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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We Meet! – Please join us on Wednesdays for We Meet dinner at 6:00 p.m.! We will gather every Wednesday (unless notified) to meet and share in each other’s fellowship . Please indicate that you will be attending this week by writing a “W” next to your name in the Friendship Pad.  This will aid our cooks in preparing the correct amount of food.

Happy Mail – We’ll be working on Wednesday nights (before and after our We Meet fellowship time) to continue our card ministry.  Please join us at 5:30 to make a few simple cards!  We like to send them out to our church friends to give them a smile.

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First Friday –  As the name “First Friday” implies, this is a monthly, informal gathering of adults of First Presbyterian for no purpose  – – other than the enjoyment of each other’s company over dinner, prepared in a recommended restaurant.  This program has been “on hold” for the last couple of years, but we’d like to bring it back!  Nettie Rose has offered to coordinate the effort beginning on October 5, location to be determined.   Please let Nettie know if you are interested in attending- nettierose@aol.com, or you can contact the church office.

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GOOD NEWS

Changing lives here at

First Presbyterian Church – September 2018

The Wood County Alternative School is housed in our church at a minimal cost.  Students who have not been successful in traditional public school or who have special needs that can be better met in a small environment can get a second chance here! We have returned! Our first day of school was August 23rd…we have 5 high school students. Already we’ve been working hard on academics and “hiding” in our air conditioned classroom to then venture out to work in the Deacons’ Shop. The students are looking forward to the holiday weekend!

 

 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. The Backpack Project will begin again at the end of August. Each week we pack bags of nutritious, easy-to-prepare food and distribute them to students in the Alternative School.  We depend on donations of food (or money if that is easier) and will be needing peanut butter, jelly, canned soups and vegetables. If you would like to learn more about the project, how to donate, or if you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Libby Allen-Dachik: allenda@bgsu.edu or 419-494-4117 or Nettie Rose, nettierose@aol.com.  The Backpack Project has been a very successful, effective outreach program.  We thank you for your generous donations.

 

We provide space at no charge for La Conexión de Wood County, a self-help  and advocacy 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.  “Our fifth annual welcoming event for farm workers “Bienvenidos”, organized jointly with FPC, was once again a success. This event is organized every year in July at an area farm worker camp. This year better weather allowed us to share more time with the families. There were about 60 adults and 35 children at this camp. La Conexion visited the camp after the event to gather feedback from the families. Everybody thought the event was excellent. The children very much enjoyed the parachute activity and the books from the WCDPL bookmobile. Families appreciated the clothing donated by the Deacon’s Shop, the food and more than anything: the company and the friendship. The only improvement suggestion was to divide the delicious donuts donated by Stimmel’s Market in bags so every family gets some. On other news: We are getting ready to start our English and Citizenship classes for Adults and our Tutoring/academic assistance/mentoring program for children and youth at FPC. Starting date is September 11th. The program will run through the end of the school year. Thank you always for your wonderful facilities that make these programs possible!

 

SPECIAL OFFERINGS: Every month we send $1060 from our budget to the mission program of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to change lives for people in need all over the world.  Blanket Sunday we received $1200.  50% of your donation will go to Church World Services, and 50% will stay here to be used through our Deacon’s Shop. Through our Deacon’s Shop you will help provide blankets, diapers, and personal health care items to those in need in our community.

 

YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE CHRISTIAN FOOD PANTRY IS APPRECIATED.  Many thanks for your continued support of the BG Christian Food Pantry by giving food items in the grocery cart by the elevator.  Every week or so we are filling up the cart and then delivering the donated items to the local Christian Food Pantry.  I am continually thanked by the staff members who work at the Pantry and asked to extend thanks to all in our church who have assisted on a regular basis.  I can confirm that the items we provide are also appreciated by the families and individuals we serve, and very helpful in providing basis needs for those who need this assistance.  Thanks for your help and generosity.         Dave Hyslop—on behalf of the Deacons

The church also has one A.A. group that meets here in our Fellowship Hall on Tuesday evenings from 7-9. We also have an N.A. group that meets on Wednesday evening in the Green Lounge from 7-9 and a H.A. group that meets on Sunday evenings from 7-9.

 

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