Wednesday, February 17 – Sunday, April 4

A daily devotional for Lent

> 2021 Lenten Devotions by Richard Rusbuldt

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

youth and adult conversations

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

Email youth@firstbaptistcleveland.org to register today!

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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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New Year’s Eve Service

New Year's Eve

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We also plan to Facebook Live the service from the sanctuary where Pastor Kregg Burris will be conducting the Zoom portion.
Brian Kozak will provide music on Zoom from his home in Westlake.

Everyone will be able to join in through zoom, some participants will speak during the service but most will watch and listen.
The service will be by candle-light in the front of the sanctuary.  I will be the only one present in the church.

The order of service

Prelude- by Brian Kozak

Welcome and introduction – Pastor Kregg Burris

Scriptures – Pastor Kregg Burris

Light of candles – Pastor Kregg Burris

Prayer and meditation- while Brian plays

Open sharing- Zoom participants

Prayer and Message – Pastor Kregg Burris

Closing song – Brian Kozak

Benediction – Pastor Kregg Burris

Lessons & Carols

December 24 at 7:00 PM    Watch on YouTube

> Download Printable PDF

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.

Give To Mitten Tree

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.

Nocturne – Songs of Night and Dreams


Sunday, November 8th at 11:30PM

Watch Concert

Angela Zawada, Soprano presents a solo recital accompanied by Adam Whiting to benefit the Music & Fine Arts program at First Baptist Church. Angela, currently studying with Richard Anderson, will present music by Handel, Mozart, Schumann, Faure’ and Samuel Barber that vividly demonstrated her ability to show pathos, contemplation, sadness and exuberant joy, all in one evening. Included in the concert was Handel’s piece “O Sleep,” from Semele and “Piangero la sorte mia” from Julius Caesar in Egypt. A piece by Mozart lightened the mood significantly “Exultate, jubilate!” Selections from a Robert Schumann song cycle “Frauenliebe und leben” that follows the progression of a woman’s love and life. Three pieces by Gabriel Faure’ were an excellent introduction to Faure’s incredible musicality that everyone acknowledges exists in his famous Requiem. Angela closed the program with three pieces by Samuel Barber ending with “The Man I Love” made famous by Billy Holiday among others. The opening lines refer to the night and to dreams.

Angela Zawada

Performer Bios

As soprano soloist at First Baptist, Angela Zawada has performed solos from works by Handel, Mendelssohn, Bach, and Saint-Saens, and participated in theater productions of Les Misérables and Evita presented by the Happy Ending Lyric Players, the resident performing arts company of the church, now in its 44th season. Angela holds a

Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Music degree from Roosevelt University. A recent addition to the music scene in Cleveland, she was active in the opera scene in the Chicago area with such companies as Chicago Folks Operetta, Sinfonietta Bel Canto, Katydid Productions, Main Street Opera, and Lingerie Lyrique. Angela was a founding member of and a performer with Chicago’s VOX 3 Vocal Collective which specializes in performances of art song literature. She is currently studying with Richard Anderson here in Cleveland.

Adam Whiting is a coach/accompanist at the Cleveland School of the Arts and The Music Settlement. Until recently, he was a staff accompanist at the Cleveland Institute of Music; he was hired for this position upon graduation from CIM in the spring of 2005 with a double master’s degree in piano performance and accompanying. After 15 years and purchasing 4 properties in Cleveland, he considers himself a transplant but still spends summertime in the Pacific Northwest to see family and friends and accompany the Oregon Suzuki Institute and the Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute.

Download a PDF of the program which includes songs and lyrics.