Saturday, December 9, 2017 — Contemporary Literature and Faith will meet Saturday, December 9 from 9-11:00 a.m. in the Library to discuss “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe from the text, The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, Second Edition, edited by Joyce Carol Oates, c. 2013. All are invited. For more information, call Eileen Sokoloski,
Sunday, December 10, 2017 — Chancel Choir Major Work. Join us for 10:00 a.m. combined worship and Messe de Minuit pour Noel (Midnight Mass for Christmas) by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704). Charpentier’s Midnight Mass for Christmas is considered to be the most charming of the twelve mass settings he wrote, mostly because most of its music is based on noels, or French Christmas carols. It is scored for choir, soloists, flutes, strings, and organ.
Sunday, December 17, 2017 — Mark your calendar for the Christmas Pageant: A Service of Lessons & Carolsat 11:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. The service of Lessons and Carols is a Christmas tradition that began in 1918 in England. It follows a strict format of a bidding prayer, followed by the singing of Once in Royal David’s City by a soloist from the resident boys’ choir chosen as the “Best Boy”, an honor given to the singer who was determined to have the best voice and to be the best all-around student in the choir school. Then there are 7 or 8 “lessons,” portions of the Christmas story- read by various members of the congregation, each one followed by a carol. This format is observed faithfully from year to year, and this service has been observed in churches and cathedrals in England and around the world every year since the very first one. This year all the youth musicians of First Pres will participate in their own Lessons and Carols.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 — Lunch Bunch this month is our annual Christmas program. This year it’s the "Music and Poetry of the Season" with Jane Orth, the Bel Canto Ringers and Katherine Hamilton-Smith. Hosted by Gene Craig, lunch begins at noon in Social Hall, with the program starting at 12:30 p.m. Sign up now! You won’t want to miss this joyous event!
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 — All-Church Feed My Starving Children Packing Event from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Libertyville FMSC site located at 742 E. Park Ave. We’ve reserved all 140 spots, so please help pack the house with First Pres friends and families. Children as young as 5 are welcome to help, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult. Sign-up at www.fmsc.org. Search for our group name under “First Presbyterian Church” or enter group code: 118035.
Saturday, January 27, 2018 — Trivia Night! Our annual Fundraiser for Lake County Not-for-Profit Organizations is only 2 months away! Purchase your tickets online or stop by Social Hall beginning December 3rd. Save $50 by rounding up your friends and purchasing a table! Fantastic Live Auction Items such as: Weekend at The Grand Geneva (for 4), Girls Night Out, Six Course Gourmet Meal, Professional Sports Tickets, Golf at Ivanhoe, Sailboat Cruise on Lake Michigan, Dinner & Overnight Downtown Chicago and much more! Don’t miss this evening of fun and fundraising!
Saturday, February 3 & Sunday, Feb 4, 2018 — Women’s Winter Retreat. February may seem a ways off, but there are only three weeks left to register for the Women’s Winter Retreat (Feb. 3 & 4) with the Rev. Melanie Hammond-Clark. Limited scholarships, roommate matching and carpooling options are available. Prices go up on December 17 and the deadline for room reservations is December 31!Register and pay online.
February 24, 2018 — Deacon/Elder Nominations are due.