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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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.

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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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Ark Encounter Trip

Ark Encounter
Hello FBC!!! The Noah’s Ark Encounter is quickly approaching and seats are going fast!! Here’s some information:
The Encounter will be October 26-27 in Williamstown, Kentucky $150 per person (includes a ticket to the Ark, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, Coach transportation, and 1-night hotel stay). Rooms are quad occupancy. Payment is due soon. Cash or check only, checks made payable to First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, memo – Noah’s Ark Encounter. For more information about the Ark Encounter visit their website.
If you are interested please contact Rev. Sandra or Ship Collins. Complete the following form for more info-

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Faith In Action

Faith in Action

Faith In Action

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.

Request more information about Faith in Action or sign up.

Rev. Kregg Burris will lead us in a brief communion service then it’s off we go to serve!

project leadersHere are some of the Project Leaders.

 

 

 

SERVICE PROJECTS

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. 

sorting collected food

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.


Family Promise

FAMILY PROMISE

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.


LUNCH BUNCH

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
  • Shoes
  • Handbags
  • Coats
  • Jackets
  • Raincoats
  • Umbrellas
  • Robes
  • PJ’s
  • Slippers
  • Single bed sheets
  • Bath towels

FAMILY PROMISE

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
  • Personal hygiene products for teen girls and women

FOR THE SHELTER AT 2100 LAKESIDE (MEN)

For Men moving out to an apartment

  • Pots & pans
  • Dishes
  • 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!


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Dr. Otis Moss Jr.

Social Responsibility in the 21st Century – a Call to a New Generation

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 Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. was sponsored by the Cleveland Life Institute in the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, Spahr Center

His talk about “Social Responsibility in the 21st Century-a Call to a New Generation” was very informative and the large crowd appreciated his wisdom.

Theologian, pastor, and civic leader the Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. is one of America’s most influential religious leaders and highly sought-after public speakers. A native of Georgia, Dr. Moss was born on February 26, 1935, and was raised in the community of LaGrange. The son of Magnolia Moss and Otis Moss, Sr., and the fourth of their five children, he earned his B.A. degree from Morehouse College in 1956 and his masters of divinity degree from the Morehouse School of Religion/Interdenominational Theological Center in 1959. He also completed special studies at the Inter-Denominational Theological Center from 1960 to 1961 and earned his D.Min. degree from the United Theological Seminary in 1990.

From 1954 to 1959, Dr. Moss served as pastor of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in LaGrange, Georgia. From 1956 to 1961, he also served as pastor of Atlanta’s Providence Baptist Church and therefore, simultaneously led two congregations from 1956 to 1959. From 1961 to 1975, he pastored the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Lockland, Ohio, and in 1971, he served as co-pastor, with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. In 1975, he was called to pastor Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, He led the church for 33 years before retiring in 2008. In 1997 Moss partnered with University Hospitals to create the Otis Moss Jr. Medical Center.

Dr. Moss has been involved in advocating civil and human rights and social justice issues for most of his adult life. Having been a staff member of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he currently serves as a national board member and trustee for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change. His work in the international community has taken him to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan as a member of a clergy mission in 1970, and to Israel in 1978. In 1994, he was the special guest of President Bill Clinton at the peace treaty signing between Israel and Jordan, and, in that same year, he led a special mission to South Africa.

Dr. Moss is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Human Relations Award from Bethune Cookman College in 1976, The Role Model of the Year Award from the National Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Development in 1992, Leadership Award from the Cleveland chapter of the American Jewish Committee in 1996, and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from LaGrange College in 2004. In 2004, he participated in the Oxford Round Table in Oxford, England, and was a guest presenter for the Lyman Beecher Lecture series at Yale University.

Reverend Otis Moss is the Chairman of Morehouse College. He is the Director of The Cleveland Foundation. Named by Ebony magazine as one of America’s greatest black preachers, he has been involved in the civil rights movement for more than 35 years. A founding board member of the Greater Cleveland Roundtable.