Changing lives here at
First Presbyterian Church - January
The Deacons Shop - our ministry of recycling used clothing to the people of Bowling Green. We sort & fold clothes on Wednesday mornings-come join us! The staff from the Deacons’ Shop thanks everyone who supplied hats, gloves, or scarves for the Mitten Tree. We have a nice supply to carry us through the winter.
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! Currently there are 13 long term students. Second semester has started! We are already half way through the year! Students were very motivated to help in the Deacon Shop in the first week back after holiday break. Donations for the Deacon Shop have increased as they usually do this time of year. Thirteen students and three staff work on a daily basis to keep up. Students continue to receive "Backpacks" at the end of each week.
Our “Backpack Project” is a church mission through which we buy and pack food supplies for the students of the Alternative School, some of whom come from food-insecure homes. In December we packed 27 bags of food. In total 122 people were served: 67 children, 46 adults, and 9 seniors. In January the number of students increased and we anticipate serving 20 people. Supplies of peanut butter and canned chili/stew are dwindling. Donations of food would be appreciated.
We provide space at no charge for La Conexión 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. La Conexión is getting ready to start the Spring semester classes for both programs housed at FPC: the adult ESL classes and the Children/youth tutoring/homework
assistance program. First day of classes will be on Tuesday January 26. After that it is every Tuesday and Thursday 6-7:30 pm. Classes are free and open to the community.
Special offerings: Every month we send $1184 to the mission program of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to change lives for people in need all over the world. Last month’s Christmas JOY offering was $458.00 and the Deacons Ministry was $3261.80 for their Christmas breakfast and food basket distribution.
Every week the congregation donates food supplies that we take to the Bowling Green Christian Food Pantry, as well as assisting occasional visitors. Please place non-perishable food donations in the blue grocery cart in the church office lobby.
We support two Alcoholics Anonymous groups and one Narcotics Anonymous group by providing weekly space at no charge.