CollegeCARE Ministries

CollegeCARE Ministries is a caring network for college students and their families. We work together to encourage and celebrate our college-age kids, and coordinate social and service activities to help them engage with each other and the church, with the goal to help grow their relationships with God and each other.

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College Care Packages
Our college students are well into their spring term, so now is the time to especially remember and nourish them with care packages from their church family. We expect to send dozens of boxes this spring! If you would like to donate treats for our students, please place your items in the boxes marked “College Care Packages” in the Narthex on Sundays, March 20, April 3, and April 10 or deliver them to the church office during the week.  

Suggested donations: Prepackaged goodies such as cookies, candy bars, crackers, cereal bars, soup, hot chocolate mix, instant coffee packets, tea, gum, Chapsticks, bookmarks, Post-It notes, or other items you think they would enjoy. Monetary donations (to help cover the shipping costs) are welcome and appreciated.

Packing Date (volunteers welcome): Sunday, April 17, 9:30-10:30 am

Mailing Date: Monday, April 18

Send Your Student’s Address 
Parents: In order for your student, living at home or away, to receive a care package, please send a current address to the CollegeCARE Ministries team at Note: We will only send packages to students whose addresses we have received this school year, so please send your student’s 2015-2016 address. Please include your student’s mailing and e-mail address (so we can tell him or her to look for a package). The college students will thank you!


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College-Age Mission Trip: August 3-7, 2015
College-Age Mission Week was organized by CollegeCARE Ministries to be a low-cost, easy-to attend set of activities for students to reconnect at church and serve and learn together in the world. The 22 participants enjoyed the positive experience of whichever of the week’s activities they attended. 

View the slideshow from the week:

College Mission Week 2015 slideshow from First Pres AH on Vimeo.


For more information, contact Nancy Williams at



2014 College Canoe Trip to Boundary Waters
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Do you have kids who are in college or new to the college experience? Great news!  We’re strengthening the network for our college families, and you’re invited to take part. 

Check out our blog.


Sending Encouraging Communications and Care Packages

The CollegeCARE Ministries team prepares, with prayer, to send out Care Packages to First Presbyterian college students.

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Collecting Student Photos and Addresses
Each year, we collect photos for the CollegeCARE bulletin board and our students' addresses at school so we can send them cards and care packages. The photo display encourages the congregation to pray for our college students and welcomes them when they return over breaks.

Wanted: A 4 x 6 photo of each college student plus three pieces of information—student’s name, school, and something he or she looks forward to this school year. Also, please include the student's address at school and e-mail address.

Photos and information can be e-mailed to or put in the CollegeCARE mailbox outside the church office.


Meet Director of Youth Ministries TC Anderson

TC agreed to be interviewed by one of our high school students for this video made just for college-age students. Check it out! Thanks Robert Kraybill for producing the video.

Calendar 2015-2016: Events & Plans

August: Update us -- Send this year’s school address and bulletin board update (photo plus name, school, year in school, major, and what you’re looking forward to).

October: Parent chat (Oct. 4) -- A chance to update student addresses, say hello, and find out what's up
You're in our prayers -- with our bulletin board up at church, the congregation smiles and remembers to pray for you, our students.

November: Watch your mail! You did give us your school address, didn’t you?
Read the e-news real quick -- Get details on Winter Break goings-on and other interesting stuff

December: Participate in 11:00 pm Christmas Eve worship--a college tradition.
Help with the First Pres PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) program (Dec. 22 and 29 -- Tuesdays) -- Can you take a shift with a buddy?

January: Youth Ministries Jan Jam (January 1 into January 2) -- Rockin' Jump (formerly Xtreme Trampoline), Laser Quest, Game Works, Spunky Dunkers, and a movie—all night long
College-age social (January 4 - Monday) -- Broomball and pizza

Send your address to receive a spring care package if you haven’t yet done so for this year.

February: Watch for a Sunday morning parent activity and a program for the congregation.
Send your address to receive a spring care package if you haven’t yet done so for this year.

March: It might not be too late to send your address to receive a spring care package.
Service learning -- Doing a service learning or mission project over Spring Break? Tell us about it with your photo.

April: We’re planning a care package from the First Pres congregation!
De-stress -- Read the spring-summer e-news and think about summer,

May: Free refreshment during TC's Coffice hours: dates and locations to be announced 

June: Be a greeter on Baccalaureate Sunday, June 5.
Serve on the South Dakota intergenerational Mission Trip. Two grants available for college students. Grab a buddy and go! Ask for details.
Look for our summer evening and weekend mission opportunities for college-age adults.
Free refreshment at TC's Coffice hours: dates and locations to be announced

July: BBQ or ballgame
Volunteer for Vacation Bible School on 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 days.
Look for our summer evening and weekend mission opportunities for college-age adults.
Free refreshment at TC's Coffice hours: dates and locations to be announced


Mission program -- At the January 4 fellowship event, we ask your opinion on the possibilities.
Flag the first week in August for CollegeCARE involvement. 

Free refreshment at TC's Coffice hours: dates and locations to be announced

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Collecting Ideas
You are invited to share ideas on what we can do for you, your students, and your family during the college years. In addition to college care packages, we like to send students cards from the congregation, organize a winter break college-age social, share information about their service projects and trips, keep in touch, and facilitate students' interaction with our church (for example, by hosting a senior high discussion about campus life and experiencing mission projects together.)


Resources You Can Request

E-newsletters: Winter 2015Winter 2014; Summer 2014;  Fall 2013Summer 2013

The 2012 slideshow on Smart Personal Finance for Students

The 2011 slideshow from the Parent Nite Discussion Panel


Are you interested in CollegeCARE Ministries?  We’d love to know!  Drop a line to Nancy Williams and Lynese Pearson via or call the church office at 847-255-5900.


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