Virtual Mitten Tree

mitten treeWith Your Help We Can Make It Happen!

This Christmas is going to be different than most we have celebrated in many years. The current pandemic has changed the lives of so many around our neighborhood and city.

We have a little money in our Mission & Social Concerns budget for the “Mitten Tree” but need your help to assist these agencies. Your donations of any amount are needed. Donate online by selecting “other church payments” under the Mission Gifts tab or write a check with the words “Mitten Tree” in the memo.

Give To Mitten Tree

We have three volunteers that are willing to shop for you to fill the Mitten Tree requests for Nora’s House and Fairhill Partners.

NORA’S HOUSE

North East Ohio Recovery Association, Inc.(NORA): Provides outpatient and inpatient substance abuse treatment. The women we are helping this Christmas are in a locked cottage receiving intensive therapy services through individual and group counseling. These ladies all have children who will be brought to visit them before Christmas. With your financial donations we will shop for the gift items that the women will give to their children ages 1-18.

FAIRHILL PARTNERS

With your financial help, we will be doing the shopping to fill a gift request from one of the grandchildren being raised by their grandparent. As a parent, I know that it is sometimes a challenge to raise just one child, so I can’t even begin to imagine grandparents and sometimes great grandparents raising grandchildren!

We will also purchase items for the following programs as we receive your donations, or you can leave requested items at church where you will find marked boxes for your gifts. The church office is open during normal business hours.

LABRE MINISTRY PROGRAM AT JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY

Last year we collected 437 pairs of warm socks that were distributed by JCU students through their Labre ministry program. Each Friday night from Sept – May these students go into our city and give food & socks to people living on our streets – in doorways, under bridges, etc.

This year they are also asking for hand sanitizers, masks, and socks.

jcu.edu/student-life/getting-involved/campus-ministry/social-justice/labre-project

NEW LIFE AT CALVARY CHURCH

It has become our tradition at the January hot meals served to have some small gift for each of our guests. These little surprise gift bags of lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand soap, tissues, and lip balm will be given out along with the hot meal on Jan. 22nd.

MEN’S SHELTER AT 2100 LAKESIDE

With your financial donations, we will buy some new winter coats and boots. We will gladly accept your gifts of gently used shoes, boots, winter clothing, warm hats and gloves that will be delivered by January 10th.

Church Sanctuary

Welcome Back

Livestream Worship on Sundays at 10:00 AM

Due to increased levels of COVID-19 our in-person worship has been suspended until further notice.

We will continue with Christian education classes and most small groups in a virtual setting. Check our calendar or the updates page for the current schedule. All of our plans may change depending on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our members, visitors, and staff is our primary concern. There will be several “stages” in our returning to public worship and activities. We will continue to live-stream to YouTube to provide an alternative to those who are in our vulnerable groups or those who are not ready to publicly gather together. The following are our recommendations for reentry in “Stage One.”

Pre-Gathering Preparation

  1. Communication. Communicate to the church members the steps we are taking to ensure their safety when the church reopens. Clearly explain new policies, procedures, and expectations as outlined by this task group by means of multiple channels of communication.
    – Email blast with guidelines to the church email list.
    – Post on the church web page, Facebook, and Social Media.
    – Phone tree to communicate restart date and basic guidelines
  2. Cleaning. Using staff and volunteers, ensure that public spaces have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to the return to worship and that a plan is in place to maintain cleanliness during the worship service.
    – Pre-cleaning of the building by staff before worship service
    -During Worship- cleaning of key points throughout the morning by designated personnel We will be wiping down commonly touched surfaces (doorknobs, toilet and faucet handles, counters, handrails, lift buttons, etc.) while people are present.
    – Post-cleaning of the building by staff following worship service
  3. Education. The value of educating our congregation about common-sense practices to inhibit the spread of viruses was emphasized, including the proper way to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing. The first several weeks of live worship will include an educational segment. Prepare a ‘what to expect’ video to distribute before we come back to worship.
    – Create and post a video to explain what to expect in worship service and procedures.
    – Within the service announce key instructions at the beginning of the service. Encourage seniors and other vulnerable persons to continue worshiping at home via Livestream rather than coming to church. There will be special training/orientation of ushers and security team members to ensure they understand these recommendations and know how to respond to incidents, as well as appropriately guide people as they learn the new protocols.

