Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021
In this week's Parish Life:
  • Faith Formation & Sunday Morning Worship
  • Flower Dedications
  • Holiday Meal Boxes
  • Rosemary Monahan honored by Libertyville Senior Council
  • Stewardship
  • Upcoming Events: Fall Fest, Theology on Tap, Wendy Claire Barrie
  • Join our AV Team
  • Job Opening: Faith Formation Coordinator
  • PADS & Love Inc. volunteers needed
Faith Formation on Sunday at 9 a.m.
We're excited that so many children and adults are joining us on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for our new intergenerational Faith Formation programming. Everyone is welcome and if you haven't attended, we hope you'll join us this week!

The Nursery opens at at 8:45 a.m. for children under 3. If you’d like to participate by Zoom, please register in advance here.
Worship on Sunday at 10 a.m.
The Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson is leading worship in the Sanctuary on Sunday. His sermon is titled How do you do it?" and the scripture for this Sunday are Psalm 40 and John 1:35-51. Charles Murphy will be leading the Chapel Music Team.

Our worship service is 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 worship bulletin.

Flower Dedication
The flowers this Sunday are placed to the glory of God by Chip and Melanie Hammond Clark in memory of Lynn Hammond Bowles, Melanie’s mother, who passed away on October 1st; and by Mary Slight in honor of the many ministries at First Pres.

To make a flower dedication, click this link, call the church office at 847-362-2174, or send an email to

Coffee Hour
Join us outside immediately following worship for coffee, lemonade and snacks beneath the Sanctuary portico.

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

Junior High & Senior High Fall Party
Junior High and Senior High Youth are having a barn party tonight (Sunday, Oct. 10) at the Townander Barn in Hawthorn Woods. JHF will gather from 4 - 5:30 p.m. and SHF will gather from 7-9 p.m. Check your email for a message from Rev. Kara with the address or you can send her an email.
Rosemary Monahan named to Senior Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Rosemary Monahan for her induction Thursday into the Libertyville Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

She was nominated by the First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville for her deep commitment to helping others in the church and the greater community.

Rosemary is a ruling Elder, chair of our Congregational Care & Evangelism Committee, a professional facilitator who leads our Caregiver Support Group, and an executive coach who is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations stretch and grow to achieve their full potential. 

“During the 2009 recession, Rosemary started a ministry of coaching and support that went far beyond the walls of our church and into the community with a network of care,” said the Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson. Rosemary is founder and president of Improve-ization, an Executive Coaching Practice; and executive director of The Job Search Circle, a professional support network of 3,500 executives in the greater Chicago-Milwaukee area who are, or have been, in transition.

“Rosemary’s creative and courageous leadership is remarkable,” said the Rev. Amy Heinrich. "When Rosemary’s 83-year-old mother (now deceased) was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2007, Rosemary became a caregiver and entered into the brave new world of gerontology and assisted living, becoming a vocal and relentless advocate for caregiver education and better institutional care."

She feels keenly the responsibility to ‘pay it forward’ and help others navigate the twists and turns of the mental health care system, create a community of caregivers for support and education, and advocate for those who have no voice.

“Rosemary is committed, passionate, relational, practical, and endlessly creative,” said Rev. Ryan Wallace. “She’s the kind of leader you call upon when you absolutely, positively need something done the right way.”

Financial Health Checkup
The Stewardship Committee believes it is important to provide the congregation with periodic updates on the financial health of the church. This communication is particularly timely given the Fall Stewardship Campaign, scheduled for completion on Sunday, October 31.
The church building is now open, with enhanced security during hours when groups are not meeting inside the building. In-person worship is happening each Sunday and fall programing is in full swing! The church is also offering new forms of worship and education on Sunday mornings to accommodate both on-campus and remote participation.
Through August, offerings and total revenues are in-line with the budget. Expenses are slightly below budget, resulting in a small surplus year-to date.
Our church benefited in 2020 and 2021 from two non-recurring items: a Paycheck Protection Program loan that was subsequently forgiven; and a large Angel Gift. In the absence of these two unique sources of revenue, First Pres Libertyville needs strong participation from the congregation to complete the 2022 Stewardship Campaign.

