Volunteers needed for the Waukegan Soup Kitchen on November 5 from 4-7 p.m. Children are welcome to come help! Call or text Kathy Matlin to volunteer.
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 or email@example.com.
Thanksgiving Meals — At Thanksgiving we often invite others to share in our meal. This year why not give a meal to one of our many Food Pantry families instead? The cost of each meal is $16 each which includes a 12-14 lb. frozen turkey, plus all the traditional fixings. Thanks to all who have already purchased holiday meals. There is still time to buy a meal by stopping at the display in Social Hall after worship or in the church office during the week. We are still 38 meals short or our goal, so we really need your help! Happy Thanksgiving!
Hurricane in Cuba — Concerned members of our congregation have asked about our friends in San Nicolás and overall how Cuba is faring in the aftermath of hurricane Irma. We’ve heard back from some of our Cuban brothers and sisters, and although San Nicolás has suffered some damage and major flooding, thus far there have been no fatalities, and they will be able to recover quickly. There have been outages, but a few of our friends have been able to access wifi.
The worst of the hurricane hit the eastern and central parts of the island. There is significant destruction in Matanzas and Varadero, and the airport at Matanzas has been destroyed. Please see the link included with helpful overviews of the aftermath as well as recovery efforts and opportunities to donate: http://democracyinamericas.org/cuba-central-news-brief-special-report-cuba-recovers-irma/ Pastor Maricela, the head pastor at San Nicolás, will be visiting us until September 21st. Please feel welcome to let her know that we are continuing to hold them in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for your love, support, and hospitality, and please contact Anna Groebe if you are interested in learning about ways to reach out to our sister church.
Earth Care Team Eco-Tip — To Burn, or Not to Burn? 'Tis better to rake your fall leaves and chop for mulch. Burning moldy leaves releases allergens into the air which are a trigger for allergies and asthma. Leaves are one of nature's best (and cheapest!) means of returning nutrients to the soil and protecting plants from winter weather. The earth thanks you.
Aluminum Can Recycling — Every aluminum can count for recycling. Please bring you cans to the education wing on the second floor so we can collect them and then we will turn them in for cash. Last month we cash in 98 lbs of cans and collected $42.00. Save your cans during these holidays.
2017 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.
P.A.D.S. Volunteers Needed — This week we housed 45 clients including 9 children at our temporary shelter inside the Libertyville Methodist Church. We are very busy for this early in the season and could use your help! Specifically, we need groups or individuals able to provide the main dinner meal. Use the PADS food/group volunteer sign-up tab on the First Pres website to locate open dates. Immediate help is needed on Oct. 24 and Oct. 31. We also need volunteers for the 11 p.m.-3 a.m. shift and 3 a.m.–6:30 a.m. shift on 10/24-25. Come check out this very rewarding ministry! For additional information or if you have questions contact Dave Marsden.
Meal A Month — Fall is fully upon us now in the month of October, and the food pantries are in need of non-perishable items for their shelves to assist those in our community that need help with having enough food to put on their tables for their families. Would you please grab a Meal A Month bag at the end of the service on October 15th, fill it with non-perishable food items (from the menu attached to the bag or anything else you desire), and return by noon on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017? These food items will benefit St. Joseph’s and the Libertyville Township Food Pantries.
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.
Financial Assistant – The church is seeking a part-time (10 hours/week) financial assistant to provide data entry and clerical support for financial functions, as well as support the administrative needs of the church’s child protection process. Cristina Buelow, who has filled this role for four years, will be leaving her position at the end of August to pursue full-time work. For details contact
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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.
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.