Announcements from the weekly bulletin of March 2:
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; Betty Byrom; Raymond Fahle; Vern Hansen; Ron Hartley; Mary Etta Hemmerly; Ginny Hillard; Coquette Neifer; Ann Ruehl; Lisa Sipes; Ted Sipes; *Joe Crider; *Jason Hill; *Mark Istre; (*presently deployed)
The season of Lent is fast approaching and FUMC leaders and staff are busy preparing opportunities for your spiritual growth. Below is a schedule of events currently planned for Lent:
ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP SERVICE
Wednesday, March 5th; 7:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY LENTEN POTLUCKS: A potluck meal will take place each Wednesday evening in Lent, March 12—April 16, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Meat, beverages, and table service will be provided. Please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share.
LENTEN BIBLE STUDY: Pastor Chris will be leading a bible study Wednesday evenings in Lent (March 12-April 16) following the meal focused around “Final Words: From the Cross” by Adam Hamilton. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Pastor Chris (
) or call the church office (419-353-0682) so materials can be ordered.
LENTEN SERIES FOR KIDS—24 Hours that Changed the World: Kids K-5th grade will experience the events that led up to Easter in our Lenten Wednesday evening classes. Each week includes music, skits, Bible verses, hands-on activities, and a chance to learn more about 24 Hours that changed the world and that can change your life too!
March 12 Triumphal Entry
March 19 Jesus Washes Disciples' Feet
March 26 Last Supper
April 2 Garden of Gesthemane
April 9 Good Friday
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS
A friendly reminder to set your clocks ahead one hour
at 2:00 a.m. this coming Sunday, March 9, 2014.
OUR KATRINA/HURRICANE RECOVERY VOLUNTEERS IN MISSION TEAM is in place and ready to serve people of the New Orleans area as they rebuild their homes and their lives. Please keep the 21 members of our mission team in your prayers in this final week of preparation and while we are journeying and serving God’s people in the gulf coast area March 8-16. If you would like to participate in this mission financially, please mark your gifts “Katrina”. Thank you!
~ Team Leaders: Thad Long & Tom Moyer
PASTRIES WITH THE PASTOR
Sunday, March 23rd ~ 10:00 a.m.
This is your opportunity to meet with Pastor Tom to learn more about the church and ask any questions you may have. Pastries with the Pastor is open to anyone, whether you are new to the church or have been a life-long member. Please join Pastor Tom Sunday, March 23rd at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
MEMBERSHIP 101 CLASSES
Sunday mornings, March 30th - May 18th
(No class on Easter Sunday)
Ready to learn more about being a member of FUMC? Come to Membership 101 and see how United Methodists claim and live their faith as individuals and as a denomination. Through this class, you will gain insight to The United Methodist Church, its beliefs and faith practices as well as learning more about living out your faith at First United Methodist Church.
Register for the class by contacting the church office at 419-353-0682 or email
FEED THE 5000 ~ Collection begins Ash Wednesday
FUMC is participating in the annual Feed the 5000 project organized by Wood County Area Ministries. Our items are:
♦ CANNED SOUP ♦ CANNED MEATS
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.
BY WATER AND THE SPIRIT CANCELLED: Due to low enrollment, both sections of By Water and the Spirit has been cancelled. We hope to offer this class again later in the year.
ATTENTION BGSU STUDENTS ~ IGNITE BIBLE STUDY: You are invited to attend Ignite Bible Study every Monday morning from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in the Youth Room. The Bible Study is focusing on the book of Philippians. Ignite is a Christian Student Organization whose mission is to share the light and love of Christ with the BGSU community through discipleship, fellowship and a community-based faith. We strive to learn more and grow in our faith through small group meetings and bible studies. We are made up of students from a variety of spiritual backgrounds and traditions. We seek to be in fellowship with all persons, no matter their spiritual backgrounds or journeys.
Spring Fling/Mothers and Others
Sunday, March 16, 2014
5:00 p.m. ~ Narthex
All church women and their guests are invited to attend the Mothers and Others Banquet on March 16th. The theme for the evening will be “Helping Hands” and a Mexican dinner will be prepared by Flo Klopfenstein.
