P.A.D.S. Socks & Undies Drive — From Sunday, January 21, through Sunday, January 28, the Board of Deacons will be collecting new underwear, gently used blue jeans and selected toiletries for the guests of PADS. Please note: We are now housing men, women and families at our overnight shelter. In addition to the items listed below, we are asking for gift cards in any amount from Jewel, Mariano’s, Target or Wal-Mart. Cash or checks made out to First Presbyterian Church (with PADS written on the memo line) also would be appreciated. These donations will be used to purchase food and other supplies needed to support the work of our PADS shelter. This year’s needs are:
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 — Every Tuesday evening, 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Spirituality Room, join us for Centering Prayer in order to: Give your full attention toward God.
Earth Care Team Eco-Tip — Did you know that SWALCO has a Textile Recycling Collection program? This reduces the amount of garbage going into our landfills and recycles the items for another use. ”It is estimated that nearly 85% of all clothing and textiles end up in landfills in the U.S. today. The EPA estimates that the average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year. Textile and clothing waste is a significant problem in our country. These items are often very dense and consume significant landfill space.” There are 28 collections bins in Lake County where you can donate such items as: almost all clothing, purses, belts, scarves, linens, towels, etc. The Libertyville location is at the Lake County Govt Campus on Winchester Rd, Gurnee location is in Fire Station No 2 - please see the website for all location listings and further detail: swalco.org under the Programs listing. The earth thanks you!
Aluminum Can Recycling — Every aluminum can counts for recycling. Please bring your cans to the Sunday School hallway by the Resource Room so we can collect them and turn them in for cash. Save your cans during the holidays!
2018 Flower Dedications. Consider signing up for a flower dedication! We have spots open throughout all of 2018. 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 in January and February when we typically have fewer donations.The flower chart is located (in a new location) in the church office. $40 per arrangement. Fill out a card when you sign up or you may email your request to Kristin. The flower chart is located (in a new location) in the church office. $40 per arrangement.
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.
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)
Attention Food Lovers: Here’s an opportunity to enjoy delicious food and benefit our First PresMobile Food Pantry & P.A.D.S. site at the same time! Pizzeria DeVille in downtown Libertyville is again presenting their Midwinter Mondays Chef Series. Enjoy the amazing talents of Kirsten Hall and Real Clean Paleo on January 29; Kristina and Greg Gaardbo of the acclaimed BBQ Shack at Chicago Culinary Kitchen on February 12; or Chef Jared Batson of Nomad Food Company (& son of First Pres member, Jim Batson), having just come off a month long stage at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA. Dinner will be held at Pizzeria DeVille, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and will consist of 5 courses paired with beverages. Tickets are available for $85/person (or $250/person for the 3 dinner series) and can be purchased through the Pizzeria DeVille Facebook page or directly through www.eventbrite.com (search “Chef Series”). All net proceeds from this benefit dinner will be used to support area food pantries and shelters.
Deacon/Elder Nominations are underway. If you are aware of a member of our congregation who would make an excellent Deacon or Elder, or you yourself would be interested, the Congregational Nominating Committee would love to hear from you! Nomination forms are located in the church office as well as in both narthexes. Completed forms can be returned to the church office or dropped in the offering plate by February 24.
Seeking P.A.D.S. Volunteers— We served & housed 70 guests last Tuesday at the Methodist Church. Good news—we’ll be back in First Pres Fellowship Hall this week! However, we still desperately need help for the 11 p.m.-3 a.m., 3-6:30 a.m. & 5-7 a.m. shifts (especially need at least one female volunteer each shift). Won’t you consider helping with this gratifying ministry? Please Use the PADS food/group volunteer sign-up tab to locate open dates. 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.
For Simple House Repairs, Call your Fix-It Crew! The Fix-it-Crew Ministry is here to help! Our goal is to help seniors, widows/widowers, single moms, etc. who need a helping hand with “around-the-house” repairs. This group of 25 volunteers donate their talents and skills that include painting, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and general “fix-it” home repair jobs. Mike Castner coordinates the Fix-it Crew.
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.
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.