CARING

 You matter to God. You matter to us.

Caring for one another in the name of Jesus Christ is at the heart of our ministry here at First Pres. This caring comes with many titles and faces to accompany but, at the center of it all, is the injunction from our Lord to be a caregiver in the manner of Jesus' own ministry. The pastors are open and available to speak with anyone wishing to be heard. Depending upon the need and urgency, a referral can also be made to a Stephen Minister, to the Pastoral Counseling Center, to a Deacon or an Elder, or to one of the local area social services.
 
First Pres is blessed with a generous care team with wide-ranging talents, ages, life experiences and abilities with which to be of assistance. 

Weekday Pastors on Call

During the week, pastors are available on the following schedule: 
Rev. Dr. Brian Paulson: Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri
Rev. Kara Smith-Laubenstein: Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri
Rev. Amy Heinrich: Mon–Thurs (until noon each day)
Rev. Ryan Wallace: Mon-Thurs

Member Pastoral Emergency Line

A pastor of the church is available to members for emergencies 24 hours a day by calling 847-367-6460. In addition, the church voicemail system is equipped to direct you toward pastoral care in emergencies. Ministers are available for pastoral emergencies over the weekend via the Pastoral Emergency line which the church voicemail system is equipped to direct you toward.

Pastors will always be on the frontlines of care, especially during times of crisis.  But there are always many more needs for on-going, one-to-one care than pastors can effectively meet by themselves. Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who are trained and equipped to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

If you or a loved one are in the hospital, we would like to call on you. The hospital visitation team is made up of trained members of our congregation, as well as the pastoral staff.  They are committed to helping make your hospital stay a little easier and sharing God's love with you in your time of need. During the brief visit, please feel free to share any prayer concerns or other needs you may have with them. If you know ahead of time you will be in the hospital, please let the office know.  They will be sure the hospital team knows you are there.

Prayer Requests. We’re Praying for You. You’re invited to share a prayer request in advance of our Monday Morning Prayer each week at 847-362-2174 or contact the office .

The power of prayer is something to behold through which God strengthens, encourages, inspires and helps us keep the faith that is otherwise challenged by our sinful nature and the cares of the world. 


At First Pres, we have prayer chains that you can avail of when facing life challenges of health, job displacement, financial or family issues, broken relationships or losing loved ones. We  stand in the gap for you and bring concerns to God’s throne of grace with the boldness of faith as we wait for God’s answers.


If you have prayer concerns and requests or if If you wish to become a member of the Prayer Chains, please contact us using the information below:

Phone Prayer Chain - Rev. Amy Heinrich or 847-362-2174

Email Prayer Chain - Lennie Blair or 847-362-2174                    

The Samaritan Counseling Center offers a variety of counseling services all along Chicago's North Shore. Counselor Denise Kitanovski a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, has office hours at First Pres. She can be reached at 847-446-6955, ext. 22 or dkitanovski@northshoresamaritan.org.