BELL RINGERS NEEDED!
This spring we are bringing back the Bell Choir, one of Bob Schneider’s favorite music-making ensembles here at First Baptist!
But we can’t do bell ringing justice without bell ringers. For a variety of reasons the ranks of the Bell Choir have been reduced, so we are looking for dedicated individuals, preferably who can read music (although there are wonderful bell ringers who don’t read music) and who could dedicate time for a one hour rehearsal from 6 to 7 PM each Thursday evening, and perform in a Traditional Worship Service about once a month.
The rehearsals are lead by our Music Director Stephanie Price in the balcony in the back of the Sanctuary. Rehearsals, with a very congenial group of ringers, are enjoyable to be with, to say the least.
So give joining the Bell Choir some thought. In fact, don’t even think about it. Just come on out on a Thursday evening at 6 PM and give it a try. The 100th Psalm says in part, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands!” That would be YOU playing bells! Give it a try. You won’t regret it!
Stephen Ministers are First Baptist Church members who have received special training to provide individual Christian care to those who are experiencing life challenges such as death, grief, divorce, job loss, etc. Stephen Ministers have been serving in this caring mission at First Baptist Church since 2002.
Stephen Ministry is confidential and free.
Stephen Ministries is an independent, not-for-profit Christian educational organization founded in 1975 in St. Louis, Missouri. It is named after the disciple Stephen (Acts 6) who was chosen to provide caring ministry to those in need. For more information on Stephen Ministries please visit their website at stephenministries.org or pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics.
Stephen Ministry Supervision meetings continue to meet by phone every 3rd Monday at 7 pm. This is not a public meeting. If you are a Stephen Ministry Supervisor and would like information on how to attend this meeting complete the form below.
Stephen Ministers are Greeters at both Contemporary and Traditional Services every second Sunday. It’s a great time to ask them any questions and get to know your Stephen Ministers.
“Bear one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
If you need help or would like more information about the Stephen Minstry, fill out the form below.
Betty Meyers is pleased to announce the publication of her new book, written with the assistance of Marcine Petrea. The 90 page, softbound book guides readers through an explanation of the symbolism of the church’s beautiful stained glass windows, stone and wood carvings, and is filled with photographs. The first printing quickly sold out, but a second printing is being planned, and copies should soon be available in the church office for a donation of $20.
Clusters are small groups that meet regularly to help define the activities of the church. They typically meet at the church. To find out about joining a cluster, contact the church office at 216-932-7480 or click on the cluster to contact the Lay Leader for that group.
Children’s Center: Frank Marino
Communication & Outreach: Debra Hegler
Greeters, Welcome Center, Marketing, & Communications
Discipleship: Dana Capers
Discipleship Classes, PrimeTime, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, & Covenant Groups
Fellowship and Nurture: Iris Goins
Stephen Ministry, Deacons, & New Member Orientation
Missions & Social Concerns: Carolyn Neal
Stewardship: Lynne Liu
Property and Finance, Stewardship Campaign, Endowment, & Audit
Worship and Fine Arts: Carole Negus
This group meets at FBC each Sunday from September – May.
In 1975 the first East Side Ministry Class started with Jim Cumming and Jennifer Rich as young students. Eventually, there were four Sunday morning classes on the east side of town. In recent years FBC has hosted the only remaining class. The class is designed for adults with developmental disabilities.
For several years we have had a steady enrollment of twelve adults. They come from four area group homes. Our students love to come but our attendance has been up and down the past few months due to the group home staff changes and problems with their transportation.
You can volunteer to assist in the East Side Ministry program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities through the form below. In this Sunday morning class the students participate in lessons that include stories, music and crafts.
There are literally dozens of other opportunities for people to serve. If you have a desire to be actively involved in the work of the church, please contact the church office at (216) 932-7480 or by email.
Participate in Faith in Action Sunday
Join others on the first Sunday in June for a day of service projects both at FBC and in our community. For more information, please email Fran Leanza.
Make a Delivery to the Bethany Baptist Hunger Center
Help deliver food to the Hunger Center at Bethany Baptist Church at 1211 East 105th St. For more information, contact Barbara Baus.
Assist in the East Side Ministry program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
This group meets at FBC each Sunday from October-May. You can volunteer in the Sunday morning classroom where students participate in lessons that include stories, music and crafts.
Support P.A.D.S. (Pride Among Daughters & Sisters)
This newly non-profit organization was started by our own FBC member, Delesia Robinson. The mission of PADS is to provide hygiene products to underprivileged teens & women and to promote pride, dignity and confidence. To learn more about this ministry and to help with any contributions, please contact Delesia Robinson. For more info visit www.prideamongdaughters.org
Help Assemble Thanksgiving Food Baskets
During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving we ask for donations of non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables, fruits, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, jello, cake mix etc. Come join the fun on the Monday before Thanksgiving in sorting donations and assembling food baskets for families in need. Please contact Fran Leanza for more information.
Christmas Giving Tree
Through the FBC Giving Tree, you can participate in our Christmas Angel Program by buying a oersonal gift for a young child living in transitional housing or in shelters sponsored by the Family Promise Organization. For further information please contact Fran Leanza.
AMOS Health & Hope
Since 1967 our church has supported missions in Nicaragua. We began by commissioning missionaries Rev. Dr. Gustavo and Joan Parajon who were Ministers of the First Baptist Church of Managua and also began several health initiatives that have transformed the country’s health care system. Following in their footsteps, Drs. David & Laura Parajonare continuing the health missions, now called AMOS Health & Hope,a Christian Public Health organization that serves impoverished rural communities. Each year FBC sends a team to support AMOS and in the past have provided earthquake, hurricane, and flood relief, and projects to provide clean, safe drinking water in rural communities.
Help deliver food to the Hunger Center at Bethany Baptist Church at 1211 East 105th Street in Cleveland. By collaborating with local agencies to maximize community resources. The Hunger Center Ministry provides food and household supplies free of charge to needy families on the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information on helping with the deliveries contact Barbara Baus through the form below.
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