“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!
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!
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!
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.
Thank you, once again, for your partnership and support.
I thought I would provide some snippets from Trumbull Kairos #35:
- We once again had a great, Spirit-filled time. Hearts are absolutely moved and changed!
- We covered a great deal culminating with a Forgiveness Ceremony where the participants were able to begin to release hurts of unforgiveness. They were given a ‘homework assignment’ of giving away a bag of “Forgiveness Cookies” to the person in the institution for whom they are holding the most in unforgiveness. Thank you, Cookie Bakers!
- Prior to the Forgiveness Ceremony, there was a time for “Open Mic”. The participants are encouraged to share their Kairos experience so far. They did it again today. Here are just a few excerpts that we tried to capture/paraphrase:
- Steve said “I’m making a new choice for myself to follow Jesus….I just couldn’t get through some of the [agape] letters that you guys gave me. I’m overwhelmed with a new sense of love”
- William said to his fellow residents “Don’t let fear hold us back from encouraging each other on the compound”. (This gets to the heart of what Kairos is all about.)
- Cory (who is Muslim) said that he didn’t think he wanted to be around a bunch of Christians and Christian-talk, but that all he experienced was love.
- Aaron said that he was really moved by the prayer chain and all it symbolized because “the last time I saw chains was when my girl was feeding me during a visit — I was shackled to the floor”.
- Personally, I delivered a talk yesterday entitled “Spiritual Growth Through Study”. The focus of the talk is to prepare the residents for growing in faith while incarcerated. The other talks were all focused on having residents come to grips with their decisions, how to deal with circumstances and rest on God for comfort and salvation. As always it was a great weekend and we can’t thank you enough for your support and baking. By the way, we took in 30,000 cookies. I feel like I ate half of them.
Peace and thank you all so much.
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.
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
1-3/4 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
1-3/4 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.
3/4 cup margarine or shortening 1 cup granulated sugar
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.
1 cup margarine (or butter); (2 sticks) at room temperature 1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
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.
Wednesdays, July through September
4pm – 7pm (setup time) 2pm
There is no charge for vendors.
Come shop for freshness and have dinner with Faith’s Kitchen.
Our Famers Market is seven years old, the goal is bringing the community to FBC where fellowship takes place, everything we sell is organic. We have a play area for Children and from time to time we have live music.
For more information contact Jae Williams through the form below-
Each week vendors and items for sale vary depending on weather and product availability.
Registration now open. Deadline has been extended to May 6th.
Complete the registration form below and place your check in Jen Bopple’s mailbox in Spahr or mail your check to or drop off your check at the church office. Checks should be made payable to First Baptist Church and mailed before May 1st. For questions, you can call the church office (216) 932-7480 or contact Jen Bopple through this form.
Sunday, June 2nd from 9 AM – 1 PM
One Sunday Each Summer We’re Outta Here — our service begins!
This is the 12th year that First Baptist Church has left the building for a day of community service, outreach, and fellowship. Information and sign-up sheets will be available in Swasey Tower May 5. Find a project that you would like to do and sign up. We will begin with a brief communion service then it’s off we go to serve!
Our celebration lunch from 12:30 – 2:00 PM is under the capable leadership of Tony Peebles, Benne Christian, and Debra Hagler.
Rev. Kregg Burris will lead us in a brief communion service then it’s off we go to serve!
Here are some of the Project Leaders.
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 open to children, youth and adults of all ages.
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, and small hand shovels.
Project Leaders: Jane Pernicone, Ship Collins & Todd Rogers (meet in the Fairmount Hall by the water fountain to carpool.
Project is designed for: youth and young adults but all are welcomed. 10 – 15 are needed.
Come 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 Leaders: Carly Marino with the children and Eddie Wills, M.D. Pediatrician, with the parents ( meet by the Welcome desk to carpool)
Project designed for: 10-15 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 Leaders: Toboli SamYellowe & Aaron Oliver (meet at the Garden).
Project designed for: 6-10 people; older children, youth, and adults.
PRODUCE GIVE AWAY FROM THE CLEVELAND FOOD BANK
This is a new project this year. We will be distributing one whole truckload of fresh produce to the hungry. This will be set up in our parking lot and we will need lots of willing hands to be at various stations to pass out the fresh fruits and vegetables.
Project Leader: Jae Williams (meet by the playground)
Project designed for: 20-25 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 fun. Three portable sewing machines are needed as well as three people to operate them.
