EASTER FLOWERS — Every year we share Easter Joy with those amongst our congregation who have experienced loss of loved ones, jobs, those who are having difficult times, or just unable to be with us in worship. We deliver Easter flowers to them. Would you like to participate in this ministry of compassion and love? Please call the office or email Lennie Blair and we’ll get you involved!
2018 Electronic Funds Transfer Giving - Please ensure that you have updated your EFT giving for this year. If you need giving envelopes or have other questions regarding giving to the church, contact the treasurer or 847-362-2174.
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 the MANY open spots in April. 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. Earth Care Team Eco-Tips — We’re excited to report that there is an indoor winter farmers market that will be open Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church in Gurnee. Available items may include winter produce, honey, meat, eggs, baked goods, salsas and more. Support your local farmers and eat healthy! Organized by Faith in Place at the Episcopal Church, 5725 Stearns School Rd., Gurnee. Speaking of food, please remember to buy eggs in cardboard or paper cartons, not styrofoam. The Earth thanks you!
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.
Sadness - A sadness settles so softly on us, it is seemingly without cause. Yet, it lingers like a winter fog. A caring, trained Stephen Minister is ready to help you through. To find out more about Stephen Ministry or to receive a Stephen Ministers care, call Rev. Amy Heinrich 847-362-2174.
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.
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
Are you looking for part-time work? Do you enjoy working with a variety of people? Are you organized with a good eye for detail? First Pres has an opening for an administrative assistant in the church office. Want to know more? Contact Brigitte Davis, Personnel Chair at FirstPresLibStaffOpenings@gmail.com, or Polly Vente, Office Manager at 847-362-2174
P.A.D.S. — Thank you to all our volunteers for the time and resources they shared with our more than 70 guests last Tuesday night. This coming week we could really use help at the 11 p.m.-3 a.m. and 5 a.m.-7a.m. shifts. Contact Dave Marsden with any questions or to volunteer.
Centering Prayer — Every Tuesday evening, 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Spirituality Room, join us for Centering Prayer in order to… Be present to the True Self of Christ.
The Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregivers Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month immediately following worship at 11:15 am in Room 202 in the Education Wing. Upcoming dates: Today, February 11th and 25th). Anyone who is caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia, or who has concerns about a loved one who may be exhibiting signs of dementia is invited to attend. Please come with questions and concerns, and be assured you will be welcomed and your concerns handled with confidentiality and love. Questions beforehand? Please contact Rosemary Monahan.
FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERING. Please consider donating your time the third Saturday of the month at our food pantry. The pantry starts setting up at 8:00 a.m. and finishes approximately 12:30. Come for any or all of that time. If you would like to volunteer, pantry starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends approximately 12:30 p.m.If you are a group of 8 or more, please contact our volunteer coordinator Sue Ellen Skeens, one month PRIOR to volunteering to get on the group schedule. Thank you for giving your time to our pantry families. Please call the church office for contact information 362-2174
In March, Illinois will have primary elections for Attorney General. This is the first contested election in Illinois for this increasingly powerful position in 15 years! On March 11 Lake County United and 3 other organizations will host an assembly to ask each candidate to commit to work on important issues including affordable housing, mental health, fair treatment of immigrants and accountability of gun manufacturers. For more details, please contact Elyse Danckers
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.
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)