One Great Hour Of Sharing

One Great Hour Of Sharing

One Great Hour Of SharingThe year 2020 was unlike any year we have witnessed in our lifetime. Record-breaking fires on the west coast of the U.S. devastated communities and burned millions of acres. An extremely active hurricane season brought destruction to the Gulf Coast. A massive explosion in Beirut displaced thousands of individuals. All these events happened during the prolonged COVID-19 global pandemic. We are living in a time of uncertainty greater than that with which we are familiar. And yet, even with so much that is unclear about the future, one thing is certain: through this ministry of One Great Hour of Sharing, you continue to Let Love Flow.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every area of our personal and communal lives. In the same way, it also touched every area of the work of One Great Hour of Sharing: sustainable development, disaster relief, and refugee support. With so many in need, your compassion is more important than ever.

Our reality is that we have carried into 2021 many of the same challenges. Disasters will continue to occur. Displaced populations remain vulnerable. And hundreds of millions of people around the world struggle under the weight of poverty. Thanks to your faithfulness and generosity, One Great Hour of Sharing will continue to respond.

Events of the past year have shown us that even in times when we cannot be physically together in one place, our offerings to support One Great Hour of Sharing continue to strengthen our church’s presence all over the world: providing water to the thirsty, food for the hungry, and hope for the weary. When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing, you “Let Love Flow.”  Your generosity ensures that, even during uncertainty, the transforming power of love continues to change the world.

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) like apples, cabbage, greens, sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, oranges, melons, and more. The remaining 10 percent usually consists of bread, yogurt, or other donated items. Our truck delivers more than 6,000 lbs. of food to our mobile pantry site.

Due to  COVID-19 our distributions will be drive-through only events as we practice safe social distancing.

Drive around the back of our church to the large parking lot, there are people set up to direct you to the right spot. You will never have to get out of your car. We will collect your information at a safe distance and then place the food directly in your trunk so that there is no contact. All of the food is prepackaged to avoid contamination with the virus. In order for us to place the food box in your trunk please have space cleaned out in advance. 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.

Saturdays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
May 1st   |   June 5th   |   July 10th   |   Aug. 7th|   Sept. 11th  |  Oct. 2nd

We hope to see you this summer and fall!

Bring your valid ID and your own bags.
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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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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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MOPS at FBC (Mothers Of PreSchoolers)

Mondays via Zoom at 8:00 pm

MOPS (Mothers Of PreSchoolers) is a group for mothers of young children to come together and support each other through bi-monthly meetings.  Childcare is provided.

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What is MOPS?

MOPS groups gather and support moms. We believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together, face to face. That’s why we rally women to come together in their own neighborhoods and help each other through this thing called motherhood, one gathering at a time.

Our acronym stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers” because we began in 1973 when a group of moms of young children banded together to share their lives and parenting journeys. Over the past forty-five years, MOPS has expanded our reach to include moms with older kids, partnering with churches and organizations worldwide to equip and encourage moms in more than 60 countries.

If you are expecting or have an infant, toddler or preschooler: Try one of our traditional MOPS groups. Every group offers its own unique feel, so try more than one to see which fits you best. Many groups offer childcare, so you can get a chance to connect with moms, face to face, while your kids are safe and making friends, too. You can join MOPS for just $31.95, but groups may require additional fees to cover expenses, such as childcare. Go here for a list of MOPS groups in your area.

If you would like more information or would like to join us via Zoom contact Stephanie through this form–

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Kairos Prison Ministry

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Thank you, once again, for your partnership and support.

I thought I would provide some snippets from Trumbull Kairos #35:

  • We once again had a great, Spirit-filled time.  Hearts are absolutely moved and changed!  
  • We covered a great deal culminating with a Forgiveness Ceremony where the participants were able to begin to release hurts of unforgiveness.  They were given a ‘homework assignment’ of giving away a bag of “Forgiveness Cookies” to the person in the institution for whom they are holding the most in unforgiveness.  Thank you, Cookie Bakers!  
  • Prior to the Forgiveness Ceremony, there was a time for “Open Mic”.  The participants are encouraged to share their Kairos experience so far.  They did it again today.  Here are just a few excerpts that we tried to capture/paraphrase:
    • Steve said “I’m making a new choice for myself to follow Jesus….I just couldn’t get through some of the [agape] letters that you guys gave me.  I’m overwhelmed with a new sense of love”
    • William said to his fellow residents “Don’t let fear hold us back from encouraging each other on the compound”.  (This gets to the heart of what Kairos is all about.)
    • Cory (who is Muslim) said that he didn’t think he wanted to be around a bunch of Christians and Christian-talk, but that all he experienced was love.
    • Aaron said that he was really moved by the prayer chain and all it symbolized because “the last time I saw chains was when my girl was feeding me during a visit — I was shackled to the floor”.
  • Personally, I delivered a talk yesterday entitled “Spiritual Growth Through Study”. The focus of the talk is to prepare the residents for growing in faith while incarcerated. The other talks were all focused on having residents come to grips with their decisions, how to deal with circumstances and rest on God for comfort and salvation.  As always it was a great weekend and we can’t thank you enough for your support and baking. By the way, we took in 30,000 cookies.  I feel like I ate half of them.

Peace and thank you all so much.
Brian


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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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


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Clusters

Clusters are small groups that meet regularly to help define the 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.

Children’s Center: Frank Marino

Communication & Outreach: Debra Hegler
Greeters, Welcome Center, Marketing, & Communications

Discipleship: Dana Capers
Discipleship Classes, PrimeTime, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, & Covenant Groups

Fellowship and Nurture: Iris Goins
Stephen Ministry, Deacons, & New Member Orientation

Missions & Social Concerns: Carolyn Neal

Stewardship: Lynne Liu
Property and Finance, Stewardship Campaign, Endowment, & Audit

Worship and Fine Arts: Carole Negus

 

East Side Ministry

 

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This group meets at FBC each Sunday from September – May.

In 1975 the first East Side Ministry Class started with Jim Cumming and Jennifer Rich as young students. Eventually, there were four Sunday morning classes on the east side of town. In recent years FBC has hosted the only remaining class. The class is designed for adults with developmental disabilities.

For several years we have had a steady enrollment of twelve adults. They come from four area group homes. Our students love to come but our attendance has been up and down the past few months due to the group home staff changes and problems with their transportation.

You can volunteer to assist in the East Side Ministry program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities through the form below. In this Sunday morning class the students participate in lessons that include stories, music and crafts.

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