ADULT FAITH FORMATION

Never Stop Growing. That's our motto for adult faith formation. Faith should be dynamic and transforming, not stagnant and lifeless. So we seek fresh ways to know God and one another by sharing, learning, and serving together.

Faith Formation at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall (lower level)


Come once or come as often as you can! Our theme for the first four weeks of Fall 2022 is Forgive. Some weeks we stay as a large group and, some weeks, we’ll split into age groups. All you need to bring is a curious mind! Kids’ Church will be held from 10:20-11:00 
a.m. in Rooms 204/205.

Come to our new book study!


Join members of the Faith Formation Adult Strategy team as they lead a discussion around thic Poverty. We meet on Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Social Hall. Runs through Oct. 25, 2022.e book Evicted, by Matthew Desmond, about eight families experiencing eviction in Milwaukee, as we learn more about the Matthew 25 initiative of Eradicating System

A simple Panera soup supper will be served, so registration is needed to help us plan accordingly. Register here. And be sure to pick up a copy of the book!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place September 15 to October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively.   Also, Día de la Raza, or Columbus Day, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period. 

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we reaffirm that diversity is one of our country’s greatest strengths.

First Pres C.A.R.E. (Committee on Anti-Racism & Equity) invites you to take a moment to view our Hispanic Heritage displays in the Narthex and hallways.

 


 

Introducing Love Every Neighbor: CARE Conversations at First Pres

 

Have you ever scratched your head over topics related to Indigenous People–those who first lived in the US, including Lake County? And what is even the correct term: Indigenous People, Native Americans, Indians? Join us as we explore and wrestle with complicated questions together, guided by our Christian love for each other and all of our neighbors.

 

Come for pizza (5:30-6:00) and conversation (6:00-7:00) at our kickoff event on Sunday, October 9th in the Social Hall where our first topic is Exploring Indigenous Perspectives Through a Local Lens. All ages are welcome (with programming included for children). Please sign up here so we have an estimated headcount for pizza. (Registration not required. Drop-ins welcome!) 

Women's Fall Retreat on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
 

Join us at the beautiful Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods for a morning retreat led by Rev. Amy Heinrich, Rev. Nicole Farley & Kim Mendoza.  

 

We'll be exploring will explore how nature heals our bodies and souls and, in return, how we are called to heal God's creation.

 

Continental Breakfast will be served.

 

Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. The program will be inside Brushwood Center, but we will plan on walking on the trails at Ryerson Woods if the weather permits.

 

Cost: $10.

 

The Brushwood Center is located in the Ryerson Woods Conservation Area (21850 North Riverwoods Road in Riverwoods, IL). The entrance is on Riverwoods Road between Half Day Road (Route 22) and Deerfield Road. 

 

Register here

Turquoise Table on Sundays from 4-6 p.m.
 

The First Pres Turquoise Table as a place to gather together, build fellowship, foster new friendships, and extend our love of Christ out into the community! You’ll find the First Pres Turquoise Table in different front yards each Sunday from 4 – 6 p.m. (Sept. 11-Oct. 30) as the weather permits. All are welcome, no need to RSVP! Bring a chair and a snack or drink to share, if you’d like. Click here for the list of upcoming locations.

Join us for Holy Spirits

 

Gather over some food and a craft beer, soda, or glass of wine at O'Toole's in Libertyville as we explore what our faith has to do with how we live our daily lives. Email Rev. Nicole Farley to learn more and sign up to receive updates about upcoming gatherings, discussion topics, and some digital resources on the topics.

Evening Sabbath returns this fall


Email Rev. Amy Heinrich  to learn more about our candlelight Evening Sabbath, which is held once a month from 5:20 - 6 p.m. in the Chapel. Contemplative music begins at 5:20 p.m. and Rev. Amy introduces a new spiritual practice or leads a devotion starting at 5:30 p.m. Check back here for upcoming dates!

Tough Talk for Tender Hearts returns this fall


Join Rev. Amy Heinrich and other guest speakers for conversations about difficult issues in today’s world. The schedule for this fall will be released soon.


 

Lunch Bunch

 

3rd Tuesdays, 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm in Fellowship Hall
Adults of all ages are invited to share table fellowship and enjoy an engaging program. Please reserve your lunch spot by the Friday before ($10.00 per person, payable at the door). 

View the Calendar of Events

Small Groups and Bible Studies

Women’s Disciple Bible Study

Thursdays (weekly)
9-11a.m. in the Conference Room
Contact: Jan Ellen Shawgo 
 

Men’s Bible Study: At the Table 

Every other Tuesday
6:30-7:30 a.m. at the Liberty Restaurant

Contact: Andy Danckers (Please call the church office 847-362-2174 for contact information)

Join us every other Tuesday morning for prayer, Bible study, fellowship and breakfast as we explore how our Christian faith and scripture empower our response to the challenges and issues of the day. Come as often as you are able.


Everything goes better with bacon: bacon burgers; bacon macaroni and cheese, bacon pizza. How does this observation fit with the call for Bible study, prayer, service and fellowship in building an unshakeable faith?  Bacon and Bible is a wonderful way to start the day.

 

Very early on alternate Tuesday mornings, a group of hearty men discuss God’s involvement in our lives over heaping platters of crispy bacon, eggs, omelets, syrup-smothered pancakes and steaming bowls of oatmeal.

 

We choose a Psalm to explore. Why was it written? What is the point God is making? How can God’s message guide day-to-day life? Prayer for each participant’s concerns, challenges and joys focuses our hearts on God’s care for us.

 

Each lesson stands alone and no pre-reading is needed.

 

We meet for 60 minutes, finishing in time to catch the 7:54 Metra. Please come as your schedule permits. There is always a seat At the Table for you!

 

Men’s Sounding Board 

2nd & 4th Saturdays, 7:30 am to 9:00 a.m. on Zoom

Join us for breakfast, study, conversation, and prayer as we explore passages of scripture, passages of life, contemporary issues, and literature for men. There is no homework, and the leadership rotates among participants.

Our goals are fellowship, and to learn and grow in our Christian faith. 

For inspiration we typically rely on a book selection and cover a chapter per session with discussion leadership rotating among members. If this sounds like something you might enjoy, we’d welcome having you join our conversation and fellowship. Contact David Heusinkveld

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Wednesdays from 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. on Zoom
Led by Rev. Barb Peters

Start your Wednesday out with a vibrant bible study led by the  Rev. Barb Peters. 


Resources

Library

The church library is a valuable resource for books and other materials used in our adult and children’s faith formation  programs. Drop by anytime the building is open and take a look at the wide range of offerings. Small groups may reserve the library for meetings through the church office.  The library is open to suggestions for books on specific topics, or by particular authors. (read more)

Spirituality  Room 210

The Spirituality Room, located on 2nd floor of the Faith Formation Wing in Room 210, is open for individual use whenever the doors of the church are open. Small groups are encouraged to schedule the use of the room through the church office.