Sunday, August 7, 2022
Worship at 10 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 7
  • Worship at 10 a.m. (Sanctuary & Chapel)
  • Back to School Blessing of Backpacks during worship
  • Deacons Back to School Supply Drive
  • Social Hour at 11 a.m. (Outside)

Wednesday, Aug. 10
  • SHF Mini Golfing at 2 p.m. (Par-King in Lincolnshire)

Sunday, Aug. 14
  • Worship at 10 a.m. (Sanctuary)
  • Deacons Back to School Supply Drive
  • Social Hour at 11 a.m. (Outside)

Saturday, Aug. 20
  • Mobile Food Pantry at 8 a.m. (Douglas Ave. parking lot)

Sunday, Aug. 21
  • Worship at 10 a.m. (Sanctuary & Chapel)
  • Social Hour at 11 a.m. (Outside)
  • Inquirers Class at 11:15 a.m. (Fellowship Hall)

Sunday, Aug. 28
  • Worship at 10 a.m. (Sanctuary & Chapel)
  • Social Hour at 11 a.m. (Outside)
  • Inquirers Class at 11:15 a.m. (Fellowship Hall)

News & Upcoming Events
  • Fall Kick-off (aka Rally Day) on Sunday, Sept. 11 (Social Hall & Douglas Ave.)
  • Turquoise Table launches on Sept. 11
  • Lunch Bunch returns on Sept. 20
  • PADS moves to Wednesday nights in October
  • Women's Fall Retreat on Oct. 29 (Ryerson Woods in Lincolnshire)

Volunteer Opportunities*
  • Greeters
  • Mobile Food Pantry
  • God's Gardeners
  • Sunday morning helpers for Follow Me and Kids' Church
  • Chapel AV Team
*Call 847-362-2174 or email for a "no strings attached" conversation about these volunteer opportunities or to talk about other ways to get involved.
A Growing Faith – Part 1
“Deep roots and broad branches.” In a recent conversation, that is how I described the way we carry Christian faith in the heart of Lake County. Ours is a growing faith.

For over 150 years in this community, our Christian tradition has been rooted in the Bible. We believe the central message of scripture is a call to be reconciled - to God and to one another. Ours is a deep and living tradition. It is God’s seedbed for the future, not a nutshell of nostalgia or a fossil of the past.

Our impulse is ecumenical with roots that stretch back to the earliest Christian believers. The Protestant Christian heritage we carry grows from the conviction that God is the source and author of all life. Our Presbyterian tradition always pursues the truth and embraces new insights of science and human advancement.

Presbyterians believe that faith and science complement one another. Faith gives us hope. Hope for all people, not just for some. Such faith gives motivation to create a better life that lifts people out of despair and into abundance. Science provides the tools, both intellectual and material, to get on with what God calls us to do. Presbyterian Christian faith has grown across the centuries, but it is not stifled in the past. We celebrate our successes and learn from our mistakes – always with an eye toward the call of Christ for love, peace and justice.

Christian faith in our tradition is a broadening approach to life. It opens our hearts to others. Faith grows us strong in conviction and character. So as the waning days of summer come upon us, find a tall tree to appreciate. Then, remember you belong to a community of faith that is deep and broad.

Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson
Back to School Blessing on Aug. 7
Students of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks / school bags / briefcases / laptop cases to church next Sunday, August 7.

In both the sanctuary and the chapel we will send our students into a new season of education with a blessing and a backpack tag.

And don't worry if you forget your bag that morning - you don't need to have your bag with you to be part of the blessing!
Worship at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary or Chapel
Join us at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug 7 in the sanctuary or chapel. Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson, is preaching "Life with Conviction" in the sanctuary and Rev. Nicole Farley is preaching "All the Things" in the chapel.

The sanctuary service will also be livestreamed on our YouTube channel. You may access it directly at this link:
Social Hour
Following worship, join us outside for coffee, lemonade and sweets.

