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.
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.
Here are some of the Project Leaders.
Download a printable FBC Faith in Action Brochure PDF
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.
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 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.
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.
ASSEMBLING 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.
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
•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
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
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
•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