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. In this month’s newsletter there is a Pentecost offering envelope.  Please return it to the church either by mail or place in the offering plate on Sunday morning.  Checks should be made payable to First Presbyterian Church and in the memo line write “Pentecost Offering”.

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. 


The Mission Committee is making plans for the summer!  We would like everyone to save the date of Sunday, July 17th on their calendars. On this day we along with members of La Conexion we will travel to a migrant camp in Bloomfield, OH and visit with the migrant agricultural workers who are here during the summer months.  This is a hands-on opportunity to get to know the people that we help with donations of clothes, books and food.  This will be our third consecutive year for this event and it is always a very enjoyable learning experience for all who attend.  We are aided by language interpreters from La Conexion. We  provide a light meal and activities for everyone to enjoy while we are there.  More information will be forthcoming on the church’s website, facebook page, bulletins and newsletters. 

Plans for Presbyterian Community Garden are well under way.  There were several community members present for the March 29th organizational meeting.  Some would like to have an individual plot and all will work together on the community garden.  Soil samples were taken to Craig Everett at the OSU Extension Office and these were sent to Penn State to check on what amendments to the soil would be desirable as well as a check to see if heavy metals were present in the soil.  The results are back and indicated the soil should be good for gardening.

On April 16th, a sod cutter was rented from Bee Gee Rental and Jason Sybert operated it to remove the sod from the planned garden.  The next step is to get compost to add, till it in and then plant.  Seeds have been purchased and Jason has the plots planned out ready to mark.  Planting will take place after the May 15th last frost day has passed.

If anyone has garden implements they are no longer using...rakes, hoes, gloves, trowels, etc. which they'd like to donate, they could be used by participants who perhaps don't have such equipment.
The hope is for enthusiastic participants and a bountiful harvest for those in need