Sunday, July 25, 2021
Worship in person at 10 a.m.
Join us on Sunday at 10 a.m. in our sanctuary. The Rev. Ryan Wallace and Minister Daniel Hartman are preaching. Masks are required on the main level of the sanctuary, but are optional in the balcony for those who have been vaccinated. Please join us!

Worship online at 10 a.m.
Our sanctuary worship service will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. on YouTube and will be recorded for those who wish to view it later in the day. Click here to download our online worship bulletin

Join us for our Coffee & Lemonade at 11 a.m.
Following worship, the Deacons are hosting an outdoor Coffee Hour (weather permitting) with coffee, lemonade and prepackaged treats.

Fellowship Pad
Sign our Fellowship Pad and make a prayer request by clicking the Fellowship Pad link below.

Flower Dedications
We invite and encourage you to honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion by signing up to fund and dedicate a floral arrangement to be used in our worship spaces on Sunday mornings. To make a dedication, click this link, call the church office at 847-362-2174, or send an email to

Outdoor Family Worship on Sunday, Aug. 1
Parents and children are invited to a special outdoor family worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1. Bring your own chairs and join Rev. Kara Smith-Laubenstein on the former playground (just east of the C.E. Entrance on Maple Ave.).
Guest Preacher: Daniel Hartman
Daniel is married to his lovely wife Nicole, and they have a two-year-old son, Jacob. They reside in North Chicago, where they live and serve as a family. Daniel is a licensed minister at The Sign of the Dove Church and is pursuing a PhD in intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Daniel serves as the Director of Mosaic Ministries, Director of the Mosaic Initiative, and Executive Director of Mosaic House Ministries. These ministries have distinct, yet synergistic influences in the area. Trinity is home to the Mosaic cohort and Mosaic Gathering, while Mosaic House Ministries and Mosaic Initiative reside in North Chicago and Waukegan.

The Mosaic cohort is a diverse learning community of seminary students focused on developing leaders in ministries of reconciliation. The Mosaic Gathering is a weekly worship meeting that addresses current events through short talks and conversation-based learning. Mosaic House Ministries (MHM) includes the Mosaic House (a missional discipleship community modeled after the early church) and the Mosaic Hub (opening in October, a Kingdom Center focused on prayer, worship, youth development, and the creative arts). Mosaic Initiative serves as an innovation hub to twelve partnering congregations, focused on developing ministries with and for young adults.
Donate to the 2021 School Supply and Backpack Drive
Each year, your generous donations help the Deacons fill backpacks for children from Waukegan to College, Hope Technology and Education Center in Chicago, and our Mobile Food Pantry families so they can start the school year prepared to learn.

 “As a local middle school teacher, I see firsthand the frustration of children who struggle to afford the basics,” says Deacon Stephanie Hamrick. “I am sure you remember the childhood joy of back-to-school shopping and the excitement of the first day in a new classroom. There are many children who come to school empty-handed. A filled backpack can provide confidence and a sense of belonging as they walk into a new year.”

Any help you can give would be appreciated. Simply click the link below to donate online. Donation Link:
Register your rising 9th grader for Confirmation
Parents of rising 9th graders, is your student ready to grow deeper in their faith? If the answer is yes, then it’s time to have them join us on our Confirmation Journey!

Confirmation is not simply a “rite of passage.” Nor is it just a class to complete. It is a step in a life-long journey of pursuing the height, depth, and width of God’s love and making a vow to live in relationship with God for the rest of your life!

So now is the time for your “rising ninth grader” to register to participate in the upcoming Confirmation Class. As has always been our policy here at First Presbyterian Church, our recommended grade (ninth grade) for Confirmation is just that, a recommendation. We have always and will continue to confirm anyone in ninth through twelfth grades who wishes to be part of this faith formation process.

Click the button below to learn more and sign up! Please email Rev. Kara Smith-Laubenstein or call the church at 847-362-2174 with any questions.
“What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?”
Psalm 116:12
How grateful we are to embrace our loved ones with a hug and see their unmasked smiles! Many of us are experiencing a renewed sense of gratitude for the blessings of health, family and community. Let us remember that our blessings are from God and we magnify these gifts when we share them with others.
Consider all the ministries and programs of our church (it would take a long time to name them all). What can we do to enable these programs to continue blessing others? What can we do to help the church meet budgeted commitments? Thank you for the many who prayerfully answer these questions year after year.
Click on the “Give” tab of the First Pres website and see the many ways in which we can support the work of our church. To learn more about giving opportunities, please contact Cynthia Churchwell in the Business Office at
Training Class for Stephen Ministers
Have you considered becoming a Stephen Minister? Are you interested in providing one on one Christian care to people during times of loss? If so, please consider joining the training class for Stephen Ministers beginning in September.

This class will run weekly for 20 sessions for a total of 50 hours of training. Sessions include topics such as grief, listening, feelings, boundaries, confidentiality and supervision. Upon completion you will meet twice a month with other Stephen Ministers for group supervision.

If you think you might be interested or have any questions, please reach out to Brian Tischendorf at or 847-732-4159.
Summer 2021 Book Read: The Color of Compromise
Our next book discussions will be held on Aug. 11 (Chapters 5-8) and Sept. 8 (Chapters 9-11) in Social Hall. The full book discussion will be held on Sept. 26. Learn more and sign up by clicking here.
Launch Party and Labor of Love
Don’t miss the Launch Party and program fair on Sunday, August 29. This year’s kickoff to the fall program year will feature food, fun, and music! Also, put Sunday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day Weekend) on your calendar. We're bringing back our Labor of Love as First Pres leaves the building and goes out into the community to help our neighbors. More details coming soon!
Opportunity to Help
On the fourth Saturday of each month, our church helps move furniture and other household items from Love INC's Gurnee warehouse to the residence of a Lake County neighbor in need of a fresh start.

There is no minimum age requirement, but volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and be old enough to physically help move items and out of the truck. Click here to sign up.
Job Posting: Faith Formation Coordinator
The search for a new Faith Formation Coordinator is on! You can read the job description here.

Please share this job opportunity with anyone you think might be a good fit to join our ministry team.
Interested candidates should send their resume to

Families: We want your input!
First Pres families, we want your input as we begin this search process. Please take a moment to answer these three simple questions that will help our search team find the right person to work and pray alongside our children and families.

Questions? Contact the co-chairs of the search committee—Jennie Bucciero ( and Gail Starr(
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 through Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The doors, however, are locked so that we can monitor entry into the building. Call 847-362-2174 when you arrive and someone will come to the office entrance on Douglas Ave.
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.