Beginning Friday, September 13th, 2019
in Spahr Center from 9:30-11:30 am
MOPS (Mothers Of PreSchoolers) is a group for mothers of young children to come together and support each other through bi-monthly meetings. Childcare is provided.
What is MOPS?
MOPS groups gather and support moms. We believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together, face to face. That’s why we rally women to come together in their own neighborhoods and help each other through this thing called motherhood, one gathering at a time.
Our acronym stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers” because we began in 1973 when a group of moms of young children banded together to share their lives and parenting journeys. Over the past forty-five years, MOPS has expanded our reach to include moms with older kids, partnering with churches and organizations worldwide to equip and encourage moms in more than 60 countries.
If you are expecting or have an infant, toddler or preschooler: Try one of our traditional MOPS groups. Every group offers its own unique feel, so try more than one to see which fits you best. Many groups offer childcare, so you can get a chance to connect with moms, face to face, while your kids are safe and making friends, too. You can join MOPS for just $31.95, but groups may require additional fees to cover expenses, such as childcare. Go here for a list of MOPS groups in your area.
Our Summer Services will be Theme Based with Multiple Music Styles
We are expanding on our successful worship format of the past two years beginning with the 10 AM Sunday, June 9 service.
Each 10 AM Sunday service will be preceded at 9:30 AM by a short fellowship time including coffee, tea, juice, and delicious goodies. Late risers won’t have to go hungry during the service. Unconsumed goodies will be allowed in the church.
Each service will include a mix of traditional and contemporary style music typical of the church’s separate traditional and contemporary services scheduled for the balance of each year. For example, one Sunday a powerful organ prelude will start things off, and the following Sunday the church’s talented Praise Team and Band will assume that opening role. Alternating styles for other elements of each service will take advantage of the many talented members and friends of the church.
And if you ever wanted to try singing in a church choir, you are welcome to join members of the church “Sometime Sunday Singers,” a group of regular choir members and congregation volunteers who meet at 9:15 AM to learn a simple song that is sung during that day’s service. No audition required!
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the summer worship schedule will be the theme assigned to each Sunday, an effort to introduce a more relaxed and engaging atmosphere.
Sunday, June 9 is “Hat Day,” when you are encouraged to wear a hat of your choosing, the more elaborate the better. Hats will be available if you don’t have one of your own. And since the majority of hat wearers traditionally are women, we will limit singing to the fairer sex on this Sunday.
Everyone loves to eat, so we have incorporated a “Dollar Dog Sunday” on June 16 and encourage you to wear whatever Cleveland Indians attire you have. Hot dogs will be in the Courtyard after the service. And ice cream and root beer floats will follow the two “Ice Cream Sundae” services of July 14 and August 11.
While we are on the subject of food, don’t forget the “Tailgate Party Sunday” where we will have a picnic in the parking lot and admire once again everyone’s Cleveland Indians attire.
On June 23 you can wear a T-shirt on “T-Shirt Sunday,” and on July 21 you are encouraged to wear your most outrageous Hawaiian shirt on “Hawaiian Sunday.”
On June 30 the Community Service Sunday will move to the front steps of the church so any and everyone can stop by. You are encouraged to bring a lawn chair so you will be comfortable on the front lawn of the church surrounded by neighbors and friends.
We encourage clothing in red, white, and/or blue on Independence Celebration Sunday which will actually be on Sunday, July 7.
You won’t want to miss Christmas in July on July 28 when the music will be predominantly Christmas Carols.
Recognizing the importance of our dedication to the community around us you will be encouraged to bring school supplies for struggling public schools while you wear a shirt with a logo from your favorite school on Back to School Sunday, August 18th, and non-perishable food for the hungry on Homecoming Sunday, August 25.
