Sunday, September 17, 2017 — Alzheimer's & Dementia Support Group. The Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiver's Support Group will meet from 11:15 a.m. immediately following worship in Room 202 in the Education Wing. Anyone who is caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia, or who has concerns about a loved one who may be exhibiting signs of dementia is invited to attend. Please come with questions and concerns, and be assured you will be welcomed and your concerns handled with confidentiality and love. Questions beforehand? Please contact Rosemary Monahan.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 — Lunch Bunch: An Antarctic Odyssey with Ruth and Dave Arendsen (Host: Barb Peter). The Arendsens are intrepid travelers who are excited to share stories and photos of the remarkable ice environment they explored on their journeys to Antarctica and the Antarctic region. If you attended their talk on Africa, you know this is a luncheon you don’t want to miss. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun & fellowship! A casual lunch ($8.00 per person) is served at noon with the program starting at 12:30. Please contact the church office (847-362-2174) by September 15 to RSVP.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 — The Alzheimer's/Dementia Awareness Group (A.D.A.G.), will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. in Social Hall for Coordinating Care, Defining Roles and Managing Expectations with Jennifer Prell at Paxem, Inc. Join us for this, the first in a monthly series of informative presentations on the challenges caregivers and families face when supporting a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia. Our presentation focuses on how family dynamics, finances and legal considerations can impact--both positively and negatively--the living arrangement decisions for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia. This presentation is open to anyone in our community. Questions? Contact Rosemary Monahan.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 — A Day at the Royal Oak Farm Apple Orchard. Join the First Pres S.A.L.T. group and experience the lovely Royal Oak Farm Orchard located in Harvard, IL (near at the Wisconsin border). Royal Oak has more than 17,000 trees in more than 30 varieties to choose from. The farm also grows pumpkins, gourds and winter squash. We’ll pay a visit to the gift shop that offers a wide variety of jams and jellies, apple blossom honey, as well as books, music and greeting cards. We’ll also have the option to enjoy the bakery for apple cider donuts, pies, cookies, fudge and caramel apples. Carpoolers will meet in the First Pres Maple Avenue parking lot at 9:45 a.m. Lunch at their Country Kitchen Restaurant will be at 11:30 a.m. Contact Lesley Judson, or sign up in the church office after worship or during the week.
Friday, September 22, 2017 — Next Generation Fellowship Bonfire, 7 p.m. at the home of Matthew & Amanda Rau. Join us! Questions? Contact Michelle Groenke at 847-362-2174.
Sunday, September 24, 2017 — The Interim Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (IAPNC) will be hosting a meeting in the Dougherty Room following worship to share information about the process and progress for calling an Associate Pastor for Christian Education. This pastor will be charged with leading Christian Formation for adults, children and families of First Pres. We will be sharing the position description, describe the search process and offer a progress report. Currently, Elder and retired teacher Betsy Davison and many adult volunteers are working with Rev. Roberta to provide vibrant Sunday School for preschoolers through 3rd graders; you’ll be able to see many photos of the children and hear about the Sunday morning activities they’ve been experiencing.
Saturday, September 30, 2017 — Parents of College Students/Young Adults (PCS/YA) is a group for parents with children 18+, who are either in college or out in the workforce and want to spend time together in fellowship, do mission work, and provide support to their college students and young adults. PCS/YA is a great way to get to know other parents while supporting our young adults (and ourselves)! Our first event for our 2017-2018 year will be a Kickoff Gathering on Saturday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. We’ll enjoy appetizers and desserts with other parents of young adults and get to know each other in a casual setting. For more information, contact Susan Henning.
Sunday, October 8, 2017 — Farewell Reception for Rev. Roberta. You are invited to join us after worship for a reception in honor of Rev. Roberta Dodds Ingersoll. She will be retiring from her position as Associate Pastor for Christian Formation effective October 8, 2017. The Session has received her notice with sorrow, but with gratitude for her faithful service. A monetary love gift is being collected for Rev. Roberta. Cards and/or contributions may be dropped off in the church office anytime between now and the end of November.
Saturday, October 14, 2017 — Women’s Autumn Retreat from 9 a.m. to noon at Elawa Farm. Explore the balance between being and doing. Walk through the gardens, hike the trails, and find your sacred breath through centering prayer, yoga and other meditative exercises. The early bird deadline is Monday, September 18! Details & registration.
Sunday, October 15, 2017 — PCS/YA is sponsoring an opportunity to assemble a Halloween Care Package for you to mail to your college student away from home. Bring a bag of candy (or other treats – edible or otherwise!). We will gather after worship 11:15 a.m. in Room 203 to form our assembly line to pack your treat box. Boxes will be provided. Can’t join us? We can pack a box for you. Drop off your treat donation to the church office labeled with your name no later than 9 a.m. on October 15, then pick up your box in the church office after the event to send to your college student. For more information, contact Juli at JDunsing or 224-207-5099.
Sunday, October 29, 2017 — Blood Drive. Have you ever donated blood in the past? Do you know that each donation can save three lives? Please consider participating and make a difference! Come to the Blood Drive on Sunday, October 29. This time, we will hold it at the Mobile Unit, which will be parked in the Visitors’ Lot on Douglas. To schedule your appointment, contact LifeSource at 877-543-3768, register at www.lifesource.org or contact Chris Fry. Appointments are recommended to help LifeSource Staff facilitate the process.
Friday & Saturday, November 10 & 11, 2017 — The Annual Men’s Fall Retreat will be held at Covenant Harbor and Lee Hinson-Hasty will lead the men on the topic of Vocational Clarity: Discovering God's Purpose for Our Lives. Meals and lodging are included in the registration fee and there will be time for fellowship and relaxation. Come meet other men from our church family. Friends are always welcome! Details & registration.