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Covid-19 Update

“Shared Trials without Shared Viruses” Matthew 26:36-42. This is Jesus and his disciples in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus prays for the suffering to bypass him, but yields Himself to the will of the Father, while asking for his disciples to encourage him by praying together. We will have a live stream combined service at 10:00 AM on our YouTube Channel.
During Lent, suffering – especially the suffering of Jesus- is a central theme.  Here 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 call the office and let us know, we are here to help.

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 view sermons online.  Text Prayer requests to Pastor Kregg 812-882-8555.

First Baptist Cancellations/Postponements

Bell Choir Rehearsals – Postponed until further notice
Broadway Plus Performance – Canceled for 2020
Chancel Choir Rehearsals – Postponed until further notice
Children’s Choir – Postponed until further notice
Cleveland Life Institute Classes – Canceled until further notice
Cluster Committee Meetings – Postponed until further notice
Intercessory Prayer – Only Online -Get More Info
Matilda the Musical – Postponed until further notice
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) – Canceled until further notice
Nicaragua Mission Trip – Still on until further notice
Prayer Time – Only Online – Get More Info
Spiritual Gifts Classes – In person classes postponed until further notice (Class videos online)
Stephens Ministry – Virtual/confrence call – Get More Info
Sunday Combined Worship Service – Watch Online Sundays at 10AM
Sunday Contemporary and Traditional Worship Services – No in person services
Sunday Morning Discipleship Classes – Postponed until further notice (working to go to telephone conferencing)
The Children’s Center – Closed until further notice
Youth Group – Online through Zoom meetings
Wednesdays in the Word – Postponed until further notice
Women’s Confrence – Rescheduled for September 19 @ 8AM
Women’s Retreat – Rescheduled August 29 @ 9:30AM

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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Spiritual Gifts

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God calls us as believers to discover and use our spiritual gifts in order to grow the Church in Spirit and in numbers. FBC needs your gifts. Join us online for an in-depth study this Spring during our “Lenten Celebration of Spiritual Gifts.” We offer eight weekly classes online for your convenience — Examine the Holy Spirit’s part in spiritual gifts and discover or uncover your gifts. Also, experience an internship to test out your gifts. To that end, please plan on an approximately  30-minute interview and a maximum two-hour internship prior to commissioning.

Relish in joy and ease of service when you implement God’s power within you. Our main resources include The Holy Spirit as Teacher, Scripture, and SpiritGifts, by Patricia D. Brown. Classes run 60-90 minutes.

God calls. Please answer.   

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Lenten Celebration of Spiritual Gifts ScheduleSpirit Gifts Book

Eight-Week Classes

Week 1: Holy Spirit 1
Week 2: Holy Spirit 2
Week 3: Spiritual Gifts 1
Week 4: Spiritual Gifts  2
Week 5: Spiritual Gifts 3
Spring Break:  Palm Sunday
Spring Break:
Easter Sunday
Week 6: Spiritual Gifts 4
Week 7: Internship Preparation 1
Break: Mother’s Day
Week 8: Internship Preparation 2
Break:  Memorial Day Weekend
May 31: Day Of Pentecost Commissioning*

*Includes those who hold a completion certificate from a previous Spiritual Gifts Class taught at FBC.

Minimum requirements for Commissioning

• Kickoff Breakfast or Spiritual Gifts 2
• Internship Preparation 1 & 2
• Interview
• Internship

You may complete all classes and requirements online.  The interview and internship, however, are in-person or by phone.  Check back periodically for the option to complete the interview online. You may make up sessions online at firstbaptistcleveland.org/spiritual-gifts-classes or switch between Sunday and Wednesday sessions of duplicate material.

We are excited about your gifts and look forward to your contribution.

Blessings,
Pastor Kregg
Mari Schroeder-Jenkins
Jennifer Whatley Williams

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Remembering Jane Maier Smith – Artist

Jane SmithAugust 9, 1929 — December 24, 2019

Jane was born in Woodbury, New Jersey and came to Ohio to attend Oberlin College where she studied studio art. That’s where she met her future husband, George who was in Pre-Med/Chemistry. They were married in 1954 while George was in his fourth year of medical school. In 1962 following George’s medical residency and two years of service in the U.S. Army they moved to Lyndhurst, Ohio, and then to Shaker Heights in 1967 where they raised their four children, Matt, Chris, Tim, and Katherine.

