Ministries Supported By First Baptist
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The following is a list of ministries supported by First Baptist Church.  Many members and friends of First Baptist may be of help to you if you would like to have more information about a particular effort listed.  If there is a contact person listed and you would like to speak to them, please contact the church office at 607-273-5800 for information on how to reach them. 

Kitchen Cupboard
Many hands make light work. On the last Sunday of the month we collect donations of money, non-perishable food items, toiletries and diapers for the Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard, a community food pantry located in the Salvation Army building.  The food pantry is supported by fourteen local congregations and is the major on-going activity of Area Congregations Together.  We also provide two or three individuals every third Friday who bag three-day supplies of food for families in need.  New workers are always welcome and we provide a quick on-the-job training.  Commitment:  an occasional Friday from 1:15 till 3 pm, as your schedule allows. Contact Sue Hemsath or Amanda Ufford. For contact information, please call the church office at 273-5800.

Zambian Children's Fund
In Zambia, more than two million children are orphans. The Zambia Children's Fund is working to feed, shelter and educate orphaned children through various projects. For information about First Baptist's work with this mission please see our Zambian Children's Fund Page.  For more information, please contact Louise Mudrak. 

Chishawasha Children's Home as featured in the November 2007 issue of Smithsonian Magazine and on Kids with Cameras website. Students' photographs are now available to you online as high quality art prints. Proceeds will ensure this project's future and benefit the Chishawasha Childrens Home

Saint John's #5 Before Hurricane Katrina St Johns #5 Baptist Church in New Orleans had a number of facilities designed to help low income families, children, unwed teen mothers, and HIV victims to improve or better cope with life in their current situation. This included 5 locations.  In the blink of Katrina's eye, these facilities were destroyed or otherwise rendered unusable. The children, mothers, and HIV victims now have no place to go. Some have been moved from shelter to shelter because they are not welcome due to their illness or special needs.  Learn how you can help restore these services and facilities for those in need.  The First Baptist Ithaca contact persons for thisministry are Linda Nicholson and Catherine Martinez.  

Love Knows No Bounds is an organization dedicated to restoring the lives of people living in the 7th Ward New Orleans through delivering furniture, rebuilding homes and community buildings, as well taking political action.

Mariam’s Care Mariam Keita and her family Andre, pastor of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Bamako, Mali, and their newborn daughter Jokebed (Joke) arrived in Ithaca in early October 2006 for Mariam to undergo treatment for aggressive breast cancer. First Baptist and the greater Ithaca community rallied to provide support to the couple transplanted into a foreign environment as Mariam fought a life-threatening disease. Those who were involved in Mariam’s Care couldn’t be but awed by Mariam’s spiritual strength. We adored Joke as she grew in our midst. We rejoiced as Mariam responded dramatically to the treatments. We witnessed God’s Miracle for Mariam. For reflections of Maimouna Harouna and Bill Phelan with behind the scenes descriptions of the events that brought them to Ithaca and the genesis of Mariam’s Care, please visit: Reflections 

Tompkins County Worker's Center As a member of the Tompkins Counter Worker's Center, First Baptist Church has confirmed it's position that:

  • We all deserve to have good jobs with good wages so we can live decently.
  • We all deserve rights and fair treatment as workers.
  • Healthcare is a right - everybody should have affordable and comprehensive access to it.
  • We all deserve livable and affordable housing
For information about the Worker's Center, please see Pastor Rose.
The Giving Tree (mid Nov-Early Dec) and Mom and Dad bags
A holiday giving opportunity to local families .  A tagged tree is set up in the sanctuary listing items that would help make the Christmas Holidays more  festive for less advantaged families. Along with children’s gifts of clothing and toys, we also make and fill gift bags for moms and dads. In the past few years we have done this through Enfield Elementary School, where there is often a great need.  Coordinators: Sue Hemsath & Tina Hilsdorf.   For contact information, please call the church office at 607-273-5800. Feel free to call or email with ideas, questions or any other energies you may want to share.

What does the Lord require of you?
To do Justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.
~Micah 6:8~