40 Nights of Light

small person in a big night sky
A Journey of Faith, Hope, and Healing40 Nights of Light

(2018 FBC Outreach Campaign)

We will kick off our campaign on Tuesday, February 20th at 7PM with a special “Night of Prayer” Service in the Sphar Center.

There will be a special time of individual prayer requests, sharing burdens of the heart, and be a supportive environment where we can lean on God and one another. We will also pray for the victims of the Florida School Shooting and victims of gun violence.

John 8:12

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Commencing on Tuesday, February 20th and continuing through April 1st, Easter. This internally focused church outreach campaign is designed to be a reflective time whereby church members can contemplate their own faith in a very personal way. Our focus is less on fasting and abstaining from food or other activities and more about our own spiritual journeys.   As a church body, our focus around this 40-day period is symbolic of God’s preparation in our lives.   A hope for days to come in our own spiritual walk with Christ and a time to focus on healing ourselves mentally, spiritually and physically by asking God to allow us to be the best versions of ourselves that we can—recommitting ourselves to healthy lifestyle choices.

“40” is a significant number in both Christian and Jewish scripture:

  • In Genesis, the flood which destroyed the earth was brought about by 40 days and nights of rain.
  • The Hebrews spent 40 years in the wilderness before reaching the land promised to them by God.
  • Moses fasted for 40 days before receiving the ten commandments on Mount Sinai.
  • Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the wilderness in preparation for his own ministry.  Most Christians regard Jesus’ time in the wilderness as the key event for the duration of Lent.

Bell Choir


This 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!

Baldwin Wallace Men's Chorus

Baldwin Wallace Men’s Chorus

The BW Men’s Chorus Presents:
A Concert At First Baptist Church!

WHEN: Sunday, February 25 at 4:00 PM
WHERE: First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland 
(3630 Fairmount Blvd, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44118
Admission is FREE and open to the public.
(Free Will Offering at the Door)

Conducted by Frank Bianchi
Accompanied by Michelle Massouh Makhlouf
Also Featuring Mr. Sun’s Echo

Come Join Our Story!
Join us as we continue our 2017-2018 season with a concert at the historic First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland!

Featuring varied styles of music from spirituals to pop, from new arrangements of folk songs to classic male chorus repertoire, the 120+ voices of the BW Men’s Chorus will offer an invigorating concert that honors both our local and global communities!

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the BW Men’s Chorus at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland.

Again, admission is by free will offering at the door!
See you there!

Camp Koinonia

Rooted6810 Cork Cold Springs Road
Geneva, OH 44071—(440) 466-1278

We own it! Let’s Use It!

Ownership of this magnificent 325-acre Christian camp is split evenly among the Cleveland, Akron, and Ashtabula Baptist Associations. Therefore, as a member of CBA First Baptist is a part owner. In years past First Baptist held an annual Saturday-Sunday weekend retreat attended by as many as 50 members, families, and friends. The Camp is a wonderful asset for young and old alike. Weeklong camps for Elementary, Junior High and Senior High kids, and for Special Persons, includes Horseback Riding camps for all ages. Check out the website christiancampohio.org or go the Camp’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Koinoniacamp1, today! Discount registration ends April 1, 2018!


Koinonia Camp

First Timer’s Camp – Built for K thru 1st Grade. An overnight with parents to experience Koinonia together.
Primary Camp – A shortened 3-day “solo” camp for 1st and 2nd Grade campers.
Elementary Camp – Designed for 3rd thru 5th Grade. Make friends as you play, hike, swim.
Elementary Bible “N Saddle Camp – 4th thru 6th Grade. Learn all about horses and riding.
Junior High Camp – 6th thru 8th Grades. New adventures in activities and relationships.
Senior High X Camp – 9th thru 12th Grades. Excitement, Courage, Friendship, Faith, Worship

Special Person’s Camp – Designed for campers 18 years old and older who have special needs.
Youth Special Person’s Horse Back Camp – Designed for youth, ages 10 thru 17 with special needs and an interest in horses.
Adult Special Person’s Horse Back Camp – Made for campers 18 years and up, with special needs.
Wilderness Weekend – 7th—12th Grades. Learn to build shelters, cook over an open fire, sleep under the stars.
And Many More including Paintball Camp, Youth Bible N’ Saddle Camp & Advanced Horse Camp!

For more information contact Rev. Jeff Gordon through the form below.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hunchback of Notre Dame

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!

Mason Stewart directs this production in our beautiful sanctuary that brings to mind a cathedral in Notre Dame. A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.

Production dates for the 7 performances are listed below. To purchase tickets click on the button next to the date you would like to attend. 

