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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.

On Sunday, Sept 1 - Labor Day Weekend - we will doing a Labor of Love for our community. We'll meet in the Sanctuary at 10 a.m. for communion and instructions on what we will be doing that morning. We'll have a number of projects and you can pick which one you'd like to do. Projects include working at the Care Garden on Winchester Road, helping PADS get ready for fall, building beds with St. Joe's, cooking food for The Haven, and sorting and delivering furniture for Love Inc.
Sign up for your preferred project here.  

Childcare will be available in the nursery, but there will be projects in which young children can participate!

The Board of Deacons invite you to a lunch to celebrate our youth summer trips. Join us after worship to hear our students share their stories from their trips to North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin, while enjoying a delicious lunch provided by the Deacon Hospitality Ministry.

Don't miss our Launch Party on Sunday, Aug. 25 following worship. We'll have a Faith & Fellowship program fair in Social Hall and lots of fun outside, including face painting, a bounce house and food available for purchase from Milwalky Taco, Oscar Lee's BBQ and even a local ice cream place. 


Food, Faith, and Fellowship: Kids and families, please sign up to join us this afternoon  from 4 —5:30 p.m. at 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.  Sign up now!

Have you RSVP’d for our Charter Day Celebration Luncheon? Our Anniversary Team is planning a lovely catered event in Fellowship Hall following worship on Sept. 8. There is no cost for the luncheon, but we do need a head count for the caterer and want to make sure we set up  enough tables and chairs for everyone. The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes, president of Princeton Theological Seminary, is our guest preacher that day. Please RSVP today for our Charter Day Celebration Luncheon


Young Adults 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, email Ryan and he’ll add you to the GroupMe group. 

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.


Parent Parties: Want to get to know other parents at First Pres? Curious to hear about how the direction of our children and family ministry is changing? Craving some adult conversation? Join us on Saturday, August 17 from 7 –8 p.m. at the Bucciero’s home for dessert and wine.  Sign up for one of these gatherings now!


Inquirers’ Class: Are you Interested in joining First Pres or just want to learn more about what it means to be a Presbyterian? We’re meeting on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 8:45 a.m.—11 a.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 15  from 11:15 a.m.—1:30 p.m. Please call the office or email Michelle to sign up.


PADS Fund Drive: The Deacon Board invites you to support PADS financially on September 8-15. Your gifts will fund groceries and supplies needed to keep the PADS shelter operating. Consider donating a Jewel, Mariano’s, Target or Wal-Mart gift card in any amount. Cash or checks made out to First Presbyterian Church (PADS in the memo line) are also warmly welcomed. Stop by the PADS table at the Launch Party next week.

Communion Guild: Volunteers are needed to help with preparation on the first Sunday of each month. Set up begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Social Hall kitchen, followed by clean up after  church services. You only need to serve two to three times per year with a team of five people. The new schedule begins in November. For more information or to sign up, call the church office at 847-362-2174.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, Aug. 18 —  The Rev. Kara Smith-Laubenstein is preaching. Join us after worship for our All Church Picnic. Along  with the great food, you'll get to hear our youth talk about their summer trips to North Carolina and Texas. Don’t forget to stop by the 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 

Hot Time in the Summer Time. A few “cool" tips: Do energy-heavy chores off peak hours. Laundry, dishes, vacuuming, cooking, etc. done at night will cut your energy bill and help prevent your home from heating up unnecessarily during the day. Extra points if you skip the dryer and hang your clothes out to dry. The Earth thanks you.

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