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First Pres offers many ways for adults to interact and grow in relationship with one another as they grow in their faith. Whether it’s a Sunday morning Christian education class, a midweek Bible study or a meditation class, there’s something for everyone. We hope you will dive right in and get involved.

Scroll down to see class offerings, or check out the bible studies.

Sunday Adult Education


Sundays, January 2 – 30 / 9-10 am / Boardroom / SarahBeth Speciale

Every Sunday from 9:00-10:00 am, SarahBeth Speciale, First Pres member and chair for Community Life & Education, will be leading a class based on the PC(USA) curriculum entitled Follow Me: Practice Spiritual Disciplines. Christian hope is found in the ever-present God, who is always with us. Our hope comes from and is Jesus Christ. SarahBeth will be using the Follow Me curriculum to explore what the Bible says about Hearing Hope, Seeing Hope, Offering and Receiving Hope, and Proclaiming Hope. Class meets Sundays, January 2 – January 30 (no class January 16).

Wednesday Engage & Encounter


Wednesdays, January 5 – 26 / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary / Alex Lang and Guest Speakers

Since every Sunday we will be talking about how the Christian faith thinks about God, on Wednesdays during the Engage and Encounter education hour from 7:00-8:00 pm, we will be learning about how other faiths think about God. This class, entitled God Talk: How Other Faiths Talk About God, will have guest speakers come to our church to discuss their faith.
Each week there will different focus: January 5 we will hear from Rabbi Poupko about how Judaism conceives of God. January 12 we will hear from Jaini Mody, a practitioner of Hinduism about the Hindu perspective on believing in multiple gods at the same time. On January 19, Jonathan Thomas, a scholar in the Mormon faith, will speak to us about the historical roots of Mormonism and their conception of God. Finally, on January 26, Imam El-Amin will join us to talk about the various ways that Muslims understand God.
Each class will be chalk full of information about these other faiths and will be conducted in an interview style between Rev. Lang and the speaker. Each class will leave time for questions from the audience and an opportunity for deeper discussion around issues the group feel is important. Again, all are welcome and no prior knowledge of any of these religions are required. Come and learn how other faiths talk about God!

January 5 Rabbi Poupko Judaism
January 12 Jaini Mody Hinduism
January 19 Jonathan Thomas Mormonism
January 26 Imam El-Amin Islam


Wednesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 9

Our five week career planning program starts with helping you identify skills and interests so you can build a resume and profile that highlights your experiences and strengths. We follow that step with helping you prepare for a career change through ways to source opportunities and prepare for interviews. Last, we provide an overview of what to expect when reviewing job offers.

Our next five week career planning program is scheduled for Wednesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 9. To register simple send an email to [email protected] with your full name, email address and phone number no later than January 31, 2022. Once we receive your registration email, CTR will reach out with meeting information for our first session. The CTR email can also be used for any questions.

Monday Morning Men’s Bible Study

Mondays / 8:00 am / Parlor / Rev. Alex Lang

The Monday Morning Men’s Bible Study Group, which resumed its meetings earlier this year via Zoom, is now meeting both in person and on Zoom. Men of all ages are invited and encouraged to join us. We have a great group of guys who share a wonderful camaraderie and fellowship while studying, learning about, and sharing our views on the word of the Lord.

We meet every Monday morning in the Parlor. The doors are open at 7:30 am, and our meetings start at 8:00 am and run about an hour. For those who choose to meet in person, coffee and breakfast treats are served. And, for those who cannot or choose not to meet in person, we continue to utilize Zoom – and the church’s new Owl camera – which allows all participants to interact with each other, whether online or in person.

If you are interested in joining us, or would like additional information, please reach out to either Bill Dillon at [email protected] or Dave Berkow at [email protected].
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

(Faith & Illumination in a Digital Environment)

First Pres has joined forces with three other Presbyterian churches (Deerfield Presbyterian Church, Libertyville Presbyterian Church and Lake Forest Presbyterian Church) to create more opportunities for adult education.

We call this Presbyterian Faith Formation Collective: FIDE, which stands for Faith and Illumination in a Digital Environment. Since we are all going to be offering our courses online, we thought it made sense to work together to expand the adult education offerings for our communities. If you want to know more about the courses being offered at these other churches, click here.

Advent FIDE Classes

An Advent of Hope

The past year has given us many reason for despair. But Advent is a season to renew our hope. It’s a time of waiting in hope for something we cannot yet see or even imagine. Christian hope is more than optimism or wishful thinking that things will get better. As we wait for Jesus to enter our lives anew this Advent, let’s prepare our hearts to receive this hope and to share it with others. Join us during this four week Advent series as together we explore what it means to:

      Hear Hope

      See Hope

      Share Hope

      Proclaim Hope

Week 1    Hear Hope

Sunday, Nov 28 8:30 – 9:30 am / John Johnson, Lake Forest

Wednesday, Dec 1 7:00 – 8:00 pm / Rev. Ryan Wallace, Libertyville

Week 2    See Hope

Sunday, Dec 5 8:30 – 9:30 am / John Johnson, Lake Forest

Wednesday, Dec 8 7:00 – 8:00 pm / Rev. Alex Lang, Arlington Heights

Week 3    Share Hope

Sunday, Dec 12 8:30 – 9:30 am / John Johnson, Lake Forest

Wednesday, Dec 15 7:00 – 8:00 pm / Rev. Dr. Suzan Hawkinson, Deerfield

Week 4    Proclaim Hope

Sunday, Dec 19 8:30 – 9:30 am / John Johnson, Lake Forest

Wednesday, Dec 22 7:00 – 8:00 pm / Rev. Dr. Brian Paulson, Libertyville

There will be four discussions which will meet Sundays from 8:30 – 9:30 am and Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:00 pm on Zoom each week.

For the Wednesday sessions, click on this Zoom link or contact Rev. Ryan Wallace at [email protected] or (224) 207-7586 to register.

Educational Archives

We’ve held many classes through the years, some of which have been documented on video. Click the button below to look through our past classes and watch at your leisure.

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