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Volunteer Opportunities with PADS at First Pres


Volunteer at our PADS shelter on Wednesday Night/Thursday Morning PADS Lake County is a community-based organization that provides trauma-informed support, resources, and shelter to individuals and families experiencing homelessness and a housing crisis.


We host guests as part of the PADS Lake County Emergency Overnight Shelter Program that ensures that everyone has a safe, warm place to sleep every night from October through April. While at our shelter site, guests receive dinner, camaraderie, breakfast in the morning, and a sack lunch to take with them.


Please click the links below to help us serve our guests:


Mission Committee

We are all one in mission; we are all one in call.  A single great commission compels us from above to touch the lives of others by God's surprising grace; to plan and work together so every folk and nation may feel God's warm embrace.  Our varied gifts are united by Christ, the Lord of all.  (Paraphrase of hymn entitled "We All Are One in Mission" by Howard M. Edwards)

The Mission Committee is a committee of the Session of the Church. The purpose of this committee is to interpret the mission budget and to direct the activities of the congregation to use its varied talents and financial gifts to support our missionaries, other Presbyterian churches and charities. The Committee establishes appropriate guidelines for our donations to these entities and individuals. On an annual basis, the Committee interviews the recipients of Mission funds. We accomplish this support with the generous tithing gifts and our congregation's talents to help those in need. A partial listing of the many organizations receiving our support is included in this pamphlet. We want to give you a better understanding of the mission work of our Church and to let you know how your mission gifts are used. We welcome your comments and ask that you prayerfully consider how you can extend your stewardship to our church through participation in our Mission Committee projects.


DEACONS:  The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ.  Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office.

It is the duty of deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith.  Other duties include, leading the people in worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people, and assisting with the Lord's Supper. Book of Order, G-6.0400

COMMUNITY MINISTRY reaches out to individuals and families in our community. Activities range from organizing an event, to making donations of goods, to offering direct hands-on-services.

HOSPITALITY MINISTRY extends a warm and friendly welcome to visitors and members alike by planning a variety of fellowship activities open to all ages.  They also assist in the set-up and/or clean-up at various luncheons or special events.

SENIOR MINISTRY offers a ministry of compassion to our homebound, nursing home-bound and other seniors through birthday cards, in-person and phone visits, monthly worship and/or communion services in three area nursing homes and semi-annual senior communion worship services in our Sanctuary followed by lunch and entertainment.  This ministry also sponsors the "Spotlight on Seniors" display and helps with transportation for seniors as needed.  Let us know if you or a family member would like to be placed on a visitation list or receive home communion.

USHER TEAMS:  Ushers are responsible for maintaining a welcoming, clean and safe atmosphere in the Sanctuary before, during and after each worship service.  They extend their ministry by delivering the Sanctuary flowers to members of the congregation who are in the hospital, recovering at home or have suffered the loss of a loved one. 


You do not have to be a deacon to serve on one of the Deacon ministries. To volunteer for any of the areas of ministry listed below, or contact the office.


The Board of Deacons meets the second Monday of each month in the Fellowship Hall at 7:45 p.m. 
The Ministry Teams meet at 7:00 p.m.


The Session meets monthly, and consists of the pastors and active ruling elders. Elders are elected to Session for three-year terms, though the office of elder is ordained and perpetual. The Session exercises leadership, government and discipline of the congregation. It supervises the management of financial, legal and property affairs of the local church, as well as the Board of Deacons. Elders have responsibility for the life of a particular church as well as the church at large. At First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville, the Session has 16 members, and is organized into ten general management committees.



Debra Alexander, Jerry Brann, Kirk Ergang, Vanessa Griffin, Anna Groebe, Sally Kowal, Jon McGormley, Rich Monahan, Becky Nelson, Esther Pochron, Dave Potts, Carol Turnbull, Fred Ulanday, Elizabeth Wagner, Liz White, Gail Starr (Clerk of Session)


A standing committee is a committee which stands, or continues, over time, although its membership changes. Chairs of standing committees are chosen by the Pastor and generally serve for two years. A vice-chair prepares to take over the chair when terms are completed, or in an emergency.
The membership of standing committees is comprised of ruling elders and members of the congregation.
A special committee is a committee appointed for a particular responsibility. Like a standing committee, it may continue indefinitely, with members serving for a variety of terms, but its focus is generally more singular than that of a standing committee.
A task force is much like a special committee, but with a shorter life. It is appointed to accomplish a single task, or a described set of tasks. Once its work is accomplished, the task force is dissolved.
The Pastor has ex-officio membership (membership with vote) on all Committees of the Church. Committees are to check with the Pastor whenever (s)he may be involved in any plans on which a Committee is working.


The Buildings and Grounds Committee serves the congregation by maintaining the Church and its properties. The Committee’s goal is to make the Church’s worship, education, and fellowship spaces welcoming, comfortable, and safe. The Committee advises the Manager of Building Operations, oversees building expenses, and prioritizes future capital expenditures.


