Senior High Wall-of-Hope Fundraiser! The Wall-of-Hope couldn’t be easier! Just stop by Social Hall, grab an envelope with a suggested donation amount off the wall, put the money into the envelope, offer a quick prayer for the students who will be traveling, and turn it in to the church office. This fundraiser benefits the students traveling on our Senior High summer trips to Italy and to Montreat, NC. Thank you for your support of our students!
2018 Electronic Funds Transfer Giving - Please ensure that you have updated your EFT giving for this year. If you need giving envelopes or have other questions regarding giving to the church, contact the treasurer or 847-362-2174.
Earth Care Team Eco-Tip — Red Hearts Can be Green. Looking for something ecological for your valentine? Check out "sustainable Baby Steps" and Pinterest for some great earth friendly Valentine's Day ideas. Don't forget the 10th Annual Green Living Fair coming up on March 17. If you would like to help, or can donate light snacks for the exhibitors, contact the church office. The earth thanks you.
2018 Flower Dedications. Consider signing up for a flower dedication! We have spots open throughout all of 2018. As you may or may not know, commemorative donations are our only source of revenue for our Sunday flowers. Please consider signing up for the MANY open spots in February. The flower chart is located (in a new location) in the church office. $40 per arrangement. Fill out a card when you sign up or you may email your request to Kristin.
Meals-on-Wheels Driving Team Has Openings for Volunteers. Interested in making a difference to those in need? As a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer, you will pick up meals from Catholic Charities at a Libertyville location at around 11:00 am. You will follow turn-by-turn directions to deliver meals to neighbors in need of a hot meal and a friendly face. Each volunteer driver goes out four to six times per year. Delivery routes take approximately one hour to complete. If you are interested in joining our great team or have any questions, please contact Brad Baker.
Giving Cards – Please take note of the green Giving Cards available in the pew rack. If you are someone who gives monthly/annually/electronically and miss the ritual of giving when the offering plate is passed, these green Giving Cards are for you! By placing a Giving Card in the offering plate you are offering a symbol of your gifts to the church – whether they be of treasure, time, or talent. If you are interested in giving to the church electronically, contact the church treasurer for details!
Our Welcome Center needs you! If you can spare 20 minutes before worship and 10 minutes afterwards to be in the Sanctuary Narthex at the Center, please contact Michelle Groenke (847-362-2174 or ) for details.
Did you know there are ways to help Habitat for Humanity other than physically building a house? The Restore accepts donations of new and used building materials and some household items. There are also volunteer opportunities to serve on (half day or full day) Demolition teams, Pick-Up teams, Customer Assistance teams, and Merchandising teams. Volunteers can choose to move furniture and appliances, offer retail sales support, restock items at the store or assist with organizing. The Gurnee ReStore is located between US-41 and Green Bay Road on Grand Avenue in Gurnee. Potential volunteers can visit the Habitat for Humanity® website for more information.
Sadness - A sadness settles so softly on us, it is seemingly without cause. Yet, it lingers like a winter fog. A caring, trained Stephen Minister is ready to help you through. To find out more about Stephen Ministry or to receive a Stephen Ministers care, call Rev. Amy Heinrich 847-362-2174.
Become a Stephen Minister: An Opportunity to Learn, Serve, and Grow. Stephen Ministers are members of First Pres (just like you!) who go through 50 hours of caregiving training. This training enables them to provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, terminal illness, relocation, chronic illness, or loneliness. We'll be training a new class of Stephen Ministers soon. To find out more about becoming a Stephen Minister, talk with one of our Stephen Ministry Leaders.
