Author Archives: nicholaspetersen

New Emerging Leaders Series

Faith & Leadership is a new emerging leaders series initiated by First Pres that has been launched by a consortium… Read More

Moving on in Faith: Jennifer Aycock, Director of College Ministry

At the beginning of April 2015, I attended the NEXT Church Gathering held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Their… Read More

Extend Christ’s Table with PADS

The 2014/2015 PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity, and Shelter) ministry is in need of assistance on the 2ndand 5th Tuesday of… Read More



Help Make the 2015 Auction Great: Join the All Church Auction Committee

It’s time to start thinking about First Pres’ All Church Auction to be held April 11, 2015 at Exmoor Country… Read More


Weekly Message: Guidance from Scripture

Jesus said, “blessed are the peacemakers.” In light of the grand jury verdict in Ferguson, Mo., how do we respond?… Read More

Look to Simple Gifts this Christmas

Every December, a frantic feeling descends on us. How can we get everything done? Buying gifts, attending events, trimming the… Read More

Volunteer for Soup Kitchen Every 3rd Friday

Our Soup Kitchen mission is served jointly with St. Mary’s church in Lake Forest on the 3rd Friday of each… Read More

Weekly Message: Christ the King Sunday

The holidays are coming! I love this time of year, as we reflect deeply on the love we experience in… Read More

Celebrate the Christmas Season with First Pres

As the Christmas season begins, First Pres invites you to take time for spiritual refreshment. Whether you need a quiet time away from… Read More

Calling All Knitters and Crocheters!

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is seeking knitters and crocheters to help with this year’s project for Lake Forest College international… Read More

Weekly Message: Embodying Our Shared Race

Last Sunday we wound up our fall series, “The Race of a Lifetime.” We finished in a blaze of glory:… Read More


Mission, Weekly Message

Weekly Message: Honoring Our Saints

Warm greetings on this chilly Halloween! The winds are brisk … and did you see the snowflakes? Halloween is, of… Read More


Weekly Message

Weekly Message: Showing Up for Each Other

The weather couldn’t be better for this weekend … which leads to an important question: what’s the best stewardship of… Read More

Caring for the Congregation: Hope-Filled Holidays After a Loss

We invite you to attend the first event of the Deacons’ Caring for the Congregation Series on Nov. 23. Listen… Read More


Community, Fellowship

Join the Usher and Hospitality Ministries at First Pres

Romans 12 tells us that we are one body in Christ and have different gifts to share with one another…. Read More