First Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green

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.

This Lenten season, we invite you to join us as we spend a few moments each day sharing our favorite Bible verses, along with a “micro-comment” on each one.  There is no rhyme or reason to the selection of verses; they are simply portions of scripture that have been meaningful to either one or both of us over the years.  As you read over the verse, we encourage you to add your own comments to ours.  You may also wish to look at the verse in its context to get a fuller sense of its meaning.  We will post a verse for each of the forty days (Sundays are not counted as part of Lent).  Please join us on this Lenten journey. 
Forty Verses for Forty Days - The Co-Pastors’ Favorite Scriptures

Day 11  Monday March 2
Ephesians 3:20-21     "Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen".
A sermon in one verse.  God is working in us, so we can and will further God’s purposes far beyond anything we could dream up on our own.  God is not our “co-pilot” – God is straight driving this bus.  How cool is that!  What is God up to – through us – today?

Day 10   Saturday February 28
Philippians 4:4    “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” 
This verse needs very little explanation.  Even when things are tough and we find ourselves struggling, we can rejoice in the fact that we know we have a God who loves us and will never forsake us.  When everything else is falling apart, we can still rejoice - in the Lord.  At least that’s the goal. 

Day 9  Friday February 27
John 10:10    "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."

To have life…abundantly!  How we love this expression of God’s purpose for us through Jesus…that we are not to just exist; not to just live; but to live deeply fulfilled and overflowing!  Today let’s not “settle,” but keep our hearts open to receive and give abundant life.

Day 8       Thursday February 26
Isaiah 65:25  “’The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain,’ says the Lord.” 
God’s purposes are rarely so clearly stated.  When people are being hurt, body or spirit, it is evidence that something is at cross-purposes with God’s will.  Period.  Let’s be this kind of clear as we move through our day today, and stand up to be counted when we see people being hurt/destroyed in little or large ways.

Day 7 - Wednesday, February 25

1 John 4:19 - We love because God first loved us.


You might actually call this our “signature” verse.  It’s so true - every loving act and thought in which we engage is possible only because we have experienced God’s love for us.  We sing this song on most Wednesday evening Fellowship Suppers - “We love, because God first loved us!”  May we never forget that God loves EACH ONE OF US AS IF THERE WERE ONLY ONE OF US. (St. Augustine) and may we strive to share that love in ways great and small.  

Forty Verses for Forty Days - Day 6 (Tuesday, February 24)

"And the one who was seated upon the throne said, 'See, I am making all things new.' "  Rev. 21:5
We can feel old at times, and life can feel old as well.  We all know what a rut is.  “Open you eyes, “ Jesus says.  “Look around.  I am making all things new!”  What will we see today that brings this truth home to us?

Forty Verses for Forty Days - Day 5 (Monday, February 23)
"I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord”  - Psalm 122:1
This is being written on a Sunday evening after a very full - and completely awesome - day at church.  After all these years, there is still something completely amazing about gathering with a group of fellow Christians for worship, Bible study and fellowship.  Though it isn’t perfect, the church is still the best thing we have -  “The church of Jesus Christ is the provisional demonstration of what God intends for all of humanity” according to the PCUSA Book of Order (G-3.0200).  Thats a pretty tall order - lets pray that we can rise to meet the challenge.  


All concerts begin at 11:00 a.m. and are free and open to the public.
Concerts are approximately 45 minutes followed by a light reception.

INTERFAITH BREAKFAST - All are welcome to the Community Interfaith Breakfast, which will be held at Simpson Garden Park on Friday March 6 at 7:30 a.m.  Local representatives of the major world religions will offer perspectives on the theme, “Building Paths Towards Peace.” Reservations made to Carol Lenox (1st Methodist Church) at or 419 353-0682.   Seating will be limited to the first 150 RSVP’s due to venue size.  No admission charge; donations received for “Not In Our Town.”  Questions?  speak with Pastor Gary.

For more information on events and happenings at First Presbyterian Church, please read our current month's Crier newsletter. 
It can be found by clicking on the Newsletter icon on the left.  Then just click on the month you wish to read.:)

Capital Campaign Project - As you can see, we are underway with our stained glass window restoration project.  The windows are being removed a few at a time so they can be dismantled, cleaned, repaired and reassembled.  This project will continue over the course of many months.  The restoration is being performed by Bigelow Glass in Findlay, Ohio.  If you would like more information about the window restoration or the Capital Campaign Fund, please contact the church office.

We are excited to announce new (additional) hours for the First Presbyterian Church Deacons Free Clothing Shop
In addition to our current hours -- every Thursday, 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and the Deacons Free Clothing Store  will be open 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. every third Saturday of each month.  The hours will accommodate those who are unable to shop during the week giving everyone in our community access to the clothing they need for themselves and their families.  We encourage everyone to participate by receiving, donating, and recycling gently used clothing. Please come and shop every 3rd Saturday from 9:30 until 11:00.  The shop is located in the education wing of the church. There is an outside entrance with a sign. 126 South Church Street in Bowling Green.

Did you know you can support the church just by shopping at Kroger? It's easy when you enroll in Kroger Community Rewards®! To get started, sign up with your Plus Card online, and select First Presbyterian Church as the organization you wish to support.
    Follow these directions: 
    1. Go to, sign in, click on "my account"
    2. Scroll down to Community Rewards, click edit
    3. For organization, First Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green (Organization Number: 91930)  
You may need to create an account, if you have not done so already. That's pretty simple - just follow the directions on Registering your card brings additional benefits. Kroger offers many instant win games, electronic coupons and Friday Freebies - an electronic coupon for a totally free item! If you have questions, please see Lisa Lawson-LaPointe ( or ((419) 575-2416) for assistance. Enroll today! 


Office Hours: Closed-Monday; 9-4 Tues.-Thurs.; 9-3 Friday
Closed for Lunch-Tues.-Thurs. 12:30-1:30 pm
Church Phone: 419/352-5176;  Church Fax: 419/352-8808

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.