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 (For the full list, see Pastors' Page)

 

         Friday, March 27   Day 33
“Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” John 20:29 
After Jesus was raised from the dead, Thomas came to him and asked to see and touch his wounds. He then professed his belief in Jesus. Jesus responds to Thomas with the words in this verse. I remember reading this verse as a young child and longing to be one of those who were truly blessed because their belief was not based on physical evidence. It was a comfort to me as a child to think that was possible, and it is a comfort to me as an adult as I try to live by the faith I profess, even though sometimes I long for tangible “proof.”


Thursday, March 26 - Day 32
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love." Psalm 103:8

The first paper I ever did in seminary focused on the Hebrew term which is translated “steadfast love.” It is a term that is rich with meaning, but it basically refers to the unique covenantal love which God has for God’s people - a love that God has promised, and a love that will never let us go - no matter what. Even when we “break contract” with God, God never breaks contract with us.

Wednesday, March 25 - Day 31
"For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him.”    1 Samuel 1:27 
We put this verse on the birth announcements of our children.  Children are a gift from God, and our own children have been the greatest blessing we have ever received.  They are ore precious to us than life itself.  With their birth, life was forever changed for us.  The ride has been scary, exhilarating, joyful, terrifying and sometimes heart-breaking.  But we wouldn’t exchange it for anything in this world or the next.  We pray for a time when each child in the world will be viewed as a tremendous blessing - and answer to prayer - and will be treated accordingly.  

Tuesday, March 24 - Day 30
"The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1
Fear is an awful thing.  And in the world can be a dangerous place.  But rather than live our lives locked away in fear, we are called to trust in a God who holds not just our lives, but all eternity, in God’s hands.  Easier said than done, but a good goal for the daily challenges of discipleship.


Monday March 23    Day 29
Then God said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”  Exodus 3:5
Moses was stunned, in the middle of nowhere, to be standing on a sacred space where God was showing up incredibly (the burning bush).  Such appearances are God’s nature.  Let’s be aware today of God showing up – in the most unlikely places – and spiritually “take off our sandals” in humility before the Lord. 

Saturday March 21    Day 28
“And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.”   Matthew 2:12
   Love this!  Like the wise ones, we feel on occasion the divine nudge to travel on a different road from the common sense, well-travelled one.  So often this leads to the great adventures of life, to new acquaintances, or to moments of deep compassion.  Let’s be open to going “off the grid” as we walk with Jesus.


Friday March 20     Day 27
He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.
Mark 4:39
 
So many of us carry a storm within - we manage life pretty well to all appearances but inside the winds blow and the waves roll. Jesus has power over that storm. Today let's let go of our anxiety storm and let Jesus speak his piece: "Peace! Be still!"


Thursday  March 19   Day 26
“So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.”   Luke 15:20 
 This verse is from Jesus’ story of the lost, or “prodigal,” son.  The father, though dissed by this son, was out scanning the horizon for him.  What an image for the relentless, forgiving, loving nature of God!


Wednesday   March 18   Day 25
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6
This just seems like a perfect verse to post the morning after the PCUSA has approved the marriage equality amendment to its constitution.  A “good work” was begun many years ago by those who had a vision of this day and of what it mean to so many people.  Thanks be to God, that good work begun has been brought to completion.  Now, on to the next challenge - whatever it may be - that awaits us as we seek to tell the whole world the good news of a God who loves us with a love we can barely comprehend.


Tuesday March 17    Day 24

“I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have overcome the world!”  John 16:33

 

The world is one tough place for living as Jesus did, with integrity and love and compassion.  It is tempting to cave.  What reassurance this verse brings!  The outcome of such struggle is already determined:  our Lord, whom we follow, with all his strange values, is already victorious – he has indeed overcome the world. 
 

Monday, March 16 - Day 23
“Come unto me, all you who are weary and heavy leaden, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28 
Personally, this is a great verse for us as we look ahead to another busy week.  Sometimes we are required to carry heavy burdens, and it is good to hear Jesus’ assurance of divine presence and help in that endeavor.  And sometimes, we’re just tired, and it is good to know that God understands and cares about that too.  May this assurance guide us as we move through these weeks of Lent and beyond.
 

SATURDAYS AT THE CHURCH ON CHURCH STREET CONCERT SERIES
 
 MARCH 21ST
MAJESTIC ORGAN/PIANO DUETS
DR. ED DULING, ORGAN AND JOSH WANG, PIANO 

 
MARCH 28TH
SOLO RECITAL – LUKE DICKOW, HORN 
 
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.
 
LENTEN CALENDAR & HOLY WEEK EVENTS
Lenten Lunches - The lunches will be held every Wednesday at noon at Trinity United Methodist Church at the corner of Summit St. and Court Streets.   They will be following the general format of last year: soup & salads by different churches.
The theme this year is “When God Shows Up . . .”
           
            Mar. 25th         At the Coffee Shop – Finding & Maintaining True Friendships
            This will be our week to provide the lunch.  Emmy Hann & Chris Dunn will be the speakers at this luncheon.
            Apr. 1st            At the Office – Finding Balance Between Work & Play
 

It’s Spring! That means it’s time to start planning our Easter celebration! This year, we’ll continue the tradition of an Easter egg hunt with the children of the church following the Easter worship service. You can get involved by bringing in a dozen filled eggs to be added to the egg basket. Please fill 12 eggs with treats, candy, stickers, erasers, etc. and bring them to the church office.

30 Hour Famine   March 28-29
Students Loving God and Fighting Hunger
This is a national hunger-awareness program for teens – our Confirmation Class will be participating!  Go on Facebook to
“30 Hour Famine by BG Presby Youth” and click “going” to show your support.  We’ll all learn about hunger as our youth go through 30 hours on liquids only.

Palm Sunday, March 29thWe’ll welcome a new member and celebrate a baptism, as well as hear from our teens who will be in the midst of their “30 Hour Famine.” We’ll have palm branches for everyone!
 
Wednesday, April 1stThe congregation will gather for a “Seder Meal” at 6 p.m.  This is a potluck fellowship/worship meal based on the tradition of the Jewish Passover. In our Christian version we will conclude with the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. We will explore the roots of the sacrament, recalling the Passover meal Jesus was celebrating the night before his death. This will be very child friendly; in fact we will need children as active participants. Reservations are required. Call or email the church office asap or mark on the Fellowship Pad by writing Seder Meal.
 
Maundy Thursday, April 2ndThe congregation will gather in our newly renovated chapel for our Maundy Thursday Worship Service starting at 7 p.m.  Holy Communion will be celebrated.
 
Good Friday, April 3rd - From 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. various prayer stations will be set-up in the chapel and the sanctuary here at First Presbyterian.  This is open to the public as well as our congregation.
 
Good Friday, April 3rd – At 7 p.m. the BG Ministerial Association will be sponsoring an Ecumenical Good Friday worship service at the newly renovated St. Aloysius Roman Catholic church.
 
Easter Sunday, April 5th – We’ll celebrate the resurrection of our Lord through worship (including a brass group from BGSU), through an Easter Egg Hunt and through an Easter Brunch. It will be the perfect day to invite a friend!

 
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
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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 www.kroger.com, 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 kroger.com. 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 (soprano43402@yahoo.com) 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
Email: bgpresb@wcnet.org    Website:www.bgpresb.org

 
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