The First Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green is a Christian community focused on glorifying God by being:
- welcoming in worship
- inclusive by intention
- joyful in doing justice
- steadfast in loving God and neighbor
We are a community of believers who worship and serve God in a changing world. Our congregation fosters relationships with Bowling Green University faculty, students and staff. We welcome and affirm persons of every race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, family status, economic status, and physical, mental, or emotional ability into full participation in our faith community.
[click here for an explanation of our church's logo [click here for an explanation of the PC(USA)'s logo]
Church Phone: 419/352-5176; Church Fax: 419/352-8808
Email: email@example.com Website:www.bgpresb.org
|If you would like to read from the Bible, but don't have one, go online here: The Bible contains God's word to us. If you don't believe this, maybe you could read with the idea that it is at least possible the Bible contains God's word.|
For the Week of December 8 thru December 14
Christmas Caroling - Following the worship service on Dec. 8th we'll be going out to celebrate the season by raising our voices in traditional Christmas songs. Please come sing along as we visit our congregation members in the assisted living facilities in town. We'll meet in the fellowship hall immediately following worship to have a quick lunch and then head out.
The Kindred Spirits Circle will meet Monday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Green Lounge. Alyce Platz will present devotions, Lyn Long will lead the discussion and Julie Smith Maekask will serve as hostess. Discussions are lively and desserts wonderful. Please join us on Monday night.
Wine, Women, and Wisdom - This month the group will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 10th at 7 pm. at the home of Pastor Mary Jane Saunders’ home, 875 Lyn Rd., BG. R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning on attending. Please bring a “recycled” or “re-gifted” wrapped gift to exchange. All women of the church are invited to attend.
Advent Lessons and Carols
As an added treat, there will be a light supper in the Green Lounge for the musicians and event attendees after the program. Since we’ll need a headcount in order to best do meal plans, please make your reservation either in the church office [419.352.5176 or email@example.com] or with Marcy St.John [419.352.8715 or firstname.lastname@example.org].
Beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, adults and children will have the opportunity to be part of the Advent Angel project by praying for a special person throughout the season. The project involves praying for an assigned person - the
“pray-er” may not know the person or anything about him or her, but throughout the weeks of Advent, they will be commending a specific person to God. Helpful scriptural prayers will be provided each week in church and on-line. At the end of Advent, those who wish may reveal their identity to the person for whom they have been praying. This project is totally voluntary, and should provide a meaningful emphasis for Advent devotion and reflection. If you would like to be part of this project, or you need more information, please contact Pastor Mary Jane.
Gracious God, today I lift up ______________ in prayer. Lord, you know better than I what this person is longing for this Advent, and so I ask that you would bless him/her by the presence of your Holy Spirit. May the Advent gifts of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace take root in his/her heart. Where there are special needs, I pray for fulfillment. Where there is sorrow, I ask for joy. Where there is grieving or loneliness, I ask for love and peace. Even those among us who are happy and fulfilled in this Advent season know so well that we are incomplete with You, and that Your grace and love give our lives meaning and purpose. Loving Lord, teach us all to follow in Your way, and help us to leave room in our hearts for the child whose birth we await. May the blessings of this holy season abound in ____________’s life this day. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.
The Deacons’ Mitten Tree - The Deacons have placed a tree in the Narthex for everyone to decorate with new or handmade mittens, hats, earmuffs, and scarves. Please include sizes for babies through adults, and let’s see lots and lots of color on the tree. We will leave the tree up for donations through December so all you knitters and crocheters will have time to make some special items. All of the items will be given out from the Deacon's Shop.
To honor the true spirit of Christmas, the Deacons are excited to extend the opportunity for you to honor family members and friends this Christmas. When you donate to the Deacons' Christmas Party to purchase Christmas Food Baskets, we will give you special Christmas Cards indicating that they are being honored with a donation to needy families in the area, that you can, in turn, send to your family members and/or friends. At your request, we will also list the names of the people that you have honored. If you have already donated, please contact Cathy Organ 419-605-7002 to receive your card(s) and submit honored names.
This is so important and no child in this community should go without a Christmas dinner or at least one present when we all have so much (even when we think we don't) and it’s a wonderful thing for each of us to experience practicing Presence over Presents.
Please consider purchasing a gift(s) for a local family attending the Christmas Party by selecting an envelope from The Giving Tree, located in the Fellowship Hall. You might want to share a family with a friend or another church member. Inside the envelope you will find the number of children in the family, gift ideas, and family-identity sticker(s) to apply to the gift(s).
Please sign the Giving Tree register located next to the tree so that the Deacons know who has which family. Please spend about $15-20 per child (please don’t exceed $20), bring gift(s) wrapped or unwrapped to the church by November 25. Gifts may be dropped off in the office or given to Sandi Carsey for safe keeping. Any questions, please contact Sandi at email@example.com or 419-352-4676.
Or consider volunteering for one of the activities listed below. Complete the form below and place it in the offering plate or bring it to the church office. For more information call the church office at 419-352-5176; Sandi Carsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-352-4676; or Dave Chilson at email@example.com or 419-352-5735. Thank you!
Please click on the highlighted link to fill out the form on how you can volunteer to your time/talents/services: Deacons Christmas Volunteer List.
CHRISMAS JOY OFFERING - Presbyterians have long celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ by giving generously to an Advent offering. The Christmas Joy Offering dates back to the 1930s when the former Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) began an offering to supplement inadequate retirement income and provide supplemental medical insurance for former ministers, missionaries, church workers, and their families.
In the former United Presbyterian Church of the United States of America (UPCUSA), a Christmas offering was first taken in 1960. Called the White Gift, its funds were used for general mission and world relief. In 1964 the name was changed to the Christmas Offering, and receipts provided support for health and welfare concern continued until 1973, when the offering was used to assist former servants of the church who were living on inadequate pensions.
In 1988 the PCUS and the UPCUSA offerings were joined into one offering, the Christmas Offering Joy Gift. In 1989 the offering was renamed the Christmas Joy Offering, and in 1991 the 203rd General Assembly changed the distribution of funds to 50% of the Board of Pensions and 50% to the Presbyterian racial ethnic schools and colleges.
Enclosed in this month’s newsletter is an envelope for the Christmas Joy Offering. The church will be collecting the offering on Sunday, December 22. If you will be unable to attend the service that day please mail your envelope to the church. Make the check payable to First Presbyterian Church and on the memo line write 2013 Christmas Joy Offering. [Click here to view a short film about Christmas Joy Offering]