Week of June 9

Sunday, June 9

10:00 AM Worship (Sanctuary & Chapel)

11:00 AM Social Hour (Social Hall)

1:30 PM Green Oaks Worship Service (Offsite)

Monday, June 10

9:00 AM Habitat Quilting (Social Hall)

6:30 PM Tutti Bells (Classroom 04)

7:30 PM Troop 71 Meeting (Social Hall)

Tuesday, June 11

7:00 AM Men's Bible Study (Zoom)

Wednesday, June 12

7:30 AM Breakfast & Bible (Zoom)

4:00 - 6:00 PM PADS Food Donation Drop-off (Sanctuary Narthex)

Thursday, June 13

6:00 PM Chapel Music Team (Chapel)

6:30 PM Motet Choir (Sanctuary)

7:30 PM Chancel Choir (Sanctuary)


Saturday, June 15

8:00 AM Mobile Food Pantry* (Douglas Ave. parking lot)

*Volunteers arrive at 7:30 AM


Sunday, June 16

10:00 AM Worship (Sanctuary & Chapel)

11:00 AM Congregational Meeting (Sanctuary)

11:00 AM Welcome Alex Barnes & Ice Cream Social (Social Hall)

1:30 PM Sedgebrook Worship Service (Offsite)

Upcoming Events

Congregational Meeting to Elect Officer (June 16)

Ice Cream Social (June 16)

New Pastoral Resident Welcome (June 16)

Installation of Church Officers (June 23)

Juneteenth Dinner & Evening Service (June 23)

Farewell Reception for Rev. Kim Mendoza (June 30)

Lake County Partners Housing Discussion (June 30)

1st-3rd Grade Friends & Families Nature Walk (June 30)

Summer Bedtime Stories on Zoom (Starts July 10)

Fishing at Independence Grove (July 14)

Music at Independence Grove (July 16)

4th-5th Grade & Family Bike/Scooter Ride (July 20)

Bluegrass Sunday & All Church Cookout (July 21)

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Worship in the Sanctuary or Chapel

Join us on Sunday, June 9 at 10 a.m. for worship. Rev. Amy Heinrich is preaching in the sanctuary and Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson is preaching in chapel. The services will also be available on our YouTube channel.

Sanctuary Bulletin
Chapel Bulletin
Fellowship & Prayers 
Online Giving

Food Pantry Volunteers needed on June 15

With many regular volunteers away on vacation, our Food Pantry team is shorthanded this month. Can you help? We need 10-15 volunteers on Saturday, June 15 from 7:30-9:30 AM in the parking lot outside the Sanctuary entrance. Any assistance we can get will be most appreciated. You’ll be done before the Libertyville Days parade begins! Please let Gary Holland or Sue Ellen Skeens know if you're available to help!

Congregational Meeting on June 16

A very brief Congregational Meeting will be held following worship on Sunday, June 16 to elect an officer to fill an open spot on our Deacons rosters. All church members are invited to attend.


Meal-A-Month Bags Available Sunday

Please grab a grocery bag from a Deacon or in the Narthex after worship on Sunday. Fill the bag with the items listed or other non-perishable food items you wish to donate. Please return your filled bag by the end of worship on Sunday, June 16, 2024.  


Scan the QR code or click this link to purchase items off the Meal-A-Month Amazon wish list to be sent to the church. Please have items delivered by Sunday, June 16.


Your donations benefit the Libertyville Township and St. Joseph Food Pantries. Thank you! 

Juneteenth Dinner & Worship Service on June 23

Join us on Sunday, June 23 for an ecumenical Juneteenth dinner and worship service here at First Pres.

We stand in solidarity together, strengthening the ties that bind us,

as we remember the official historic end to slavery. Yet, even as we mark this milestone, we lean into the unfinished business of racial healing and justice, with a call to action and a commissioning to repair the breach.

