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Covid-19 Update

“Shared Trials without Shared Viruses” Matthew 26:36-42. This is Jesus and his disciples in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus prays for the suffering to bypass him, but yields Himself to the will of the Father, while asking for his disciples to encourage him by praying together. We will have a live stream combined service at 10:00 AM on our YouTube Channel.
During Lent, suffering – especially the suffering of Jesus- is a central theme.  Here 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 call the office and let us know, we are here to help.

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 view sermons online.  Text Prayer requests to Pastor Kregg 812-882-8555.

First Baptist Cancellations/Postponements

Bell Choir Rehearsals – Postponed until further notice
Broadway Plus Performance – Canceled for 2020
Chancel Choir Rehearsals – Postponed until further notice
Children’s Choir – Postponed until further notice
Cleveland Life Institute Classes – Canceled until further notice
Cluster Committee Meetings – Postponed until further notice
Intercessory Prayer – Only Online -Get More Info
Matilda the Musical – Postponed until further notice
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) – Canceled until further notice
Nicaragua Mission Trip – Still on until further notice
Prayer Time – Only Online – Get More Info
Spiritual Gifts Classes – In person classes postponed until further notice (Class videos online)
Stephens Ministry – Virtual/confrence call – Get More Info
Sunday Combined Worship Service – Watch Online Sundays at 10AM
Sunday Contemporary and Traditional Worship Services – No in person services
Sunday Morning Discipleship Classes – Postponed until further notice (working to go to telephone conferencing)
The Children’s Center – Closed until further notice
Youth Group – Online through Zoom meetings
Wednesdays in the Word – Postponed until further notice
Women’s Confrence – Rescheduled for September 19 @ 8AM
Women’s Retreat – Rescheduled August 29 @ 9:30AM

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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Lenten Celebration of Spiritual Gifts ScheduleSpirit Gifts Book

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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Remembering Jane Maier Smith – Artist

Jane SmithAugust 9, 1929 — December 24, 2019

Jane was born in Woodbury, New Jersey and came to Ohio to attend Oberlin College where she studied studio art. That’s where she met her future husband, George who was in Pre-Med/Chemistry. They were married in 1954 while George was in his fourth year of medical school. In 1962 following George’s medical residency and two years of service in the U.S. Army they moved to Lyndhurst, Ohio, and then to Shaker Heights in 1967 where they raised their four children, Matt, Chris, Tim, and Katherine.

But Jane was not to be just a mother, not that being a mother is not a daunting, full-time task. But she taught her kids by example to be involved in other things that interested them. For example, Jane began to play the piano again having learned to play as a youngster. But interest in the piano-led her naturally to curiosity about the church organ, so she began taking organ lessons from Bill Trafka, our young organist from the late ‘70s. How many moms do you know that play the organ! Besides Stephanie Price, of course.

Jane loved books and worked for the Cleveland Public Library and the Shaker Heights Public Library for a time, later becoming an assistant reference librarian. She also loved music and was a member of the FBC Chancel Choir for several decades, and played in the Hand Bell Choir as well. A compassionate person by nature, Jane became a Stephen Minister later in life.

bird paintingBut very few knew that Jane, with all the other things going on in her life, still had time to create beautiful artworks. She never lost her interest in art after she left Oberlin. Two of her 10 grandchildren approached me during the reception following Jane’s memorial service and asked if the church might have any interest in displaying some of Jane’s watercolors. With nothing currently showing or scheduled in our Fairmount Hallway Gallery I was quick to say “yes.”

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Following an organizational call with Jane’s daughter, Katherine about 15 of Jane’s works were hung the following Monday. They are exquisite! In describing them the works whimsical, pastoral, and colorful come to mind. This art show of Jane’s works will stay up at least through January. Take a walk down the Fairmount hall and see for yourself!

Poetry & Jazz Night

DemetriusFriday, February 21st, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
in Spahr Center

Yes, all kinds of poetry will be read including the classics, original compositions, comedy, and more alternating with great jazz by The Demetrius Steinmetz Jazz Ensemble led by our own Demetrius of our Contemporary Worship Praise Band.

Goodies by our Chef Faith!

The concert is free and open to the public. Tell your friends! Bring your family! Make Friday, February 21 your special night out, a great evening of poetry and music!

