to Aug 25

Summer READ!

What are you reading this summer? We’re inviting all the women at Bay Pres to join in Summer READ!

This year we’re reading the book The BEST Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa Terkeurst. Most women can relate to “endless demands” and this is a great book to read with friends, neighbors, or coworkers who might not know how to depend on Jesus in the midst of life’s demands. We sold books on Sunday May 12th and 19th, and if you didn’t get one then, you can purchase them online.

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to Aug 31

MOPS Fall Registration

Calling ALL moms! There is a place for you in MOPS to receive support, make new friends and grow in your faith – as a mom and a woman!

MOPS is open to all moms of babies through kindergartners. Daytime groups meet twice each month on Mondays, the evening group meets twice a month on Wednesdays. Cost is $62. Questions relating to the MOPS  program should be directed to:

DAYTIME MOPS: Jenna Isaacs, 440.476.2550

EVENING MOPS: Mary Holmes, 440.823.8687

Registration is open until August 31st!

Childcare is provided, you will receive an email with a link to childcare registration after you register or register children here:

 We look forward to having you join the great work God is doing through MOPS!

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to Aug 19

School Supply / Backpack Drive

It’s that time again! Donate new school supplies to students supported by Bay Pres mission partners including The Bridge Avenue School, students who live near the Family Ministry Center in Cleveland, Brookside Food Center and Bay Food Ministry. Bring donations from now until August 19 to the area marked “School Supplies” on the shelves across from the elevator on the 1st floor of the East Wing (Family Ministry Center will distribute to students on Saturday, August 5). Please provide new supplies only: backpacks, wide-ruled loose leaf paper, spiral notebooks, rulers, #2 pencils, erasers, glue/glue sticks, pocket folders, washable markers, highlighters, blue/black pens, copy paper, and pencil sharpeners. Thank you! Questions? Call Eric Peterson (440) 892-5961

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to Sep 30

We're Hiring!

Want to be our Financial Affairs Assistant?

If you're into bookkeeping we want to talk to you. We're hiring a Financial Affairs Assistant who will focus on accounts payable, accounts receivable, and maintaining the congregation's contribution records. This position also serves as a resource to members regarding financial matters and works with our staff to ensure compliance. Check out the full description and apply here.

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10:00 AM10:00

Installment Service & Tailgate Party

The Installment of Rev. Dr. Mark Tumney (8/18)

You do not want to miss this Sunday (August 18th). We're coming together as a church for ONE special all-church service at 10:00am in the Sanctuary to celebrate the official installation of Rev. Dr. Mark Tumney as Lead Pastor! Mark will share his vision for Bay Pres for this fall and lay out a roadmap for how we're moving forward as a church. DO NOT MISS THIS SPECIAL SERVICE. Sunday School classes ARE available and open for children, special needs, In His Image (adult special needs), and 5/6 Culture (5th & 6th graders) at 10:00am. Then immediately after the 10:00 service we'll move into the courtyard for a massive TAILGATE PARTY as we kick off our new fall initiative. Join us! Questions about the service? Contact Sharon Brumagin (440.871.3822 x136)


About that tailgate Party...

It's going to be a real party in the courtyard with food, games, and fun for everyone. We'll provide the main dish. Last names starting A-M, bring a side dish, last names N-Z bring a dessert. Plan to party on Sunday, August 18th immediately after the 10:00am service. Questions about the party? Contact Sally Gerycz (440.871.3822 x179)

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7:00 PM19:00

Student Culture Kick-off

Student Culture is moving to Sunday nights! By popular demand, our ministry to 7th-12th graders will be meeting on Sunday evenings beginning September 8 at 7:00 pm in the Fallout.

Join Brian, Cynthia, Matt and our other SC leaders for fun, worship, teaching and more!

This fall, students will join the rest of the church in studying the series “Not a Fan.” We are sure to be challenged and encouraged as we follow Jesus together. Don’t miss out, we want you there!

Questions? Contact Libby Peterson here or Elizabeth Ritchie here.

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6:00 PM18:00

Family Communion Workshop

Families! If your child(ren) have not taken communion and/or you would like to learn more about this sacrament, join us for the Family Communion Workshop. There is no age limit- just come and learn together about the Lord’s Supper!

Parent training will be held on August 4th during both service hours in W211; the family portion will be held on August 11th beginning at 6:00 pm in Lakeview Hall, and will include a simple dinner.

After the workshop, you will be able to discern your child(ren)’s readiness. We will be offering an opportunity for not only our individual families, but also our greater church family to come together for communion during our Family Communion Sunday on September 1st .

Registration fee is $15/family. 

Childcare is available for children under six years of age. An email about childcare will go out after you register for the event.

