Prayer & Care

Jesus focused on caring for all he met, and through his actions, he began a movement that changed the world. Our model is Jesus. We strive to show compassion to everyone, both inside and outside the congregation. Like Jesus, our goal is to change the world, one person at a time. 

Activities at First Pres that focus on caring for others include an active ministry of prayer, the support of Stephen Ministers, and the caring efforts of the Board of Deacons. 

Prayer Concerns & Pastoral Needs

If you or someone you know needs to be uplifted in prayer, or if you have a death in the family, an anticipated surgery, the birth of a new baby, or if you or a loved one are struggling, your pastors and church family want to be there to support you.

Prayer Requests

Please contact the church office at 847-255-5900 to share your pastoral needs.


Funerals, Memorial Services, and Gifts

Current funeral and memorial service information is shared here when available.

Click here to make a memorial gift to First Presbyterian Church in honor of a friend or loved one. (Select "Memorial Gifts" in the "Select a fund" drop-down menu at this link.)

Please contact Pastor Judy Hockenberry, or call the church office at 847-255-5900, for more information on funerals and memorial services.


Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is one-to-one ministry by trained, caring lay ministers who have responded to Christ’s call to “carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another. Through one-to-one caring and confidential relationships, those who are hurting receive the love and care they need to support them.

Learn more about Stephen Ministry.

Board of Deacons

The deacons of First Presbyterian Church work actively in a variety of ways to serve the needs of the congregation. All members and friends of First Pres are invited to join in one or more of the deacon ministries. 

Questions? Contact Laura Ryerson or Karin Richardson.

Learn more about the deacons.