Waukegan to College needs your help!! Become a tutor, or a mentor, helping disadvantaged students on a path to higher education and out of poverty. Saturday, weekday afternoon and evening, and flexible commitments are available. High school students are welcome too! Additional opportunities to help with back office projects. These opportunities promise to be fulfilling ways for you to share your gifts with those in need. If you would like more information about W2C and these opportunities, please call or email Elyse Danckers at 630-306-5512
There are still a few tickets left for the Midwinter Mondays Chef Series held at Pizzeria DeVille in Libertyville. Here’s an opportunity for you to enjoy delicious food and benefit our First Pres Mobile Food Pantry & P.A.D.S. site. Chef Jared Batson of Nomad Food Company (& son of First Pres member, James Batson) will present a delicious 5-course dinner paired with beverages beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $85/person and can be purchased through the Pizzeria DeVille Facebook page or directly through www.eventbrite.com (search “Chef Series”). All net proceeds from this benefit dinner will be used to support area food pantries and shelters.
Deacon/Elder Nominations are underway. If you are aware of a member of our congregation who would make an excellent Deacon or Elder, or you yourself would be interested, the Congregational Nominating Committee would love to hear from you! Nomination forms are located in the church office as well as in both narthexes. Completed forms can be returned to the church office or dropped in the offering plate by February 24.
P.A.D.S. — We continue to serve a record number of guests at our shelter. Thank you to all our volunteers for the time and resources they share each week with this ministry! This Tuesday, Feb 27 we need volunteers for our 11 p.m.-3 a.m. & 5-7 a.m. shifts. We could use a few more P.A.D.S. laundry volunteers also. Laundry is done HERE at the church, at your convenience. Contact Dave Marsden with any questions or to volunteer.
Centering Prayer — Every Tuesday evening, 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Spirituality Room, join us for Centering Prayer in order to…Loosen your state of being constricted.
The Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregivers Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month immediately following worship at 11:15 am in Room 202 in the Education Wing. Upcoming dates: Today, February 11th and 25th). 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.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS YOU!! Please consider giving a few hours one Saturday a month to help distribute food to struggling families in our area. You can choose from 3 different work sessions or come for the whole event: 8:00-10:00 am, AND/OR 9:45 am-12:30-ish pm. Thank you for the gift of your time and generosity.
For Simple House Repairs, Call your Fix-It Crew! The Fix-it-Crew Ministry is here to help! Our goal is to help seniors, widows/widowers, single moms, etc. who need a helping hand with “around-the-house” repairs. This group of 25 volunteers donate their talents and skills that include painting, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and general “fix-it” home repair jobs. Mike Castner coordinates the Fix-it Crew.
Habitat for Humanity To find out more about Habitat for Humanity visit their website.
Have you ever wondered about your congregation's support of the Samaritan Counseling Center? Would you like to have a more hands-on role in bringing help to those in our communities who are struggling? The Samaritan Counseling Center Board of Directors is looking for caring, committed people to join the Board and assist in the Center’s rewarding work of supporting local individuals in need. For more information about joining the Samaritan Counseling Center's Board of Directors, please call the church office for contact information. 847-362-2174Additional information available at www.northshoresamaritan.org.
The Driving Force (volunteers who assist with parking and greeting on Sunday morning) needs YOU! Anyone 16 or older who enjoys being outdoors, likes walkie talkies and can smile is invited to assist from 9:40 – 10:10 am one Sunday a month. Help us be a welcoming church and contact Michelle Groenke for more details or 847-362-2174. Thank you for your consideration.
Sunday Office Assistants Needed - “I enjoy working in the office; I've met so many people in the church that I otherwise would not encounter.” — Barb Sesterhenn. She is one of the terrific Sunday morning Office Assistants who volunteer for this important ministry. We are blessed to have people give 15 minutes before worship service and 15 minutes after worship, never missing time in Chapel or the Sanctuary. It’s ONLY 30 minutes once a month or once every other month. Please consider this small but important ministry. Your smile and hospitality can be just what someone needs on the day that you are on duty. Please call the office (847) 362-2174. Thank you.
Telephone Prayer Chain Take time to pray – be a part of this vital prayer ministry at First Pres. To learn more, call the church office for contact information. (847-362-2174)