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

Mike Skerritt - H.E.L.P.

Community Theater – A JOY and a CHALLENGE!


Sunday, May 19, 2019
12:30 PM – Lunch $5.00

1:00 PM – FREE Program

This program is presented by the 49’ers

Mike Skerritt will talk about many of his experiences as one of the founders and now as Managing Director of the 43-year-old theater group, the Happy Ending Lyric Players. Joining Mike with stories of their years of Joys and Challenges will be Betty Daniels, a co-founder; Carole Negus, actress; John Negus, actor, and director; Laura Preston, actress; and Kelley Pernicone, actress, producer, and director.

Using an extensive PowerPoint presentation just loaded with pictures from memorable shows, some that included some of the 49’ers themselves, Mike will start at the beginning in 1976 and will read written comments by the real driving force behind the formation of the theater group, Jim Shrader, former FBC Music Director who left in 1990 to pursue a doctorate in choral conducting. Many of the pictures will bring back fond memories of talented folks who were involved with H.E.L.P. in years past.

And for a few 49’ers who haven’t yet tried our their latent acting skills, there will be an opportunity to AUDITION for a role at the end of the presentation, reading dialogue from a script from an episode of THE BICKERSONS!

The program is free and open to all. It promises to be an early afternoon well spent!

Photo from you're A Good Man Charlie Brown

Photo of Mike from “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”

Urban Ministry Conference

Urban MinistryJoin us for the 2019 Urban Ministry Conference May 22-25, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn (700 Beta Drive, Mayfield Village, OH 44143). Our theme is “What Shall We Do?: Pathways to Action in Troubled Times.” The conference is sponsored by the Cleveland Baptist Association of American Baptist Churches. Download a registration form HERE!

More details including a conference agenda and schedule can be found at

We are in the midst of troubled times. We are seeing a rise in xenophobia, the re-emergence of white supremacy and anti-Semitism, the election of politicians and appointment of public officials who promote anti-immigrant, anti-civil rights, misogynistic, homophobic and discriminatory policies. Under the influence of financing from the gun and pharmaceutical industries, gun violence is ubiquitous and addiction is epidemic. Leadership failures in education have resulted in a school to prison pipeline that has robbed communities of color of a viable future.

In response, social justice movements have attempted to mitigate the damage of racial profiling, gun violence, police brutality, environmental injustice, gender discrimination, and LGBTQ discrimination. The Church has struggled to determine what is effective and what is not; what is helpful and what is not. Our struggle is one of consistency and credibility. Can we live up to the faith that we espouse?

“What then shall we (the Church) do?” Where should we stand in these troubled times? More importantly, how shall we take action? This Conference seeks to give voice to leading edge thinkers, speakers and preachers who are addressing, responding and making a positive impact on these critical issues. The Church must act!

For more information include registration materials and schedules, go to!

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Broadway Lights

Broadway Lights Logo

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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2018 Retreat Participants

2019 Annual Women’s Retreat

Saturday, May 11, 2019
10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Cleveland Metropark Intergrove Lodge
Bridle Trail, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094

(We are meeting at a new metro park due to construction at last year’s Lakefront Lodge)

Cost: $15.00

Join us for this powerful one-day retreat as we nourish our Mind, Body, and Spirit at a new location in Cleveland Metroparks!

This retreat is celebrated by the women of First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland. Our day will be filled with inspiration through music, presentations, discussions, devotions, nature, exercise, good food, fellowship and lots of FUN. Arrive at 10:00 a.m. and leave at 5:00 p.m. or stay for supper and the after party concluding at 9:00 p.m.

Registration now open. Deadline is May 1st.

Complete the registration form online and place your check in Jen Bopple’s mailbox in Spahr or mail your check to or drop off your check at the church office. Checks should be made payable to First Baptist Church and mailed before May 1st. For questions, you can call the church office (216) 932-7480 or contact Jen Bopple through the form below. Continental Breakfast and Lunch are included.

Our goal is to have no less than 35 women, so FBC women let’s be driven by faith and show up to support this event and bring your sisters and friends in Christ. We hope to see you on May 11th!

A brochure with more information, the map and the registration form will be available in April.

Have Questions?
Ask Jen Bopple, Kathy Adams-Case, Gwen Dyer, Laura Preston, Tondra Miller or Fran Leanza or use the form below.

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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.

Get more information or sign up to help through the form below.

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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-


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straight razor

Sweeney Todd presented by Happy Ending Lyric Players

Sweeney Todd - The demon barber of fleet street

straight razor

March 29th – April 7th

In the original version of the tale, Sweeney Todd is a barber who dispatches his victims by pulling a lever as they sit in his barber chair. His victims fall backward down a revolving trap door into the basement of his shop, generally causing them to break their necks or skulls. In case they are alive, Todd goes to the basement and “polishes them off” (slitting their throats with his straight razor). In some adaptations, the murdering process is reversed, with Todd slitting his customers’ throats before dispatching them into the basement through the revolving trap door. After Todd has robbed his dead victims of their goods, Mrs. Lovett, his partner in crime (in some later versions, his friend and/or lover), assists him in disposing of the bodies by baking their flesh into meat pies and selling them to the unsuspecting customers of her pie shop. Todd’s barber shop is situated at 152 Fleet Street, London, next to St. Dunstan’s church, and is connected to Mrs. Lovett’s pie shop in nearby Bell Yard by means of an underground passage. In most versions of the story, he and Mrs. Lovett hire an unwitting orphan boy, Tobias Ragg, to serve the pies to customers.  Though a gruesome tale, it contains powerful lessons on the futility of revenge.  Because this production is taking place in a church, the spilling of blood will be left to the viewer’s imagination.

Show Dates

3/29 Tickets Friday 8PM – 10 PM Dinner Show Package

3/30 Tickets Saturday 8PM – 10 PM

3/31 Tickets Sunday 2 PM – 4 PM


4/5 Tickets Friday 8PM – 10 PM

4/6 Tickets Saturday 8PM – 10 PM

4/7 Tickets Sunday2 PM – 4 PM