Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022

Saturday, Sept. 17

8-9:30 a.m. Mobile Food Pantry in Douglas Ave. parking lot

Sunday, Sept. 18

9 a.m. Confirmation (1st Floor Youth Education Room)

9 a.m. Follow Me Faith Formation (Fellowship Hall) 

10 a.m. Worship (Sanctuary & Chapel)

10:20 Kids' Church (Rooms 204/205).

11:15 a.m. Social Hour (Outside)

11:15 a.m. Junior-Senior High Choir Kick-Off (Sanctuary)

4-6 p.m. Turquoise Table gathering at Robin & Martin Frey's home (Libertyville)

4-5:30 p.m. Junior High Fellowship (Youth Lounge)

7-9 p.m. Senior High Fellowship (Youth Lounge)

Tuesday, Sept. 20

12 p.m. Lunch Bunch (Social Hall).

6:30 p.m. Book Study "Evicted" in Social Hall

Sunday, Sept. 25

9 a.m. Confirmation (1st Floor Youth Education Room)

9 a.m. Follow Me Faith Formation (Fellowship Hall) 

10 a.m. Worship (Sanctuary & Chapel)

10:20 Kids' Church (Rooms 204/205).

11:15 a.m. Social Hour (Outside)

11:15 a.m. Junior-Senior High Choir Kick-Off (Sanctuary)

4-6 p.m. Turquoise Table gathering at Bill & Jody Hick's home (Vernon Hills)

4-5:30 p.m. Junior High Fellowship (Youth Lounge)

7-9 p.m. Senior High Fellowship (Youth Lounge)

Coming in October

New Member Recognition on Oct. 2

PADS starts on Oct. 5

Tackle Hunger Tailgate on Oct. 16

Women's Fall Retreat on Oct. 29 (Ryerson Woods in Lincolnshire)

Evening Sabbath with Rev. Amy Heinrich on Oct. 30 (Chapel)

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Mobile Food Pantry

New volunteers are always welcome at the Mobile Food Pantry. If you are available this Saturday, Sept. 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., please email Sue Ellen Skeens at to let her know you're coming to help! Meet at the Sanctuary doors! 

Faith Formation at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall (lower level)

Come once or come as often as you can! Our theme for the first four weeks is Forgive. Some weeks we stay as a large group and, some weeks, we’ll split into age groups. All you need to bring is a curious mind! Kids’ Church will be held from 10:20-11:00 a.m. in Rooms 204/205.

Can you help with Kids' Church or Follow Me? Even for a Sunday or two?

Check out our Sign Up Genius here to volunteer for a specific spot and date: 

Questions? Contact Jennie Bucciero @ 224-358-5885 or Nicole Farley.  

Worship at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary* & Chapel

Join us at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson is preaching in both spaces. The Motet Choir is in the Sanctuary and the Chapel Music Team is in the Chapel.

*Sanctuary Worship will also be livestreamed on our YouTube channel

Turquoise Table from 4-6 p.m.

We're launching our own First Pres Turquoise Table as a place to gather together, build fellowship, foster new friendships, and extend our love of Christ out into the community! You’ll find the First Pres Turquoise Table in different front yards each Sunday from 4 – 6 p.m. (Sept. 11-Oct. 30) as the weather permits.

Robin and Martin Frey are hosting this Sunday (weather permitting! Their address is 1037 Shari Lane in Libertyville. No need to RSVP! Bring a folding lawn chair and a snack, if you’d like. 

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Board of Deacons PADS Fundraiser

For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me. Matthew 25:35

The Deacon Board asks you to support PADS financially as the new season begins. Deacons will be available following worship on Sunday to accept your donations to this important ministry. 

Your generous gifts will allow the PADS leaders to purchase groceries and other supplies needed to keep the weekly shelter in operation. Please consider donating a gift card in any amount from Jewel, Mariano’s, Target or Wal-Mart.

 A donation may be made by check (made out to First Presbyterian Church, with “PADS” written on the memo line).  Cash contributions are also welcome. If you prefer to give electronically, simply scan the QR code or click this link.

