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Sunday, November 24 at First Pres

We have a busy day of activities here at First Pres. If you’ve signed up for the Advent Workshop, please join us in Fellowship Hall following worship. Other events today include:

Caregiver Support Group will meet at 11:15 a.m. in Room 202. This is a safe, supportive and confidential place to share your concerns, ask questions, and seek guidance both for your loved ones and for yourself. Contact Rosemary Monahan with any questions.

Theology on Tap at 4 p.m. in the Royale Room at O’Toole’s in Libertyville.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration at 4 p.m. at Advocate Condell Centre Club.

First Light: A Service of Hope & Healing  at 6 p.m. in the Chapel. The Rev. Amy Heinrich and our Stephen Ministers will lead this comforting, contemplative and reassuring worship celebration.


Thanksgiving Hours: The building will close at noon on Thursday, Nov. 28 and will not be open on Friday, Nov. 29. Join us at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 for Hanging of the Greens.


Giving Trees: The Board of Deacons’ Giving Trees are up in the Sanctuary and the Chapel narthexes. The trees are decorated with gift tags specifying gift wishes for children and families in need. Your individual gifts (in the $25 to $30 range) will bring a joyful Christmas to recipients. We will happily accept gifts through noon Sunday, December 8, but they must be in by the Sunday deadline or our recipients won’t receive their gifts. Please note: each gift tag indicates whether or not gifts should be wrapped. Whether you wrap or not, please be sure to return gifts with the gift tag securely attached. Questions? Please contact  Kevin Henderson.


Advent Wreath Lighting: We are looking for volunteers to be part of this lovely holiday tradition! Families, couples and individuals who would like to light the candles on our Advent wreaths during worship are invited to put their names on the schedule. Stop in the church office or email Amanda Rau.


Poinsettias: Honor a loved one with a Christmas Eve poinsettia! Place your order here or stop by the church office to place your order no later than December 8. You may bring your poinsettia it home after the 11 p.m. Christmas Eve service, pick it up after Dec. 26 or donate for it for pastoral care. The cost is $12 per plant.


Trivia Night: Tickets for Trivia Night 2020 are on sale today in Fellowship Hall following worship. You may also purchase tickets here. 


Save the Date: The Women’s Overnight Retreat is back! Join us at The Ridge Resort in Lake Geneva on Friday, Feb. 21– Saturday, Feb. 22. Our guest speaker is the Rev. Shawna Bowman. Registration opens soon!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Nov. 26: Can you help this week with PADS? Our shift needs this week are 11 p.m.—3  a.m., 3 a.m.—7 a.m. and 5 a.m.—7 a.m. As the weather gets colder, our  shelter gets busier.  Click here to volunteer and learn more about this vital and rewarding ministry.


Thursday, Nov. 28: Thanksgiving Worship is at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary. The Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson is preaching.


Saturday, Nov. 30: Hanging of the Greens: Please come help to beautify our church for the Advent and Christmas season at Hanging of the Greens! We will begin at 9 a.m. Help is especially needed to put up the live evergreen garland outside the Sanctuary and the Chapel entrances. This is a great way to help our church and to get into the spirit of Christmas! Questions? Call the church office at 847-362-2174.


Sunday, Dec. 1: The Advent Vespers Service “We Sing the Season “ is a beautiful, candlelight service of music and contemplation. Join us at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary.


Wednesday, Dec. 4: Join us for the Women’s Ecumenical Advent Service: Tracing the Ancient Path. The evening begins with holiday refreshments at 7 p.m. in Social Hall. At 7:30 p.m., we’ll gather in the Chapel for a service of candlelight, music and contemplation.


Saturday, Dec. 7: The  SALT Ladies Christmas Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at  The Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee. The price is $21, including tax and tip. Please contact Cam Hieronymus by Dec. 3 to RSVP.


Your giving matters! Stewardship Season is upon us and it is the perfect time to say "thank you" for your continued support of God’s work. It is also when we ask all members to prayerfully consider a pledge for the new year. Please know that your giving truly matters.  If you have not yet submitted a pledge or have any questions, please contact Cynthia in the church office at 847-362-2174. Thank you!

Online donations, payments, and more! Thank you to the many families and visitors who have given a recurring donation or one-time gift through our website! If you have not taken advantage of the convenience and simplicity of online giving, you can do so from any device by visiting our Giving page. Also, be on the lookout for simple and secure online registrations and payments for education, retreats, fundraisers, events and more!

Have you been blessed this year? Year-end is an opportune time to count your blessings.  Perhaps you received a cash bonus, stock options, a required minimum distribution from a qualified retirement plan or some other windfall. Cash, checks, ACH transfers, credit & debit cards and gifts of appreciated securities are accepted and appreciated. Questions?  Please contact Cynthia Churchwell, our business administrator, at 847-362-2174 or email

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 

Thanksgiving Eco-Tip: At least 28 billion pounds of edible food is wasted each year — more than 100 pounds per person. One of the best ways to reduce your waste this Thanksgiving is to plan ahead and look online for approximate per person food and drink portions. The Earth thanks you!

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