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Men’s Study

The Men’s Study group meets Wednesdays at the church from 7:00 am – 8:00 am in the Fireside Room.

Primetime offers a spiritual break mid-week – a chance to refresh your spirit and continue life-long learning.  This fall, three classes will be offered on Wednesday evenings for your to enjoy in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.

At 5:30 pm chef Faith will prepare a fresh and tasty dinner for $7, or $18 for a family of four.

Pastor Kregg meets every other Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:30 in Judson for fellowship, prayer and to study together.  

Check the calendar to verify dates and times.

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Serve a Meal to the Homeless

On the fourth Friday of each month, volunteers from FBC prepare and serve a meal to Cleveland’s homeless population at New Life at Calvary church on Euclid at E.79th street. You can help by preparing food in advance, or joining the team as they cook and serve.  For more information contact Tina Marr through this form.

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Hunger Garden

Each year the church plants a hunger garden. Our vegetable garden, located on the Shelburne side of our building, was started in 1992. In 2010, we opened the gardens up to our local community. Each gardener is responsible for their own plot and a portion of the weekly pickings will be delivered to the Heights Emergency Food Center located at Disciples Christian Church. A nice variety of herbs and vegetables are planted each year by members of the church and friends from the community. Some of the vegetables and herbs planted include Tomatoes, Collard Greens, Kale, Carrots, Summer Squashes, Lettuce, Peppers, Corn, Okra, Cabbage, Beets, Sweet Potatoes, Leeks, Onions, Bok Choy, Green Beans, Celery, Parsley, Eggplant, Basil, Sage, Cilantro, Marjoram, Tarragon and Fennel.

We donate hundreds of pounds of food to the Heights Emergency Food Center at Disciples Christian Church. We need volunteers to help plant, tend and cleanup the garden. If you are interested in helping out, contact Tobili Sam-Yellowe through the form below.

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Choir

Chancel Choir

If you would like to sing in the Chancel Choir led by Stephanie Price, they rehearse Thursdays from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the Sanctuary and in the Choir room.

Check the calendar to verify dates and times.

If you would like to join or need more information about the Chancel Choir contact Stephanie Price through the form below.

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Praise Team

Praise Team

If you would like to sing with the Praise Team they rehearse at the church from Saturdays from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
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If you would like to join or get more information about the Praise Team contact Dr. Bob Schneider through the form below.
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Handbell Choir

BELL RINGERS NEEDED!

handbell choirThis 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.

We have moved the rehearsals and performances downstairs from the balcony in the back of the Sanctuary, so if climbing stairs have been holding you back, that excuse is gone! Rehearsals, with a very congenial group of ringers, are enjoyable to be with, to say the least.

bell and musicSo 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!

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If you are interested in joining or need more information about the Handbell Choir contact Betty through the form below.

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Monday Afternoon Group (MAG)

The Monday Afternoon Group is a service club of women that meets the first Monday of each month in different members homes.

If you are interested in joining the MAG group or need more information contact Fran Leanza through the form below.

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Spirit Gifts

WOULD YOU LIKE TO
• spread the work of ministry beyond the “faithful few’’?
• nurture and empower individuals for leadership?
• enable persons to name, claim, and use their spiritual gifts?
• match church members with ministries that fit their gifts?
• help persons to discover God’s direction for their lives?
• increase the enthusiasm and joy of church members?

If these items interest you our Spiritual Gifts classes starting in 2020 are tailored especially for you. $10 per participant covers books and food.
The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, 1/25/20, 9 AM – 4 PM Spiritual Gifts Workshop for FBC Leadership
(to be directed at leaders only;
signup deadline 12/15/19)

Celebrating Lent, Maundy Thursday, and Pentecost through Spiritual Gifts
(church-wide invitation; signup deadline 2/10/20)

Lent 2/26-4/8/2020

Wednesdays 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 7p-8p

Maundy Thursday, 4/9, 7p-8p

BREAK 4/10/20-4/18/20

Internship 4/19/20-5/31/20 “My Gift(s) and
FBC Mission and Vision”

