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Volunteer Opportunities with PADS at First Pres

SHIFT Volunteers:
5 PM - 8 PM: guest intake
6 PM- 9 PM: dinner service & clean-up
7 PM - 11 PM: site oversite/child care
8 PM - 11 PM: guest intake/shower sign-up
11 PM - 3 AM: site oversite
3 AM - 6:30 AM: site oversite & breakfast
5 AM - 7:00 AM: breakfast, clean-up

GROUP FOOD Contributor: We need groups (Circles, Scout Troops, Rotary, Professional Groups, PTA Groups or even just a group of caring friends) to prepare - and even serve - the main meal.  We also need groups to contribute & make the lunches, This can be once a season or once a month!

GROUP Site Set-up: We need groups to set-up the site from 5-6 PM every Tuesday  This is perfect for families, school groups or youth groups.  Children as young as Kindergarten, ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT, are welcome.

LAUNDRY Volunteers: Between the time the guests leave on Wednesday morning and they return the following Tuesday, all laundry must be completed on-site at First Pres. This can be done ANYTIME the building is open (8 AM to 8 PM Monday- Friday; 8 AM to 3 PM on weekends)  To avoid duplicate efforts,

ONGOING Donation Needs: Gift cards from Jewel or WalMart to buy needed items are always appreciated.  Also we always need paper plates, plastic silverware, laundry detergent and bulk lemonade.  Items can be delivered to the church office.

FOOD Contributor: Once per month, a designated food coordinator will call you and ask you to donate & deliver to the site some portion of 3 meals we serve each week. This could be the main meal, side dishes, non-perishables or lunch items.

TO VOLUNTEER: Whenever possible we ask that you volunteer via the designated SignUpGenius. 

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

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.

Elders

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 twenty-four members, and is organized into twelve general management committees.
 

Administration Section

Business Affairs
Purpose:  Business Affairs advises and guides business and financial functions of the church, promoting good stewardship of church resources, in support of the vision and mission of our church.  Charged with developing a budget for the Session that is in keeping with the goals of the church.  Business Affairs oversees all financial records, maintains and reports pertinent financial data and ensures sound internal control procedures.  Membership includes the Corporate Officers of the church.
 

Endowments Subcommittee
Purpose:  To further the continuance of our witness for years to come through the promotion of good stewardship in wills, bequests and various financial instruments.

 

Buildings and Grounds
Purpose:  Purchases, maintains and services all property and equipment that pertains to facilities, assuring readiness for all planned usage. Administers parking, security and safety. Plans and manages capital improvement projects other than major building programs.
 

Personnel
Purpose:  The Personnel Committee oversees all employment matters relating to employees of the church, including job descriptions, performance reviews, and compensation. It reviews and recommends the church staffing (pastoral, program, and support) to the Session, based upon the assessment of needs. It regularly reviews church personnel policies, and recommends the adoption of new policies and revisions of existing policies as appropriate.

The Personnel Committee annually assists the Pastor in the performance review of all employees and evaluates the Head of Staff. It coordinates with the Presbytery on personnel-related matters, when necessary. It reviews staff duties, and annually recommends compensation, based upon performance review.
 

Stewardship
Purpose:  Charged with teaching Christian stewardship of time, talents and money on a year-round basis. Interprets the ministries of the church into the accomplishments and needs of the church.  Plans, develops, and implements the annual stewardship drive.

Program Section
 

Faith Formation
Purpose:  Covers spiritual education and child care for children from birth to Kindergarten.  Includes Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, etc.  Oversees spiritual education of children in 1st through 5th grade. Includes Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and special programs.  Directs the spiritual education of youth in Junior High and Senior High.  Includes Sunday School, Confirmation, Youth Fellowships, Bible Studies, Retreats and Mission Trips. In charge of the spiritual education of adults.  Includes Sunday morning classes, leadership training, special education events, men’s groups, women’s groups, etc. Oversees the church library, purchases and processes suitable materials and educates the congregation in the contents and benefits of the library. Seeks to minister to families through family Faith formation/discipleship and fellowship activities.  Includes intergenerational classes, special events, etc. The  committee also oversees the ministry of Church and Community, providing nurture and education on issues that effect our community and our faith. The committee offers opportunities that engage the congregation in our faith’s call to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God” - Micah 6: 8
 

Worship
Purpose:  Liturgical Arts: To integrate the visual arts to enhance worship and the life of the church; Music: Concerned with all activities pertaining to music in worship and in the general life of the church; Sanctuary Guild: Responsible for all venues of worship, baptisms, communion servicing, liturgical dressing of church for worship (including seasonal decorations.)

Member Care and Outreach Section
 

Congregational Care and Evangelism
Purpose:  Welcomes visitors to First Church, sets up programs to bring the good news of Christ to all, educates the congregation on ministries of outreach and evangelism, enlists the membership at large to do evangelism and outreach as a way of life. Contracts newcomers and prospective members. Enrolls prospective members in the new member class. Brings those who are attracted to our church into full active membership. Conducts membership classes. Helps new members to discover their gifts and to find appropriate places of growth and service. Coordinates family camps and retreats. Follows up on those who are inactive in accord with The Book of Order and recommends to Session proper action, contacts new churches when members move. Assists in providing names of potential officers and committee members to the Nominating Committee and committee moderators.

 

Long Range Planning
Purpose: To project needs of congregation and suggest means to meet those needs, especially in usage of facilities. Oversees and updates the Session manuals. Supervises the development and implementation of ministry plans.

 

Mission
Purpose:  Interprets mission budget and activities to the congregation.  Promotes mission involvement through participation, etc. Selects mission causes to support and amount to be received by each.

 

Nominating Committee of the Congregation
Purpose: The purpose of the CNC is to nominate members of the congregation to serve as Deacons and Elders and at-large members of the CNC.  The CNC annually nominates eight members of the congregation to serve as Elders and 15 members of the congregation to serve as Deacons for three year terms and two Senior High members to serve as Youth Deacons and five members to serve as at-large members of the CNC for one-year terms.  The CNC also makes nominations throughout the year to fill vacancies in the Board of Deacons and on the Session.

Mobile Food Pantry

3rd Saturday of every month 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
The Mobile Food Pantry is held on the third Saturday of each month in our church Social Hall.  Through the Northern Illinois Food Bank we purchase approximately 9,000 lbs. of food that we distribute to around 200 families. 

It takes more than 35 volunteers each month to make this happen. No skill is required, just a smile and a willingness to help others who don’t have enough food for their families. Come for the entire time or just one shift [8-10 am; 10-12:00 pm]. Groups of 8+  must contact Sue Ellen for scheduling purposes.

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 

Biblical
"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.

 

Denominational 

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."

 

Congregational

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.