Monday, December 10 — Quilt Fellowship will meet at 9 a.m. in Social Hall.
Sunday, December 16 —Join us at 10 a.m. for combined worship in the Sanctuary, featuring our children & youth choirs' Christmas Pageant: A Service of Lessons & Carols. The Deacons are hosting an all-church luncheon in Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.
Sunday, December 16 —The Caregiver Support Group meets from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 203. Anyone caring for a loved one with a chronic illness (cancer, COPD, stroke, Alzheimer's/dementia, alcohol/opioid-related health issues, etc.) is welcome. Contact Rosemary Monahan.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 — RSVP for Lunch Bunch. Jane Orth and the Bel Ringers will perform Music of the Season. Additional Details
Monday, December 24— Christmas Eve worship services are at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. in the Sanctuary. See our Advent 2018 brochure for more details.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018 — This year Christmas Day falls on a Tuesday, which is the night we host the PADS homeless shelter in Fellowship Hall. As a special treat, we are planning to cook seven donated turkeys. We are looking for volunteers interested in cooking one of these turkeys to serve that day. Please contact Dave Marsden if you would be willing to help.
Wednesday, January 9,— Feed My Starving Children from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Libertyville FMSC site. Sign-up at www.fmsc.org. Search for our group name under “First Presbyterian Church” or enter group code: 09GP4G.
Sunday, January 13— Save the Date for the 150th Anniversary Kickoff. Details coming soon.
Saturday, February 9— Trivia Night! Early Bird tickets are on sale now for our popular mission fundraiser. Purchase your tickets online today or stop by Social Hall after worship.
Today children 7th grade and under are in Sunday School. This week’s lesson, from Matthew 1:18-25, is about Angels’ visits to Mary & Joseph foretelling Jesus’ birth. In these lessons preschools learn that God sometimes surprises us with joy. Primary grades learn that God watches over us. Upper grades learn God is with us and sends messengers with good news.
Join us next week for the Children’s Christmas Pageant at 10 a.m. during worship. Care will be provided for children three and under. All other children will be present in worship.
Please be sure you have registered your child. Teachers have forms if you need one or they are by the CE office or fill out the form & email
Find out more about children’s Sunday School, scheduled events and more under the CHILDREN tab at the top of the page. Contact: Carol Boyce, Coordinator for Christian Education.
Reminders - Summer trip registrations are due December 16th for the JHF Quest Conference, Montreat Youth Conference, and the SHF Mission Trip to Corpus Christi, TX. Download the forms.
JHF Sunday 4-5:30 p.m. — We will gather tonight and continue to celebrate Advent, the weeks of preparation for Christmas. We’ll have a holiday-themed game, a holiday-themed dinner, and maybe a Christmas carol (or two).
Next week – JHF Christmas Party at the Townander household. We will party from 4-5:30 p.m. Please bring a grab bag gift to share ($15 limit). We’ll play some games, have some snacks, and open presents. We’re looking forward to celebrating Christmas with you all!
SHF Sunday 7-9 p.m. — Well, we didn’t quite finish our conversation last week as we consider the question, “What Does the Bible Say about Being Gay?” We had a good conversation about perceptions in the church, understandings of the issues, and we looked at a few passages. Tonight we will dive deeper into the bible and discuss how faithful Christians on both sides of this issue are working to be faithful to their understanding of God, Scripture, and our lives as disciples of Christ. Again, we are not going to take a stance, but rather have a respectful, honest conversation about this.
Next week – SHF Christmas Party at the Townander household. We will party from 7-9 p.m.. Please bring a grab bag gift to share ($15 limit). We will have snacks, play some Christmas-y games, and open presents. We always have a great time and we hope to see you all there so we can celebrate Christmas together!
Reminder: there will be NO Confirmation, JHF, or SHF during the school winter holiday (December 23, 30, and January 6)
Find out more about FPC Youth Programs, scheduled events and more under the YOUTH dropdown tab on our website. Contact: Rev. Kara Smith-Laubenstein, Assoc. Pastor, Youth Ministry. or 847-362-2174
Sunday, December 9
Today is the second Sunday in Advent. Please take note of our new Advent candles and candelabrum, which was used for the first time last Sunday. We give our heartfelt thanks to four anonymous donors for this beautiful Advent gift. It enhances the meaning and the beauty of our Advent and Christmas Eve worship services.
