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.

box of foodMobile 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   |   August 7th|   September 11th

We hope to see you this summer and fall!

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Run/Walk for Hunger

hunger-network-logoFirst Baptist Church and the Children’s Center are excited to be part of the Hunger Network’s Run/Walk for Hunger this year.

Saturday, June 5th, 2021

Feeding our Communities’ Future!

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Join us for the 33rdAnnual Walk for Hunger & 5K Run. Participants may join virtually or in person as we take steps towards a world without hunger. Those who join us at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will be able to enjoy refreshments, entertainment as well as a day at the Zoo!

When/Where

This year’s event will both be held in person and virtually. In-person participants are welcome to join us at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Day-of registration opens at 7:30 AM, the 5K (chip-timed) run leaves in waves starting at 8:30 AM, with the Walk starting at 8:45 AM. Post-run/walk social-distanced celebrations begin back at the pavilion at 9:30 AM.

Our virtual participants can do their run or walk at any time between Monday, May 24, 2021, thru Friday, June 4, 2021. Race times can be submitted by 9 PM on Friday, June 4 for inclusion in our day-of celebration.

Why

1 in 5 people in Greater Cleveland struggle with food insecurity which means 4 in 5 can help! The funds and awareness raised through the Walk for Hunger & 5K Run support our 70+ Hunger Centers and help fuel our Food Rescue program. Both work to ensure that no one goes hungry, no food goes to waste.

Who

Anyone who wants to ensure that no child goes hungry over the summer months. By supporting Hunger Network, you are joining the fight to end hunger in Cuyahoga County.

How

Registration and/or donations can be completed online at our Walk/Run for Hunger Team Page!

Church Sanctuary

Welcome Back

Livestream Worship continues on Sundays at 10:00 AM

Council voted to start our in-person worship on May 9th at 10 AM on Mother’s Day.

We will continue with Christian education classes and most small groups in a virtual setting. Check our calendar or the updates page for the current schedule. All of our plans may change depending on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our members, visitors, and staff is our primary concern. There will be several “stages” in our returning to public worship and activities. We will continue to live-stream to YouTube to provide an alternative to those who are in our vulnerable groups or those who are not ready to publicly gather together. The following are our recommendations for reentry in “Stage One.”

Pre-Gathering Preparation

  1. Communication. Communicate to the church members the steps we are taking to ensure their safety when the church reopens. Clearly explain new policies, procedures, and expectations as outlined by this task group by means of multiple channels of communication.
    – Email blast with guidelines to the church email list.
    – Post on the church web page, Facebook, and Social Media.
    – Phone tree to communicate restart date and basic guidelines
  2. Cleaning. Using staff and volunteers, ensure that public spaces have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to the return to worship and that a plan is in place to maintain cleanliness during the worship service.
    – Pre-cleaning of the building by staff before worship service
    -During Worship- cleaning of key points throughout the morning by designated personnel We will be wiping down commonly touched surfaces (doorknobs, toilet and faucet handles, counters, handrails, lift buttons, etc.) while people are present.
    – Post-cleaning of the building by staff following worship service
  3. Education. The value of educating our congregation about common-sense practices to inhibit the spread of viruses was emphasized, including the proper way to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing. The first several weeks of live worship will include an educational segment. Prepare a ‘what to expect’ video to distribute before we come back to worship.
    – Create and post a video to explain what to expect in worship service and procedures.
    – Within the service announce key instructions at the beginning of the service. Encourage seniors and other vulnerable persons to continue worshiping at home via Livestream rather than coming to church. There will be special training/orientation of ushers and security team members to ensure they understand these recommendations and know how to respond to incidents, as well as appropriately guide people as they learn the new protocols.

Public Worship Service

Sunday Worship Services. The number of services will be based on attendance projections- currently, we are looking at a single service with multiple locations available if we fill up our seating capacity in order to maintain a 6 feet social distancing model.

*Capacity has been calculated at a maximum of 110 people within the sanctuary, 42-50 within Spahr Center. (Capacity is dependent upon family group size who sit together.) We have the opportunity to use other classrooms with TV screens that can show our Livestream if necessary. We may need to offer multiple service times if we exceed our capacity.

