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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.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, May 26  —  Worship at 10 a.m. in the Chapel and Sanctuary. The Rev. Dr. Brian Paulson is preaching in the Sanctuary and Chapel. Motet Choir will provide music in the Sanctuary and the Chapel Music Team will provide music in the Chapel. 


Sunday, June 2   
Worship at 10 a.m. in the Chapel and Sanctuary.
The Rev. Kara Smith-Laubenstein is preaching in the Sanctuary (Chancel Choir) and The Rev. Ryan Wallace is preaching in the Chapel (Chapel Music Team). 
Baccalaureate Sunday. We will be honoring all of our high school and college graduates during worship on Sunday, June 2. If you or a member of your family is graduating this year (high school or college), please call the church office at 847-362-2174 or email Vicky Nicholson by the end of the day on Tuesday, May 28 to share with us the graduate's name, school, degree, and any other pertinent information (such as college honors). 

Deacon Blood Drive. Register  online at Our  group code is 774C. Please contact Chris Fry if you have any questions.

Saturday, June 8 — In honor of our 150th Anniversary, our church will be a featured stop on the Libertyville Historic Home Tour. Tours can be purchased online beginning May 1st at


Sunday, June 9 
Pentecost Sunday.
Wear red for Pentecost.

Congregational Meeting. A brief meeting of the congregation will be held at the beginning of worship for the election of officers 
Retirement Reception. Join us in Social Hall immediately following worship for a reception honoring our treasurer, Polly Vente.


Saturday June 15 — Women’s Summer Retreat at Ragdale “Woven Together in Love.” Join us from 9 a.m.—12:15 a.m. in  Lake Forest as we explore our spiritual narrative and how stories are the threads that connect us. Register now.


Sunday, June 16 — History Corner: Men of the Church. The 150th anniversary committee will feature photos of the men of our church in Social Hall immediately following worship.


Monday, June 17—Friday, June 21 — Sign up today for Vacation Bible School! This year’s VBS —To Mars and Beyond — will train us to be astronauts as we explore the far reaches of God’s love in the universe around us. We’ll use crafts, science, music, videos, games, and storytelling to bring our faith to life. And on Friday, the whole family is invited to gather with us for dinner and a finale you won’t want to miss! VBS is for 4-year olds (by September 1) through 8th graders. Register now.

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 

Earth Day Network is launching “Foodprints for the Future” to address one of the largest contributors to climate change — our food system. A “foodprint” measures the environmental impacts associated with the growing, producing, transporting, and storing of our food; from the natural resources consumed, pollution produced, greenhouse gases emitted. Food also is biggest single contributor to your health, so take a look at your total footprint for your health, and the health of the planet, at

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