Thank you in advance for your generous support for people in need! 


A message from Jane Orth, Music Director:

You're a "kid" if you're in kindergarten through 12th grade, and if you are, you're invited to come and make music with one of our children's or youth choirs! We invite you to come and see how making music sounds good, makes you feel good, gives you a feeling of success, and makes lots of other people happy!

Come and find out what it's all about!

Our Jr./Sr. High Choir starts this Sunday (Sept. 18)  right after worship in the Sanctuary. Come have a donut and check it out! Our Joyful Noise, Cherub and Faith Choirs start on Thursday, Sept. 29 

Questions? Email Jane at

Joyful Noise Choir (Kindergarten)

Isabelle Esquivel, director

Thursdays 4:15-4:45 p.m. in the Choir Room. 

Open to all kindergarteners, this choir is the beginning of our graded choir program. They sing for worship usually every 8 weeks from September through April, plus the Christmas Pageant.


Cherub Choir (1st-2nd grade)

Sue Ellen Skeens, director

Thursdays 4:00-4:45 p.m. in the Chapel. 

Cherub Choir is for 1st and 2nd graders. The choir sings for worship every 6 weeks or so from September through April, plus special services including the annual Christmas Pageant.


Faith Choir (3rd-5th grade)

Gloria Song, director

Thursdays 4:15-5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. 

This choir is open to 3rd through 5th graders. They sing for worship every 6 weeks or so from September through April, plus special services such as the Christmas Pageant. 

Jr./Sr. High Choir (6th-12th grade)

Kitty Snyder, director 

Sundays 11:10-12:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Jr/Sr. High Choir is open to any junior or senior high school student. They lead in worship every 5-6 weeks and on other occasions throughout the year, including the Christmas Pageant.

Youth Bells (6th-12th grade)

Kirk Townander, director 

Sundays 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Belfry. 

All Jr. and Sr. Highs are welcome to join Youth Bells. They play for worship and special services throughout the year. It's a great way to mingle with other kids and make beautiful music.

Alpha Omega Chimers (grades 3-6)

Gloria Song, director 

Sundays 11:00-12:00 p.m. in the Belfry 

This beginning training group for handbells is open to anyone in 3rd through 5th grade. It provides a chance to start learning the fun of handbell ringing.


Sept. 20 at 12 p.m. in Social Hall

Don’t Put Me Out To Pasture—I’m Not Done Yet!

Age is just a number, and many of us classified as “seniors” are active, engaged, and even working well into our 70s and beyond. It’s all about intentionality and living on purpose

Join Rosemary Monahan - a very active and still working “senior” - for a

light-hearted but serious look at all that is available for us to do and experience as we enter our “golden years” and beyond.

Topics will include:

  • You and Aging: What’s the relationship? Overcoming your own stereotypes about aging and how not to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • I’m Too Young to Retire: Redefining “work” and exploring the possibilities in paths not taken previously and assessing possibilities now through volunteering.
  • Rekindling Old Flames: Reconnecting with people, hobbies and interests that have lain dormant.
  • Self-Discovery: Who are you NOW? Sharing your wisdom, experience, enthusiasm and zest for life to inspire and motivate others.
  • Developing a Plan for the Future: Overcoming inertia, self-imposed obstacles and negative self-talk.


*Rosemary Monahan is an Executive Career Coach, Life Coach and motivational speaker with a passion to help individuals of all ages become all they can be. 

Call the office at 847-362-2174 to sign up by noon on Monday, Sept. 19 or you may register by clicking the blue button below.

Lunch Bunch

Come to our new book study!

Join members of the Faith Formation Adult Strategy team as they lead a discussion around the book Evicted, by Matthew Desmond, about eight families experiencing eviction in Milwaukee, as we learn more about the Matthew 25 initiative of Eradicating Systemic Poverty. We meet on Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Social Hall

A simple Panera soup supper will be served, so registration is needed to help us plan accordingly. Register here. And be sure to pick up a copy of the book!

