Career Resource Center
This deacon sponsored ministry helps those who are unemployed or looking for new employment. Various events are held at our church as well as throughout the surrounding area. For more information, contact Elaine Holmquist or visit the Career Resource Center website.
The Chicago Eagles
The Chicago Eagles are committed to sharing the message of Jesus Christ through the environment of soccer through four different ministries: camps, local ministry events, international tours, and teams. The Chicago office began in 1997 with the vision of working primarily with collegiate and high school athletes. Through a variety of programs, our goal is to train and equip young men and women as sports ministers. We also work alongside partners throughout the world, assisting with training seminars and outreach programs. In addition to supporting the Chicago Eagles with our mission support, our church hosts a soccer camp every summer in Northbrook. For information about our next Soccer Camp, contact Dr. Chuck Guth.
Exodus World Service
Throughout the year our Deacons deliver a number of Welcome Packs to newly arriving refugees in the Chicagoland Area. Our members are asked to bring in donations to help set up a refugee family’s new household. Click here to view the items included in a Welcome Pack. For more information about this ministry, visit the Exodus World Service website or contact Wai Cheung.
Family Life Development Foundation
Rev. Younan Shiba is a Presbyterian pastor of Iraqi descent who is supported by the Village Church and director and founder of the Family Life Development Foundation. His vision is to bring together Arabic and Assyrian-speaking refugees and immigrants, for the purpose of teaching and supporting one another, using principles of God’s word. For more information, visit the Family Life Development Foundation website.
Volunteers are needed periodically to help our members with certain odd jobs around the house that they can't do on their own, from cleaning out gutters, basements, and garages, to moving furniture, to yard work, to simple repair. If interested in helping, email Jim Pugh.
A Just Harvest Soup Kitchen
On every 4th Wednesday, we cook a meal for A Just Harvest Soup Kitchen and we serve it the following evening on the fourth Thursday of every month. For further information about volunteering contact Deb Valkenaar.
Muslim Outreach Fellowship
This group meets every other week with local Muslims who desire to build peace and friendship across our cultures. There are also a number of larger fellowship events throughout the year. Contact Greg Buell.
The Northfield Township Food Pantry
Throughout the year the Deacon Board and other ministries will sponsor events to support the Northfield Township Food Pantry. Previous examples include: children at VBS collected over 100 canned goods, and community members donated during the Christmas Tree Lighting Event. In 2019, the Souper Bowl of Caring collected 1468 items for the Pantry and $150 in donations. For more information, contact Kara Haravon.
PADS Crisis Services
Providing Advocacy, Dignity & Shelter. From October to April, First Presbyterian Church Deerfield will be a host site for a PADS Shelter to serve the homeless. PADS (which stands for “Providing Advocacy, Dignity and Shelter”) provides emergency shelter and supportive services to individuals and families with children experiencing homelessness in Lake County. They offer a safe environment with a comprehensive and proven approach to enhancing the quality of life for those experiencing homelessness and those living at risk of becoming homeless.Contact Rev. Greg Buell, email@example.com. To sign up to serve go here.
South Asian Evangelical Fellowship
Rev. Samuel Akhtar is a Presbyterian pastor of Pakistani descent supported by the Village Church. His mission is to build Presbyterian fellowship of Pakistani Christian immigrants in the Chicago area. Currently, the South Asian Fellowship worships on Sunday afternoons at First Presbyterian in Deerfield, IL.
Village Church Clothing Closet
Our Deacons collect clothing items and distribute them to various groups in the North Shore. For more information about this ministry, contact Cassandra Hayes.