Join Us to Celebrate Christmas

Saturday, November 25th at 5:30 p.m. – Tuba Christmas

TubaChristmas is a music concert held in cities worldwide that celebrates 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 TubaChristmas 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. The arrangements of the Christmas carols were written by Alec Wilder, who coincidentally died on Christmas Eve 1980.

We would love for you to join us in celebrating Christmas with our own Tuba Christmas which has become a family favorite tradition at FBC for several years. This is a free event open to all ages.

Saturday, December 18th at 2 p.m. – FBC Caroling

Our members and their friends are welcome to join us for an outdoor warm-up before traveling with their pod to spread some Christmas Cheer to some of our homebound members!

Sunday, December 19th at 9:45 a.m. – Children’s Ministry Christmas Party

The children will get together in Wheaton for crafts, games, and Christmas karaoke!  Wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater or PJs.

Sunday, December 19th at 00:00 p.m. – Youth Ministry Christmas Party

December 20th-23rd – Fireside Story Time!

Each day a different person will read a story to our families from the Fireside room in front of the fire. This will be pre-recorded and streamed. This is streamed so it is open to all, but geared toward our families to have special Christmas programming.

DemetriusDecember 24th at 4:00 p.m. – Jazz Christmas

A celebration of the Christmas season with traditional Christmas music and carols by the Demetrius Steinmetz trio and special guests.


December 24th at 7:00 p.m. – The Story of Christmas

Join us in person or LIVE on YouTube to be part of The Story of Christmas. This service is fun for the whole family! Be part of the magic of Christmas as we show you the journey of Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men, and the Shepherds. Join the choir of angels in song as they spread good tidings of great news for all people! The service ends with a message of hope that has been passed from generation to generation and a beautiful rendition of ‘Silent Night’ as we fill our Gothic Sanctuary with Candlelight in preparation for the birth of Jesus. All are welcome to hear the good news and experience The Story of Christmas.

Candlelight ServiceDecember 24th at 11:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Tune in Christmas Eve for a traditional Candlelight Service, now presented entirely online. This service continues a long-standing tradition at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, giving the listener a moment of serenity to contemplate the true meaning of Christmas. Familiar tunes, such as “O Holy Night,” “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night” are featured, along with cozy, fireside readings of the story of Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving

FBC Thanksgiving Food Giveaway

For many years the Mission & Social Concerns Cluster has been sponsoring a Thanksgiving food drive and assembling baskets of food for area families in need. The project continues but with a plan that needs to accommodate the continuing impact of COVID 19…

  • The need in our community has increased
  • We want to increase the number of families we serve. Last year we served 75 families!
  • We again will purchase the needed items that were once typically donated
  • Chef Faith will be able to order the needed produce at a discounted price


  1. Financial support: Your donations of any amount are sorely needed. This is now the most significant way you can help. Donate online by selecting “Other church payments” under the Mission Gifts tab or by check with “Thanksgiving” on the memo line. We do NOT want you to donate any food items. Again this year, our co-chairs are Bear Allen and Carol Broadbent; they and their committee will take care of the shopping!
  2. Volunteer: Are you available to help?loading meals

Sunday, Nov. 21st @ 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Pack canned/ packaged foods and produce – 30 volunteers needed. All ages are welcome and families are encouraged to participate.

Monday Nov. 22 @ 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Eight volunteers are needed outside at the Portico entrance to greet recipients and load food in trunks. We are looking for volunteers from ages 11 and up that are physically able to do some lifting. Volunteers will need to follow COVID 19 guidelines by wearing a mask.

**Contact Star in the church office at 216-932-7480/sknuckles@ to sign up for any of the above group time slots.

If you are a member of the FBC congregation and are in need of Thanksgiving food assistance give your name to Rev. Burris or Rev. Alexander-Haynes or email May your giving to others this Thanksgiving bring you extra blessings as you gather around your table.

Feeding the Hungry

Mission Outreach Opportunities

There are literally dozens of other opportunities for people to serve. If you have a desire to be actively involved in the work of the church, please contact the church office at (216) 932-7480 or by email.

Serve a Meal to the Homeless

Participate in Faith in Action Sunday

Join others on the first Sunday in June for a day of service projects both at FBC and in our community.  For more information, please email Fran Leanza.

Make a Delivery to the Bethany Baptist Hunger Center

Help deliver food to the Hunger Center at Bethany Baptist Church at 1211 East 105th St.  For more information, contact Barbara Baus.

Assist in the East Side Ministry program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

This group meets at FBC each Sunday from October-May.  You can volunteer in the Sunday morning classroom where students participate in lessons that include stories, music and crafts.

Join Others Gardening in the FBC Hunger Garden

Support P.A.D.S. (Pride Among Daughters & Sisters)

This newly non-profit organization was started by our own FBC member, Delesia Robinson. The mission of PADS is to provide hygiene products to underprivileged teens & women and to promote pride, dignity and confidence. To learn more about this ministry and to help with any contributions, please contact Delesia Robinson. For more info visit

Help Assemble Thanksgiving Food Baskets

During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving we ask for donations of non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables, fruits, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, jello, cake mix etc. Come join the fun on the Monday before Thanksgiving in sorting donations and assembling food baskets for families in need. Please contact Fran Leanza for more information.

Christmas Giving Tree

Through the FBC Giving Tree, you can participate in our Christmas Angel Program by buying a oersonal gift for a young child living in transitional housing or in shelters sponsored by the Family Promise Organization. For further information please contact Fran Leanza.

AMOS Health & Hope

Since 1967 our church has supported missions in Nicaragua. We began by commissioning missionaries Rev. Dr. Gustavo and Joan Parajon who were Ministers of the First Baptist Church of Managua and also began several health initiatives that have transformed the country’s health care system. Following in their footsteps, Drs. David & Laura Parajonare continuing the health missions, now called AMOS Health & Hope,a Christian  Public Health organization that serves impoverished rural communities. Each year FBC sends a team to support AMOS and in the past have provided earthquake, hurricane, and flood relief, and projects to provide clean, safe drinking water in rural communities.

Learn more about our Nicaragua Missions