Holiday Season Events

Thanksgiving cornucopia

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

 

manger

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

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

 

Request more info

 

 

 

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!

Get More Info About Singing

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

Hunchback of Notre Dame

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.

Mason Stewart & Kelly_Pernicone-Happy_Ending_Lyric_Players-Hunchback_of_Notre_Dame

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.

[contact-form to=’mason.stewart07@gmail.com’ subject=’I am interested in the Hunchback of Notre Dame.’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

 

bells

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!

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 2019

Koinonia Camp

05/31 – Special Person’s Camp – Designed for campers 18 years old and older who have special needs.
06/02 – **Advanced Horsemanship Camp
06/09 – Senior High Camp – 9th thru 12th Grades. Excitement, Courage, Friendship, Faith, Worship
06/02 – **Horsemanship Camp
06/16 – Elementary Camp
– Designed for 3rd thru 5th Grade. Make friends as you play, hike, swim.
06/21 – First Timer’s Camp – Built for K thru 1st Grade. An overnight with parents to experience Koinonia together.
06/21 – Wilderness Weekend – 7th—12th Grades. Learn to build shelters, cook over an open fire, sleep under the stars.
06/23 – Primary Camp – A shortened 3-day “solo” camp for 1st and 2nd Grade campers.
06/30 – Junior High Camp – 6th thru 8th Grades. New adventures in activities and relationships.
06/30 – Youth Bible “N Saddle Camp – 4th thru 6th Grade. Learn all about horses and riding.
07/07 – Elementary Bible “N Saddle Camp – 4th thru 6th Grade. Learn all about horses and riding.
07/07 – Paintball Camp
06/30 – Youth Special Person’s Horse Back Camp – Designed for youth, ages 10 thru 17 with special needs and an interest in horses.
08/07 – Adult Special Person’s Horse Back Camp – Made for campers 18 years and up, with special needs.
**Invitation Only Camps

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

I am interested in Camp Koinonia

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