Public Worship Service

Sunday Worship Services. The number of services will be based on attendance projections- currently, we are looking at a single service with multiple locations available if we fill up our seating capacity in order to maintain a 6 feet social distancing model.

*Capacity has been calculated at a maximum of 110 people within the sanctuary, 42-50 within Spahr Center. (Capacity is dependent upon family group size who sit together.) We have the opportunity to use other classrooms with TV screens that can show our Livestream if necessary. We may need to offer multiple service times if we exceed our capacity.

  1. Access. Unless security concerns override, leave entry doors (Portico and Chapel only) open in the summer so people do not have to touch door handles. Prop open all interior doors except the children’s wing. Eliminate traffic bottlenecks (such as at sanctuary entrance) where people tend to bunch up. Two points of access: Portico and Chapel will have hosts who will serve as greeters/ushers/ someone who will offer masks and take temperatures. These individuals will be trained and welcoming. Mark spaces to maintain correct social distance within entry areas in case there is a back up to get into the church during check-in.
  2. Discourage Lingering. Ask people to go straight into the sanctuary without stopping upon entry to the church.
  3. Masks. Require all congregants to be masked while in the church. Station a security team member at the door to offer a disposable mask to those who do not have one. We will allow worship leaders to go unmasked while leading worship.
  4. Temperature Checks. Check people at the door with an infrared thermometer. Our greeter/ host will be trained to use them at each point of entry. If someone objects, let them discuss it with our security person who will encourage them to be tested for entry. A temperature of 100.4 is considered a failing temperature and they will be asked to leave and offered encouragement, prayer and assistance back to their car with follow up after the service.
  5. Hand Sanitizer. Multiple foaming sanitizer stations are already in place around the church. We encourage people to use them.
  6. Social Distancing. Maintain social distancing in all directions by designating pew space using tape and signage. Designate specific “spaces” for families to use, increasing the spacing according to family size. Recommendations for Returning to Sunday & Weekday Programming Block off every other pew. Allow for open seating within the designated safe zone within the pews. Ushers may be used to assist in the seating due to our limited space.
  7. Additional Seating. If needed, set up Spahr Center as an overflow area, showing Livestream feed in real-time. Another possibility is offering multiple services if needed to comply with regulations regarding social distancing and maximum group sizes.
  8. Bulletins. There will not be paper bulletins in Stage One. We will record video announcements or make verbal announcements at the end of the service.
  9. Hymnals and Pew Materials. Hymnals, Bible, and pew cards have been removed from racks to avoid having to sanitize each week. Use the projection screen for all lyrics and worship aids.
  10. Greeting Time. Use non-contact methods to greet quickly – waves, air hugs, etc.
  11. Sharing and Prayer time. Eliminate the congregational handling of microphones. Ask at stage one for all prayer requests to be communicated to Pastor Kregg before the Sharing Time.
  12. Communion. Make pre-packaged communion sets available for pickup prior to the service to eliminate the need to distribute. Our first possible Sunday for Communion would be July 5th.
  13. Offering. Eliminate the passing of offering plates. We will provide two secured offering boxes; one in the sanctuary foyer and the second near the church office. We also encourage people to use digital forms of giving where possible. Place offering envelopes where offerings are collected.
  14. Choir. Full choir rehearsals and performances will not take place in Stage One.
  15. Praise Team. Our praise team shall consist of no more than four singers (at Stage One) who will practice safe social distancing at 12 feet apart.
  16. Dismissal. Ushers will dismiss the congregation by row to avoid bunching people up at exits and keep safe distancing. Having “one-way corridors” was discussed to prevent people from meeting others face to face while traveling. The “one-way corridor” will use Fairmount Hallway as an entrance before the service and after the service to Portico. The Shelburn Hallway will be used as an alternative direction for both services. Pastor Kregg and Ann will not be greeting at the back of the service but will be available after the service in Spahr Center following the end of the service.
  17. Coffee. In Stage One there will not be coffee provided nor a Coffee Hour following the service. People may bring their own coffee but are encouraged to keep their masks on and take their cup/dispose of their cup following the service.
  18. Water Fountains. Fountains will be turned off, however small bottles of water will be provided. 19.Toilet Handles. Signs will remind people to thoroughly wash their hands before leaving the bathroom.
  19. Children’s Ministries. We are asking parents to keep children with them in the sanctuary rather than attempting a separate children’s gathering. We will provide take-home bags of activities to keep children occupied during the sermon and providing a “children’s moment” (such as a short video) during the worship service.
  20. Baptisms. Allow baptisms only if the pastor and the baptismal candidate are willing to assume the risk.
  21. Signage. Signs will be helpful to remind people of expectations regarding shaking hands / keeping distance / good hygiene practices.

