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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.

Wednesday Engage & Encounter

Exit Strategies

Wednesdays, April 20 & 27 / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary / Rev. Judy Hockenberry

Benjamin Franklin once said that two things in life are certain: death and taxes. We spend a lot of energy avoiding thinking about or talking about our own death. Her class, entitled Exit Strategies, will be held on Wednesdays, April 20 and 27 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

This class will explore the ways we can face the certainty of death and put some of our own desires on paper. By doing a little pre-planning for our eventual exit we can bring more joy to our lives and ease the burdens of our loved ones. We will use the format of the Five Wishes.

Sunday Adult Education

Live in Community

April 24 – May 15

Boardroom / Laura Carlson, PhD. & Clerk of Session

God calls for us to invite everyone to the table, welcome them, and help each person know that they belong. In this class, we will explore ways that we can strengthen our community by appreciating and understanding the different talents, abilities, and voices in our community.

Living in community means united in God’s love across differences as a people of faith, listening to all, helping each other, and welcoming everyone. In Genesis, we are reminded that we are created equally in His image; yet sometimes our words or actions fall short of that vision. We will identify and practice ways we can be a community that lives out God’s love.

Honor God’s Diversity

POSTPONED! New dates TBD

Boardroom / Laura Carlson, PhD

Every Sunday from 9:00-10:00 am, Laura Carlson, First Pres member and Clerk of Session, will be leading a class based on the PC(USA) curriculum entitled Honoring God’s Diversity.

God calls for us to invite everyone to the table and make everyone feel they belong. Join Laura as she explores ways we can strengthen our community by appreciating and understanding the different talents, abilities, and voices in our community. Living in community means being united in God’s love across differences as a people of faith, listening to all, helping each other, and welcoming everyone.

In Genesis we are reminded that we are created equally in God’s image; yet sometimes our words or actions fall short of that vision. A community that lives out God’s love is one where we affirm God’s love for everyone, listen to each other, practice empathy, focus outward as well as inward, and celebrate our differences.

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.

Coffee: Grounds for Discussion and Service

Sundays through April 3 / 10:30-11:30 am / Room 110/112

We will be starting a study for Lent on Sunday, March 6 and using the book titled Life Calling: A 5-Session Course on Vocation for Lent by Robert Warren and Kate Bruce.

Some people think that vocation is just for special people… but God calls us all to live our lives shaped and directed by his call. This course for small groups explores the meaning of vocation for everyone.

It offers five interactive sessions:
Called by God: The shape of God’s call in scripture
Called from within: Drawing out the call and gifts that God has planted in us
Called out: How God sets us free from everything that stops us responding to God’s call
Called up: Understanding how God calls us to join in with his loving care of the world
Called on: how we can grow in our sense of calling beyond the end of the course
This course helps people to embark on an adventure with God – a journey through life in which we make a contribution to the world around us. Whether you can make it every week or not, we would love to see you there!

For More information contact Kelly Dean

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.

FIDE
(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.

Lent FIDE Classes

Come join us on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 pm during Lent for a new adult faith formation opportunity offered by our FIDE churches. Witness at the Cross is a 6-week study written by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine and taught by pastors from our FIDE churches. The study is focused on Good Friday and the perspectives of 6 different people/groups present at the crucifixion. The class will be offered via Zoom beginning Wednesday, March 9. Click on the link to join: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85756817315 

Session 1: Wed, March 9

Bystanders and Scoffers (Host: Deerfield Pres)

Session 2: Wed, March 16

The Other Victims (Host: First Pres of Lake Forest)

Session 3: Wed, March 23

The Soldiers (Host: First Pres of Arlington Heights)

Session 4: Wed, March 30

The Beloved Disciple (Host: First Pres of Libertyville)

Session 5: Wed, April 6

The Women (Host: First Pres of Wheaton)

Session 6: Wed, April 13

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus (Host: Highland Park Pres)

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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