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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.

Sunday, October 13th at First Pres

10 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary and Chapel.  The Rev. Amy Heinrich is preaching in the Sanctuary and the Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson is preaching in the Chapel. Join us in Social Hall after worship for Fall Fest .

Stewardship Campaign is Underway!  Today is the official kickoff of the Fall Stewardship Campaign. Look for your  Stewardship mailing and remember to bring your completed pledge form on Commitment Sunday, Nov. 3. 

The Caregiver Support Group meets today from 11:15 a.m. 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.

Meal-A-Month Bags Available Today!  Please grab a grocery bag from a Deacon or in the Narthex after worship today.  Fill it with the items listed or other non-perishable food items you wish to donate.  Your donations benefit the Libertyville Township and St. Joseph Food Pantries.  Please return your filled bag by the end of worship next Sunday, Oct. 20. Thanks! 

Food Pantry Holiday Meal Donations: This year the Mobile Food Pantry is offering guests a turkey for Thanksgiving and a ham for Christmas. Each Holiday Meal Box costs $16, and we will be serving about 130 families at Thanksgiving and 105 for Christmas. We need your help to cover the cost. See our table display in Social Hall after worship or you may make a donation in the office or online if you wish. 

Winter Clothing Drive: Today is the last day to bring in winter coats, hats and gloves for the Deacons  Winter Clothing Drive. Donation boxes are located in the hallway off the Sanctuary Narthex. 

Thank you for your faithful support of PADS! The Deacon Board collected over $1,700 in cash, checks and gift cards to support the work of our PADS homeless shelter at First Presbyterian Church. Your generous gifts will be used to purchase groceries and supplies needed by our PADS volunteers as we begin a new year of service and ministry to people in need of shelter. 

Anniversary Gift Fund: We are grateful for the 70 gifts that have been graciously donated to the 150th Anniversary Gift Fund. Contributions to date total $11,528, qualifying for matching funds of $7,628 for a total of $19,156. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Oct. 15:  David and Ruth Arendsen are our guest speakers for Lunch Bunch at noon in Fellowship Hall. RSVP by noon on Monday, Oct. 14. 

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Our new season supporting our onsite PADS homeless shelter is underway.  To volunteer and learn more about this vital and rewarding ministry click here,  For this coming week, we are in need of help from 7-11 p.m. on Tuesday night, and  5-7 a.m. on Wednesday.

Friday, Oct. 18: The church-wide fall film is Come Sunday, the story of Rev. Carlton Pearson’s “excommunication” from the evangelical church after he questioned the existence of hell. Download the watch guide which will give you some questions and ideas to ponder as you watch. Watch the movie at home on Netflix, or watch it at church on Friday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Join others for dinner and discussion about the movie on Friday, Oct. 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

 Sign up to let us know you’re watching with us!   View the Watch Guide

Saturday, Oct. 19: The Women’s Fall Retreat at University of St. Mary of the Lake. There are still some spots open for the Women’s Fall Retreat.   Sign up today. 

Sunday, Oct. 20: Join the men of First Pres at their annual Burnt Offerings Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 20 at  5 p.m. at Kirk Ergang’s home in. Please bring a lawn chair and $10 to cover all food and beverages. RSVP to Mike Castner at 847-650-0253.  All men are welcome!

Sunday, Oct. 20: Caregivers Resource Fair at 11:10 a.m. in Social Hall. 

Sunday, Oct 27: The Caregiver Support Group will meet on Sunday, October 27 from 11:15 AM to 12:30 pm 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.

Saturday, Nov. 2:  Join Adult Faith Formation and the Earth Care Team for a field trip to Waukegan to learn why so many people around Lake County are concerned about environmental issues, including a cancer-causing chemical called EtO (ethylene oxide). Our partner organization, Faith in Place, will educate us on the issues, including a short driving tour to help us understand the impact of pollution on our communities.

Friday, Nov. 8: Join the men of First Pres for our Men’s Retreat  from 5:30 –9:30 p.m. at the Libertyville Sports Complex. Early Bird Rate is $30 (through Nov. 3) and bring a non-First Pres friend for half price. Register today in the church office or register 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 

In the United States, we add 73 pounds of shoes and clothing per person per year into our landfills. This is a total of 23.8 billion pounds! Shop mindfully. Check out the website "Good On You" for sources of clothing produced ethically and sustainably. The Earth thanks you.

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