Sundays 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/17, 5/31
(DAY OF PENTECOST AND COMMISSIONING ON 5/31)

BREAK 5/10 for Mother’s Day and 5/25
for Memorial Day Weekend

SpiritGifts is an exciting, community-building experience of discovery and growth that will empower and equip Christians for service and leadership in the local church and beyond. In addition to providing a biblical foundation for understanding spiritual gifts and the importance of every individual’s gifts as a member of the Body of Christ. This program will help persons discover God’s will and direction for their lives as they name, claim and apply their own spiritual gifts. As individuals become actively involved in serving according to their gifts, you will see the work and ministry of the entire congregation grow!

Leader’s Resources include:

• Tips for Leaders
• Bible studies
• Prayers
• Overheads & charts
• Letter to participants
• Spiritual gifts survey
• Teaching/presentation pages
• Reproductions of all partcipant worksheets
• Theme song & other suggested songs
• Biblical & contemporary examples of the gifts
• Covenant & renewal service
• Step-by-step program guides
• Certificate of completion
• and more

Also available: SpiritGifts Participant’s Workbook PATRICIA D. BROWN conducts spiritual nurture and evangelism workshops and is a popular speaker at Icher. As a United Methodist pastor, she has served six churches and has worked as a hospital chaplain She is the author of 365 Affirmations for Hopeful Living, Learning to Lead from Your Spirits Center, and a contributor to 365 Meditations for Mothers of Young Children.

Alona Miller – Artist

An exciting new art exhibit was installed in our Fairmount Hall Gallery. You won’t want to miss this dynamic display of one of our own member’s artistic talent, a talent that is already recognized in artistic circles as being exceptional. It will be the work of our own Alona Miller!

You may not have ever seen any of Alona’s artwork, but you have probably seen her playing her guitar during the offertory of some of our church services. This merely demonstrates that artistic interest and talent don’t have to be limited to one discipline. If you are interested in and have some capability in more than one artistic endeavor, why not try them all. And that’s what Alona has done. And we’re glad she has!

Here is Alona’s Artist’s Statement.
“There’s less to a portrait that meets the eye, and more”
Teju Cole (2018)
Often when we view a painting, we like to get into the mind of the artist. We assume that every brushstroke is purposeful, every color has a meaning, the created image is a window into the artist’s emotions. We are guilty of imposing ideas onto every piece of visual content that we come across. We observe, hoping there is a hidden purpose, a greater meaning to the worka greater meaning of the world.

Instead, I come to the canvas with my imagination unrestrained, my ideas unplanned. The resulting simplicity of my artwork juxtaposes the complete chaos going on in my mind during my high school career. It was at this time when my pieces were created.

Many people missed the obvious as the ordinariness of my humanity became superimposed over the perhaps unnoticeable fragility of my mental state. I sought the luminosity of color to undermine the darkness of my unrelenting anxiety and depression. It felt as if the only control I had were the strokes of my pencil or whatever medium of my choice. My artwork is to be encountered, replicating the small shreds of beauty that I found in my everyday routine, which motivated my will to live.

We analyze art with the idea that things are not always what they seem. In some cases, this is true. But more often than not, we get caught up in the small details and miss the blatant truth lying on the surface. Whatever features are drawn in my paintings should be taken for what they are. My canvases should be approached without preconceptions so as to allow each viewer to evoke their own experience with the images. Unbound from the constraints of interpretation, my works are the embodiment of self-expressionthe pathway that I found to psychological freedom.

-Alona Miller, 2021

A 2021 graduate of Shaker Heights High School Alona Miller was the Visuals Managing Editor alongside David Vahey of the award-winning Shaker Heights High School student news organization, visually representing and enhancing stories through her ideas and illustrations. She also enjoys sketching and painting in her free time.

And for her musical interest and ability, Alona, a guitar student during high school of our own Brian Kozak, was a part of the Cleveland Bella Corda guitar ensemble. Those lessons are temporarily on hold while Alona attends New York University, a major to be determined.

WE welcome Alona Miller to the FBC Fairmount Hall Gallery!