To be more specific, the preliminary budgets for 2022 and beyond are currently projecting deficits at the current revenue and spending levels. To ensure we have the resources required to pay for staff, church programs and mission outreach, all church members and friends are encouraged to submit a generous giving estimate for 2022 and prayerfully consider an increase in financial support going forward.
Donate Turkeys & Hams to Families in Need
The Mobile Food Pantry will be providing Thanksgiving turkeys and Christmas hams to their guests this season. Please consider making a donation. Each $18 donation pays for a complete turkey or ham dinner that serves up to eight people.
Join our Sunday Morning Tech Team
Have you ever been interested in working in a TV studio? Or do you enjoy hearing music with the mix “just right”? Enjoy working with things? The Chapel AV team needs your help! Bring your time and talent to help live stream our services to those unable to attend in person.
No experience necessary! We will train you to operate the equipment. We need people who have an interest and willingness to help provide high quality audio and video.
Become a video operator. You’ll frame shots with a camera remote control and select which camera shot is shown to the live stream audience. Or be an audio mixer. You’ll operate the sound board, providing sound to the congregation in the chapel and to those watching at home.
Job details
Video operator
1.  Operate remote controls for two video cameras, framing shots in a visually appealing way.
2.   Select camera shots and computer graphics by operating the video switcher which is used to present the church service to viewers at home.
Audio operator
1.   Place microphones for singers and musicians
2.   Operate the audio mixer, setting levels and mixing sound, to provide a great presentation of music and speech to congregants attending live and viewing the live stream at home.
3.    Rehearse with the band make sure musicians can hear themselves and to ensure quality sound mix of the music during service on Sunday.
Interested? Have questions? Contact Jim Henning at or (847) 989-3707
The Church Post-Sunday School
How to Be Intergenerational and Why it Matters

Most churches are multi-generational places where all ages gather for a variety of activities—usually separated by age. Becoming intergenerational is an active choice that will enrich the faith of all God's people. We'll look at several ways to build community and nurture relationships across generations in worship, fellowship, education and service, as well as some of the compelling research that underscores the importance of intergenerational ministry.

Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. on Zoom for this class led by Wendy Claire Barrie. She’s the author of Faith at Home: A Handbook for Cautiously Christian Parents, and is finishing up her second book, The Church Post-Sunday School: How to Be Intergenerational and Why it Matters. She’s a writer, editor, speaker, and longtime Christian educator, and the Canon for Intergenerational Ministries at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Mark in Seattle, Washington.
Donuts, Coffee, Apple Cider and Pumpkins
On Sunday, Oct. 24, your Deacon Hospitality Committee will be hosting a Fall Fest immediately after our worship service. 

This will be an outdoor event where you can sip on some coffee or apple cider, enjoy a Lee's Donut, and even decorate your own pumpkin to take home!

Join us on Oct. 24 to help us welcome the change of seasons, and don't forget to bring a friend! Please contact Lisa Mehta or Sue Fosmoen for details.
Theology on Tap on Sunday, Oct 24 at 4 p.m.
Gather over some food and a craft beer, soda, or glass of wine at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24 at O'Toole's in Libertyville for some causal conversation about “practical theology”—what our faith has to do with how we live our daily lives.

Sign up below to receive monthly updates about upcoming gatherings, discussion topics, and some digital resources on the topics.
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

Questions? Contact the co-chairs of the search committee—Jennie Bucciero ( and Gail Starr(
PADS Volunteers Needed Starting Tuesday
The homeless shelter at the First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville will open on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

We will be an overflow site to the hotels and will be expecting between 10 and 25 clients a night. All CDC guidelines will be followed, including masks to be worn by volunteers and clients at all times.

If you are available to help now or at any time over the next seven months please sign up at 

Feel free to reach out to Dave Marsden with any questions or concerns.
Love Inc. Furniture Delivery
On the fourth Saturday of each month, our church helps moving 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.
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. 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.