Thanksgiving Food Baskets for Families in Need

Thanksgiving Food Drive
May the spirit of Thanksgiving open your heart to share with others. We who have “enough” and even more than “enough” sometimes need to be reminded that there are those right in our own community who do NOT have enough. Fixed incomes, low incomes, unemployed, large families, illnesses, all may cause food emergencies. Please bring your donations of non-perishable foods and share in giving hope and nourishment to those who have little.

Help is needed to achieve our goal in providing food baskets for about 30 families in need this Thanksgiving.

  • Thanksgiving food collectionDonate Food: collection boxes and baskets will be in the Fairmount Hallway starting Sunday, November 4th for canned fruits and vegetables, cranberry sauce, gravy, soup, pie filling, peanut butter, tuna, spaghetti sauce, boxes of cereal, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn bread, pasta, rice, Jell-O, pudding, cake mix, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, Bisquick, sugar and flour.
  • Donate Money: to purchase turkeys and fresh produce. Make your checks payable to FBC with the memo, “Thanksgiving Food Drive”, no later than November 18th.
  • Volunteer: help pack baskets on Monday, November 19th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Spahr Center. Sign up to volunteer on the chart in the Spahr Center.
  • Contact: Star at sknuckles@firstbaptistcleveland.org or call the church office at 216-932-7480 if you are eligible for discounts on turkeys or produce.
  • Pray: For the families that will receive our baskets and for people in need of food around the world.

Contact Nancy Wheaton or Fran Leanza with questions through the form below –

Find out more about the Thanksgiving food drive.

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Church Security

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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.

Take the Security Ministry Survey

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Gospelcise

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Gospelcise is a combination of and line dancing and routine aerobics to gospel music with instructor Belinda Haywood. Each dance is paired with a specific song to provide a spiritually uplifting cardio workout. All you need to enjoy this low impact workout is comfortable clothes and a bottle of water. Classes are only $5 each Sunday with no commitment. Get fit and have fun!

Praise Him with dance. Psalm 150:4.

Sundays, 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM

Wheaton Center

First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland
in the Wheaton Center adjacent to the playground
3630 Fairmount Blvd.
Shaker Heights, OH 44118

 

Exciting, New Display of FBC Fairmount Gallery

Works by Jeff Gordon’s Parents

About the Artists

Duane Gordon and Barbara Loughlin

Duane and Barbara are the parents of FBC’s Associate Pastor, Rev. Jeff Gordon. Be sure to visit the Fairmount Gallery to see this special exhibit!

Duane’s background was in the field of design. He received a degree in Fine Arts from USC, then a graduate degree in Design from Art Center College. He went on to teach at Art Center College and Chouinard Art Institute, both in Los Angeles. Duane then spent 30 years as a commercial artist and founding partner of Studio Artists, a Los Angeles-based design studio. His clients included many of the airlines, and Disney Studios. He was influenced in great part by Edward Hopper and Charles Sheeler, painters of the 20’s and 30’s whose works were largely centered around houses or the forms or shadows that architecture creates.

“I work in an odd medium,” he confessed, “a combination of transparent watercolor and ink drawing. They are half drawings and half paintings, with the majority of the hours dedicated to the drawing.”

The ink and pen work is done last, over the painting. Each piece represents from 20-40 hours of work, and Duane liked to have several concepts going at once. That way he could work according to his mood – sometimes with the fresh excitement of a creative beginning, sometimes with the more tedious etching of the later phase.

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Duane and his second wife Kathi were residents of The Sea Ranch – a small community with strict architectural requirements imposed to blend in with the natural landscape of the rugged northern California coast.

When he retired in 1982, they built a house that received an award from Sunset Magazine.

The house design included Duane’s studio, which had large windows looking out into the redwood forest.

Duane participated in many gallery exhibits and art shows all over California as well as in New York and Texas, and won numerous awards. He was one of four judges for the Walt Disney World 18th Annual Festival of the Masters in Florida. Duane passed away in 2013.

Barbara Loughlin was Duane’s first wife. Following their divorce in the early 1960’s, Barbara worked in dental offices in San Diego and for the Lockheed Corporation in southern California.

Barbara was always an excellent seamstress, but turned to quilting mid-life., a hobby that she pursued until just two years ago when advancing age made it impossible for her to continue. Her quilts have been featured in many local art shows in central California – and have been passed on to her children.

Sunburst Quilt (a comment by Jeff)

When I first saw this quilt on the wall of my mom’s apartment, my eyes must have bugged out – I was completely overwhelmed by its beauty and intricacy. The skill required to make this quilt is astounding. I immediately said, “I want this!” in a joking manner, and mom immediately said that she would give it to me at the appropriate time. It’s now a treasured heirloom that graces my bedroom wall. I still frequently find myself looking at it in awe and wonder.”