Peg Brown will share how “helping hands” have enriched her mission trips to Mexico and Colorado. Peg will also bring her guitar, so come prepared for a delightful evening.
Reservations can be made after services today, March 2nd, and March 9th. You can also make reservations by calling Betty Jean Anderson at 419-354-6451 or by emailing her at
The cost is $7.00 for ages 13 and older and $3.00 for ages 12 and under.
BOWLING GREEN COMMUNITY GARDENS - Be a part of something NEW and help foster a stronger community. We need your help in planning, organizing, starting seeds, and more! You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Community Gardens on Thursday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. at The Common Good, 113 Crim St., BG. For more information please contact Adam Vaughn at
MARCH IS DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH: Individuals with developmental disabilities are friends, neighbors, co-workers, classmates, volunteers and teammates. During March, Wood Lane encourages everyone to get to know someone with a developmental disability and you’ll find that they have much to offer their community. Recognize ability, not the disability , and picture their potential. If you would like to get involved at Wood Lane or become a Community Friend, please contact EmilyDunipace, Volunteer Coordinator at 419-373-0044.
WARM UP IN MARCH BY SERVING – SPRING IS NOT FAR BEHIND! Helpers are needed every first Thursday of the month (March 6th) at 10:00 a.m. to help unload trucks & setup for Food Giveaway, and every first Friday (March 7th) at 9:00 a.m. to bag and distribute groceries. Please consider giving a couple hours of your time each month to this wonderful ministry. For information about serving, please contact Bob or Connie Segna at 419-353-0873. The Food Pantry is always running low on ALL types of non-perishable food and clean plastic/brown grocery bags, so PLEASE keep bringing in your donations! If you wish to give a monetary donation be sure to note "Food Distribution" in the memo field of the check so that the funds are credited to this effort.
"I was hungry, you gave me food. I was thirsty, you gave me drink." ~ Matthew 25:35
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 .
Monday, March 17th; 7:00 p.m.
A Church Conference will be held on Monday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Son-Shine Room. The purposes of the conference are to:
1. Approve the terms and conditions for refinancing our present mortgage. The cur-rent mortgage comes due on May 1, 2014.
2. To approve the transfer from our Church Building Fund to pay back an internal loan designated as “Gymnasium Renovation.” The purpose of the “Gymnasium Renovation” designated fund was to cover legal and consultant fees that resulted from a dispute with the general contractor/builder of our most recent church addition.
First United Methodist Church
Inclement Weather Policy
When Wood County is under a Level Three Snow Emergency, First United Methodist Church will be closed and all activities cancelled for that day and evening. The church office will reopen at 8:30 a.m. the day following the closure (Monday-Friday).
Other closures may be necessary and will be at the discretion of the Senior Pastor.
If the church closes due to weather conditions or emergency situations, the information will be posted on the church website, Facebook, and the following local television stations: WTOL 11 (CBS); WTVG 13 (ABC); WNWO 24 (NBC).
THE GOOD SAMARITAN FUND - Each month, First United Methodist Church gives a set amount of money to the Bowling Green-based Wood County Area Ministries (WAM) network. They distribute funds to our neighbors in need of assistance to pay their rent so they are able to stay in their homes, or help to pay a portion of their electric and other utility bills. The money FUM contributes comes from the donations given in the envelopes found in your bulletin. Please empty your pockets or purse of coins (or dollars) and put them in the brown envelope, then put it in the offering plate. Your change CAN change a life! Thank You!!
CJ’S CLOSET TO CLOSE ITS DOORS - Toledo Area Ministries is sad to announce that CJ’s Closet, its upscale retail shop located in Parkway Plaza, S. Detroit and Anthony Wayne Trail is closing its doors on Saturday, March 29th. Everything must be sold including the fixtures! Items are high quality, gently used women's clothing, shoes, and accessories, and elegant household de cor. Discounts on already low prices are being offered Store hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. Your support will benefit the ongoing ministries of Toledo Area Ministries!