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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 Ministry Supervision meetings continue to meet by phone every 3rd Monday at 7 pm. This is not a public meeting. If you are a Stephen Ministry Supervisor and would like information on how to attend this meeting complete the form below.

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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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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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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Time & Talents Survey

volunteerPlease take a moment to fill out this survey to help the Nominating Committee know where you would like to/be willing to serve the church in the future. Thank you for your help!


Talents & Skills


Opportunities to Get Involved

Please check the opportunities that interest you (mark all that apply):

* Fine Arts events include things like Rock of Faith, HELP shows, Back to Broadway, Christmas Eve Pageant, etc.

Bright Spots

Bright spots in dark times…


Liz Gokel and Helena Safarova are making masks for friends, neighbors, and medical personnel to use.

Dear friends,

protective mask

I am offering free protective masks to everyone who must leave the house. I have been sewing dozens and dozens of masks and delivering or shipping. If you need any, please let me know how many. I am using new, washed and ironed, high density 100% cotton double-ply, with ties around the head and neck or a version that adjusts behind the ears. They fit really well around the face for your protection. Washable in hot water.

Be wise, safe, and healthy.
Peace be with you,
Helena


Arianna & Gianna Preston with their mom did sidewalk/driveway drawings for Kay & Claude Kennard. Kay came to the window with both smiles & tears of joy as she motioned for them to come up close so she could see their faces and blow them all a kiss. Claude said it really brightened her day.


News Channel 5 featured our Laura Leanza Preston out delivering laptops and educational materials to her students’ doorsteps since they have not been in the classroom and she was not able to connect with them.


FBC youth and Shaker High senior, Skyler Hurle, has been in contact with the two group homes that bring clients to church for worship and class. They are now watching our worship services on YouTube. Skyler has also dropped off some craft projects for them to do since they are now in their home 24/7.


The group that visits Calvary once a month to serve meals to the hungry continues its mission to provide food for those in need. Now they are taking extra precautions and providing hot takeout meals for those who need them. They hope you can join them to help at Calvary. If you are not able to attend, no worries. Maybe you’d like to donate a food item. If you have any questions or interest in assisting with this ministry, please contact Tina Marr – through the form on the Calvary page.


We can all reach out to others by phone, especially to our members living alone.

If you hear of FBC members doing something special that warms your heart or if you have ideas of how to help one of our church family please let us know below.

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MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service

OFFERS SERVICE PROJECTS FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES!

Monday, January 20th, 2020

FBCGC marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service with the following program:

Gather in Spahr at 9:00 am.  The program will conclude after lunch at 1:30 pm.

Martin Luther King Day will again be a day when we serve as hosts with friends from Church of the Master in a day ON rather than a day OFF. This day of service was started by Kay and Martin Rolfs Massaglia over ten years ago. Let’s keep this great tradition going! In keeping with Dr. Kings’s dream, the churches will work together bridging lines of age, race, gender, socio-economic status, urban/suburban on projects that benefit the church and beyond. We will not only provide service to others but the most important part of the day is the building of relationships. What a rewarding way to build on the legacy of Dr. King toward racial reconciliation and peace.

We have four different service projects that you can volunteer for this year.


Family Promise

This will be a family-friendly project. The group will form carpools to travel to Family Promise, a transitional housing facility for homeless families. This will be a project engaging with families and assisting kids with a craft and activities.

Open to Age 2 to 92

Leader- Carly Marino


Judson Hymn Sing

The group will travel (after forming carpools) to nearby Judson Park to sing favorite old hymns in the nursing care section. No choir experience needed, just come and enjoy singing as we bring a smile to others.

Open to children to all adults

Leader- Gwen Dyer and Liz Gockel


Lunch Bunch/Kairos Cookies

This group will remain at church to prepare a light lunch for all after the service projects and also bake delicious cookies to be used in the Kairos Cookie Ministry. Clean up after lunch as well.

Open to teens to adults

Leader – Ed Szalay


FBC Service Project

This group will spruce up the church by taking care of church pews and other miscellaneous cleaning.

Open to older teens to adults

Leader – TBD

Sign-up sheets are displayed in Swayze Tower or let us know in which project you would like to participate through the form below. Please consider joining us on this special day.

Thanks!
Annette Szalay

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Nicaragua Mission Trip

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June 20th – June 27th

This summer we will be planning a mission trip back to Nicaragua. The country has been fairly stable and 15 or more teams from all over the USA have been back. Much work is needed right at the AMOS center so many teams have stayed right there except for occasional trips to the outlying communities.

The price varies slightly according to flights but will be about $1700.00 per person including all meals, lodging and transportation. There are a few scholarships available. The team leader this year will be Jeremy Bull. He has been to Nicaragua many times as a qualified team member. He also has medical training. He has been a great asset to all our teams in the past.

You must have a valid passport good for at least 6 months after returning to the US. For questions please contact Nancy Wheaton, Fran Leanza or Annette Szalay.

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