Sunday School ClassesSeptember 17, 2017 — Sunday School Teacher Commissioning Day
Today’s lesson is about the Hebrews’ flight from slavery in Egypt to freedom from the book of Exodus. We are using the SPARK: Journey through the Bible curriculum.
Crib Care under age 2 – Nursery2 & 3 Year Olds – Room 105The following grades start in worship and are dismissed to:4 Year Olds & Kindergarten – Room 205Grades 1 & 2 – Room 209Grade 3 – Room 208Grade 4 – Room 202Grade 5 – Room 203Grades 6-7 – Room 207(All ages and grades are as of September 1, 2017)
Midweek Adult Education Offerings
Wednesday Morning Breakfast & Bible Study Group7 a.m. Breakfast • 7:30-8:30 a.m. Bible Study Please join Rev. Amy Heinrich Wednesday mornings in Social Hall. Come as often as you are able. New participants are always welcome!
SUNDAY ADULT FAITH FORMATION OFFERINGS
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the Conference Room (“After Church Club” available for children 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM)
The Shack: Sept. 20 in Conference Room & Dougherty Room with Rev. Amy Heinrich
In this work of fiction, a man is invited to spend a weekend with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. His notions of the Trinity and his preconceptions about religion and Christianity are challenged.
You don’t want to miss this two-week series based on the major motion picture and book, The Shack! No prior preparation is necessary. Our study is designed to help people experience the life-changing goodness, grace, and presence of God. Using engaging scenes from the film, paired with relevant Scripture, this DVD-based study is an invitation to explore our own concepts of and relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We will also discuss why this book/movie is finding such wild success among those yearning for acceptance, forgiveness, and a loving relationship with God.
WEDNESDAY EVENING OFFERINGSLearning In Fellowship Together (L.I.F.T.)
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. • Fellowship Hall Light Refreshments will be served
Creed: What Christians Believe and Why: A six-week Adam Hamilton DVD discussion group facilitated by Elder Dave Semmelman
Sun., Sept. 17-24; Oct. 1; Oct. 22-29; Nov. 5 in the Conference Room
We’re all searching. Sometimes the search is easy, but sometimes our questions are complicated, and the answers are difficult to see and harder to articulate. How do we discover and examine the truths that give meaning and purpose to life? Adam Hamilton believes that some powerful answers are contained in the Apostles’ Creed, a nearly statement of foundational Christian beliefs. In this study, we will consider important questions of life, reality, and truth exploring not only what Christians believe, but why they believe and why it matters.
The 2017-18 Adult Faith & Fellowship Catalog is now available! Pick up your copy in the Narthex or during Social Hour after worship. The guide is also available here. You’ll find a wide variety of classes and fellowship opportunities inside. Annual favorites and new offerings — something for all ages and interests!
Sunday, September 17
The Rev. Maricela Rubio Gonzalez of San Nicolás di Bari, Cuba is here today at First Pres! At 11:45 a.m. today in the Chapel she will offer a short presentation about our partner congregation in Cuba. She looks forward to sharing word of her ministry, our partner friends, and the state of life in Cuba particularly following the recent onslaught of Hurricane Irma.
Alzheimer's & Dementia Support Group. The Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiver's Support Group will meet at 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.
Disaster Assistance for Hurricane Harvey — We have received a number of calls and messages from members of our church family wanting to know if First Pres is collecting donations of goods or cash to send to the victims of the recent hurricane in south Texas and Louisiana. We will not be collecting here at the church, but rather suggest you direct your donation to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). We have a direct link to the PDA site on our website homepage. You may also mail a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. Use the “DR000169-Harvey” code in the check’s memo line or online when making your donation if you’d like it specifically to be used for Harvey victims.
Rev. Roberta to Retire on October 8. Rev. Roberta Dodds Ingersoll 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 letter from Roberta should have arrived in member homes along with a letter from the Session. A search for an Interim Associate Pastor is beginning. Let us share our gratitude with Roberta in the coming weeks ahead!
Flood Damage at our Church— The rains last month that caused a “State of Emergency” in the Village of Libertyville seriously impacted our facilities. Our Fellowship Hall, Choir Room, and Youth Lounge were most severely affected, but the Christian Education wing was also impacted. A flood restoration company has been employed and, together with our staff and volunteers, we are taking stock of damage and cleaning up. Please keep our officers and staff in prayer as we address the damage. Further information will be provided as assessments are completed.
The Power of Prayer“Pray for One Another” ~James 5:16 Please contact the church office with joys and concerns no matter how great or small. We, your church family, want to share your concerns and celebrate your joys so call us at 847-362-2174 even if you do not want to be added to the prayer chain or put in the prayer box. Thank you.
If you wish to be added as a member of the First Pres Prayer Chains or have questions, please contact: The Rev. Amy Heinrich at 847-362-2174 or Lennie Blair – at 847-362-2174 Contact Lennie or use the Prayer Request Form
Have you taken advantage of the “Sunday Saint” standing on the side of the chancel? That’s a Stephen Minister. You can receive “on-the-spot” care and share your burden. If you feel you need privacy, just ask the Stephen Minister to step out of the sanctuary or chapel area to share your prayer concern or need. Know, too, that whatever you share, whatever you pray about is confidential.
Stephen Ministers Are Ready to Care for You! Stephen Ministers are members of First Pres who have been through extensive training and provide confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to people who are experiencing a difficult time. They will listen, care, encourage, pray with and for you, and provide weekly support for you as long as your need persists. If you or someone you know is hurting, find out more about Stephen Ministry by talking with one of our Stephen Leaders. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to bring God's love and care into your life.
Church HoursMonday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m-9:30 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m-9:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Sunday 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The church office hours of operation are from 9:00 - 5:00 M-F