Missions

At First Pres, we live our faith through service. We love and serve in response to Christ’s call and the needs around us, expressing justice and mercy, locally, regionally, and globally.

We share God’s love with the world by partnering with local, national, and global organizations, diverse in their missions and locations. They share a common goal of Christ love in action. We send our members into these partnerships in fun, creative ways. Engage partners have structured ongoing and unique opportunities to serve together, whether through tutoring, family fun nights, work projects, social interaction, or mission trips.

We invite you to learn more about all of our mission partners, and take the next step. Discover how offering your God-given time and talent to these worthy partners will change you forever.

Our Partners

Bridge of Hope Ministry

Bridge of Hope Ministry serves three to four previously homeless families from DuPage County as they make a journey from hopelessness to self-sufficiency. Our ministry mentors our guest families to create budgets and stick to them, reduce debt, make good life choices and otherwise help them navigate a two-year path to making it on their own. Our typical guest family is a single female parent with children. We have been a partner with Bridge Communities for 28 years. BC supplies many social services as well as the apartment where our guests reside. Our church supports the rent of the apartment and the social services with a fee. Our mentors meet with our guests weekly at first and then less often, as the situation warrants.

How can I get involved?

  • Become a mentor. Bridge Communities supplies the initial mentor training twice per year in April and September. In addition, BC periodically holds Mentor Universities for ongoing specialized training such as dealing with trauma or how to read a credit report. Since we are working with children, a background check is required.
  • Sponsor a family, in whole or in part, through 53rd Sunday or an independent gift. The Missions Council provides enough support for about 1 ½ families per year. The rest of the funding comes through 53rd Sunday and other independent gifts.

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Kids Alive International in the Dominican Republic

Kids Alive has rescued orphans and other vulnerable and forgotten children in 14 countries around the world. In the Dominican Republic, Kids Alive provides children with safe shelter, nutritious meals, medicine, and education through residential homes and care centers.

How can I get involved?

  • Mission trips: Throughout the year, First Pres. organizes mission trips to the Dominican Republic where we bring presents for 3 Kings Day, run VBS camps, and love the children and experience how God is working in the world.
  • Sponsor a child: Change a child’s story from one of poverty to one of possibility and hope! Sponsor a child through Kids Alive in the Dominican Republic. Several members have met their sponsor children on their mission trips to the Dominican Republic!

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YMEN of North Lawndale

Young Men’s Educational Network (YMEN) prepares young men and women who live in North Lawndale for leadership by helping them grow in their faith and character, develop a love for learning, and use their talents to serve the broader community.

How can I get involved?

First Pres. families join together at church with the young men and women from YMEN for fun events throughout the year, including family fun nights, Christmas caroling, movies and pizza making. Join in for one or all events!

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Outreach Community Ministries

Outreach Community Ministries is based in DuPage County and partners with churches to offer faith-based community service to area residents free of charge. First Pres. partners with Outreach through after-school tutoring programs and involvement with Jubilee Village, their transitional housing program for young mothers.

How can I get involved?

  • Tutor: Impact a child’s future by offering tutoring support for elementary students who need extra help with reading, writing, and math at the Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream. Twice a week in the afternoon, tutors assist an individual student with homework and academic goals, while providing a positive adult role model in their lives.
  • Jubilee Furniture: Donate good quality furniture to Outreach’s quality used furniture shop, or volunteer in the store. Proceeds support Outreach Community Ministries.
  • Offer a Trade Service: First Pres. members with a trade skill often help maintain and improve the apartments at Jubilee Village. Painters, plumbers, electricians, and more can offer a valuable service!

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DuPage PADS

DuPage PADS offers men, women, and children a safe overnight environment. First Pres. hosts interim housing weekly at the church, and staffs the fourth Thursday of each month.

How can I get involved?

First Pres. members can help provide the vital comfort and encouragement that comes from sharing a meal and offering shelter. Specific serving opportunities include: volunteer coordination, meal preparation and serving, overnight site monitoring, breakfast preparation and clean-up. Many of our volunteers are not church members or come from other local congregations – we welcome all who wish to serve.

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Ft. Peck Reservation in Montana

The Montana Mission is a family-friendly, intergenerational trip to the Ft. Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana. The Native American culture faces many challenges, including socio-economic issues, educational support, employment, and the future of church leadership. Over the years, a mission trip partnership has developed with the Bethel Community Church in Culbertson, MT, the town outside the reservation.

How can I get involved?

Join us on our annual mission trip in July of each year, where we host Vacation Bible School, complete construction projects on the churches, and fellowship with our friends on the reservation. This is a great family-friendly (all ages are welcome) mission trip, learning more about life on the reservation as we serve others.

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Partners in Mission (PIM) in Uganda

Partners in Mission serves 700 students in the Kamwenge Community, a district in western Uganda that is home to about 100K families. Our partnership supports the work of Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School and Good Shepherd Primary School, providing education for returning refugees in the Kamwenge District of Uganda. The schools seek to raise future generations of Ugandans to become Christian leaders by equipping individuals with employable skills in a Christian context.

How can I get involved?

  • Bike to the Lake: Bike from Glen Ellyn to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin during the annual Bike to the Lake event in early August. Funds raised support Partners in Mission, and in recent years, this event was able to provide the funds to build a much-needed kitchen and dining hall on the Kamwenge campus.
  • Sponsor a child: Sponsor a child through Partners in Mission. Families who send their child to the school are often losing income or help with responsibilities at home. Sponsorship encourages attendance and the important lasting benefits of an education.
  • Mission trips: Groups from First Pres. visit Kamwenge to meet and learn more about the students attending the school.

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Additional Partners

National

  • Covenant Pathways/James Skeet
  • Dakota Partnership/Montana and South Dakota; PC(USA)

Global

  • Juna Amagara Ministries
  • Barnabas International/Herb and Debbie Lamp
  • The Outreach Foundation of the Presbyterian Church (TOF)
  • Frontier Fellowship/Dan McNerney
  • ReachGlobal/Tom and Dora Becker
  • Forman Christian College, Pakistan/Rev. Jim and Beth Tebbe
  • Harvesting in Spanish
  • Pioneers International/Carolyn and James
  • Forman Christian College

Families & Children

We encourage families to serve Christ together. This is done through our many programs, and these special partnerships:

  • Victory Sports Resource Center Camp – playing sports and building relationships with children attending resource center programming
  • Exodus – serving and welcoming refugee families into our community
  • Local and global serving opportunities for older students – trip scholarships available.

For more info: dprofitt@firstpresge.org

View our mission guide for a description of all partners.

How can I get involved?

53rd Sunday – held annually in May – is a great opportunity to support all of our missions. Although we give of our time, talent and treasure year-round, 53rd Sunday is a unique opportunity to amplify your giving. For the month of May you can give to a mission of your choosing; the church has $25,000 of matching funds.

Interested in using your unique gifts to serve one of our mission partners? Contact us today to take the next step.

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