Holiday Season Events

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Kaler Recital

Ilya Kaler is violin faculty at CIM, James Giles is piano faculty at Northwestern University.

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this wonderful music for free.

Wednesday, Nov. 20th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Sanctuary


Thanksgiving Service & Meal

Share the Spirit in this 10:00 AM unified service by bringing a friend to church with you. Everybody that brings a friend receives their choice of pumpkin or cranberry for themselves and their friend. If you already have your meal planned and don’t need another can of Thanksgiving goodness you can always share these with the less fortunate through our Thanksgiving food drive.

Be sure and invite your guest to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner after the service with our church family in the Bell dining room. A short meeting will be held to approve the new budget.

Sunday, Nov. 24th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Sanctuary & Bell Dining Room


Thanksgiving Food Collection – An Opportunity To Help Others

Please bring your donations of non-perishable foods by November 24th and share in giving hope and nourishment to those who have little. We will be filling requests for food baskets that come to us from neighboring school principals and social workers as well as our pastors

Here is how you can help –
• Bring your donations of canned and packaged foods to church by Sunday, November 24.

• Make a donation so that others can shop for fresh produce and turkeys. Make your check out to FBCGC with the memo “Thanksgiving”.

• Volunteer to help sort and package food for families on Monday, November 25 from 9 AM-12 PM.Monday, Spahr Center

Until Nov. 24 in Spahr Center

 

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Children & Youth Christmas Party

The children and youth are invited to this Christmas party just for them.

Sunday, Dec. 1st from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM in the youth wing and Wheaton Center


Tuba Christmas

This music concert is held in cities worldwide that celebrate those who play, teach, and compose music for instruments in the tuba family, including the tuba, sousaphone, baritone, and euphonium, though some participants bring rarer members of the family such as the helicon, ophicleide, serpent and double bell euphonium.

The first Tuba Christmas was organized by Harvey G. Phillips to honor his tuba teacher William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day 1902, and was held December 22, 1974, in the ice skating rink at New York City’s Rockefeller Center; Paul Lavalle conducted. Over 300 musicians played that day, beginning a holiday tradition. This is the 5th Tuba Christmas at First Baptist Church, and will feature over 50 performers.

Sunday, Dec. 1st from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary


East Side Ministry Friendship Class Christmas Party

Our East Side Ministry students, teen assistants and adult teachers will join together for a Christmas party that will include refreshments, games, gifts and attending the Children’s Christmas Musical in Spahr Center.

Saturday, December 7th from 1:30 PM – 3:45 PM gathering in the Fireside Room


Children’s Musical It All Happened In The Country

Two kids from the city end up in the country on Christmas Eve. The city kids feel quite out of place but they are welcomed into the home of the country folks. The hospitality of the country cousins is shown with true Christian compassion along with a little humor.

Dan May and Karen Gill join the cast of twenty-five children ages three to ten who will tell the story of Jesus’ birth in this 45 minute musical production.

Saturday, December 7th from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM and Sunday, December 8th from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM in the Spahr Center


Cleveland Chamber Choir Concert

Women’s Voices Resounding

Holidays Old & New

Tickets

Sunday, December 8th from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM in the Sanctuary


Violin Recital

Elizabeth is a talented young violinist who has been playing in the traditional service in recent weeks. This is a student violin recital and it is free and open to the public.

Friday, December 13th from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Sanctuary


Apollo’s Fire Mini-Matinée Performance (1 hour)

Julian Wachner, guest conductor / Molly Netter, soprano / Daniel Moody, countertenor / Steven Soph, tenor / Jesse Blumberg, baritone / Apollo’s Singers

Bach’s festive Christmas Oratorio is a feast of orchestral colors, with trumpets, timpani, flutes, oboes, bassoon, and strings. Guest conductor Julian Wachner, along with concertmaster Olivier Brault, leads Parts 1, 2, 5 & 6 of the oratorio.

Concerts for the curious! Each program features masterworks by J.S. Bach in an inviting, compact 60-70 minute performance. Recommended for adults and teens. For these concerts, free advance tickets are available for full-time students under 30 (with ID). – contact the Apollo’s Fire box office for more information (apollosfire.org)

Saturday, December 14th from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM in the Sanctuary


Apollo’s Fire Concert

Julian Wachner, guest conductor / Molly Netter, soprano / Daniel Moody, countertenor / Steven Soph, tenor / Jesse Blumberg, baritone / Apollo’s Singers

Bach’s festive Christmas Oratorio is a feast of orchestral colors, with trumpets, timpani, flutes, oboes, bassoon, and strings. Guest conductor Julian Wachner, along with concertmaster Olivier Brault, leads Parts 1, 2, 5 & 6 of the oratorio.

PRE-CONCERT TALK in Spahr Center with timpanist Matthew Bassett and cellist René Schiffer, 1 hour before each concert. Sponsored by Marguerite Harkness, CPA. – contact the Apollo’s Fire box office for more information (apollosfire.org)

Saturday, December 14th from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM in the Sanctuary


A Festival of Lessons & Carols/International Tea

In the Tradition of Kings College Chapel

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus that is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.

