FIRST CONNECTIONS – September 21, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

You, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. 

Psalm 3:2-6 (NIV)

Sermon, September 23, 2018:

Extinguishing the Flames of Anger

Matthew 5:21-22 & Selected Scriptures

Dr. Charles Kimball

 

Meetings this week:                                 

Business Meeting                            6:00 pm Sunday, September 23

Prayer Meeting                                 5:30 pm Wednesday, September 26

 

Church Revitalization Discussion:  

9/23 - 12pm  "A Roadmap to Revitalization for FBC: 12 Strategies" document will be available for the congregation.  

9/23 - 6pm  Regular Business Meeting - FBC Revitalization Roadmap document will be available.      

9/30 - 12pm  Church-Wide Luncheon & Called Business Meeting - A luncheon and town hall style meeting to discuss the revitalization roadmap and answer your questions with Pastor Charles and the Revitalization Team.  We will vote the following Sunday after morning worship.  

10/7 - 12pm  Called Business Meeting to Vote on "A Roadmap to Revitalization for FBC: 12 Strategies" without discussion immediately after morning worship.  

Church-Wide Luncheon - Town Hall-Style Discussion - Sunday 9/30 

We will meet immediately after morning worship.  FBC will provide the meat and drinks.  Please bring sides and desserts to share with others.    Pastor Charles and the Revitalization Team will answer your questions as we discuss "A Roadmap to Revitalization for FBC: 12 Strategies."

 

Church Clerk and Children’s Committee Member Needed

After 20 years, Carol Humphrey has requested to have a break from serving as Church Clerk.  With much appreciation for her service, the Nominating Committee is seeking a person who would like to fill this role.  We are also still looking for a member for the Children's Committee.  If you have an interest in either of these positions, please tell one of the Nominating Committee members--Charles Hawkins, Katie Ford, Eddie Hurt, Gordon Richards or Robbie Henson.

FBC Supper Club 

Want to get to know your fellow church members better?  Looking for a great evening of food and conversation?  Here is your opportunity.  Supper Club is a time of fun, food and fellowship for groups of 3 — including singles, couples and families — to get to know each other better.  For instance, a Supper Club group of 3 could be 2 families and a single person, 2 singles and a family, 3 couples, etc. 

Groups meet once a month for 3 months—September, October, and November.  Then we form different groups for the next quarter. Typically groups alternate homes so that everyone hosts once a quarter or you choose a restaurant if you are too busy to host.  The host can provide the meal or it can be pot luck. How do you get involved?  Sign up in your Sunday School class or email Audrey Rose at arose4100@gmail.com or text to 918-557-7862.  We will contact you with your assigned group members and their contact information. 

Wednesday Night Dinners

Wednesday night dinners have resumed. Please RSVP if you plan on attending any dinners, so we can get an accurate idea of how much food will need to be prepared.

 

September 26th Menu – Italian Night

Oven Fresh Hot Garlic Bread

Homemade Lasagna Deluxe

Oven Roasted Sicilian Vegetables

Fresh Green Salad by Chef Charles Prescott

Yellow Cake

Coffee, Iced tea, Lemonade

Baptist Messenger

For those interested in keeping up with Baptist news, we will now have copies of the Baptist Messenger available at the Welcome Center.

Celebrate Recovery

Our step-study groups have now closed to work on the inventory process.  Please keep watching for more information in the future months about CR here at FBC – it is looking promising!  We appreciate everyone’s prayers!  For more information, contact Ray/Audrey Rose or Mark/Mary Lively; we are committed to confidentiality in this program.

Give Online. It’s Easy!

FBC is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving On-Line!

Giving On-Line is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions

and view your complete giving history from anywhere you have internet access.

Go to our website www.firstshawnee.com/give for more details

 

DON’T FORGET!

If you move or change your phone number or email address, please contact us at the church office so we can make the changes to the church directory and database. (Call 275-6111 or email firstshawnee@gmail.com) Thank you!

