ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING – Thanks be to God, we have surpassed the $1500 goal set by our Mission Committee. The money is still come in but we know that we have exceeded $2000. The Mystery Luncheon brought in over $800 on its own! May our gifts show Christ’s love around the world.
FEED THE 5000 RESULTS! Many thanks to all at First Presbyterian Church who contributed to the Wood Area Ministries Feed the Five Thousand food drive this Lenten season . WAM Secretary Leslie Cady reports that “11 churches participated with over 3,272 items collected . It was wonderful to see our church families all working together for such a good cause.” Thanks to Dick Martin who transported the food from our church.
MARTHA’S KITCHEN –On Friday, May 26th, our church is on call to serve dinner at Martha’s Kitchen (United Methodist Church, BG). We are in need of volunteers for various jobs that need to be done. We need help on Fri. afternoon (3:30-5) to help set-up and serve or (5-6:30) helping with the clean-up. . We presently have some people making the main dishes, but we do need Jell-O or green salads and vegetable dishes. The committee is especially looking for those who would be interested in becoming part of the regular Martha’s Kitchen crew. Thank you for helping feed the hungry of our community. Please see or call Eniko Szentkiralyi at 419/352-1726 to help with Martha’s Kitchen.
PENTECOST SUNDAY — June 4th
The Mission Committee wishes to remind our congregation that the Pentecost Offering will be received on Sunday, June 4th during the worship service. The church is able to keep 40% of that to be used for children/youth at risk. In this month’s newsletter there is a Pentecost offering envelope. Please return it to the church either by mail or place in the offering plate on Sunday morning. Checks should be made payable to First Presbyterian Church and in the memo line write “Pentecost Offering”.
The Wood County Alternative School is housed in our church at a minimal cost. Students who have not been successful in traditional public school get a second chance here! The Alternative School currently has 13 students from 3 school districts. Our last day of school is May 23, 2017. Students will be volunteering at Woodlane Field Day on May 10th. Students will serve as carnival workers but also will get to participate in the fun activities. Students have been participating in end of the year state testing at their home schools. These tests include end of course exams, ACT test, and grade level testing. In the church, students continue to assist with the Deacon Shop on a daily/weekly basis. Students carry items from the parking lot, empty the donation cart into the storage room, process donations, and stock the shop. Students receive not only the work experience, but also the life experience of volunteering. The students gain a sense of pride for their work and a job well done! In the Month of May, we also plan on assisting with some outdoor projects including the “Courtyard clean-up”-we help with planting, weeding, trimming, and mulch. Any project outside is welcomed by the students!
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 April we packed 40 bags of food. In total, 168 people were served: 92 children and 76 adults.
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. Last day of classes for La Conexion’s Our Children The Future program, offering tutoring, academic assistance and mentoring to Latino children and youth is April 27th. We had a fantastic year thanks to the contribution of Service Learning classes at BGSU and other volunteers who help transport the children. We will re-start in the Fall. English as a Second Language and our new Citizenship classes will continue throughout the summer once a week. We will begin planning for our farm worker welcoming event soon. The event is co-organized with FPC and takes place usually in early July. More news on this coming soon!
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. One Great Hour donations to date are $2795.70. WOW!!!