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.

Advent Bible Study

Join us as we explore author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine’s book Light of the World: A Beginners Guide to Advent. She explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. Dr. Levine traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi. These stories open conversations around the critical elements of Jesus’ birth:

Additional information and sign up can be found here.

Soul Cinema

Films have the power to stir our souls and inspire us to change the world. We’ll watch scenes from Race Matters and White Savior, and then break into small groups for short discussions. Saturdays from 7:30-8:45 p.m. beginning December 5.
Learn more and sign up here.

Be the Bridge 101

This is a five-week guided small group discussion for adults of First Pres to learn and grow together in our understanding of white identity and to prepare ourselves to engage in the work of racial reconciliation in our community. Small groups will begin the week of January 11 and meet weekly for 75 minutes. Groups will be facilitated by a pastor or trained church leader.
Learn more and sign up here.


 

Other Small Groups

Women’s Disciple Bible Study

Thursdays (weekly)
9-11a.m. in the Conference Room
Contact: Jan Ellen Shawgo 

In January, we started a contemporary study, Refugees. On April  2, we will begin a new study, The New Testament You Never Knew. 

Men’s Bible Study: At the Table 

Every other Tuesday
6:30-7:30 a.m. at the Liberty Restaurant

Contact: Ken Weller or Andy Danckers (Please call the church office 847-362-2174 for contact information)

Join us every other Tuesday morning for prayer, Bible study, fellowship and breakfast as we explore how our Christian faith and scripture empower our response to the challenges and issues of the day. Come as often as you are able.


Everything goes better with bacon: bacon burgers; bacon macaroni and cheese, bacon pizza. How does this observation fit with the call for Bible study, prayer, service and fellowship in building an unshakeable faith?  Bacon and Bible is a wonderful way to start the day.


Very early on alternate Tuesday mornings, a group of hearty men discuss God’s involvement in our lives over heaping platters of crispy bacon, eggs, omelets, syrup-smothered pancakes and steaming bowls of oatmeal.


We choose a Psalm to explore. Why was it written? What is the point God is making? How can God’s message guide day-to-day life? Prayer for each participant’s concerns, challenges and joys focuses our hearts on God’s care for us.


Each lesson stands alone and no pre-reading is needed.


We meet for 60 minutes, finishing in time to catch the 7:54 Metra. Please come as your schedule permits. There is always a seat At the Table for you!


Men’s Sounding Board 

2nd & 4th Saturdays, 7:30 am to 9:00 a.m. on Zoom

Join us for breakfast, study, conversation, and prayer as we explore passages of scripture, passages of life, contemporary issues, and literature for men. There is no homework, and the leadership rotates among participants.

Our goals are fellowship, and to learn and grow in our Christian faith. 

For inspiration we typically rely on a book selection and cover a chapter per session with discussion leadership rotating among members. If this sounds like something you might enjoy, we’d welcome having you join our conversation and fellowship. Contact David Heusinkveld

#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 began in January 2020 and will meet monthly for prayer, fellowship, and spiritual reflection on the third Sunday of each month at 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast & Bible

Wednesdays from 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. on Zoom
Led by Rev. Amy Heinrich

Start your Wednesday out with breakfast and a vibrant bible study led by the  Rev. Amy Heinrich. Continental breakfast is provided by participants on a rotating basis.

In-person Opportunities on Hold for Now

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.


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)