The evening will begin at 5:30 pm with dinner in the Fellowship Hall, catered by Roberti Community House. At 7:00 pm, we will have an ecumenical worship service with communion in our chapel, led by Pastor George Moore from Legacy Reentry Foundation, Rev. Cory Ratliff from Sign of the Dove Church, Rev. Amy Heinrich, pastors from our Sacred Ground study partner churches, and community organizations. Everyone is welcome to join us for this special event!

Please RSVP for dinner by Sunday, June 16 by clicking this link or by calling the church office at 847-362-2174. No RSVP needed if you're only coming to the service!

Meet Alexandra (Alex) Barnes on June 16

We’re excited to welcome Alexandra (Alex) Barnes as our next Pastoral Resident. Alex is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (B.A. History, Religious Studies) and the University of Chicago (M.Div.) and will serve as our Pastoral Resident for the next two years. She will join us in worship on Sunday, June 16 and you’ll get a chance to meet her at the Ice Cream Social immediately following.

Alex grew up in North Carolina, the middle of three children. She loves to preach and teach and cannot wait to get to know the congregation over the next two years. Graduate school left her with no free time, so she’s excited to discover hobbies in this next phase of life. She’d love to talk to you about pop culture, comedy, books, and any Lake County spots she should check out! 

Celebrate Rev. Kim Mendoza on June 30

We've been blessed to have Rev. Kim Mendoza as our Pastoral Resident these past two years and we're grateful for her gifts of ministry, music, and friendship! Join us in Social Hall after worship on Sunday, June 30 as we send her off to her new call! She's moving back to Texas to serve as Associate Pastor for Discipleship at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Flower Mound. Congratulations, Kim!

Lake County Partners Discussion on June 30 at First Pres

The public is invited to attend a presentation by Lake County Partners about housing and how it impacts economic growth in Lake County. Learn more by clicking here!

Summer Worship Schedule

Starting June 23, we’ll be moving to fully Combined Worship services through Labor Day. This summer schedule coincides with the Chancel Choir’s traditional summer break. The Chapel Music Team, as well as other singers and instrumentalists, will be leading music during this time.

Most weeks, our Combined Worship will be in the Sanctuary, but this summer we’ll have Combined Worship in the Chapel on July 7 (Communion & Fourth of July Weekend), July 21 (Bluegrass Sunday), August 4 (Communion), and September 1 (Labor Day Weekend).

We will resume separate Sanctuary and Chapel worship services on September 8, which is our traditional Rally Day Fall Kick-Off for the new program year.

Coming Soon: Wiggly Worship Space

A Note from Rev. Nicole Chapman-Farley & the Christian Education Committee

We are so excited that, beginning Sunday, June 23, the sanctuary will have a Wiggly Worship Space set up at the front of the piano side of the sanctuary. We plan to experiment with engaging our littlest fellow worshippers in this space for the combined summer services in the sanctuary and into the school year on Sundays when there is no Sunday School. The chapel already has a similar space in the back.


We’ll have two tables set up where kids can see clearly what is happening in worship, and where families can sit nearby to share in worship with their children. Children of all ages and stages can participate in the service in developmentally appropriate ways. The tables are set to keep them engaged and involved in what’s happening around them. Families are encouraged to sit nearby so kids can see them sing, pray, and learn, and then learn themselves how to engage and participate in our tradition’s worship experiences.


You may be asking, “but why?” We wholeheartedly believe this kid-friendly space is an accommodation just like our hearing aid loop, large-print Bibles, and accessible doors and restroom stalls – each a demonstration of our hospitality and a way to be sure to include all ages and abilities of our church family in the worship of the God who made us.


Another answer to the “why” is that we know kids (and adults) learn best through repetition and ritual. A professional in children’s worship, DeDe Bull Reilly, explains, “[Kids] also understand and remember things better when they have something to do with their hands. If their hands are busy, their minds are calm…and learning. Children find plenty to see, hear, touch, and sometimes taste, all that is involved in the worship of our Great God. They pick up the language of worship, the customs of gathering as Christians…to encourage one another.”


