pew racks today).You have two options:
(Say you donate 10¢ a car, and we wash 100 cars, following the car wash you will be contacted and asked to fulfill your pledge of $10.)
Once completed, please return your pledge card to the church office OR drop in the offering plate during worship.
Bring your car(s) to be washed on the 20th. Bring your neighbors’, in-laws’, childrens’ and friends’ cars. The more cars the better!
Encourage others to participate by filling out pledge cards and bringing their cars to be washed!
We will be accepting donations during the event on May 20th, but donations are not required in order to have your car washed.
Gently Used Towels Needed! After an unfortunate flood in the Youth Lounge last Fall we had to throw away all of the towels we use for the annual Car Wash fundraiser. We need your help! Do you have any used towels that you are no longer using? We’d love to take them off of your hands! Kristin will be collecting towels from May 8-19 ONLY. Thank you for your support!
Meals-on-Wheels Driving Team Has Openings for Volunteers. Interested in making a difference to those in need? As a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer, you will pick up meals from Catholic Charities at a Libertyville location at around 11:00 am. You will follow turn-by-turn directions to deliver meals to neighbors in need of a hot meal and a friendly face. Each volunteer driver goes out four to six times per year. Delivery routes take approximately one hour to complete. If you are interested in joining our great team or have any questions, please contact Brad Baker.
Giving Cards – Please take note of the green Giving Cards available in the pew rack. If you are someone who gives monthly/annually/electronically and miss the ritual of giving when the offering plate is passed, these green Giving Cards are for you! By placing a Giving Card in the offering plate you are offering a symbol of your gifts to the church – whether they be of treasure, time, or talent. If you are interested in giving to the church electronically, contact the church treasurer for details!
Our Welcome Center needs you! If you can spare 20 minutes before worship and 10 minutes afterwards to be in the Sanctuary Narthex at the Center, please contact Michelle Groenke (847-362-2174 or ) for details.
Did you know there are ways to help Habitat for Humanity other than physically building a house? The Restore accepts donations of new and used building materials and some household items. There are also volunteer opportunities to serve on (half day or full day) Demolition teams, Pick-Up teams, Customer Assistance teams, and Merchandising teams. Volunteers can choose to move furniture and appliances, offer retail sales support, restock items at the store or assist with organizing. The Gurnee ReStore is located between US-41 and Green Bay Road on Grand Avenue in Gurnee. Potential volunteers can visit the Habitat for Humanity® website for more information.
Sunday Office Assistants Needed - “I enjoy working in the office; I've met so many people in the church that I otherwise would not encounter.” — Barb Sesterhenn. She is one of the terrific Sunday morning Office Assistants who volunteer for this important ministry. We are blessed to have people give 15 minutes before worship service and 15 minutes after worship, never missing time in Chapel or the Sanctuary. It’s ONLY 30 minutes once a month or once every other month. Please consider this small but important ministry. Your smile and hospitality can be just what someone needs on the day that you are on duty. Please call the office (847) 362-2174. Thank you.
Become a Stephen Minister: An Opportunity to Learn, Serve, and Grow. Stephen Ministers are members of First Pres (just like you!) who go through 50 hours of caregiving training. This training enables them to provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, terminal illness, relocation, chronic illness, or loneliness. We'll be training a new class of Stephen Ministers soon. To find out more about becoming a Stephen Minister, talk with one of our Stephen Ministry Leaders.
The Driving Force (volunteers who assist with parking and greeting on Sunday morning) needs YOU! Anyone 16 or older who enjoys being outdoors, likes walkie talkies and can smile is invited to assist from 9:40 – 10:10 am one Sunday a month. Help us be a welcoming church and contact Michelle Groenke for more details or 847-362-2174. Thank you for your consideration.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS YOU!! Please consider giving a few hours one Saturday a month to help distribute food to struggling families in our area. You can choose from 3 different work sessions or come for the whole event: 8:00-10:00 am, AND/OR 9:45 am-12:30-ish pm. Thank you for the gift of your time and generosity.
Earth Care Team Eco-Tips — Looking for Green Mother's Day Gifts? Here are some planet-friendly ideas to please both your mom and Mother Earth. · Ecofriendly Indulgences: ethical chocolate and wine. · Perfect Plants: Organic, fair-trade bouquets, or better, potted plants look just as good, last longer, and improve air quality.· A Year of Fresh Fruit and Veggies: Contact a local CSA farm to make your mom a member.
