Serving Christ through the Ministry of First Friends

Introducing “First Friends”, a new group forming at First Presbyterian in order to help, welcome and befriend refugee families. “First Friends was chosen as a name because we are from “First” Presbyterian Evanston, and we may also be some of the “first” people that these families will encounter. People in the group will have opportunities to serve through hosting dinners, reaching out to new families, and volunteering in other capacities to help local refugees thrive in their new lives in the USA. Some volunteers will serve informally through our church, though others may choose to serve through World Relief. Anyone in the congregation who has a heart to help refugee families is welcome, whether as an individual, small group, couple, or family.

All members who volunteer with First Friends will need to attend one training session to be prepared to minister to the families we interact with. (At least one family is asked to attend if their family wishes to volunteer). These specialty training sessions will be Thursday, March 16, from 7 pm to 9 pm, or Saturday, March 18 from 10 am to Noon.

Sign up here!

Please contact Sally Ivaska at or Caryl Weinberg at with questions.

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