Post-Public Service

  1. Exposure. In the event we find that we have been exposed to COVID-19, we will take proper measures to ensure the health and safety of our members and work with health care authorities. We shall follow all State of Ohio guidelines in the sharing of information and the communication of information to the congregation.
  2. Key Staff/Volunteers. Key worship staff or volunteer duties will be handed off if staff or volunteers become ill or require quarantine.

Sunday/Weekday Meetings and Classes

  1. Discipleship Classes. At Stage One, our classes will continue to meet online. However, Sunday discipleship classes will be moved to later in the afternoon or evening via Zoom or conference call at Stage One to provide time between services and homes.
  2. Other Church Events. All events are canceled at this time in Stage One.
  3. Outside Groups. We want to balance the value of hosting outside groups (such as recovery groups) with the need to keep spaces clean. The consensus was to allow vital small groups but requiring sanitizing after the group meets at a cost to be borne by the group. A standard of requiring 36 sq. ft. space per person will be used to determine maximum capacity for a room and social distancing will be required of each group.

Re-Entry Task Force

Kim Kidd Collins, Moderator
Carolyn Neal, Vice-Moderator
Rev. Dr. Kregg Burris, Sr. Pastor
Rev. Jeff Gordon, Assoc. Pastor
Rev. Sandra Alexander Haynes, Assoc. Pastor
Iris Goins Monroe Goins
Nathan Hurle
Carly Marino
Carole Negus
Mike Skerritt

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2020 Virtual Run/Walk for Hunger

hunger-network-logoFirst Baptist Church and the Children’s Center are excited to be part of the Hunger Network’s virtual Run/Walk for Hunger this year.

Help Us Meet Our Goal Now!

Feeding our Communities’ Future!

One of our top priorities as an organization is the health and wellness of our participants.  Because of concerns surrounding COVID-19, the 32nd Annual Run/Walk for Hunger will be completely virtual.  While we cannot meet in person, the need for emergency food assistance is critical so we encourage all of our participants to still register and donate! 

Join hundreds of anti-hunger advocates united for our 32nd Annual Run/Walk for Hunger!

The Run/Walk for Hunger raises awareness about hunger and funds to support the Hunger Network’s mission to feed our communities’ future. Last year, through your support, we raised $100,000 to provide healthy meals to our neighbors in need across Cuyahoga County.

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Church Schedule Updates

Visit our YouTube LIVE channel at 10:00 AM on Sunday mornings. Pastor Kregg Burris will deliver his message.

Covid-19 Update

We are all suffering from the impact of the COVID-19 isolation, shut-downs, stock-declines, and/or possible sickness.
Christianity has a unique “theology of suffering” which is distinct from other world religions. We are called to support each other, take due care, but ultimately to trust God.
If you know of any of our members have any physical or spiritual needs during these difficult times please let us know through the form below.

Most of our church activities have been canceled until further notice.

Contributions can still be dropped off at the church office or mailed in or you can contribute online. If you know of someone who needs prayers you may submit Online Prayer Requests. If you miss a streamed sermon on Sunday morning you can watch them along with other videos on our YouTube Channel.

