Christian Education News . . . .
Mission Possible – It’s Spring! And that means time for Spring Cleaning! We’ll be launching our Mission Possible program with a new favorite: Laundry Day! On Laundry Day, we head to the laundry mat with quarters and laundry soap in hand to share with our friends who utilize the facility. Our first Laundry Day is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 3rd. Keep watching for details!
Children’s Sunday – Our children are a vital part of our church family and we’re looking forward to celebrating them! We’ll recognize our students and all of their efforts on Sunday, June 4 when we celebrate Pentecost! Please plan to be there to show them how much we love them and all they do for us and with us!
Youth Group – We had a great time at Beauty and the Beast and had a very insightful conversation after the movie about the “God moments” we saw. Dinner with the pastors went well and inspired a few upcoming events, including an overnight! Mark your calendars for the next events: May 14, May 24 (tentative campout at Presby Park!), June 11 and June 25. Watch for updates and information on the FPCBG Youth Facebook page.
Graduation Sunday – It is time to celebrate our three High School graduates: Morgan Kellow, Allie Larson, and Makellen Weisert! Congratulations to them and we can’t wait to celebrate you on Sunday, June 4!
Morgan Kellow: Morgan Kellow, Class of 2017, is a 4th generation graduate of Bowling Green High School. She is the daughter of Brad & Mary Ellen Kellow and the granddaughter of Jim & Wendy Novotny. Throughout Morgan’s school career she has been extremely active in sports, theatre and music. She played basketball and volleyball for BGMS, BGHS and Glass City Volleyball Club. Morgan became heavily involved in the drama club as both a thespian and an officer. Morgan acted and performed in numerous shows including Hairspray, Footloose & Shrek the Musical and also worked behind the scenes as a stage manager and run crew. Morgan is a member of high school band and plays clarinet and bass clarinet during concert season and drums during marching season. She is a member of the BGHS chorale, participated in the BGSU Women’s Honors Chorus and has enjoyed singing with the church choir. Morgan has always had a love of music and started playing the violin in 4th grade. She was a member of the schools’ orchestras every year since – and on occasion she puts down the violin and plays the drums for orchestra as well!
Morgan was awarded the Dave McCutcheon Memorial Scholarship through BGHS and is excited to be attending BGSU in the fall, where she hopes to become a drum line member of the Falcon Marching Band. Morgan will be majoring in Music Education with a specialization in voice.
Allie Larson: Allie is graduating from Bowling Green High School. Allie is a four year member of the BGHS Band, where she plays the flute, and the Tennis Team, and also a member of Chorale. Allie is also a member of the Drama Club, having performed in Footloose, participated in One Acts, and was in the pit orchestra for Shrek. Allie will be attending BGSU in the fall and plans on majoring in biology. She has contributed to the church in many ways, including service as an Elder.
Makellen Weisert: Makellen is graduating from REACH Homeschool Co-Op after spending three years focusing on honors classes, orchestra, marching band and writing. While in high school, Makellen played the clarinet in the BGHS Marching Band, the cello in the BGHS Orchestra, participated in 4H with her horse, Little Black Coal and spent a lot of time writing and reading short stories. Makellen’s free time was full of volunteer work, including being a barn hand, the nursery attendant at FPCBG and assisting with riding lessons. She is looking forward to a year off from studies and plans to work at Kroger before committing to a welding apprenticeship. Makellen has helped in literally countless ways around the life of our church.
Camp Letters – The camp mailbox is open! Our campers get the chance to get letters from friends and family while they’re at camp. You’ll find the camp mailbox in the Fellowship Hall, along with a list of campers who would love to get mail! Just write your letters, drop them in the box and we’ll be sure they are delivered while the kids are at Camp Kirkmont!
Camp Kirkmont Preview Day is Here! Get a taste of camp activities and see where your camper will eat, play and sleep. Help your camper be more confident going to camp. (And help you be more comfortable sending your camper to camp!). We hope to see you on Sunday, May 14:2-4 p.m. If you would like to go please rsvp to Sara at 937-593-2141.
