An open and affirming community where Christ welcomes all.

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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 will 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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 “WE MEET” – Join us on Wednesday 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.   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.

This week (May 30th) we are grilling outside hamburgers & hot dogs.  Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share. 


Men’s Group—Saturday June 2nd at 9 a.m. in the church’s Green Lounge J.J. Kawashima will be sharing with the entire group about her recent trip to Korea and the momentous events on the Korean Peninsula.  Women are most definitely welcome to attend this and any of the Men’s Group activities.  


                 Presbyterian  Women                  Spring Retreat June 9

             Spring is here (at least according the calendar!) so it is time once again for the Presbyterian Women’s Spring Retreat.  We are trying a new venue this year that may make it easier for those with busy schedules to attend.   The retreat will be in Bowling Green at the Wood County Library’s Carter House located on Church Street behind the library.  The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and pastries, with the program beginning at 10:00 a.m. and the day ending by 3:00 pm.  Sunset Bistro is preparing the lunch for us at a cost of $10.00 per person.  Our program presenters will be Pastor Mary Jane and Mary Bielen. 

            The theme of our retreat is: Caring and Community: Lessons from the Dead Sea.  If you’re wondering how caring and community are related to the Dead Sea, then come to the retreat to find out.  The topic will be presented through stimulating group discussions and sharing our own stories and experiences.  We will try some journaling and a sea-related craft, and experience some sea salt scrub as we enjoy some fellowship and worship.

            The retreat is always a relaxing day of reconnecting with church friends and enjoying thoughtful, enlightening discussions. Please consider joining us!

Please RSVP to Nancy Hess by Tuesday June 5 (call 419-806-4788 or email  Payment for lunch can be made at the event. 


Sunday, June 10 will be our “Children’s Sunday and Graduation Celebration Sunday”!

            This year we are going to offer a special Lord’s Supper on Children’s Sunday, June 10.  This special occasion will allow the kids to see the communion service up close and personal as they gather around the communion table during the service. Communion is a special worship time for the church so Miss Adriane is offering a two-part workshop that will introduce the kids to the Lord’s Supper and will be a refresher for the older students.  The pastors will also lead an intergenerational session on the 20th.                                                                                                                                                                               We’ll learn the meaning behind the pieces of the service, the symbolism, the connection to the early church and why it’s a strengthening event for our congregation.  There will be a workshop May 27.   The session will cover a different part of the sacrament and will be taught in a variety of ways so all of our students can enjoy their time learning about the Lord’s Supper. We’ll meet after worship in the Youth Room.


 From the Trustees

  We are looking for someone or a few interested persons in recycling to help the church by taking the church’s recycling material to the BG Recycling Center.  This would involve taking the items from the church to the center every one to two weeks.  Please contact Don Boren (419.352.7669) if you are interested.


Camp Mail

It’s time for us to gather together letters for our students at Camp!  You will find our “camp mailbox” in the Fellowship Hall.  Letters can be dropped off there and they will be taken to Camp Kirkmont to be distributed over the week.  There is also a list of campers available on our “mailbox” so you won’t miss anyone!  Thank you for making camp even better for the students of our church.


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.
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Hours and Contact

126 South Church Street

Bowling Green, Oh 43402

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