We are all one in mission; we are all one in call. A single great commission compels us from above to touch the lives of others by God's surprising grace; to plan and work together so every folk and nation may feel God's warm embrace. Our varied gifts are united by Christ, the Lord of all. (Paraphrase of hymn entitled "We All Are One in Mission" by Howard M. Edwards)
The Mission Committee is a committee of the Session of the Church. The purpose of this committee is to interpret the mission budget and to direct the activities of the congregation to use its varied talents and financial gifts to support our missionaries, other Presbyterian churches and charities. The Committee establishes appropriate guidelines for our donations to these entities and individuals. On an annual basis, the Committee interviews the recipients of Mission funds. We accomplish this support with the generous tithing gifts and our congregation's talents to help those in need. A partial listing of the many organizations receiving our support is included in this pamphlet. We want to give you a better understanding of the mission work of our Church and to let you know how your mission gifts are used. We welcome your comments and ask that you prayerfully consider how you can extend your stewardship to our church through participation in our Mission Committee projects.Habitat for HumanityMembers of our church have helped in the construction of several houses for Habitat for Humanity over the years.
Mobile Food PantryThe Mobile Food Pantry is held in the church parking lot on the third Saturday of each month. In partnership with The Northern Illinois Food Bank, we purchase and distribute approximately 8,000 lbs of food. This food is delivered to our parking lot and with volunteers from our church and local school teams/clubs, the food is distributed to approximately 100 families (350-400 people). 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. 847-362-2174
PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)Homelessness affects many people in Lake County. From October 1st through April 30th First Presbyterian Church hosts a PADS homeless shelter site from 5:00 p.m. every Tuesday to 7:00 a.m. the next morning. First Presbyterian members and other volunteers provide a hot dinner on Tuesday night, breakfast on Wednesday morning and a sack lunch for that same day. To volunteer please contact the church office at 847-362-2174 or email.
Mission TripsThroughout the year small mission teams form to take short mission trips that are local, national and international. Usually they are involved in some type of maintenance or building work to help a church or a mission which First Presbyterian supports. We recognize that we have been blessed to be a blessing and that we are called to live out our Christian faith by responding to the biblical mandates to serve and to love our neighbors both near and far. Recently we traveled to Hope Presbyterian Church of Chicago, Kemmerer Village in Assumption Illinois (a Presbyterian children's home), Heifer International in Arkansas, and to the Presbytery of Havana in Cuba. The Mission Committee also provides funding for the Senior High Mission Trip.
Cuba PartnershipAs a result of the trip to Cuba, First Pres entered into a partnership with San Nicolás de Bari Presbyterian Reformed Church of Cuba. Ours is a mutual commitment to pray for each other and to work together to help spread the Word of God in Cuba. Since 2005 when Reverend Ary Fernándezcelebrated communion with us, The Mission Committee has been in ongoing communication with our brothers and sisters in Cuba. First Pres members have traveled there to share in worship and ministry.
Missionaries and Seminarians Members of First Presbyterian Libertyville serve as missionaries with Campus Crusade for Christ, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship and Navigators. First Presbyterian Church also supports Princeton and Trinity Seminaries and members of this church who have felt called to attend.Through our general mission support of the Presbyterian Church (USA), we also support a wide range of other missionaries around the world. Partner Churches:First Presbyterian Church of Chicago,Hope Presbyterian Church of Chicago,San Nicolás de BariPresbyterian Church of CubaThe Waldensian Church of Milan, ItalyBenevolence Network:Career Resource Center, Community Social Services, Gang Outreach, Habitat for Humanity, Kemmerer Village, La Puerta Abierta/The Open Door, PADS, San Marcos Youth Ministries, Teen Moms (Families in Touch), The Haven, Waukegan Soup Kitchen, Young Life, Youth and Family Counseling