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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.

SERVICE PROJECTS

NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD COLLECTION

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!


JUDSON HYMN SING WITH RESIDENTS

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.


RUST BELT COMMUNITY GARDEN

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.


CLEVELAND HEIGHTS NEIGHBOR IN NEED

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


FAMILY PROMISE

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


MEN’S SHELTER AT 2100 LAKESIDE

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


MULCHING FBC GROUNDS

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


FBC HUNGER GARDEN PLANTING

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


WHITE CROSS BANDAGES

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!


BABY LAYETTES FOR EXPECTANT MOMS IN RURAL NICARAGUA

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


SORTING AND BOXING UP CLOTHING FOR WOMEN LIVING IN A SAFE HOUSE FROM HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND A HALF-WAY HOUSE FOR WOMEN IN RECOVERY

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


PREPARING A NO-COOK DESSERT FOR A CALVARY MEAL

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


LUNCH BUNCH

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


NURSERY IS OPEN

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.

DONATIONS NEEDED IN ADVANCE TO MAKE OUR DAY A SUCCESS

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.


FAMILY PROMISE

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.


MEN’S SHELTER AT 2100 LAKESIDE

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.


FOR WHITE CROSS BANDAGES

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

COLLECTION BASKETS CAN BE FOUND IN THE FAIRMOUNT HALL

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.

 

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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 web site. If you need help or would like to help others contact Mari Schroeder Jenkins through the form below.

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.

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.

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