Questions? Contact Erin Ritchie (440.871.3822x107)

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6:00 PM18:00

Summer Respite for families with special needs

Every quarter we provide Respite, a free event designed to be a night off for parents of children with special needs, and a night of fun for the kids! Our guests are each paired with a trained buddy for the evening who accompanies them throughout a night of fun activities. Parents and caregivers enjoy a little break knowing their children are in a safe environment and are having fun.


Hosting Respite events takes a lot of coordination and a ton of volunteers. This is a great place to volunteer a few hours on a Friday night. The Respite team is a fun loving and welcoming group and we’d love to have you join us. Plus, you’ll experience first hand the impact you’re having as you bond with your buddy throughout the night. You’re also giving parents and caretakers a break, and for some of the families we serve, these quarterly Respite nights are the only nights off they get all year. It’s no surprise that every time we open registration for Respite it fills up in a few hours, and we always have people on a waiting list. When you sign up to serve you make it possible for us to open our waiting list to more guests. We can’t do this without you! If you’re interested in serving, click the SERVE button below.

Want to help with set up on Thursday or Friday (August 1 or 2)? Sign up here.


Guest registration has ended for the Summer Respite Event. Guest registration opens October 14 for the November 8 Respite Event. Questions? Contact Beth Golik (440.871.3822x181)

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to Aug 3

Student Culture Mission Trip at the FMC

We’re excited about the upcoming Student Culture mission trip to the FMC! We’ll be going down to the FMC for an overnight AUGUST 2-3, and serving both the FMC ministry partners and the people of the Clark-Fulton neighborhood. Students will learn about ministry in the urban context and then put that knowledge into action as we serve together! Spots are extremely limited so register today with the button below. This event is for students entering 8th grade through students who have completed 12th grade. Cost is $40. Questions? Contact John Heberle.

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to Aug 3

Ambassadors Soccer Camp

Bay Pres loves soccer, and we've got an opportunity for you to get involved with Ambassadors Soccer camps taking place at Madison Park in Lakewood July 30th-August 3rd. Camps are designed to give developing players an opportunity to learn basic and advanced skills in a fun, positive, encouraging Christian environment. If you want to find out more, get in touch with Suzanne Dannemiller for more information ( 440.223.0379).

Find out more by watching this short video to see what Ambassadors is all about:

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to Aug 10

Summer Mission Trips at the FMC

If you’ve been at Bay Pres any length of time, you’ve probably heard about the Family Ministry Center. If you don’t know, the FMC started nearly a decade ago when Bay Pres purchased a property in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood of Cleveland and began serving Cleveland through partnerships with local ministries. It’s a vibrant hub for ministry in the Cleveland area and we’re inviting you to get involved.

We’re asking you to take a mission trip to the city this summer. Our partners at the FMC have put together a list of service opportunities all the way from manual labor to organizing books. There is something for everyone and we hope you’ll help us support all the work God is doing in Clark-Fulton.

Check out this list of opportunities starting July 27 through August 10th (click the name to register):

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9:00 AM09:00

Seeking Stillness Retreat - Art & Faith

Ladies: For centuries, Christians have spent time with visual images - icons, painting, drawing, sculptures - as they have sought to deepen their relationship with God. Many of these depict stories from the Bible, images of Jesus, or representations of nature. Artwork inspired by scripture and experiences of God can also be powerful gateways into God’s presence. In this one-day retreat, we will explore how to use visual images to connect with God. We will not be producing artwork (unless you personally want to do this), but using the works of other Christians as our inspiration. Cost is $25 and includes retreat materials. Please bring your own lunch. Afternoon snacks, coffee, tea, and water provided.

Register here

Questions? Contact Deb Griest (, 440.871.8764)

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to Aug 10

Common Ground

Ladies — Join us once a month, starting Saturday, May 4th, for Common Ground in the Fallout from 9:00am-10:30am here at Bay Pres. Start your morning off with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee from a local coffee shop, and enjoy a time of sweet fellowship connecting with other women. We’ll also feature a short video message from one of the IF: Gathering speakers! No need to register, just come and bring a friend! Contact Sally Gerycz (440.871.3822 x179) for more information.

Put these dates your calendar: Saturdays July 13th & August 10th

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to Jul 31

Officer Nominations Open Through July 31

Do you know someone who would make a great leader for the church? Beginning today and running through July 31, the Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for the offices of Elder, Deacon and Board of Directors. Each year the congregation elects a new class of leaders to serve and shepherd the church and congregation as officers. If these are new terms for you, here's a quick summary of the different officer roles and responsibilities:

ELDERS constitute our Session, the governing body.  Their primary role is to provide spiritual leadership in the life of the church and congregation, but also oversee that the church is fulfilling her mission and vision.  As the church’s spiritual shepherds, they are called to “prayer and the ministry of the Word” (Acts 6:4).

DEACONS fulfill and build on the Biblical calling of Luke 10: 29-37 serving the needs of those in the congregation and the community with Christ's love, compassion, and mercy following the example of the Good Samaritan. Deacons assist with financial assistance, grief ministries and senior care. Deacons are under the authority of Session.

