The Forty Niners is a group originally started in 1949 but it is still going strong today. This is a group is seeking Christian Fellowship and Service. There are fun and informative programs and socials scheduled throughout the year. A membership of $25 per person is a requirement for inclusion in the Forty Niner roster. The dues are a source of funds for administrative costs, support of programs, and contributions to church-related activities.

If you are interested in joining the 49ers or need more information or you would like to register for an event use the contact form at the bottom of the page.

2020-2021 Forty-Niner Programs

beyond my wildest dreams

Sunday, September 27th at 11:45 a.m. Lunch Program Follows

Speakers: Local author, Monika Dettmers Tandon “Beyond My Wildest Dreams; A German Girls Story of WWII and Beyond”

Past Forty-Niner Programs 2018-2019

September 23rd,  Sunday  12:30 p.m. Lunch Program 1:00 p.m.

Speakers: Meredeth Shelley, RN, Care Coordinator, Lymphoma Program at Taussig Center, Cleveland Clinic and Carole Negus, RN, Director of Nursing, Stella Maris, Inc. . both FBC members “The Pros and Cons of Recreational and Medical Marijuana Use”

November 4th,  Sunday  12:30 p.m. Lunch Program 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Judy MacKeigan, Historian/Archivist from Cleveland
Metroparks- “Exploring the Flats: Up and Down a Crooked River”

classroom with children and teacher

January 13th,  Sunday, 12:30 p.m. Lunch Program 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Kim Kidd Collins, Elementary Principal at Orange Schools and FBC Moderator- “Education Today”

social justice protest

March 3rd,  Sunday 12:30 p.m. Lunch Program 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: FBC Member, Monroe Goins and panel members-
“21st Century Challenges Facing Our Social Justice System”

community theatre

May 19th, Sunday 12:30 p.m. / Lunch Program 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: G. Michael Skerritt–” Community Theatre, A Joy and A Challenge”

Orange High Schools

September 22nd, Sunday 12:30 p.m. / Lunch Program 1:15 p.m.

Ship Collins and two outstanding Orange High School students will present a program that they gave in May 2019 to a group of area educators on the importance of social justice for all students.

FBC Childrens Center

January 19th, Sunday 12:30 p.m. / Lunch Program 1:15 p.m.

Spotlight on an outstanding member of our congregation, Iris Goins. She serves on our church council and is the ch. of the Felowship and nuture Cluster. She will tell us about her work as a social worker dealing with suicide prevention and work being done to assist our Cleveland homeless population.

Great Lakes Ships

February 16th, Sunday 12:30 p.m. / Lunch Program 1:15 p.m.

Doug Kusak, historical interpreyer, speaker from the Cleveland Metroparks. His topic is “Great Lakes Cargo Ships”

Past Forty-Niner Socials 2018-2019


October 12th, Friday 12:00 noon

Lunch at the Welshfield Inn
4001 Main Market Rd.
Burton, OH 44021

Christmas Lunch

December 1st,  Saturday 12:00 noon Annual Christmas Luncheon

Cleveland Racquet Club
29825 Chagrin Blvd.
Beachwood, OH 44122

cvlt front

February – Date & Time To Be Announced

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre or Studio Orchestra

Sweeney Todd

March 31st, Sunday 12:30 p.m. / Lunch 2:00 p.m. Matinee

H.E.L.P.’s production of “Sweeney Todd” at FBC

Cuyahoga County Senic Railroad

June 15th,  Saturday 12:00 noon  / 12:50 Departure

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Rockside Station
7900 Old Rockside Rd.
Independence, OH  44131
Box Lunch Included

Welshfield Inn

October 4th,  Friday 12:00 noon Luncheon

Welshfield Inn
14001 Main Market Rd.
Burton, OH  44021

Cleveland Raquet Club

December 7th,  Saturday 12:00 noon Luncheon

Christmas Luncheon
Cleveland Racquet Club
29825 Chagrin Blvd.
Chagrin, OH 44124


TBA,  Sunday 11:00am Luncheon / 2:00pm Production

H.E.L.P. Production
Lunch in Bell Dining Room 11 AM
Production 2 PM

Broadway Lights

May 9th,  Saturday 5:00pm Diner / 7:30pm Show

“Broadway Lights” Music
Diner 5 PM at a place TBA
Show 7:30 PM at First Baptist Church

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Previous Programs

Sept. 18th, 2016 – Sunday 1:00 pm Lunch in Spahr Center

Speaker: Rev. Jeff Gordon “If these walls could speak”

Nov. 20th, 2016 – Sunday 1:00 pm Lunch in Bell Dining Room

Organ and Piano recital by Bob Schneider and Betty Meyers in the Sanctuary at 2:00 pm.

Jan. 22nd, 2017 – Sunday 1:00 pm. Lunch in Spahr Center

Speaker: Brandon Chostowski, Founder and CEO of Edwin’s  – Leadership & Restaurant Institute

Mar. 19th, 2017 – Sunday 1:00 pm. Lunch served in Bell Dining Room

Speaker: Carole Negus, R.N.

Back to Broadway

May 5th, 2017 – Friday 7:00 pm. Spahr Center

Music program: “Back to Broadway”


Oct. 8th, 2016 – Saturday 2:30 – 5:30 Ride “Lolly the Trolley” from FBC

parking lot to tour “New Downtown Cleveland”

Christmas snowman

Dec. 10th, 2016 – Saturday 12:00 noon Annual Christmas Luncheon

Cleveland Racquet Club 29825 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood

Moonlight & Magnolias

Feb 4th, 2017 – Saturday 6:00 pm. Catered dinner 1n CVLT’s River

8:00 pm attend Chagrin Valley Little Theatre

Beauty and the Beast

April 2nd, 2017 – Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm. Happy Ending Lyric Players’ “Beauty and the Beast” Catered luncheon in the Bell Dining Room

June 9th, 2017 – Friday 11:00 a.m. Cleveland Institute of Art 11610 Euclid Avenue 

Lecture/Demonstration 12:00-12:30 p.m. Lunch at 1 p.m. at Dynomite Restaurant nearby.