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 at 2—The book group is midway through The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor: The Holy Scriptures Missing From Your Bible, by Joel M. Hoffman. In a few weeks we’ll take on the novel Eli, by Bill Myers. New group members are always welcome. Our discussions are casual and wide-ranging. We meet every Monday from 2-3 pm 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.

The Men’s Group will be meeting on Saturday, April 21st at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the church.  The speaker this month will be Peter Keubeck  will be joining us to share his interest in famous Ghost Stories of Wood County …this may include on or two ghosts whose spirits may have occupied our church!

Spring into action!   Here’s a short walk to take: Stand at the corner of South Grove and Wooster and start walking towards downtown, on the south side of Wooster.  Repeatedly look over at our church and say a prayer of thanks for our presence and mission in the heart of the community. Turn right onto Grove and continue walking south, ending by the corner room housing the Deacons’ Shop. Say another prayer of thanks for our outreach and service to others.

Now consider the actual church building and grounds. How can we improve what realtors call “curb appeal”? How can our outside appearance add to our invitation to enter the building? Since the removal of the junior high school, we have a much more noticeable presence, just one block from the center of downtown. Maintaining the plantings that enhance the exterior of our building, particularly on the north side and in the courtyard, has become a task for which more hands are needed. Perhaps your hands?

It’s not complicated work, plus it’s fun to get dirty sometimes, right? We have both gardeners and non-gardeners on the landscape team, and the students of the Alternative School are always willing to help with any heavy work. If you like the anticipation of planting, or the catharsis of weeding, or the nurturing of watering, join in! If you can help for a week or a season, join in! If you’re not sure what you want to do, join in! If you’re unable to step in physically, please send up prayers for new helpers to sign-up and for our plantings to flourish!

For answers to questions or to say you’ll help—Bless you!—contact Marcy St.John [419.352.8715 or mestjohn@yahoo.com].

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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. Because of your generous support the “Souper Bowl” of Caring donations for the “Backpak Project” totaled $1282.13!  Thank you for your gifts!

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 continues with English and Citizenship classes for adults and tutoring/homework assistance for children and youth. We are always appreciative of the space FPC provides for our programs and meetings. Our children are preparing their annual performance at the library. Book Fiesta on Monday April 30 at 7 pm is organized every year with the WCDP Library to celebrate Latino culture through children books. This year the book selected is Bravo!. Through the life of different historic characters the book highlights some of the contributions of Latinos to the USA’s history, arts, science and culture. The children will read in Spanish and English and reenact the characters. You are all invited!

 

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.  The final total received from the benefit dinner for

OGHS offering is too soon but our children raised $900.  The church will be receiving contributions for OGHS through April.

 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