Black History Quiz

Black History Month

With February being Black History Month we wanted to test you on how much you know about some famous (and should be famous) Black Americans that have contributed so much to our lives. You may take the quiz as often as you would like during the month so it should get easier as time goes on if you have a good memory, right? Not so fast, we will be adding more questions throughout the month so it may get a lot more difficult!

Once you click finish your score will be at the top of the page and all of the correct answers will light up green. How well did you do? You may reload/refresh your browser and try to improve your score.

If you need some help with your memory or if you never learned about some of these great Americans you can hit the button below to add to your knowledge.

Great Black Americans

Black History Month

Rock of Faith Community Conversations – Divine Dialogue

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A discussion about stress, anxiety, and social-emotional wellbeing and their connection to opioid addiction in youth and adults.

February 27th
7:00 PM

ROCK OF FAITH – Community Conversation:
Relevant and Engaging Dialogue and Question Forum For Youth

Shutdown, isolation, and uncertainty have become a new normal. No one has been immune to the impact of COVID 19. But one startling trend is the increase in mental health issues and opioid abuse in teens and young adults. The First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland Youth program has recognized this growing issue and has set up opportunities to help connect young people, families, and caregivers to mental health and addiction resources. These resources are free to the community and all are welcome to participate.

On Saturday, February 27th at 7 PM, FBC’s Youth Department will be hosting the first of these events. This will be an educational event that seeks to answer the question, “how will I know”. How will I know that I have a problem? How will I know where to get help? How will I know if a friend is struggling? Teens and young adults will have a safe environment to ask their questions and gain valuable resources from a panel of experts.

FBC’s Youth Department will also host an event for parents and other adult caregivers later this year to provide additional mental health and addiction recovery resources.

Guest speakers:

Juleta Craig: K-12 School: Psychologist

Jessica Vendetti: Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) Counselor

Ashen Ward: Special Education Interventionist

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MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service


Monday, January 18th, 2021

9:30-10:00 a.m.

Please join us on Martin Luther King Day, January 18th from 9:30-10:00 a.m. to honor the legacy of Dr. King and participate in this reimagined day of service.  We will all gather on Zoom to hear prayer and reflection, an inspirational word from Pastor Burris, and to receive directions for the activities of the day.

After our 30-minute Zoom connection, each person will be asked to contact people (church members, neighbors, friends, and/or family members) who are in isolation or need a word of encouragement. You may call, send a card, text, or email to make contact. The goal is to make connections and establish bridges to offer support and create unity in our community.

Each participant is encouraged to identify a charity/organization that they feel makes a positive impact on the community.  Prior to joining the call, please share the name of your charity of choice with Rev. Sandra Alexander through the form below. At the end of the day, through a drawing, there will be an opportunity for everyone who participated to receive a donation designated for their charity of choice.

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If you would like more information about the MLK Day of Service or would like to sign up, complete the form below.

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Youth & Children’s Art Show

Art Show Grand Opening

Youth Art ShowThis winter, the hallways of First Baptist will be transformed into a gallery displaying the work of our talented children and youth. And while we will not be able to gather together for a gallery walk, we will be hosting a virtual show featuring each of our artists and their work. The Art Exhibit opening was held on Sunday, January 3rd at 11:00 AM. Feel free to watch the video at any time.


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Lessons & Carols

December 24 at 7:00 PM    Watch on YouTube

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Prelude Ding Dong Merrily on High arr. John Rutter
University Brass Quintet

Welcome      Stephanie Price

CAROL Once in Royal David’s City IRBY
Anna Price, soloist

The Bidding Prayer Rev. Jeff Gordon

FIRST LESSON Genesis 3:8-15 Stephanie Price

CAROL Carol of the Bells Leontovich/
University Brass Quintet arr. Richard Price

CAROL Away in a Manger Murray/arr. Larry Sue
Handbell Choir

SECOND LESSON Genesis 22: 1-3, 9-18 Meredeth Shelley CAROL In the Bleak Midwinter G. Holst/arr. M. Ijames
Virtual Choir

THIRD LESSON Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 Carole Negus

CAROL Watcher, Tell Us of the Night ABERYSTWYTH
Vocal Quartet

CAROL Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming GERMAN CAROL
University Brass Quintet