  1. Access. Unless security concerns override, leave entry doors (Portico and Chapel only) open in the summer so people do not have to touch door handles. Prop open all interior doors except the children’s wing. Eliminate traffic bottlenecks (such as at sanctuary entrance) where people tend to bunch up. Two points of access: Portico and Chapel will have hosts who will serve as greeters/ushers/ someone who will offer masks and take temperatures. These individuals will be trained and welcoming. Mark spaces to maintain correct social distance within entry areas in case there is a back up to get into the church during check-in.
  2. Discourage Lingering. Ask people to go straight into the sanctuary without stopping upon entry to the church.
  3. Masks. Require all congregants to be masked while in the church. Station a security team member at the door to offer a disposable mask to those who do not have one. We will allow worship leaders to go unmasked while leading worship.
  4. Temperature Checks. Check people at the door with an infrared thermometer. Our greeter/ host will be trained to use them at each point of entry. If someone objects, let them discuss it with our security person who will encourage them to be tested for entry. A temperature of 100.4 is considered a failing temperature and they will be asked to leave and offered encouragement, prayer and assistance back to their car with follow up after the service.
  5. Hand Sanitizer. Multiple foaming sanitizer stations are already in place around the church. We encourage people to use them.
  6. Social Distancing. Maintain social distancing in all directions by designating pew space using tape and signage. Designate specific “spaces” for families to use, increasing the spacing according to family size. Recommendations for Returning to Sunday & Weekday Programming Block off every other pew. Allow for open seating within the designated safe zone within the pews. Ushers may be used to assist in the seating due to our limited space.
  7. Additional Seating. If needed, set up Spahr Center as an overflow area, showing Livestream feed in real-time. Another possibility is offering multiple services if needed to comply with regulations regarding social distancing and maximum group sizes.
  8. Bulletins. There will not be paper bulletins in Stage One. We will record video announcements or make verbal announcements at the end of the service.
  9. Hymnals and Pew Materials. Hymnals, Bible, and pew cards have been removed from racks to avoid having to sanitize each week. Use the projection screen for all lyrics and worship aids.
  10. Greeting Time. Use non-contact methods to greet quickly – waves, air hugs, etc.
  11. Sharing and Prayer time. Eliminate the congregational handling of microphones. Ask at stage one for all prayer requests to be communicated to Pastor Kregg before the Sharing Time.
  12. Communion. Make pre-packaged communion sets available for pickup prior to the service to eliminate the need to distribute. Our first possible Sunday for Communion would be July 5th.
  13. Offering. Eliminate the passing of offering plates. We will provide two secured offering boxes; one in the sanctuary foyer and the second near the church office. We also encourage people to use digital forms of giving where possible. Place offering envelopes where offerings are collected.
  14. Choir. Full choir rehearsals and performances will not take place in Stage One.
  15. Praise Team. Our praise team shall consist of no more than four singers (at Stage One) who will practice safe social distancing at 12 feet apart.
  16. Dismissal. Ushers will dismiss the congregation by row to avoid bunching people up at exits and keep safe distancing. Having “one-way corridors” was discussed to prevent people from meeting others face to face while traveling. The “one-way corridor” will use Fairmount Hallway as an entrance before the service and after the service to Portico. The Shelburn Hallway will be used as an alternative direction for both services. Pastor Kregg and Ann will not be greeting at the back of the service but will be available after the service in Spahr Center following the end of the service.
  17. Coffee. In Stage One there will not be coffee provided nor a Coffee Hour following the service. People may bring their own coffee but are encouraged to keep their masks on and take their cup/dispose of their cup following the service.
  18. Water Fountains. Fountains will be turned off, however small bottles of water will be provided. 19.Toilet Handles. Signs will remind people to thoroughly wash their hands before leaving the bathroom.
  19. Children’s Ministries. We are asking parents to keep children with them in the sanctuary rather than attempting a separate children’s gathering. We will provide take-home bags of activities to keep children occupied during the sermon and providing a “children’s moment” (such as a short video) during the worship service.
  20. Baptisms. Allow baptisms only if the pastor and the baptismal candidate are willing to assume the risk.
  21. Signage. Signs will be helpful to remind people of expectations regarding shaking hands / keeping distance / good hygiene practices.

