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.

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

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-

Postponed

Sunday or Monday

Please register below for the date and time that works best for you!

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Church Security

FBC Security Logo

We now have a new Security Ministry lead by retired police officer Monroe Goins. We have several security measures already in place like lighting, video recording and controlled access to children’s areas but we are always looking to improve. If you have a minute to answer just ten questions it will help us judge how we are doing and what we can do to increase security.

Take the Security Ministry Survey

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We Want You to Make a Joyful Noise

Stylized people singing“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come before His presence with singing!”

From Psalm 100 (King James Version)

Yes, SINGING! Yes, YOU!

First Baptist is blessed to have found new music leadership for the upcoming 2018-2019 Music and Fine Arts Season. We welcome Stephanie Price and Brian Kozak to our family.

So, in support of the legacy of our beloved Bob Schneider, why not make this the season you join the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland Chancel Choir or Praise Team. Add your voice in joyful praise to the Lord each Sunday! Studies have shown that singing improves your health, both mental and physical. Your participation each Sunday will enhance your own worship experience as well as that of the whole congregation!

Choir
Chancel Choir
—7:15 PM Thursday rehearsals, 10:30 AM Sunday warmups, 11:00 AM Traditional Services

Praise Team—4 PM Saturday rehearsal, 8:15 AM Sunday warmups, 9:00 AM Contemporary Services

Contact Mike Skerritt, Stephanie Price or Brian Kozak, or anyone in the Chancel Choir or on the Praise Team for more information. You may also email Mike through the form below. We hope to see, and hear YOU!

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Brian Kozak

Congratulations, Brian Kozak!

Culminating a lengthy search process we are pleased to announce that Brian Kozak has been named Music Director of the Contemporary Worship Service Praise Team, effective immediately. Brian is assuming the musical leadership responsibilities of the First Baptist Church’s first service previously held by our dear, late Bob Schneider.

Brian has been a member of the FBC Praise Band as guitarist for about 17 years. With a Bachelor of Music Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College (Magna Cum Laude) and a Masters of Music Degree from Cleveland Institute of Music, both degrees in guitar performance, Brian brings knowledge of all genres of music to the Praise Team. Combining his education with his many years of teaching experience at B-W, Kent State, Lorain County Community College and Cuyahoga Community College makes Brian extremely well qualified to provide leadership as First Baptist works to enhance the quality of the contemporary Sunday worship experience, and thereby help grow the church’s membership in the coming years.

For several years Brian has taught guitar right here at First Baptist to students that include members of our own congregation. Many of those students have performed occasionally during regular church services. In addition, Brian has been a personal contributor to many of our special worship services such as the Candlelight Service Christmas Eve, our New Year’s Eve Service, and many others. He is a perennial band leader of our annual Rock of Faith Concert. Brian responded to this important appointment with the following comments.

“I’m honored to have been selected for this job. I’m excited to begin working with the Praise Team in this greater role, and I look forward to helping to enhance the contemporary worship service. I always keep Bob (Schneider) in my thoughts and will do my best to honor his memory.”

Brian lives in Lakewood with his daughter Valeria. When you see Brian please be sure to congratulate him on his new position at First Baptist Church.