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.
“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.
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-
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Each week vendors and items for sale vary depending on weather and product availability.
One Sunday Each Summer We’re Outta Here — our service begins! This was the 11th year that First Baptist Church has left the building for a day of community service, outreach, and fellowship.
Rev. Kregg Burris will lead us in a brief communion service then it’s off we go to serve!
Information and sign-up sheets will be available in Swasey Tower on May 6th. Find a project that you would like to do and sign up at church. Question? Ask Fran Leanza and Nanci Ruhoff for more information or email them through the form at the bottom of this page.
Here are some of the Project Leaders.
Download a printable FBC Faith in Action Brochure PDF
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 limited to 25 participants.
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, & small hand shovels.
Project Leaders: Jane Pernicone and Todd Rogers (meet in the Fairmount Hall by the water fountain to carpool)
Projects designed for: 12- 15 people; youth and adults, children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
Come to 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 Leader: Kathy Adams Case & Carly Marino with the children and Eddie Wills, M.D. Pediatrician, with the parents ( meet at the Welcome desk to carpool)
Project designed for10-12 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 Leader: Toboli SamYellowe (meet at the Garden)
Project designed for: 6-8 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 a fun. Please bring scissors suitable for cutting material.
Project Leaders: Mari Shroder-Jenkins and Sheral Jones (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.
ASSEMBLING MATERIALS FOR MISSION TEAMS TO USE WITH CHILDREN IN RURAL NICARAGUA
Mission teams going into rural communities always spend some time conducting a vacation Bible school, and engaging kids in crafts. Children will be thrilled with an opportunity to use crayons, glue and construction paper, a rare treat for many. Our group will sort through all your donations and put together useful packs of kid-friendly materials.
Project Leaders: Jessica Chapman-Martinez and Nancy Wheaton (meet in the Montgomery Room)
Project designed for: 10-15 people; older children, youth, and adults.
SORTING DONATIONS FOR ST. JOSEPH CLOTHING BANK AND THE MEN’S SHELTER AT 2100 LAKESIDE
The participants will be busy sorting and packing the times for a delivery later in the week.
Project Leaders: Joan Mihelich (meet in Spahr Center)
Poject designed for: 6-8 people; men, women, and teens
PREPARING A NO-COOK DESSERT FOR A CALVARY MEAL
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.
Project Leaders: Tina DeBlaey & Chuck Cicco (meet in the Livingston Room)
Poject designed for: 6-8 people; children, teens and adults
CHILDREN’S CENTER ART DISPLAY
We all look forward to seeing Spahr Center filled with amazing art from the students enrolled in our Center. Participants will assist in displaying the art under the direction of their teacher.
Project Leaders: Monica Steiner, Mary Jo Oldom-Dull and Kara Hungate (meet in Spahr Center)
Poject designed for: 8-10 people; adults, youth, and children with a parent
EMERGENCY FOOD SNACK BAGS
These bags are 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. Participants will assemble ziplock bags filled with emergency non-perishable items.
Project Leaders: Iris Goins (meet in the Library)
Poject designed for: 6-8 people; older children, youth, and adults
HELP FOR OUR EIGHT MISSIONARIES IN PUERTO RICO
As the island of Puerto Rico continues its slow recovery from the devastating impact of the September 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria, the International Ministries missionaries who call Puerto Rico home are also feeling the ripple effect of the fierce storms. These missionaries have a long history of support from local churches but as but as these churches and families struggle to get back on their feet, their ability to financially support these eight missionaries has dropped dramatically.
Our gifts of any amount will help keep these servants working in Puerto Rico. Make your check out to FBCGC and mark the memo Puerto Rico and return to our church office.
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
Our nursery will be open as usual for babies and toddlers with care being provided by the regular Sunday staff. Please sign up if you plan to use this service.
THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS NEEDED IN ADVANCE TO MAKE OUR DAY A SUCCESS
JOSEPH HOUSE CLOTHING BANK for recent refugees coming to Cleveland
•Shoes for children, women, and men. All kinds, especially tennis shoes
•New underwear and socks are also an ongoing need
EMERGENCY FOOD BAGS
These bags are for clients coming to a mental health clinic. It is difficult to help a client coming into the clinic when hunger is their most immediate need. Donations of any of the following items will be greatly appreciated;
•Juice boxes, individual applesauce & fruit cups
•Packages of crackers, peanut butter or cheese crackers
•Mini cans of ravioli/spaghetti/pasta, cans of Vienna sausages
•Granola or protein bars, cheese strings
The following items are needed for families as they make a fresh start in their own apartments.
•Soaps, cleaning supplies
•Foil, wax paper, lunch bags, toilet paper
•Sponges, new kitchen towels
•Personal hygiene products for teen girls and women
MEN’S SHELTER AT 2100 LAKESIDE
Bicycles! For the first time, we are asking for men’s bicycles. They can be in any condition. Also bicycle parts, tools for repairing, bike locks, tire pumps, just about anything that would be useful in repairing a bike to make it useful.
For Men moving out
For use at the shelter
•Single bed sheets and towels
•Books, recent magazines, devotional booklets
•Puzzle books and reading glasses from the dollar store
Washable Men’s clothing
•Jackets and rain gear
Gym bags and backpacks as the men need to carry all their belongings with them during the day
•Personal Care items
•Trial size/small (under 4 ozs) bottles of shampoo & lotion
•Toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, razor, deodorant
DURRING THIS EVENT COLLECTION BASKETS, CAN BE FOUND IN THE FAIRMOUNT HALL
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!
2018 marked the 30th 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 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 12, 2018, at the Great Lakes Science Center. Late Registration opened at 8:15 a.m. Our Run/Walk for Hunger Kick-Off Celebration began at 9:00 AM with breakfast, entertainment and more!
WHY RUN/WALK? The Hunger Network distributes the largest amount of emergency food in Greater Cleveland. Over 45,000 people receive emergency food at one of the Network’s hunger centers or hot meal sites each month and 31% of those served are children. Every $1 raised at the Run/Walk for Hunger can be leveraged to provide 4 nutritious meals!
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 30th Annual Run/Walk for Hunger, volunteer, walk or run on our team contact Karen Gill through the form below.