Flower Dedications
To make a flower dedication in the Sanctuary or Chapel, please click this link, call the church office at 847-362-2174, or send an email to

Looking for a fun and easy way to help out at church on Sunday morning? Our Greeters are returning to the narthex in August and we'd love to have you join the team. Call Lennie Blair at 847-363-2174 or email her at to learn more!
Fall Backpack and School Supply Drive
The Deacon Board and our congregation will once again be providing backpacks and school supplies to our Mobile Food Pantry guests, students at Hope Technology and Education Center in Chicago, and students in the Waukegan to College program. We hope that you will consider donating. Please give generously so that these kids can have a great start to the school year. 
There are a few easy ways to donate. Scan the QR code on the left using your cell phone camera which will take you directly to the link on Realm or click this link:
SHF Summer Vibes at Par-King in Lincolnshire
Come mini golfing with Kim Mendoza and Rev. Nicole Farley before summer slips by! Incoming 9th-12th graders AND recent grads: Bring $10 cash* and meet Rev. Nicole and Kim near the admission booth at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, August 10. *Confidential scholarships are always available. Email Rev. Nicole to learn more.
Next Steps: Inquirers Class August 21 &28
If you're interested in joining the church or want to learn more about what it means to be part of a Presbyterian denomination, join us for our August Inquirers Class. You'll meet our pastors and staff, learn the history of our denomination, and find out how to get involved here at First Pres.

We will meet on Sunday Aug. 21 & 28 from 11:15 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Lunch will be provided. Please call Michelle Groenke at 847-362-2174 or email if you're interested in attending.
God’s Gardeners is looking for more volunteers
The CARE Garden is located off Winchester Rd. (next to the Libertyville Soccer Complex). Volunteers from First Pres and The Chapel church lead this important up

The regularly scheduled work times for this year are: Tuesdays 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Saturdays from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

They also need help on the third Friday of the month (August 19, Sept. 16 and Oct. 14) to harvest, prep and package produce for the Mobile Food Pantry.
  • Harvest: 8:30 - 11 a.m. at the garden
  • Prep and package: 11:30-1 p.m. at the church

Check the CARE Garden Facebook Page for updates on work times, especially if bad weather is in the forecast. You can also call the church at 847-362-2174 and we can put you in touch with Amy Scovill, our CARE Garden leader
You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you." Psalm 118:28 (NIV)
The Choice for Gratitude by Henri J.M. Nouwen
Gratitude...goes beyond the “mine” and “thine” and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.
Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice. I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are still steeped in hurt and resentment. It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint.... The choice for gratitude rarely comes without some real effort. But each time I make it, the next choice is a little easier, a little freer, a little less self-conscious.... There is an Estonian proverb that says: “Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.” Acts of gratitude make one grateful because, step by step, they reveal that all is grace.”
Mary Kovatch is our new Office Manager
We’re excited to announce that Mary Kovatch, Executive Assistant to the Pastor, has agreed to take on the additional role of Office Manager, overseeing daily operations in the church office. When we hire a new Business Administrator, that position will focus on the financial and business areas for the church. We're thrilled to have Mary in this vital role here at First Pres!
Job Openings
First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville is seeking qualified candidates to fill the positions of Business Administrator and AV Coordinator.

Click here for the Business Administrator position or here for the AV Coordinator position.
Libertyville Senior Center
The Libertyville Senior Center offers a number of programs and services for seniors in our community. You may access their monthly newsletter by clicking the link below.
PADS is on the move…from Tuesday overnight to Wednesday. This is a change for the upcoming 2022-2023 season. Our shelter will now run from 5 p.m. on WEDNESDAY to 6 a.m. on THURSDAYS from October 2022 - April 2023.
Recently, PADS come to us to ask if we could move our day of the week as they had a new site that wants to open, but could only accommodate a Tuesday shelter. We are grateful to the Session & Congregation is providing this flexibility.
We are still working out details of what our shelter season will look like. We anticipate having larger crowds than last season, but we are not sure how close to pre-pandemic levels we will get.
This means there will be LOTS of opportunities to get involved! We will need:
 A larger volunteer force than last season as we will likely be serving more guests (calling all night owls for overnight shifts!)
  • Food & supply contributors on a weekly, monthly or one time basis
  • Groups to set up the site
  • Groups that may want to “adopt a night” and provide the food & volunteers once during the season, once a month, or as often as you might choose
We will once again be using Sign-up Genius to manage volunteers. Please watch this space for further developments.
As always, PADS questions can be directed to Dave Marsden at
Amazon Smile Donations
Did you know that when you shop using AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville's mission fund?

Thank you to our friends and members for shopping at or using the Amazon app with AmazonSmile ON.
Church Office Hours
The church office is staffed Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please press the doorbell on the office door on Douglas Street to be buzzed into the building.
How to contact a pastor or staff member
Phone: Call 847-362-2174.
Email: (emails go to a member of the administrative team and are forwarded to the appropriate person).
Pastoral Emergencies: Please call 847-367-6460 if you are church member and need to reach a pastor in an emergency. Leave a message and a pastor will return your call as soon as they are able.