FIRST CONNECTIONS – September 14, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)

Sermon, September 16, 2018:

Curing the Cancer of Pride

Luke 18:9-14 & Selected Scripture

Dr. Charles Kimball

 

Meetings this week:                                 

Deacon Meeting                               8:30 am Sunday, September 16

Called Church Council Meeting    4:00 pm Sunday, September 16

Prayer Meeting                                 5:30 pm Wednesday, September 19

Business Meeting                            6:00 pm Sunday, September 23

 

Blake Martin will speak Sunday Sept 16, 6pm

Blake Martin, pastor of Wallace Avenue Baptist Church, has led his church in a remarkable revitalization over the past 2 years.  The church has moved from the threshold of death to tripling their attendance, budget and staff in 2 years.  Come hear his inspiring story.  We will have time for a Q&A after he speaks.

 

Edna McMillan Offering

FBC will be participating in the Edna McMillan offering this year, which will go towards local missions in Oklahoma. Our church goal is that everyone will give something towards the offering. There will be envelopes for the offering available in the bulletin.

 

Senior Adult Luncheon

The Senior Adult Luncheon will be held at Golden Corral on Thursday, September 20th, at 12:00 pm.

Women’s bible study for the fall, Gideon by Priscilla Shirer.

“From a state of fear, weakness, and insecurity, Gideon emerged as Israel's hero, filled with God's presence and His passion for deliverance. This Bible study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life.”

This study is a seven-week study to help recognize how weaknesses help you to experience God's strength in your life.

The evening group will start on Tuesday, September 11th at 7:00 at the home of Dee Ann Schroyer, 1509 Hunters Ridge Drive, and the morning group will start Thursday, September 13th at 10:00. 

All women are invited. If you have any questions call Dee Ann at 831-7004.

FBC Supper Club 

Want to get to know your fellow church members better?  Looking for a great evening of food and conversation?  Here is your opportunity.  Supper Club is a time of fun, food and fellowship for groups of 3 — including singles, couples and families — to get to know each other better.  For instance, a Supper Club group of 3 could be 2 families and a single person, 2 singles and a family, 3 couples, etc. 

Groups meet once a month for 3 months—September, October, and November.  Then we form different groups for the next quarter. Typically groups alternate homes so that everyone hosts once a quarter or you choose a restaurant if you are too busy to host.  The host can provide the meal or it can be pot luck. How do you get involved?  Sign up in your Sunday School class or email Audrey Rose at arose4100@gmail.com or text to 918-557-7862.  We will contact you with your assigned group members and their contact information. 

Wednesday Night Dinners

Wednesday night dinners have resumed. Please RSVP if you plan on attending any dinners, so we can get an accurate idea of how much food will need to be prepared.

September 19th Menu

Chef Sampley’s Award Winning Hot Yeast Rolls

Hickory Smoked Tenderloin

Pioneer Woman Mashed Potatoes

Roast Gravy

Whole Kernel Corn

Garden Fresh Salad by Chef Charles Prescott

Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

Coffee, Iced tea, Lemonade

Counters Needed

The counting committee is looking for new members to help count Sunday’s offerings. If interested, please contact the church office

Baptist Messenger

For those interested in keeping up with Baptist news, we will now have copies of the Baptist Messenger available at the Welcome Center.

Celebrate Recovery

Our step-study groups have now closed to work on the inventory process.  Please keep watching for more information in the future months about CR here at FBC – it is looking promising!  We appreciate everyone’s prayers!  For more information, contact Ray/Audrey Rose or Mark/Mary Lively; we are committed to confidentiality in this program.

Give Online. It’s Easy!

FBC is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving On-Line!

Giving On-Line is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions

and view your complete giving history from anywhere you have internet access.

Go to our website www.firstshawnee.com/give for more details

 

DON’T FORGET!