June 9 – Hat Day
June 16 – Dollar Dog Day
June 23 – T-Shirt Sunday
June 30 – Community Service Sunday
July 7 – Independence Celebration Sunday
July 14 – Ice Cream Sundae
July 21 – Hawaiian Sunday
July 28 – Christmas in July
August 4 – Tailgate Party
August 11 – Ice Cream Sunday
August 18 – Back to School Sunday
August 25 – Homecoming Sunday
September 1 – Labor Day Weekend
Staff Appreciation Sunday
September 8 We return to the regular church service schedule, 9 AM for the Contemporary Service, 11 AM for the Traditional service.
First Baptist hopes that this summer schedule helps create closer relationships in the Heights area. There is something for everyone to enjoy.
Respectfully Submitted – Mike Skerritt
Gospelcise is a combination of and line dancing and routine aerobics to gospel music with instructor Belinda Haywood. Each dance is paired with a specific song to provide a spiritually uplifting cardio workout. All you need to enjoy this low impact workout is comfortable clothes and a bottle of water. Classes are only $5 each Sunday with no commitment. Get fit and have fun!
Sundays, 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM
First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland
in the Wheaton Center adjacent to the playground
3630 Fairmount Blvd.
Shaker Heights, OH 44118
Thank you, once again, for your partnership and support.
I thought I would provide some snippets from Trumbull Kairos #35:
- We once again had a great, Spirit-filled time. Hearts are absolutely moved and changed!
- We covered a great deal culminating with a Forgiveness Ceremony where the participants were able to begin to release hurts of unforgiveness. They were given a ‘homework assignment’ of giving away a bag of “Forgiveness Cookies” to the person in the institution for whom they are holding the most in unforgiveness. Thank you, Cookie Bakers!
- Prior to the Forgiveness Ceremony, there was a time for “Open Mic”. The participants are encouraged to share their Kairos experience so far. They did it again today. Here are just a few excerpts that we tried to capture/paraphrase:
- Steve said “I’m making a new choice for myself to follow Jesus….I just couldn’t get through some of the [agape] letters that you guys gave me. I’m overwhelmed with a new sense of love”
- William said to his fellow residents “Don’t let fear hold us back from encouraging each other on the compound”. (This gets to the heart of what Kairos is all about.)
- Cory (who is Muslim) said that he didn’t think he wanted to be around a bunch of Christians and Christian-talk, but that all he experienced was love.
- Aaron said that he was really moved by the prayer chain and all it symbolized because “the last time I saw chains was when my girl was feeding me during a visit — I was shackled to the floor”.
- Personally, I delivered a talk yesterday entitled “Spiritual Growth Through Study”. The focus of the talk is to prepare the residents for growing in faith while incarcerated. The other talks were all focused on having residents come to grips with their decisions, how to deal with circumstances and rest on God for comfort and salvation. As always it was a great weekend and we can’t thank you enough for your support and baking. By the way, we took in 30,000 cookies. I feel like I ate half of them.
Peace and thank you all so much.
Cookie Guidelines & Cookie Preparation
The types of cookies that are generally acceptable are Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Molasses, Chocolate Chip, Ginger, and Sugar. Check with your local institution for specifics on the type of cookies that are allowed.
Cookies should be between 2 inches and 2-1/2 inches in diameter and not more than 1/2 inch thick.
It is very important not to use icing, sugar or any other type of coating on the outside of the cookie. Do not add any kind of fruit or nuts to the cookies.
The Key Ingredient: Prayer
Pray individually or as a family over the ingredients before and during mixing. Pray over the cookies as you drop them onto the cookie sheets and bake them.
Ask God to use your cookies as a source of His love to shine on the prisoners and staff on the Kairos weekend.
Pray that each cookie brings the inmate, officer or warden who eats it closer to God. We want every person to become part of the family of God.
Packing the Cookies
Bag thoroughly cooled cookies in a quart-sized Zip Lock bag, a dozen cookies to a bag. Label each bag with the cookie type inside. Freeze all cookies if not using within 3 days.
