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A Musical Potpourri

Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 PM, Spahr Center

This gala concert is an annual show that proved to be wonderful entertainment for the whole family. Our own best singers and musicians prepared a number of songs from the famous musicals: The Wiz, A Star Is Born, The Music Man, Jekyll & Hyde, Company, Waitress, Porgy and Bess, and many more to list, including beautiful ballads for your enjoyment. All proceeds from the ticket sales directly support the FBC Music & Arts Programs, and we are looking forward to seeing you in the audience. You are invited to stay after the show for sweet treats.

Tickets at the door: Adults $15, students $12

Refreshments and Mocktail Bar (Non-Alcoholic Cocktails) available during intermission.

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Holy Week & Easter 2019

Palm Sunday – April 14th

Sunday at 9:00 AM
Contemporary Worship Service
This last Sunday before Easter, we will remember the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem with a procession in which palm fronds are carried by our children as they sing. In this contemporary service, we will be graced by the singing of both of our children’s choirs.

Sunday at 11:00 AM
Traditional Worship Service
Both of our children’s choirs will be with us singing in this traditional service along with the music of our handbell choir.

Maundy Thursday – April 18th

Thursday at 6:30 PM
We join together for a simple communal meal in our Spahr Center and then a worship service filled with special music. There will also be a special foot washing time this evening. We will partake in Communion as we recall God’s great love for us.

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Prayer Vigil – April 18th & 19th

Thursday at 8:00 PM until Friday at 7:00 PM

Signup now, but you are welcome to come even if you don’t sign up.

During the Prayer Vigil, FBC will be open all night, we will enter by the Bishop entrance. The vigil will be in the Fireside Room. It will run from 8 pm (after the Maundy Thursday service until 7 pm on Good Friday). It is meant to be a time of silent or group reflection and prayer on our Lord’s passion and death as we prepare ourselves for Resurrection Sunday. There will be prayer prompts and devotional materials for persons to use if needed. We will have candlelight and music available also. The materials will be in Fireside, but people can also go to the Sanctuary.

The sign-up board will be available the next 2 Sundays. People usually sign up individually or as a family for a minimum of 1 hour. We will try to fill all of the one-hour slots during that time. Our hope is that the room will not be empty as we watch and pray as the disciples did with Jesus. If you did not sign up for a time, you are still encouraged to come. There is no requirement that any given slot can contain only one person at a time.

Good Friday – April 19th

Friday at 7:00 PM
“The Apology Chronicles” – a service of forgiveness
Come join us for The Apology Chronicles as we witness a powerful journey to forgiveness and peace. Come lay your burdens down like never before. Bring your family and friends to witness this amazing event and an experience that you will never forget! This is a powerful contemporary reflection on the meaning of Good Friday.”

Easter Sunday – April 21st

Sunday at 9:00 AM
Contemporary Worship Service
Our praise team and band will be providing upbeat contemporary music as we celebrate Easter. We will welcome our pastor back from his time of healing. His sermon will be “The Resurrection of the Shepherd” I Peter 2:21-25.

Sunday Between Services
Easter Egg Hunt
Our Children will have fun hunting Easter eggs during the time between our two worship services. The toddlers will hunt first at 10:20 AM and the Elementary age kids (grades K-5) will start their quest at 10:40 AM. We need parent and youth volunteers to hide Easter eggs, make contact with visitors, and help with crowd control.


Sunday  at 11:00 AM
Traditional Worship Service
April 21st –  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
This Easter Service at 11:00 AM will be blessed with beautiful music from our Chancel choir and organ. Our Handbell Choir and trumpets will also join us in our special music as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. We will enjoy Pastor Kregg’s first service back in the pulpit with his sermon “The Resurrection of the Shepherd” I Peter 2:21-25.

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Gospelcise is a combination of and line dancing and routine aerobics to gospel music with instructor Belinda Haywood. Each dance is paired with a specific song to provide a spiritually uplifting cardio workout. All you need to enjoy this low impact workout is comfortable clothes and a bottle of water. Classes are only $5 each Sunday with no commitment. Get fit and have fun!

Praise Him with dance. Psalm 150:4.

Sundays, 12:10 PM to 1:10 PM

Wheaton Center

First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland
in the Wheaton Center adjacent to the playground
3630 Fairmount Blvd.
Shaker Heights, OH 44118


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Stephanie D. Price

Welcome Stephanie D. Price!

