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Christian Education Global Outreach Learning Project for 2018

In alignment with the great commission, which is the instruction of the resurrected Jesus to his disciples to spread his teachings to all the nations of the world, the Christian Education Department is introducing our first global learning outreach project. The body of Christ is in global connection with its members and as global members for the kingdom we have a vital function.

TBiblehe Christian Education Global outreach learning project for 2018 is to send Bibles and Christian Literature to a global ministry in need.

The Christian Education Department is seeking donations of Bibles and new and used Christian materials (Bibles, books, magazines, articles, etc.).

The Christian Education Department is asking members to write letters of encouragement to their brothers and sisters in Christ as they strive to preach the gospel throughout their country. These letters will be attached to the books.

This year’s ministry donation project is:

Proclaim God’s Love MinistryKisii, Kenya

DONATE:  BIBLES (KJV & NIV) – NEW AND USED CHRISTIAN BOOKS

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical

Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame was a success! The cast, crew, musicians and everyone else that helped put on this production want’s to thank you for attending and your continued support of H.E.L.P.

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Mason Stewart & Kelly PerniconeHappy Ending Lyric Players (H.E.L.P.) appeared on Channel 3 (WKYC) We the People talking about H.E.L.P. and their new musical, Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a musical based on the 1831 novel of the same name written by Victor Hugo with songs from the 1996 Walt Disney Animation Studios film adaptation.

The musical premiered in 1999 in Berlin, Germany as Der Glöckner von Notre Dame (“The Bellringer of Notre Dame”). It was produced by Walt Disney Theatrical, the company’s first musical to premiere outside the U.S. It ran for three years, becoming one of Berlin’s longest-running musicals.

The musical relies on a series of musical leitmotifs, which are reprised either instrumentally or vocally. Each of the central characters has a theme (“Out There” for Quasimodo, “God Help the Outcasts” for Esmeralda, “Hellfire” for Frollo, and “Rest and Recreation” for Phoebus). “The Bells of Notre Dame” acts as a narrative device to tell parts of the story.Come One! Come All! Here it is, the moment you’ve been waiting for!

Mason Stewart directs this production in our beautiful sanctuary that brings to mind a cathedral in Notre Dame. A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.

Park in the back of the First Baptist Church at 3630 Fairmount Boulevard (at Eaton Road) in Shaker Heights and come in through the Portico Entrance.  We look forward to seeing you! If you have any questions or need more information please complete the form below.

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memorial gardens in the spring

Memorial Gardens in the Spring

memorial garden in spring

In spite of several articles in Tower Tidings over the years about the FBC Memorial Garden, many folks are not aware of its existence. It’s not very visible along the church driveway parallel to Eaton Road at the east side of the Sanctuary but it is a delightful, small, commemorative area of the church property. Called the Memorial Garden of the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleve-land, It was established more than 40 years ago, and it was designed to enable grieving friends and relatives of members and friends of First Baptist to have a paver (brick) engraved with a loved one’s name, year of birth, and year of death, and placed in the garden as an ongoing tribute and memory for future visitation and comfort. Folks are then encouraged to spend a quiet moment in the garden reflecting on their loved one’s lives and relationships.

Now would be the time for you to honor a relative or friend by purchasing a paver and having it engraved. Pavers cannot be installed in the garden walkway during the winter months. So If you would like to memorialize someone this spring we encourage you to complete an order form and turn it into the church office along with a check for $120 made out to First Baptist Church to cover the cost of engraving and installation. Order forms are available in the church office. Your paver will be ordered and installed as soon as possible. Lead time in good weather is usually about four weeks. If you have any questions please contact Mike Skerritt or Jeff Gordon.

Daniel Plan Essentials

The Daniel Plan – Five Essentials Series

Daniel Plan - March 14th @ 6pPreviously, scores of FBC members participated in a six week Daniel Plan program. The feedback about the program was positive and many have inquired if there were plans to do it again. Several participants also went to a reunion event last fall hosted by the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. We were excited to hear directly from Dr. Mark Hyman and learn that the Clinic wanted to continue their support.

You are invited to continue or begin your journey toward better health through The Daniel Plan Five Essentials Series. The Daniel Plan Essential Series contains all new materials that will equip you to develop new healthy habits that will bring hope and healing to every area of your life. You will take a deeper dive into all the principles that frame The Essentials: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends-life areas that all work together to restore your health for the long run.

For more information or to RSVP contact Jane through the form below.

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Bell Choir

BELL RINGERS NEEDED!

This spring we are bringing back the Bell Choir, one of Bob Schneider’s favorite music-making ensembles here at First Baptist!

But we can’t do bell ringing justice without bell ringers. For a variety of reasons the ranks of the Bell Choir have been reduced, so we are looking for dedicated individuals, preferably who can read music (although there are wonderful bell ringers who don’t read music) and who could dedicate time for a one hour rehearsal from 6 to 7 PM each Thursday evening, and perform in a Traditional Worship Service about once a month.

We have moved the rehearsals and performances downstairs from the balcony in the back of the Sanctuary, so if climbing stairs have been holding you back, that excuse is gone! Rehearsals, with a very congenial group of ringers, are enjoyable to be with, to say the least.

bell and musicSo give joining the Bell Choir some thought. In fact, don’t even think about it. Just come on out on a Thursday evening at 6 PM and give it a try. The 100th Psalm says in part, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands!” That would be YOU playing bells! Give it a try. You won’t regret it!