Getting the Cookies to the Prison
If you are not working on the team, please deliver the cookies to a team member before the start of the weekend, so they can take them to the prison.
Peanut Butter Cookies
3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Crisco Shortening
1-1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
Combine peanut butter, shortening, sugar, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl and mix at medium speed until well blended. Add egg and mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt and baking soda, mix well. Add flour mixture to peanut butter and mix until just blended. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet and flatten slightly in a crisscross pattern with the tines of a fork. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes until
set. Makes 3 dozen cookies.
Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
3/4 cup butter flavor Crisco
1-1/41⁄4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Combine Crisco, brown sugar, egg, milk and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix at medium speed until well blended. Combine oats, flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a separate bowl, mix well. Add to Crisco/sugar mixture until just blended. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes 2-1/2 dozen cookies.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
3/4 cup Crisco shortening
1-1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Combine shortening, sugar, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl, mix until well blended. Add egg and mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt and baking soda, mix well. Add to shortening/sugar mixture until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies or 11 to 13 minutes for crisp cookies. Makes 3 dozen cookies.
3/4 cup margarine or shortening 1 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
In a large bowl, cream margarine or shortening with sugar. Add egg and blend. Add molasses and spices; mix well. Add flour and baking soda and blend. Chill dough 30 minutes or overnight (covered tightly). Shape dough into small balls and place 2-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks. Makes 2 1/2 dozen.
1 cup margarine (or butter); (2 sticks) at room temperature 1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Beat together margarine, oil, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar. Add dry ingredients to margarine mixture. Drop from a teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until cookies are light brown around the edges, about 8 to 10 minutes (watch closely; cookies will be dry if they get too brown). Makes approximately 5 dozen.
Wednesdays, July through September
4pm – 7pm (setup time) 2pm
There is no charge for vendors.
Come shop for freshness and have dinner with Faith’s Kitchen.
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.
Sunday, June 2nd from 9 AM – 1 PM
One Sunday Each Summer We’re Outta Here — our service begins!
This is the 12th year that First Baptist Church has left the building for a day of community service, outreach, and fellowship. Information and sign-up sheets will be available in Swasey Tower May 5. Find a project that you would like to do and sign up. We will begin with a brief communion service then it’s off we go to serve!
Our celebration lunch from 12:30 – 2:00 PM is under the capable leadership of Tony Peebles, Benne Christian, and Debra Hagler.
Rev. Kregg Burris will lead us in a brief communion service then it’s off we go to serve!
Here are some of the Project Leaders.
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 wagons.
Project Leaders: Laura Leanza Preston, Jen, and Steve Bopple (meet in Wheaton Center).
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: Gwen Dyer & Liz Gockel (meet in the Choir Room/Chapel to carpool)
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 open to children, youth and adults of all ages.
RUST BELT COMMUNITY GARDEN
Come help create 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 whackers, and small hand shovels.
Project Leaders: Jane Pernicone, Ship Collins & Todd Rogers (meet in the Fairmount Hall by the water fountain to carpool.
Project is designed for: youth and young adults but all are welcomed. 10 – 15 are needed.
Come join with families living at nearby Family Promise in a morning of fun crafts, games and stories with the children while the parents have an opportunity to have their own “Ask the Doctor” discussion group.
Project Leaders: Carly Marino with the children and Eddie Wills, M.D. Pediatrician, with the parents ( meet by the Welcome desk to carpool)
Project designed for: 10-15 people; children, youth and adults.
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. Please bring garden gloves.
Project Leaders: Toboli SamYellowe & Aaron Oliver (meet at the Garden).
Project designed for: 6-10 people; older children, youth, and adults.
PRODUCE GIVE AWAY FROM THE CLEVELAND FOOD BANK
This is a new project this year. We will be distributing one whole truckload of fresh produce to the hungry. This will be set up in our parking lot and we will need lots of willing hands to be at various stations to pass out the fresh fruits and vegetables.
