ADULT FAITH FORMATION

Never Stop Growing. That's our motto for adult faith formation. Faith should be dynamic and transforming, not stagnant and lifeless. So we seek fresh ways to know God and one another by sharing, learning, and serving together.

Theology on Tap:

Gather over some appetizers and a craft beer, soda, or glass of wine for some conversation about the church and the world—how we think about our faith as Christians in relation to relevant and challenging issues of today like climate change, immigration, or LGBT inclusion. Join us on the fourth Sunday of the month from 4-5:30pm in the ‘Royal Room’ at O’Toole’s in Libertyville. Sign up to receive monthly updates about upcoming gatherings, discussion topics, and some digital resources on the topics.


FUSE (Faith Unleashed to Serve and Educate): Faith and Our Environment

Following Dr. King-Want a great way to celebrate the life and Christian legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr? Join us as we take a trip to the city on January 20 to join with hundreds of other Christians from more than 50 churches across lines of race and denomination for a morning of worship, prayer, testimony, and putting our faith in action on issues of social justice. A group from our sister church, Hope Presbyterian, will be joining us for the day also. Sign up here or contact Pastor Ryan with questions.

Saturday Morning Scholars: The Beginning of Difference with Rev. Dr. Ted Hiebert

We will reread two classic texts that express biblical attitudes about our cultural identities and differences: the story of the Tower of Babel and the story of Pentecost.  We live at a time in the U.S. when there is much harsh rhetoric in the twitter sphere about ethnicity, racism, and difference.  And there are important policy debates about fairness and equity for Americans of all colors and cultures.  In this conversation, we will ask what guidance the Bible’s classic texts about difference might give us for living in a diverse world. Our guest lecturer is Rev. Dr. Ted Hiebert, the Francis A. McGaw Professor of Old Testament and Dean of the Faculty Emeritus at McCormick Theological Seminary, where he taught Bible for twenty-two years. Join us in Social Hall for this event on Saturday, September 28 from 9am-12pm. Register today!

 

Serving our Neighbors:

Want to engage your hands, heart, and head all at once? This small group will participate in a combination of hands-on service projects and learning about the people and issues connected to those projects. The group will meet for the first time on September 22 from 11:15am-12pm to get to know each other and discuss possible service projects. The group will be co-facilitated by Susie and Lawson, and we expect this group will meet about once a month over the next year. Sign up if you think you might be interested in joining this new small group.

 

#parenting:

Get together with other parents (that is, without your kids for once!) to build community and to pray and grow in faith together. Both couples and single parents are welcome. This group will gather for the first time on October 1 at 7pm and set its own meeting schedule for the rest of the fall. Jen and David Blair-Bianco will help facilitate the group.
Sign up if you think you might be interested in joining this new small group.

 

Divine Dinners:

If you like good food, good people, and good conversation, this is the small group for you. Get together with others looking to build community for dinner, fellowship, and some intentional, faith-centered conversation. Erin Sharp will help lead this group. Sign up if you think you might be interested in joining this new small group.

 

Young Adults Group
Young adults from First Pres are gathering about once a week this summer to build community while we share good food, serve our neighbors, and have fun together. If you might be interested in joining us, let Pastor Ryan know  and he'll add you to the GroupMe group. 

Breakfast & Bible

Every Wednesday (September- May) from 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. in Social Hall
Led by Rev. Amy Heinrich

Join us starting Sept. 18 for a vibrant new study: Women and the Word—Studies in the Gospel of John, by Frances Taylor Gench, Presbyterian Pastor and New Testament professor at Union Theological Seminary. Continental breakfast is provided by participants on a rotating basis.

Spirituality  Room 210

The Spirituality Room, located on 2nd floor of the Faith Formation Wing in Room 210, is open for individual use whenever the doors of the church are open. Small groups are encouraged to schedule the use of the room through the church office.


Resources

Library

The church library is a valuable resource for books and other materials used in our adult and children’s faith formation  programs. Drop by anytime the building is open and take a look at the wide range of offerings. Small groups may reserve the library for meetings through the church office.  The library is open to suggestions for books on specific topics, or by particular authors. (read more)