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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Updates

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The Deacons’ Mitten Tree has arrived in the Narthex! Everyone is invited to decorate the tree with new or handmade mittens, hats, earmuffs, scarves, and socks. We can use all sizes for men, women and children. We will leave the tree up until the first of the year and all of the donated items will be given out through the Deacons’ Shop throughout the cold winter months

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Christmas Pageant – Merry Christmas! 

Did you know that the beloved Christmas Carol “Silent Night” is 200 years old this year?  200 years ago, Joseph Mohr, a priest from Salzburg, and Franz Xaver Gruber, a teacher from Upper Austria, sang the song for the very first time at the St. Nikola Church in Oberndorf near Salzburg. The original poem was authored by Joseph Mohr, whereas Franz Xaver Gruber added the melody on his request.  In recognition of this 200th anniversary, the theme of this year’s Christmas Pageant is “Silent Night, Holy Night.”

            The intergenerational pageant will take place during worship on December 16.

Christmas Caroling – Who doesn’t like to remember the season and the good memories of Christmas with the music that goes along with it?  We hope that you’ll join us on Sunday, December 16 after the Christmas Pageant as we share these songs with our church family members in the local assisted living facilities and at home.  We’ll gather in the fellowship hall for a light lunch following worship and head out together to sing.  After, we’ll meet up at the Pastors’ home for cookies and hot chocolate.  Students – plan to wear your Nativity costumes!  The more the merrier, so everyone is welcome!

A rehearsal for all those involved in the pageant will be held on Wednesday, December 12, following the Christmas WeMeet Potluck Dinner.

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 “WE MEET” – Join us on Wednesday, December 12  starting at 5:30 p.m. to help create cards for the card ministry and then join us for dinner at 6:15 p.m.   We gather, pray, eat and enjoy each other’s company during this low key meal. Please email the church office with the number that will be attending. This aides in the preparing the correct amount of food for the evening.

IMPORTANT REMINDER ON WEDS. PAGEANT REHEARSAL WILL BEGIN AT 7 P.M. SHARP IN THE SANCTUARY!

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CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING – Presbyterians have long celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ by giving generously to an Advent offering which is distributed to 50% of the Board of Pensions and 50% to the Presbyterian racial ethnic schools and colleges.

            The church will be collecting the offering on Sunday, December 23.  If you will be unable to attend the service that day please mail your envelope to the church.  Make the check payable to First Presbyterian Church and on the memo line write Christmas Joy Offering.

 

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Presbyterian Women are offering Christmas Poinsettias for purchase.  These poinsettias will be used to decorate the sanctuary during the Christmas season. The poinsettias can be purchased in memory of someone, as a celebration, or dedication to someone.  This information will be shared in the Sunday Bulletins.

All poinsettias will be red and can be taken home after our Christmas Eve Service on December 24th.  Please contact Pam Orr at 419-353-2014 or orrp@mccombschool.org.  You can simply put this form in the offering plate to place an order.  The price for poinsettia is $12.99. Checks can then be made out to Presbyterian Women with “poinsettias” written on the memo line. Flowers will not be delivered.

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I would like ______  red poinsettias.

Name_______________________________________________________

Phone or email contact information._____________________________________

Memory of someone, as a celebration, or dedication to someone (circle one): ________________________________________________________________

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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!

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday—Office Closed

Tuesday—9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday—8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday—9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday—9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

(Office is Closed for lunch from 12:30-1:30)

Deadline for weekly bulletin announcements and material to be emailed to church office is every Wednesday at 12 Noon. (unless noted differently in bulletins)

Deadline for monthly newsletter announcements and material to be emailed to the church office is the 4th Tuesday of each month at Noon. (unless noted differently in bulletins and by email)

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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: 
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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 kroger.com. 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.; 8:30- 3:30 Weds; 9-1 Friday
Closed for Lunch-Tues.-Thurs. 12:30-1:30 pm
Church Phone: 419/352-5176;  Church Fax: 419/352-8808
Email: bgpresb@wcnet.org    Website:www.firstpresbyterianbg.org

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