Sunday, January 9, 2022
Worship at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary and on YouTube (Baptism of the Lord)
News & Updates
  • MLK Weekend of Service & Learning Jan 15-17
  • Chapel Worship resumes on Jan. 16
  • Evening Sabbath moved to Feb. 6
  • Lunch Bunch featuring Kim Ramos, R.N. on Jan. 18
  • Note from Session
  • Virtual Trivia Night on Jan. 22
  • Congregational Survey on Jan. 23
  • Youth Sunday on Jan. 30
  • Reception for Rev. Ryan Wallace on Feb. 6
  • Reception for Rev. Kara Smith-Laubenstein on Feb. 13
  • Annual Meeting on Feb. 27
Ways to Serve & Give
  • Online Auction bidding opens on Jan. 8
  • Virtual Trivia Night tickets on sale now (Early Bird rate through Jan. 9)
  • Stewardship Message from Carol Turnbull
  • PADS volunteers & donations needed
  • Video tech volunteers needed for the Chapel service
Join us for Worship at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary or on YouTube
Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson is preaching on this Baptism of the Lord Sunday. The worship service will be in person in the Sanctuary and livestreamed on YouTube.

There is no separate programming for children this Sunday due to the recent spike in Lake County Covid-19 positivity rates. Please resume extra care for social distancing when joining us in person and we ask the you worship from home if you have symptoms or have circumstances that would make you particularly vulnerable. We continue to require masks in all areas of the church on Sunday morning and will be asking people to sit in alternating pews to facilitate better social distancing.

Flower Dedications
To make a flower dedication, click this link, call the church office at 847-362-2174, or send an email to
A Note from Gail Starr, Clerk of Session
Session would like to thank members of the congregation who participated in the Congregational Forum on Sunday, December 19th and the Stated Session meeting on Monday, December 20th. Please be assured that your thoughts about the upcoming changes in staffing are being carefully considered as Session continues to plan for the future.
Chapel Worship to resume on Jan. 16 at 10 a.m.
We are planning to resume our contemporary Chapel Worship Service next Sunday, Jan. 16. Please note that this service will not be recorded or livestreamed for at least the first few weeks, but we hope to start livestreaming from our Chapel service very soon!
MLK Weekend ‘22: A Weekend of Learning and Service
Please join the First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville as we celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through learning, discussion, and service. We’re promoting and hosting an array of options for folks of all ages. We hope you’ll join us for as many as you are able!

Watching Selma on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.
Our church has chosen Selma as the next film to watch and discuss using the Matthew 25 discussion guide. We will watch the film in person in the Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15. COVID-19 safety guidelines will be in place. The film is also available over several streaming platforms (some for free) if you’d prefer to watch from home!

Discussing Selma on Sunday, Jan. 16
Each discussion will be facilitated by fellow church members in one of three options:
4:00-5:30 p.m. in-person (Fellowship Hall)
4:00-5:30 p.m. over Zoom
7:00-8:30 p.m. over Zoom

Pick-Up Activities for Families with Children on Sunday, Jan. 16
Click here to sign up here for the family activity bag (hard copy or digital)! The bag will include a set of curated resources and activities for celebrating and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by reading Amanda Gorman’s Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem, illustrated by Loren Long. Please purchase or check out the book on your own before MLK weekend through a local bookstore, Amazon, Kindle, or your local library. The book is also available as a read-aloud on YouTube!

You can pick up your family’s activity bag in the Narthex on Sunday morning. If you are not able to pick up the bag in person, no worries! We will send you a digital copy of the activities.

Dream Like Martin Display in the Narthex on Sunday, Jan. 16
Please check out the display case in the church Narthex, honoring a series of Black and African-Americans who have lived and are living out their dreams.

MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 17
MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service in order to make our community and world more reflective of MLK's Beloved Community. We encourage you to engage in one of the local or at-home service opportunities that will be listed by the CARE team in the next few days
January Generosity: Mission Possible is Here!
  • Online Silent Auction (January 8-22). Click here to bid on items starting on Jan. 8.
  • Outright Donations (January 8-22)
  • Pizza Kits (January 22)
  • Virtual Trivia Night (January 22). Click here to order tickets and pizza kits.
 Proceeds support Lake County non-profit organizations, such as:
  • Career Resource Center
  • Feed My Starving Children,
  • Fit Team Moms
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Lake County Haven
  • Love INC
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank
  • PADS Lake County
  • SamaraCare Counseling Center
  • Waukegan 2 College
  • Waukegan Soup Kitchen
  •  Youth & Family Counseling

Buy your tickets and start bidding today!
Click here to get your tickets, order your DeVille's Pizza kit, or click here to bid on fabulous auction items, including gourmet dinners, sporting events, vacation homes and much more.
Lunch Bunch: Living with Vitality & Wellness
Did you know there are 5 areas of the world that have been identified where people live the longest, and are the healthiest? These regions have been named the “Blue Zones” by researcher and author Dan Buettner. He also discovered the “secrets” to longevity and vitality that they all have in common. 

Join First Pres member Kim Ramos as she discusses the “Power 9” behaviors from the Blue Zones that contribute to longer, healthier and happier lives.  
Kim is a Registered Nurse and National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She helps people prioritize self-care and implement healthy lifestyle habits.

This program will start promptly at 12 p.m. and we will not be serving a hot lunch. You may pre-order a box lunch (Turkey and Cheese Wrap with chips) to take home with you. Sign up by clicking the blue button below or call the church office at 847-362-2174.
Congregational Survey
You are invited to participate in a congregational-wide survey which will be administered during worship on Sunday, Jan. 23. As we are entering a time of change and renewal, your input is vital! If you are unable to be in physical worship on Jan. 23, you may participate online. Information will be shared soon regarding how to access the online link.
Message from Carol Turnbull (Elder)
You are so rich in all you have: in faith, speech and knowledge, in your eagerness to help…. 2 Corinthians 8:7

These “riches” written about by the apostle Paul are examples of what being a good steward was in the early church. We, also, are rich in all that we have in this congregation. Even with a projected budget shortfall this coming year, we are rich because we are a people of faith. We are confident that our missions will continue because we have people who are committed to them. But in this new year, with changes on the near horizon, we are not just seeking monetary riches. We are seeking “eagerness to help” - to participate more fully in the varied life of this
Evening Sabbath begins Feb. 6
The launch of our new monthly Evening Sabbath, led by Rev. Amy Heinrich, has been moved to Feb. 6. Come gather at dusk for a candlelight sacred circle, contemplating the mystical hope and healing of the 14 C. Christian anchoress, Julian of Norwich. We will meet in the Chapel on the first Sunday of each month for prayer, meditation on scripture and reflection on differing themes.  
PADS Volunteers Needed
We could really use your help on Tuesday nights and Wednesday night in Fellowship Hall. Please sign up here:

Can't volunteer but want to help. Check out our Amazon Wishlist. Items will ship directly to the Marsden's house and they will bring to PADS:
Audio & Video Tech Volunteers Needed
Bring your time and talent to help live stream our services to those unable to attend in person. No experience necessary! If you're interested and want to learn more, please call the office at 847-362-2174 or email us at
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 blue button below.
Church Office Hours
The church office is staffed Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please enter through the office on Douglas Street.
How to contact a pastor or staff member
Phone: Call 847-362-2174.
Email: (emails go to a member of the administrative team and will be 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.