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We’re celebrating our 150th Anniversary in 2019

On September 7, 1869, the Civil War barely over, a group of 15 men and women of the Presbyterian faith decided to organize in Libertyville. The vision then and now remains to share a life in Christ. To honor the faith we have inherited from those who have gone before and to look forward to passing that faith to others today and in the future, we are planning a year-long celebration in 2019. Come join with others in witness to what God has done here at First Presbyterian Church. Let’s Remember, Reflect and Connect with this milestone in our congregation’s journey. See the 150th Anniversary page.


150th Anniversary Matching Gift! You may know that the congregation has an opportunity to celebrate the 150th Anniversary by making a donation toward a commemorative gift and the First Pres Endowment Fund (please see bulletin insert). Additionally, a generous donor is now offering a $15,000 matching gift for any contributions made in honor of the 150th Anniversary. Your contribution (up to $150) will be matched by the donor in celebration of the church’s anniversary with gratitude for who we have been as a congregation for these many years!! All donations are welcome – children, teens, and adults! Questions?  Contact the Treasurer’s office at 847-362-2174.


The Caregiver Support Group meets Sunday, September 15 from 11:15 AM to 12:30 p.m. in Room 202. Anyone caring for someone with a chronic illness is invited to attend.  Please be assured your concerns will be handled in a safe, loving and confidential environment. For more information please contact Rosemary Monahan. 


Inquirers’ Class: Are you Interested in joining First Pres or just want to learn more about what it means to be a Presbyterian? We’re meeting on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 8:45 a.m.—11 a.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 15  from 11:15 a.m.—1:30 p.m. Please call the office or email Michelle to sign up.


PADS Fund Drive: On Sunday, September 15 the Deacon Board is asking for your financial support for PADS. Please consider donating a gift card in any amount from Jewel, Mariano’s, Target or Wal-Mart. Cash or checks made out to First Presbyterian Church (with “PADS” in the memo line) are also welcome. These contributions will fund groceries and other supplies needed to keep our PADS shelter in operation.


Lunch Bunch: Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 12 p.m. for lunch and a presentation by storyteller Barry Bradford on our country’s First Ladies, starting with Martha Washington. Cost for lunch is $8. Sign up in the church office or by calling 847-362-2174. 

Theology on Tap: Gather over some appetizers and a craft beer, soda, or glass of wine for some conversation about the church and the world—how we think about our faith as Christians in relation to relevant and challenging issues of today like climate change, immigration, or LGBT inclusion. Join us on the fourth Sunday of the month (beginning September 22) from 4-5:30 p.m. in the ‘Royal Room’ at O’Toole’s in Libertyville. Sign up here and receive monthly updates about upcoming gatherings, discussion topics, and some digital resources on the topics.


SALT: A Day at Royal Oak Farm Orchard: Women of all ages are invited to join our SALT activity group on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at  Royal Oak Farm Orchard in Harvard, Illinois. They have over 17,000 trees with over 30 varieties from which to pick. The farm also grows pumpkins, gourds, and winter squash and features the country's first apple tree maze. We plan to have lunch in their Country Kitchen Restaurant. And we'll stop by their bakery for their famous fresh apple cider donuts as well as visit their gift shop and fudge shop -- not to be missed!  Contact: Julie Snydacker

Women’s Fall Retreat: Join us on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.—3 p.m. for the Women’s Fall Retreat at University of St. Mary’s of the Lake in Mundelein. The theme is Hummingbirds & Hawks: God’s Wind Beneath our Wings — Where Curiosity and Passion meet. The Early Bird rate is $30.  Sign up today. 


Saturday Morning Scholars: On Saturday, Sept. 28 we’re kicking off our Saturday Morning Scholars series with The Beginning of Difference, featuring The Rev. Dr. Ted Hiebert, who teaches at McCormick Seminary. Join us from 9 a.m.—12 p.m. in Social Hall to discuss what guidance the Bible’s texts on difference might give us for living in a diverse world.  Sign up here


Chapel Seating: There will be a meeting in the Chapel on Sunday, Sept. 29 following worship for a conversation about discussions to update seating in the Chapel. 


Action required for anyone who breathes: Two local firms are emitting a known carcinogen called Ethylene Oxide (EtO). Efforts by local agencies and the public are underway to require monitoring, testing, and ensuring compliance, as the levels of EtO in our air have been dangerously high. Please stop by the Earth Care Team’s table in Social  Hall after worship for more information, including a letter you can send to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.


Start-Up Community Groups:

Are you interested in joining a brand new small group? We’re launching three new groups this fall. 

Serving our Neighbors is a small group for people who want to do hands-on service projects and reflect together as people of faith on related social issues. The group will meet for the first time on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. to get to know each other and discuss possible service projects. Susie Lawson will help facilitate this group.
Additional information and a sign up can be found here.

 #parenting is a chance for parents to build community and grow in faith together. Both couples and single parents are welcome. This group will gather for the first time on October 1 at 7 p.m. and set its own meeting schedule for the rest of the fall. Jen and David Blair-Bianco will help facilitate the group. 
Additional information and a sign up can be found here.

The Divine Dinners group will gather for fellowship and faith-centered conversation over a meal. Additional information and a sign up can be found here.

2019 Flower Dedications

Consider signing up for a flower dedication! We have spots open throughout all of 2019. As you may or may not 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 email your request.

Earth Care Team Eco-Tip 

Drop off your household chemical waste at SWALCO in Gurnee on Saturday, Sept. 14 and Monday, Sept. 23. Visit to schedule your appointment. The Earth thanks you!

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