Women’s Conference

Saturday, September 19

Registration starts at 8:00AM
Save the date! You don’t want to miss the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland Women’s Conference. Danita Harris will be our keynote speaker. Danita is a WEWS News5 anchorwoman and an Emmy-Award winning journalist. She uses her profession as a main anchor to reach many people. She feels blessed to work in the broadcasting industry because it partners well with her commitment to community service.
Danita is also an ordained and licensed minister who was born in Chester, Pa. Her favorite scripture is Luke 12:48“For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required.” She currently attends Church on the North Coast in Wickliffe.

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.

Ark Encounter Trip

Ark Encounter
Hello FBC!!! The Noah’s Ark Encounter is quickly approaching and seats are going fast!! Here’s some information:
The Encounter will be October 26-27 in Williamstown, Kentucky $150 per person (includes a ticket to the Ark, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, Coach transportation, and 1-night hotel stay). Rooms are quad occupancy. Payment is due soon. Cash or check only, checks made payable to First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, memo – Noah’s Ark Encounter. For more information about the Ark Encounter visit their website.
If you are interested please contact Rev. Sandra or Ship Collins. Complete the following form for more info-

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Pymatuning State Park Family Camping

September 29-30

FBC is heading outdoors to go camping. Pymatuning State Park has 26 family cottages (sleeps six, heated, available year-round) and 32 standard cottages (sleeps 4, available May 1 – November 1).

There is also a premium cottage that includes a dishwasher, a wood deck with gas grill, central air, and a 3-person spa. Family cottages include gas fireplaces and microwave ovens. All cottages are furnished with cable tv, outside grill, fire ring, linens, towels, and cooking/eating utensils. There is a small beach available for cottage guests.

There is a small beach near the center of the campground, a playground, a basketball court, a volleyball court, and a nature center. We will have fellowship, fun Bible-based games and activities.For more information about the campground visit the website – pymatuning-state-park.org/Recreation/Camping.html

 

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MOPS at FBC (Mothers Of PreSchoolers)

Every Other Friday
in Spahr Center from 9:30-11:30 am

MOPS (Mothers Of PreSchoolers) is a group for mothers of young children to come together and support each other through bi-monthly meetings.  Childcare is provided.

To The Full from MOPS International on Vimeo.

What is MOPS?

MOPS groups gather and support moms. We believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together, face to face. That’s why we rally women to come together in their own neighborhoods and help each other through this thing called motherhood, one gathering at a time.

Our acronym stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers” because we began in 1973 when a group of moms of young children banded together to share their lives and parenting journeys. Over the past forty-five years, MOPS has expanded our reach to include moms with older kids, partnering with churches and organizations worldwide to equip and encourage moms in more than 60 countries.

If you are expecting or have an infant, toddler or preschooler: Try one of our traditional MOPS groups. Every group offers its own unique feel, so try more than one to see which fits you best. Many groups offer childcare, so you can get a chance to connect with moms, face to face, while your kids are safe and making friends, too. You can join MOPS for just $31.95, but groups may require additional fees to cover expenses, such as childcare. Go here for a list of MOPS groups in your area.

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Victorious Family Praise & Worship Evening

Victorious Worship Service

Many Heights area folks are feeling overwhelmed by the unrelenting political tension and negativity they are exposed to on an almost 24/7 basis, with no letup in sight. Turning off social media, skipping TV news broadcasts, and not reading newspapers, all have mixed results in providing relief. Eating out and watching movies works for some. but worrying about the expense of such an evening often cancels out the benefits.

But there is an alternative!

Michael Ward of First Baptist Church thinks that there is a better way to “enable the positive to be victorious over the negative.”  He is putting together a Family Praise and Worship Evening he is calling VICTORIOUS! for 7:30 PM Wednesday, August 14 in the airconditioned Spahr Center of the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland at 3630 Fairmount Boulevard in Shaker Heights.

Open to all families (and individuals) of all ages from all over the Heights area the concert will feature inspirational and uplifting music, all contemporary, performed by the very talented Praise Team and Praise Band under the direction of Brian Kozak, considered by many to be NE Ohio’s most talented guitarist.

Among such songs as “Your Love Awakens Me,” “Oceans,” and “Lord You Are Good,” will be some new music including “Look Up Child” and “Oh, Come to the Altar.”  Instrumental interludes will add spice to the excitement of the evening.

Michael will MC the event, and you may just sit back and enjoy the festivities.  But chances are that Michael will encourage you to sing along, get up and dance if you are so moved, and otherwise let the music push out the negative so the positive will be VICTORIOUS over the negative.

The evening is free and open to the public.  All are welcome regardless of religious affiliations or lack thereof. The concert starts at 7:30 PM but food, provided by members of the Praise Team will be available starting at 6 pm in the beautiful church courtyard.  You are welcome to bring something of your own to share.

Michael thinks that together we can rise above the surrounding chaos.  Singing, dancing, and thanking a higher power for the good things in our lives will make us be VICTORIOUS! over the ongoing hard times!

Church Directories

Member Directories

Finally, the church member directories have arrived hot off the press. If you came in and had your photo taken by a Lifetouch photographer then you are eligible to pick up a free directory in the church office. We only have a directory for each photo in the book (one for each family).

If you were not able to make it to a photography session and would like to order a directory or you would like an additional copy for a small fee please complete the form below and we will order more as soon as we have fifteen on the list.

Finally, the church member directories have arrived hot off the press. If you came in and had your photo taken by a Lifetouch photographer then you are eligible to pick up a free directory in the church office. We only have a directory for each photo in the book (one for each family).

The directory will also be available in a digital format on the church website soon.

If you were not able to make it to a photography session and would like to order a directory or you would like an additional copy for a small fee please complete the form below and we will order more as soon as we have fifteen on the list.

Add my name to the directory order

There will be a $5 charge for directories for anyone that did not have their photo taken by Lifetouch.