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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)


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!

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

One Sunday Each Summer We’re Outta Here — our service begins! This was the 11th year that First Baptist Church has left the building for a day of community service, outreach, and fellowship.

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!

Information and sign-up sheets will be available in Swasey Tower on May 6th. Find a project that you would like to do and sign up at church. Question? Ask Fran Leanza and Nanci Ruhoff for more information or email them through the form at the bottom of this page.

project leadersHere are some of the Project Leaders.

Walk the TalkDownload a printable FBC Faith in Action Brochure PDF




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 foodProject 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!


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 limited to 25 participants.


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, & small hand shovels.

 Project Leaders: Jane Pernicone and Todd Rogers (meet in the Fairmount Hall by the water fountain to carpool)

Projects designed for: 12- 15 people; youth and adults, children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.


Come to 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 Leader: Kathy Adams Case & Carly Marino with the children and Eddie Wills, M.D. Pediatrician, with the parents ( meet at the Welcome desk to carpool)

Project designed for10-12 people; children, youth and adults


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 Leader: Toboli SamYellowe (meet at the Garden)

Project designed for: 6-8 people; older children, youth and adults


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 a fun. Please bring scissors suitable for cutting material.

Project Leaders: Mari Shroder-Jenkins and Sheral Jones (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.


Mission teams going into rural communities always spend some time conducting a vacation Bible school, and engaging kids in crafts. Children will be thrilled with an opportunity to use crayons, glue and construction paper, a rare treat for many. Our group will sort through all your donations and put together useful packs of kid-friendly materials.

Project Leaders: Jessica Chapman-Martinez and Nancy Wheaton (meet in the Montgomery Room)

Project designed for: 10-15 people; older children, youth, and adults.


The participants will be busy sorting and packing the times for a delivery later in the week.

Project Leaders: Joan Mihelich (meet in Spahr Center)

Poject designed for: 6-8 people; men, women, and teens


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.

Project Leaders: Tina DeBlaey & Chuck Cicco (meet in the Livingston Room)

Poject designed for: 6-8 people; children, teens and adults


We all look forward to seeing Spahr Center filled with amazing art from the students enrolled in our Center. Participants will assist in displaying the art under the direction of their teacher.

Project Leaders: Monica Steiner, Mary Jo Oldom-Dull and Kara Hungate (meet in Spahr Center)

Poject designed for: 8-10 people; adults, youth, and children with a parent


These bags are 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. Participants will assemble ziplock bags filled with emergency non-perishable items.

Project Leaders: Iris Goins (meet in the Library)

Poject designed for: 6-8 people; older children, youth, and adults


As the island of Puerto Rico continues its slow recovery from the devastating impact of the September 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria, the International Ministries missionaries who call Puerto Rico home are also feeling the ripple effect of the fierce storms. These missionaries have a long history of support from local churches but as but as these churches and families struggle to get back on their feet, their ability to financially support these eight missionaries has dropped dramatically.
Our gifts of any amount will help keep these servants working in Puerto Rico. Make your check out to FBCGC and mark the memo Puerto Rico and return to our church office.


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


Our nursery will be open as usual for babies and toddlers with care being provided by the regular Sunday staff. Please sign up if you plan to use this service.


JOSEPH HOUSE CLOTHING BANK for recent refugees coming to Cleveland

Needed are
•Shoes for children, women, and men. All kinds, especially tennis shoes
•New underwear and socks are also an ongoing need


These bags are for clients coming to a mental health clinic. It is difficult to help a client coming into the clinic when hunger is their most immediate need. Donations of any of the following items will be greatly appreciated;
•Juice boxes, individual applesauce & fruit cups
•Packages of crackers, peanut butter or cheese crackers
•Mini cans of ravioli/spaghetti/pasta, cans of Vienna sausages
•Granola or protein bars, cheese strings


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


Bicycles! For the first time, we are asking for men’s bicycles. They can be in any condition. Also bicycle parts, tools for repairing, bike locks, tire pumps, just about anything that would be useful in repairing a bike to make it useful.
For Men moving out
•Pots, pans
•Cooking utensils
For use at the shelter
•Single bed sheets and towels
•Books, recent magazines, devotional booklets
•Puzzle books and reading glasses from the dollar store
Washable Men’s clothing
•Jeans, t-shirts
•Jackets and rain gear
Gym bags and backpacks as the men need to carry all their belongings with them during the day
•Personal Care items
•Trial size/small (under 4 ozs) bottles of shampoo & lotion
•Toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, razor, deodorant


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Run/Walk for Hunger

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!