EXTRAORDINARY EXHIBIT – Some of you may be aware of the ongoing Kehinde Wiley art exhibit at the Toledo Museum of Art. Your pastors recently had the chance to see it and it is beyond breathtaking. The artist is internationally renowned for his commitment to major works portraying people of color. Overwhelmingly, the major art museums of at least the western world are filled with portraits of white/European subjects. His goal to is encourage children of color to feel at home in art museums by having them see paintings of people who look like them. Wiley’s works are huge, stunning and certainly accomplish his purpose. They challenge people of all races to re-think the purposes of art museums. And they challenge everyone – including churches like ours – to rethink the artwork we display. Could we be more truly welcoming of all God’s people by broadening the kinds of artwork we position around the church?
So – Youth Group will take a field trip to the art museum on Sunday May 7, and they invite all in the congregation to join them. We’ll gather at 1:45 pm in our parking lot and leave at 2 pm in carpool fashion. After viewing the exhibit (about an hour) we’ll have some snacks and discussion for those who are interested. There is no charge for the Museum or the exhibit; there is a modest charge for parking. We’ll post a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall. Those who can’t attend with us should be aware that the exhibit closes on May 14.
Dessert Auction – Pie…cake…brownies…buckeyes!!! You can be the lucky winner of a variety of desserts at our Dessert Auction on Sunday, June 25. Please plan to join us for this now-famous event following worship. Auctioneer Don Rose will be present to help us raise money for our Campership fund that will assist our campers and youth attend this year’s Camp Rejoice. Everyone is invited to bring their money to bid and if you have a famous recipe dessert, please bring that for bidding! If you have questions, please contact Miss Adriane.
Mystery Theater – Turns out that our thief’s real name wasn’t Renee LaSchool, but Rev David Young! Thanks to all of our congregation and the kids discovering the clues, Jackson revealed the jewel thief and returned the stolen possessions. In the process, we raised over $800 for One Great Hour of Sharing! Thank you to everyone who made the event fun and fruitful! A special shout out to Debbie Zappetelli, the mission liaison for the event, for helping it all come together!
Egg Bingo – It was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who helped filled eggs and made Easter even more special for our students and visiting friends.
We Meet – With school coming to an end, we’ll be wrapping up our We Meet dinners for the summer. Through May, you’ll be able to find us in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesdays. Our last We Meet dinner will be a cookout – grilled hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad (summer food!) on May 24th! Look for more information on FaceBook, in the bulletin, emails, etc. Dinner is around 6:15 and card making happens prior to that. Thank you to everyone who has made cards, cooked, and cleaned up! It has been a wonderful year and we’re looking forward to another starting up in the fall.
Safe Church – A BIG thank you to everyone who has signed up to assist in the Nursery or Sacred Space. Being able to support our families and children with the Safe Church guidelines is a wonderful way to be welcoming and inclusive. Keep up the good work! We have the nursery covered for the remainder of the school year, but we still need help in Sacred Space (our children’s enrichment program during the sermon). Please let us know if you’re able to come and help us out.
Sacred Space – Beginning in January, we have been exploring the stories from the book, “Following Jesus: More Young Children and Worship”. We are really enjoying our time in Sacred Space! Recently, we learned the story of Palm Sunday and Easter. In the coming months we’ll learn about Jesus, Light of the World and how we can be “fishers of men” as we continue our journey with Jesus. We will be exploring many new stories in Sacred Space and are in need of adult helpers. Please let Miss Adriane know if you’ll be able to help us with this.
Worship CDs or flashdrives – An excellent way to continue helping your child be immersed in God’s word and will is to listen to our worship service throughout the week. You can request a CD or flashdrive from Miss Adriane or from the church office to listen to at home or in the car. Listening to the CDs will allow your child to remember what happened on Sunday and help familiarize them with our group prayers and sung responses like the Doxology. Please see Miss Adriane if you have any questions.