If you move or change your phone number or email address, please contact us at the church office so we can make the changes to the church directory and database. (Call 275-6111 or email firstshawnee@gmail.com) Thank you!

Salvation Army Disaster Relief Training

“Our Corps will be hosting two weekends of training for those interested in assisting during disasters. We must have a minimum of 10 for the training to happen. Spouses, children, neighbors, church members, anyone who is able-bodied and interested is welcome!  The training is to benefit the community, not just those affiliated with The Salvation Army. We need more first responders in the community. The September 15 training is a prerequisite to the September 22 training.

Shawnee, OK – In The Salvation Army, preparation for disaster response is an important part of their ability to respond when disaster strikes. When disasters occur, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services rely on trained volunteers to help serve and respond in times of need. Shawnee’s Salvation Army has two training courses available to the public on September 15, 2018. We encourage you to join us at our next Emergency Disaster Services training to gain an overview of The Salvation Army’s mission and its role within disaster work. Participants will learn how to prepare and equip themselves to help us serve your local community in times of crisis.

Class: Introduction to The Salvation Army; Emergency Disaster Services

Date: Saturday, September 15

Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Noon)

Where: Shawnee, OK (RSVP for address)

Class: ServSafe® Food Handler (6th Edition)

Date: Saturday, September 15

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Shawnee, OK (RSVP for address)

For more information or to register for this training, please contact Captain Russell Clay at 405-275-2243 or email him at russell.clay@uss.salvationarmy.org or visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/training/?classes&state=OK.

 

Shawnee, OK – During a disaster, the first gesture of comfort The Salvation Army offers is often a cold drink and a hot meal from one of its mobile feeding units (canteen). We encourage you to join us at our next Emergency Disaster Services Training to learn how the canteens operate during times of disaster. Participants who complete the course will learn about the different types of Salvation Army food service equipment, the essentials of building a food service team, canteen operations and maintenance, and the basics of menu planning. Anyone interested in food service delivery or serving on a Salvation Army canteen should take this course.

Class: Disaster Food Service and Canteen Operations

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Shawnee, Oklahoma (RSVP for address)

For more information or to register for this training, please contact Captain Russell Clay at 405-275-

2243 or email him at russell.clay@uss.salvationarmy.org or visit

http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/training/?classes&state=OK.”

FIRST CONNECTIONS – September 7, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

 

Sermon, September 9, 2018:

The 8th Deadly Sin

 Selected Scriptures

Dr. Charles Kimball

 

Meetings this week:                                 

Church Council                               11:30 am Monday, September 10

Personnel Committee Meeting         3:00 pm Tuesday, September 11

Finance Committee Meeting            4:30 pm Tuesday, September 11

Prayer Meeting                                 5:30 pm Wednesday, September 12

 

Rick and Kris Kunz IMB Missionaries will speak Sunday Sept 9, 6pm

Rick and Kris Kunz.JPG

Rick and Kris Kunz are IMB representatives who have been serving among the Jewish community in Argentina for the last 21 years.  Buenos Aires, Argentina is home to the 7th largest concentration of Jewish people in the world and is by far the largest Jewish community in Latin America.  Rick and Kris are church planters and started a messianic congregation that is now led by a Messianic Rabbi (A Jewish follower of Jesus).  The congregation is the only one of its kind in Buenos Aires and faithfully preaches Jesus as the Son of God and the promised Messiah to Jews and Gentiles alike.  The Kunzes have six adult children who were all raised in Argentina.   They are currently serving as Global Consultants at OBU and will be starting a new assignment in Israel beginning in November. 

 

Blake Martin will speak Sunday Sept 16, 6pm

Blake Martin, pastor of Wallace Avenue Baptist Church, has led his church in a remarkable turnaround over the past 2 years.  The church has moved from the threshold of death to tripling their attendance, budget and staff in 2 years.  Come hear his inspiring story.  We will have time for Q&A after he speaks.

 

Women’s bible study for the fall, Gideon by Priscilla Shirer.

