Mission
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING - Three times in his last conversation with the disciples, Jesus urged Peter to value and care for the people Jesus go greatly loved. The message hasn’t changed. We can feed Jesus’ sheep by making a generous, even sacrificial, gift to One Great Hour of Sharing. Together our gifts bring life necessities to disaster survivors throughout the world, help refugees build new futures, and aid impoverished communities to develop dependable livelihoods and secure sources of food and water. Live your love for the Good Shepherd. Participate in the miracle of compassion. By sharing your resources through One Great Hour of Sharing, you can change lives—including your own.
Allocation of gifts - After deducting administrative costs (up to 5%) and the costs of creating and distributing promotional materials (roughly 5%), the remaining undesignated gifts are divided among three programs as follows:
1. Presbyterian Hunger Program (36%) - For ministries working to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes, responding with compassion and justice to poor and hungry people in local communities, in the nation and throughout the world, as well as ministries addressing homelessness and affordable housing.
2. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (32%) - For disaster response and ministries with refugees.
3. Self-Development of People (32%) - For partnerships with groups of people who are oppressed by poverty or social systems, who want to take charge of their own lives, have organized to do something about their own condition, and have decided what they need to do produce long-term benefits for themselves.
 
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering will be received on Easter Sunday, April 5th. Donations for the offering will be taken the entire month of April.  Please make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church and on the memo line write OGHS offering.
Other Ways to Give:
Text OGHS to 20222 to give $10.00 or online at presbyterianmission.org/give-oghs
 
 

 
 



Wood County Area Ministry (WAM)
Food Drive

 
First Presbyterian has been  asked to donate
Canned Tuna
 And
Boxes of
Macaroni & Cheese
 
We will be collecting from
NOW until Easter
 
If you have any questions contact Emmy Hann at
419/352-3393 or
emmy23@frontier.com
 
 
 


 

KROGER REWARDS
          
There's a *FREE* and easy way to support our church's anti-hunger efforts, including the new backpack program for the Alternative School and the Deacon's Christmas Party.
              The church recently signed up to participate in the Kroger Community Care program and with 17 families participating we earned nearly $200 last quarter alone! Simply by signing up your Kroger Plus Card (directions below) and scanning your card when you shop at Kroger, you can help alleviate hunger right in our community. It's that simple. Nothing extra to buy and no checks to write. Just do your regular grocery shopping.
Follow these directions: Go to www.kroger.com, sign in, click on "my account". Scroll down to Community Rewards, click edit. For organization, First Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green (Organization Number: 91930)
You may need to create an account, if you have not done so already. That's pretty simple - just follow the directions on kroger.com. Registering your card brings additional benefits. Kroger offers many instant win games, electronic coupons and Friday Freebies - an electronic coupon for a total free item! 
If you have questions, please see Lisa Lawson for assistance. Enroll today and help us end hunger!
 
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Wood County Alternative School
 
We have welcomed the “Alternative High School” into two rooms beyond our pastors offices. As the purposes match our mission goals, we charge only a token fee. The students are marvelous assistants in helping manage clothes from our Deacons’ Shop. Here is description of their program:
 
The Wood County Alternative School provides a safe learning environment for at-risk youth from 10 public school districts and a vocational school in Wood County, Ohio.  Through educational and behavioral interventions, the program provides each student with the opportunity to improve or restore an educational career that has been impaired by expulsion, incarceration, poor grades, or a number of other adverse conditions.  The target population of the Alternative School is at-risk students in Wood County grades 6-12.  These students have exhausted nearly all traditional school options available to them through their home schools. 

Services and instruction are provided in the core academic areas, career development, school-to-work transitions, behavior interventions, group drug and alcohol education sessions, and group “teen topic” sessions.  Core academic classes are taught each day with additional opportunities for support with individualized credit recovery courses.  A community service component is also included in the program that is intended to foster in students a sense of civic and personal pride as well as provide them an opportunity to learn various hands-on skills that may prove beneficial in other settings. 
 
The program occupies room 113 and room 114 - one being the classroom, the other as a group / multi-purpose room.  The program is staffed by Rebecca Pisula- full-time teacher, Jennifer Irvin-full-time Outreach Coordinator, and Laura Gahn- part-time Intervention Specialist.  Operating on a typical public school schedule, the program runs 185 days a year, which consist of a five day week with seven hour days.  Average placements for the Long Term Program are one semester with a minimum placement requirement of 45 days.  The program provides an alternative learning environment where academic credits can continue to be earned and appropriate social / behavioral interventions can be addressed.  This mission is met with a philosophy that all students are worthy of dignity and respect.  By providing an environment for effective, positive, change for students through communication, cooperation, and parental involvement, the program believes all students are capable of learning and achieving success.
 
Strategies used to facilitate student success include: *Increasing student, parent, and school personnel communication and participation* Increasing the academic skills of students in the core academic areas * Assisting students in developing positive values, internal control, and coping skills * Improving individual and group decision making skills through integrated counseling and classroom interventions * Improving students’ abilities to adjust to changes in the environment while developing a positive self concept * Increasing positive work habits, study skills, and life skills * Providing assistance with correspondence course work * Issuing bi-weekly report cards * Providing small group and individual instruction that addresses the specific academic and social/behavioral needs of each student. 
 
The community service component of the program is not only designed to foster in students a sense of community and civic pride, but also a necessary element in increasing a students’ sense of self-worth.  By learning various hands-on skills and completing projects that utilize these skills, students are given an opportunity to gain a sense of accomplishment.  In turn, students may draw on these experiences and reach success in other areas of life.  The community service component of the program consists of the following opportunities: * Litter patrol * Assistance in Special Olympic games * Planting bulbs / flowers * Maintaining flowerbeds * Recycling * volunteering at food pantries * Sorting, and displaying clothing and household items for the Deacon Shop.  The Alternative School is readily available to contribute to a variety of organizations and projects that serve community interest.  Previous community service partners have included: * Bowling Green Schools * Bowling Green City Parks * Wood County Nursing Home * Wood Count Board of Developmental Disabilities * Wood County Council on Aging * Bowling Green Food Pantries * Wood County Educational Service Center Special Needs Programs * Habitat for Humanity *