Run/Walk For Hunger 30th Annual Medal2018 marked the 30th 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 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 12, 2018, at the Great Lakes Science Center. Late Registration opened at 8:15 a.m. Our Run/Walk for Hunger Kick-Off Celebration began at 9:00 AM with breakfast, entertainment and more!

WHY RUN/WALK? The Hunger Network distributes the largest amount of emergency food in Greater Cleveland. Over 45,000 people receive emergency food at one of the Network’s hunger centers or hot meal sites each month and 31% of those served are children. Every $1 raised at the Run/Walk for Hunger can be leveraged to provide 4 nutritious meals!

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 30th Annual Run/Walk for Hunger, volunteer, walk or run on our team contact Karen Gill through the form below.

The mission of the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland is to reduce hunger by providing food and linkages to other vital services for hungry people, especially children and families, and by actively participating in a coordinated community response to people in need.

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 or go the Camp’s Facebook page at, today! Discount registration ends April 1, 2018!


Koinonia Camp

First Timer’s Camp – Built for K thru 1st Grade. An overnight with parents to experience Koinonia together.
Primary Camp – A shortened 3-day “solo” camp for 1st and 2nd Grade campers.
Elementary Camp – Designed for 3rd thru 5th Grade. Make friends as you play, hike, swim.
Elementary Bible “N Saddle Camp – 4th thru 6th Grade. Learn all about horses and riding.
Junior High Camp – 6th thru 8th Grades. New adventures in activities and relationships.
Senior High X Camp – 9th thru 12th Grades. Excitement, Courage, Friendship, Faith, Worship

Special Person’s Camp – Designed for campers 18 years old and older who have special needs.
Youth Special Person’s Horse Back Camp – Designed for youth, ages 10 thru 17 with special needs and an interest in horses.
Adult Special Person’s Horse Back Camp – Made for campers 18 years and up, with special needs.
Wilderness Weekend – 7th—12th Grades. Learn to build shelters, cook over an open fire, sleep under the stars.
And Many More including Paintball Camp, Youth Bible N’ Saddle Camp & Advanced Horse Camp!

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

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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministries

Stephen Ministers are First Baptist Church members who have received special training to provide individual Christian care to those who are experiencing life challenges such as death, grief, divorce, job loss, etc.  Stephen Ministers have been serving in this caring mission at First Baptist Church since 2002.

Stephen Ministry is confidential and free.

Stephen Ministries is an independent, not-for-profit Christian educational organization founded in 1975 in St. Louis, Missouri. It is named after the disciple Stephen (Acts 6) who was chosen to provide caring ministry to those in need. For more information on Stephen Ministries please visit their website at or

Stephen Ministers are Greeters at both Contemporary and Traditional Services every second Sunday. It’s a great time to ask them any questions and get to know your Stephen Ministers.

“Bear one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  Galatians 6:2

If you need help or would like more information about the Stephen Minstry, fill out the form below.

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Women at Koinonia

FBC Women’s Retreat

Some thirty-plus years ago this wonderful tradition began! We welcome you to be a part of this memorable event as we gather for a great time to recharge your batteries.
The retreat is open to adult women, both members and friends of FBC. There is a fee due with your registration form.
The program is filled with moments of music, learning opportunities, reflection, campfire, nature exploration, prayer, and fellowship.

Serve a Meal to the Homeless

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.

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Women's Retreat

Women’s Retreat

The FBC Women’s Retreat is a popular event each May. Women of all ages gather at the Camp Koinonia Conference Center near Geneva,  Ohio. They enjoy a Friday evening and Saturday as they sing, laugh, eat, study, and fellowship together in the beauty of nature.

Check the calendar to verify dates and times.

For more information contact Jen Bopple through the form below.

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Monday Afternoon Group (MAG)

The Monday Afternoon Group is a service club of women that meets the first Monday of each month in different members homes.

If you are interested in joining the MAG group or need more information contact Fran Leanza through the form below.

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