Meet the Artist – Sabastianna “Anna” Costanzo, Quilter

1:00 PM Sunday, Sept. 29 in Spahr Center

(after Coffee Hour)

quiltIf you haven’t walked down our Fairmount Hallway Gallery lately you have missed one of our most impressive art shows. Magnificent quilts line both sides of the Gallery, and each one has a story behind it. So does Anna Costanza, the quilter who has created these masterpieces. Please plan to join us around 1 PM after Coffee Hour Sunday, September 29 in Spahr Center for a “Meet the Artist” reception during which Anna will share her stories and answer any questions you may have.

Anna Costanzo

ANNA’S ARTIST STATEMENT
Sabastianna “Anna” Costanzo was introduced to quilting by her college roommate 36 years ago. She had learned to sew garments, cross-stitch, and crochet from her mother and grandmothers. That very first quilt was a green and yellow log-cabin pattern finished by tying. Fascinated with the fabrics, the play of colors, and the quilting designs she began to read all the books about quilting she could find at the library. She is largely self-taught and recently became a member of the Common Threads, a quilt guild in Parma, OH Anna especially enjoys playing with fabric, different patterns, and new techniques. A teacher in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District, Anna has held a number of professional roles including music teacher, math teacher, math coach, and mentor for new teachers. quilt

Outside of the district, she has co-authored several resource manuals for math teachers. Anna has two grown children, and son and a daughter, who have been the recipients of many quilts.She has also donated quilts to different fundraisers, created customer quilts upon request, and worked with very old quilt tops and fabric. Her interests include ballroom dancing, cooking, reading, and gardening.

Ark Encounter Trip

Ark Encounter
Hello FBC!!! The Noah’s Ark Encounter is quickly approaching and seats are going fast!! Here’s some information:
The Encounter will be October 26-27 in Williamstown, Kentucky $150 per person (includes a ticket to the Ark, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, Coach transportation, and 1-night hotel stay). Rooms are quad occupancy. Payment is due soon. Cash or check only, checks made payable to First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, memo – Noah’s Ark Encounter. For more information about the Ark Encounter visit their website.
If you are interested please contact Rev. Sandra or Ship Collins. Complete the following form for more info-

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Pymatuning State Park Family Camping

September 29-30

FBC is heading outdoors to go camping. Pymatuning State Park has 26 family cottages (sleeps six, heated, available year-round) and 32 standard cottages (sleeps 4, available May 1 – November 1).

There is also a premium cottage that includes a dishwasher, a wood deck with gas grill, central air, and a 3-person spa. Family cottages include gas fireplaces and microwave ovens. All cottages are furnished with cable tv, outside grill, fire ring, linens, towels, and cooking/eating utensils. There is a small beach available for cottage guests.

There is a small beach near the center of the campground, a playground, a basketball court, a volleyball court, and a nature center. We will have fellowship, fun Bible-based games and activities.For more information about the campground visit the website – pymatuning-state-park.org/Recreation/Camping.html

 

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MOPS at FBC (Mothers Of PreSchoolers)

Every Other Friday
in Spahr Center from 9:30-11:30 am

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.

To The Full from MOPS International on Vimeo.

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.

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Victorious Family Praise & Worship Evening

Victorious Worship Service

Many Heights area folks are feeling overwhelmed by the unrelenting political tension and negativity they are exposed to on an almost 24/7 basis, with no letup in sight. Turning off social media, skipping TV news broadcasts, and not reading newspapers, all have mixed results in providing relief. Eating out and watching movies works for some. but worrying about the expense of such an evening often cancels out the benefits.

But there is an alternative!

Michael Ward of First Baptist Church thinks that there is a better way to “enable the positive to be victorious over the negative.”  He is putting together a Family Praise and Worship Evening he is calling VICTORIOUS! for 7:30 PM Wednesday, August 14 in the airconditioned Spahr Center of the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland at 3630 Fairmount Boulevard in Shaker Heights.

Open to all families (and individuals) of all ages from all over the Heights area the concert will feature inspirational and uplifting music, all contemporary, performed by the very talented Praise Team and Praise Band under the direction of Brian Kozak, considered by many to be NE Ohio’s most talented guitarist.

Among such songs as “Your Love Awakens Me,” “Oceans,” and “Lord You Are Good,” will be some new music including “Look Up Child” and “Oh, Come to the Altar.”  Instrumental interludes will add spice to the excitement of the evening.

Michael will MC the event, and you may just sit back and enjoy the festivities.  But chances are that Michael will encourage you to sing along, get up and dance if you are so moved, and otherwise let the music push out the negative so the positive will be VICTORIOUS over the negative.

The evening is free and open to the public.  All are welcome regardless of religious affiliations or lack thereof. The concert starts at 7:30 PM but food, provided by members of the Praise Team will be available starting at 6 pm in the beautiful church courtyard.  You are welcome to bring something of your own to share.