4/13 Tickets     April 13th – 8:00 pm

4/14 Tickets     April 14th – 8:00 pm

4/15 Tickets     April 15th – 2:00 pm

4/18 Tickets     April 18th – 7:00 pm

4/20 Tickets     April 20th – 8:00 pm

4/21 Tickets     April 21st – 8:00 pm

4/22 Tickets     April 22nd – 2:00 pm

Park in the back of the First Baptist Church at 3630 Fairmount Boulevard (at Eaton Road) in Shaker Heights and come in through the Portico Entrance.  We look forward to seeing you! If you have any questions or need more information please complete the form below.


Splash of Spring Sunshine

Nature-Inspired Art in the Fairmount Gallery

Artist Eddie MitchellWe are pleased to welcome painter, Eddie Mitchell back to the Fairmount Gallery starting between the end of January and the first of February. Some of Eddie’s paintings were on display in the Fairmount Gallery in 2012 and they were well received. That exhibit, filled with the lush color and texture of the nature-inspired paintings, received many compliments. We know that Eddie has not been idle for the past six years so we invited him to return with some of his latest paintings. Eddie’s artistic talents are displayed in art galleries in Ohio, Michigan, Florida, and Pennsylvania. His work has been commissioned by numerous and prestigious public organizations. Eddie is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art. He is an artist and teacher at Lakeland Community College and has maintained a full-time private studio for over 20 years. The 49’ers will host a reception for Eddie at 1:00 PM as their Sunday, March 4th program in Spahr Center. The 49’ers programs are always open to the public so you are encouraged to attend to hear Eddie speak about his craft and to ask any questions you may have about his art on display. We hope that you plan to attend.

I love the fact that light engenders a sense of extravagant joy and uplifting optimism.  It is this sense of joy and optimism that I am endeavoring to convey in my paintings. I am also captivated by the magical energy of color. Color helps to enhance this play of light and intensifies this feeling of cheerfulness.

I am extremely grateful to First Baptist Church, Michael Skerritt & all the wonderful people that make up this fabulous community!


An Ineffable Immensity

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kairos Prison Ministry Cookies

Monday, March 5th, we invite you to help support this ministry in which the impact has been incredible. One example is that there were at least six fights among inmates each month at the Ohio Trumbull County Jail. Now with the influence of Kairos, there has been just one a month. Let’s help support Brian Broadbent along with his team as they lead a Fall retreat at the prison. Delicious home-made cookies have become an important part of each retreat.

Please complete the form below to be added to the mailing list, if you have questions or would like more information.

  • The types of cookies that are needed are Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, and Sugar.
  • Cookies should be between 2 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.
  • Bag thoroughly cooled cookies in a quart size zip-lock bag, a dozen cookies to a bag.
  • Label each bag with the cookie type inside.
  • Please pray for the individuals that will be eating the cookies you bake.

Please leave the cookies you bake in the Volunteer Office no later than Monday, March 5th.

Martin Luther King Day of Service Jan. 15th

MLK Day of Service

MArtin Luther King Day of Service

After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday commemorating the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national Day of Service – a “Day On, not a Day Off”.

Each year on Martin Luther King Day join us at First Baptist Church as we come together with members of Fidelity Baptist and Church of the Master to honor Dr. King. At 9:00 a.m. our day will begin with a light breakfast and a brief opening devotion. We will then divide into four groups. Two groups will stay at FBC and two groups will go out into the community.

Group 1 – Hymnal singing with residents in nursing care at Judson Park, designed for older kids, teens, and adults.

Group 2 – Interactive fun, winter party with families living at Family Promise, designed for ages from 2 to 92.

Group 3 – The White Cross Bandages project has become a tradition for MLK Day of Service whether we are at FBC or Fidelity Baptist. Ages from 9-90 will have fun working together as we rip and then roll bandages.

Group 4 – A work project inside FBC will be for adults. The group will be doing easy maintenance projects inside the church building.

Noon to 12:45 lunch, 12:45 – 1:15 time to share & reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led by Evon Gocan.

The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy... MLK, Jr.

Address delivered at Nobel Peace Prize Recognition Dinner, 27 January 1965

Men’s Shelter Wish List

Are your closets too full, with items you really do not need?

In connection with celebrating MLK Day of Service, we are collecting the following items for the Men’s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside.

messy closetITEMS NEEDED

  • Toiletries, full size or hotel size
  • Single Bed Blankets and Sheets
  • Washable Men’s Winter Clothing
  • Boots
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Jeans
  • Shirts
  • Sweat Shirts
  • Jackets
  • Winter Coats
  • Hats, Gloves & Scarfs
  • Long Underwear
  • New Underwear

All items should be freshly washed and can be placed in the container found in the Fairmount Hall by Sunday, January 14th or when you attend MLK Day on the 15th here at First Baptist Church.