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Poetry & Jazz

Poetry & Jazz Night

DemetriusFriday, February 21st, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
in Spahr Center

Yes, all kinds of poetry will be read including the classics, original compositions, comedy, and more alternating with great jazz by The Demetrius Steinmetz Jazz Ensemble led by our own Demetrius of our Contemporary Worship Praise Band. The Jazz Ensemble will play music based on each poem’s content.

Goodies by Faith!

The concert is free and open to the public. Tell your friends! Bring your family! Make Friday, February 21 your special night out a great evening of poetry and music!

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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!

SUMMER CAMP OPTIONS 2020

Koinonia Camp

Special Person’s Camp     June 4th-7th      5:30pm — 1:00pm      $290.00

Senior High Camp     June 7th-12th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $355.00

Primary Camp     June 14th-17th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $255.00

Advanced Horsemanship Camp     June 14th – 19th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $455.00

Elementary Camp    June 21st – 26th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $355.00

First Timers Camp    June 26th-27th      5:30pm — 3:30pm      $96.00

Junior High Camp    June 28th-3rd      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $355.00

Horsemanship Camp    June 28th – 3rd      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $455.00

Youth Bible N’ Saddle Camp    July 5th-10th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $455.00

Paintball Camp     July 5th-10th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $455.00

Elementary Bible N’ Saddle Camp    July 12th- 17th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $455.00

Youth Special Person’s Horse Camp    August 9th-12th      5:30pm — 1:30pm      $390.00

Adult Special Person’s Horse Camp    August 12th-15th      5:30pm — 1:30pm      $390.00


New For Summer 2020!

Days of Wonder Day Camp! July 12th -17th      9:00am — 3:00pm Daily      $150.00

A day camp for 6th- 8th graders, based around the beautiful creation Christ has given us! You will experience beekeeping, pumpkin, hay, and other crop growing, maple syrup distilling and more! You will study and talk about environmental issues, birds, mammals, and environmental technology! Come and join an amazing group of people who want to learn and grow God’s beautiful handiwork!


ALL DISCOUNTS END MARCH 1, 2020! NO DISCOUNTS AFTER MARCH 1, 2020!

Early Bird Discount $50.00 — Registration must be completed and submitted with the deposit to the office of Koinonia Camp.

Sibling Discount $20.00 — First registered child at normal price, all following children registered receive $20.00 off applied by the office of Koinonia Camp.


For more information contact Rev. Jeff Gordon through the form below.

I am interested in Camp Koinonia

Chronic Pain Self-Management

Take Charge of Your Pain!

Chronic Pain Self-Management

Start feeling better and get back to doing the things you love!

Chronic pain—pain lasting six months or more from a variety of causes—can cause you to feel irritable, tired, isolated, or helpless, and keep you from doing the things you enjoy. Researchers at Stanford University have developed Chronic Pain Self-Management (CPSM) to teach proven techniques for safely and effectively managing pain through:

Exercise, strengthening, endurance, and flexibility
Nutrition
• Managing medications
Decision-making
• Communicating with family, friends, and doctors
Evaluating new treatments

Participants learn and practice a safe, no-impact exercise program and receive an exercise CD and a book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain. If chronic pain is holding you back and affecting your quality of life, join us for this NO-CHARGE workshop and start feeling better today!

Chronic Pain Self-Management
April 17 —May 22, 2020
Fridays, 10:00am —12:30pm

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2020 Women’s Retreat Registration

Saturday, June 29, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Registration now open.

Complete the registration form below. Mail or drop off your check. Checks should be made payable to First Baptist Church and mailed to Jen Bopple or dropped off at church office  before Sunday, June 16. For questions, you can contact Jen Bopple through this form.

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Women’s Conference

Saturday, September 19

Registration starts at 8:00AM
Save the date! You don’t want to miss the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland Women’s Conference. Danita Harris will be our keynote speaker. Danita is a WEWS News5 anchorwoman and an Emmy-Award winning journalist. She uses her profession as a main anchor to reach many people. She feels blessed to work in the broadcasting industry because it partners well with her commitment to community service.
Danita is also an ordained and licensed minister who was born in Chester, Pa. Her favorite scripture is Luke 12:48“For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required.” She currently attends Church on the North Coast in Wickliffe.