First Presbyterian folks share their stories:
The Community CARE Garden is a First Presbyterian Church mission project started in 2013 or 2014 by members Ken and Amy Scovill in Libertyville. At harvest time, the garden provides fresh produce for First Presbyterian Mobile Food Pantry. Here is the Garden story from Amy’s point of view although many Gardeners volunteer their time to keep up the garden. (This video was shot Tuesday, July 18, 2017 by volunteer videographer Jack Holland and edited by same!)
Every third Saturday of each month First Presbyterian Church, Libertyville volunteers host a mobile food pantry at church for those in the community who are food insecure. Here is a video shot Saturday, July 15, 2017 of the mobile food pantry. The video shows the set up and execution of the morning mission project showing only volunteers and not guests as guests’ privacy is important to remain confidential. Narration written by Jim King; narrated by Scott Holland. Videographers: Scott Holland, Jack Holland. Editor: Jack Holland. Production Assistant: Dorothy Roderick.
PADS Lake County is the only emergency shelter for the homeless in Lake County. The Marsden family (Dave, Kristin, Sydney and Ella) has been involved with PADS for more than 20 years; Dave and Kristin started before the girls were born! First Presbyterian Church, Libertyville, supports PADS by providing the physical shelter space (including building the showers) as well as extensive financial support. PADS is a recipient of First Presbyterian mission dollars as well as the volunteer services of many First Presbyterian members and friends. PADS operates from October through April each year. During that time First Presbyterian hosts PADS guests every Tuesday evening and overnight. The following Generosity Abundance Talk is given by Sydney Marsden and Ella Marsden.
Because we are fortunate to continually receive God's blessings in our lives, Rev. Paulson and the Session have launched an initiative to grow the culture of abundance in our congregation. One way to accomplish this is through a series of Generosity Abundance Talks to be given as Moments for Ministry during worship services. These stories will share personal life-changing experiences or events that brought the individual closer to God and reinforced a Christ-centered way of life. (Some folks will share their stories on the website only as just 12 people will share in worship – 2 per month, February through July.) Generosity Abundance talks will enrich our lives and inspire us to serve God's kingdom in meaningful ways.