An open and affirming community where Christ welcomes all.


First Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green

126 S. Church St. Bowling Green, OH 43402

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A Christian Community focused on glorifying God by being:

Welcoming in worship

We warmly welcome visitors and all God’s children into our Sunday services, where strangers become friends every week.

Inclusive by intention

Our passion is in celebrating our diversity, from age to sexual orientation to race. We’re known for it – it’s our signature value.

Joyful in doing justice

We stand with those oppressed by discrimination and poverty, and in helping them in concrete ways to overcome.

Steadfast in loving God and neighbor

This is our heartbeat –
loving God with all we have, and serving ALL of our neighbors through creative ministries and outreach.

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The CROP Walk takes place on Sunday, October 15th at 1 p.m. at BG City Park, Kiwanis Shelter.  25% of the money raised will stay locally for BG’s Christian Food Pantry and The Brown Bag Food Project. There will be pizza, live music, and activities for everyone!  Questions – contact Linda Myers at 419/352-8053 or




 WE MEET” – Join us on Wednesday evenings starting at 5:30 p.m. to help create cards for the card ministry and then stick around for dinner at 6:15 p.m.  Once again this year we will have a sign-up board in the Fellowship Hall for those who like to attend the event to sign-up to cook one of the Wednesday evening meals.  We gather, pray, eat and enjoy each other’s company during this low key meal. Please indicate with a “W” by your name on the Fellowship Pad during the worship service or email the church office with the number attending. This aides in the preparing the correct amount of food for the evening.  Everyone is  welcome!_


Men’s Group Mike McMaster from the Wood County Historical Museum will be joining the Men’s Group for Saturday, October 21, at 9:00 A.M. He will be sharing with us some interesting stories from nearby Henry County about the run up to World War I, and how it shaped local politics in the German communities in Henry County.  Mike will share with us about how Fake News has been with us for a long, long time.


CELEBRATING – THE REFORMATION – A Maumee Valley Presbytery service will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 4 p.m., at Collingwood Presbyterian church, 2108 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo.


Our First Presbyterian Church invites all women and girls in our congregation to the annual Presbyterian Women’s Fall Luncheon. Hear our very own Pastor Team, Pastors Mary Jane & Gary Saunders, give us a first-hand account of their recent trip to Israel! (Preceded by a short PW business meeting.). When? November 5 (after the church service); Where? Fellowship Hall; Please RSVP to Nancy Hess, or call 419.806.4788; Meal Choices: Lasagna (either meat or vegetarian, gluten-free); Please let us know if you need child care. The Thank Offering will also be received during this time.  Envelopes for may be picked up from PW table in the Fellowship Hall and checks made out to Presbyterian Women with “thank offering written in the memo section.


October is here, and that means that it’s time once again for CHEESE BALLS! Fall is here, which means: CHEESE BALLS! This year, PW is selling Wood County Fair BLUE RIBBON Cheese Balls! That’s right, the Dried Beef won first place in the savory category, while the Cheddar earned top bidding in the vegetarian category. If there were more categories to enter, I’m certain our onion and horseradish would have won, too. They’re that good. Get your order in today! You don’t want to miss them this holiday season! Once again we’re offering horseradish, dried beef, onion, and cheddar in full size and the sampler packs. And, all packs are just $7 each.

Want to help raise money for Missions and Care? SPREAD the word and begin taking order now through November 5. To place an order, simply scan the QR Code to the left to access the electronic order form. Then, bring your mixers and roll up your sleeves to help assemble from 6-8:30pm on Thursday, November 9 and/or Saturday, November 11 from 9am until all the orders are filled. Contact Heather Jordan ( OR call/text to (330)734-8917 if you’d like more information.

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Trunk or Treat – Please join us on Sunday, Oct 29 for a ghoulish time!  We’ll gather on our green space behind the church and open up the trunks of our cars to treat the kids of First Presby.  You can decorate a little, or a lot, everyone is welcome for this event.  A light lunch will be provided during this event, which will begin directly after worship.  Sign up to let us know you’re coming, or contact Miss Adriane if you have questions!


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

 PDA is issuing an emergency appeal for Tropical Storm Harvey:

  • Though downgraded now to tropical storm status, Harvey remains dangerous as it continues to churn inland into Texas.
  • Damage in and near Rockport and Port Lavaca, where the storm made landfall, was catastrophic. At this time there is one reported death and extensive damage, and the flood     event is continuing as the storm dumps heavy rains in South Texas. Harvey is forecast to continue to produce heavy rains,   with serious flooding into the middle of the week.
  • PDA has National Response Team members ready to deploy in the coming days when it is safe to do so.
  • Please give generously to DR000169, and pray for those in the wake of Harvey. Join us in prayer:       pda/resource/prayer-hurricane-harvey/

Text “PDA” to 20222 to give $10.

Donate through our church by designating your gift for PDA  Hurricane Harvey #DR000169.

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Nursery –  Each week, we’ll have two people “on call” to leave the sanctuary and staff the nursery if the need arises.  This flexibility will help us to serve visiting families while still conserving our resources.  Please contact Gale Swanka or Miss Adriane to reserve an “on-call” week.  We appreciate your support of being a welcoming place for families with small children!


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, 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 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!

Hours and Contact

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

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.

“What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8