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 (beginning September 22) 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.

 

What to Watch: 

The church-wide fall film is Come Sunday, the story of Rev. Carlton Pearson’s ‘excommunication’ from the evangelical church after he questioned the existence of hell. Download the ‘watch guide’ on our website, which will give you some questions and ideas to ponder as you watch. Watch the movie at home on Netflix, or come to the church for a ‘watch party’ on Friday, October 18 at 5pm. However you watch it, join others for dinner and discussion about the movie on October 18 from 7-8:30pm in Fellowship Hall. Sign up to let us know you’re watching with us!  View the Watch Guide


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.

 

Stirring the Soul: Discovering God in New Ways

During this half-day retreat, you’re invited to explore new ways of encountering God through simple and creative spiritual practices. In a mix of large group and breakout sessions, you’ll be introduced to spiritual practices such as centering prayer, meditation, journaling, drum circles, Taizé, dance, and other forms of artistic prayer. Participants won’t have the chance to try them all, but instead will choose which practices they’re most interested in exploring. Whether you’re not sure how to pray, or you have a deep spiritual life, there’s something for you at this retreat. Look out for a save-the-date and more details soon.


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

Join Adult Faith Formation and the Earth Care Team on November 2 for a field trip to Waukegan to learn why so many people around Lake County are concerned about environmental issues, including a cancer-causing chemical called EtO (ethylene oxide). Our partner organization, Faith in Place, will educate us on the issues, including a short driving tour to help us understand the impact of pollution on our communities. After lunch, we'll explore what the Bible teaches us about caring for creation, ask tough questions about our responsibility to our neighbors and the earth, and discern how to put our faith in action on this issue. Sign up 


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)