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.


  Sunday Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.
 

 

 Lenten Bible Verses - Join us as we consider a verse a day during Lent.
             Ash Wednesday - Ash Wednesday   Deuteronomy 31:6  "Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.”
            A good reminder for Ash Wednesday and everyday. How are we "bold" in our faith and in our walk with God?
            
Thursday, February 11 Isaiah 41:10    "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
              The refrain echoes through the Bible, from Isaiah to the Bethlehem angels to Jesus on the stormy lake – “Be not afraid.” So simple…yet our experience of life today will largely depend on heeding these words in our hearts, and not giving away our lives to fear and anxiety.
               Friday, February 12 -  Zephaniah 3:17 "The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
              What a wonderful phrase - “He will quiet you by his love. . . “ We could all use some of that “quieting” at times. The New Revised Standard Version (which we usually prefer) translates this - “he will renew you in his love” but that just doesn’t have the same impact.

 

Following the worship service on February 14th from 11:30 to Noon we’re holding a class where we will explore the Presbyterian Book of Confessions.  This will lead to discussions of a variety of matters of faith and belief.  We know the class will be informative - we also know that it will be fun!  The class will be held in Pastor Mary Jane’s office, and will continue on most of the Sundays of Lent.

Presbyterian Women will have candy for your Valentine available for sale after the service on Sunday, February 14th in the Fellowship Hall.

Valentine Visits—Join us on Sunday, February 14th at 12 noon to spread love at the local assisted living facilities. We’ll gather after the worship service for a light lunch then head out to sing a few songs for our friends and give them special tokens of love.  This is a multi-generational event.
 
 Youth Group Activities—All Youth! Youth (grades 6 and up) and their friends are invited to join Pastors Mary Jane and Gary for dinner and discussion Sunday, Feb. 14th from 4-6 p.m.  The Youth Groups next meeting will take place on Sunday, February 28th in the Youth Room from 4-6 p.m.  Please RSVP to Miss Adriane or the pastors if you’ll be able to make it.

DO YOU LOVE DESSERTS?!? Come next Sunday to our dessert auction to help fund camperships!  Join us and our guest auctioneer, Don Rose and bid on some delectable desserts made by our Campers and their families!  The auction will start after the worship service on Sunday, February 21st!   Desserts will be on display beginning at 9:30 a.m. and prior to the auction for your daydreaming pleasure. Help send a kid to camp & enjoy a tasty treat!

“We Meet”!  We invite one and all to join us on Wednesday evenings as we grow in God’s love and fellowship. We Meet is our weekly fellowship meal for the whole congregation. The evening starts at 6 p.m. each week the meal. Following the meal there will be Children’s Choir with Mr. Josh. Please indicate by email the church office (bgpresb@wcnet.org) if you will be attending.
 The schedule for the evening will be as follows:
            6:00 p.m.         We Meet Dinner
            6:45ish             Children’s Choir with Mr. Josh Wang 1-262-945-3652.

Feed the 5000 – The Wood County Area Ministries (WAM) is sponsoring a food drive this Easter to benefit the Bowling Green Christian Food Pantry.  Area churches are each being asked to donate different foods from now until Easter. First Presbyterian Church has been asked to donate canned meat such as tuna, ham, chicken or stew/chili. There will be a donation box in the office lobby for you to place your donations.  If you have any questions please contact Emmy Hann at 419/352-3393 or emmy23@frontier.com

2 0 1 6   L e n t e n   L u n c h e s - In Matthew 25, Jesus reminds us that when we minister with the “least” and the “last” among us, we deepen our relationship with Him. In just a few verses, he includes the hungry and the thirsty, strangers, the unclothed, the sick and the imprisoned as those with concerns we are to relieve as His followers.   Please join us each week in Lent as speakers from our community share ways we are invited to be in ministry with each of these groups of people in need.  The first lunch is Wednesday, February 17th, at noon at Trinity Methodist Church, 200 Summit St., BG.

Hand Bell Choir - Please watch the bulletins and emails early in this new year for an official rehearsal day and time for restarting our hand bell choir. It is not final, but we are leaning toward starting with short rehearsals prior to choir practice on Thursday evenings, and with contributions to worship spaced out through winter and spring. The plan is to start with easier music then gradually move to more involved pieces by Easter. Interested? Contact Josh Wang at bgpresb@wcnet.org.


Weekend Meals & Snacks for Students – The Mission Committee will once again be making weekend meals and snacks for the students who attend the Alternative School here in our building. The “work” is simple: pack 7-10 bags of food on Weds. or Thurs. (takes about 20 minutes); check food inventory; pick up food from the BG Food Pantry or a supermarket. That’s it. No meetings. All communication is done via email.  The time commitment is small and the impact is huge. If you are interesting in helping the outreach project contact Libby Allen-Dachik at 419/494-4117 or allenda@bgsu.edu.

Trash Bags – The Deacons Shop is out of trash bags for their clients.   The bags are given to the patrons to place their clothes in when they come in the shop. The large bags with pull tie closures work the best.

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.


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. Once you're enrolled, you'll earn rewards for your chosen organization every time you shop and use your Plus Card! There's never any cost to the shopper - Kroger makes a donation the church when you shop and use your Kroger Plus Card. This past quarter (August 2015—October 2015) we received a check for $49.95 of 7 houesholds only participated during that time.  Imagine if more of us registered! Even if you think you’ve registered, please double check, as the number of families is lower than previously. Would your family like to help the church? It's simple and easy.

 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 or email the church office 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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