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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.

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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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Free Mobile Pantry Food Giveaway

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Fresh Fruit and Vegetables from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank

A mobile pantry is a Greater Cleveland Food Bank truck full of food that is brought to a central location where clients can pick up food, as they would from a regular pantry.

Mobile pantries distribute the healthiest and most nutritious food at the Food Bank. A truck will usually contain 90 percent produce (fruits and vegetables) including apples, cabbage, greens, sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, oranges, melons, and more. The remaining 10 percent usually consists of bread, yogurt or another donated items. Our truck delivers more than 6,000 lbs. of food to our mobile pantry site.

Due to  COVID-19 the May 2nd distribution will be a drive through only event as we practice safe social distancing.

Drive around the back of our church to the large parking lot, there is plenty of free parking. We have a portico with several arches where we set up for the giveaway. It is under cover so we will have this event rain or shine. All of the food is prepackaged and ready for pickup.

Four Saturdays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
May 2nd   |   June 6th   |   July 11th   |   August 1st

We hope to see you this summer!

Bring your valid ID and your own bags.
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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.  Text Prayer requests to Pastor Kregg 216-882-8555.

First Baptist Live Online Activities/Cancellations/Postponements

Bell Choir Rehearsals – Postponed until further notice
Broadway Plus Performance – Canceled for 2020
Chancel Choir Rehearsals – Postponed until further notice
Children’s Choir – Postponed until further notice
Cleveland Life Institute Classes – Canceled until further notice
Cluster Committee Meetings – Postponed until further notice
Intercessory Prayer – Only Online -Get More Info
Matilda the Musical – Postponed until further notice
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) – Canceled until further notice
Nicaragua Mission Trip – Still on until further notice
Prayer Time – Only Online – Get More Info
Spiritual Gifts Classes – In-person classes postponed until further notice (Class videos online)
Stephens Ministry – Virtual/conference call – Get More Info
Sunday Combined Worship Service – Watch Online Sundays at 10AM
Sunday Contemporary and Traditional Worship Services – No in-person services
Sunday Morning Discipleship Classes – 11:15 AM through telephone conferencing
The Children’s Center – Closed until further notice
Hero’s Headquarters Children’s Group – Online through Zoom meetings
Youth Group – Online through Zoom meetings
Wednesdays in the Word – Available though phone conferencing
Women’s Conference – Rescheduled for September 19 @ 8AM
Women’s Retreat – Rescheduled August 29 @ 9:30AM

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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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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Single Service Summer

Single Service Summer

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.

Summarizing –

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

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We Want You to Make a Joyful Noise

Stylized people singing“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come before His presence with singing!”

From Psalm 100 (King James Version)

Yes, SINGING! Yes, YOU!

First Baptist is blessed to have found new music leadership for the upcoming 2018-2019 Music and Fine Arts Season. We welcome Stephanie Price and Brian Kozak to our family.

So, in support of the legacy of our beloved Bob Schneider, why not make this the season you join the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland Chancel Choir or Praise Team. Add your voice in joyful praise to the Lord each Sunday! Studies have shown that singing improves your health, both mental and physical. Your participation each Sunday will enhance your own worship experience as well as that of the whole congregation!

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Chancel Choir
—7:15 PM Thursday rehearsals, 10:30 AM Sunday warmups, 11:00 AM Traditional Services

Praise Team—4 PM Saturday rehearsal, 8:15 AM Sunday warmups, 9:00 AM Contemporary Services

Contact Mike Skerritt, Stephanie Price or Brian Kozak, or anyone in the Chancel Choir or on the Praise Team for more information. You may also email Mike through the form below. We hope to see, and hear YOU!

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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. 

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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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