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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.


Fall Backpack and School Supply Drive: The Board of Deacons and our congregation will once again be providing needed school supplies for our August Mobile Food Pantry guests, students at Hope Presbyterian Church in Chicago, and Waukegan to College students. We pray that our congregation will make it possible for these students to have a great start to the school year. The average cost to supply one child with a backpack and school supplies is approximately $25. Please pick up an envelope from the pew and give generously. 

Bob Orth: A service of witness to the resurrection for Bob Orth will be held this Friday, July, 26 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. in the Narthex. Following the service, there will be a reception in Fellowship Hall.  

Food Faith & Fellowship: Kids and families, please sign up to join us on Sunday, August 4 from 4-5:30 Independence Grove for Food, Faith and Fellowship. FFF is for the whole family (kids, parents, and even grandparents). We’ll get together for a meal, ponder a Bible story together, and take part in a hands-on activity for the whole family.  
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Parent Parties: These adult-only gatherings have two simple but important goals. First (and most importantly), they're meant to be opportunities to get to know some other parents at First Pres-for us to be intentional about building our Christian community. And second, these gatherings will be a chance for our new leadership team to share a little bit about our emerging vision for ministry with children and families at First Pres and get some feedback from you. Sign up for one of these gatherings now!

August 8 | 6:30-8pm | Tacos El Norte (Libertyville)

August 11 | 11:15am-12:30pm | Fellowship Hall at First Pres (*childcare provided)

August 17 | 7-8:30pm | Jennie and Mike Bucciero's home (Libertyville) Kids Summer Reading

Young Adult Group: Young adults from First Pres are gathering about once a week this summer to build community while we share good food, serve our neighbors, and have fun together. If you might be interested in joining us, let Pastor Ryan know and he'll add you to the GroupMe group. 

All Church Picnic: Come to our All Church Picnic in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, August 18 to hear about and see photos from the JHF and SHF summer trips. This week, 18 high school students and five adults from our congregation are in Texas for the SHF mission trip. They’re staying in a church and working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to help  with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts near Corpus Christi. Please keep them in your prayers.

Summer Church Wide Book Read - The Secret Message of Jesus  It's not too late to join in on our church-wide summer book read-The Secret Message of Jesus by Brian McLaren. Over these next few weeks, we're sharing our thoughts and questions with each other in an online forum, and then we'll get together in person on August 11 for some lunch and discussion. Read more about the book and order a copy here. Then sign up here to let us know you're in and we'll send you info on how to access the online discussion forum.

Last Chance for the Party Paloozas! Sign up today in the office for a gourmet Champagne Brunch on Sunday, Aug. 18 at the home of Lisa and Raj Mehta. They are also hosting a Euchre Party on Saturday, Aug. 24 and need a few more players. All proceeds support Lake County non-profit organizations.

Launch Party: Don’t miss the Launch Party and program fair on Sunday, August 25. This year’s kickoff to the fall program year features food trucks, bounce houses, a face painter, and lawn games! 

Labor of Love: Join us for a Labor of Love on Sunday, Sept. 1 as First Pres leaves the building and goes out into the community to help our neighbors. More details coming soon!

Charter Day Celebration and Luncheon: Join us for our Charter Day Celebration and Luncheon on Sunday, Sept. 8. RSVP for the luncheon 

Caregiver Support Group:  Join us in in Room 202 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. after worship on July 28.  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.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, July 21 — 10:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary and Chapel. The Rev. Ryan Wallace is preaching in the Sanctuary and The Rev. Amy Heinrich is preaching in the Chapel.


Sunday, July 28 — Worship at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary and Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson is preaching.

Sunday, July 28 — The Caregiver Support Group will meet in Room 202 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 18 —  All  Church Picnic and History Corner.

Sunday, Aug. 25 — Launch Party and program  fair. 

Sunday, Sept. 1  —  Labor of Love worship and community outreach event. 

Sunday, Sept. 8 — Charter Day Celebration and Luncheon.  The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes , president of  Princeton Theological Seminary, will be our guest preacher. 

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 

American families use about 1,500 plastic bags per year and only 1 percent of those bags are recycled. They are used for an average of 12 minutes and take 500 plus years to degrade in a landfill, becoming micro plastics that absorb toxins and continue to pollute the planet. Choose reusable cloth bags whenever possible. The Earth thanks you!

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