Kairos Prison Ministry

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Many Cookies were dropped off and we are now going to deliver them to the prison. Thanks for your help!

Hello cookie friends and family.  A couple of times a year we come together for this cause.  So many of you have been faithful cookie bakers for the residents in the past and we are grateful for all you have done.  We would be delighted if you could do so again.  We have 30 on our team which is large but it takes a lot of work to conduct the Kairos program.  You have all done this before and you know that the cookies are a great attraction.  But we always have a backlog of men who want to go through the program.  The sugar pull ends up changing lives in incredible ways.
Details are below but we will be glad to answer questions through the form at the bottom of the page.  We collect cookies a couple of times a year, watch for details. You can drop them off at Church of the Saviour, mom’s house, First Baptist or BVU.  I can also swing by and do special pickups.

Cookie Guidelines & Cookie Preparation

The types of cookies that are generally acceptable are Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Molasses, Chocolate Chip, Ginger, and Sugar. Check with your local institution for specifics on the type of cookies that are allowed.

Cookies should be between 2 inches and 2-1/2 inches in diameter and not more than 1/2 inch thick.

It is very important not to use icing, sugar or any other type of coating on the outside of the cookie. Do not add any kind of fruit or nuts to the cookies.

The Key Ingredient: Prayer

Pray individually or as a family over the ingredients before and during mixing. Pray over the cookies as you drop them onto the cookie sheets and bake them.

Ask God to use your cookies as a source of His love to shine on the prisoners and staff on the Kairos weekend.

Pray that each cookie brings the inmate, officer or warden who eats it closer to God. We want every person to become part of the family of God.

Packing the Cookies

Bag thoroughly cooled cookies in a quart-sized Zip Lock bag, a dozen cookies to a bag. Label each bag with the cookie type inside. Freeze all cookies if not using within 3 days.

Getting the Cookies to the Prison

If you are not working on the team, please deliver the cookies to a team member before the start of the weekend, so they can take them to the prison.

Cookie Recipes

Peanut Butter Cookies

3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Crisco Shortening
1-1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda

Combine peanut butter, shortening, sugar, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl and mix at medium speed until well blended. Add egg and mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt and baking soda, mix well. Add flour mixture to peanut butter and mix until just blended. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet and flatten slightly in a crisscross pattern with the tines of a fork. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes until
set. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

3/4 cup butter flavor Crisco
1-1/41⁄4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine Crisco, brown sugar, egg, milk and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix at medium speed until well blended. Combine oats, flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a separate bowl, mix well. Add to Crisco/sugar mixture until just blended. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes 2-1/2 dozen cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

3/4 cup Crisco shortening
1-1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine shortening, sugar, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl, mix until well blended. Add egg and mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt and baking soda, mix well. Add to shortening/sugar mixture until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies or 11 to 13 minutes for crisp cookies. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Molasses Cookies

3/4 cup margarine or shortening 1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
4 tablespoons molasses

1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda

In a large bowl, cream margarine or shortening with sugar. Add egg and blend. Add molasses and spices; mix well. Add flour and baking soda and blend. Chill dough 30 minutes or overnight (covered tightly). Shape dough into small balls and place 2-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks. Makes 2 1/2 dozen.

Sugar Cookies

1 cup margarine (or butter); (2 sticks) at room temperature 1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar

2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Beat together margarine, oil, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar. Add dry ingredients to margarine mixture. Drop from a teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until cookies are light brown around the edges, about 8 to 10 minutes (watch closely; cookies will be dry if they get too brown). Makes approximately 5 dozen.

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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

 

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 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!


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 limited to 25 participants.


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, & 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.


Family PromiseFAMILY PROMISE

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


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 Leader: Toboli SamYellowe (meet at the Garden)

Project designed for: 6-8 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 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.


Family in NicaraguaASSEMBLING MATERIALS FOR MISSION TEAMS TO USE WITH CHILDREN IN RURAL NICARAGUA

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.


SORTING DONATIONS FOR ST. JOSEPH CLOTHING BANK AND THE MEN’S SHELTER AT 2100 LAKESIDE

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


PREPARING A NO-COOK DESSERT FOR A CALVARY MEAL

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


CHILDREN’S CENTER ART DISPLAY

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


EMERGENCY FOOD SNACK BAGS

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


HELP FOR OUR EIGHT MISSIONARIES IN PUERTO RICO

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.


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

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.

THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS NEEDED IN ADVANCE TO MAKE OUR DAY A SUCCESS

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


EMERGENCY FOOD BAGS

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


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


MEN’S SHELTER AT 2100 LAKESIDE

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
•Sweatshirts
•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


DURRING THIS EVENT COLLECTION BASKETS, CAN BE FOUND IN THE FAIRMOUNT HALL

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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 christiancampohio.org or go the Camp’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Koinoniacamp1, today! Discount registration ends April 1, 2018!

SUMMER CAMP OPTIONS 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 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.

Clusters

Clusters are small groups that meet regularly to help define activities of the church. They typically meet at the church. To find out about joining a cluster, contact the church office at 216-932-7480 or click on the cluster to contact the Lay Leader for that group.

Communication & Outreach: Lynne Liu

Greeters, Welcome Center, Marketing, Communications

Discipleship: Suzanne Blum

Discipleship Classes, PrimeTime, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Covenant Groups

Fellowship and Nurture: Tina DeBlaey-Cicco

Stephen Ministry, Deacons, New Member Orientation

Missions & Social Concerns: Tamara Turner

Stewardship: Tony Peebles

Property and Finance, Stewardship Campaign, Endowment and Audit

Worship and Fine Arts: G. Michael Skerritt

 

East Side Ministry

 

East Side Ministry PicnicAssist in the East Side Ministry program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

This group meets at FBC each Sunday from September – May.  You can volunteer in the Sunday morning classroom where students participate in lessons that include stories, music and crafts.

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