Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd - The demon barber of fleet street

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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

 

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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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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.

The rehearsals are lead by our Music Director Stephanie Price in the balcony in the back of the Sanctuary. 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!

SUMMER CAMP OPTIONS 2019

Koinonia Camp

05/31 – Special Person’s Camp – Designed for campers 18 years old and older who have special needs.
06/02 – **Advanced Horsemanship Camp
06/09 – Senior High Camp – 9th thru 12th Grades. Excitement, Courage, Friendship, Faith, Worship
06/02 – **Horsemanship Camp
06/16 – Elementary Camp
– Designed for 3rd thru 5th Grade. Make friends as you play, hike, swim.
06/21 – First Timer’s Camp – Built for K thru 1st Grade. An overnight with parents to experience Koinonia together.
06/21 – Wilderness Weekend – 7th—12th Grades. Learn to build shelters, cook over an open fire, sleep under the stars.
06/23 – Primary Camp – A shortened 3-day “solo” camp for 1st and 2nd Grade campers.
06/30 – Junior High Camp – 6th thru 8th Grades. New adventures in activities and relationships.
06/30 – Youth Bible “N Saddle Camp – 4th thru 6th Grade. Learn all about horses and riding.
07/07 – Elementary Bible “N Saddle Camp – 4th thru 6th Grade. Learn all about horses and riding.
07/07 – Paintball Camp
06/30 – Youth Special Person’s Horse Back Camp – Designed for youth, ages 10 thru 17 with special needs and an interest in horses.
08/07 – Adult Special Person’s Horse Back Camp – Made for campers 18 years and up, with special needs.
**Invitation Only Camps

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

I am interested in Camp Koinonia

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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.