Post-Public Service

  1. Exposure. In the event we find that we have been exposed to COVID-19, we will take proper measures to ensure the health and safety of our members and work with health care authorities. We shall follow all State of Ohio guidelines in the sharing of information and the communication of information to the congregation.
  2. Key Staff/Volunteers. Key worship staff or volunteer duties will be handed off if staff or volunteers become ill or require quarantine.

Sunday/Weekday Meetings and Classes

  1. Discipleship Classes. At Stage One, our classes will continue to meet online. However, Sunday discipleship classes will be moved to later in the afternoon or evening via Zoom or conference call at Stage One to provide time between services and homes.
  2. Other Church Events. All events are canceled at this time in Stage One.
  3. Outside Groups. We want to balance the value of hosting outside groups (such as recovery groups) with the need to keep spaces clean. The consensus was to allow vital small groups but requiring sanitizing after the group meets at a cost to be borne by the group. A standard of requiring 36 sq. ft. space per person will be used to determine maximum capacity for a room and social distancing will be required of each group.

Re-Entry Task Force

Kim Kidd Collins, Moderator
Carolyn Neal, Vice-Moderator
Rev. Dr. Kregg Burris, Sr. Pastor
Rev. Jeff Gordon, Assoc. Pastor
Rev. Sandra Alexander Haynes, Assoc. Pastor
Iris Goins Monroe Goins
Nathan Hurle
Carly Marino
Carole Negus
Mike Skerritt

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Church Schedule Updates

Visit our YouTube LIVE channel at 10:00 AM on Sunday mornings. Pastor Kregg Burris will deliver his message.

Covid-19 Update

We are all suffering from the impact of the COVID-19 isolation, shut-downs, stock-declines, and/or possible sickness.
Christianity has a unique “theology of suffering” which is distinct from other world religions. We are called to support each other, take due care, but ultimately to trust God.
If you know of any of our members have any physical or spiritual needs during these difficult times please let us know through the form below.

Most of our church activities have been canceled until further notice.

Contributions can still be dropped off at the church office or mailed in or you can contribute online. If you know of someone who needs prayers you may submit Online Prayer Requests. If you miss a streamed sermon on Sunday morning you can watch them along with other videos on our YouTube Channel.

First Baptist Live Online Activities/Cancellations/Postponements

Masks are required when you are in the church building.

Bell Choir Rehearsals – Spahr Center or Sanctuary
Chancel Choir Rehearsals – Spahr Center
Children’s Choir – Postponed until further notice
Cleveland Life Institute Classes – Will begin summer 2021
Cluster Committee Meetings as called – Online via Zoom
Council Meeting – 6:30 PM Fourth Tuesdays of the month via Zoom
Finance & Property Cluster Meeting – 6:00 PM Third Tuesdays of the month via Zoom
Intercessory Prayer – 6:00 PM Thursdays by Phone – Get More Info
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) – Off-site outside 8:00 PM Mondays
Prayer Time – Only Online – Get More Info
Spiritual Gifts Classes – Classes Begining Soon through Zoom (Class videos online)
Stephens Ministry – 7:00 PM Third Mondays of the month Online via conference call
Sunday Combined Worship Service – Watch Livestream online Sundays at 10AM
Sunday Combined Worship Service – Beginning May 9th
Sunday Morning Discipleship Classes – 12:00 PM Online via Zoom
The Children’s Center – Open
Thursday Bible Study – 7:00 PM Online via Zoom
Hero’s Headquarters Children’s Group – Online via Zoom
Youth Group – 4:30 PM Sundays Online via Zoom
Wednesdays in the Word – 6:30 PM, 7:00 PM & 7:30 PM Online via Zoom
Women’s Retreat – Rescheduled for 2021
Worship & Fine Arts Cluster Meeting – 6:00 PM First Tuesdays of the month via Zoom

Everyone be safe and pray for an early end to this pandemic and we will keep you updated through Facebook, Email, the phone messages and on our website. For more information about the COVID-19 virus in Ohio visit the website coronavirus.ohio.gov or talk to the call center 833-4-ASK-ODH (833-427-5634).

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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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Church Security

We now have a new Security Ministry lead by retired police officer Monroe Goins. We have several security measures already in place like lighting, video recording and controlled access to children’s areas but we are always looking to improve. If you have a minute to answer just ten questions it will help us judge how we are doing and what we can do to increase security.

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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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