We know any change can be uncomfortable, and this change will likely be no different. I, along with the Christian Education committee, are glad to sit with you in your discomfort. We also invite you to bring your curiosity with you into this new way of sharing worship with the very same little ones whom Jesus lifted up as models of the greatest faith. After worship find out more about their experiences with questions like, “Was there any part of the service where you felt especially close to God today?” or “What was your favorite part of church?” and even “Was there anything that didn’t make sense to you today?” Be willing to share your answers to those questions, too!

Upcoming Events for Kids, Youth & Families

Check out all the summer fun coming up for kids, youth, and families! Click the blue button below! You'll also find a link to register for 2024-25 programs, as well as a link to help build a database to connect babysitters and families looking for babysitters.


We are trying to get as many families registered by June 30 as we can so that we can assure we have enough teachers, helpers, materials, and other volunteers for all of our kids!

Summer Fun for Kids/Youth/Families
Sunday School Registration Form

Fishing at Independence Grove on July 14

Everyone in the church is invited to an afternoon of fishing pm Sunday, July 14 from 3-5 p.m. Independence Grove Join experienced fishermen and fisherwomen from our church to fish together or learn to fish. We will be fishing near Shelter A. Fishing equipment will be available so don't worry if you don't have any. Please RSVP by clicking here so we can be sure to have enough supplies on hand!

Music at Independence Grove on July 16

Join us at Independence Grove on Tuesday, July 16 at 5 p.m. for American English, a popular Beatles tribute band. Bring your own blankets, chairs, picnic food and beverages. A few church members will come early to pick a spot and we’ll mark it with a sign or balloons so you can find us easily.

The concert is free, but parking is $10 and space is limited, so come early! The parking lot opens at 4:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. Please let us know if you’re planning to attend so we have an idea of how large of a space we’ll need. RSVP by clicking here or call the church office at 847-362-2174.

Job Opening: Department Head – Music

First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville is seeking a dedicated and talented individual to fill the role of Department Head – Music (DHM). The DHM will be responsible for developing, coordinating, and administering the church's comprehensive music program. Please see the full job description on our website!

PADS Food Collection

Drop off on Wednesdays between 4-6 pm in the Sanctuary Narthex. Please only bring items from the list below:

Breakfast: Bagels, cream cheese, instant oatmeal, store-bought muffins, granola or breakfast bars, meal replacement drinks

Lunch: Crackers, chips, ramen noodle cups or packages, protein bars, tuna or chicken salad packs, beef jerky, microwave popcorn, Jell-O cups, apple sauce pouches

Dinner: Non-perishable microwave dinners, canned baked beans, mac and cheese in boxes or cups, canned chili, microwave rice packs, sardines

Drinks: Apple or fruit juice packs, water bottles, hot chocolate packs, small containers of milk

Other: Can openers, plastic cutlery and plates, baby food


Flower Opportunities

We have openings on our flower calendar throughout the year. If you'd like to honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion by dedicating a floral arrangement to be used in our worship spaces on Sunday mornings, please fill out the form below or call the church office at 847-362-2174.

Flower Dedication Form

Libertyville Senior Update

Click here to read the June newsletter from our friends at the Libertyville Senior Center.

How to contact a pastor or staff member

Call 847-362-2174 or email office@boxp.net. Regular office hours are Monday-Friday 9 AM - 4 PM.

Pastoral Emergencies

If you are a church member and need to reach a pastor in an emergency, please call 847-367-6460. Leave a message and a pastor will return your call as soon as they are able.

Beware of Scams!

To avoid falling victim to scams, please verify the sender's email address before responding to any messages that appear to be from Pastor Brian. Pastor Brian only sends emails from bpaulson@boxp.net and will never make personal requests for money, gift cards, or any kind of assistance through email. If you have any doubts, please call the church office at 847-362-2174 to verify before taking any action.

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