Advent Wreath Lighting — Sign-up now for the opportunity to be part of this lovely holiday tradition! Families, couples and individuals who would like to light the candles on our Advent wreaths during our worship services are invited to put their names on the schedule now. Available dates include: Dec. 3 in the Sanctuary or Chapel; Dec 10 in the Sanctuary; Dec. 17 in the Sanctuary or Chapel; or at one of four services on Dec. 24 (10 a.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. or 11 p.m.). Please sign up in the office Please sign up in the office or email Kristin Marsden
Two Opportunities to Help at Feed My Starving Children with Your First Pres Family
Saturday, Dec. 16 — First Pres Missions Committee is sponsoring a Mobile Pack for Feed My Starving Children on Dec. 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Pet Factory Warehouse, 845 E. High St. in Mundelein. There are 25 spots available for volunteers! Sign-up by emailing Michelle Groenke
Wednesday, Jan. 3 — All-church Event from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Libertyville FMSC site located at 742 E Park Ave. We’ve reserved all 140 spots, so please help pack the house with First Pres friends and families. Children as young as 5 are welcome to help, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult. Sign-up at www.fmsc.org. Search for our group name under “First Presbyterian Church” or enter group code: 118035.
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
Centering Prayer meets every Tuesday evening from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Spirituality Room (Room 210). Join us for Centering Prayer in order to: Go deeper in your spiritual journey.
Earth Care Team Eco-Tip — GIFT idea! Notice from the Lake County Forest Preserve: You can become a Blanding’s Turtle Champion with a gift of $120*. New gifts will help buy new equipment, provide food and supplies for the turtle facility, etc. Did you know its not only Man as its greatest threat (habitat destruction) that is endangering this turtle, but the Blanding’s turtle is also vulnerable because they tend to reproduce late in life. Females are able to reproduce at around 18 years old, while males mature around 12. If the hatchling can become an adult and survive within its habitat, the Blanding's turtle can live as long as 70+ years. Your turtle and you could travel a long path together!
As a Turtle Champion you can:Name your turtle.Join Forest Preserve wildlife biologists for a behind-the-scenes tour of the turtle facility.Receive a picture of your turtle’s plastron (their unique underside).Receive updates when your turtle is located and measured during population monitoring.
https://www.lcfpd.org/preservation-foundation/adopt-a-turtle/ *Any donation amount is appreciated.
The earth and the turtles thank you!
Aluminum Can Recycling — Every aluminum can counts for recycling. Please bring your cans to the Sunday School hallway by the Resource Room so we can collect them and turn them in for cash. Last month we cashed in 98 lbs. of cans and collected $42.00. Save your cans during the upcoming holidays! Last month we cashed in 138 lbs. of cans and collected $55.20. Our running total as of September 17 is 226 Lbs. for $97.32.
2017 Flower Dedications. Consider signing up for a flower dedication! We have spots open throughout the rest of the year. As you may or may not know, commemorative donations are our only source of revenue for our Sunday flowers. Please consider signing up for open spots available. The flower chart is located in the church office. $40 per arrangement. Fill out a card when you sign up or your 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.
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.
Mobile Food Pantry Volunteers Needed — In addition to our regular food distribution this month, we’ll also be sharing turkey dinners with our guests, so extra “hands on deck” will be needed. Please contact Sue Ellen Skeens if you’re able to help us out next Saturday, November 18, anytime between 8 a.m. & 1 p.m. Thanks in advance for your generosity!
Seeking P.A.D.S. Volunteers— Our shelter housed over 50 guests in need of shelter last Tuesday night. That number included 20 single women, 12 children and 3 families that walked in off the street with nowhere to sleep. Our biggest need next week is for volunteers willing to work the 11 p.m.-3 a.m. shift. This is typically a quiet shift where you can bring a good book to keep you company while our guests sleep. Please Use the PADS food/group volunteer sign-up tab to locate open dates. We invite you to join in this rewarding ministry and can assure you that the rewards you receive will far exceed the time you give. Please contact Dave Marsden with questions.
Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack — First Pres is sponsoring a Mobile Pack for FMSC on December 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Pet Factory Warehouse, 845 E. High St. in Mundelein. There are 25 spots available for volunteers! Sign-up by emailing Michelle Groenke
The Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiver's Support Group will meet Sunday, November 26 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. Questions beforehand? Please contact Rosemary Monahan.
Coordinator of Christian Education. Help expand our search! Our search committee has received some applications for this position, but we also believe the right person may be someone known by our congregation. The job description is available here, or in the church office. The position is also posted on our Facebook page. Consider sharing the want ad on your Facebook page. You might have a friend who would be the perfect fit for this job! Questions about the position? Contact Elder Rosemary Monahan.Additional information on First Pres postings
Join the Communion Guild! You are invited to join the Communion Guild. Communion is held on the first Sunday of each month. For now, the Guild meets in the Social Hall kitchen at 8:30 a.m. to prepare the elements for both the chapel and sanctuary. After worship, all communion ware is brought back to the kitchen to be cleaned and stored till the next month. Newcomers are partnered with members who are experienced, so learning how to help is not difficult. The experience of being able to do God’s work is most rewarding as we serve our congregation through this ministry. New members are most welcome. Interested? Please call Angi Chamberlain.
Per Capita for 2017 — What is Per Capita? It is a way Presbyterians share equally, responsibly and interdependently in the costs of governing the Presbyterian Church (USA), no matter the size of their churches. Per capita contributions are requested from every congregation based on each church’s total active membership. The activities funded are generally referred to as ecclesiastical in nature, and are distinct from program or mission activities that generally are funded from other sources. The 2017 per capita apportionment for each active member of the church is set at $33.38 by the PC(USA). When members do not cover their personal per capita apportionment, the shortfall is withdrawn from our congregation’s General Fund, reducing our congregation’s ability to accomplish our own budgetary goals. Won’t you please help with this expense? For those members who contribute online, there is a per capita option.
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.
First Pres Fix-It Crew The new program known as the Fix-It Crew is ready for action! This is a ministry designed to provide around-the-home repairs for those in need: single moms, shut-ins, those on a fixed budget who otherwise can't afford commercial tradespeople. The Fix-It Crew is comprised of 25 volunteers who signed up on Rally Day. Their skills run the range of painting, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and general "fix-it" kinds of skills. If you have a need that this group can help with, please call the church office for contact information. A project coordinator will contact you to learn the details and, once qualified, a crew will be assigned to fix it. It's that simple!
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.
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)
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.