Run/Walk for Hunger

Each year we participate in the Run/Walk for Hunger which is the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland’s signature event taking place each May to raise funds and awareness to fight local hunger in Greater Cleveland.

2017 will mark the 29th Annual Run/Walk for Hunger, and we hope you will join us as we get fit to fight hunger!

WHAT? The Run/Walk for Hunger is a 5K run or walk through Downtown beginning and ending at Great Lakes Science with music, refreshments and entertainment for the entire family. The Hunger Network has partnered with Hermes Cleveland to create a professional run experience for participants that will include shutting down the streets of Downtown Cleveland for a scenic route that all runners and walkers will enjoy.

WHEN? The Run/Walk for Hunger will take place on Saturday, May, 13, 2017 at the Great Lakes Science Center. Late Registration opens at 8:15 a.m. Our Run/Walk for Hunger Kick-Off Celebration hosted by Cleveland 19 News begins at 9:00 AM with breakfast, entertainment and more!

WHY RUN/WALK? The Hunger Network distributes over 75% of the emergency food in Greater Cleveland. Over 60,000 people receive emergency food at one of the Network’s hunger centers and hot meal sites each month and 41% of those served are children. Every $1 raised at the Run/Walk for Hunger can be leveraged to provide 4 nutritious meals to feed those in need!

OUR PARTICIPANTS Over 2,000 individual walkers and teams of 10 or more participate each year to help raise money in an effort to stomp out hunger right here in Greater Cleveland. Walkers who raise $30 or more earn an official Run/Walk for Hunger T-Shirt. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraiser teams, individuals and fastest runners.

PARTICIPATE! To participate in the 29th Annual Run/Walk for Hunger, volunteer, walk or run on our team contact Karen Gill through the form below.

The mission of the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland is to reduce hunger by providing food and linkages to other vital services for hungry people, especially children and families, and by actively participating in a coordinated community response to people in need.

 

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Stephen Ministries

Stephen MinistriesStephen Ministries is an independent, not-for-profit Christian educational organization, founded in 1975 and based in St. Louis, Missouri. The organization draws its name from St. Stephen. In the book of Acts, Chapter 6, Stephen was chosen to provide caring ministry to those in need. Since the days of the Apostles, caring ministry has been a hallmark of the Christian faith community—and is at the heart of what Stephen Ministries does. To learn more about Stephens Ministries visit their website. If you need help or would like to help others contact Mari Schroeder Jenkins through the form below.

If you need help working through depression, grief or a loss our Stephen Ministers have been trained to provide one-to-one Christian care to people who are hurting. We also can help with a cancer diagnosis and some of the next steps. We have a book for people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones, helping them navigate the challenges ahead. Complete the form below to have one of our trained grief counselors contact you to help.

The Stephen Ministers meet Wednesdays at the church from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the Livingstone Room.

Check the calendar to verify dates and times.

Book About FBC Architecture Available

“A Guide to the Symbolism, Stone, Wood & Glass of First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland”

Betty Meyers is pleased to announce the publication of her new book, written with the assistance of Marcine Petrea. The 90 page, softbound book guides readers through an explanation of the symbolism of the church’s beautiful stained glass windows, stone and wood carvings, and is filled with photographs. The first printing quickly sold out, but a second printing is being planned, and copies should soon be available in the church office for a donation of $20.

Clusters

Clusters are small groups that meet regularly to help define activities of the church. They typically meet at the church. To find out about joining a cluster, contact the church office at 216-932-7480 or click on the cluster to contact the Lay Leader for that group.

Communication & Outreach: Lynne Liu

Greeters, Welcome Center, Marketing, Communications

Discipleship: Suzanne Blum

Discipleship Classes, PrimeTime, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Covenant Groups

Fellowship and Nurture: Tina DeBlaey-Cicco

Stephen Ministry, Deacons, New Member Orientation

Missions & Social Concerns: Tamara Turner

Stewardship: Tony Peebles

Property and Finance, Stewardship Campaign, Endowment and Audit

Worship and Fine Arts: G. Michael Skerritt

 

East Side Ministry

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

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

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

 

 

 

Bethany Baptist Hunger Center

Help deliver food to the Hunger Center at Bethany Baptist Church at 1211 East 105th Street in Cleveland. By collaborating with local agencies to maximize community resources. The Hunger Center Ministry provides food and household supplies free of charge to needy families on the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information on helping with the deliveries contact Barbara Baus through the form below.

Delivering FoodFood Pantry

 

 

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Men’s Study

The Men’s Study group meets Wednesdays at the church from 7:00 am – 8:00 am in the Fireside Room.

Primetime offers a spiritual break mid-week – a chance to refresh your spirit and continue life-long learning.  This fall, three classes will be offered on Wednesday evenings for your to enjoy in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.

At 5:30 pm chef Faith will prepare a fresh and tasty dinner for $7, or $18 for a family of four.

Pastor Kregg meets every other Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:30 in Judson for fellowship, prayer and to study together.  

Check the calendar to verify dates and times.

 

Serve a Meal to the Homeless

On the fourth Friday of each month, volunteers from FBC prepare and serve a meal to Cleveland’s homeless population at New Life at Calvary church on Euclid at E.79th street. You can help by preparing food in advance, or joining the team as they cook and serve.  For more information contact Tina Marr through this form.

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Hunger Garden

Each year the church plants a hunger garden. Our vegetable garden, located on the Shelburne side of our building, was started in 1992. In 2010, we opened the gardens up to our local community. Each gardener is responsible for their own plot and a portion of the weekly pickings will be delivered to the Heights Emergency Food Center located at Disciples Christian Church. A nice variety of herbs and vegetables are planted each year by members of the church and friends from the community. Some of the vegetables and herbs planted include Tomatoes, Collard Greens, Kale, Carrots, Summer Squashes, Lettuce, Peppers, Corn, Okra, Cabbage, Beets, Sweet Potatoes, Leeks, Onions, Bok Choy, Green Beans, Celery, Parsley, Eggplant, Basil, Sage, Cilantro, Marjoram, Tarragon and Fennel.

We donate hundreds of pounds of food to the Heights Emergency Food Center at Disciples Christian Church. We need volunteers to help plant, tend and cleanup the garden. If you are interested in helping out, contact Tobili Sam-Yellowe through the form below.