Changing lives here at
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 12 students enrolled from three school districts. This semester we have six BGSU interns from 2 programs assisting in the classroom on their assigned days.In February, staff and students volunteered at First United Methodist Church for the first Friday food distribution. ALC staff and students assisted in set-up, tear down, packaging, sorting, and carrying items out to patrons’ cars. Students continue to assist with Deacon Shop donations, sorting and stocking on a daily basis.
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 February we packed 34 bags of food. In total, 135 people were served: 75 children and 60 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. On Sunday March 12 at 5:00 PM La Conexion will be hosting Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) at FPC for a workshop on the Legal Rights of Immigrants. Topics will include President Trump’s executive orders on immigration; how this might affect the lives of immigrants and family members in our community; building safe and welcoming communities. Event is free and opened to the community
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. Every week the congregation donates food supplies that we take to the Bowling Green Christian Food Pantry, as well as assisting occasional visitors. Please place non-perishable food donations in the blue grocery cart in the church office lobby. Please double check to make sure that the food has not expired. The pantry does not except expired food. Another thing to think about donating is dish soap, laundry soap, and hand soap.
We support two Alcoholics Anonymous groups and one Narcotics Anonymous group by providing weekly space at no charge.
One Great Hour of Sharing is an offering that makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, and for those who serve them through gifts of money and time. Today, projects are underway in more than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada. In the 1990s, receipts have exceeded $20 million annually. While specific allocations differ in each denomination, all use their One Great Hour of Sharing funds to make possible disaster relief, refugee assistance, development aid and more. Through abundant and generous gifts to OGHS, for many years Presbyterians have faithfully heeded God’s call to serve people seeking to reclaim and restore their lives.
Our gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing allow Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to restore communities around the world affected by natural and human-caused disasters. OGHS funds also help the Presbyterian Hunger Program work with Presbyterians and other partners to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in this country and internationally. Our sharing makes it possible for Self-Development of People to affirm the dignity of all by assisting in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people.
The programs supported by OGHS depend on continued and increased support from congregations like ours. As a result of our gifts and the gifts of other congregations across the church, OGHS will continue to be a reminder that through the simple act of sharing, we are blessed and experience God’s abundance in surprising ways. Our congregation has been a longtime supporter of this offering, as together we are sharing hope that is a witness to God’s love for all creation.
HOW IS MY GIFT USED?
A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.
We will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing throughout Lent, and the gifts will be dedicated on Easter Sunday, April 16th.
Three ways to give:
Through the Congregation
Text OGHS to 20222 to give $10