A Word from Pastor Brian

Remember and Rise
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57
 
In days such as these, it is easy to forget the assurance of the gospel. Paul wrote to the early church encouraging them to remember the Good News he proclaimed. That Christ died for us. That we was buried, but that he was not defeated. Jesus Christ is risen! And if he rises, so also shall we. This is what Paul described as the first importance of Christian faith. We confront tragedy – even death – but the love of God is victorious. Because our hope is not in this world of constant disappointment, we aim our lives toward resurrection. 
 
This weekend we are reminded to remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for a higher purpose. We are challenged never to forget – to remember. As Americans we honor the fallen on Memorial Day weekend. But Christians also remember that Jesus Christ is risen from the grave. Because he lives we live – we truly live. A Christians chooses every day to make choices that affirm life as we struggle with sin, despair, and death. We point our lives toward resurrection. So friends, let us always remember and rise.
 
View Pastor Brian's video message on YouTube .
 
Sunday Worship
Join us at 10 a.m on Sunday, May 24 for online worship. The Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson is preaching Remember and Rise. The video will premiere on YouTube . You can also access the link on our website or on Facebook .
Zoom Coffee Hour
After worship, join us on Zoom for Coffee Hour! The link is posted in our Facebook group and in the email version of this newsletter.
Family Sunday School with Mrs. Boyce
Parents and children are invited to join Mrs. Boyce on Sunday morning at 11:15 a.m. on our main Facebook page . The topic this week is The Ascension. The report is found in Acts, the second part of Luke's historical account of Jesus and the early church. Acts 1: 6-14 tells of Jesus' final departure from his beloved disciples .
Pentecost Sunday
Next week, we celebrate Pentecost and we would like to include video clips from members of the congregation sharing what lifts your spirit and causes you to celebrate life. In the video, please answer the phrase "I celebrate.... " and upload it here .

Also, we've attached a image f or Pentecost that we invite you and your family to color and have with you during worship on Sunday, June 1. Click here for the image
Seeking Answers from God in Suffering: A Bible Study on the Book of Job
We are all suffering right now. We’ve lost loved ones, jobs, and savings. We’ve missed out on graduations, vacations, and all sorts of gatherings with friends and family. We’re lonely, isolated, and afraid this will drag on for months or even years. The coronavirus has taken something from all of us.
 
There is no biblical character more synonymous with suffering than Job. In an instant, almost everything is taken away from him, and he’s left with nothing but questions for God. And they’re some of the same questions we’re asking in this moment…Why do we suffer? Where is God in all this suffering? How can we possibly keep faith and hope when it seems like our world is falling apart?
 
Over 5 weeks, we’ll seek answers to these questions as we study the Book of Job in small groups. Each small group will gather weekly via Zoom. Our pastors will provide the teaching with short videos available on our YouTube channel, and small groups will be provided with a discussion guide each week. Small groups begin the week of June 1.  Sign up here  to join a small group or contact your Community Group leaders about forming a small group.

Unity, Justice, and Reconciliation
J oin Rev. Ryan next Wednesday, May 27 from 4:15-5 p.m. for an online study of the Belhar Confession—the most recent confession added to our Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Confessions.

We’ll cover some historical background of the confession, explore key themes, and reflect on its importance for our church today. If you can, take a few minutes to   read the Belhar Confession   before we gather (it’s only 3 pages!).

The Zoom link is the same from week to week. You can find it in the emailed version of this newsletter and in our private Facebook group.



Tuesdays with Tucker
Join Stephen Ministry Leader Tucker Olson on Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. for an hour of sharing and prayer. The Zoom link is the same from week to week and can be found in our emailed newsletter and in our private Facebook group.



Job Search Group
Rosemary Monahan is a professional executive and outplacement coach with over 30 years of experience helping people conduct successful job searches. She has started a virtual group just for First Pres to provide job search information, education, support and networking opportunities.

The next group meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 26, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Email Rosemary at rmonahan47@gmail.com for more information.
Junior High Fellowship on Zoom
Friday @ 4 p.m.

Senior High Fellowship on Zoom
Wednesday @ 4 p.m.

Email Rev. Kara at ksmith-laubenstein@boxp.net if you're not receiving the weekly First Pres Youth newsletter and would like to be added to the list to receive the Zoom links.
Zoom Sing-a-long for Preschool! Join Mrs. Boyce at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning for a story, music, and some fun. She will email the link to parents who are registered in the Children's Ministry Program. If you don't receive the link or would like to be added to the list, email Carol at cboyce@boxp.net .
Zoom Lunch for 3rd-6th Graders
Take a break from your online school day for a fun Zoom lunch with your church friends. The Zoom link is sent out each week in an email. Contact cboyce@boxp.net to be added to the list.
After School Club for K-2nd Graders
Zoom in to After School Club at 3:16 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons.   Links will go out to parents and posted in the Children's Ministry newsletter. Hope you'll join us!
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.

Did you know the CARES Act includes temporary charitable giving incentives that can benefit you and the church? Click here to learn more!

What is your Legacy?
The FPC Libertyville Endowment Program is here to help. For more information about making a legacy gift to FPC Libertyville, please contact Cynthia in the church office at 847-362-2174. All discussions are confidential and without obligation...and all bequests are welcome!
 
"A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.”   Leviticus 27:29-31
Stay in Touch
Please reach out to us if you need support! We want to pray for you, to support you and to help you keep connected. Send us an email at  office@boxp.net  or leave a voicemail at 847-362-2174. 

How to reach us when our building is closed:
Church office: C all 847-362-2174. Please leave a message and 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.