DIRECTORS have been delegated the responsibility for oversight of the legal, financial, and administrative functions of the church.  Because of these responsibilities, Directors are selected for their business wisdom and experience and often to fulfill specific functional needs (such as law, banking, entrepreneurship, etc.). Directors are also under the authority of Session.

Ready to nominate someone? Click here to fill out the form or you can find paper copies at the Welcome Desk. Thank you for participating in this very important part of the life of our church. Questions? Contact Sharon Brumagin (440.871.3822x136). Thank you!

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to Jun 30

Membership Class

We are a church family and you are important to us! If you are interested in growing in your relationship with Jesus, learning about who we are as a church, and exploring your spiritual gifts … join us for our upcoming membership class!  We hope you will consider taking this next step to connect – together we have the opportunity to share our gifts and talents as we grow, serve, and care for others! 

For four consecutive weeks:

Sunday, June 9th - 10:30 am-Noon in W211 (note: 10:30am start time for this Sunday only)

Sundays, June 16th - 30th 11:00 am-Noon in W211

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Ritchie (440.871.3822 x142)

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to Jun 21

Christianity Explored (we're about to start!)

GET READY … Christianity Explored is here! This course is an opportunity to explore the message at the heart of Christianity – the good news of Jesus.

This 7-week course studies the book of Mark and will help to explore who He is, what He has done, and what our response should be. Each week people will walk through the Gospel message of Mark in a non-threatening, easy to understand way. Come because you have questions. Or come because you want to bring a friend or family member to whom you have been sharing with regarding Jesus and Christianity. We hope this time together will help to strengthen your faith, as well as equip you to accurately and compassionately share the truth of Jesus.

We have a variety of class offerings for you (various times & days).

Register here.

Once you register you will receive additional information by email with your starting date, location, and the name of your group leader. There is a $4 cost for your CE workbook that can be picked up at your first meeting. Please prayerfully consider coming or who you might invite to attend this course with you.  For more information, please contact Sally Gerycz.

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to Apr 6

Volunteer at (or attend) Inclusion Fusion Live - a disability ministry conference

People from around the country will gather at Bay Pres for two days to be encouraged and equipped to better serve the families who attend their churches! Inclusion Fusion is a conference for ministry leaders, families, and those in disability care fields.

Choose a FAMILY-TRACK ticket if you are interested in our family-focused workshops. An ALL-ACCESS ticket will give you the option to select from over 30 workshops representing ministry-focused and family-focused topics. Either ticket will give you access to all main stage presentations including our four keynotes, numerous quick takes (TEDTalk style presentations), and interviews with leaders from around the country. Early bird pricing is available; please see registration form for details.

Looking to take a deeper dive into mental health inclusion ministry? Want to start a special needs ministry at your church? Add a Ministry Intensive to your registration form as a Friday option.


  • Family Track: $29 ($19 through March 31)

  • All-Access: $79 through March, $89 after March 31st

  • Ministry Intensives: $69


As a host site, we’re looking for volunteers to help make this event a success! Volunteer opportunities include: Registration Team (check in guests), Food Crew (distribute boxed lunches, keep hospitality stations clean/stocked, serve speaker dinner), Hallway Hospitality (greet guests and help in hallways), Accessibility Hosts (assist vision-impaired guests), Exhibitor Hall Hosts (check in vendors), Reset Crew (reset stage and other areas of the church after conference).

Questions? Contact Beth Golik 440.871.3822 x181

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to Mar 23

IF: Gathering returns to BPC

Join the women of BPC and friends for the BPC IF: Gathering on March 22nd and 23rd! We’ll gather in small groups in homes on Friday evening from 7:00pm-9:00pm, and then come together at church on Saturday for some amazing IF Gathering speakers, our own worship and encouraging small group discussion starting at 8:30am and wrapping up at 3:00pm. Deepen your friendships and draw closer to Jesus! Cost is $30 (scholarships available). Lunch on Saturday is provided. Contact Libby Peterson for details (440.871.3822x113)

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9:00 AM09:00

Family Communion Sunday

We all have something to learn when it comes to worship. Children learn what it means to worship by watching their parents and adults in church. Mature Christians learn to have the faith of a child when they see children respond to the Gospel. As a church that says that we value families, this is an important part of our identity. That's why we come together for our Family Communion Sundays. We foster experiences for our kids to worship with us, and in the process we learn with them. Our next Family Communion Sunday is coming up next week (February 17th), and it's a time when our Children's Ministry takes a break so that you can bring your kids with you to worship. It's a blessing to our church to bring all ages together for these special services and we want you all to join us on the 17th, no matter how old or young you are. We'll sing together, learn from each other, share Communion together, and we'll grow in our faith as a church family.

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