Two Opportunities to Help at Feed My Starving Children with Your First Pres Family
Saturday, Dec. 16 — First Pres Missions Committee is sponsoring a Mobile Pack for Feed My Starving Children on Dec. 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Pet Factory Warehouse, 845 E. High St. in Mundelein. There are 23 spots available for volunteers! Sign-up by emailing Michelle Groenke
Wednesday, Jan. 3 — All-church Event from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Libertyville FMSC site located at 742 E Park Ave. We’ve reserved all 140 spots, so please help pack the house with First Pres friends and families. Children as young as 5 are welcome to help, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult. Sign-up at www.fmsc.org. Search for our group name under “First Presbyterian Church” or enter group code: 118035.
Need a Christmas gift idea? Want to treat yourself to a meaningful read? Adult Education suggests Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race. This non-fiction book tells author Debby Irving's recollections of her experiences as an American white woman and coming to terms with the complexity of race in the United States. This relatable and readable book is the choice for First Presbyterian’s January Book Read. You’ll find it will provide background for opportunities to share your own thoughts and experiences related to this timely subject coming up in January!
Waukegan to College needs your help!! Become a tutor, or a mentor, helping disadvantaged students on a path to higher education and out of poverty. Saturday, weekday afternoon and evening, and flexible commitments are available. High school students are welcome too! Additional opportunities to help with back office projects. These opportunities promise to be fulfilling ways for you to share your gifts with those in need. If you would like more information about W2C and these opportunities, please call or email Elyse Danckers at 630-306-5512
Centering Prayer meets every Tuesday evening from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Spirituality Room (Room 210). Join us for Centering Prayer in order to: Go deeper in your spiritual journey.
Earth Care Team Eco-Tip — Twinkle, Twinkle! Have last year's Christmas lights lost their twinkle? Don't throw them in the trash, RECYCLE. They don't decompose, they release harmful chemicals, and are dangerous to scavenging animals. Various stores have Christmas light recycling programs, especially hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowes. Some years, Home Depot will even offer gift cards for recycled lights. This website has some great tips on where to recycle lights: https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-recycle-lights-2736471. The earth thanks you.
2018 Flower Dedications. Consider signing up for a flower dedication! We have spots open throughout the rest of the year. As you may or may not know, commemorative donations are our only source of revenue for our Sunday flowers. Please consider signing up for open spots available. The flower chart is located in the church office. $40 per arrangement. Fill out a card when you sign up or your may 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.
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.
Mobile Food Pantry — Can you help with our food distribution next Saturday, December 16? If you’re able to spare some time between 8 am and 1 pm, contact Sue Ellen Skeens
Poinsettias Delivery Volunteers Needed — Did you know that every year during the Christmas holidays, a good number of our members receive beautiful poinsettias from the church? We want to offer the opportunity for you to help with this wonderful ministry and consider delivering poinsettias. Please call the office (847-362-2174) or email Lennie if you can help.
Sanctuary Narthex Display — Did you know that the Bible mentions angels over 500 times? Ann Lukens has shared her Heavenly Host with us for the Advent and Christmas season. You can see her collection of angels in the narthex showcase.
Seeking P.A.D.S. Volunteers— While the challenges have been great this season, the rewards of operating this shelter continue to be immense. Won’t you consider helping with this gratifying ministry? We continue to have critical need for the 11 p.m.-3 a.m, 3 a.m-7 a.m. shifts as well as people to contribute food. Please Use the PADS food/group volunteer sign-up tab to locate open dates. We could still use some more folks to help with laundry during the week! The laundry is done here at the church using the PADS machines. Please contact Mark Friese at to help with that portion of this ministry. He can give you more details on procedures & scheduling. For general PADS questions, contact Dave Marsden with any questions.
Coordinator of Christian Education. Help expand our search! Our search committee has received some applications for this position, but we also believe the right person may be someone known by our congregation. The job description is available here, or in the church office. The position is also posted on our Facebook page. Consider sharing the want ad on your Facebook page. You might have a friend who would be the perfect fit for this job! Questions about the position? Contact Elder Rosemary Monahan.Additional information on First Pres postings
Join the Communion Guild! You are invited to join the Communion Guild. Communion is held on the first Sunday of each month. For now, the Guild meets in the Social Hall kitchen at 8:30 a.m. to prepare the elements for both the chapel and sanctuary. After worship, all communion ware is brought back to the kitchen to be cleaned and stored till the next month. Newcomers are partnered with members who are experienced, so learning how to help is not difficult. The experience of being able to do God’s work is most rewarding as we serve our congregation through this ministry. New members are most welcome. Interested? Please call Angi Chamberlain.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.