Somos uno en el Espíritu! We are supporting the V.B.S. program of our sister Church in Cuba this summer. Four travelers will visit San Nicolás July 16-22. We are again looking for donated items to bring. If you are purchasing medication to donate, if possible please choose the largest amount available as this allows our sister church to help more people. San Nicolás also has several ongoing projects, such as a program providing lunches for seniors in the community and a project that raises pigs to provide food for the lunches. If you would like to donate toward these projects, please make a check out to First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville, with the project noted in the memo. Deadline for donations is Tuesday, July 11.
For any questions, please contact Anna Groebe. Keep an eye out for the Cuba box that will be out in the Narthex! ¡Muchísimas gracias, y que Dios les bendiga!
Second hand prom or homecoming solid color suits & dresses (sleeves & or straps preferred)
Earth Care Team - Earth Care Congregation beverage travel mugs are for sale for $10 in the church office. Proceeds go to support Earth Care initiatives.
Earth Care Team Eco-Tips: Red, White and Blue & Green. Two ways to be patriotic AND green for July 4: take your flag down at night so you don't need to shine lights on it; and get a recycled flag (available at http://www.recycledusflags.com/). The earth thanks you.
2017 Flower Dedications — Consider signing up for a flower dedication! Currently we have many openings in July. As you may or may not know, commemorative donations are our only source of revenue for our Sunday flowers in both the Sanctuary and the Chapel. Please consider signing up for open spots available. The flower chart is located in the church office in its new location on the office wall. $40 per arrangement. Fill out a card when you sign up or email your request to Kristin.
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.
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.
God’s Gardeners: Come on out and see what the Community Care Garden is all about. Volunteers are always welcome. Please contact Amy Scovill at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the email list. You will also find the latest updates, including planned workdays, on the garden’s Facebook page (Community CARE Garden – the one with the beautiful sunflower profile picture), so please like us and/or follow us on Facebook.
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.
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.
Firearm and Concealed Carry Policy taking effect – The Session of our congregation has adopted a policy to ban firearms from our church campus. This will include firearms belonging to authorized “Concealed Carry” owners. The only exception will be for currently employed law enforcement officers. The detailed policy is available for review in our church office. The familiar “no firearms” sticker will be posted at church entrances by Sunday, June 18th. Please contact our Office Manager and Treasurer, Polly Vente, or a member of the Session if you have questions or comment about this policy.
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.
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.
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.
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)