Join Us to Celebrate Christmas

Demetrius

Jazz Christmas

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

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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. > Watch the 1st Story    > Watch the 2nd Story    > Watch the 3rd Story   > Watch the 4th Story


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. > Watch It Now


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.  > Watch It Now

Church Schedule Updates

Visit our YouTube LIVE channel at 10:00 AM on Sunday mornings. Pastor Kregg Burris will deliver his message.

Covid-19 Update

We are all suffering from the impact of the COVID-19 isolation, shut-downs, stock-declines, and/or possible sickness.
Christianity has a unique “theology of suffering” which is distinct from other world religions. We are called to support each other, take due care, but ultimately to trust God.
If you know of any of our members have any physical or spiritual needs during these difficult times please let us know through the form below.

Most of our church activities have been canceled until further notice.

Contributions can still be dropped off at the church office or mailed in or you can contribute online. If you know of someone who needs prayers you may submit Online Prayer Requests. If you miss a streamed sermon on Sunday morning you can watch them along with other videos on our YouTube Channel.

First Baptist Live Online Activities/Cancellations/Postponements

Masks are required when you are in the church building.

Bell Choir Rehearsals – Spahr Center or Sanctuary
Chancel Choir Rehearsals – Spahr Center
Children’s Choir – Postponed until further notice
Cleveland Life Institute Classes – Will begin summer 2021
Cluster Committee Meetings as called – Online via Zoom
Council Meeting – 6:30 PM Fourth Tuesdays of the month via Zoom
Finance & Property Cluster Meeting – 6:00 PM Third Tuesdays of the month via Zoom
Intercessory Prayer – 6:00 PM Thursdays by Phone – Get More Info
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) – Off-site outside 8:00 PM Mondays
Prayer Time – Only Online – Get More Info
Spiritual Gifts Classes – Classes Begining Soon through Zoom (Class videos online)
Stephens Ministry – 7:00 PM Third Mondays of the month Online via conference call
Sunday Combined Worship Service – Watch Livestream online Sundays at 10AM
Sunday Combined Worship Service – Beginning May 9th
Sunday Morning Discipleship Classes – 12:00 PM Online via Zoom
The Children’s Center – Open
Thursday Bible Study – 7:00 PM Online via Zoom
Hero’s Headquarters Children’s Group – Online via Zoom
Youth Group – 4:30 PM Sundays Online via Zoom
Wednesdays in the Word – 6:30 PM, 7:00 PM & 7:30 PM Online via Zoom
Women’s Retreat – Rescheduled for 2021
Worship & Fine Arts Cluster Meeting – 6:00 PM First Tuesdays of the month via Zoom

Everyone be safe and pray for an early end to this pandemic and we will keep you updated through Facebook, Email, the phone messages and on our website. For more information about the COVID-19 virus in Ohio visit the website coronavirus.ohio.gov or talk to the call center 833-4-ASK-ODH (833-427-5634).

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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.

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Bell Choir

BELL RINGERS NEEDED!

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.

The rehearsals are lead by our Music Director Stephanie Price in the balcony in the back of the Sanctuary. 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!

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Chancel Choir

If you would like to sing in the Chancel Choir led by Stephanie Price, they rehearse Thursdays from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the Sanctuary and in the Choir room.

Check the calendar to verify dates and times.

If you would like to join or need more information about the Chancel Choir contact Stephanie Price through the form below.

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Praise Team

Praise Team

If you would like to sing with the Praise Team they rehearse at the church from Saturdays from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
Check the calendar to verify dates and times.
If you would like to join or get more information about the Praise Team contact Dr. Bob Schneider through the form below.
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Handbell Choir

BELL RINGERS NEEDED!

handbell choirThis 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!

Check the calendar to verify dates and times.

If you are interested in joining or need more information about the Handbell Choir contact Betty through the form below.

I am interested in the Handbell Choir