abandoned building in Cleveland Ohio

Abandoned Housing in Cleveland

Several times a year the Cleveland Life Institute sponsors leaders to come and speak to the community about their experiences and training.

This free presentation by was sponsored by the Cleveland Life Institute. Guest speaker, Jim Rokakis – former Cuyahoga County Treasurer and current Vice President & Director of Thriving Communities of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy spoke about “Abandoned Housing in Cleveland” .

The slides showed the true story of the monster that ate Cleveland and the surrounding suburbs. It clearly showed Cleveland’s vacancy crisis as it expanded to swallow up neighborhood after neighborhood.

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.”

Sun Stand Still

Sun Stand Still

This Class, based on Sun Stand Still is lead by Marty Capers and Wendy Chaney in the Fireside Room. It will be held Sundays at 10:45 a.m.

In Sun Stand Still, Pastor Steven Furtick challenged us to ask God for the impossible—to live, every day, with the same faith in the miraculous that we see in the Bible. In this daily, personal guide Steven leads you deeper into Scripture as you begin to live the life God created and saved us for.

Over the next forty days, you’ll have the opportunity to see what audacious faith can look like in your own life. Through daily scripture readings and teachings, this book will give you the chance to change your perspective on prayer. If you have the ability to ask, God has the ability to act – and transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

In this devotional, you will learn daily how to develop your faith, walk in the confidence of Christ, and dare to believe God for the impossible.

Steven FurtickSteven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, NC.  He holds a Master of Divinity degree and is the New York Times Best Selling author of Crash the ChatterboxGreaterSun Stand Still(Un)Qualified, and Seven-Mile Miracle.

 

Kara Painting

An Artist’s Reception for Kara Hungate

Kara HungateThose magnificent paintings you have noticed in our FBC Fairmount Gallery were all produced by FBC member Kara Hungate, an accomplished artist, and art instructor. Representing several different media Kara has put together an eclectic and interesting show that we think you will greatly enjoy.

Excerpts from Kara’s Artist Statement include the following:

“A Native Clevelander, my interest in art began in childhood and has evolved over the years. Exposure to each new art technique confirmed my interest in art and I realized it was a love worthy of further pursuit.”

“My interest in teaching and my love for children prompted me to pursue a career in art as an artist, educator, and administrator, which I pursued in 1998 in Cleveland.”

“Artistic goals such as creativity, seeking inspiration through imagination, and the free act of expression are important to my own artistic spirit and voice.”

Kara will talk about her craft in this casual setting and will be happy to answer your questions. Please plan to observe her artwork, and to join her for an hour of enlightening conversation.

1:30 PM Sunday, October 1, 2017, in Spahr Center

(A light lunch for $5 per person will be available in Bell Dining Room after the church service)

Red Hots Team Photo

Red Hots Softball

The Red Hots really had some fun and some close games.  Well done team, you are amazing!

We would love to have more FBC fans in the bleachers!

 

We had a great season and were almost league champion, 2018 is when it will happen.

For more information on how you can play next season or for directions to get to the field to cheer on the Red Hots contact Karen through the form below –

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Summer FBC Farmers Market

Farmers Market SquareWednesdays, June through September
3pm – 7pm (setup time) 2pm 

There is no charge for vendors.

We have the following vendors:

Chef Faith Kitchen
Farmersville Soul food fixen
Kiriba “Mom’s black beans soup”
Bob’s produce
Miks produce
Breads by Carol
Len’s Jewelry
Beverly Jewelry
Youth Dept. Eggs, Milk, Cheese
James produce 

Our Famers Market is seven years old, the goal is bringing the community to FBC where fellowship takes place, everything we sell is organic. We have a play area for Children and from time to time we have live music.

    

For more information contact Jae Williams through the form below-

Each week vendors and items for sale vary depending on weather and product availability.

 

Unified Together In Worship

“TOGETHER IN WORSHIP”

Combined Services at 10 AM Sundays

The combined worship services during the summer will be spiritually uplifting, innovative, and have broad opportunities for personal interaction and involvement. All of the creative talents of the church family will be involved over the summer including the Staff, Chancel and Bell Choirs, the Praise Team and Band, Youth and Children.

Each Sunday morning the 10 AM service will be preceded by a 9:30 AM Gathering Time in the Courtyard at which coffee, tea, bagels, donuts, and/or other tasty delights will be available until 9:55 AM (stopping then to enable you to go into the Sanctuary for the service). An enhanced Coffee Hour in the Courtyard will follow each Sunday service.

Each Sunday will have a theme designed to offer some diversity in the focus of the service. The theme for the first four Sundays in the “Together in Worship” season are as follows:

10 AM Sunday, June 11 – Format Introduction Sunday – Prepare to be Surprised!

Wear your mismatched clothes because it is God confidence month. This is a day to get used to the new starting time, and some innovations to the general format of the service.

10 AM Sunday, June 18 – “Wacky-Tacky-Tie” Day

Wear your most outrageous neck tie or scarf. Tacky Ties will be available if you don’t have one.

10 AM Sunday, June 25 – Support your Favorite Sport Team Day

Wear bright colors or your favorite sports team wear.

10 AM Sunday, July 2 – Red, White and Blue Day

Dress in your best red, white and/or blue outfits to celebrate the birth of our nation. Special patriotic music will be featured.

Lots of other themes are being considered for the balance of the summer. Prepare to be surprised and grati-fied each Sunday by innovations that will enhance your worship experience.  We will have a picnic after service.

“TOGETHER IN WORSHIP!”

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