Micah 6:8 (NIV)
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Here are some ways that FCC serves in Bowling Green and beyond!
Our Food Bank hours are:
- Monday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Thursday: 1-3 p.m.
*To receive a food bag, enter the church through the side doors near the covered drop off area and come into the church office. Because of the overwhelming need, we offer one bag of food every three months per family.
First Christian has had a ministry to the hungry for over a quarter of a century in many different forms. Currently, with help from Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland and volunteers and donors from FCC, we give away an average of 90 bags of food a month.
If you would like to find out more about the Food Bank, call the church office at 270-843-3191.
Trained food bank volunteers can sign up for shifts here.
Want to donate food? See the list below to find out what is included in each bag:
EACH FOOD BAG GIVEN OUT
CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
1 Bag or Box of Cereal
1 Box of Crackers
1 Box of Macaroni/Cheese
1 Baggie of Powdered Milk (Contains 3 Pouches)
1 Jar of Peanut Butter
1 Can of Chicken
1 Can of Tuna
2 Cans of Soup
(1-Chicken Noodle and 1-Vegetable or Tomato, a variety)
2 Cans of Vegetables
(1-Corn and 1-Green Bean or Peas, a variety)
1 Can of Pork and Beans or Pinto Beans
1 Can of Fruit
Churches Uniting in Christ Help Ministry brings the downtown churches together to assist persons in our community in danger of having their utilities disconnected for lack of payment.
Volunteers from each congregation meet at different times during the month to interview persons in need of assistance and to help them pay their utility bills. The monthly schedule for those needing assistance is recorded and can be listened to by dialing 270-842-4307.
This ministry is supported in part by donations from our church budget and designated gifts from members and friends. Kyle McDougall represents our church on the CUIC Help Ministry board.
Partnering with many churches in the community, FCC volunteers quarterly to prepare, package and deliver hot meals to those in need in Bowling Green. Every Saturday Meals Inc serves about 200 locals. The food is always top-notch and not your typical “soup kitchen” type of meal, emphasizing the dignity of all of God’s people.
Susan Jones & Stephanie Morris are the co-chairs of this ministry. If you would like to find out more about how you can serve in this ministry, contact Stephanie Morris at email@example.com
*Please note that we are in conversation with MEALS INC leadership about keeping our volunteers safe. Feel free to sign up, but more info to come about safety regulations.
Next MEALS will be June 20 at the Presbyterian Church downtown (new location while St. Joe’s undergoes remodeling). We need 11 drivers and 12 preparers. Please volunteer only if you feel safe to do so.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
FCC has included Habitat in its mission budget for over 20 years. In 2009, FCC paid for an entire house for a family in Bowling Green. Since that time, the recipient has been promoted at work and says the house has been a blessing in his family’s life.
We partner with Habitat contributing financially and working on a yearly build. Sherri Sparks coordinates our work day with Habitat. If you would like to find out when our next volunteer day is you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
ROOM IN THE INN
Room in the Inn is a community project that seeks to connect local churches with homeless men and women in order to provide a warm place to stay during the cold winter months. FCC shelters up to 12 men every other Friday night. Church volunteers provide a “family style” dinner for the guests, which both guests and hosts have thoroughly enjoyed.
There are several ways to help with this ministry. Two men are needed as Innkeepers, staying overnight with the guests at FCC. Volunteers are needed to provide and share in the dinnertime meal. Volunteers are also needed to help prepare the lunch and breakfast items for the guests. In order to host female guests, there is a need for women innkeepers. If you would be interested in serving in this way please contact Denise. Denise Lambrianou is the organizer for Room in the Inn at FCC and can be reached at email@example.com or 270-791-2402 if you would like to help or have any questions.
Simple Gifts is a charitable quilting ministry. The Saturday Group, led by Petie McLean, meets in Carter Hall on the second Saturday morning of February, April, June, August and October to create a quilt top for a special project of immediate concern. The Thursday Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month, 9 a.m. to noon in the Simple Gifts Room, located in the lower Christian Education Wing. — Led by Ted and Shirley Schoen
Contact us for more information.
Since 1995 our congregation has prepared meals on Thanksgiving and delivered them to persons without families or means to purchase a meal. State Street Methodist Church partners with First Christian in this ministry that provides over 900 meals each year. People are needed to prepare and assemble food and to deliver the food on Thanksgiving Day. The cost of the meals comes from designated gifts and from the church budget. Lisa Howlett chairs this ministry for our church.
Each Christmas, FCC partners with a Family Resource Center in one of our local elementary schools to get a list of “Angels.” Congregants select Angels and purchase gifts on their Christmas list for the school to distribute.
MISSION BEHIND BARS
FCC has recently become involved with Mission Behind Bars & Beyond. A couple times a year, associate minister Rev. Kyle McDougall, visits a women’s prison to lead a worship service. FCC has then provided assistance to women who are re-entering the community.
Mission Behind Bars and Beyond (MB3) directly addresses the causes of recidivism and seeks to reduce the rate of recidivism among returning citizens released from Kentucky correctional facilities. The program adopts a multi-layer, holistic approach that begins with the individual while incarcerated, assists with pre-release preparation, and provides support and assistance once the individual returns to the community.
WEEK OF COMPASSION
As the relief, refugee, and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Week of Compassion works with partners to alleviate suffering throughout the world.
Week of Compassion is more than a week. It is a ministry of the whole Church, reaching those in need “around the world, around the year.” Any time we respond to a need in the world, we bear witness to the unity of our table, faithfully sharing the gifts that we have as an expression of Christ’s love. In working together with partners, we represent the Disciples of Christ commitment to unity, making our resources reach farther and growing our impact on a global scale.
Learn more at weekofcompassion.org.
Gifts received from estates are placed in the Permanent Fund of First Christian Church. Income from that fund has resourced a number of different ministries locally and around the globe. Since its creation in 1997, nearly $1 million has been distributed from this Fund partnering the congregation with groups as diverse as Habitat for Humanity, Hospice, and the Buddy House, a development center for persons with Down Syndrome. The funds have paid for pots and pans and bathhouses at regional camps, supported the Bethany Program aimed at keeping young clergy in ministry and endowed a fund for Week of Compassion to support global outreach during emergencies and crisis. The funds have helped youth go on mission trips, given college musicians an opportunity to learn about leading music in worship, and stretched the purchasing power of food stamp recipients buying food at the local farmer’s market. Funds built a house for a Habitat family, furnished a room at a Hospice Center, and provided diapers and food for infants in need. Funds have helped persons who were homeless and youth in the public housing projects. The Permanent Fund has also provided resources for maintaining our buildings, including new roofs, renovations, air conditions and computers.
Estate gifts to the Permanent Fund from members of our congregation allow their witness for Christ and the church to continue reaching out long after their life is over.
The Legacy Builders are a group of people in the church who have pledged to remember the Permanent Fund in their estate planning.