Gideon Cover.jpg

“From a state of fear, weakness, and insecurity, Gideon emerged as Israel's hero, filled with God's presence and His passion for deliverance. This Bible study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life.”

This study is a seven-week study to help recognize how weaknesses help you to experience God's strength in your life.

The evening group will start on Tuesday, September 11th at 7:00 at the home of Dee Ann Schroyer, 1509 Hunters Ridge Drive, and the morning group will start Thursday, September 13th at 10:00. 

All women are invited. If you have any questions call Dee Ann at 831-7004.

 

FBC Supper Club 

Want to get to know your fellow church members better?  Looking for a great evening of food and conversation?  Here is your opportunity.  Supper Club is a time of fun, food and fellowship for groups of 3 — including singles, couples and families — to get to know each other better.  For instance, a Supper Club group of 3 could be 2 families and a single person, 2 singles and a family, 3 couples, etc. 

Groups meet once a month for 3 months—September, October, and November.  Then we form different groups for the next quarter. Typically groups alternate homes so that everyone hosts once a quarter or you choose a restaurant if you are too busy to host.  The host can provide the meal or it can be pot luck. How do you get involved?  Sign up in your Sunday School class or email Audrey Rose at arose4100@gmail.com or text to 918-557-7862.  We will contact you with your assigned group members and their contact information. 

 

Wednesday Night Dinners

Wednesday night dinners have resumed. Please RSVP if you plan on attending any dinners, so we can get an accurate idea of how much food will need to be prepared.

September 12th Menu

Chef Sampley’s Home Baked Hot Biscuits

Oven Baked Orange Chicken Supreme

Chicken Seasoned White Rice

Cream Gravy

Southern Style Seasoned Green Beans

Chef Prescott’s Hand Crafted Green Salad (Choice of 6 Dressings)

Homemade Banana Pudding

Coffee, Iced tea, Lemonade

 

Edna McMillan Offering

FBC will be participating in the Edna McMillan offering this year, which will go towards local missions in Oklahoma. Our church goal is that everyone will give something towards the offering.

 

Counters Needed

The counting committee is looking for new members to help count Sunday’s offerings. If interested, please contact the church office

 

Baptist Messenger

For those interested in keeping up with Baptist news, we will now have copies of the Baptist Messenger available at the Welcome Center.

 

Celebrate Recovery

Our step-study groups have now closed to work on the inventory process.  Please keep watching for more information in the future months about CR here at FBC – it is looking promising!  We appreciate everyone’s prayers!  For more information, contact Ray/Audrey Rose or Mark/Mary Lively; we are committed to confidentiality in this program.

 

Give Online. It’s Easy!

FBC is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving On-Line!

Giving On-Line is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions

and view your complete giving history from anywhere you have internet access.

Go to our website www.firstshawnee.com/give for more details

 

DON’T FORGET!

If you move or change your phone number or email address, please contact us at the church office so we can make the changes to the church directory and database. (Call 275-6111 or email firstshawnee@gmail.com) Thank you!

 

Salvation Army Disaster Relief Training

“Our Corps will be hosting two weekends of training for those interested in assisting during disasters. We must have a minimum of 10 for the training to happen. Spouses, children, neighbors, church members, anyone who is able-bodied and interested is welcome!  The training is to benefit the community, not just those affiliated with The Salvation Army. We need more first responders in the community. The September 15 training is a prerequisite to the September 22 training.

Shawnee, OK – In The Salvation Army, preparation for disaster response is an important part of their ability to respond when disaster strikes. When disasters occur, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services rely on trained volunteers to help serve and respond in times of need. Shawnee’s Salvation Army has two training courses available to the public on September 15, 2018. We encourage you to join us at our next Emergency Disaster Services training to gain an overview of The Salvation Army’s mission and its role within disaster work. Participants will learn how to prepare and equip themselves to help us serve your local community in times of crisis.

