FAITH FORMATION 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.

Advent Discussions - Go Tell

 

Advent Faith Formation:  Preparing for Christmas
Tuesdays: November 29, December 6, December 13 and December 20
6:30 PM-7:30 PM, Social Hall

This Advent, as we prepare for Christmas, join the First Pres Adult Faith Formation Committee on four consecutive Tuesday evenings, beginning November 29, 2022 at 6:30 PM. The scripture and lessons for our Tuesday meetings are taken from the Follow Me booklet “Go Tell” and are the focus for the upcoming Sunday’s sermons. Gaining insight into these Advent scriptures though the Follow Me materials and group discussions prior to hearing the Sunday sermon will enhance and expand your ability to “hear the good news of Advent”.  


Rev. Nicole Chapman-Farley and Pastoral Resident Kim Mendoza, M.Div. will kick off our first meeting which is focused on “Telling the right story.” A limited number of copies of the Follow Me booklet “Go Tell” are available in the Church office for you to pick up any time, and copies for each lesson will also be available weekly at the Tuesday sessions.   

 

Childcare will be provided, and a soup meal will be shared.  We ask that you register to assist us in ordering the soup and planning for childcare providers.

 

No preparation is required prior to the weekly meetings, and you can drop in for one, two, three or all four meetings.  All are welcome.  Please join us this Advent as we prepare for Christmas.


ADVENT Adult Faith Formation Meetings


November 29 Go Tell: Tell the Right Story, Matthew 25:34-40, Luke 1:46-55; 4:16-21
December 6 Go Tell: Break the Good News, Luke 1:1-25, 57-80; John 1:1-18
December 13 Go Tell: Join the Chorus, Isaiah 58:6-9a; Acts 8:26-39
December 20 Go Tell: Tell of the Hope within You, Jeremiah 32:1-44; Luke 2:8-20

Faith Formation at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall (lower level)


Come once or come as often as you can! Our theme right now is Make Peace. Some weeks we stay as a large group and, some weeks, we’ll split into age groups. All you need to bring is a curious mind! Kids’ Church will be held from 10:20-11:00 a.m. in Rooms 204/205.

Come to our new book study!

 

Come explore a topic tied to our aim of Eradicating Systemic Poverty

 

Join members of the Faith Formation Adult Strategy team as they lead a discussion around the book Evicted, by Matthew Desmond, about eight families experiencing eviction in Milwaukee. We meet on Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Social Hall. Runs through Nov. 1, 2022 - even if you haven't had a chance to read along with us, the conversations are rich and thought-provoking.

 

A simple Panera soup supper will be served, so registration is needed to help us plan accordingly. 

Register here. And be sure to pick up a copy of the book!

Introducing Love Every Neighbor: CARE Conversations at First Pres

 

Have you ever scratched your head over topics related to Indigenous People–those who first lived in the US, including Lake County? And what is even the correct term: Indigenous People, Native Americans, Indians? Join us as we explore and wrestle with complicated questions together, guided by our Christian love for each other and all of our neighbors.

 

Come for pizza (5:30-6:00) and conversation (6:00-7:00) at our kickoff event on Sunday, October 9th in the Social Hall where our first topic is Exploring Indigenous Perspectives Through a Local Lens. All ages are welcome (with programming included for children). Please sign up here so we have an estimated headcount for pizza. (Registration not required. Drop-ins welcome!) 

Join us for Holy Spirits

 

Gather over some food and a craft beer, soda, or glass of wine at O'Toole's in Libertyville as we explore what our faith has to do with how we live our daily lives. Email Rev. Nicole Chapman-Farley to learn more and sign up to receive updates about upcoming gatherings, discussion topics, and some digital resources on the topics.

Evening Sabbath returns this fall


Email Rev. Amy Heinrich  to learn more about our candlelight Evening Sabbath, which is held once a month from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. in the Chapel. Contemplative music begins at 5:20 p.m. and Rev. Amy introduces a new spiritual practice or leads a devotion starting at 5:30 p.m. Check back here for upcoming dates!

Tough Talk for Tender Hearts returns this fall


Join Rev. Amy Heinrich and other guest speakers for conversations about difficult issues in today’s world. The schedule for this fall will be released soon.


 

Lunch Bunch

 

3rd Tuesdays, 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm in Fellowship Hall
Adults of all ages are invited to share table fellowship and enjoy an engaging program. Please reserve your lunch spot by the Friday before ($10.00 per person, payable at the door). 

View the Calendar of Events 

Bel Canto Ringers   
Tuesday, December 20 

Small Groups and Bible Studies

Women’s Disciple Bible Study

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

Men’s Bible Study: At the Table 

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

Contact: 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

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

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

Start your Wednesday out with a vibrant bible study.


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.