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 reading the novel Eli, by Bill Myers, and we’ll soon be choosing our next book. New group members are always welcome! Our discussions are casual and wide-ranging. We meet on Mondays from 2 – 3 p.m. at Grounds For Thought. If you’d like to take part or need more information, contact Marcy St. John [mestjohn@yahoo.com 0r 419/352-8715].

Men’s Group—Saturday June 2nd at 9 a.m. in the church’s Green Lounge J.J. Kawashima will be sharing with the entire group about her recent trip to Korea and the momentous events on the Korean Peninsula.  Women are most definitely welcome to attend this and any of the Men’s Group activities.   Saturday, July 21st at 9 a.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall Lauren Rex will be sharing with the entire group about her recent trip to Iceland and its many fascinating fact.  You won’t want to miss either of these gatherings!

We Meet Continues through the Summer! – Please join us on Wednesdays for We Meet dinner at 6:00 p.m.! Our first “We Meet” of the Summer starts on June 6th! As we continue through the summer, we’ll have a special addition- teens and their mentors from Pathstones will be cooking for us once a month . We’re excited that Hannah Cardenas, a former youth group member, is the director of the new Pathstones program and is excited to be back with us in Wednesday nights.  We’re so excited for Hannah and the program she’s developing for local at risk teens!

From the Trustees

We are looking for someone or a few interested persons in recycling to help the church by taking the church’s recycling material to the BG Recycling Center.  This would involve taking the items from the church to the center every one to two weeks.  Please contact Don Boren (419.352.7669) if you are interested.

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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! In May, the Alternative School said Good Bye and Congratulations to two of our students that will be graduating!  Emelia and Cade chose to spend an extended stay at ALC due to the success they achieved here.  It is great to see the program work and become a second home for students who can then achieve their goal of Graduation.  In May, students worked extra hard in and around the church to not only help out but to also enjoy the beautiful weather!  We helped catch up with sorting and stocking in the Deacon Shop, hauling items from the 3rd floor for the Salvation Army pick up, and always with general cleaning.  In the last week of school, we enjoyed a morning outside of gardening.  The students took pride in seeing their end product of trimming and weeding.  The students and staff of the Wood County Alternative School would like to thank all of the members and staff of the church for all of the help throughout the year.  We all do become an extended family.  The students and staff look forward to seeing the church staff and members and gain a supportive relationship from our partnership.  Six-ish returning students, Mrs. Campbell, and Mrs. Irvin will see you in August!

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 will once again collaborate with the FPC in the organizing of a welcoming event for migrant farm workers on Sunday July 22 at 6 pm. More details on this by calling FPC or La Conexion at 419.308.2328. We want to specially thank the congregation for your support for our youth at risk during the Pentecostal collection. Our families are very appreciative of the support received by FPC.

 

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.