Camp Koinonia

Rooted6810 Cork Cold Springs Road
Geneva, OH 44071—(440) 466-1278

We own it! Let’s Use It!

Ownership of this magnificent 325-acre Christian camp is split evenly among the Cleveland, Akron, and Ashtabula Baptist Associations. Therefore, as a member of CBA First Baptist is a part owner. In years past First Baptist held an annual Saturday-Sunday weekend retreat attended by as many as 50 members, families, and friends. The Camp is a wonderful asset for young and old alike. Weeklong camps for Elementary, Junior High and Senior High kids, and for Special Persons, includes Horseback Riding camps for all ages. Check out the website christiancampohio.org or go the Camp’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Koinoniacamp1, today! Discount registration ends April 1, 2018!

SUMMER CAMP OPTIONS 2018

Koinonia Camp

First Timer’s Camp – Built for K thru 1st Grade. An overnight with parents to experience Koinonia together.
Primary Camp – A shortened 3-day “solo” camp for 1st and 2nd Grade campers.
Elementary Camp – Designed for 3rd thru 5th Grade. Make friends as you play, hike, swim.
Elementary Bible “N Saddle Camp – 4th thru 6th Grade. Learn all about horses and riding.
Junior High Camp – 6th thru 8th Grades. New adventures in activities and relationships.
Senior High X Camp – 9th thru 12th Grades. Excitement, Courage, Friendship, Faith, Worship

Special Person’s Camp – Designed for campers 18 years old and older who have special needs.
Youth Special Person’s Horse Back Camp – Designed for youth, ages 10 thru 17 with special needs and an interest in horses.
Adult Special Person’s Horse Back Camp – Made for campers 18 years and up, with special needs.
Wilderness Weekend – 7th—12th Grades. Learn to build shelters, cook over an open fire, sleep under the stars.
And Many More including Paintball Camp, Youth Bible N’ Saddle Camp & Advanced Horse Camp!

For more information contact Rev. Jeff Gordon through the form below.

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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministries

Stephen Ministers are First Baptist Church members who have received special training to provide individual Christian care to those who are experiencing life challenges such as death, grief, divorce, job loss, etc.  Stephen Ministers have been serving in this caring mission at First Baptist Church since 2002.

Stephen Ministry is confidential and free.

Stephen Ministries is an independent, not-for-profit Christian educational organization founded in 1975 in St. Louis, Missouri. It is named after the disciple Stephen (Acts 6) who was chosen to provide caring ministry to those in need. For more information on Stephen Ministries please visit their website at stephenministries.org or pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics.

Stephen Ministers are Greeters at both Contemporary and Traditional Services every second Sunday. It’s a great time to ask them any questions and get to know your Stephen Ministers.


“Bear one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  Galatians 6:2


If you need help or would like more information about the Stephen Minstry, fill out the form below.

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Christmas 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. The church fills up as we celebrate with traditional hymns and new selections of music, as we participate together in the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Dr. Otis Moss Jr.

Social Responsibility in the 21st Century – a Call to a New Generation

Several times a year the Cleveland Life Institute sponsors leaders to come and speak to the community about their experiences and training.

This free presentation by Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. was sponsored by the Cleveland Life Institute in the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, Spahr Center

His talk about “Social Responsibility in the 21st Century-a Call to a New Generation” was very informative and the large crowd appreciated his wisdom.

Theologian, pastor, and civic leader the Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. is one of America’s most influential religious leaders and highly sought-after public speakers. A native of Georgia, Dr. Moss was born on February 26, 1935, and was raised in the community of LaGrange. The son of Magnolia Moss and Otis Moss, Sr., and the fourth of their five children, he earned his B.A. degree from Morehouse College in 1956 and his masters of divinity degree from the Morehouse School of Religion/Interdenominational Theological Center in 1959. He also completed special studies at the Inter-Denominational Theological Center from 1960 to 1961 and earned his D.Min. degree from the United Theological Seminary in 1990.

From 1954 to 1959, Dr. Moss served as pastor of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in LaGrange, Georgia. From 1956 to 1961, he also served as pastor of Atlanta’s Providence Baptist Church and therefore, simultaneously led two congregations from 1956 to 1959. From 1961 to 1975, he pastored the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Lockland, Ohio, and in 1971, he served as co-pastor, with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. In 1975, he was called to pastor Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, He led the church for 33 years before retiring in 2008. In 1997 Moss partnered with University Hospitals to create the Otis Moss Jr. Medical Center.

Dr. Moss has been involved in advocating civil and human rights and social justice issues for most of his adult life. Having been a staff member of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he currently serves as a national board member and trustee for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change. His work in the international community has taken him to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan as a member of a clergy mission in 1970, and to Israel in 1978. In 1994, he was the special guest of President Bill Clinton at the peace treaty signing between Israel and Jordan, and, in that same year, he led a special mission to South Africa.

Dr. Moss is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Human Relations Award from Bethune Cookman College in 1976, The Role Model of the Year Award from the National Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Development in 1992, Leadership Award from the Cleveland chapter of the American Jewish Committee in 1996, and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from LaGrange College in 2004. In 2004, he participated in the Oxford Round Table in Oxford, England, and was a guest presenter for the Lyman Beecher Lecture series at Yale University.

Reverend Otis Moss is the Chairman of Morehouse College. He is the Director of The Cleveland Foundation. Named by Ebony magazine as one of America’s greatest black preachers, he has been involved in the civil rights movement for more than 35 years. A founding board member of the Greater Cleveland Roundtable.