· The Gift of Time: Skip the stuff and give Mom a break by volunteering to run errands ( on your bike), prepare a healthy dinner, or tend the garden.
· Green Greetings: Since paper is made of trees, and paper mills use immense amounts of water and emit tons of chemicals, imagine the impact it would make if all Mother's Day cards were recycled or electronic. Even recycled cards, though, end up in the landfill, where they emit methane as they decompose. One alternative is to make a card out of old magazines and wall calendars. Another is to give a card made of plantable seed paper.
· And if your typical mother-bonding day happens to happen in a shopping mall, change things up for Mother's Day and take her on a well-planned hike instead. The earth thanks you.
Men’s Softball — Normally this time of year we’d be getting our roster together and scheduling practices, however the church league that we participate in voted to change our playing season from summer to fall with the hope of attracting some new teams. We’re also hoping this will give men with children who play ball the opportunity to play with us when their kids’ season as ended. We will be back recruiting players in a few months, so enjoy the summer and see you in August for fall ball! Contact Jim King with questions.
Super Powers Needed!! Yes, YOU!! Do you have the superpower of having a heart for children? Well, then we need you to be a hero at VBS and share your powers! We’re looking for Junior and Senior High Youths plus many adults to spread the word of our biggest Super Hero… JESUS!
Items Needed for V.B.S. : Plastic bottle caps — all sizes, all colors; glass baby food jars; paper towel and toilet paper rolls. Please label the items VBS & drop off in the C.E. Wing.
Prep help is also needed. Can you help prior to VBS? We have some craft prep that we need help with. Sign up in the Social Hall or contact Jan Schuett or 224-207-5297.
Per Capita for 2017 — What is Per Capita? It is a way Presbyterians share equally, responsibly and interdependently in the costs of governing the Presbyterian Church (USA), no matter the size of their churches. Per capita contributions are requested from every congregation based on each church’s total active membership. The activities funded are generally referred to as ecclesiastical in nature, and are distinct from program or mission activities that generally are funded from other sources. The 2017 per capita apportionment for each active member of the church is set at $33.38 by the PC(USA). When members do not cover their personal per capita apportionment, the shortfall is withdrawn from our congregation’s General Fund, reducing our congregation’s ability to accomplish our own budgetary goals. Won’t you please help with this expense? For those members who contribute online, there is a per capita option.
Do you have airline miles? Might you be interested in donating them? As you may know, the July 2017 Senior High Mission trip is planned for Fairbanks, Alaska—that's a long flight away! We have found the perfect direct flights for our team via United Airlines. Since we know so many people in our community travel frequently for work or pleasure, we are looking for airline or credit card miles to help us defer the cost of the flights (close to $1,000 each). So if you have mileage that is about to expire, or just a ton of miles you don't think you will use in the short term, we’d love for you to donate them to us! The flight will take only 70,000 miles round trip for one person. Any donated miles would greatly help reduce the costs for the whole group. If you can donate either your United miles or other credit card miles, please contact Brigitte Davis.
Telephone Prayer Chain Take time to pray – be a part of this vital prayer ministry at First Pres. To learn more, call the church office for contact information. (847-362-2174)
First Pres Fix-It Crew The new program known as the Fix-It Crew is ready for action! This is a ministry designed to provide around-the-home repairs for those in need: single moms, shut-ins, those on a fixed budget who otherwise can't afford commercial tradespeople. The Fix-It Crew is comprised of 25 volunteers who signed up on Rally Day. Their skills run the range of painting, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and general "fix-it" kinds of skills. If you have a need that this group can help with, please call the church office for contact information. A project coordinator will contact you to learn the details and, once qualified, a crew will be assigned to fix it. It's that simple!
Habitat for Humanity To find out more about Habitat for Humanity visit their website.
Have you ever wondered about your congregation's support of the Samaritan Counseling Center? Would you like to have a more hands-on role in bringing help to those in our communities who are struggling? The Samaritan Counseling Center Board of Directors is looking for caring, committed people to join the Board and assist in the Center’s rewarding work of supporting local individuals in need. For more information about joining the Samaritan Counseling Center's Board of Directors, please call the church office for contact information. 847-362-2174Additional information available at www.northshoresamaritan.org.