May 9th, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Mediterranean Party Center
25021 Rockside Road
Bedford Heights, OH
Please circle the date for the annual dinner meeting of American Baptist Women’s Ministries of Greater Cleveland.
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
- Sofa and/or Sofa beds
- 3 Drawer Dressers
- Lamps (table and floor)
- Stools (used in place of the coffee tables)
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.
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.
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
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 Leaders: Anne 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
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.
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
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.
Just as a single candle can chase away the darkness, even one small act of kindness can make a difference in the world. Following Christ’s command to ‘Be the Light’, First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, a historic 180-year Shaker Heights church, will initiate a grass roots acts of kindness campaign to serve others. The month-long KindleHope campaign will launch on Sunday, April 29, during worship services at 9 am and 11 am, with a message about the campaign’s purpose and a special ceremonial lighting of ‘kindness candles.’
The church is not only on a mission to show love to others, but hopes that KindleHope will ignite a chain reaction of compassion in the community. To celebrate the kindness campaign, the church has commissioned a dramatic lighting display of the exterior façade of the historic building, “We hope this colorful lighting scheme will remind everyone who passes the church to make the world a more beautiful place by spreading love and friendship,” Pastor Kregg Burris shared.“A small act of kindness nudges a person closer to God, often in a profound way.”
Let Your Love Shine
During this time you can let love shine! Share your act of kindness by lighting a ‘kindness’ candle on our Kindle Kindness page. Just fill out the form and we will add it to our growing list along with a candle to celebrate.
Twilight Celebration Party
The campaign will close on Friday, June 2 with a twilight KindleHope celebration party beginning at 7:30 pm, featuring colorful luminary, special music performances, and free ice cream provided by East Coast Custard Company catering truck. The party will be held on the Fairmount street lawn of the church, located at 3630 Fairmount Boulevard, Shaker Heights, Ohio.
To learn more about how your acts of kindness can spread light in the world, please complete the contact form below.
Stephen 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.
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.