The second special offering of the year will be collected on Pentecost, Sunday June 5.  This offering is intended to benefit children, youth, and young adults, and inspire them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world. Our church is able to designate a local organization to receive 40% of this offering.  At the Mission Committee’s recommendation, the Session has approved our portion of the Pentecost offering to go to Freedom School.

               What is Freedom School? Freedom School is one response to ending the cradle-to-prison pipeline. It’s a safe place for children to strengthen reading skills and experience new opportunities to grow and serve.

            Monroe Street United Methodist Church (MSUMC) in Toledo has offered Freedom School since 2018. This summer MSUMC will again have students on site. They will observe all appropriate Covid precautions according to the recommendations at the time. Enrollment is limited to 50 students, with classrooms spread out throughout the building.

            We are excited to be a part of this summer’s Freedom School! There will be STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in the afternoon enrichment activities, will have more outdoor activities, and will go on 3 field trips. Guest readers will include in-person guests from the community and others from around the world, with Zoom technology bringing them to Monroe Street. As always, the heart of Freedom School will be reading instruction.

Goals of Freedom School:                                                                             

            Prevent loss of reading skills during the summer

            Empower children as learners

            Engage students in community service

Build positive self-esteem

For more information contact Gale Swanka, Rosemary Apple or Pastor David


We are a loving and caring community of faith, located in the heart of Bowling Green, Ohio where Christ Welcomes All. As thoughtful followers of Christ committed to empathy, reflection and outreach, we gather together for worship, fellowship and service. We include all ages in our ministries. We have a deep love for music, mission and social justice, with a highly devoted congregation welcoming and caring deeply for all people within and beyond its walls. 


Our congregation is one of the nearly 13,000 similar congregations spread across the United States that, together, make up the Presbyterian Church (USA).