 

Class: Introduction to The Salvation Army; Emergency Disaster Services

Date: Saturday, September 15

Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Noon)

Where: Shawnee, OK (RSVP for address)

 

Class: ServSafe® Food Handler (6 th Edition)

Date: Saturday, September 15

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Shawnee, OK (RSVP for address)

 

For more information or to register for this training, please contact Captain Russell Clay at 405-275-2243 or email him at russell.clay@uss.salvationarmy.org or visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/training/?classes&state=OK.

 

Shawnee, OK – During a disaster, the first gesture of comfort The Salvation Army offers is often a cold drink and a hot meal from one of its mobile feeding units (canteen). We encourage you to join us at our next Emergency Disaster Services Training to learn how the canteens operate during times of disaster. Participants who complete the course will learn about the different types of Salvation Army food service equipment, the essentials of building a food service team, canteen operations and maintenance, and the basics of menu planning. Anyone interested in food service delivery or serving on a Salvation Army canteen should take this course.

 

Class: Disaster Food Service and Canteen Operations

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Shawnee, Oklahoma (RSVP for address)

 

For more information or to register for this training, please contact Captain Russell Clay at 405-275-

2243 or email him at russell.clay@uss.salvationarmy.org or visit

http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/training/?classes&state=OK.”

FIRST CONNECTIONS – August 31, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)

 

Sermon, September 2, 2018:

What does Jesus say about Greatness?

John 13:1-17

Dr. Charles Kimball

 

Meetings this week:                                 

Properties Meeting                          4:00 pm Wednesday, September 5

Prayer Meeting                                 5:30 pm Wednesday, September 5

 

Rick and Kris Kunz IMB Missionaries will speak Sunday Sept 9, 6pm

Rick and Kris Kunz.JPG

Rick and Kris Kunz are IMB representatives who have been serving among the Jewish community in Argentina for the last 21 years.  Buenos Aires, Argentina is home to the 7th largest concentration of Jewish people in the world and is by far the largest Jewish community in Latin America.  Rick and Kris are church planters and started a messianic congregation that is now led by a Messianic Rabbi (A Jewish follower of Jesus).  The congregation is the only one of its kind in Buenos Aires and faithfully preaches Jesus as the Son of God and the promised Messiah to Jews and Gentiles alike.  The Kunzes have six adult children who were all raised in Argentina.   They are currently serving as Global Consultants at OBU and will be starting a new assignment in Israel beginning in November. 

 

Blake Martin will speak Sunday Sept 16, 6pm

Blake Martin, pastor of Wallace Avenue Baptist Church, has led his church in a remarkable turnaround over the past 2 years.  The church has moved from the threshold of death to tripling their attendance, budget and staff in 2 years.  Come hear his inspiring story.  We will have time for Q&A after he speaks.

 

Gideon Cover.jpg

Women’s bible study for the fall, Gideon by Priscilla Shirer.

“From a state of fear, weakness, and insecurity, Gideon emerged as Israel's hero, filled with God's presence and His passion for deliverance. This Bible study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life.”

This study is a seven-week study to help recognize how weaknesses help you to experience God's strength in your life.

The evening group will start on Tuesday, September 11th at 7:00 at the home of Dee Ann Schroyer, 1509 Hunters Ridge Drive, and the morning group will start Thursday, September 13th at 10:00. 

All women are invited. If you have any questions call Dee Ann at 831-7004.

 

FBC Supper Club 

Want to get to know your fellow church members better?  Looking for a great evening of food and conversation?  Here is your opportunity.  Supper Club is a time of fun, food and fellowship for groups of 3 — including singles, couples and families — to get to know each other better.  For instance, a Supper Club group of 3 could be 2 families and a single person, 2 singles and a family, 3 couples, etc. 