First Baptist Live Online Activities/Cancellations/Postponements

Bell Choir Rehearsals – Postponed until further notice
Broadway Plus Performance – Canceled for 2020
Chancel Choir Rehearsals – Online via Zoom
Children’s Choir – Postponed until further notice
Cleveland Life Institute Classes – Canceled until further notice
Cluster Committee Meetings as called – Online via Zoom
Council Meeting – 6:30PM Fourth Tuesdays of the month via Zoom
Finance & Property Cluster Meeting – 6:00PM Third Tuesdays of the month via Zoom
Intercessory Prayer – 7:00PM Thursdays by Phone – Get More Info
Matilda the Musical – Postponed until 2021
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) – 8:00PM Mondays via Zoom
Nicaragua Mission Trip – Canceled
Prayer Time – Only Online – Get More Info
Spiritual Gifts Classes – Classes Begining Soon through Zoom (Class videos online)
Stephens Ministry – 7:00PM Third Mondays of the month Online via conference call
Sunday Combined Worship Service – Watch Livestream online Sundays at 10AM
Sunday Combined Worship Service – Canceled during high COVID-19 infection rates
Sunday Morning Discipleship Classes – 12:00 PM Online via Zoom
The Children’s Center – Open
Thursday Bible Study – 7:00PM Online via Zoom
Hero’s Headquarters Children’s Group – Online via Zoom
Youth Group – 4:30PM Sundays Online via Zoom
Wednesdays in the Word – 6:30PM, 7:00PM & 7:30PM Online via Zoom
Women’s Retreat – Rescheduled for 2021
Worship & Fine Arts Cluster Meeting – 6:00PM First Tuesdays of the month via Zoom

Everyone be safe and pray for an early end to this pandemic and we will keep you updated through Facebook, Email, the phone messages and on our website. For more information about the COVID-19 virus in Ohio visit the website coronavirus.ohio.gov or talk to the call center 833-4-ASK-ODH (833-427-5634).

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Spiritual Gifts

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God calls us as believers to discover and use our spiritual gifts in order to grow the Church in Spirit and in numbers. FBC needs your gifts. Join us online for an in-depth study this Spring during our “Lenten Celebration of Spiritual Gifts.” We offer eight weekly classes online for your convenience — Examine the Holy Spirit’s part in spiritual gifts and discover or uncover your gifts. Also, experience an internship to test out your gifts. To that end, please plan on an approximately  30-minute interview and a maximum two-hour internship prior to commissioning.

Relish in joy and ease of service when you implement God’s power within you. Our main resources include The Holy Spirit as Teacher, Scripture, and SpiritGifts, by Patricia D. Brown. Classes run 60-90 minutes.

God calls. Please answer.   

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Lenten Celebration of Spiritual Gifts ScheduleSpirit Gifts Book

Eight-Week Classes

Week 1: Holy Spirit 1
Week 2: Holy Spirit 2
Week 3: Spiritual Gifts 1
Week 4: Spiritual Gifts  2
Week 5: Spiritual Gifts 3
Spring Break:  Palm Sunday
Spring Break:
Easter Sunday
Week 6: Spiritual Gifts 4
Week 7: Internship Preparation 1
Break: Mother’s Day
Week 8: Internship Preparation 2
Break:  Memorial Day Weekend
May 31: Day Of Pentecost Commissioning*

*Includes those who hold a completion certificate from a previous Spiritual Gifts Class taught at FBC.

Minimum requirements for Commissioning

• Kickoff Breakfast or Spiritual Gifts 2
• Internship Preparation 1 & 2
• Interview
• Internship

You may complete all classes and requirements online.  The interview and internship, however, are in-person or by phone.  Check back periodically for the option to complete the interview online. You may make up sessions online at firstbaptistcleveland.org/spiritual-gifts-classes or switch between Sunday and Wednesday sessions of duplicate material.

We are excited about your gifts and look forward to your contribution.

Blessings,
Pastor Kregg
Mari Schroeder-Jenkins
Jennifer Whatley Williams

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Poetry & Jazz Night

DemetriusFriday, February 21st, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
in Spahr Center

Yes, all kinds of poetry will be read including the classics, original compositions, comedy, and more alternating with great jazz by The Demetrius Steinmetz Jazz Ensemble led by our own Demetrius of our Contemporary Worship Praise Band.

Goodies by our Chef Faith!

The concert is free and open to the public. Tell your friends! Bring your family! Make Friday, February 21 your special night out, a great evening of poetry and music!

