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.
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.
God is often at work through the ordinary: ordinary people, ordinary objects, ordinary grace. Through the ordinary, God communicates epiphanies, salvation, revelation, and reconciliation. It is through the mundane that we hear God’s quiet voice. The book, Lent in Plain Sight, will help us to focus on spiritual lessons and recognize how the seemingly ordinary can reveal the extraordinary presence of God in our lives.
Tuesdays: April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Join us on Zoom for some or all of six weeks of Untangling Faith: Reclaiming Hope in the Questions Jesus Asked. This Amplify study is led by Amberly Neese, and she “explores the questions Jesus asked as a way to reclaim faith. Chapters explore our own questions like Can God Be Trusted? and How Can I Grow in Faith.”
SMALL GROUPS AND BIBLE STUDIES
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.