Saturday, November 18, 2017 — Feed My Starving Children Packing Event with PCS/YA. Enjoy this opportunity to serve with other parents of young adults at FMSC from 7-9:00 p.m.. But first, let’s gather for dinner and fellowship at Marty and Dave Gibbons’ home from 4:30–6:30 p.m. Bring $10 per person to the Gibbons’ home for food ordered in from Portillos. BYOB. Please register for a spot at FMSC’s website: Step 1) Go to fmsc.org Step 2) SCROLL DOWN and click on View Permanent Site Events Step 3) Scroll down, click on Join a Group Step 4) Search by Group name First Pres PCS/YA OR by Group Number 1211525. We’ve reserved 30 spots. Questions? Contact Susan Henning.
Sunday, November 19, 2017 — First Light: A Service of Hope & Healing. The First Light Worship Service will be in the First Pres Chapel at 6 p.m. The Rev. Amy Heinrich will lead this comforting, contemplative and reassuring worship celebration. Worshippers will have the opportunity to light candles for themselves, others and the world, visibly demonstrating the light of peace offered by our loving God. Music, scripture, readings, prayers and the sharing of Communion will draw us further into His light. We hope you will join us for this beautiful, contemplative worship celebration.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 — Lunch Bunch. Please join us for Dancing for the Body, Mind, & Spirit with host Karen Branding at noon in Social Hall. For centuries, publications have lauded the health benefits of dancing as physical exercise. More recently, research shows many more benefits - even increased cognitive acuity! Come learn the benefits of ballroom dancing and have the opportunity to extend your afternoon with a visit to Libertyville's Ballroom Center for a live performance and demonstration. A casual lunch ($8.00 per person) is served at noon with the program following. Call the church office (847-362-2174) by December 15 to make a reservation.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 — The Alzheimers Dementia Awareness Group presents The Sandwich Generation with Jennifer Prell from Paxem Senior Move Management. Join us from 7-8:30 p.m. in Social Hall to learn tricks and tips adults can use when caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children. For more info contact Rosemary Monahan.
Saturday, December 2, 2017 — Christmas Luncheon at Café Pomigliano. All women are invited to join us for our annual Christmas luncheon arranged by S.A.L.T. (Sisters Actively Linked Together)! It’s a fun and festive way to begin the Christmas season in the company of friends. This year, we will go to Café Pomigliano at their new location on E. Cook Street in the heart of downtown Libertyville. “From our family to yours” is their welcome to everyone to join in celebrating old traditions and new additions with their delicious hand-crafted Italian dishes. What an enjoyable day it will be! To register or for more information, contact Sue Worley.
Saturday, December 2, 2017 — Help us prepare the way for Advent with our annual Hanging of the Greens from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on December 2. We need lots of helping hands to get the church ready for the Advent season!
Sunday, December 3, 2017 — O Come… O Come… to the Family Advent Event! We’ve combined our annual festivities into one event. Join us in Social Hall after worship for wreath & créche making, crafts and lunch. All are invited.
Sunday, December 3, 2017 — Advent Vespers Service. Join our Vespers Choir and Instrumentalists in the Sanctuary at 6:00 p.m. for The World Is About to Turn. There is a hauntingly beautiful Irish folk song called The World Is About to Turn which refers to the Christmas story in terms of the earthshaking changes it started. We are still experiencing—and waiting for—those changes to take place in our world. This year's Vespers focuses on the revolutionary nature of Christ's arrival and the ways in which we are waiting, praying, hoping for the world to turn today. Come hear the beautiful music of hope.
Sunday, December 10, 2017 — Chancel Choir Major Work. Join us for 10:00 a.m. combined worship and Messe de Minuit pour Noel (Midnight Mass for Christmas) by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704). Charpentier’s Midnight Mass for Christmas is considered to be the most charming of the twelve mass settings he wrote, mostly because most of its music is based on noels, or French Christmas carols. It is scored for choir, soloists, flutes, strings, and organ.
Sunday, December 17, 2017 — Mark your calendar for the Christmas Pageant: A Service of Lessons & Carolsat 11:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. The service of Lessons and Carols is a Christmas tradition that began in 1918 in England. It follows a strict format of a bidding prayer, followed by the singing of Once in Royal David’s City by a soloist from the resident boys’ choir chosen as the “Best Boy”, an honor given to the singer who was determined to have the best voice and to be the best all-around student in the choir school. Then there are 7 or 8 “lessons,” portions of the Christmas story- read by various members of the congregation, each one followed by a carol. This format is observed faithfully from year to year, and this service has been observed in churches and cathedrals in England and around the world every year since the very first one. This year all the youth musicians of First Pres will participate in their own Lessons and Carols.
Saturday, January 27, 2018 — Trivia Nite! 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the Libertyville Civic Center. Save the date for the event that puts the “fun” in fundraising! Tickets available online to purchase soon!
Saturday, February 3 & Sunday, Feb 4, 2018 — Women’s Retreat at The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva. Winds of the Spirit: The Reforming, Transforming Power of God, led by the Rev. Melanie Hammond Clark. Join the women of First Pres for a weekend of encouragement, inspiration and transformation as we explore how God speaks to us through art, music, and movement. Register TODAY for Early Bird pricing: