Christmas Nativity Pageant

One of First Baptist Church’s most beloved annual traditions, our living nativity brings to life the Christmas story into our sanctuary with a large host of live animals, choirs, soloists, musicians and the newborn baby Jesus. The church fills up as we celebrate with traditional hymns and new selections of music, as we participate together in the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hunchback of Notre Dame LogoProduction Run: April 13 – 22nd

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a musical based on the 1831 novel of the same name written by Victor Hugo with songs from the 1996 Walt Disney Animation Studios film adaptation.

The musical premiered in 1999 in Berlin, Germany as Der Glöckner von Notre Dame (“The Bellringer of Notre Dame”). It was produced by Walt Disney Theatrical, the company’s first musical to premiere outside the U.S. It ran for three years, becoming one of Berlin’s longest-running musicals.

The musical relies on a series of musical leitmotifs, which are reprised either instrumentally or vocally. Each of the central characters has a theme (“Out There” for Quasimodo, “God Help the Outcasts” for Esmeralda, “Hellfire” for Frollo, and “Rest and Recreation” for Phoebus). “The Bells of Notre Dame” acts as a narrative device to tell parts of the story.Come One! Come All! Here it is, the moment you’ve been waiting for!

AUDITIONS!

Join the Happy Ending Lyric Players for their 2018 Season! We are hosting auditions for our spring production of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame! All roles available.

Please prepare 32 bars of a musical selection of your choice. Have your sheet music printed and ready for the accompanist. NO ACAPELLA AUDITIONS. Please reach out to Kelley Pernicone or Mason Stewart through the form below with any questions you may have.

Directed by Mason Stewart

 

Thanksgiving Food Baskets for Families in Need

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Help is needed to achieve our goal in providing food baskets for about 30 families in need this Thanksgiving.

  • Donate Food: collection boxes and baskets will be in the Fairmount Hallway starting Sunday, October 29 for canned fruits and vegetables, cranberry sauce, gravy, soup, pie filling, peanut butter, tuna, spaghetti sauce, boxes of cereal, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn bread, pasta, rice, Jell-O, pudding, cake mix, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, Bisquick, sugar and flour.
  • Donate Money: to purchase turkeys and fresh produce. Make your checks payable to FBC with the memo, “Thanksgiving Food Drive”, no later than November 15.
  • Volunteer: help shop for the turkeys and fresh produce; potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, apples & oranges for each basket. Help sort food and pack baskets on Monday, November 20 starting at 10:00 am in Spahr Center.
  • Contact: Star Knuckles at sknuckles@firstbaptistcleveland.org or call the church office at 216-932-7480 if you are aware of a family in need of a food basket and/or if you are eligible for discounts on turkeys or produce.
  • Pray: Thank you Lord for providing for our needs and especially for the great abundance of food with which you have blessed us. Open our hearts to participate in this food drive and to share with others that are struggling to provide basic needs for their families.

Contact Joan Mihelich for questions or to volunteer using the following form –

Dr. Otis Moss Jr.

Social Responsibility in the 21st Century – a Call to a New Generation

Several times a year the Cleveland Life Institute sponsors leaders to come and speak to the community about their experiences and training.

This free presentation by Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. was sponsored by the Cleveland Life Institute in the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, Spahr Center

His talk about “Social Responsibility in the 21st Century-a Call to a New Generation” was very informative and the large crowd appreciated his wisdom.

Theologian, pastor, and civic leader the Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. is one of America’s most influential religious leaders and highly sought-after public speakers. A native of Georgia, Dr. Moss was born on February 26, 1935, and was raised in the community of LaGrange. The son of Magnolia Moss and Otis Moss, Sr., and the fourth of their five children, he earned his B.A. degree from Morehouse College in 1956 and his masters of divinity degree from the Morehouse School of Religion/Interdenominational Theological Center in 1959. He also completed special studies at the Inter-Denominational Theological Center from 1960 to 1961 and earned his D.Min. degree from the United Theological Seminary in 1990.

From 1954 to 1959, Dr. Moss served as pastor of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in LaGrange, Georgia. From 1956 to 1961, he also served as pastor of Atlanta’s Providence Baptist Church and therefore, simultaneously led two congregations from 1956 to 1959. From 1961 to 1975, he pastored the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Lockland, Ohio, and in 1971, he served as co-pastor, with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. In 1975, he was called to pastor Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, He led the church for 33 years before retiring in 2008. In 1997 Moss partnered with University Hospitals to create the Otis Moss Jr. Medical Center.

Dr. Moss has been involved in advocating civil and human rights and social justice issues for most of his adult life. Having been a staff member of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he currently serves as a national board member and trustee for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change. His work in the international community has taken him to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan as a member of a clergy mission in 1970, and to Israel in 1978. In 1994, he was the special guest of President Bill Clinton at the peace treaty signing between Israel and Jordan, and, in that same year, he led a special mission to South Africa.

