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.

Worship 101

This omni-generational workshop is designed to engage kids and adults of all ages in interactive learning about the movements and meanings of our worship.
 

We will learn together in small groups by visiting interactive stations that help us learn together about what it means to gather in the Word, receive the Word, respond to the Word, and follow the Word into the world.
 

 

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.


Saturday Morning Scholars: Christian Spirituality

Saturday, April 25, 2020     9 a.m.-12 p.m. at First Pres Libertyville
With Dr. Perry Downs
An important goal for the Believer is spiritual growth, but what does it actually mean? 
 We will consider the nature of Christian spirituality, and explore how the Church has understood spiritual maturity.  We will discover that different denominations and individuals have different understandings and emphases - all valid but also generally incomplete. 
 Our focus will be to explore distinctly Christian spirituality, seeking to understand it more completely and to discover ways and means for achieving personal spiritual development as persons seeking to follow Christ in increasingly authentic ways. 

Our lecturer is Dr. Perry Downs, Professor Emeritus of Educational Ministries at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dr. Downs’s areas of expertise include faith development, moral development, moral education, and spiritual formation. He is a member of the North American Professors of Christian Education, the Religious Education Association, and the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education. His published works include many books, articles, reviews, and audio tapes. Among them is his book Teaching for Spiritual Growth (Zondervan, 1994). Dr. Downs has been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville for more than 20 years.

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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
Meeting dates:  February 4 & 18, March 3, 17 & 31, April 14 & 28, May 12 & 26, June 9 & 23, July 7 & 21

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 am in Fellowship Hall

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

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 be co-facilitated by Susie and Lawson, and we expect this group will meet about once a month over the next year.

#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.

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

Wednesdays from 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. in Social Hall
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.

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)