Groups meet once a month for 3 months—September, October, and November.  Then we form different groups for the next quarter. Typically groups alternate homes so that everyone hosts once a quarter or you choose a restaurant if you are too busy to host.  The host can provide the meal or it can be pot luck. How do you get involved?  Sign up in your Sunday School class or email Audrey Rose at arose4100@gmail.com or text to 918-557-7862.  We will contact you with your assigned group members and their contact information. 

 

Counters Needed

The counting committee is looking for new members to help count Sunday’s offerings. If interested, please contact the church office

 

Baptist Messenger

For those interested in keeping up with Baptist news, we will now have copies of the Baptist Messenger available at the Welcome Center.

 

DEACON NOMINATION 2018-2019

DUTIES

A deacon is one whose commitment, demeanor, and spirit qualify the individual to function as a servant of the entire church.  His or her purpose is to promote spiritual welfare, scriptural obedience, and perseverance in the Christian life of the members.  A deacon must be willing to serve in the ministry functions of the deacon body in true commitment to the ideals of Christian servanthood.  Deacons have several roles during the worship service as well as ministry needs requested by the Pastor and the Church.

GENERAL CRITERIA FOR DEACON NOMINATION

Man or woman 18 years old or older

A Christian for at least 3 years

A member of First Baptist Church for at least one year

Active in Sunday school and worship attendance

A person worthy of respect

A financial supporter of the church and its ministries

One who sets a personal example of Christian living

SCHEDULE

Sundays August 12, 19, & 26 - Duties, criteria of a deacon published in the worship bulletin and First Connections, along with a list of eligible deacons and deacons up for reelection, Nomination forms and the nomination schedule.

Sundays August 19 & 26 – accepting nominations for deacons.

August 26 – September 9 – Deacon Nomination Screening process.

Sunday September 16 – Bios of final candidates published.

Sunday September 23 - VOTE on deacon candidates in AM service, (absentee ballots available wk prior in church office.)

Sunday September 30 – Publish names of elected deacons.

 

Wednesday Night Dinners

Wednesday night dinners will be resuming starting on August 29th. Please RSVP if you plan on attending any dinners, so we can get an accurate idea of how much food will need to be prepared.

September 5th Menu: Breakfast for Dinner

Chef Sampley’s Blue Ribbon Biscuits

Fresh Sauce Gravy

Breakfast Scramble Deluxe

Grilled Sausage Patties

Pancakes to Order by Chef Charles Prescott

Mixed Fruit

Coffee, Iced tea, Lemonade

 

Celebrate Recovery

Our step-study groups have now closed to work on the inventory process.  Please keep watching for more information in the future months about CR here at FBC – it is looking promising!  We appreciate everyone’s prayers!  For more information, contact Ray/Audrey Rose or Mark/Mary Lively; we are committed to confidentiality in this program.

 

Give Online. It’s Easy!

FBC is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving On-Line!

Giving On-Line is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions

and view your complete giving history from anywhere you have internet access.

Go to our website www.firstshawnee.com/give for more details

 

DON’T FORGET!

If you move or change your phone number or email address, please contact us at the church office so we can make the changes to the church directory and database. (Call 275-6111 or email firstshawnee@gmail.com) Thank you!

 

Salvation Army Disaster Relief Training

“Our Corps will be hosting two weekends of training for those interested in assisting during disasters. We must have a minimum of 10 for the training to happen. Spouses, children, neighbors, church members, anyone who is able-bodied and interested is welcome!  The training is to benefit the community, not just those affiliated with The Salvation Army. We need more first responders in the community. The September 15 training is a prerequisite to the September 22 training.

Shawnee, OK – In The Salvation Army, preparation for disaster response is an important part of their ability to respond when disaster strikes. When disasters occur, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services rely on trained volunteers to help serve and respond in times of need. Shawnee’s Salvation Army has two training courses available to the public on September 15, 2018. We encourage you to join us at our next Emergency Disaster Services training to gain an overview of The Salvation Army’s mission and its role within disaster work. Participants will learn how to prepare and equip themselves to help us serve your local community in times of crisis.

