As part of our faith in Christ, we care for those whom Jesus called the “least of these.” On Saturday morning,
November 3, members of the Mission committee, congregation and staff lived into this by making short
visits to two of our long-time mission partners. Team Haven was John Johnson, Geoffrey Luce, Jill Moot,
Missy Burger, and Sue Barkhausen. We visited Lake County Haven in Libertyville bringing bag lunches for
the women going to or looking for work. We had a tour of the home where Lake County Haven has been
transforming the lives of homeless women and children for over 25 years. The Haven was started in 1992 by
two deacons at First Pres. For more information on Lake County Haven, visit lakecountyhaven.org.
The team visiting A Safe Place was Kristie Finley, Amy Wells, and Mary and Stew Kerr. They shopped and
delivered bed and bath supplies, and toured A Safe Place facility in Zion. For more than 35 years, A Safe
Place has provided services to victims of domestic abuse and their families in Lake County. They offer
a comprehensive approach to domestic violence to break the cycle of abuse and create safe and healthy
communities by providing a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional living arrangements,
permanent housing, counseling, community education and more. For more information on A Safe Place, visit
In only two hours, we were able to make a difference in many lives. You are invited to join us in our future
fan-out events. You can contact Stewart Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org or Geoffrey Luce at email@example.com.