Changing lives here at
First Presbyterian Church - October
The Deacons Shop is our 50 year ministry of receiving, recycling and offering used clothing free of charge to the people of Bowling Green. The Deacons had a table at Project Connect at St. Marks church to make people aware of the services offered by our Deacons Shop.  Many people stopped by who had not yet heard of our program.
The Wood County Alternative School is housed in our church at a minimal cost.  Students who have not been successful in traditional public school get a second chance here!
Our “Backpack Project” is a church mission through which we buy and pack food supplies for the students of the Alternative School, most of whom come from food-insecure homes.  In September we packed 34 bags of food. In total, 143 people were served:  80 children, 55 adults, and 8 seniors. Because of low stocks of food at the food bank, we asked the congregation for donations and we are amazed at the generous support.  We have received canned tuna, soup, and vegetables along with applesauce, pudding, and cereal.  We anticipate needing donations through December and will keep you informed.  Right now we need peanut butter (12 oz. or 16 oz. jars) and boxed macaroni & cheese.  We are so grateful for your support and we thank you!
We provide space at no charge for La Conexion de Wood County,  a self-help association for Latinos. They offer English as a Second Language classes here at our church twice a week, as well as holding monthly general meetings here.  Would like to invite the congregation to their Day of the Dead theatrical/musical performance at St. Al's on Sunday Nov. 1st, at 5 pm.
Special offerings:  In the past month we have collected  for the  Crop Walk, Presbyterian Women’s Thank Offering,  and Peacemaking Offering.
Every month we send $1184 to the Presbyterian Church (USA) to change lives for people in need all over the world.
Every week the congregation donates food supplies which we take to the Bowling Green Christian Food Pantry, as well as assisting occasional visitors.  - Donations to the BG Christian Food Pantry continue to come in steadily.  Please place non-perishable food donations in the blue grocery cart  in the church office lobby. When the cart gets full, one of the Deacons takes it to the food pantry.
We support two Alcoholics Anonymous groups and one Narcotics Anonymous group by providing weekly space at no charge.

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
There's a *FREE* and easy way to support our church's anti-hunger efforts, including the new backpack program for the Alternative School and the Deacon's Christmas Party.
              The church recently signed up to participate in the Kroger Community Care program and with 17 families participating we earned nearly $200 last quarter alone! Simply by signing up your Kroger Plus Card (directions below) and scanning your card when you shop at Kroger, you can help alleviate hunger right in our community. It's that simple. Nothing extra to buy and no checks to write. Just do your regular grocery shopping.
Follow these directions: Go to www.kroger.com, sign in, click on "my account". Scroll down to Community Rewards, click edit. 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 total free item! 
If you have questions, please see Lisa Lawson for assistance. Enroll today and help us end hunger!

Wood County Alternative School
We have welcomed the “Alternative High School” into two rooms beyond our pastors offices. As the purposes match our mission goals, we charge only a token fee. The students are marvelous assistants in helping manage clothes from our Deacons’ Shop. Here is description of their program:
The Wood County Alternative School provides a safe learning environment for at-risk youth from 10 public school districts and a vocational school in Wood County, Ohio.  Through educational and behavioral interventions, the program provides each student with the opportunity to improve or restore an educational career that has been impaired by expulsion, incarceration, poor grades, or a number of other adverse conditions.  The target population of the Alternative School is at-risk students in Wood County grades 6-12.  These students have exhausted nearly all traditional school options available to them through their home schools. 

Services and instruction are provided in the core academic areas, career development, school-to-work transitions, behavior interventions, group drug and alcohol education sessions, and group “teen topic” sessions.  Core academic classes are taught each day with additional opportunities for support with individualized credit recovery courses.  A community service component is also included in the program that is intended to foster in students a sense of civic and personal pride as well as provide them an opportunity to learn various hands-on skills that may prove beneficial in other settings. 
The program occupies room 113 and room 114 - one being the classroom, the other as a group / multi-purpose room.  The program is staffed by Rebecca Pisula- full-time teacher, Jennifer Irvin-full-time Outreach Coordinator, and Laura Gahn- part-time Intervention Specialist.  Operating on a typical public school schedule, the program runs 185 days a year, which consist of a five day week with seven hour days.  Average placements for the Long Term Program are one semester with a minimum placement requirement of 45 days.  The program provides an alternative learning environment where academic credits can continue to be earned and appropriate social / behavioral interventions can be addressed.  This mission is met with a philosophy that all students are worthy of dignity and respect.  By providing an environment for effective, positive, change for students through communication, cooperation, and parental involvement, the program believes all students are capable of learning and achieving success.
Strategies used to facilitate student success include: *Increasing student, parent, and school personnel communication and participation* Increasing the academic skills of students in the core academic areas * Assisting students in developing positive values, internal control, and coping skills * Improving individual and group decision making skills through integrated counseling and classroom interventions * Improving students’ abilities to adjust to changes in the environment while developing a positive self concept * Increasing positive work habits, study skills, and life skills * Providing assistance with correspondence course work * Issuing bi-weekly report cards * Providing small group and individual instruction that addresses the specific academic and social/behavioral needs of each student. 
The community service component of the program is not only designed to foster in students a sense of community and civic pride, but also a necessary element in increasing a students’ sense of self-worth.  By learning various hands-on skills and completing projects that utilize these skills, students are given an opportunity to gain a sense of accomplishment.  In turn, students may draw on these experiences and reach success in other areas of life.  The community service component of the program consists of the following opportunities: * Litter patrol * Assistance in Special Olympic games * Planting bulbs / flowers * Maintaining flowerbeds * Recycling * volunteering at food pantries * Sorting, and displaying clothing and household items for the Deacon Shop.  The Alternative School is readily available to contribute to a variety of organizations and projects that serve community interest.  Previous community service partners have included: * Bowling Green Schools * Bowling Green City Parks * Wood County Nursing Home * Wood Count Board of Developmental Disabilities * Wood County Council on Aging * Bowling Green Food Pantries * Wood County Educational Service Center Special Needs Programs * Habitat for Humanity *