Hospitality Ministries

Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green! There is no better way to make people feel welcome than through good food and warm fellowship. The Hospitality Ministry Team seeks to show God’s love in tangible ways at First Presbyterian, and to encourage our church family and friends to do the same in the places where they live and work.

Food and Fellowship

Coffee is served from 11:00-11:25 AM, in between the Sunday morning service and Sunday school. Please feel free to be our guest, say hello, and explore ministry and connecting opportunities in our Fellowship Hall, downstairs from the sanctuary.

At First Presbyterian, we delight in breaking bread together as a community. Please join us for delicious home cooked meals Wednesday nights from September to May served in our Fellowship Hall. Our Wednesday night dinners give us the chance to meet new people, build relationships, and serve each other around the table.

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Monday Books @2 – The book group is about to start The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor: The Holy Scriptures Missing From Your Bible, by Joel M. Hoffman. New group members are always welcome! Our discussions are casual and wide-ranging. We meet on Mondays 2pm-3pm at Grounds for Thought. If you’d like to take part or need more information, contact Marcy St.John [mestjohn@yahoo.com  -or-  419.352.8715].

Men’s Group will meet on Saturday, February 10th at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The speaker will be Marnie Pratt who will be telling us about everyday life in Wood County during WWI; Marnie’s research was made possible from a grant from Merle & Lolita Guthrie (longtime members of our church).

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Plan to join us on Ash Wednesday, February 14th at 6:00 p.m. as we gather around the tables in the Fellowship Hall to share a meal, fellowship, scripture, prayer and the Lord’s Supper  The meal will be a simple one – soup will be provided.   We encourage all who will be in attendance to bring sandwiches to be put on platters and shared.  Because Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the sacrificial and holy season of Lent, no dessert will be served.

  During the course of the service celebrated around the tables, those who wish may have their foreheads marked with ashes,  the traditional sign of repentance.  As the words are repeated – “From dust you came and to dust you shall return” – we will all be reminded not only of our mortality and frailty, but also of our absolute dependence on God.

  As we pray and share Holy Communion together, we will commit ourselves to embarking on a Lenten journey of discipleship as we seek to follow in the footsteps of our Lord.

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Our “Backpack Project” is a church mission through which we buy and pack food supplies for the students of the Alternative School, some of whom come from food-insecure homes. In December, some of the Alternative School kids also received “Food Baskets” from the Deacons’ Christmas Ministry. The parents were grateful to get the extra help. They wish to thank everyone for allowing the Alternative School to participate in the Christmas Party. The students were a big help behind the scene and they also worked hard recently to get the Deacons’ Shop storage room organized and cleaned as a surprise to the volunteers.

 We provide space at no charge for La Conexión de Wood County, a self-help association for Latinos. They offer English as a Second Language classes here at our church twice a week, as well as holding monthly general meetings here.  La Conexion children/youth tutoring and adult ESL classes will resume at FPC facility on Tuesday, January 16th at 6 p.m. From there on, classes will be every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. Thank you for your wonderful space and hoping for a fantastic 2018 for our children and immigrant families!

SPECIAL OFFERINGS: Every month we send $1060 to the mission program of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to change lives for people in need all over the world.  Christmas Joy received to date:  $1229.18

 Remembering Those In Need IN SUPPORT OF BOWLING GREEN CHRISTIAN FOOD PANTRY— Our church and other churches in Bowling Green have been long-term supporters of the local Christian Food Pantry by providing food items for those who need assistance.  Our help continues to be needed for helping a significant number of local residents who continue to have difficulties meeting their basic needs.  Please consider bringing food items to our church and placing them in the shopping cart next to the elevator.  A small contribution from each of us can result in a BIG gift for others.  Thanks for your support.                                                                                                                      Thanks, Dave Hyslop- on behalf of Deacons