Single Service Summer

Single Service Summer

Our Summer Services will be Theme Based with Multiple Music Styles

We are expanding on our successful worship format of the past two years beginning with the 10 AM Sunday, June 9 service.

Each 10 AM Sunday service will be preceded at 9:30 AM by a short fellowship time including coffee, tea, juice, and delicious goodies. Late risers won’t have to go hungry during the service. Unconsumed goodies will be allowed in the church.

Each service will include a mix of traditional and contemporary style music typical of the church’s separate traditional and contemporary services scheduled for the balance of each year. For example, one Sunday a powerful organ prelude will start things off, and the following Sunday the church’s talented Praise Team and Band will assume that opening role. Alternating styles for other elements of each service will take advantage of the many talented members and friends of the church.

And if you ever wanted to try singing in a church choir, you are welcome to join members of the church “Sometime Sunday Singers,” a group of regular choir members and congregation volunteers who meet at 9:15 AM to learn a simple song that is sung during that day’s service. No audition required!

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the summer worship schedule will be the theme assigned to each Sunday, an effort to introduce a more relaxed and engaging atmosphere.

Sunday, June 9 is “Hat Day,” when you are encouraged to wear a hat of your choosing, the more elaborate the better. Hats will be available if you don’t have one of your own. And since the majority of hat wearers traditionally are women, we will limit singing to the fairer sex on this Sunday.

Everyone loves to eat, so we have incorporated a “Dollar Dog Sunday” on June 16 and encourage you to wear whatever Cleveland Indians attire you have. Hot dogs will be in the Courtyard after the service. And ice cream and root beer floats will follow the two “Ice Cream Sundae” services of July 14 and August 11.

While we are on the subject of food, don’t forget the “Tailgate Party Sunday” where we will have a picnic in the parking lot and admire once again everyone’s Cleveland Indians attire.

On June 23 you can wear a T-shirt on “T-Shirt Sunday,” and on July 21 you are encouraged to wear your most outrageous Hawaiian shirt on “Hawaiian Sunday.”

On June 30 the Community Service Sunday will move to the front steps of the church so any and everyone can stop by. You are encouraged to bring a lawn chair so you will be comfortable on the front lawn of the church surrounded by neighbors and friends.

We encourage clothing in red, white, and/or blue on Independence Celebration Sunday which will actually be on Sunday, July 7.

You won’t want to miss Christmas in July on July 28 when the music will be predominantly Christmas Carols.

Recognizing the importance of our dedication to the community around us you will be encouraged to bring school supplies for struggling public schools while you wear a shirt with a logo from your favorite school on Back to School Sunday, August 18th, and non-perishable food for the hungry on Homecoming Sunday, August 25.

Summarizing –

June 9 – Hat Day

June 16 – Dollar Dog Day

June 23 – T-Shirt Sunday

June 30 – Community Service Sunday

July 7 – Independence Celebration Sunday

July 14 – Ice Cream Sundae

July 21 – Hawaiian Sunday

July 28 – Christmas in July

August 4 – Tailgate Party

August 11 – Ice Cream Sunday

August 18 – Back to School Sunday

August 25 – Homecoming Sunday

September 1 – Labor Day Weekend

Staff Appreciation Sunday

September 8 We return to the regular church service schedule, 9 AM for the Contemporary Service, 11 AM for the Traditional service.

First Baptist hopes that this summer schedule helps create closer relationships in the Heights area. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

Respectfully Submitted – Mike Skerritt

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Broadway Lights

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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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FBC 101 Membership Class

FBC 101 Membership Class

So you like what you see and you want to join?

Pastor Kregg will begin membership classes-


Sunday or Monday

Please register below for the date and time that works best for you!

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Jazz-Poetry Night Returns!


Poetry & Jazz

7:30 PM Friday, February 15, 2019

Yes, we are bringing back the very popular Jazz-Poetry Night to First Baptist. The original format of alternating poetry readings with jazz numbers related to each poem performed by the Demetrius Steinmetz Jazz Trio will be followed again.

Goodies will be provided at the event by our own chef Faith!

This event is free and open to the public. Tell your friends! Bring your family!

If you have any questions about this event please contact Mike Skerritt through the form below.

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Church Security

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We now have a new Security Ministry lead by retired police officer Monroe Goins. We have several security measures already in place like lighting, video recording and controlled access to children’s areas but we are always looking to improve. If you have a minute to answer just ten questions it will help us judge how we are doing and what we can do to increase security.

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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


Exciting, New Display of FBC Fairmount Gallery

Works by Jeff Gordon’s Parents

About the Artists

Duane Gordon and Barbara Loughlin

Duane and Barbara are the parents of FBC’s Associate Pastor, Rev. Jeff Gordon. Be sure to visit the Fairmount Gallery to see this special exhibit!

Duane’s background was in the field of design. He received a degree in Fine Arts from USC, then a graduate degree in Design from Art Center College. He went on to teach at Art Center College and Chouinard Art Institute, both in Los Angeles. Duane then spent 30 years as a commercial artist and founding partner of Studio Artists, a Los Angeles-based design studio. His clients included many of the airlines, and Disney Studios. He was influenced in great part by Edward Hopper and Charles Sheeler, painters of the 20’s and 30’s whose works were largely centered around houses or the forms or shadows that architecture creates.

“I work in an odd medium,” he confessed, “a combination of transparent watercolor and ink drawing. They are half drawings and half paintings, with the majority of the hours dedicated to the drawing.”

The ink and pen work is done last, over the painting. Each piece represents from 20-40 hours of work, and Duane liked to have several concepts going at once. That way he could work according to his mood – sometimes with the fresh excitement of a creative beginning, sometimes with the more tedious etching of the later phase.


Duane and his second wife Kathi were residents of The Sea Ranch – a small community with strict architectural requirements imposed to blend in with the natural landscape of the rugged northern California coast.

When he retired in 1982, they built a house that received an award from Sunset Magazine.

The house design included Duane’s studio, which had large windows looking out into the redwood forest.

Duane participated in many gallery exhibits and art shows all over California as well as in New York and Texas, and won numerous awards. He was one of four judges for the Walt Disney World 18th Annual Festival of the Masters in Florida. Duane passed away in 2013.

Barbara Loughlin was Duane’s first wife. Following their divorce in the early 1960’s, Barbara worked in dental offices in San Diego and for the Lockheed Corporation in southern California.

Barbara was always an excellent seamstress, but turned to quilting mid-life., a hobby that she pursued until just two years ago when advancing age made it impossible for her to continue. Her quilts have been featured in many local art shows in central California – and have been passed on to her children.

Sunburst Quilt (a comment by Jeff)

When I first saw this quilt on the wall of my mom’s apartment, my eyes must have bugged out – I was completely overwhelmed by its beauty and intricacy. The skill required to make this quilt is astounding. I immediately said, “I want this!” in a joking manner, and mom immediately said that she would give it to me at the appropriate time. It’s now a treasured heirloom that graces my bedroom wall. I still frequently find myself looking at it in awe and wonder.”

Stephanie D. Price

Welcome Stephanie D. Price!

Stephanie D. Price Family

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.