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FBC & Community Youth Explosion!

FBC & Community Youth Explosion

Come join the youth of First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland to celebrate summer. We invite all of our friends, family, and neighbors in the community to have a blast with us as we give praise and have fun. We will have karaoke for our current favorite music artists. Are you shy or you can’t sing don’t worry, some of us will be playing video games during the evening on our FBC Xbox systems. Be sure and come hungry because we will have the makings for burritos, chips and salsa from Chipotle to fill the void.
 Let’s continue to create and sustain our community of faith, support each other and shine as Christians. See you soon!
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Kairos Prison Ministry

prisoners praying

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.
Brian


Hello cookie friends and family.  A couple of times a year we come together for this cause.  So many of you have been faithful cookie bakers for the residents in the past and we are grateful for all you have done.  We would be delighted if you could do so again.  We have 30 on our team which is large but it takes a lot of work to conduct the Kairos program.  You have all done this before and you know that the cookies are a great attraction.  But we always have a backlog of men who want to go through the program.  The sugar pull ends up changing lives in incredible ways.
Details are below but we will be glad to answer questions through the form at the bottom of the page.  We collect cookies a couple of times a year, watch for details. You can drop them off at Church of the Saviour, mom’s house, First Baptist or BVU.  I can also swing by and do special pickups.

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.

Cookie Recipes

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 egg
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 egg
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.

Molasses Cookies

3/4 cup margarine or shortening 1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
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.

Sugar Cookies

1 cup margarine (or butter); (2 sticks) at room temperature 1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar

2 eggs
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.

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Women at Koinonia

FBC Women’s Retreat

Some thirty-plus years ago this wonderful tradition began! We welcome you to be a part of this memorable event as we gather for a great time to recharge your batteries.
 
The retreat is open to adult women, both members and friends of FBC. There is a fee due with your registration form.
 
The program is filled with moments of music, learning opportunities, reflection, campfire, nature exploration, prayer, and fellowship.