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Poetry & Jazz

Poetry & Jazz Night

DemetriusFriday, February 21st, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
in Spahr Center

Yes, all kinds of poetry will be read including the classics, original compositions, comedy, and more alternating with great jazz by The Demetrius Steinmetz Jazz Ensemble led by our own Demetrius of our Contemporary Worship Praise Band. The Jazz Ensemble will play music based on each poem’s content.

Goodies by Faith!

The concert is free and open to the public. Tell your friends! Bring your family! Make Friday, February 21 your special night out a great evening of poetry and music!

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Camp Koinonia

Rooted6810 Cork Cold Springs Road
Geneva, OH 44071—(440) 466-1278

We own it! Let’s Use It!

Ownership of this magnificent 325-acre Christian camp is split evenly among the Cleveland, Akron, and Ashtabula Baptist Associations. Therefore, as a member of CBA First Baptist is a part-owner. In years past First Baptist held an annual Saturday-Sunday weekend retreat attended by as many as 50 members, families, and friends. The Camp is a wonderful asset for young and old alike. Weeklong camps for Elementary, Junior High and Senior High kids, and for Special Persons, includes Horseback Riding camps for all ages. Check out the website christiancampohio.org or go the Camp’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Koinoniacamp1, today!

SUMMER CAMP OPTIONS 2020

Koinonia Camp

Special Person’s Camp     June 4th-7th      5:30pm — 1:00pm      $290.00

Senior High Camp     June 7th-12th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $355.00

Primary Camp     June 14th-17th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $255.00

Advanced Horsemanship Camp     June 14th – 19th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $455.00

Elementary Camp    June 21st – 26th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $355.00

First Timers Camp    June 26th-27th      5:30pm — 3:30pm      $96.00

Junior High Camp    June 28th-3rd      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $355.00

Horsemanship Camp    June 28th – 3rd      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $455.00

Youth Bible N’ Saddle Camp    July 5th-10th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $455.00

Paintball Camp     July 5th-10th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $455.00

Elementary Bible N’ Saddle Camp    July 12th- 17th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $455.00

Youth Special Person’s Horse Camp    August 9th-12th      5:30pm — 1:30pm      $390.00

Adult Special Person’s Horse Camp    August 12th-15th      5:30pm — 1:30pm      $390.00


New For Summer 2020!

Days of Wonder Day Camp! July 12th -17th      9:00am — 3:00pm Daily      $150.00

A day camp for 6th- 8th graders, based around the beautiful creation Christ has given us! You will experience beekeeping, pumpkin, hay, and other crop growing, maple syrup distilling and more! You will study and talk about environmental issues, birds, mammals, and environmental technology! Come and join an amazing group of people who want to learn and grow God’s beautiful handiwork!


ALL DISCOUNTS END MARCH 1, 2020! NO DISCOUNTS AFTER MARCH 1, 2020!

Early Bird Discount $50.00 — Registration must be completed and submitted with the deposit to the office of Koinonia Camp.

Sibling Discount $20.00 — First registered child at normal price, all following children registered receive $20.00 off applied by the office of Koinonia Camp.


For more information contact Rev. Jeff Gordon through the form below.

I am interested in Camp Koinonia

Chronic Pain Self-Management

Take Charge of Your Pain!

Chronic Pain Self-Management

Start feeling better and get back to doing the things you love!

Chronic pain—pain lasting six months or more from a variety of causes—can cause you to feel irritable, tired, isolated, or helpless, and keep you from doing the things you enjoy. Researchers at Stanford University have developed Chronic Pain Self-Management (CPSM) to teach proven techniques for safely and effectively managing pain through:

Exercise, strengthening, endurance, and flexibility
Nutrition
• Managing medications
Decision-making
• Communicating with family, friends, and doctors
Evaluating new treatments

Participants learn and practice a safe, no-impact exercise program and receive an exercise CD and a book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain. If chronic pain is holding you back and affecting your quality of life, join us for this NO-CHARGE workshop and start feeling better today!

Chronic Pain Self-Management
April 17 —May 22, 2020
Fridays, 10:00am —12:30pm

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12200 Fairhill Road
Cleveland, OH 44120
216-421-1350
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3630 Fairmount Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH, 44118

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