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Nostalgic Opportunity

Stephanie D. Price

Welcome Stephanie D. Price!

Stephanie D. Price Family

I am pleased to advise that we have offered the position of Director of Music and Organist to Stephanie D. Price, and she has accepted the position enthusiastically. She is finishing up her tenure at Fairmount Presbyterian Church on September 9 so will begin working with us at our Thursday, September 13 choir rehearsal, and Sunday, September 16 worship service.

She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Denver. She also has a Bachelor of Music degree in Double Bass Performance from Indiana University. This top tier of candidates shared very similar musical capabilities and our decision ultimately came down to how her personal warmth, deep spirituality, and common sense would combine with her musical skill to bring that special something to FBC. She is especially interested in developing a Children’s Choir and looks forward to working with the Bell Choir. I think that when you get to know Stephanie it will be obvious to you why she was offered the position.

Upon accepting our offer Stephanie offered the following comments.

“Dear First Baptist Church, I am excited to join the FBC family and serve as the new Director of Music and Organist. I have been serving as Interim Organist at Fairmount Presbyterian this past year. My family and I moved to Cleveland one year ago from Northern Michigan as my husband, Jerrod, accepted an Associate Dean position at the Cleve-land Institute of Music, although my roots are in Texas. We have three energetic children: Elijah, Anna, and Sarah. I look forward to making beautiful music with you!”

When you meet Stephanie at church please be sure to greet her, welcome her, congratulate her on her appointment to the staff of First Baptist.

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We Want You to Make a Joyful Noise

Stylized people singing“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come before His presence with singing!”

From Psalm 100 (King James Version)

Yes, SINGING! Yes, YOU!

First Baptist is blessed to have found new music leadership for the upcoming 2018-2019 Music and Fine Arts Season. We welcome Stephanie Price and Brian Kozak to our family.

So, in support of the legacy of our beloved Bob Schneider, why not make this the season you join the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland Chancel Choir or Praise Team. Add your voice in joyful praise to the Lord each Sunday! Studies have shown that singing improves your health, both mental and physical. Your participation each Sunday will enhance your own worship experience as well as that of the whole congregation!

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Chancel Choir
—7:15 PM Thursday rehearsals, 10:30 AM Sunday warmups, 11:00 AM Traditional Services

Praise Team—4 PM Saturday rehearsal, 8:15 AM Sunday warmups, 9:00 AM Contemporary Services

Contact Mike Skerritt, Stephanie Price or Brian Kozak, or anyone in the Chancel Choir or on the Praise Team for more information. You may also email Mike through the form below. We hope to see, and hear YOU!

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Brian Kozak

Congratulations, Brian Kozak!

Culminating a lengthy search process we are pleased to announce that Brian Kozak has been named Music Director of the Contemporary Worship Service Praise Team, effective immediately. Brian is assuming the musical leadership responsibilities of the First Baptist Church’s first service previously held by our dear, late Bob Schneider.

Brian has been a member of the FBC Praise Band as guitarist for about 17 years. With a Bachelor of Music Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College (Magna Cum Laude) and a Masters of Music Degree from Cleveland Institute of Music, both degrees in guitar performance, Brian brings knowledge of all genres of music to the Praise Team. Combining his education with his many years of teaching experience at B-W, Kent State, Lorain County Community College and Cuyahoga Community College makes Brian extremely well qualified to provide leadership as First Baptist works to enhance the quality of the contemporary Sunday worship experience, and thereby help grow the church’s membership in the coming years.

For several years Brian has taught guitar right here at First Baptist to students that include members of our own congregation. Many of those students have performed occasionally during regular church services. In addition, Brian has been a personal contributor to many of our special worship services such as the Candlelight Service Christmas Eve, our New Year’s Eve Service, and many others. He is a perennial band leader of our annual Rock of Faith Concert. Brian responded to this important appointment with the following comments.

“I’m honored to have been selected for this job. I’m excited to begin working with the Praise Team in this greater role, and I look forward to helping to enhance the contemporary worship service. I always keep Bob (Schneider) in my thoughts and will do my best to honor his memory.”

Brian lives in Lakewood with his daughter Valeria. When you see Brian please be sure to congratulate him on his new position at First Baptist Church.

Kairos Prison Ministry

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Hello cookie friends and family.  A couple 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.  I will need them by Wednesday, September 5th, the Wednesday after Labor Day.  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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