Sunday, May 2, 2021
Update: Church Banners
For the past 10 months, the banners above our church doors have conveyed to the community that First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville stands against racism and is working to be a bridge to a new future. We were notified recently by the Village of Libertyville that the banners needed to be removed by May 1 because they did not comply with village ordinances in terms of size and length of display.

While the banners have come down, our commitment to anti-racism and equity work continues and we are working on new signage that will proclaim our work going forward. Thank you for your prayers regarding this important ministry that God has placed before us together.
Signs of the Times
Our commitment to be a bridge of hope and reconciliation for our community continues. Likewise our commitment to uproot racism and grow a beloved community of justice and dignity carries forward. Our work in the cause of Christ continues even as, in accord with a request from the staff of the Village of Libertyville, the banners on the columns of our church portico and the entrance to the C.E. wing have been removed.

The Session was notified by Village of Libertyville staff that they relaxed enforcement of sign ordinances during the pandemic to accommodate businesses that felt a need to generate traffic with more visible signage for sales and events. They communicated to us and to other churches that they considered ordinances about sales and events to apply to church signage. As stalwart citizens of the village, predating its incorporation, the church is cooperating with the village and the request of its staff. Still, the Session has begun a conversation with the village to review whether ordinances regarding shops and sales truly were written with church signage for religious expression in mind.

Looking back to the days following the death of George Floyd and the wider exposure of racism’s impact in our land, the Session placed a banner proclaiming three words – black lives matter - as a statement of faith meant to lift up those who bear a unique burden. While the sign was affirmed by large numbers of our congregation and community, many confused our purpose with other organizations and events of the day. The Session clarified its perspective last summer with communication that was mailed via USPS to the congregation and that has remained on our website’s anti-racism section ever since (alongside resources and videos from each minister with biblical grounding for our statement).

This moment is an opportunity to both reaffirm our commitments and affirm the broader work of faith that we are about. The Session has affirmed that we are a PCUSA Matthew 25 congregation that emphasizes: Building congregational vitality; Dismantling structural racism; and Eradicating systemic poverty. Our work is broad and interconnected and the ongoing work to uproot racism is consistent with our witness to Jesus Christ.

In Matthew 12, some Pharisees approached Jesus insisting he show signs. He responded by saying that what they will be given is the “Sign of Jonah.” “Just as Jonah was in the whale’s belly for three days and three nights, so the Human One will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.” – Matthew 12:40. Jesus was offering the sign of the fish – as a sign of his suffering, death, and resurrection. It also was an opportunity for transformation. Now today, as Christians applying the faith to this age of ours, we see challenges of racism and poverty through the lens of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection.

Moving forward, there may be occasional signs on our church campus. And there will always be detail about all our ministries on our website. Yet when we share a message, be assured, it stems from the fact that we are a vital congregation that is relevant with faith for our age. Our hope is in the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He remains the sign of hope for the world. In the weeks and months ahead, we will continue to share that sign by working to uproot racism, eradicate poverty, and share good news with persistence and hope.

Pastor Brian Paulson
Join us for worship in our Sanctuary on Sunday
The Rev. Amy Heinrich is preaching this week and David Edelfelt is leading a music ensemble featuring Jane Orth, Becky Nelson, Julia Koetz, Cailtin Pennington and Amy Scovill. You can pre-register online, but we will also accept walk-in registrations on Sunday morning.
Online worship on Sunday, April 25, 2021
Join us at 10 a.m. for online worship. The Rev. Amy Heinrich is preaching. Our online worship premieres on YouTube at 10 a.m. and will be available for on demand viewing once the premiere is complete. Please sign our Fellowship Pad. Following worship, join us for "30 Good Minutes" of fellowship and prayer on Zoom.
Stewardship Message
If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you. Leviticus 25:35–36
 
Ways to Give to Your God and His People
Appreciated stocks, bonds and mutual funds are just a few assets that help sustain the mission and ministry of FPC Libertyville - and may offer you tax benefits. Please contact Cynthia Churchwell at cchurchwell@boxp.net to learn more.
Join our AV Tech Team
We have installed new equipment and we need your help as we move towards live streaming worship from the Sanctuary and Chapel in the coming months.

If you like working with technology and are available to volunteer, please email Mary Kovatch at office@boxp.net.
Sunday School: Faith at Home Together
Each week, we're providing a short, simple, interactive lesson that will help you engage your kids in meaningful conversations and activities that connect to our faith. The links are posted in our Facebook group and sent to families via email. Contact Mrs. Boyce to sign up.
Tunes & Tales
Join us Thursdays at 9 a.m. for Tunes & Tales. This program is appropriate for young children between the ages of 3 and 5. Older children are welcome as well.
Gather Round
Kindergartners - 3rd graders (or anyone who likes a good story) are invited to join Mrs. Boyce for bedtime stories on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Inquirers Class coming in June
If you’re thinking about becoming a member of First Pres or just want to learn more about our church, please fill out the interest form below.

Our Inquirers Classes are a great way to meet new people, learn more about our church, and explore about what it means to be a Presbyterian.
Volunteers needed on May 22
On Saturday, May 22 , we need four volunteers to help 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.

Parents are welcome to bring their school age children who are able to help carry light items. You do not need to be a member of FPC to get involved.

Women's Retreat at Brushwood Center
Join us on Saturday, June 12 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods. Registration begins this week. More details coming soon!
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.
How to contact a pastor or staff member
Phone: Call 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 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.