The mission of the Business Affairs Committee is one of fiduciary responsibility, advising the Session on financial matters related to the congregation. While falling under the Administration Section of the Session’s responsibilities and principally focused on the everyday business of the congregation, the Committee remains keenly aware of God’s presence, in attempting to discern His will.

The Endowment Subcommittee of the Business Affairs Committee consists of two members of the Session and four members-at-large from the congregation. Its mission is to oversee the First Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund, which is designed to support, in perpetuity, the mission and ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville.


The Committee on Anti-Racism and Equity (CARE) works: to help the members of the congregation become more aware of the systemic racism that exists in our community and our country; to develop opportunities for members of our community to engage in anti-racism work through learning, prayer, and action; and to deepen our congregation’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution. The committee is comprised of Pastoral Staff, Session members and members of the congregation. The goals of this committee are addressed through three work groups: GROW (creates educational opportunities), ACT (offers opportunities to build relationships with our brothers and sisters of color) and CALL (oversees administrative actions and communication with Session and the congregation).



The Christian Education Committee is called to plan for the provision of educational programming to the entire Church family. Staff leadership, Session liaisons, and members of the congregation work together to provide spiritual growth opportunities from infancy into adulthood. Areas of ministry include children, youth, parents, adults, and our Church’s library.


The Congregational Care and Evangelism Committee works to engender a spirit of hospitality, fellowship, support, and evangelism to all Church members. The Committee’s primary areas of ministry are: membership assimilation, care, fellowship, sponsorship of events and activities, and evangelism, where they seek to create enriching and challenging opportunities for faith-sharing, as well as education about evangelism for our members.


The Long Range Planning Committee is entrusted with the responsibility to guide and support First Presbyterian Church to live its vision: to be a joyful people who INSPIRE by sharing life in Christ. In this role, the Committee works with the Session to fulfill our mission statement. The Committee also reflects on challenges facing the congregation, prayerfully seeking wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit to discern and propose solutions.


The Mission Committee helps to channel the congregation’s desire to share a portion of our many blessings and resources with others. The Committee works through the focus groups of Health and Hunger, Shelter, Proclamation, and Kairos (God’s time) to execute its mission plan.

The ongoing responsibilities of the Personnel Committee include the following:

oversee all employment matters related to employees of the Church, including performance reviews, job  descriptions, and staff development;

review Church personnel policies and recommend new policies and revisions as appropriate; develop, recommend, and administer the annual personnel budget;

provide, support and counsel to staff as appropriate.


The Stewardship Committee coordinates a year-round program of stewardship education. This includes providing information about the ministries of our congregation and the resources needed to support those ministries.

The Worship Committee includes the Music, Liturgical Arts, and Sanctuary Guild Subcommittees, all of which work to make our worship spaces inspirational and contemplative. The Committee seeks to praise and glorify God through inspirational music, artwork, worship, and the sacraments.

Mobile Food Pantry

First Presbyterian Food Pantry distributes food every 3rd Saturday of each month.  Due to COVID all guests remain in their cars after checking in and volunteers sort and fill boxes that are loaded into each guests' car.

Hours currently are 8:00 a.m. sharp until 9:15 a.m.  or so, depending on the number of guests.


Please check in from your car as you pull into the Brainard Parking lot across from First Presbyterian Church on Douglas St. in Libertyville."


With the  help of volunteers from our church and local school teams/clubs, the food is distributed to approximately 100 families (350-400 people).  If you would like to volunteer, the pantry starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends approximately 12:30 p.m. 


 If you are a group of 8 or more, please contact our volunteer coordinator Sue Ellen Skeens, one month PRIOR to volunteering to get on the group schedule. Thank you for giving your time to our pantry families. Please call the church office for contact information at 847-362-2174

Earth Care Team

We are a recognized as an Earth Care Congregation. Our denomination recognizes and accepts restoring creation as a central concern of the church, to be incorporated into its life and mission at every level. Earth Care Congregations are congregations that have committed to the “Earth Care Pledge” and accomplished a specific number of actions toward caring for God’s earth in four categories: worship, education, facilities, and outreach.

Our Roots 

"In the beginning, God created heaven and the earth, and God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good." Genesis 1:1 and 32.

"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof." Psalm 24:1

"Then Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, He distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.  When they were satisfied, He told His disciples, 'Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be wasted.' So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets."  John 6:11-13.



1990 Presbyterian resolution Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice  "...Therefore, God calls the Presbyterian Church (USA) to response to the cry of creation, not only for reasons of prudence or survival, but because the endangered planet is God's creation."


Book of Order, G-3.0101  "God created the heavens and the earth and made human beings in God's image, charging them to care for all that lives."


Book of Confessions - A Brief Statement of Faith - PC (USA)

We "exploit neighbors and nature, and threaten death of the planet entrusted to our care.  We deserve God's condemnation.  Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation."



Our Branches

Some of the interconnected branches that have grown from our Committee are:
Service projects with Liberty Prairie Conservancy
Service projects with our Church sponsored Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troops.
Working in conjunction with Waste Management on recycling.