Keep an eye out for our new website this week! We hope you like the new format, which has more photos and a cleaner layout that will be much easier to update. If all goes well, it will be up late Monday or early Tuesday.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 — RSVP for Lunch Bunch. Jane Orth and the Bel Ringers will perform Music of the Season. Additional Details
Saturday, December 22 — Our Youth Bells, led by Kirk Townander will be performing alongside the Salvation Army bell ringers at Walgreens on 1470 S. Milwaukee Ave. in Libertyville from 8 a.m.—12 p.m. Please stop by to support their efforts!
Monday, December 24— Christmas Eve worship services are at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. in the Sanctuary. See our Advent 2018 brochure for more details.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018 — This year Christmas Day falls on a Tuesday, which is the night we host the PADS homeless shelter in Fellowship Hall. We need volunteers for the 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. shifts. Please contact Dave Marsden if you are able to help.
Wednesday, January 9,— Feed My Starving Children from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Libertyville FMSC site. Sign-up at www.fmsc.org. Search for our group name under “First Presbyterian Church” or enter group code: 09GP4G.
Sunday, January 13— First Pres is celebrating our 150th Anniversary in 2019 and we’re kicking off the year with a special event in Fellowship Hall following worship.
Saturday, January 19 — PCSYA is hosting a game night at the Kovatch’s house. If you have kids between the ages of 18-32 and want to have fun with other parents of young adults, we’d love to have you join us. Details coming soon. Also, put Feb. 3 on your calendar for College Care Packages.
Saturday, February 9— Trivia Night! Early Bird tickets are on sale now for our popular mission fundraiser. Purchase your tickets online today or stop by Social Hall after worship.
Today children ages 4 and above will remain in the service to enjoy the Children’s Pageant. Care is being provided for children three and under in their regular rooms.in Sunday School. Twos and Threes will be doing some Christmas fun.
Rejoin us in Sunday School next week for our story “Jesus is Born”
Please be sure you have registered your child. Teachers have forms if you need one or they are by the CE office or fill out the form & email
Find out more about children’s Sunday School, scheduled events and more under the CHILDREN tab at the top of the page. Contact: Carol Boyce, Coordinator for Christian Education.
Reminders - Summer trip registrations are due December 16th for the JHF Quest Conference, Montreat Youth Conference, and the SHF Mission Trip to Corpus Christi, TX. Download the forms.
Christmas Parties are Sunday Evening!!
JHF 4-5:30 p.m. at the Townander home. Please bring a grab bag gift to share ($10-$15), your appetite, and a readiness for a Christmas spirit overload!
SHF 7-9 p.m. at the Townander home. Bring a grab bag gift ($10-15) and we will exchange gifts, have a few snacks, and enjoy being together to celebrate Christmas. If you are in finals mode, come for an hour for a study break!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We will NOT have Confirmation, JHF, or SHF on December 23, 30, and January 6. See you in 2019!
Find out more about FPC Youth Programs, scheduled events and more under the YOUTH dropdown tab on our website. Contact: Rev. Kara Smith-Laubenstein, Assoc. Pastor, Youth Ministry. or 847-362-2174
Sunday, December 16
Thank you to our children and youth, and our hardworking musicians and choir directors, for blessing us with Lessons & Carols this morning! Please join us in Fellowship Hall for an all-church luncheon immediately following today’s worship.
The Caregiver Support Group meets from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 203. Anyone caring for a loved one with a chronic illness (cancer, COPD, stroke, Alzheimer's/dementia, alcohol/opioid-related health issues, etc.) is welcome. Contact Rosemary Monahan, 847-471-6751 or email@example.com.
Did you know that Pastor Ryan is posting daily Advent Devotions on Facebook? Take a look and join in on the conversation in our Facebook group, First Pres Community. Looking for an offline devotional?
A Family Advent devotional is available for download, as well as links to other devotional materials. Are you on Facebook? If so, please join our Facebook group, First Pres Community, to see Faith Formation devotional posts from Pastor Ryan.
Thank You for Supporting the Giving Tree
A very heartfelt thank you from the Board of Deacons to everyone in the congregation for once again making our Giving Tree Ministry a great success. A special thank you to the many Deacons and volunteers who worked behind the scenes with the Giving Tree this year.Senior High Wall-of-Hope Fundraiser! This fundraiser benefits the students traveling on our Senior High summer trips to Texas and North Carolina. Thank you for your generous support of our students!
Convenient, Automated Giving for Your Busy Schedule. Don’t forget to sign up for convenient, recurring giving. Sing up now. This way, even if you can't be here every Sunday, your generous tithe always will be. Try it today!
Visit our Facebook page or join our First Pres Facebook Group to see the fantastic photos from VBS and our SHF Service Trip to Italy.
Centering Prayer —Centering Prayer — Every 2nd and 4th Thursday morning, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the Spirituality Room. Join us for Centering Prayer in order to …find simplicity, silence, & stillness. We’re Praying for You — Our pastoral staff invites you to join us in prayer via Facebook Live at 11:30 a.m. on Monday mornings. Find additional information.
Flower Donations — Please consider signing up for a flower dedication. We still have many open spots on our Flower Chart now through the end of the year. As you may know, commemorative donations are our only source of revenue for our Sunday flowers. The flower chart is located in the church office. $40 per arrangement. Fill out a card when you sign up. or you may send an email to the office.
Earth Care Team Eco-Tip — All I want for Christmas? According to a 2017 survey Americans spend up to $16 billion a year on holiday gifts that won't be used! What a waste of the resources that went into them! Consider gifting time and experiences rather than stuff this year. Isn't that what the season is really about, anyway? Let's be mindful in our gift giving for the sake of our environment and for the true meaning of Christmas. The Earth thanks you!
Stay in Touch with your First Pres family! Have you recently moved? Dropped your landline? Changed your email address? Let us know & we’ll update our records! Call the church office at 847-362-2174 or email us with your new contact information. Thank you!
Church HoursMonday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m-9:30 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m-9:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Sunday 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The church office hours of operation are from 9:00 - 5:00 M-F