FOURTH LESSON Isaiah 11:1-9 Greg Bagley

CAROL Glory (Let There Be Peace) Matt Maher
Praise Team

FIFTH LESSON Luke 1:26-35, 38 Kim Kidd-Collins

CAROL O Little Town of Bethlehem ST. LOUIS

CAROL The First Noel English Carol

SIXTH LESSON Luke 2:1-7 John Negus

CAROL Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head Appalachian Folk
Betty Meyers, piano ~ Stephanie Price, organ  Song

SEVENTH LESSON Luke 2:8-16 Elijah Price

CAROL Angels We Have Heard on High arr. Larry Sue
Handbell Choir

CAROL Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Mendelssohn

EIGHTH LESSON Matthew 2:1-11 Ship Collins

CAROL The Shepherds’ Cradle Song Leuner/arr. MacPherson
Vocal Quartet

CAROL Little Drummer Boy arr. Boston Brass
University Brass Quintet

NINTH LESSON John 1:1-14 Rev. Dr. Kregg Burris

Brass Quintet, Virtual Choirs

Benediction Kregg Burris Postlude In Dulci Jubilo, BWV 729 J.S. Bach

Larry Herman – trumpet
Gerhard Schermaier – trumpet
Tren Cheshier – horn
Pete Cumming – trombone
Chris Blaha – tuba

Brian Kozak, guitar
Pete Psarras, keyboard
Demetrius Steinmetz, bass
Adam Hradisky, drums

Angela Zawada, soprano
Xiaoge Zhang, alto
Michael Ward, tenor
Xiaoyang Zhang, bass

Carole Negus, John Negus, Laura Preston, Michael Ward

Charie Babcock, Greg Bagley, David Cumming, Betty Daniels, Pam Schneider, Mike Skerritt, and Nancy Wheaton

Virtual Mitten Tree

mitten treeWith Your Help We Can Make It Happen!

This Christmas is going to be different than most we have celebrated in many years. The current pandemic has changed the lives of so many around our neighborhood and city.

We have a little money in our Mission & Social Concerns budget for the “Mitten Tree” but need your help to assist these agencies. Your donations of any amount are needed. Donate online by selecting “other church payments” under the Mission Gifts tab or write a check with the words “Mitten Tree” in the memo.

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We have three volunteers that are willing to shop for you to fill the Mitten Tree requests for Nora’s House and Fairhill Partners.


North East Ohio Recovery Association, Inc.(NORA): Provides outpatient and inpatient substance abuse treatment. The women we are helping this Christmas are in a locked cottage receiving intensive therapy services through individual and group counseling. These ladies all have children who will be brought to visit them before Christmas. With your financial donations we will shop for the gift items that the women will give to their children ages 1-18.


With your financial help, we will be doing the shopping to fill a gift request from one of the grandchildren being raised by their grandparent. As a parent, I know that it is sometimes a challenge to raise just one child, so I can’t even begin to imagine grandparents and sometimes great grandparents raising grandchildren!

We will also purchase items for the following programs as we receive your donations, or you can leave requested items at church where you will find marked boxes for your gifts. The church office is open during normal business hours.


Last year we collected 437 pairs of warm socks that were distributed by JCU students through their Labre ministry program. Each Friday night from Sept – May these students go into our city and give food & socks to people living on our streets – in doorways, under bridges, etc.

This year they are also asking for hand sanitizers, masks, and socks.


It has become our tradition at the January hot meals served to have some small gift for each of our guests. These little surprise gift bags of lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand soap, tissues, and lip balm will be given out along with the hot meal on Jan. 22nd.


With your financial donations, we will buy some new winter coats and boots. We will gladly accept your gifts of gently used shoes, boots, winter clothing, warm hats and gloves that will be delivered by January 10th.

Church Sanctuary

Welcome Back

Livestream Worship on Sundays at 10:00 AM

Due to increased levels of COVID-19 our in-person worship has been suspended until further notice.

We will continue with Christian education classes and most small groups in a virtual setting. Check our calendar or the updates page for the current schedule. All of our plans may change depending on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our members, visitors, and staff is our primary concern. There will be several “stages” in our returning to public worship and activities. We will continue to live-stream to YouTube to provide an alternative to those who are in our vulnerable groups or those who are not ready to publicly gather together. The following are our recommendations for reentry in “Stage One.”

