Sunday, October 28, 2018 — Mobile Blood Drive from 7:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m. in the Douglas Ave. parking lot. Schedule your appointment at 847-543-3768 or https://www.vitalant.org or contact Chris Fry. We recommend making appointments as this helps Vitalant Staff facilitate the process. Thank YOU!
Sunday, October 28, 2018 — The Caregiver Support Group meets from 11:15 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. in Room 203. Anyone caring for a loved one with a chronic illness is welcome. Contact Rosemary Monahan with any questions.
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 — Christians and Jews Reading the Same Texts Differently: From Creation to Messiah. Register now for a special Saturday discussion with Dr. Sarah Tanzer, Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism at McCormick Theological Seminary. We’ll gather from 10 a.m.—1 p.m. in Social Hall. Lunch is provided.Additional information & registration.
Friday, Nov. 9 & Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 — Men’s Retreat at Pizzeria DeVille & First Pres. Sign up today for the Men’s Retreat. Join us for a weekend of faith and fellowship featuring a panel of exciting speakers representing five different views of the future of faith. Details and Signup.
Sunday: Children ages five and under are in Sunday School, where they’re learning about Deborah, whose song in Judges 5 may be one of the oldest parts of the Bible. Deborah was a great leader both in war and peace and an inspiring judge. There will be cake in Social Hall this morning to celebrate our 3rd graders receiving their new bibles.
Next week: There will be Sunday School through seventh grade as we continue with our study of Samuel.
Please be sure you have registered your child. Teachers have forms if you need one or they are by the CE office or fill out the form & email
Find out more about children’s Sunday School, scheduled events and more under the CHILDREN tab at the top of the page. Contact: Carol Boyce, Coordinator for Christian Education.
Sunday, October 21 JHF: We’ll run around, sing a few songs, and eat “lupper” together. We’ll continue our conversation on friendships: How do we make friends, how do we keep friends, and what do we do when friendships splinter? Save the date for our JHF Halloween party on October 28th!
Sunday, October 21SHF: Does God discriminate against women? We certainly don’t think so here in the PC(USA)! So, why do some Christians seem to think that God (& the Bible) discriminate against women? We’ll talk about it tonight.
Coming EventsConfirmation: Our first Covenant Partner breakfast will be NEXT Sunday, October 28th. Confirmands and Covenant Partners will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast. Remember, all partners and confirmands are expected to worship together at 10am.
Youth Sunday is November 18th! We're planning something brand new and super creative! If you're a high school student and interested in participating, please contact Kara ASAP.
Find out more about FPC Youth Programs, scheduled events and more under the YOUTH dropdown tab on our website. Contact: Rev. Kara Smith-Laubenstein, Assoc. Pastor, Youth Ministry. or 847-362-2174
Upcoming Worship Schedule
Sanctuary: Service as Gratitude — The Rev. Dr. Brian Paulson — 1 Corinthians 13; Psalm 96
Chapel: Selling the Farm: Do I have to give it all away? — The Rev. Ryan Wallace — 1 Kings 17:8-16; Acts 4:32-35
Chancel Choir in the Sanctuary and Chapel Music Team in the Chapel
Sunday’s 10 a.m. Sanctuary services are available here as well as on our YouTube channel.
The previous week’s Sanctuary service may be viewed on cable at the following times:Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. on Channel 17, Comcast – Libertyville, Waukegan, ZionWednesday at 5:30 p.m. on Channel 4, Comcast – Vernon Hills
Sunday, October 21
Let’s face it…opening up a Bible can be an intimidating experience for both kids and adults. My Bible is a brief family workshop to teach kids how to use their Bibles and equip parents with simple strategies to read the Bible with their kids. We’ll gather today from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
Are you religious? Or are you spiritual? Can you be both? Today after worship, come check out our Adult Faith Formation series—Animate Faith—and explore questions of religion and spirituality. Join us today at 11:15 a.m. in the Conference Room with our facilitator, Dave Semmelman. Come curious.
Parents of College Students & Young Adults will meet after worship in Room 203 to pack Halloween care packages. Bring a bag of wrapped candy (or other treats – edible or otherwise!). Boxes will be provided.
Convenient, Automated Giving for Your Busy Schedule. School is back in session! Don’t forget to sign up for convenient, recurring giving. Sing up now. This way, even if you can't be here every Sunday, your generous tithe always will be. Try it today!
Earth Care Team Eco-Tip: The travel industry is trying to reduce plastic waste by reducing or even banning water bottles, cutlery, single-use bags, and mini shampoo bottles. Please support their efforts.
The October 20th Food Pantry is when deacons will distribute warm coats, gloves, hats, scarves. If you are not finding any items in your closet to donate this year, consider going to local thrift stores as they often have wonderful items that our food pantry guests would welcome. We have children as well as adults that come through our pantry line that are in need of clothing that can keep them warm this winter. Goodwill, Lambs Farm, St. Vincent's are a few of the places that may have quality items to recycle to a new family. The deadline to donate is October 14. Drop off your clean, gently used items in the Sanctuary Narthex. Thank you for your generosity,Sue Ellen Skeens, Volunteer Coordinator for Mobile Food Pantry
Visit our Facebook page or join our First Pres Facebook Group to see the fantastic photos from VBS and our SHF Service Trip to Italy.
Opportunities For Service
Cuba Partnership Group—The Cuba Partnership Group is planning a trip to visit to our sister church in San Nicolás di Bari, Cuba, in February. Interested in traveling with us? We are also looking for help hosting visitors from the San Nicolás church during the first week in November. Questions? Contact Carmen Lago, Anna Groebe or Kris Sundberg.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 — Our PADS homeless shelter is open for the season and we are already hosting over 50 men, women and children each Tuesday night. We need onsite volunteers, especially for the overnight and early morning shifts, as well as food supply volunteers. Additional information and signup.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 — Quantum Jesus: Christianity in an Age of Science. In our final class in this series, we’ll wonder about miracles and science. How can we hold together the miracles of the Bible, the miracles we ourselves experience, and the science of the modern world? Join us from 7-8:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Newcomers welcome!
Centering Prayer —Centering Prayer — Every 2nd and 4th Thursday morning, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the Spirituality Room. Join us for Centering Prayer in order to …find simplicity, silence, & stillness. We’re Praying for You — Our pastoral staff invites you to join us in prayer via Facebook Live at 11:30 a.m. on Monday mornings. Find additional information.
Thank you:Thank you, Juli! Welcome, Amanda! With heartfelt gratitude for her wonderful talent and dedication, we say thank you to Juli Dunsing as she departs her position on staff after nearly 12 years of service. Amanda Rau will join the administrative team on October 22nd. Please join the staff in thanking Juli and welcoming Amanda!
Flower Donations — Please consider signing up for a flower dedication. We still have many open spots on our Flower Chart now through the end of the year. As you may know, commemorative donations are our only source of revenue for our Sunday flowers. The flower chart is located in the church office. $40 per arrangement. Fill out a card when you sign up. or you may send an email to the office.
Stay in Touch with your First Pres family! Have you recently moved? Dropped your landline? Changed your email address? Let us know & we’ll update our records! Call the church office at 847-362-2174 or email us with your new contact information. Thank you!From the Library Staff — The church library has a number of titles that have been “borrowed” from the library, and have now been adrift for some time. Please take a few moments to check around, and if you have borrowed any materials from the library, please make an effort to usher them home. There is a "Book Returns" bin on a shelf just inside the library door. Thank you!
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