“In the beginning, God …” - Genesis 1:1

How great is our God! The Bible begins with the affirmation that God speaks and creates and that all things created are good. Yet in the garden of God’s goodness we wrestle with the presence of evil and temptations away from the good. Every day of discipleship is a humble act of seeking the good, celebrating it in creation and in one another. Every day of discipleship is an opportunity to appreciate the goodness God that celebrates in ourselves.

Job hears the speech of God coming from a whirlwind in our scripture for Sunday. In many ways, it seems we are living in a whirlwind these days. Such days can be disorienting for our spirit and yet God, the creator of the vast universe, is never finished with us. God can make all things new. In that hope, we carry our faith through times of division and disease.

We continue our online worship experience together as Illinois moves into Phase 4 of the Illinois Recovery Plan. The Session is following the lead of the Presbytery of Chicago, holding back from in person worship until at least August 30. However, we’ve planned several opportunities to gather in limited numbers outdoors under safe restrictions. Stay tuned and join us as you are able and feel comfortable.

Thanks for all of the expressions of support and concern for the Session’s affirmation of the statement that Black Lives Matter. Our Anti-Racism Task Force is now established and is expanding ways that we can be a positive community for love, humility, and transformation in days when racism is being exposed so clearly in our common life. I encourage you to join the large number of members who are participating in many learning events and actions being offered regarding this affirmation.

Let us continue praying that our lives together will honor God, lift up the brokenhearted, and celebrate the goodness in every human being.
Sunday Morning Worship

Join us online at 10 a.m on Sunday, June 28 for worship. The Rev. Amy Heinrich is preaching A Cosmic Perspective on Job. The video will premiere on YouTube . You may also access the link on our website .
Conversation about Session's Covid-19 Worship Plan

Following worship on June 28, a special Zoom conversation will focus on the Session plan for worship during the Covid-19 pandemic.

First Pres will not return to regular weekly in-person worship any earlier than August 30. Elder Jess Pruess will outline the reasons for deferring in-person worship and the steps we are taking moving forward. Then members will be placed into breakout groups to share their impressions and hopes regarding worship.

A member of Session will be with each group to listen to the conversation so their decisions can be informed when moving forward. Then we’ll return to the larger group and we’ll do our best to answer any questions that have not been addressed in small group.

We know that so many of you have been wondering about when we might be able to return to in-person worship. Our leaders are paying attention to scientific insights and government recommendations. We are sharing insights with leaders of other congregations in our Presbytery and in our community. Thank you for praying with us through these challenging times as we seek to remain a part of the connected Body of Christ for Lake County.

The Zoom link is available in our private Facebook group and via the emailed version of this newsletter.
Raising Anti-Racist Children

There is still time to join our online series for parents where we explore big
questions about how to raise anti-racist children.

Participants will receive resources to engage on their own (e.g. a podcast, a short article, or a YouTube video) and then we’ll have a live Zoom meeting that includes some teaching, some facilitated discussion, and some time to practice strategies for talking to our kids about race.

The Zoom gatherings are on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m .

Feel free to join us from week to week as you’re able—because we know sometimes children make our lives unpredictable! The series will be facilitated by a group of white parents who are also learning how to raise their own children to be anti-racists. Please sign up online , and we’ll send you an email each week with details about the upcoming conversation, including a Zoom link.
Dialogues on Race

O ur high school youth are invited to participate in Dialogues on Race , a 7-week study exploring racism and racial identity through a Christian lens.

The series will begin in July and will be led by Rev. Kara Smith-Laubenstein.

Please fill out the Summer 2020 SHF Survey and check the Dialogues on Race box to let us know you’re interested in participating.

Films on Racism: Stories that Speak to Our Souls

This summer adult Faith Formation is offering three films to watch from home followed by group discussions. These online discussion groups will not be for the purpose of sharing already formed opinions or persuading others to agree.

These will be times of healthy curiosity, reflection, and questions—sharing confusion, frustration, challenges, and new learning. We will ask, “Where is God in all of this?” and “What do we imagine Jesus would think/feel/do after seeing this movie?”

The series will be facilitated by Rev. Melanie Hammond Clark, and our first film will be Just Mercy . Sign up online to let us know you’re interested , and we will follow up soon with additional details about how and when to join a discussion.
Junior High Fellowship

JHF is beginning to make plans for in-person gatherings this summer. Groups will be limited to 10 students and we will practice appropriate social distancing so please BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair). The first meet-up is on Monday, June 29 at 3 p.m. and a second meet-up on Tuesday June 30 at 3 p.m.* We will get ice cream at Dairy Dream and then grab a seat on the lawn to chat for an hour and catch-up. Sign-Up Here!

*Rain date for either day will be Thursday July 2 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m, respectively. Check the sign-up for more information!
Growing Up With God at 9 a.m. on Sunday

Don't miss the second week of our family series Growing Up with God on YouTube . We're using nature, gardening, and other outdoor activities to learn together about how God calls us to care for creation and grow up our in faith.

Tunes & Tales for Preschool -2nd grade

Join Mrs. Boyce on Facebook at 10 a.m. on Thursday mornings for a story, music, and some fun. The Zoom link is sent out each week in an email from Mrs. Boyce. Email cboyce@boxp.net to be added to the list.
Zoom Lunch for 3rd-7th grade

Join your friends and Mrs. Boyce for a Zoom lunch at 12 p.m. on Thursdays. The Zoom link is sent out each week in an email from Mrs. Boyce. Email cboyce@boxp.net to be added to the list.

Drive-By Fourth of July Social Hour
Sunday July 5 from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

On Sunday, July 5 after worship, the pastors of First Pres will be on the sidewalk outside the church on Douglas St. for a Fourth of July Celebration.

We hope you will drive or bike by the church to wave hello, have a brief chat, and get a Popsicle!

To prevent a traffic back-up on Route 176, we're asking everyone to come down Jackson St. (the street that runs along Brainerd Field) towards the church, and turn left on Douglas St. The pastors will be socially-distanced along the sidewalk and you'll be able to greet each one and pick up your Popsicle treat at the end of the block.
Caregiver Support Group

The Caregiver Support Group is a safe, supportive and confidential place to share your concerns, ask questions and seek guidance both for your loved ones and for yourself. 

This group is open to all who are caring for someone with Alzheimer's/Dementia as well as any chronic illness requiring extensive care, i.e. COPD, stroke, cancer, opioid/alcohol related illnesses, accident/trauma, etc. There are many in our congregation/community who are caring for loved ones and could benefit from support. Please consider inviting someone you know who could use that support to attend. 

If you would like to join our private Facebook group, or participate in Zoom calls on the first and third Sundays of each month, please email Rosemary at  rmonahan47@gmail.com .
Job Search Group
I f you have lost your job as a result of Covid-19, we are here to help.
Email rmonahan47@gmail.com for more information.
Bright As Day

Help support those in our community who are dealing with food insecurity.  

Stewardship Update

Thank you for your online donations. We are encouraging members and friends to continue to support the ongoing mission and ministry of FPC Libertyville by giving online at www.firstpreslibertyville.org .

Don't forget to pay your per capita for 2020 to help cover the fee our church pays each year to the Chicago Presbytery to fund their operations along with the Lincoln Trails Synod and the General Assembly.
Contact information:
 C all 847-362-2174 and leave a message. Your call will be returned between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Email: Office@boxp.net (emails go to a member of the administrative team)
Pastoral Emergencies: Please call 847-367-6460 and leave a message. A pastor will return your call as soon as they are able.