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.
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.
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.
On the fourth Friday of each month, volunteers from FBC prepare and serve a meal to Cleveland’s homeless population at New Life at Calvary church on Euclid at E.79th street. You can help by preparing food in advance, or joining the team as they cook and serve. For more information contact Tina Marr through this form.
Each year the church plants a hunger garden. Our vegetable garden, located on the Shelburne side of our building, was started in 1992. In 2010, we opened the gardens up to our local community. Each gardener is responsible for their own plot and a portion of the weekly pickings will be delivered to the Heights Emergency Food Center located at Disciples Christian Church. A nice variety of herbs and vegetables are planted each year by members of the church and friends from the community. Some of the vegetables and herbs planted include Tomatoes, Collard Greens, Kale, Carrots, Summer Squashes, Lettuce, Peppers, Corn, Okra, Cabbage, Beets, Sweet Potatoes, Leeks, Onions, Bok Choy, Green Beans, Celery, Parsley, Eggplant, Basil, Sage, Cilantro, Marjoram, Tarragon and Fennel.
We donate hundreds of pounds of food to the Heights Emergency Food Center at Disciples Christian Church. We need volunteers to help plant, tend and cleanup the garden. If you are interested in helping out, contact Tobili Sam-Yellowe through the form below.
BELL RINGERS NEEDED!
This spring we are bringing back the Bell Choir, one of Bob Schneider’s favorite music-making ensembles here at First Baptist!
But we can’t do bell ringing justice without bell ringers. For a variety of reasons the ranks of the Bell Choir have been reduced, so we are looking for dedicated individuals, preferably who can read music (although there are wonderful bell ringers who don’t read music) and who could dedicate time for a one hour rehearsal from 6 to 7 PM each Thursday evening, and perform in a Traditional Worship Service about once a month.
We have moved the rehearsals and performances downstairs from the balcony in the back of the Sanctuary, so if climbing stairs have been holding you back, that excuse is gone! Rehearsals, with a very congenial group of ringers, are enjoyable to be with, to say the least.
So give joining the Bell Choir some thought. In fact, don’t even think about it. Just come on out on a Thursday evening at 6 PM and give it a try. The 100th Psalm says in part, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands!” That would be YOU playing bells! Give it a try. You won’t regret it!
Check the calendar to verify dates and times.
If you are interested in joining or need more information about the Handbell Choir contact Betty through the form below.
An exciting new art exhibit was installed in our Fairmount Hall Gallery. You won’t want to miss this dynamic display of one of our own member’s artistic talent, a talent that is already recognized in artistic circles as being exceptional. It will be the work of our own Alona Miller!
You may not have ever seen any of Alona’s artwork, but you have probably seen her playing her guitar during the offertory of some of our church services. This merely demonstrates that artistic interest and talent don’t have to be limited to one discipline. If you are interested in and have some capability in more than one artistic endeavor, why not try them all. And that’s what Alona has done. And we’re glad she has!
Here is Alona’s Artist’s Statement.
“There’s less to a portrait that meets the eye, and more”
Teju Cole (2018)
Often when we view a painting, we like to get into the mind of the artist. We assume that every brushstroke is purposeful, every color has a meaning, the created image is a window into the artist’s emotions. We are guilty of imposing ideas onto every piece of visual content that we come across. We observe, hoping there is a hidden purpose, a greater meaning to the work—a greater meaning of the world.
Instead, I come to the canvas with my imagination unrestrained, my ideas unplanned. The resulting simplicity of my artwork juxtaposes the complete chaos going on in my mind during my high school career. It was at this time when my pieces were created.
Many people missed the obvious as the ordinariness of my humanity became superimposed over the perhaps unnoticeable fragility of my mental state. I sought the luminosity of color to undermine the darkness of my unrelenting anxiety and depression. It felt as if the only control I had were the strokes of my pencil or whatever medium of my choice. My artwork is to be encountered, replicating the small shreds of beauty that I found in my everyday routine, which motivated my will to live.
We analyze art with the idea that things are not always what they seem. In some cases, this is true. But more often than not, we get caught up in the small details and miss the blatant truth lying on the surface. Whatever features are drawn in my paintings should be taken for what they are. My canvases should be approached without preconceptions so as to allow each viewer to evoke their own experience with the images. Unbound from the constraints of interpretation, my works are the embodiment of self-expression—the pathway that I found to psychological freedom.
-Alona Miller, 2021
A 2021 graduate of Shaker Heights High School Alona Miller was the Visuals Managing Editor alongside David Vahey of the award-winning Shaker Heights High School student news organization, visually representing and enhancing stories through her ideas and illustrations. She also enjoys sketching and painting in her free time.
And for her musical interest and ability, Alona, a guitar student during high school of our own Brian Kozak, was a part of the Cleveland Bella Corda guitar ensemble. Those lessons are temporarily on hold while Alona attends New York University, a major to be determined.
WE welcome Alona Miller to the FBC Fairmount Hall Gallery!