The 2022 Stewardship Campaign is underway! Stewardship is not only a season during the church year, but a way of living with God and our resources that recognizes that everything belongs to God! We are the caretakers, the stewards, of the resources with which He has entrusted us.

The campaign is focusing on six attributes of a faithful giver found in Scripture. The first two traits were introduced in worship in August and September, and encompass:

Intentionality -- being intentional with your giving means developing a giving plan and then following through with the plan. Being intentional comes through prayer and a decision to give, and then is executed by a plan, or a commitment to give. 

Regularity -- to give regularly means to establish a pattern in your giving and follow that pattern. This may be tied to how you receive your income and might be weekly, monthly, or some other regular pattern. The key is to follow your giving plan and develop a pattern that executes the plan.

In the weeks ahead, look for the remaining attributes of giving in worship, in Parish Life and on the FPC website. You may be surprised at the changes in your life and your spirit that come with adopting these six traits!


Your gifts of time, talent, treasure and generosity to the church are the foundational support for God’s ministry at First Pres. Online giving has been adopted by many givers, but if you would like information on giving to the church in other ways such as stock gifts, Donor Advised Fund gifts, or Required Minimum Distribution transfers, please contact the church business office at 847-362-2174.

Thank you!! For your giving and for the generosity it inspires!                             

2023 Giving Estimate

Women's Fall Retreat on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Join us at the beautiful Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods for a morning retreat led by Rev. Amy Heinrich, Rev. Nicole Farley & Kim Mendoza.  

We'll be exploring will explore how nature heals our bodies and souls and, in return, how we are called to heal God's creation.

Continental Breakfast will be served.

Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. The program will be inside Brushwood Center, but we will plan on walking on the trails at Ryerson Woods if the weather permits.

Cost: $10.

The Brushwood Center is located in the Ryerson Woods Conservation Area (21850 North Riverwoods Road in Riverwoods, IL). The entrance is on Riverwoods Road between Half Day Road (Route 22) and Deerfield Road. 

Register using the link below.

Women's Fall Retreat Registration

Try the new Discovery Tool

Offering time, talents, and spiritual gifts is an important way we live out Jesus' call to discipleship. Now, there is a new way to connect your particular gifts with the needs of the world, our community, and one another! 

The Discovery Tool is a survey that takes just 3 to 5 minutes, and you will see the results immediately. Our prayer is that the Discovery Tool helps you pledge your time and talent to Christ's mission through First Presbyterian Church in ways that are joyful and spiritually enriching for you. Scan the QR code or click the link below.

Discovery Tool

Coming This Fall!

Third Grade Bible Presentation

Families of third graders are invited to sign up their children here to receive a third grade Bible in the sanctuary on Sunday, November 13, and then stay after worship for an "How to Read Your Bible" luncheon for kids and their families.

Intro to Worship

We're planning a brief program to help first graders (and those who may have missed this intro during the earlier pandemic years) learn about the basics of worship. From liturgical colors to "How does communion even work?" we'll cover the basics in what worship is all about. Interested in learning more as details develop? Sign up here for updates.

First through Third Friends

Once a quarter we'll gather first through third graders for a social event to help them build community and make church friends. If you would be interested in your young one attending, please help us figure out the best times to do this by completing this brief survey.

Fourth and Fifth Fellowship

Once a quarter we'll help fourth and fifth graders begin to get into the regular rhythm of fellowship together in preparation for moving up to JHF and eventually SHF. If you would be interested in your upper elementary student being part of this, please help us figure out the best times to do this by completing this brief survey.

Youth Discipleship Group

Kim Mendoza will be leading a group for youth to take time to intentionally be with one another and explore various spiritual practices. Any interested youth are invited to take this poll to help us find the best time to do this.

PADS starts Oct. 5

Can you help?

Shopping & Food Prep

Onsite Shifts 

Any questions, don't hesitate to call/email/text us!

Kristin Marsden


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.
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