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 find a deep joy in standing 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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Sunday, September 17 following worship – bring a dish to share!

Fall Fair – It’s time to celebrate our kickoff with our Fall Fair!  This year we’re celebrating the Power of One!  We’ll have snacks, games, hands on mission work and take a peek at other ways to get involved in the upcoming year.  This event is designed to be Cross-Gen (cross-generational) and everyone is invited to come and join together. We’ll use our rear parking lot and our new property next to it – no streets to cross!  Bring a dish to share if you can!


Peace & Global Witness OfferingWorld Communion Sunday (10/1)

Potluck of Family Harvest Traditions … from around the world . . . 

Following the church service on October 1, all are cordially invited to join us for a potluck lunch to celebrate World Communion Sunday and to contribute to the Peace & Global Witness Offering. We invite everyone to bring one savory or sweet dish that your family enjoys during the harvest season. Especially welcome are dishes that one of your family members may have brought over from “home,” as they traveled from one region of the world to the U.S.

In addition to the joy of fellowship, we can contribute to the Presbyterian Church USA’s “Peace & Global Witness Offering.” 25% of the offering will go to a local cause: we have considered a local “resettlement agency” for refugees from Syria, and at our potluck, we will feature a guest speaker, Director Corine Dehabey from US Together to present on her work with Syrian refugees.


WE MEET”  BEGINS!!!- Join us this Wednesday September 20th 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. This aides in the preparing the correct amount of food for the evening.  Everyone is  welcome!


Presbyterian Women in MVP will be meeting at Firelands Presbyterian Church in Port Clinton on Saturday, September 30th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Featured speaker will be Matthew Grupe, Patrol Agent with the Sandusky Bay Station. He will be speaking about human and drug trafficking. Lunch will be prepared by Bistro 123, a local mission restaurant and a presentation about the establishment will be part of the program. Program w/lunch cost $9 and should be sent to Ginny McCook, 588 Vineyard Circle, Port Clinton 43452. Checks should be made out to Ginny. If you register please contact Nancy Hess (419-352-4788).


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 – This Fall, we’ll be trying a new model for our 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!


Our BGSU student group, The LIGHT (Loving Inclusion God Has Taught), will be meeting on Sundays in room 314 of the Union from 7-8:30pm, so if you have a free Sunday night, come see what we’re all about. And remember, you can park in the union lot for free on Sunday nights. Also, students LOVE snacks, so if you ever want to bring a food contribution, the students would be grateful. Dr. Heather Jordan, is the Faculty Advisor for The LIGHT Group.  The dates for our meetings this semester are as follows: September 17, 24; October 1, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; and December 3, 10.

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