The first mention of Advent was in the 300's AD at a meeting of church leaders called the Council of Sargosso. (Yes, church meetings go back a long time, too. ) Advent, meaning the coming, gradually developed into a season that stretched across the month of December. But it wasn't until 1839 that a Protestant pastor in Germany first invented the Advent wreath, or Advent crown, as it sometimes called. He built a large wooden ring (made out of an old cart wheel) and added candles. The circular shape of the Advent wreath represents God's infinite love and the hope of eternal life brought by Jesus Christ. Each of the four candles on the circular base has its own significance and a new candle is lit each of the four Sundays before Christmas. They symbolize the Christian concepts of Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love. In the center is the Christ candle, which is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas. It symbolizes the light of God through the birth of Jesus.
A Family Advent devotional is available for download, as well as links to other devotional materials. Are you on Facebook? If so, please join our Facebook group, First Pres Community, to see Faith Formation devotional posts from Pastor Ryan.
Please note that Christmas Eve worship services are at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on December 24 in the Sanctuary.
Please help those in need this season by putting gifts beneath the Christmas Giving Tree in the narthex. Packages need to be returned by next Sunday! Additional details.
Advent Wreath Lighting — Sign-up now for the opportunity to be part of this lovely holiday tradition! Families, couples and individuals who would like to light the candles on our Advent wreaths during our worship services are invited to put their names on the schedule now. Available dates include: Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23; or at one of three services on Dec. 24 (4 p.m., 7 p.m. or 11 p.m.). There is a sign-up sheet in the C.E. hallway, stop in the main office or simply email Amanda Rau
Senior High Wall-of-Hope Fundraiser! This fundraiser benefits the students traveling on our Senior High summer trips to Texas and North Carolina. Thank you for your generous support of our students!
Convenient, Automated Giving for Your Busy Schedule. Don’t forget to sign up for convenient, recurring giving. Sing up now. This way, even if you can't be here every Sunday, your generous tithe always will be. Try it today!
Visit our Facebook page or join our First Pres Facebook Group to see the fantastic photos from VBS and our SHF Service Trip to Italy.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 —Join us for our Women’s Ecumenical Advent Service: All Creation Waits. The evening begins with holiday refreshments at 7 p.m. in Social Hall. At 7:30 p.m., we’ll gather in the Chapel for a service with candlelight and music as we fill our souls for the journey into Advent. Childcare is available!
Centering Prayer —Centering Prayer — Every 2nd and 4th Thursday morning, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the Spirituality Room. Join us for Centering Prayer in order to …find simplicity, silence, & stillness. We’re Praying for You — Our pastoral staff invites you to join us in prayer via Facebook Live at 11:30 a.m. on Monday mornings. Find additional information.
Flower Donations — Please consider signing up for a flower dedication. We still have many open spots on our Flower Chart now through the end of the year. As you may know, commemorative donations are our only source of revenue for our Sunday flowers. The flower chart is located in the church office. $40 per arrangement. Fill out a card when you sign up. or you may send an email to the office.
Earth Care Team Eco-Tip — All I want for Christmas? According to a 2017 survey Americans spend up to $16 billion a year on holiday gifts that won't be used! What a waste of the resources that went into them! Consider gifting time and experiences rather than stuff this year. Isn't that what the season is really about, anyway? Let's be mindful in our gift giving for the sake of our environment and for the true meaning of Christmas. The Earth thanks you!
Stay in Touch with your First Pres family! Have you recently moved? Dropped your landline? Changed your email address? Let us know & we’ll update our records! Call the church office at 847-362-2174 or email us with your new contact information. Thank you!
Church HoursMonday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m-9:30 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m-9:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Sunday 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The church office hours of operation are from 9:00 - 5:00 M-F