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.
 
 
Easter, 2016
Happy Easter, one and all! A prayer from the Easter worship service..."As You lifted Christ from the grave and transformed death to life, lift our hearts from all death-like shadows into Your light. Dismiss fear from us, that we may step into the future with You as an adventure of faith, not an ordeal to endure. Give us the energy of those first women and men, electrified by the news from the tomb..."
May this be so on and beyond Easter 2016, when we are so often encouraged to fear "others" rather than to love our neighbors.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS HAPPENING HERE AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. . . . . .

 


Stained Glass Windows Field Trip
                 Another trip to Bigelow Glass (Findlay, Ohio) to view the restoration of the stained glass windows has been scheduled. The date is May 10, 2016 @ 10:00am. We will meet in the church parking lot at 9:15am and will leave promptly at 9:30am.  We should return to the church at approximately 11:30am. We will carpool with anyone that wishes to do so.
                 Depending on interest in the future this may be the last visit to Bigelow Glass as the windows are almost completely restored. Please call Gary DeLong at 419.353.1333 if you have any questions!
 
ATTENION ALL WOMEN of the church - Saturday, May 14 is the date for our Annual Women’s Retreat.  The retreat is scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the 577 Foundation in Perrysburg.
               This year’s theme is “Manna for the Modern Woman:  Feeding and Being Fed.”  Marcia Young and Pastor MJ will serve as facilitators as we explore the roles and responsibilities that are part of being a Christian woman in the 21st century.
The day will include time for Scripture, prayer, music, reflection and fun.  Lunch will be served and there will be an opportunity to create Prayer Flags under the guidance of the creative and talented Susan Dunn.  The cost of the retreat is $10.00 and we would encourage you to get your reservation in to the church office soon so we can plan for food and supplies.  
If you have any questions about the day, contact Susan at sudunn@gmail.com.  
 
The Mission Committee wishes to remind our congregation that the Pentecost Offering will be received on Sunday, May 15th during the worship service.  The church is able to keep 40% of that to be used for children/youth at risk.  The Mission Committee has decided to give 20% to CASA a legal charitable organization that provides support of the juvenile courts and counseling in Wood County.  The second 20% will go to RISE, formerly known as Second Chance.  It is now part of the Salvation Army and helps the victims of human trafficking and their children in NW Ohio.
 
On Friday, May 20th, our church is on call to serve dinner at Martha’s Kitchen (United Methodist Church, BG). We are in need of volunteers for various jobs that need to be done.  We need help on Fri. afternoon (3:30-5) to help set-up and serve or (5-6:30) helping with the clean-up. We presently have some people making the main dishes, but do need Jell-O salads or veggie dishes. The committee is especially looking for those who would be interested in becoming part of the regular Martha’s Kitchen crew.  Thank you for helping feed the hungry of our community. Please see or call Eniko Szentkiralyi at 419/352-1726 to help with Martha’s Kitchen. 
 
GREEN SPACE DISCUSSION
             Recently the city council heard/viewed a proposal for utilizing the open lawn north and west of the church for both a community “green space” and a city administration complex.  Our church is front and center in this proposal due to our location. 
             A large crowd was present and it’s clear there are strong feelings pro and con to this proposal.  The Council will be scheduling public hearings on this topic in the near future. It is likely that the community will want to hear an opinion from our church, and the Session is planning to create such a statement.  
              Our trustees have discussed the topic and sent along some ideas to the Session.   The Session is also scheduling an information and discussion time for the congregation at large.  This will take place in the sanctuary after worship on Sunday May 22.  We’ll use our projector and screens to show everyone what the proposal looks like.
All are welcome to look at the proposal on the city web site, using this link:  http://www.bgohio.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/041816-BG-Admin.pdf
                  The core of our discussion will be to consider how the proposal would affect our goals as a church.  How would it help us?  How would it hurt us?  We’ll focus our discussions around these questions, rather than just personal preferences.  Here is our mission statement for your easy reference:  

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
Our worship and our downtown facility are creatively traditional – our commitment to mission and service is innovative and relentless.  We strive, in all facets of our common life and mission, to be a church ”where Christ welcomes all.”
 

         
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.

Do you shop on Amazon? Now you can support First Presbyterian Church when you do! If you designate the church as the beneficiary for your purchases on Amazon, Amazon will send a check to the church. It’s easy and will help the church out financially at no cost to you.  Just follow these steps:
  1. Go to: smile.amazon.com
  2. Select First Presbyterian Church Bowling Green as your designated charity. (be sure to select the correct First Presbyterian Church as there are many)
  3. Then when you shop on Amazon, be sure to start at the “smile.amazon” address in order to have your purchases credited to the church.

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.   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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