Christmas Nativity Pageant

One of First Baptist Church’s most beloved annual traditions, our living nativity brings to life the Christmas story into our sanctuary with a large host of live animals, choirs, soloists, musicians and the newborn baby Jesus. The church fills up as we celebrate with traditional hymns and new selections of music, as we participate together in the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Thanksgiving Food Baskets for Families in Need

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Help is needed to achieve our goal in providing food baskets for about 30 families in need this Thanksgiving.

  • Donate Food: collection boxes and baskets will be in the Fairmount Hallway starting Sunday, October 29 for canned fruits and vegetables, cranberry sauce, gravy, soup, pie filling, peanut butter, tuna, spaghetti sauce, boxes of cereal, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn bread, pasta, rice, Jell-O, pudding, cake mix, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, Bisquick, sugar and flour.
  • Donate Money: to purchase turkeys and fresh produce. Make your checks payable to FBC with the memo, “Thanksgiving Food Drive”, no later than November 15.
  • Volunteer: help shop for the turkeys and fresh produce; potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, apples & oranges for each basket. Help sort food and pack baskets on Monday, November 20 starting at 10:00 am in Spahr Center.
  • Contact: Star Knuckles at sknuckles@firstbaptistcleveland.org or call the church office at 216-932-7480 if you are aware of a family in need of a food basket and/or if you are eligible for discounts on turkeys or produce.
  • Pray: Thank you Lord for providing for our needs and especially for the great abundance of food with which you have blessed us. Open our hearts to participate in this food drive and to share with others that are struggling to provide basic needs for their families.

Contact Joan Mihelich for questions or to volunteer using the following form –

Kids with their boxes

Operation Christmas Child

In this outreach program, you are asked to think “inside the box” through simple shoe boxes packed with gifts, necessities, toys, hard candy, hand-written notes and pictures that connect you with a child. Your gifts may be the very first present a child has ever received. Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project, having hand delivered 100 million boxes to children in more than 122 countries.

Operation Christmas Child is one of the many ministries of Samaritan’s Purse, an International Christian Relief organization. www.samartianspurse.org. The shoe boxes open doors for presenting the Good News of Jesus Christ…from a box to a Bible. Each child receives a booklet in their native language with the message that they are not forgotten; God loves them!

FBC filled 61 boxes from September through October to be delivered to the North Carolina Processing Center. Thanks to all who participated. If you still want to be involved, you can donate the shipping fee of $9.00. Checks are made payable to Samaritan’s Purse with the memo being OCC. They can be mailed to: Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607. For more information contact Anita Bartel through the form below.

  

  

 

Feeding the Hungry

Mission Outreach Opportunities

There are literally dozens of other opportunities for people to serve. If you have a desire to be actively involved in the work of the church, please contact the church office at (216) 932-7480 or by email.

Serve a Meal to the Homeless

Participate in Faith in Action Sunday

Join others on the first Sunday in June for a day of service projects both at FBC and in our community.  For more information, please email Fran Leanza.

Make a Delivery to the Bethany Baptist Hunger Center

Help deliver food to the Hunger Center at Bethany Baptist Church at 1211 East 105th St.  For more information, contact Barbara Baus.

Assist in the East Side Ministry program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

This group meets at FBC each Sunday from October-May.  You can volunteer in the Sunday morning classroom where students participate in lessons that include stories, music and crafts.

Join Others Gardening in the FBC Hunger Garden

Support P.A.D.S. (Pride Among Daughters & Sisters)

This newly non-profit organization was started by our own FBC member, Delesia Robinson. The mission of PADS is to provide hygiene products to underprivileged teens & women and to promote pride, dignity and confidence. To learn more about this ministry and to help with any contributions, please contact Delesia Robinson. For more info visit www.prideamongdaughters.org

Help Assemble Thanksgiving Food Baskets

During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving we ask for donations of non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables, fruits, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, jello, cake mix etc. Come join the fun on the Monday before Thanksgiving in sorting donations and assembling food baskets for families in need. Please contact Fran Leanza for more information.

Christmas Giving Tree

Through the FBC Giving Tree, you can participate in our Christmas Angel Program by buying a oersonal gift for a young child living in transitional housing or in shelters sponsored by the Family Promise Organization. For further information please contact Fran Leanza.

