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Announcements from the weekly bulletin of April 13:


PRAYER REQUESTS: First United Methodist Church; the congregation of Concha del Oro; the Epworth Project, Imagine No Malaria; Missionary Gaston Ntambo; Karen Bell; Barbara Brandeberry; Emily Buckman; Raymond Fahle; Vern Hansen; Judy Hartley; Ron Hartley; Mary Etta Hemmerly; Mark Hogan; Maxine Miller; Coquette Neifer; Ann Ruehl; Roger Schupp; Ted Sipes; *Joe Crider; *Jason Hill; *Mark Istre; (*presently deployed)



Rev. John Searle on the death of his wife, Janice, on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Please keep John and his family in your prayers.

Tom LaPolt and family on the death of his grandmother, Anna Lillian McCarley, on April 5, 2014. Please keep the LaPolt family in your prayers.

Linda Joseph and family on the death of her father, Edwin Aufdenkamp, on April 4, 2014. Please keep Linda and her family in your prayers.




The church office will be closed on

Good Friday, April 18th.



Maundy Thursday, April 17

7:00 p.m. ~ Worship Service and Holy Communion at FUM


Good Friday, April 18

Sponsored by the Bowling Green Ministerial Association, “A Good Friday Pilgrimage” will feature four

distinct worship experiences joined by processionals between the churches following the cross. You are invited to come to any of the sections or all of them. People who are unable to walk the distances are welcome to

attend the services only. Processionals will take place rain or shine.

12:00 Noon ~Proclamation of the Passion Story

at Trinity UMC, 200 N. Summit St.

1:00 p.m. ~ Seven Last Words of Christ

at 1st Presbyterian Church, 126 S. Church St.

2:00 p.m. ~ Stations of the Cross

at St. Aloysius Church, 150 S. Enterprise

*Procession will return to Trinity following this service

8:00 p.m. ~ Tennebrae/Service of Darkness

at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 315 S. College

* For those wishing to process to St. Mark’s, plan to meet at Trinity UMC at 7:30 p.m.


Easter Sunday, April 20

8:45 a.m. ~ Worship Service led by The Praise Team

10:00 a.m. ~ Sunday School Classes

11:00 a.m. ~ Worship Service led by the Chancel Choir

“…The world is my parish.” – John Wesley.

The world is more connected and accessible than ever. That’s why FUMC in Bowling Green makes it easy for you to connect with us for information, inspiration, and encouragement wherever you are. Visit our website: www.fumcbg.org or follow us on

Facebook: facebook.com/FUMCBG and Twitter @FUMCBGOH




FUMC is participating in the annual Feed the 5000 project organized by Wood County Area Ministries. Our items are:


Feed the 5000 takes place during Lent and benefits Bowling Green-area food pantries, including our First Friday Food Distribution. This year, there are over a dozen churches participating! Bring in your donations to the Feed the 5000 box next to the Share and Serve Center in the Narthex.




RELAY FOR LIFE: FUM is going to have a Relay for Life team again this year. You can support our team by making a donation or by joining the team. The event will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014 at Bowling Green High School. You can make a donation by seeing Beth Ash or visiting the team’s website at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/fumc .





Luncheon Series presented by the Bowling Green Ministerial Association

Wednesday, April 16, 2014; 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Trinity United Methodist Church, 200 North Summit St.

Lunch provided (free will offering)

Topic: “GOD in the Ordinary Places”

Speaker: Tracy Knappins is the Service Center Director for The Salvation Army in BG. She is responsible for The Salvation Army's social ministries in Wood County. Tracy is involved in the BGMA, the Re-entry Coalition, and the Continuum of Care (Home-Aid). She is also this year’s co-chair for Project Homeless Connect.



FUM BLOODMOBILE MAY 5th: The American Red Cross is holding a Blood Drive here at the church on Monday, May 5, 2014 from 12:00-6:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: 1STUMCBG.

HELPERS NEEDED! Rick Brechmacher is coordinating the Bloodmobile and is looking for people willing to help with various duties. If you are able to help, please call or text Rick at (419) 494-1203. There will also be a sign-up sheet available in the Narthex following the worship services the next few weeks. Please consider giving your time to this worthwhile ministry.


MOPS BENEFIT NIGHT: FUMC's Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group is hosting a benefit night at the McDonald's on East Wooster Street on Monday, April 28th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will help with childcare, scholarships, service pro-jects, and outreach. Please plan to dine in or drive thru to help support this ministry.


Do you enjoy the sounds of spring?  The smell of hot dogs cooking, peanuts flying through the air, the crack of wood or metal against a small round object? As spring arrives, so does baseball, and in our case Adult Softball. Beginning this May 2014 we will be joining in with other churches to participate in the BG Adult Church Softball League. The games will be played on Monday evenings at Carter Park. We would love to have you join us as we go out to have fun and fellowship with other churches in and around BG. No experience necessary, just a willing heart to have fun, run a little, and chase a round ball around. The cost to participate in the league is $40; this covers all league fees. If you would like to join, please contact Mike McLaughlin ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Pastor Chris ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by April 20th.



CAMP REGISTRATIONS are gearing up for a great summer! A brand new Early Bird option this year allows a family to register for summer camp and pay a deposit of $150 for most camps and $75 for the shorter Explorer Camps. This option hopefully will ease the burden of paying the full cost of camp at one time. The Early Bird option is available only to campers who register by April 15, with the balance due by June 1 to the camp office.. Take advantage of this offer NOW! There are only a few more weeks to utilize this payment option to help families break up camp fees into payments. Please call the Camps Office at 1-800-437-0028 if you have any questions or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We will be glad to assist. Take a look at our summer camp season!


NOT IN OUR TOWN (NIOT) ONE YEAR LATER: One year ago, BGSU and the City of Bowling Green joined together to affirm their commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion as well as embrace and celebrate diversity through the “Not in Our Town” movement. Come celebrate the one-year anniversary of Not in Our Town on Tuesday, April 15th, 5:00-7:00 p.m. in 113 Olscamp Hall on BGSU Campus. The evening will feature comments from Patrice O’Neill, leader of the National NIOT movement, recognition of local leaders instrumental in the success of the program, and a premiere of the Not in Our Town—Bowling Green documentary.


Last Updated on Sunday, 13 April 2014 16:24