Project Leader: Jae Williams (meet by the playground)
Project designed for: 20-25 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 talking and having fun. Three portable sewing machines are needed as well as three people to operate them.
Project Leaders: Mari Shroder-Jenkins and Barbara Walker (meet in the Fireside Room).
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.
SORTING DONATIONS FOR THE MEN’S SHELTER AT 2100 LAKESIDE AND RECOVERY FOR LIFE
The participants will be busy sorting and packing the times for delivery later in the week.
Project Leader: Joan Mihelich (meet in Spahr Center).
Project designed for: 7-8 people; men, women, and teens.
PREPARING A NO-COOK DESSERT FOR A CALVARY MEAL AND EMERGENCY FOOD SNACK BAGS FOR FRONTLINE SERVICE
This is an easy sit-down task of putting together a dessert of trail mix for our next guests we serve at the hot meal at Calvary church. This group will also prepare emergency food snack bags for the homeless mentally ill who receive services from a local mental health agency. It is difficult to help clients when hunger is their most immediate need.
Project Leaders: Tina DeBlaey and Iris Goins (meet in the Livingston Room).
Project designed for: 8-10 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. This also includes staying to help with clean-up and washing dishes.
Project Leaders: Faith Arnold & Benne Christian(meet downstairs in the main kitchen)
Project designed for: 10-12 people; youth and adults
NURSERY IS OPEN
If there is a need, our nursery will be open for babies and toddlers with care being provided by the regular Sunday staff. Parents need to register in advance at the sign-up table for this service.
Questions? Ask Fran Leanza or Karen Gill or email them through the form at the bottom of this page
THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS ARE NEEDED IN ADVANCE TO MAKE OUR DAY A SUCCESS
FRONTLINE SERVICES FOR HOMELESS FOR EMERGENCY FOOD SNACK BAGS
- Juice boxes
- Individual fruit cups or applesauce
- Packages of peanut butter or cheese crackers
- Granola or protein bars
RECOVERY FOR LIFE (WOMEN)
- Back to work clothes for women
- Single bed sheets
- Bath towels
The following items are needed for families as they make a fresh start in their own apartments.
- Cleaning supplies
- Foil & Wax paper
- Lunch bags
- Toilet paper
- New kitchen towels
- Personal hygiene products for teen girls and women
FOR THE SHELTER AT 2100 LAKESIDE (MEN)
For Men moving out to an apartment
- Pots & pans
- Cooking utensils
- coffee pot
For use at the shelter
- Books, recent magazines, devotional booklets,
Guideposts, small Bibles, New Testaments, puzzle books and reading glasses from the dollar store
- Washable Men’s clothing – Jeans, t-shirts, sweat shirts, jackets and rain gear
- Gym bags and backpacks (the men need to carry all their belongings with them during the day)
- Personal items – Trial/hotel size/small (under 4 ozs) bottles of shampoo & lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste
comb, razor, deodorant
For daily use
- Water bottles
- Gym bags or back packs (many of the men need to carry everything they own with them daily)
Collection baskets in the Fairmount Hall beginning May 5!
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.
We will let you know when you can sign up to Run/Walk or you can Donate to help us reach our goal!
2019 is the 31st 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 Cleveland 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 took place on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the Great Lakes Science Center. Late Registration is at 7:45 AM. Our Run/Walk for Hunger Kick-Off Celebration begins at 8:15 AM. The Run/Walk steps off at 8:45 AM
Where? The Great Lakes Science Center at 601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114.
WHY RUN/WALK? The Hunger Network is the largest emergency food distributor in Greater Cleveland with over 70 hunger centers strategically placed throughout Cuyahoga County. Each month, 40,000 people receive food at one of our food pantries and hot meal sites, and 30% 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 participants 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 31st Annual Run/Walk for Hunger, volunteer, walk or run on our team contact Karen Gill through the form below.