abandoned building in Cleveland Ohio

Abandoned Housing in Cleveland

Wednesday, October 18th at 7 p.m.

Jim Rokakis

This forum will be presented by the Cleveland Life Institute in the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland.

Admission is free and open to the public

The Cleveland Life Institute will host a forum on the issue of “Abandoned Housing in Cleveland” with guest speaker, Jim Rokakis – former Cuyahoga County Treasurer and current Vice President & Director of Thriving Communities of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy on Wednesday October 18th at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland.

This no-cost event is open to all parties interested in hearing the latest on Cleveland’s vacancy crisis.

With the loss of population, the weakened economy, the housing bust, and foreclosures there are hundreds if not thousands of houses that are in bad shape or sitting empty in the city of Cleveland. Perhaps half of these houses are in bad enough shape that they are beyond saving from demolition. This is a very location driven problem. Some neighborhoods are affected more than others. It is easy to say this is an inner city problem since homes in outer-ring suburbs get purchased, rehabilitated and placed back on the market quickly.

No matter where you live, abandoned homes do affect you. An inner city that looks like a war zone takes a toll on even outer suburbs making them a less desirable place to live. “You might think you’re safe because you live in a suburb like Strongsville, or Chagrin or Brecksville or Bay Village, but the reality is, it’s the loss of value in the city and the inner ring suburbs that has driven property taxes up for people all over the county,” said Jim Rokakis, vice president of the Western Land Reserve Conservancy. “It’s destabilizing these neighborhoods and that destabilization tends to migrate outwards.”

Managing Our Finances - God's Way

Managing Our Finances God’s Way

Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
September 17th – October 22nd

(7 weeks – 30 min. each class)

Managing Our Finances

Starting this Sunday 9:00- 9:30 a.m. we have an exciting new discipleship class: Our new “Mini” Series – Managing Our Finances God’s Way, a study by Rick Warren. It will be taught by Tony Peebles, MBA – Baldwin-Wallace College.

Did you know there are over 2,350 verses in the Bible about money? Did you know that nearly half of Jesus’ parables are about possessions?

The Bible is packed with wise counsel about your financial life. In fact, Jesus had more to say about money than about heaven and hell combined.

Co-developed with Purpose Driven Ministries and Pastor Rick Warren, this seven-week, video-based, small group study, provides another option for studying biblical financial management in a personal or small group setting.

Topics include:

  • The Big Picture by Rick Warren
  • Dedicate It All to God by Chip Ingram
  • Plan Your Spending by Ron Blue
  • Giving as an Act of Worship by Chip Ingram
  • Saving and Investing by Ron Blue
  • God’s Solution to Debt by Howard Dayton
  • Enjoy What God Has Given You by Chuck Bentley
This is a remarkable opportunity to learn from the best. Please pass the word along and feel free to invite a friend.
The class will meet upstairs in the Judson room.

Chancel Choir

If you would like to sing in the Chancel Choir led by Dr. Robert Schneider, they rehearse Thursdays from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the Sanctuary and in the Choir room.

Check the calendar to verify dates and times.

If you would like to join or need more information about the Chancel Choir contact Dr. Robert Schneider through the form below.

Praise Team

Praise Team

If you would like to sing with the Praise Team they rehearse at the church from Saturdays from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
Check the calendar to verify dates and times.
If you would like to join or get more information about the Praise Team contact Dr. Bob Schneider through the form below.

HELP

Happy Ending Lyric Players (HELP)

The Happy Ending Lyric Players is a group of volunteer actors and singers from the church and the community that rehearse throughout the year for their annual performance.

The cast is chosen through auditions so if you act, sing or play an instrument and would like to join HELP Kelly can tell you how to get involved and when the next auditions will be held. They rehearse at church at various times during the week, Saturdays & Sundays in Spahr Center.

Check the calendar to verify dates and times.

If you would like to join or get more information about the Happy Ending Lyric Players contact Kelley Perincone through the form below.

Chancel Choir Anthems Now Available on YouTube!

ChoirFBC has a marvelous Chancel Choir, led by Dr. Robert Schneider.  You can now listen to the choir’s weekly anthems on YouTube!  Click here to be listen to the playlist.