SERVE

KNOW GOD, GROW IN FAITH, GO INTO THE WORLD EQUIPPED TO SERVE.

TRY THE NEW DISCOVERY TOOL

Offering time, talents, and spiritual gifts is an important way we live out Jesus' call to discipleship. Now, there is a new way to connect your particular gifts with the needs of the world, our community, and one another! 

 

The Discovery Tool is a survey that takes just 3 to 5 minutes, and you will see the results immediately. Our prayer is that the Discovery Tool helps you pledge your time and talent to Christ's mission through First Presbyterian Church in ways that are joyful and spiritually enriching for you.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH PADS AT FIRST PRES

Wednesday Night/Thursday Morning October - April

 

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:

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY

First Presbyterian Food Pantry distributes food every 3rd Saturday of each month. Hours 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 are a group of 8 or more, please contact our volunteer coordinator Sue Ellen Skeens through the church office 847-362-2174 one month PRIOR to volunteering to get on the group schedule. Thank you for giving your time to our pantry families. 

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.
 

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.

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
 

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.

MINISTRIES

COMMUNITY MINISTRY
HOSPITALITY MINISTRY
SENIOR MINISTRY
USHER TEAMS

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 16 members, and is organized into ten general management committees.

 

ELDERS CURRENTLY ON SESSION

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)

COMMITTEES

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. 

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE
BUSINESS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
COMMITTEE ON ANTI-RACISM AND EQUITY (CARE)
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE
CONGREGATIONAL CARE AND EVANGELISM COMMITTEE
LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE
MISSION COMMITTEE
PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE
WORSHIP COMMITTEE

EARTH CARE TEAM

Meets monthly. Contact: Robert Shears through the church office 847-362-2174 or Rev. Amy Heinrich

 

As stewards of God’s earth, the Earth Care Team at First Pres implements initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to ecological best practices within our church, works to promote earth stewardship events, and focuses on faithful care of creation both in our worship and in our educational opportunities. New members are welcome!

GOD'S GARDENERS

Tuesdays/Fridays/Saturdays (Spring-Fall) at the Care Garden (1200 American Way, Libertyville)
Contact: Amy Scovill through the church office. 847-362-2174


Grab your garden gloves and join us each week--from spring planting season through the fall harvest--at the Community CARE Garden, where we work with volunteers from other local churches to support Lake County food pantries. Last year we provided nearly 1,500 pounds of produce directly to our own Mobile Food Pantry. Information on upcoming workdays can be found on the garden’s Facebook page.

OUTREACH

We reach out in love to demonstrate the love of Christ for our community and the world by addressing challenges of health, hunger, shelter, spiritual need, and new opportunities that arise.

PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crises and catastrophic events.

PRESBYTERIAN MISSION

 We believe that doing mission in partnership broadens our awareness of how interconnectional God’s mission is at the local, national and global levels. The one table around which we gather is God’s table and the one mission to which we are called is God’s mission.