Class: Introduction to The Salvation Army; Emergency Disaster Services

Date: Saturday, September 15

Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Noon)

Where: Shawnee, OK (RSVP for address)

Class: ServSafe® Food Handler (6 th Edition)

Date: Saturday, September 15

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Shawnee, OK (RSVP for address)

For more information or to register for this training, please contact Captain Russell Clay at 405-275-2243 or email him at russell.clay@uss.salvationarmy.org or visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/training/?classes&state=OK.

Shawnee, OK – During a disaster, the first gesture of comfort The Salvation Army offers is often a cold drink and a hot meal from one of its mobile feeding units (canteen). We encourage you to join us at our next Emergency Disaster Services Training to learn how the canteens operate during times of disaster. Participants who complete the course will learn about the different types of Salvation Army food service equipment, the essentials of building a food service team, canteen operations and maintenance, and the basics of menu planning. Anyone interested in food service delivery or serving on a Salvation Army canteen should take this course.

Class: Disaster Food Service and Canteen Operations

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Shawnee, Oklahoma (RSVP for address)

For more information or to register for this training, please contact Captain Russell Clay at 405-275-

2243 or email him at russell.clay@uss.salvationarmy.org or visit

http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/training/?classes&state=OK.”

FIRST CONNECTIONS – August 24, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)

 

Sermon, August 26, 2018:

Even Spiritual Giants Get Depressed

  (1 Kings 19:1-18, 21)

Dr. Charles Kimball

 

Meetings this week:                                 

Deacons’ Revitalization Meeting    2:00 pm Sunday, August 26 

Missions Committee Meeting        4:30 pm Sunday, August 26   

Prayer Meeting                               6:00 pm Wednesday, August 29

 

DEACON NOMINATION 2018-2019

DUTIES

A deacon is one whose commitment, demeanor, and spirit qualify the individual to function as a servant of the entire church.  His or her purpose is to promote spiritual welfare, scriptural obedience, and perseverance in the Christian life of the members.  A deacon must be willing to serve in the ministry functions of the deacon body in true commitment to the ideals of Christian servanthood.  Deacons have several roles during the worship service as well as ministry needs requested by the Pastor and the Church.

GENERAL CRITERIA FOR DEACON NOMINATION

Man or woman 18 years old or older

A Christian for at least 3 years

A member of First Baptist Church for at least one year

Active in Sunday school and worship attendance

A person worthy of respect

A financial supporter of the church and its ministries

One who sets a personal example of Christian living

SCHEDULE

Sundays August 12, 19, & 26 - Duties, criteria of a deacon published in the worship bulletin and First Connections, along with a list of eligible deacons and deacons up for reelection, Nomination forms and the nomination schedule.

Sundays August 19 & 26 – accepting nominations for deacons.

August 26 – September 9 – Deacon Nomination Screening process.

Sunday September 16 – Bios of final candidates published.

Sunday September 23 - VOTE on deacon candidates in AM service, (absentee ballots available wk prior in church office.)

Sunday September 30 – Publish names of elected deacons.

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DEACON NOMINATION INFO

2018 - 2019

Deacons at First Baptist are elected to serve for a three year term.  They may serve for two consecutive terms but then must rotate off to reserve status.  They become eligible to serve again after a 1 year hiatus.

Current deacons who are rotating off and are ineligible for reelection at this time are:

Bill Ford                     Charles Prescott

Cliff Lehman               Phil Todd

Active deacons who have one or more years left to serve:

Joel Deichman            Sam Garlow                Larry Inman

Jim Hansford              Mitch Hembree           Elaine Allison

Roger Henson             Terry Hopkins             Charles Hawkins

Rocky Wade               Leesa Adams              Carl Moss

Mike Wester               Jim Farthing

Current deacons who are eligible to be elected to a second term:

David Stevens

Reserve ordained deacons who are eligible to be nominated again:          

John Cragin                 John Stobbe

Jon Greenwood           Paul Hammond

Mike Wiens                 Steve Hicks

Eric Hopkins               Paul Jennings

Michael Presley          Jim Stuart                   

Kathy Stuart               

Wednesday Night Dinners

Wednesday night dinners will be resuming starting on August 29th. Please RSVP if you plan on attending any dinners, so we can get an accurate idea of how much food will need to be prepared.