AMOS Health & Hope

Since 1967 our church has supported missions in Nicaragua. We began by commissioning missionaries Rev. Dr. Gustavo and Joan Parajon who were Ministers of the First Baptist Church of Managua and also began several health initiatives that have transformed the country’s health care system. Following in their footsteps, Drs. David & Laura Parajonare continuing the health missions, now called AMOS Health & Hope,a Christian  Public Health organization that serves impoverished rural communities. Each year FBC sends a team to support AMOS and in the past have provided earthquake, hurricane, and flood relief, and projects to provide clean, safe drinking water in rural communities.

Learn more about our Nicaragua Missions

 

 

 

Christmas Gift

Christmas Gifts You Can Share With Neighbors In Need

The need continues for us all to share with our neighbors. Please plan now on how you can help fill the “GIVING TREE.” Parents and grandparents, here is an opportunity to help your children experience the joy of Christmas through giving. Gifts can be placed under the tree starting Nov.27

Here are ways to spread some Christmas joy.

Fairhill Partners

Grandparents raising grandchildren or in some cases, great-grandchildren will truly appreciate your help in providing Christmas gifts, especially for those with stretched budgets. Have fun being a secret angel for one of these grandparents. Just ask Stephanie FallCreek about this program and the joy your gifts will bring.

What you can give:

Check the poster by the tree and choose a child/name to purchase a gift for. Sign your name on the poster so we know who is shopping for that child. The gift you give needs to be under $20. The poster will give you the name of a child, the age, and a suggested gift. Return your wrapped gift clearly marked with the child’s name to the big box under the tree labeled “FairHill” by Sunday, December 10.

Family Promises

Parents living at Family Promise will enjoy going to this temporary store, set up in Their activities room, to choose fitting gifts for their children. There will also be an opportunity for kids to shop for their parents. FBC member April Shepard can tell you the excitement she saw when she delivered your gifts last year as the volunteers, staff, and residents were setting up the “store.” Your donations were truly filling a need.

What you can give:

Mittens, multicultural dolls, cars & trucks, board games, card games, art & school supplies, action figures, puzzles, learning toys, nail polish, baby items, bead and jewelry kits and sweaters of all sizes and for parents, gifts of calendars, daily planners, alarm clocks, and umbrellas. Please place your gifts in an open gift bag, marked “Family Promise” and leave it under the tree by Sunday, December 10.

Hunger Center At Bethany Baptist Church

Think about some of the foods you will need for your holiday meals and buy a few extra things for a family in need. David Cumming will be glad to tell you what they see each month when they deliver your donations as our neighbors in need line up for their bag of groceries.

What you can give:

Soup mixes, canned soups, canned vegetables and fruits, cereal, stuffing, rice, pasta, cake and cookie mix, peanut butter, jam, raisins, pie filling, Jell-O and pudding mix, tea, coffee, hot chocolate mix, etc., can be brought in by Sunday, December 10.

2100 Lakeside Men’s Shelter

The staff at the men’s shelter has asked for our help in providing socks, shoes, and boots. Please check your closet for gently worn shoes, boots, and coats. Pick up some warm socks at your local discount store. These men are out walking every day in all kinds of weather so let’s all help to keep their feet warm.

What you can give:

New socks and gently worn shoes, boots, and coats can be placed in the box marked 2100 Lakeside by Jan 7. Also, the men will truly appreciate your donations of clean, washable winter clothing.

Hot Meal Program At Calvary

Our guests coming to the January hot meal will be delighted with your gifts to brighten & warm their day. About 100 attend our meals so we hope that your generosity will make it possible for each guest to be given one item. Tina Marr and others who help serve each month can tell you how each item distributed, no matter how small, is appreciated.

What you can give:

Gloves, warm hats, and socks for men and women, handkerchiefs, ChapStick, soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, and brushes can go in the box marked Calvary by Jan 5. Toiletries in hotel sizes are acceptable.

Retired Ministers And Missionaries Christmas Offering

Many of these faithful servants worked for very low pay and truly appreciate this bonus gift at this time of year. This bonus check can make it possible for someone to buy a new tire for their car, travel to visit grandchildren or make a needed dental appointment.

What you can give:

You can make your check out to FBC and mark the memo “M & M” or place your contribution in the special envelope provided. This offering will be received through Jan 7.