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. 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.




Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kairos Prison Ministry Cookies

Yearly, usually in September, we invite you to help support this ministry in which the impact has been incredible. One example is that there were at least six fights among inmates each month at the Ohio Trumbull County Jail. Now with the influence of Kairos, there has been just one a month. Let’s help support Brian Broadbent along with his team as they lead a Fall retreat at the prison. Delicious home-made cookies have become an important part of each retreat.

Please complete the form below to be added to the mailing list, if you have questions or would like more information.

  • The types of cookies that are needed are Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, and Sugar Cookies should be between 2 and 2-1/2 inches in diameter and not more than 1/2 inch thick.
  • It is very important not to use icing, sugar or any other type of coating on the outside of the cookie. Do not add any kind of fruit or nuts to the cookies.
  • Bag thoroughly cooled cookies in a quart size zip-lock bag, a dozen cookies to a bag.
  • Label each bag with the cookie type inside.
  • Please pray for the individuals that will be eating the cookies you bake.

Rummage Sale

B.A.M. Sale

BAM SALE IS COMING!! (Basement, Attic & More)

We are going to have our annual BAM Sale this year in May, watch here for the date!

We will have a SPECIAL SALE this year unlike the previous years…

This year, instead of having items dropped off or picked-up from our FBC family, friends and neighbors, we will be offering a sale of items from a prominent hotel.

Items being offered for sale will be:

  • Refrigerators (smaller than normal size but they have freezers and ice makers)
  • Above the stove Microwaves
  • Dishwashers
  • Sofa and/or Sofa beds
  • Headboards
  • 3 Drawer Dressers
  • Nightstands
  • Lamps (table and floor)
  • Stools (used in place of the coffee tables)
  • Artwork
Faith In Action

Faith in Action

SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017

Work projects: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Celebration luncheon: 12:30 – 2:00 PM

We’re Outta Here — our service begins! This is the 10th year that First Baptist Church has left the building for a day of community service, outreach and fellowship.

Request more information about Faith in Action or sign up.

Rev. Kregg Burris will lead us in a brief communion service then it’s off we go to serve!

Information and sign-up sheets will be available in Swasey Tower. Find a project that you would like to do and sign up at church. Question? Ask Fran Leanza and Nanci Ruhoff for more information or email them through the form at the bottom of this page.



This group will walk the neighborhoods near FBC collecting food items for Family Promise and for the Hunger Center at Bethany Baptist Church. The FBC Boy Scout troop will assist by distributing fliers, in advance, to the homes we will be visiting. Please bring your own water bottle, rain gear, stroller and especially wagons.

Project Leaders: Laura Leanza Preston and Steve Bopple

Project designed for: This is a great project for any age; infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults. There is no limit to the number of participants, the more the better!


This group will travel to Judson Retirement Center for a hymn sing. We will go to several sections of the nursing care facility to sing familiar hymns with the residents.

Project Leaders: Bob Schneider

Project designed for: Anyone who enjoys singing the old familiar hymns and in so doing bring a smile to the faces of these older people. You do not need to be a great singer, the words and music will be provided, just bring along a great spirit. This project is limited to 25 participants.


Come help created a useful green space in our city. As we work together at a Cleveland Community Garden, located at 1407 E. 40th, Cleveland. The team will be weeding and thinning the garden to prepare the ground for planting. Bring a water bottle, rain gear, work gloves, kneeling pads, weed wackers, & small hand shovels.

 Project Leaders: Jane Pernicone and Todd Rogers

Projects designed for 12- 15 people; youth and adults, children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.


Springtime brings vegetables to plant, weeds to pull, and beds to mulch—and FBC can help.

Project Leaders: Charley Cicco and Phil Ruhoff

Project designed for: 5-8 people; older children, youth and adults


Come join with families living at nearby Family Promise in a morning of fun projects with mom and children. A cooking project, crafts, games and stories are planned..

Project Leader: Angela Fielding

Project designed for 10-12 people; children, youth and adults


First the group will sort the donations from the congregation then make a the delivery to the shelter. Participants will have an opportunity to visit the shelter, the largest in Ohio.