But Jane was not to be just a mother, not that being a mother is not a daunting, full-time task. But she taught her kids by example to be involved in other things that interested them. For example, Jane began to play the piano again having learned to play as a youngster. But interest in the piano-led her naturally to curiosity about the church organ, so she began taking organ lessons from Bill Trafka, our young organist from the late ‘70s. How many moms do you know that play the organ! Besides Stephanie Price, of course.

Jane loved books and worked for the Cleveland Public Library and the Shaker Heights Public Library for a time, later becoming an assistant reference librarian. She also loved music and was a member of the FBC Chancel Choir for several decades, and played in the Hand Bell Choir as well. A compassionate person by nature, Jane became a Stephen Minister later in life.

bird paintingBut very few knew that Jane, with all the other things going on in her life, still had time to create beautiful artworks. She never lost her interest in art after she left Oberlin. Two of her 10 grandchildren approached me during the reception following Jane’s memorial service and asked if the church might have any interest in displaying some of Jane’s watercolors. With nothing currently showing or scheduled in our Fairmount Hallway Gallery I was quick to say “yes.”

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Following an organizational call with Jane’s daughter, Katherine about 15 of Jane’s works were hung the following Monday. They are exquisite! In describing them the works whimsical, pastoral, and colorful come to mind. This art show of Jane’s works will stay up at least through January. Take a walk down the Fairmount hall and see for yourself!

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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Chronic Pain Self-Management

Take Charge of Your Pain!

Chronic Pain Self-Management

Start feeling better and get back to doing the things you love!

Chronic pain—pain lasting six months or more from a variety of causes—can cause you to feel irritable, tired, isolated, or helpless, and keep you from doing the things you enjoy. Researchers at Stanford University have developed Chronic Pain Self-Management (CPSM) to teach proven techniques for safely and effectively managing pain through:

Exercise, strengthening, endurance, and flexibility
Nutrition
• Managing medications
Decision-making
• Communicating with family, friends, and doctors
Evaluating new treatments

Participants learn and practice a safe, no-impact exercise program and receive an exercise CD and a book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain. If chronic pain is holding you back and affecting your quality of life, join us for this NO-CHARGE workshop and start feeling better today!

Chronic Pain Self-Management
April 17 —May 22, 2020
Fridays, 10:00am —12:30pm

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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

Patterson Fruit Farm Family Fun Day

 Patterson Fruit FarmWe’re going to pick apples and enjoy a day of fun on October 20th. We’ll pay for all children and youth that RSVP by Friday, October 18. slideAll others are $8 at the door. We’ll hand out wristbands at the door beginning at 1:00 pm. There are a lot of family-friendly activities like a giant slide, picking apples, painting pumpkins, crafts, horse-drawn wagon hayrides, pony rides, hikes, a hay maze, and a treehouse. pumpkinsThere is there are also snack bars available on site.

For more information about the activities visit the Patterson Fruit Farm website.   For more information or to let us know you are coming please complete the following for.

I Want To Go

Meet the Artist – Sabastianna “Anna” Costanzo, Quilter

1:00 PM Sunday, Sept. 29 in Spahr Center

(after Coffee Hour)

quiltIf you haven’t walked down our Fairmount Hallway Gallery lately you have missed one of our most impressive art shows. Magnificent quilts line both sides of the Gallery, and each one has a story behind it. So does Anna Costanza, the quilter who has created these masterpieces. Please plan to join us around 1 PM after Coffee Hour Sunday, September 29 in Spahr Center for a “Meet the Artist” reception during which Anna will share her stories and answer any questions you may have.

Anna Costanzo

ANNA’S ARTIST STATEMENT
Sabastianna “Anna” Costanzo was introduced to quilting by her college roommate 36 years ago. She had learned to sew garments, cross-stitch, and crochet from her mother and grandmothers. That very first quilt was a green and yellow log-cabin pattern finished by tying. Fascinated with the fabrics, the play of colors, and the quilting designs she began to read all the books about quilting she could find at the library. She is largely self-taught and recently became a member of the Common Threads, a quilt guild in Parma, OH Anna especially enjoys playing with fabric, different patterns, and new techniques. A teacher in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District, Anna has held a number of professional roles including music teacher, math teacher, math coach, and mentor for new teachers. quilt

Outside of the district, she has co-authored several resource manuals for math teachers. Anna has two grown children, and son and a daughter, who have been the recipients of many quilts.She has also donated quilts to different fundraisers, created customer quilts upon request, and worked with very old quilt tops and fabric. Her interests include ballroom dancing, cooking, reading, and gardening.