Pastoral Care Ministries

Friends in Christ

Friends in Christ is a lay ministry helping to serve church members’ short-term needs. We make regular visits to the homebound, give occasional rides to those with mobility issues, and deliver meals to those who are facing personal challenges such as illness, the birth of a child, or the loss of a loved one. If you need this kind of assistance, please call Bonnie Kath (847-507-4146) or speak with one of the pastors.

Stephen Ministry

Christ Caring for People through People. Stephen Ministers are lay people trained to care for someone going through a difficult time by listening, supporting, praying and encouraging. If you could benefit from this confidential ministry contact Deborah Cross at, phone (847)-492-1735, cell# (910)-295-1534 for more details.

The Counseling Center (TCC)

The Counseling Center (TCC)provides professionally trained Christian counseling in our own facility. Contact the TCC at 847-864-9133.

COVID-19 Response

Need help? Here’s who to call or email.
FPCE Parish Nurse Julie Ruchniewicz is overseeing volunteers and ministry team members who are being mobilized to meet as many of the needs as possible of those who are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Illinois stay at home executive order. Contact Julie at if you would like to be contacted by her team, or have a practical need.

Volunteer to help others
The COVID-19 crisis is not just a time when we have been isolated to our homes to social distance, but also a path to find alternative ways to connect with each other! We are looking for folks from First Presbyterian to serve others in our congregation through their talents, skills, and resources and maybe find a new friendship develop through our love of Christ. Check out ways you can connect and sign up at this link!