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I am pleased to advise that we have offered the position of Director of Music and Organist to Stephanie D. Price, and she has accepted the position enthusiastically. She is finishing up her tenure at Fairmount Presbyterian Church on September 9 so will begin working with us at our Thursday, September 13 choir rehearsal, and Sunday, September 16 worship service.

She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Denver. She also has a Bachelor of Music degree in Double Bass Performance from Indiana University. This top tier of candidates shared very similar musical capabilities and our decision ultimately came down to how her personal warmth, deep spirituality, and common sense would combine with her musical skill to bring that special something to FBC. She is especially interested in developing a Children’s Choir and looks forward to working with the Bell Choir. I think that when you get to know Stephanie it will be obvious to you why she was offered the position.

Upon accepting our offer Stephanie offered the following comments.

“Dear First Baptist Church, I am excited to join the FBC family and serve as the new Director of Music and Organist. I have been serving as Interim Organist at Fairmount Presbyterian this past year. My family and I moved to Cleveland one year ago from Northern Michigan as my husband, Jerrod, accepted an Associate Dean position at the Cleve-land Institute of Music, although my roots are in Texas. We have three energetic children: Elijah, Anna, and Sarah. I look forward to making beautiful music with you!”

When you meet Stephanie at church please be sure to greet her, welcome her, congratulate her on her appointment to the staff of First Baptist.

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We Want You to Make a Joyful Noise

Stylized people singing“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come before His presence with singing!”

From Psalm 100 (King James Version)


First Baptist is blessed to have found new music leadership for the upcoming 2018-2019 Music and Fine Arts Season. We welcome Stephanie Price and Brian Kozak to our family.

So, in support of the legacy of our beloved Bob Schneider, why not make this the season you join the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland Chancel Choir or Praise Team. Add your voice in joyful praise to the Lord each Sunday! Studies have shown that singing improves your health, both mental and physical. Your participation each Sunday will enhance your own worship experience as well as that of the whole congregation!

Chancel Choir
—7:15 PM Thursday rehearsals, 10:30 AM Sunday warmups, 11:00 AM Traditional Services

Praise Team—4 PM Saturday rehearsal, 8:15 AM Sunday warmups, 9:00 AM Contemporary Services

Contact Mike Skerritt, Stephanie Price or Brian Kozak, or anyone in the Chancel Choir or on the Praise Team for more information. You may also email Mike through the form below. We hope to see, and hear YOU!

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Brian Kozak

Congratulations, Brian Kozak!

Culminating a lengthy search process we are pleased to announce that Brian Kozak has been named Music Director of the Contemporary Worship Service Praise Team, effective immediately. Brian is assuming the musical leadership responsibilities of the First Baptist Church’s first service previously held by our dear, late Bob Schneider.

Brian has been a member of the FBC Praise Band as guitarist for about 17 years. With a Bachelor of Music Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College (Magna Cum Laude) and a Masters of Music Degree from Cleveland Institute of Music, both degrees in guitar performance, Brian brings knowledge of all genres of music to the Praise Team. Combining his education with his many years of teaching experience at B-W, Kent State, Lorain County Community College and Cuyahoga Community College makes Brian extremely well qualified to provide leadership as First Baptist works to enhance the quality of the contemporary Sunday worship experience, and thereby help grow the church’s membership in the coming years.

For several years Brian has taught guitar right here at First Baptist to students that include members of our own congregation. Many of those students have performed occasionally during regular church services. In addition, Brian has been a personal contributor to many of our special worship services such as the Candlelight Service Christmas Eve, our New Year’s Eve Service, and many others. He is a perennial band leader of our annual Rock of Faith Concert. Brian responded to this important appointment with the following comments.

“I’m honored to have been selected for this job. I’m excited to begin working with the Praise Team in this greater role, and I look forward to helping to enhance the contemporary worship service. I always keep Bob (Schneider) in my thoughts and will do my best to honor his memory.”

Brian lives in Lakewood with his daughter Valeria. When you see Brian please be sure to congratulate him on his new position at First Baptist Church.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame was a success! The cast, crew, musicians and everyone else that helped put on this production want’s to thank you for attending and your continued support of H.E.L.P.

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Mason Stewart & Kelly PerniconeHappy Ending Lyric Players (H.E.L.P.) appeared on Channel 3 (WKYC) We the People talking about H.E.L.P. and their new musical, Disney’s The 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.

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.

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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!