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First Pres Annual Report

Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2021
(scroll down to download a PDF)

Click the image to download a PDF of the First Pres Annual Report.

A quick look at some of the changes at First Pres that will welcome you forward!

Pledge for 2021-22 Fiscal Year

Thank you for your prayerful pledge for the year. This helps us to manage our financial resources to make the greatest impact.

July 21, 2021

If you had asked me two years ago to share some of my greatest moments as a pastor, I could have mentioned several. If you asked me today, I’d say, hands down, it was standing in the pulpit looking the scant dozen or so overjoyed in-person worshippers on Sunday, February 21, the day we reopened the sanctuary for the first time in 2021. My how the pandemic has changed perspectives.

Everywhere you look, you hear about how we are getting back to normal, or going back to the office, or getting back to travel. We hear “Welcome back!” when we finally visit friends and family we haven’t seen for a year, or return to our favorite restaurant, club, or theater.  But here at First Pres, we are not welcoming you back, rather we want to welcome you forward!

As with other times of suffering in our lives, I believe Jesus has used this time to build his church even stronger. First Pres is welcoming you forward as we embrace the opportunities the pandemic has unwittingly created. In spite of our social distancing and quarantining, indeed perhaps because of it, we have found even more clarity in our focus on Jesus and on being part of the new humanity he is creating.

Looking forward, we will have new opportunities and ways to connect—some brick-and-mortar, some digital. You will see a brand new nursery, repainted rooms, a new parking lot, and some revamped restrooms. You will see new digital signage, a hybrid Zoom room, and live streaming worship. We have new opportunities to support and interact with our mission partners, with our Bible studies, and our people.

This past fiscal year, ending June 30, 2021, was the fourth consecutive year we have finished in the black. Your faithful pledges and giving allowed us the ability to be purposeful in our spending in order to make the greatest impact. We are asking once again to prayerfully pledge your giving for the 2021-22 fiscal year, as we welcome you all forward into this new community of Christ.

With deep gratitude,

Pastor Paul Detterman

Your 2021-22 Financial Pledge

    I/We intend to give:

    I/We wish to pay by:
    Mailing a check or plate offeringCredit or debit card, or direct bank transfer through First Pres websiteDonations of stocks (avoid taxation on appreciation)Other

    Capital Improvements at First Pres

    Free of Debt. Free to Grow!

    In 2018, we initiated a three-year, $1-million capital campaign to pay off significant debt the church has been carrying (and paying significant interest on) related to capital improvements done many years ago.

    As of September 2021, the capital debt at First Pres is paid off!

    Thank You!

    Current Capital Improvement Projects at First Pres

    We invite you to scroll through each of the projects to better understand where how your donation for the current capital improvements will be used.

    • Tuckpointing
    • Roof
    • Nursery
    • Narthex
    • Window Repair
    • Outdoor Stairs
    • Parking Lot


    While brick buildings require markedly less maintenance to the outer walls than wood buildings, they do require some maintenance. Our church is in need of tuckpointing to keep the brick strong and the elements out! This project will focus primarily on most-needed areas: the west and northwest walls. This project will need to be completed before we complete the nursery.


    The church roof needs repair to stop the severe, ongoing efflorescence throughout the church. Efflorescence is a crystalline or powdery deposit of salts visible on the surface of brick and natural stone surfaces. It occurs when water leaves behind salt deposits on the masonry surface. We need to halt the progressive decay of the efflorescence. This project will be give priority as it impacts other projects, such as the nursery.


    We want to have the nursery ready to welcome our kids when we return to the church! Thanks to your effort, the demo is done, but we still need to frame, insulate, drywall, paint, and carpet the nursery for our little ones! Before completing this project, we will need to repair the roof, and complete the tuckpointing on the west and northwest walls.


    The Narthex is in particular need of repair! Severe efflorescence has damaged the ceiling. We need to fix the source of the problem, then remove and replace all damaged surfaces.


    The beautiful old windows at First Pres hearken back to a simpler time when the church was built. While lovely, they are in need of significant repair, and repainting.


    There are five sets of concrete stairs leading to various doors into the church. Each require patching and repair to maintain safety. Some of the stairs also require repair of the metal handrails, as well.


    While our parking lot has been mainly empty for the past eight months, you may recall the holes, cracks, and uneven surfaces. The entire parking lot requires repair and new blacktop.

    Stock & Estate Gifts to First Pres

    To eliminate or reduce the impact of required minimum distribution (RMD) income, investors may consider making a qualified charitable distribution. A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is a direct transfer of funds from an IRA custodian, payable to a qualified charity (defined in the QCD provision in the Internal Revenue Code). Amounts distributed as a QCD can be counted toward satisfying your RMD for the year and can also be excluded from your taxable income.

    Are you considering a gift of stock to First Pres? It is one of the easiest methods to make a gift. If the stock has appreciated, the donor not only avoids the capital gains tax on the appreciation, but also receives a charitable deduction for the full fair market value for the stock at the time of contribution.

    Name First Pres as a beneficiary in your will to provide an estate gift that will provide long-term support for the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest while also effectively managing your estate.

    Charles Schwab and Co.
    DTC# 0164 Code 40
    FBO The First Presbyterian Church of River Forest
    Account #7096-0927
    Trade/Service at Schwab: (800) 435-4000
    Asset Transfer (for agents): (877) 328-0376

    Please contact our CPA if you have any questions

    Giving Resources


    When you use AmazonSmile to show, you pay the same prices, but Amazon donates a percentage to First Pres! It is completely free to use.
    To use AmazonSmile to benefit First Pres, simply sign into, designate “First Presbyterian Church of River Forest.”


    Please contact Terri Benno,  our CPA, if you have any questions.