The first Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge, was held on Christmas Eve in 1918. It was introduced by Eric Milner-White, the Dean of the College, whose experience as an army chaplain had led him to believe that more imaginative worship was needed by the Church of England. The order of service was adapted from the order created by Benson for Truro Cathedral 38 years earlier, which was based on an idea of George Walpole, at the time Succentor of Truro Cathedral, and the future Bishop of Edinburgh. The first service at King’s largely followed Benson’s original plan, including the Benedictions before each reading, several of which were later amalgamated by Milner-White into his Bidding Prayer.

The music at the first service at King’s was directed by Arthur Henry Mann, who was the organist from 1876 to 1929. The choir had 16 trebles as specified in statutes laid down by Henry VI, and until 1927 the men’s voices were provided by choral scholars and lay clerks. Today, 14 undergraduates from the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, sing the men’s parts.

Join us afterward for the International Tea in Spahr Center.

Sunday, December 15th from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM in the Sanctuary


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. We celebrate with traditional hymns and new selections of music, as we participate together in the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Tuesday, December 24th from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Sanctuary


Candlelight Service

Usher in Christmas in the traditional late evening Christmas Eve Candlelight and Carol service.  The Chancel Choir, Soloists and Handbell Choir offer beautiful music of the season and the service culminates with the singing of “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night”.

Tuesday, December 24th from 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM in the Sanctuary


Youth Sunday

Sunday, December 29th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Sanctuary


New Year’s Eve Service

Take refuge in the quiet.   Reflect over the past year and spiritual prepare for the year to come.  Brian k. Will provide his musical talent of his acoustic guitar with times to read, pray, share and meditate.   A truly sacred service culminating with communion.

Tuesday, December 31st from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Sanctuary

Patterson Fruit Farm Family Fun Day

 Patterson Fruit FarmWe’re going to pick apples and enjoy a day of fun on October 20th. We’ll pay for all children and youth that RSVP by Friday, October 18. slideAll others are $8 at the door. We’ll hand out wristbands at the door beginning at 1:00 pm. There are a lot of family-friendly activities like a giant slide, picking apples, painting pumpkins, crafts, horse-drawn wagon hayrides, pony rides, hikes, a hay maze, and a treehouse. pumpkinsThere is there are also snack bars available on site.

For more information about the activities visit the Patterson Fruit Farm website.   For more information or to let us know you are coming please complete the following for.

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Meet the Artist – Sabastianna “Anna” Costanzo, Quilter

1:00 PM Sunday, Sept. 29 in Spahr Center

(after Coffee Hour)

quiltIf you haven’t walked down our Fairmount Hallway Gallery lately you have missed one of our most impressive art shows. Magnificent quilts line both sides of the Gallery, and each one has a story behind it. So does Anna Costanza, the quilter who has created these masterpieces. Please plan to join us around 1 PM after Coffee Hour Sunday, September 29 in Spahr Center for a “Meet the Artist” reception during which Anna will share her stories and answer any questions you may have.

Anna Costanzo

ANNA’S ARTIST STATEMENT
Sabastianna “Anna” Costanzo was introduced to quilting by her college roommate 36 years ago. She had learned to sew garments, cross-stitch, and crochet from her mother and grandmothers. That very first quilt was a green and yellow log-cabin pattern finished by tying. Fascinated with the fabrics, the play of colors, and the quilting designs she began to read all the books about quilting she could find at the library. She is largely self-taught and recently became a member of the Common Threads, a quilt guild in Parma, OH Anna especially enjoys playing with fabric, different patterns, and new techniques. A teacher in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District, Anna has held a number of professional roles including music teacher, math teacher, math coach, and mentor for new teachers. quilt

Outside of the district, she has co-authored several resource manuals for math teachers. Anna has two grown children, and son and a daughter, who have been the recipients of many quilts.She has also donated quilts to different fundraisers, created customer quilts upon request, and worked with very old quilt tops and fabric. Her interests include ballroom dancing, cooking, reading, and gardening.

Ark Encounter Trip

Ark Encounter
Hello FBC!!! The Noah’s Ark Encounter is quickly approaching and seats are going fast!! Here’s some information:
The Encounter will be October 26-27 in Williamstown, Kentucky $150 per person (includes a ticket to the Ark, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, Coach transportation, and 1-night hotel stay). Rooms are quad occupancy. Payment is due soon. Cash or check only, checks made payable to First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, memo – Noah’s Ark Encounter. For more information about the Ark Encounter visit their website.
If you are interested please contact Rev. Sandra or Ship Collins. Complete the following form for more info-

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Pymatuning State Park Family Camping

September 29-30

FBC is heading outdoors to go camping. Pymatuning State Park has 26 family cottages (sleeps six, heated, available year-round) and 32 standard cottages (sleeps 4, available May 1 – November 1).

