First Presbyterian Church of Winnebago

A community of believers who love and follow God, love and support others, and offer Jesus Christ to the world.

"May the Lord bless you richly when you come to this place, so you may shine the light of Christ wherever you go."

Welcome Everyone!

We have been blessed to serve the people of Winnebago for more than 150 years and God is not done with us yet!

Whether you are new to Winnebago or just looking for a place to grow in the Lord and serve your community, we hope you will visit with us and feel at home.

Check out the rest of this page to plan your visit or reach out to us when you are ready. We are eager to meet you!

-Your friends at WFPC


First Presbyterian Church of Winnebago

208 West Winnebago Street, Box 38

Winnebago, IL 61088


Worship Information

Summer Hours: Starting June 6th we will have one worship service starting at 9:30 a.m.

Join us in-person at 9:30 am or watch the livestream through our facebook page @thewfpc208!

(September through May Sunday Worship is held at 10:30 am)


As of June 13, 2021 masks are welcomed but not required for all fully vaccinated individuals. We do ask that you please wear a mask if you are not fully vaccinated, for the time being. Guidance is reevaluated as new information emerges.

All seating is currently open in the main room of our Sanctuary, while both the balcony and the south room are set up for 6ft distance seating. Social distancing continues to be helpful in slowing down the spread of COVID.

Session has approved singing of the opening hymn starting Sunday, June 20th. Bulletins will also return on this date.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

4th of July Worship Update

Due to the Village Parade starting at 10 am on Sunday, July 4th, our regular worship service has been moved to 8:30 am.

Get Connected!

Donate to the World Church Service Kits Mission Project!

The Presbyterian Women will be collecting money for the Church World Service kits through the end of June. If you wish to donate, please make your check out to the Presbyterian Women and send it to the church. The goal is $1200, enough to make a total of 40 hygiene kits and 40 school kits and cover shipping costs to the distribution center.

Play Softball with us!

We are organizing a church softball team to participate in the Bago United Softball League this Summer! It is a great opportunity to meet others around Winnebago and to have some friendly fun. Ages 13 and up can participate. Games to be played on Sunday afternoons/evenings in Winnebago. Runs June 27th-August 8. If you are interested please contact us! Lisa Rittmeyer is coordinating.

We don’t always have spaces when we can have thoughtful, intentional conversations about complicated topics. Let's change that.

"Conversations that

Make a Difference"

Join us at 7 pm on Wednesdays in July and August to discuss issues related to mental health, disability, poverty, racism and relationships with other faiths.

July Schedule

July 7, 2021: Faith and Mental Health

July 14, 2021: Faith and Disability

July 21, 2021: Faith and Poverty

July 28, 2021: Faith and Racism

Homebound Communion

If you or a loved one is a member of the church who is homebound and would like to receive the Lord's Supper at home through visitation, please reach out to Pastor Lisa or Kim Hassel, Chair of Deacons, to arrange for the Sacrament.

Prayer Requests

Please click the button to the right to submit any prayer request that you may have. Your prayer request will automatically be forwarded to ALL members of the First Presbyterian Church of Winnebago. By clicking the button it will automatically open your email browser to which you can type your prayer request and any additional information you'd like to send.

Prayer requests may also be submitted directly to the Pastor for First Presbyterian Church of Winnebago. The Pastor will be the only person receiving your request. Please send an email when you feel your prayer request requires confidentiality to

Our Pastor

Rev. Lisa M. López-Meyer was born in Illinois, raised in Puerto Rico, and has been ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the PCUSA since August 13, 2011. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (which helped cultivate her deep curiosity about the stuff that makes up our world) as well as a Masters in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary (which helped her ask better questions about life, faith, God and humanity). After Seminary she served as the Associate Minister for Groomsport Presbyterian Church in County Down, Northern Ireland (2011-2012) and the solo pastor for Christ Presbyterian Church in Hanover Park, IL (2012-2020). She has taught at McCormick Theological Seminary on occasion, drawing from her experience as a pastoral practitioner.

Pastor Lisa loves the church and finds deep joy in seeing people come alive by the power of the gospel. She believes the church is at its best when it understands it is always a work in progress and strives to help people continue to seek to be renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit, persevere in learning the ways of Jesus and reach out to their neighbors in love and service. In her sabbath time she loves reading, dancing, organizing anything she can get her hands on, and dreaming about the future with her husband Jonathan.