CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FOR ADULTS

Growing in faith is a lifelong process, evolving as we experience more life, as we face more challenges, as we see more evidence of God's mercy, grace, and love. We offer a variety of ways to live and grow in faithful community with one another.

ADULT OFFERINGS

ALL of our Adult Ed offerings are designed for dropping in whenever you can, with little or no prep. Attend all classes in a series or just one or two and still be enriched.

 

Sacred Ground: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith

 

January 21 - June 2024 Small Groups

 

Sacred Ground: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith Winter/Spring 2024 (January – June): Ecumenical Small Groups meet bi-weekly via Zoom or in person

 

Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.

 

The 11-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

 

Starting in January, members of Annunciation of Our Lady Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville, North Suburban Mennonite Church, and other area churches will meet bi-weekly via Zoom or in-person small groups.

 

This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.

 

Learn more about the “Sacred Ground” study: 

 

Register for a “Sacred Ground” Small Group:

 

Bible Stories for Grown Ups

Tuesdays starting April 16

Reading Scripture with New Eyes: In this Zoom learning series, we’ll be led by Pastor Josh Scott, who will look at familiar Bible stories and reveal new details and interpretations. We’ll consider stories we may have read as children, including Noah's Ark, the binding of Isaac, Jonah and the big fish, Jesus and Zacchaeus, Jesus healing a blind man, and the parable of the talents. Join us for one lesson, a few, or all. This six-week study begins Tuesday, April 16, from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM. Call the church office 847-362-2174 or email Megan Huber  to register. 

SMALL GROUPS AND BIBLE STUDIES

WOMEN'S MINISTRY

Our Women's Ministries are dedicated to bringing Women of Christ together in fellowship with one another.
 

The Women's Ministry Board sponsors spring and fall retreats, as well as seasonal worship opportunities such as the Ecumenical Advent Service led by women in ministry. Come to our retreats or join or ministry board! Reach out to Rev. Amy Heinrich to learn more.

WOMEN’S DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY

Thursdays (weekly) 9-11a.m. in the Conference Room
Contact: Jan Ellen Shawgo through the church office. 847-362-2174

 

We begin our new program year in September with a breakfast gathering and will be starting the year with Luke by Adam Hamilton. This year we’ll also be studying Mark by A.J. Levine, Apostles Creed by Adam Hamilton, and Six Decisions
by Tom Berlin

WEDNESDAY MORNING BREAKFAST & BIBLE STUDY

Wednesdays from 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. on Zoom

Contact: Carol Braunschweig through the church office. 847-362-2174


This fall we are using “The Wired Word,” which is a weekly Bible lesson centered on
relevant lessons pulled from weekly news and delivered via email. The lessons
confront news events with Scripture and create a unique opportunity for robust
discussions

WOMEN'S CIRCLES

Our Women's Circles gather once a month (September through May) for a Bible or book study, fellowship, and prayer. These groups are devoted to nurturing and caring for one another. Women of all ages are encouraged to participate! 

Ruth Circle
3rd Tuesday

7:15 a.m. 

Polly Vente

Esther Circle
4th Tuesdays

7:30 p.m.

Stephanie Hamrick

Hope Circle 
2nd Fridays  

9 a.m.

Rev. Barb Peter

Hannah Circle 
2nd Fridays  

9 a.m.

Liz Tanner

Lydia Circle
1st Fridays  

1 p.m. 

Patti Hudak

Rebecca Circle
1st Saturdays

9:30 a.m.   

Susie Lawson

Please email Michelle for the group leaders contact information.

MEN’S SOUNDING BOARD

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

Contact: David Heusinkveld through the church office. 847-362-2174

 

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. 

MEN’S ZOOM BIBLE STUDY

Tuesdays, 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Contact: Brian Tischendorf through the church office. 847-362-2174

Join the Men’s Zoom Bible Study for weekly fellowship, prayer and topical Biblebased
lessons. We are a locally-led group with members from several different states
and churches. We gather in person quarterly for a fellowship lunch. No homework!

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)

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.

INQUIRER'S CLASS

Explore what Presbyterians believe, what is distinctive about our Reformed heritage, and why our church is governed the way it is.  This is a wonderful way to get to know our staff better and gain a deeper understanding for our priorities and passions, our ministries and missions.  If you are curious, this class is for you! 

 

Our classes are designed for those who are seriously considering joining the church as active members, those who need a refresher course, and those who are searching and discovering God’s leading in their lives. If at the end of the inquiring process you want to become an active member, there are simply two requirements—professing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and baptism. We recognize all Christian baptisms. However, if you haven’t been baptized, a baptism date will be scheduled during a Sunday morning worship service.