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

Bell Choir Rehearsals – Postponed until further notice
Broadway Plus Performance – Canceled for 2020
Chancel Choir Rehearsals – Online via Zoom
Children’s Choir – Postponed until further notice
Cleveland Life Institute Classes – Canceled until further notice
Cluster Committee Meetings as called – Online via Zoom
Council Meeting – 6:30PM Fourth Tuesdays of the month via Zoom
Finance & Property Cluster Meeting – 6:00PM Third Tuesdays of the month via Zoom
Intercessory Prayer – 7:00PM Thursdays by Phone – Get More Info
Matilda the Musical – Postponed until 2021
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) – 8:00PM Mondays via Zoom
Nicaragua Mission Trip – Canceled
Prayer Time – Only Online – Get More Info
Spiritual Gifts Classes – Classes Begining Soon through Zoom (Class videos online)
Stephens Ministry – 7:00PM Third Mondays of the month Online via conference call
Sunday Combined Worship Service – Watch Livestream online Sundays at 10AM
Sunday Combined Worship Service – Canceled during high COVID-19 infection rates
Sunday Morning Discipleship Classes – 12:00 PM Online via Zoom
The Children’s Center – Open
Thursday Bible Study – 7:00PM Online via Zoom
Hero’s Headquarters Children’s Group – Online via Zoom
Youth Group – 4:30PM Sundays Online via Zoom
Wednesdays in the Word – 6:30PM, 7:00PM & 7:30PM Online via Zoom
Women’s Retreat – Rescheduled for 2021
Worship & Fine Arts Cluster Meeting – 6:00PM 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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Poetry & Jazz Night

DemetriusFriday, February 21st, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
in Spahr Center

Yes, all kinds of poetry will be read including the classics, original compositions, comedy, and more alternating with great jazz by The Demetrius Steinmetz Jazz Ensemble led by our own Demetrius of our Contemporary Worship Praise Band.

Goodies by our Chef Faith!

The concert is free and open to the public. Tell your friends! Bring your family! Make Friday, February 21 your special night out, a great evening of poetry and music!

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Poetry & Jazz

Poetry & Jazz Night

DemetriusFriday, February 21st, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
in Spahr Center

Yes, all kinds of poetry will be read including the classics, original compositions, comedy, and more alternating with great jazz by The Demetrius Steinmetz Jazz Ensemble led by our own Demetrius of our Contemporary Worship Praise Band. The Jazz Ensemble will play music based on each poem’s content.

Goodies by Faith!

The concert is free and open to the public. Tell your friends! Bring your family! Make Friday, February 21 your special night out a great evening of poetry and music!

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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!

SUMMER CAMP OPTIONS 2020

Koinonia Camp

Special Person’s Camp     June 4th-7th      5:30pm — 1:00pm      $290.00

Senior High Camp     June 7th-12th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $355.00

Primary Camp     June 14th-17th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $255.00

Advanced Horsemanship Camp     June 14th – 19th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $455.00

Elementary Camp    June 21st – 26th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $355.00

First Timers Camp    June 26th-27th      5:30pm — 3:30pm      $96.00

Junior High Camp    June 28th-3rd      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $355.00

Horsemanship Camp    June 28th – 3rd      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $455.00

Youth Bible N’ Saddle Camp    July 5th-10th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $455.00

Paintball Camp     July 5th-10th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $455.00

Elementary Bible N’ Saddle Camp    July 12th- 17th      5:30pm — 5:30pm      $455.00

Youth Special Person’s Horse Camp    August 9th-12th      5:30pm — 1:30pm      $390.00

Adult Special Person’s Horse Camp    August 12th-15th      5:30pm — 1:30pm      $390.00


New For Summer 2020!

Days of Wonder Day Camp! July 12th -17th      9:00am — 3:00pm Daily      $150.00

A day camp for 6th- 8th graders, based around the beautiful creation Christ has given us! You will experience beekeeping, pumpkin, hay, and other crop growing, maple syrup distilling and more! You will study and talk about environmental issues, birds, mammals, and environmental technology! Come and join an amazing group of people who want to learn and grow God’s beautiful handiwork!


ALL DISCOUNTS END MARCH 1, 2020! NO DISCOUNTS AFTER MARCH 1, 2020!

Early Bird Discount $50.00 — Registration must be completed and submitted with the deposit to the office of Koinonia Camp.

Sibling Discount $20.00 — First registered child at normal price, all following children registered receive $20.00 off applied by the office of Koinonia Camp.


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

I am interested in Camp Koinonia

Holiday Season Events

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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


prayer vigil24 Hour Advent Prayer Vigil

FBC holds prayer vigils at Advent, Lent and at other times throughout the year when we want to set aside time for prayer and reflection. This year’s advent prayer vigil will take place in the Judson Room at the top of the Portico stairs. In the Judson room, you will find seasonal props, candlelight, Bibles, and devotional materials for your use. There usually will be a written guide to help direct your prayers, if needed. Some choose to bring their own Bible or devotional materials. A sign-up sheet will be available in the Fairmount hallway. People generally sign up for at least a 1-hour time slot, but you may stay as long or come as often as you like during the 24-hour vigil. Please enter through the portico entrance and take the stairs to the top or use the elevator. There may be more than one person at any given hour. If agreeable to those in the room, you may talk or pray aloud together or separately. Otherwise, silence is recommended. There will also be music CDs available if you want to use them. In general, this is a time of focused prayer and devotion; a time when you block out the busyness of your life and sit in the presence of God. You may contemplate the season or specific prayer requests of your own or as recommended by the pastors. There will be a board to write prayer requests that will be incorporated into the prayer list used by pastors and prayer team members. They will not be published in the bulletin without your permission. Many find this a wonderful time of revelation and peace.

Friday, Dec 6 at Noon through Saturday, Dec 7 at Noon in the Judson Room


ESM Christmas PartyEast 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 Christmas MusicalChildren’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


Women's Voices ResoundingCleveland Chamber Choir Concert

Women’s Voices Resounding – Holidays Old & New

Tickets (clevelandchamberchoir.org)

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


Visit SantaA Visit With Santa

Bring your little ones and take your own pics with Santa for free to share with friends and family for Christmas.
Wednesday, December 11th from 5:30 – 6:30 PM in the Spahr Center


ViolinViolin Recital

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

Friday, December 13th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Sanctuary


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

Guest conductor Julian Wachner leads his favorite selections from Bach’s holiday masterpiece, with 3 soloists and members of Apollo’s Singers and instrumentalists. Bring the kids (age 8 and up) for free! Adult guardian required. (apollosfire.org)

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


Apollo's Fire Christmas Oratorio

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


Lessons & CarolsA Festival of Lessons & Carols Followed By An 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


Youth Christmas PartyChildren & Youth Christmas Party

The children and youth are invited to this Christmas party just for them! Breakfast and hot cocoa bar will be served in Wheaton during the discipleship hour (10:00-11:00.) Children, toddlers, and their families are invited to stay for a tie-dye craft. Youth will have games and fellowship in the Youth Wing.

Sunday, Dec. 22nd during Discipleship Hour in the Youth Wing and Wheaton Center


Christmas PageantChristmas 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 ServiceCandlelight 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 ChurchYouth Sunday

Worship together with our youth as they take part in many of the activities in this worship service.

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


Christmas SanctuaryNew Year’s Eve Service

Take refuge in the quiet. Reflect over the past year and spiritually prepare for the year to come. Brian Kozak will provide the 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

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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Stylized people singing

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)

Yes, SINGING! Yes, YOU!

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!

Choir
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.