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Sunday, January 26 at First Pres

10 a.m. worship in the Sanctuary and Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson is preaching in the Sanctuary. The Rev. Kara Smith-Laubenstein is preaching in the Chapel.
New Members will be recognized. 


Last chance to sign up for the Women’s Winter Retreat! We have to release the remaining hotel rooms in our reserved block in the next few days. Please sign up today and help us reach our goal of at least 50 women at this year’s retreat. We have at least one person looking for a roommate, so please email Michelle if finding a roommate is the only thing holding you back from attending the retreat!  Informatiion and registration. 

Caregiver Support Group will meet from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. after worship in room 202. This is a safe, supportive and confidential place to share your concerns, ask questions, and seek guidance both for yourself and your loved ones.  Contact Rosemary Monahan for more information. 

Theology on Tap is from 4 – 5:30 p.m. tonight at O’Toole’s in Libertyville. Gather over some appetizers and a craft beer, soda, or glass of wine for some conversation about the church and the world. Today’s topic is The Separation of Church and State: Should churches get involved in ‘politics’? Sign up to receive monthly updates about our gatherings and topics.

PADS Clothing Drive: Today is the last day of the Deacons PADS Clothing Drive. To make giving easier, our shelter is using an Amazon Wish List.  Click here for details and list of items needed.

This Week

Can you help with PADS on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning? We need volunteers  for the following shifts: 11 p.m.. - 3 a.m., 3 a.m.—7 a.m. and 5 - 7 a.m. We are also in need of help in the child care/play room from 6:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m. You will need to be 16 years older for the child care shift.   Click here to volunteer and learn more about this vital and rewarding ministry.

Upcoming Events

Who is my Neighbor? Answering the question “Who is my neighbor?” is critical in continuing the healing of the injustices rooted in the sins of our past and present. In this new  six-week small group, Stephen Minister Tucker Olson will teach and lead a group conversation on the lasting impact of racism and the road towards racial healing. Details and sign up, or contact Pastor Ryan .


Sunday, Feb. 2: Deacons Souper Bowl collection. Donate your spare change (or dollar bills) to our annual Souper Bowl collection next Sunday. The money goes to support the Holy Family Soup Kitchen in Waukegan.


Saturday, Feb. 8:  Secrets of Strong Relationships. Give yourselves an early Valentine’s Day Gift and join us at this workshop for couples on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 6—9 p.m. here at First Pres. You’ll learn the secrets of solid relationships and get the tools to strengthen yours. This workshop is led by Marriage and Family Therapist Erin Sharp, who has a passion for cultivating intimacy and connection. She comes to us from Youth and Family Counseling of Libertyville and also brings a variety of experiences as a mom, wife, and daughter and a former pastor of Presbyterian congregations. Early bird registration is $45 per couple . Click here for details and registration.


Sunday, Feb. 9:  Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the congregation will take place following worship in the Sanctuary. During the meeting, any and all business of the church may be brought forward by active members of the congregation. All members should plan to participate in this important responsibility of church membership. Copies of the Annual Report are available in the narthex and church office.


Sunday, Feb. 9: (Pi)dia. All 4th and 5th graders are invited to join us at church from 4-5:30 p.m. for our next πdia, where we’ll brainstorm and plan some new and creative ways of serving our neighbors.


Sunday, Feb. 9: Young Men of First Pres. All men of the church in their 20s, 30s, and 40s are invited to join us for dinner and fellowship at Mickey Finn’s on Sunday, Feb. 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. Email Pastor Ryan for more details.


Friday, Feb. 21 — Saturday, Feb. 22: Women’s Winter Retreat. Join us at  the beautiful Ridge Resort in Lake Geneva on Friday, Feb. 21– Saturday, Feb. 22 for our Women’s Winter Retreat. Our guest speaker is the Rev. Shawna Bowman, a dynamic pastor and artist from Chicago who will help us explore how to live a life of compassion and courage. There will be time for fellowship, spiritual exploration, yoga and creativity. Informatiion and registration. Questions? Email Michelle 

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Sunday, Feb. 2: 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.
Sunday, Feb. 9: 10 a.m. combined worship in the Sanctuary. The Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson is preaching. Annual Meeting.
Sunday, Feb. 16: 10 a.m. worship in the Sanctuary and Chapel. The Rev. Amy Heinrich is preaching.
Sunday, Feb. 23: 10 a.m. worship in the Sanctuary and Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson is preaching in the Sanctuary and the Rev. Ryan Wallace is preaching in the Chapel.


​​​​​​​Pledges for 2020 are still welcome! We ask all members to prayerfully consider a financial commitment 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 the church office at 847-362-2174.Thank you!

Per Capita is every member’s responsibility. Each year our church is required to pay a fee to the Chicago Presbytery to fund their operations along with the Lincoln Trails Synod and the General Assembly. This year’s fee is $36 per member, or approximately $40,000 for the entire congregation. Please remember to pay your per capita as soon as possible. Payment can be made online or via the special envelopes.

A reminder for all electronic givers. Did you remember to update your weekly/monthly online giving to reflect your new pledge for 2020? Please remember it needs to be updated each year. Log in through our Giving page  . Call the church office at 847-362-2174 or email Cynthia if you have any questions.  

2020 Flower Dedications

Consider signing up for a flower dedication! We have spots open throughout all of 2020. 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 

Lake County recently adopted an updated recycling plan and their  goal is to have 60 percent recycling and composting rates by 2030. Right now the county is at 39 percent. Please consider what you can do to help achieve this goal. The Earth Care Team is looking into composting options for 2020 for the church. Stay tuned.

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