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. 

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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Run/Walk for Hunger

Run/Walk for Hunger - May 11, 2019

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.

Request more info or register

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 christiancampohio.org or go the Camp’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Koinoniacamp1, today!

SUMMER CAMP OPTIONS 2019

Koinonia Camp

05/31 – Special Person’s Camp – Designed for campers 18 years old and older who have special needs.
06/02 – **Advanced Horsemanship Camp
06/09 – Senior High Camp – 9th thru 12th Grades. Excitement, Courage, Friendship, Faith, Worship
06/02 – **Horsemanship Camp
06/16 – Elementary Camp
– Designed for 3rd thru 5th Grade. Make friends as you play, hike, swim.
06/21 – First Timer’s Camp – Built for K thru 1st Grade. An overnight with parents to experience Koinonia together.
06/21 – Wilderness Weekend – 7th—12th Grades. Learn to build shelters, cook over an open fire, sleep under the stars.
06/23 – Primary Camp – A shortened 3-day “solo” camp for 1st and 2nd Grade campers.
06/30 – Junior High Camp – 6th thru 8th Grades. New adventures in activities and relationships.
06/30 – Youth Bible “N Saddle Camp – 4th thru 6th Grade. Learn all about horses and riding.
07/07 – Elementary Bible “N Saddle Camp – 4th thru 6th Grade. Learn all about horses and riding.
07/07 – Paintball Camp
06/30 – Youth Special Person’s Horse Back Camp – Designed for youth, ages 10 thru 17 with special needs and an interest in horses.
08/07 – Adult Special Person’s Horse Back Camp – Made for campers 18 years and up, with special needs.
**Invitation Only Camps

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 stephenministries.org or pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics.

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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