Dr. Moss is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Human Relations Award from Bethune Cookman College in 1976, The Role Model of the Year Award from the National Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Development in 1992, Leadership Award from the Cleveland chapter of the American Jewish Committee in 1996, and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from LaGrange College in 2004. In 2004, he participated in the Oxford Round Table in Oxford, England, and was a guest presenter for the Lyman Beecher Lecture series at Yale University.

Reverend Otis Moss is the Chairman of Morehouse College. He is the Director of The Cleveland Foundation. Named by Ebony magazine as one of America’s greatest black preachers, he has been involved in the civil rights movement for more than 35 years. A founding board member of the Greater Cleveland Roundtable.

Kids with their boxes

Operation Christmas Child

In this outreach program, you are asked to think “inside the box” through simple shoe boxes packed with gifts, necessities, toys, hard candy, hand-written notes and pictures that connect you with a child. Your gifts may be the very first present a child has ever received. Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project, having hand delivered 100 million boxes to children in more than 122 countries.

Operation Christmas Child is one of the many ministries of Samaritan’s Purse, an International Christian Relief organization. www.samartianspurse.org. The shoe boxes open doors for presenting the Good News of Jesus Christ…from a box to a Bible. Each child receives a booklet in their native language with the message that they are not forgotten; God loves them!

FBC filled 61 boxes from September through October to be delivered to the North Carolina Processing Center. Thanks to all who participated. If you still want to be involved, you can donate the shipping fee of $9.00. Checks are made payable to Samaritan’s Purse with the memo being OCC. They can be mailed to: Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607. For more information contact Anita Bartel through the form below.

  

  

 

abandoned building in Cleveland Ohio

Abandoned Housing in Cleveland

Several times a year the Cleveland Life Institute sponsors leaders to come and speak to the community about their experiences and training.

This free presentation by was sponsored by the Cleveland Life Institute. Guest speaker, Jim Rokakis – former Cuyahoga County Treasurer and current Vice President & Director of Thriving Communities of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy spoke about “Abandoned Housing in Cleveland” .

The slides showed the true story of the monster that ate Cleveland and the surrounding suburbs. It clearly showed Cleveland’s vacancy crisis as it expanded to swallow up neighborhood after neighborhood.

With the loss of population, the weakened economy, the housing bust, and foreclosures there are hundreds if not thousands of houses that are in bad shape or sitting empty in the city of Cleveland. Perhaps half of these houses are in bad enough shape that they are beyond saving from demolition. This is a very location driven problem. Some neighborhoods are affected more than others. It is easy to say this is an inner city problem since homes in outer-ring suburbs get purchased, rehabilitated and placed back on the market quickly.

No matter where you live, abandoned homes do affect you. An inner city that looks like a war zone takes a toll on even outer suburbs making them a less desirable place to live. “You might think you’re safe because you live in a suburb like Strongsville, or Chagrin or Brecksville or Bay Village, but the reality is, it’s the loss of value in the city and the inner ring suburbs that has driven property taxes up for people all over the county,” said Jim Rokakis, vice president of the Western Land Reserve Conservancy. “It’s destabilizing these neighborhoods and that destabilization tends to migrate outwards.”

Sun Stand Still

Sun Stand Still

This Class, based on Sun Stand Still is lead by Marty Capers and Wendy Chaney in the Fireside Room. It will be held Sundays at 10:45 a.m.

In Sun Stand Still, Pastor Steven Furtick challenged us to ask God for the impossible—to live, every day, with the same faith in the miraculous that we see in the Bible. In this daily, personal guide Steven leads you deeper into Scripture as you begin to live the life God created and saved us for.

Over the next forty days, you’ll have the opportunity to see what audacious faith can look like in your own life. Through daily scripture readings and teachings, this book will give you the chance to change your perspective on prayer. If you have the ability to ask, God has the ability to act – and transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

In this devotional, you will learn daily how to develop your faith, walk in the confidence of Christ, and dare to believe God for the impossible.

Steven FurtickSteven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, NC.  He holds a Master of Divinity degree and is the New York Times Best Selling author of Crash the ChatterboxGreaterSun Stand Still(Un)Qualified, and Seven-Mile Miracle.

 

Kara Painting

An Artist’s Reception for Kara Hungate

Kara HungateThose magnificent paintings you have noticed in our FBC Fairmount Gallery were all produced by FBC member Kara Hungate, an accomplished artist, and art instructor. Representing several different media Kara has put together an eclectic and interesting show that we think you will greatly enjoy.

Excerpts from Kara’s Artist Statement include the following:

“A Native Clevelander, my interest in art began in childhood and has evolved over the years. Exposure to each new art technique confirmed my interest in art and I realized it was a love worthy of further pursuit.”

“My interest in teaching and my love for children prompted me to pursue a career in art as an artist, educator, and administrator, which I pursued in 1998 in Cleveland.”

“Artistic goals such as creativity, seeking inspiration through imagination, and the free act of expression are important to my own artistic spirit and voice.”

Kara will talk about her craft in this casual setting and will be happy to answer your questions. Please plan to observe her artwork, and to join her for an hour of enlightening conversation.

1:30 PM Sunday, October 1, 2017, in Spahr Center

(A light lunch for $5 per person will be available in Bell Dining Room after the church service)