Michael thinks that together we can rise above the surrounding chaos.  Singing, dancing, and thanking a higher power for the good things in our lives will make us be VICTORIOUS! over the ongoing hard times!

Church Directories

Member Directories

Finally, the church member directories have arrived hot off the press. If you came in and had your photo taken by a Lifetouch photographer then you are eligible to pick up a free directory in the church office. We only have a directory for each photo in the book (one for each family).

If you were not able to make it to a photography session and would like to order a directory or you would like an additional copy for a small fee please complete the form below and we will order more as soon as we have fifteen on the list.

Finally, the church member directories have arrived hot off the press. If you came in and had your photo taken by a Lifetouch photographer then you are eligible to pick up a free directory in the church office. We only have a directory for each photo in the book (one for each family).

The directory will also be available in a digital format on the church website soon.

If you were not able to make it to a photography session and would like to order a directory or you would like an additional copy for a small fee please complete the form below and we will order more as soon as we have fifteen on the list.

Add my name to the directory order

There will be a $5 charge for directories for anyone that did not have their photo taken by Lifetouch.

Single Service Summer

Single Service Summer

Our Summer Services will be Theme Based with Multiple Music Styles

We are expanding on our successful worship format of the past two years beginning with the 10 AM Sunday, June 9 service.

Each 10 AM Sunday service will be preceded at 9:30 AM by a short fellowship time including coffee, tea, juice, and delicious goodies. Late risers won’t have to go hungry during the service. Unconsumed goodies will be allowed in the church.

Each service will include a mix of traditional and contemporary style music typical of the church’s separate traditional and contemporary services scheduled for the balance of each year. For example, one Sunday a powerful organ prelude will start things off, and the following Sunday the church’s talented Praise Team and Band will assume that opening role. Alternating styles for other elements of each service will take advantage of the many talented members and friends of the church.

And if you ever wanted to try singing in a church choir, you are welcome to join members of the church “Sometime Sunday Singers,” a group of regular choir members and congregation volunteers who meet at 9:15 AM to learn a simple song that is sung during that day’s service. No audition required!

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the summer worship schedule will be the theme assigned to each Sunday, an effort to introduce a more relaxed and engaging atmosphere.

Sunday, June 9 is “Hat Day,” when you are encouraged to wear a hat of your choosing, the more elaborate the better. Hats will be available if you don’t have one of your own. And since the majority of hat wearers traditionally are women, we will limit singing to the fairer sex on this Sunday.

Everyone loves to eat, so we have incorporated a “Dollar Dog Sunday” on June 16 and encourage you to wear whatever Cleveland Indians attire you have. Hot dogs will be in the Courtyard after the service. And ice cream and root beer floats will follow the two “Ice Cream Sundae” services of July 14 and August 11.

While we are on the subject of food, don’t forget the “Tailgate Party Sunday” where we will have a picnic in the parking lot and admire once again everyone’s Cleveland Indians attire.

On June 23 you can wear a T-shirt on “T-Shirt Sunday,” and on July 21 you are encouraged to wear your most outrageous Hawaiian shirt on “Hawaiian Sunday.”

On June 30 the Community Service Sunday will move to the front steps of the church so any and everyone can stop by. You are encouraged to bring a lawn chair so you will be comfortable on the front lawn of the church surrounded by neighbors and friends.

We encourage clothing in red, white, and/or blue on Independence Celebration Sunday which will actually be on Sunday, July 7.

You won’t want to miss Christmas in July on July 28 when the music will be predominantly Christmas Carols.

Recognizing the importance of our dedication to the community around us you will be encouraged to bring school supplies for struggling public schools while you wear a shirt with a logo from your favorite school on Back to School Sunday, August 18th, and non-perishable food for the hungry on Homecoming Sunday, August 25.

Summarizing –

June 9 – Hat Day

June 16 – Dollar Dog Day

June 23 – T-Shirt Sunday

June 30 – Community Service Sunday

July 7 – Independence Celebration Sunday

July 14 – Ice Cream Sundae

July 21 – Hawaiian Sunday

July 28 – Christmas in July

August 4 – Tailgate Party

August 11 – Ice Cream Sunday

August 18 – Back to School Sunday

August 25 – Homecoming Sunday

September 1 – Labor Day Weekend

Staff Appreciation Sunday

September 8 We return to the regular church service schedule, 9 AM for the Contemporary Service, 11 AM for the Traditional service.

First Baptist hopes that this summer schedule helps create closer relationships in the Heights area. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

Respectfully Submitted – Mike Skerritt

FBC 101 Membership Class

FBC 101 Membership Class


So you like what you see and you want to join?

Pastor Kregg will begin membership classes-

Postponed

Sunday or Monday

Please register below for the date and time that works best for you!

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