Project Leader: Kevin Bouyer

Project designed for: 6-8 people; men, women and youth ages 16 an up


Many hands will be needed to spread mulch on the many beds on our church grounds. Please bring a wheelbarrow if possible as well as work gloves and a rake.

Project Leaders: Ed Szalay and Steve Rosen

Project designed for: Ambitious children, youth and adults, many hands are needed


This year our garden is again being opened to neighbors in our community as well as FBC people who would like to have their own plot. Some of all produce grown goes to the Hts. Hunger Center. Come and help get things started. Gardening experience is not needed.

Project Leader: Tobili Sam-Yellowe

Project designed for: 8-10 people; older children, youth and adults


Currently bandages are being sent to the Congo. The Fireside Room will quickly be transformed into what looks like a small factory: some ripping sheets, some running sewing machines, some rolling strips into bandages and everyone laughing, talking and having a fun. Please bring scissors suitable for cutting material.

Project LeadersAnne Eickmann and Jean Britton

Project designed for: Older children, youth and adults, there is no limit to the number of participants to help with this project, the more the merrier!


Our FBC summer mission team will be delivering these items this summer. Come and learn a little more about this beautiful but very poor country as we put together gifts for new moms

Project Leaders: Jessica Chapman-Martinez and Nancy Wheaton

Poject designed for: 10-15 people; older children, youth and adults


For this project will involve sorting clothing that will later be delivered to agencies sponsoring the facilities for women.

Project Leaders: Joan Mihelich and Paula Bradley

Project designed for: 10-15 people; older children, teens and adults


An easy sit-down task of putting together a dessert for our next guests at Calvary church.

Project Leaders: Judy Donley and Chuck Cicco

Project designed for 6-8 people; children, teens and adults


If you enjoy being in the kitchen this project is for you. Help set up the tables, fire up the grills and help cook a delicious lunch. Report for duty to Head Chef, Faith Arnold in the main kitchen by Fellowship Hall. Help will also be needed to wash dishes after the lunch.

Project Leaders: Faith Arnold and Benne Christian

Project designed for: 10-12 people; older children, youth and adults


Our nursery will be open as usual for babies and toddlers with care being provided by the regular Sunday staff. Please sign up if you plan to use this service.


JOSEPH HOUSE CLOTHING BANK for recent refugees coming to Cleveland

Needed are children’s clothing and shoes in good condition. Please limit donations to summer and fall items. New underwear and socks are also needed.

RENEE JONES EMPOWERMENT CENTER for victims of human trafficking

Women’s clothing and shoes in good condition; summer dresses, skirts, slacks, blouses, jackets, light weight coats and especially back to work clothes. New under garments are also needed.


The following items are needed for families as they make a fresh start in their own apartments; soaps, cleaning supplies, foil, wax paper, lunch bags, toilet paper, sponges, new kitchen towels, hot pads as well as personal hygiene products for teen girls and women.


Books, recent magazines, devotional booklets, puzzle books and reading glasses from the dollar store. Washable Men’s clothing; jeans, t-shirts, sweat shirts, jackets, rain gear and shoes. New socks and underwear is greatly appreciated. Also gym bags and back packs as the men need to carry all their belongings with them during the day.


Old sheets of any size, any color, or any design are needed. They will be ripped and rolled into bandages


Women at Koinonia

FBC Women’s Retreat

Some thirty-plus years ago this wonderful tradition began! We welcome you to be a part of this memorable event as we gather at the Koinonia Camp and Conference Center near Madison, Ohio, about an hour from FBC.
The retreat is open to adult women, both members and friends of FBC. The fee is $35 and is due by May 1st along with your registration form. We will do our own dinner on Friday evening and the camp will serve breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Our menu will include healthy choices. When you register you will receive a list of what to bring including one item for our Friday meal. You will also receive a list of participants so you can form car pools.
The program is filled with moments of music, learning opportunities, reflection, campfire, nature exploration, prayer and fellowship.

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.