Pre-Gathering Preparation

  1. Communication. Communicate to the church members the steps we are taking to ensure their safety when the church reopens. Clearly explain new policies, procedures, and expectations as outlined by this task group by means of multiple channels of communication.
    – Email blast with guidelines to the church email list.
    – Post on the church web page, Facebook, and Social Media.
    – Phone tree to communicate restart date and basic guidelines
  2. Cleaning. Using staff and volunteers, ensure that public spaces have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to the return to worship and that a plan is in place to maintain cleanliness during the worship service.
    – Pre-cleaning of the building by staff before worship service
    -During Worship- cleaning of key points throughout the morning by designated personnel We will be wiping down commonly touched surfaces (doorknobs, toilet and faucet handles, counters, handrails, lift buttons, etc.) while people are present.
    – Post-cleaning of the building by staff following worship service
  3. Education. The value of educating our congregation about common-sense practices to inhibit the spread of viruses was emphasized, including the proper way to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing. The first several weeks of live worship will include an educational segment. Prepare a ‘what to expect’ video to distribute before we come back to worship.
    – Create and post a video to explain what to expect in worship service and procedures.
    – Within the service announce key instructions at the beginning of the service. Encourage seniors and other vulnerable persons to continue worshiping at home via Livestream rather than coming to church. There will be special training/orientation of ushers and security team members to ensure they understand these recommendations and know how to respond to incidents, as well as appropriately guide people as they learn the new protocols.

Public Worship Service

Sunday Worship Services. The number of services will be based on attendance projections- currently, we are looking at a single service with multiple locations available if we fill up our seating capacity in order to maintain a 6 feet social distancing model.

*Capacity has been calculated at a maximum of 110 people within the sanctuary, 42-50 within Spahr Center. (Capacity is dependent upon family group size who sit together.) We have the opportunity to use other classrooms with TV screens that can show our Livestream if necessary. We may need to offer multiple service times if we exceed our capacity.

  1. Access. Unless security concerns override, leave entry doors (Portico and Chapel only) open in the summer so people do not have to touch door handles. Prop open all interior doors except the children’s wing. Eliminate traffic bottlenecks (such as at sanctuary entrance) where people tend to bunch up. Two points of access: Portico and Chapel will have hosts who will serve as greeters/ushers/ someone who will offer masks and take temperatures. These individuals will be trained and welcoming. Mark spaces to maintain correct social distance within entry areas in case there is a back up to get into the church during check-in.
  2. Discourage Lingering. Ask people to go straight into the sanctuary without stopping upon entry to the church.
  3. Masks. Require all congregants to be masked while in the church. Station a security team member at the door to offer a disposable mask to those who do not have one. We will allow worship leaders to go unmasked while leading worship.
  4. Temperature Checks. Check people at the door with an infrared thermometer. Our greeter/ host will be trained to use them at each point of entry. If someone objects, let them discuss it with our security person who will encourage them to be tested for entry. A temperature of 100.4 is considered a failing temperature and they will be asked to leave and offered encouragement, prayer and assistance back to their car with follow up after the service.
  5. Hand Sanitizer. Multiple foaming sanitizer stations are already in place around the church. We encourage people to use them.
  6. Social Distancing. Maintain social distancing in all directions by designating pew space using tape and signage. Designate specific “spaces” for families to use, increasing the spacing according to family size. Recommendations for Returning to Sunday & Weekday Programming Block off every other pew. Allow for open seating within the designated safe zone within the pews. Ushers may be used to assist in the seating due to our limited space.
  7. Additional Seating. If needed, set up Spahr Center as an overflow area, showing Livestream feed in real-time. Another possibility is offering multiple services if needed to comply with regulations regarding social distancing and maximum group sizes.
  8. Bulletins. There will not be paper bulletins in Stage One. We will record video announcements or make verbal announcements at the end of the service.
  9. Hymnals and Pew Materials. Hymnals, Bible, and pew cards have been removed from racks to avoid having to sanitize each week. Use the projection screen for all lyrics and worship aids.
  10. Greeting Time. Use non-contact methods to greet quickly – waves, air hugs, etc.
  11. Sharing and Prayer time. Eliminate the congregational handling of microphones. Ask at stage one for all prayer requests to be communicated to Pastor Kregg before the Sharing Time.
  12. Communion. Make pre-packaged communion sets available for pickup prior to the service to eliminate the need to distribute. Our first possible Sunday for Communion would be July 5th.
  13. Offering. Eliminate the passing of offering plates. We will provide two secured offering boxes; one in the sanctuary foyer and the second near the church office. We also encourage people to use digital forms of giving where possible. Place offering envelopes where offerings are collected.
  14. Choir. Full choir rehearsals and performances will not take place in Stage One.
  15. Praise Team. Our praise team shall consist of no more than four singers (at Stage One) who will practice safe social distancing at 12 feet apart.
  16. Dismissal. Ushers will dismiss the congregation by row to avoid bunching people up at exits and keep safe distancing. Having “one-way corridors” was discussed to prevent people from meeting others face to face while traveling. The “one-way corridor” will use Fairmount Hallway as an entrance before the service and after the service to Portico. The Shelburn Hallway will be used as an alternative direction for both services. Pastor Kregg and Ann will not be greeting at the back of the service but will be available after the service in Spahr Center following the end of the service.
  17. Coffee. In Stage One there will not be coffee provided nor a Coffee Hour following the service. People may bring their own coffee but are encouraged to keep their masks on and take their cup/dispose of their cup following the service.
  18. Water Fountains. Fountains will be turned off, however small bottles of water will be provided. 19.Toilet Handles. Signs will remind people to thoroughly wash their hands before leaving the bathroom.
  19. Children’s Ministries. We are asking parents to keep children with them in the sanctuary rather than attempting a separate children’s gathering. We will provide take-home bags of activities to keep children occupied during the sermon and providing a “children’s moment” (such as a short video) during the worship service.
  20. Baptisms. Allow baptisms only if the pastor and the baptismal candidate are willing to assume the risk.
  21. Signage. Signs will be helpful to remind people of expectations regarding shaking hands / keeping distance / good hygiene practices.