There is also a premium cottage that includes a dishwasher, a wood deck with gas grill, central air, and a 3-person spa. Family cottages include gas fireplaces and microwave ovens. All cottages are furnished with cable tv, outside grill, fire ring, linens, towels, and cooking/eating utensils. There is a small beach available for cottage guests.

There is a small beach near the center of the campground, a playground, a basketball court, a volleyball court, and a nature center. We will have fellowship, fun Bible-based games and activities.For more information about the campground visit the website – pymatuning-state-park.org/Recreation/Camping.html

 

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MOPS at FBC (Mothers Of PreSchoolers)

Every Other Friday
in Spahr Center from 9:30-11:30 am

MOPS (Mothers Of PreSchoolers) is a group for mothers of young children to come together and support each other through bi-monthly meetings.  Childcare is provided.

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What is MOPS?

MOPS groups gather and support moms. We believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together, face to face. That’s why we rally women to come together in their own neighborhoods and help each other through this thing called motherhood, one gathering at a time.

Our acronym stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers” because we began in 1973 when a group of moms of young children banded together to share their lives and parenting journeys. Over the past forty-five years, MOPS has expanded our reach to include moms with older kids, partnering with churches and organizations worldwide to equip and encourage moms in more than 60 countries.

If you are expecting or have an infant, toddler or preschooler: Try one of our traditional MOPS groups. Every group offers its own unique feel, so try more than one to see which fits you best. Many groups offer childcare, so you can get a chance to connect with moms, face to face, while your kids are safe and making friends, too. You can join MOPS for just $31.95, but groups may require additional fees to cover expenses, such as childcare. Go here for a list of MOPS groups in your area.

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Single Service Summer

Single Service Summer

Our Summer Services will be Theme Based with Multiple Music Styles

We are expanding on our successful worship format of the past two years beginning with the 10 AM Sunday, June 9 service.

Each 10 AM Sunday service will be preceded at 9:30 AM by a short fellowship time including coffee, tea, juice, and delicious goodies. Late risers won’t have to go hungry during the service. Unconsumed goodies will be allowed in the church.

Each service will include a mix of traditional and contemporary style music typical of the church’s separate traditional and contemporary services scheduled for the balance of each year. For example, one Sunday a powerful organ prelude will start things off, and the following Sunday the church’s talented Praise Team and Band will assume that opening role. Alternating styles for other elements of each service will take advantage of the many talented members and friends of the church.

And if you ever wanted to try singing in a church choir, you are welcome to join members of the church “Sometime Sunday Singers,” a group of regular choir members and congregation volunteers who meet at 9:15 AM to learn a simple song that is sung during that day’s service. No audition required!

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the summer worship schedule will be the theme assigned to each Sunday, an effort to introduce a more relaxed and engaging atmosphere.

Sunday, June 9 is “Hat Day,” when you are encouraged to wear a hat of your choosing, the more elaborate the better. Hats will be available if you don’t have one of your own. And since the majority of hat wearers traditionally are women, we will limit singing to the fairer sex on this Sunday.

Everyone loves to eat, so we have incorporated a “Dollar Dog Sunday” on June 16 and encourage you to wear whatever Cleveland Indians attire you have. Hot dogs will be in the Courtyard after the service. And ice cream and root beer floats will follow the two “Ice Cream Sundae” services of July 14 and August 11.

While we are on the subject of food, don’t forget the “Tailgate Party Sunday” where we will have a picnic in the parking lot and admire once again everyone’s Cleveland Indians attire.

On June 23 you can wear a T-shirt on “T-Shirt Sunday,” and on July 21 you are encouraged to wear your most outrageous Hawaiian shirt on “Hawaiian Sunday.”

On June 30 the Community Service Sunday will move to the front steps of the church so any and everyone can stop by. You are encouraged to bring a lawn chair so you will be comfortable on the front lawn of the church surrounded by neighbors and friends.

We encourage clothing in red, white, and/or blue on Independence Celebration Sunday which will actually be on Sunday, July 7.

You won’t want to miss Christmas in July on July 28 when the music will be predominantly Christmas Carols.

Recognizing the importance of our dedication to the community around us you will be encouraged to bring school supplies for struggling public schools while you wear a shirt with a logo from your favorite school on Back to School Sunday, August 18th, and non-perishable food for the hungry on Homecoming Sunday, August 25.

Summarizing –

June 9 – Hat Day

June 16 – Dollar Dog Day

June 23 – T-Shirt Sunday

June 30 – Community Service Sunday

July 7 – Independence Celebration Sunday

July 14 – Ice Cream Sundae

July 21 – Hawaiian Sunday

July 28 – Christmas in July

August 4 – Tailgate Party

August 11 – Ice Cream Sunday

August 18 – Back to School Sunday

August 25 – Homecoming Sunday

September 1 – Labor Day Weekend

Staff Appreciation Sunday

September 8 We return to the regular church service schedule, 9 AM for the Contemporary Service, 11 AM for the Traditional service.

First Baptist hopes that this summer schedule helps create closer relationships in the Heights area. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

Respectfully Submitted – Mike Skerritt

Kairos Prison Ministry

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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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