Project Leaders: Mari Shroder-Jenkins and Barbara Walker (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.
SORTING DONATIONS FOR THE MEN’S SHELTER AT 2100 LAKESIDE AND RECOVERY FOR LIFE
The participants will be busy sorting and packing the times for delivery later in the week.
Project Leader: Joan Mihelich (meet in Spahr Center).
Project designed for: 7-8 people; men, women, and teens.
PREPARING A NO-COOK DESSERT FOR A CALVARY MEAL AND EMERGENCY FOOD SNACK BAGS FOR FRONTLINE SERVICE
This is 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. This group will also prepare emergency food snack bags 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.
Project Leaders: Tina DeBlaey and Iris Goins (meet in the Livingston Room).
Project designed for: 8-10 people; children, teens, and adults.
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
If there is a need, our nursery will be open for babies and toddlers with care being provided by the regular Sunday staff. Parents need to register in advance at the sign-up table for this service.
Questions? Ask Fran Leanza or Karen Gill or email them through the form at the bottom of this page
THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS ARE NEEDED IN ADVANCE TO MAKE OUR DAY A SUCCESS
FRONTLINE SERVICES FOR HOMELESS FOR EMERGENCY FOOD SNACK BAGS
- Juice boxes
- Individual fruit cups or applesauce
- Packages of peanut butter or cheese crackers
- Granola or protein bars
RECOVERY FOR LIFE (WOMEN)
- Back to work clothes for women
- Single bed sheets
- Bath towels
The following items are needed for families as they make a fresh start in their own apartments.
- Cleaning supplies
- Foil & Wax paper
- Lunch bags
- Toilet paper
- New kitchen towels
- Personal hygiene products for teen girls and women
FOR THE SHELTER AT 2100 LAKESIDE (MEN)
For Men moving out to an apartment
- Pots & pans
- Cooking utensils
- coffee pot
For use at the shelter
- Books, recent magazines, devotional booklets,
Guideposts, small Bibles, New Testaments, puzzle books and reading glasses from the dollar store
- Washable Men’s clothing – Jeans, t-shirts, sweat shirts, jackets and rain gear
- Gym bags and backpacks (the men need to carry all their belongings with them during the day)
- Personal items – Trial/hotel size/small (under 4 ozs) bottles of shampoo & lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste
comb, razor, deodorant
For daily use
- Water bottles
- Gym bags or back packs (many of the men need to carry everything they own with them daily)
Collection baskets in the Fairmount Hall beginning May 5!
Each year we participate in the Run/Walk for Hunger which is the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland’s signature event taking place each May to raise funds and awareness to fight local hunger in Greater Cleveland.
We will let you know when you can sign up to Run/Walk or you can Donate to help us reach our goal!
2019 is the 31st Annual Run/Walk for Hunger, and we hope you will join us as we get fit to fight hunger!
WHAT? The Run/Walk for Hunger is a 5K run or walk through downtown Cleveland beginning and ending at Great Lakes Science with music, refreshments, and entertainment for the entire family. The Hunger Network has partnered with Hermes Cleveland to create a professional run experience for participants that will include shutting down the streets of Downtown Cleveland for a scenic route that all runners and walkers will enjoy.
WHEN? The Run/Walk for Hunger took place on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the Great Lakes Science Center. Late Registration is at 7:45 AM. Our Run/Walk for Hunger Kick-Off Celebration begins at 8:15 AM. The Run/Walk steps off at 8:45 AM
Where? The Great Lakes Science Center at 601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114.
WHY RUN/WALK? The Hunger Network is the largest emergency food distributor in Greater Cleveland with over 70 hunger centers strategically placed throughout Cuyahoga County. Each month, 40,000 people receive food at one of our food pantries and hot meal sites, and 30% of those served are children.
Every $1 raised at the Run/Walk for Hunger can be leveraged to provide 4 nutritious meals to feed those in need!
OUR PARTICIPANTS Over 2,000 individual walkers and teams of 10 or more participants each year to help raise money in an effort to stomp out hunger right here in Greater Cleveland. Walkers who raise $30 or more earn an official Run/Walk for Hunger T-Shirt. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraiser teams, individuals, and fastest runners.
PARTICIPATE! To participate in the 31st Annual Run/Walk for Hunger, volunteer, walk or run on our team contact Karen Gill through the form below.