Post-Public Service

  1. Exposure. In the event we find that we have been exposed to COVID-19, we will take proper measures to ensure the health and safety of our members and work with health care authorities. We shall follow all State of Ohio guidelines in the sharing of information and the communication of information to the congregation.
  2. Key Staff/Volunteers. Key worship staff or volunteer duties will be handed off if staff or volunteers become ill or require quarantine.

Sunday/Weekday Meetings and Classes

  1. Discipleship Classes. At Stage One, our classes will continue to meet online. However, Sunday discipleship classes will be moved to later in the afternoon or evening via Zoom or conference call at Stage One to provide time between services and homes.
  2. Other Church Events. All events are canceled at this time in Stage One.
  3. Outside Groups. We want to balance the value of hosting outside groups (such as recovery groups) with the need to keep spaces clean. The consensus was to allow vital small groups but requiring sanitizing after the group meets at a cost to be borne by the group. A standard of requiring 36 sq. ft. space per person will be used to determine maximum capacity for a room and social distancing will be required of each group.

Re-Entry Task Force

Kim Kidd Collins, Moderator
Carolyn Neal, Vice-Moderator
Rev. Dr. Kregg Burris, Sr. Pastor
Rev. Jeff Gordon, Assoc. Pastor
Rev. Sandra Alexander Haynes, Assoc. Pastor
Iris Goins Monroe Goins
Nathan Hurle
Carly Marino
Carole Negus
Mike Skerritt

 Cleveland Baptist Association COVID-19 Videos

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2020 Virtual Run/Walk for Hunger

hunger-network-logoFirst Baptist Church and the Children’s Center are excited to be part of the Hunger Network’s virtual Run/Walk for Hunger this year.

Help Us Meet Our Goal Now!

Feeding our Communities’ Future!

One of our top priorities as an organization is the health and wellness of our participants.  Because of concerns surrounding COVID-19, the 32nd Annual Run/Walk for Hunger will be completely virtual.  While we cannot meet in person, the need for emergency food assistance is critical so we encourage all of our participants to still register and donate! 

Join hundreds of anti-hunger advocates united for our 32nd Annual Run/Walk for Hunger!

The Run/Walk for Hunger raises awareness about hunger and funds to support the Hunger Network’s mission to feed our communities’ future. Last year, through your support, we raised $100,000 to provide healthy meals to our neighbors in need across Cuyahoga County.

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Our 2020 Graduates