Join Us to Celebrate Christmas

Saturday, November 25th at 5:30 p.m. – Tuba Christmas

TubaChristmas is a music concert held in cities worldwide that celebrates those who play, teach, and compose music for instruments in the tuba family, including the tuba, sousaphone, baritone, and euphonium, though some participants bring rarer members of the family such as the helicon, ophicleide, serpent, and double bell euphonium.

The first TubaChristmas was organized by Harvey G. Phillips to honor his tuba teacher William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day 1902, and was held December 22, 1974, in the ice skating rink at New York City’s Rockefeller Center; Paul Lavalle conducted. Over 300 musicians played that day, beginning a holiday tradition. The arrangements of the Christmas carols were written by Alec Wilder, who coincidentally died on Christmas Eve 1980.

We would love for you to join us in celebrating Christmas with our own Tuba Christmas which has become a family favorite tradition at FBC for several years. This is a free event open to all ages.


Saturday, December 18th at 2 p.m. – FBC Caroling

Our members and their friends are welcome to join us for an outdoor warm-up before traveling with their pod to spread some Christmas Cheer to some of our homebound members!


Sunday, December 19th at 9:45 a.m. – Children’s Ministry Christmas Party

The children will get together in Wheaton for crafts, games, and Christmas karaoke!  Wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater or PJs.


Sunday, December 19th at 00:00 p.m. – Youth Ministry Christmas Party


December 20th-23rd – Fireside Story Time!

Each day a different person will read a story to our families from the Fireside room in front of the fire. This will be pre-recorded and streamed. This is streamed so it is open to all, but geared toward our families to have special Christmas programming.


DemetriusDecember 24th at 4:00 p.m. – Jazz Christmas

A celebration of the Christmas season with traditional Christmas music and carols by the Demetrius Steinmetz trio and special guests.






 


December 24th at 7:00 p.m. – The Story of Christmas

Join us in person or LIVE on YouTube to be part of The Story of Christmas. This service is fun for the whole family! Be part of the magic of Christmas as we show you the journey of Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men, and the Shepherds. Join the choir of angels in song as they spread good tidings of great news for all people! The service ends with a message of hope that has been passed from generation to generation and a beautiful rendition of ‘Silent Night’ as we fill our Gothic Sanctuary with Candlelight in preparation for the birth of Jesus. All are welcome to hear the good news and experience The Story of Christmas.


Candlelight ServiceDecember 24th at 11:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Tune in Christmas Eve for a traditional Candlelight Service, now presented entirely online. This service continues a long-standing tradition at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, giving the listener a moment of serenity to contemplate the true meaning of Christmas. Familiar tunes, such as “O Holy Night,” “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night” are featured, along with cozy, fireside readings of the story of Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving

FBC Thanksgiving Food Giveaway

For many years the Mission & Social Concerns Cluster has been sponsoring a Thanksgiving food drive and assembling baskets of food for area families in need. The project continues but with a plan that needs to accommodate the continuing impact of COVID 19…

  • The need in our community has increased
  • We want to increase the number of families we serve. Last year we served 75 families!
  • We again will purchase the needed items that were once typically donated
  • Chef Faith will be able to order the needed produce at a discounted price

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  1. Financial support: Your donations of any amount are sorely needed. This is now the most significant way you can help. Donate online by selecting “Other church payments” under the Mission Gifts tab or by check with “Thanksgiving” on the memo line. We do NOT want you to donate any food items. Again this year, our co-chairs are Bear Allen and Carol Broadbent; they and their committee will take care of the shopping!
  2. Volunteer: Are you available to help?loading meals

Sunday, Nov. 21st @ 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Pack canned/ packaged foods and produce – 30 volunteers needed. All ages are welcome and families are encouraged to participate.

Monday Nov. 22 @ 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Eight volunteers are needed outside at the Portico entrance to greet recipients and load food in trunks. We are looking for volunteers from ages 11 and up that are physically able to do some lifting. Volunteers will need to follow COVID 19 guidelines by wearing a mask.

**Contact Star in the church office at 216-932-7480/sknuckles@ firstbaptistcleveland.org to sign up for any of the above group time slots.

If you are a member of the FBC congregation and are in need of Thanksgiving food assistance give your name to Rev. Burris or Rev. Alexander-Haynes or email thanksgiving@firstbaptistcleveland.org. May your giving to others this Thanksgiving bring you extra blessings as you gather around your table.

One Day Women's Retreat 8/14

Women’s One Day Retreat

A day for connection, renewal, faith & fun.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2021
10:00 am- 4:30 pm
Held at the Leanza Lake House
Euclid, OH 44132

There will be ample space to spread out on the deck and lawn as we enjoy the beauty of
the lake. Our program will feature devotions, music, small group discussions, prayer, time to exercise, and to walk by the lake, along with good food & fellowship.

For questions please ask Becky Chapman, Rev. Sandra Alexander Haynes,
Fran Leanza or Laura Preston.


Registration form below and a contribution of $10 are due by Sunday, August 8

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(Registrations will be limited to 30 participants, priority will be given to full-day participants.)

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One Great Hour Of Sharing

One Great Hour Of Sharing

One Great Hour Of SharingThe year 2020 was unlike any year we have witnessed in our lifetime. Record-breaking fires on the west coast of the U.S. devastated communities and burned millions of acres. An extremely active hurricane season brought destruction to the Gulf Coast. A massive explosion in Beirut displaced thousands of individuals. All these events happened during the prolonged COVID-19 global pandemic. We are living in a time of uncertainty greater than that with which we are familiar. And yet, even with so much that is unclear about the future, one thing is certain: through this ministry of One Great Hour of Sharing, you continue to Let Love Flow.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every area of our personal and communal lives. In the same way, it also touched every area of the work of One Great Hour of Sharing: sustainable development, disaster relief, and refugee support. With so many in need, your compassion is more important than ever.

Our reality is that we have carried into 2021 many of the same challenges. Disasters will continue to occur. Displaced populations remain vulnerable. And hundreds of millions of people around the world struggle under the weight of poverty. Thanks to your faithfulness and generosity, One Great Hour of Sharing will continue to respond.

Events of the past year have shown us that even in times when we cannot be physically together in one place, our offerings to support One Great Hour of Sharing continue to strengthen our church’s presence all over the world: providing water to the thirsty, food for the hungry, and hope for the weary. When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing, you “Let Love Flow.”  Your generosity ensures that, even during uncertainty, the transforming power of love continues to change the world.

Our 2021 Graduates

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Couples Group

Couples

Here is the plan for the Couples Group going forward:

– We will plan to meet four times a year, around the change of seasons

– All couples are welcome (if you are 21+ and you are
dating or married you are invited)

– Babysitters will be available for the young ones

The Couples Group comprises of FBC members who meet at various locations for fun fellowship!  Couples must be  21 years old or older and members of FBC (or at least one of them be a member).

If you are interested in joining the Couples Group, would like more information or have any questions please contact Iris through the form below.

I am interested in the Couples Group

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.

Mobile 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   |   Aug. 7th|   Sept. 11th  |  Oct. 2nd

We hope to see you this summer and fall!

Bring your valid ID and your own bags.
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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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