August 29th Menu: Italian Night

Chef Sampley’s Hot Garlic Bread

Homemade Lasagna de Napoli

Oven Roasted Sicilian Vegetables

Fresh Green Salad by Chef Chas Prescott

Lisa and Randy Bowen’s Fresh Apple Cake and Chocolate Mocha Cake

Coffee, Iced tea, Lemonade

 

Family Promise Training Event

There will be a volunteer training event next Monday, August 27, 6pm at First Baptist Church. This event is a great opportunity to get up-to-date on the role and responsibilities of volunteering with Family Promise. It will also be a time to gain new insights as you connect with volunteers from other congregations. Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more about Family Promise can attend. Please RSVP to Jan Tipton (405.613.9925) so we know you’ll be attending.

 

Family Dental of Shawnee is having a free day this Saturday August 25.  They will do free exams and free extractions.

 

FBC Supper Club 

Want to get to know your fellow church members better?  Looking for a great evening of food and conversation?  Here is your opportunity.  Supper Club is a time of fun, food and fellowship for groups of 3 — including singles, couples and families — to get to know each other better.  For instance, a Supper Club group of 3 could be 2 families and a single person, 2 singles and a family, 3 couples, etc. 

Groups meet once a month for 3 months—September, October, and November.  Then we form different groups for the next quarter. Typically groups alternate homes so that everyone hosts once a quarter or you choose a restaurant if you are too busy to host.  The host can provide the meal or it can be pot luck. How do you get involved?  Sign up in your Sunday School class or email Audrey Rose at arose4100@gmail.com or text to 918-557-7862.  We will contact you with your assigned group members and their contact information. 

 

Counters Needed

The counting committee is looking for new members to help count Sunday’s offerings. If interested, please contact the church office

 

Welcome Center Volunteers Needed

The Welcome Center Team is looking for more smiling faces to provide an inviting space for members and visitors on Sunday morning.  We also assist visitors to find a class or the service of their choice. Come be a part of our Team!  Contact Shelby Jones in the church office or Robbie Henson at (405) 620-2790.

 

Celebrate Recovery

Our step-study groups have now closed to work on the inventory process.  Please keep watching for more information in the future months about CR here at FBC – it is looking promising!  We appreciate everyone’s prayers!  For more information, contact Ray/Audrey Rose or Mark/Mary Lively; we are committed to confidentiality in this program.

 

Baptist Messenger

For those interested in keeping up with Baptist news, we will now have copies of the Baptist Messenger available at the Welcome Center.

 

Give Online. It’s Easy!

FBC is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving On-Line!

Giving On-Line is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions

and view your complete giving history from anywhere you have internet access.

Go to our website www.firstshawnee.com/give for more details.

DON’T FORGET!

If you move or change your phone number or email address, please contact us at the church office so we can make the changes to the church directory and database. (Call 275-6111 or email firstshawnee@gmail.com) Thank you!

 

Teacher School Supply Drive

August 5-September 2

We all know that teachers spend a lot of their own money to get extra supplies for their classrooms. We feel our church members would like to give back to teachers by helping with some of the supplies teachers find themselves running out of.

There are bins to put your donations in at the Welcome Center. Thank you for helping support our teachers.

Paper Products

  • White Copy paper - lots
  • Colored copy paper
  • Light Green Copy paper
  • Bright Pink Copy paper
  • Blue Copy paper
  • Card stock
  • Construction paper
  • Any Black paper
  • Composition Journals
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Post-it notes

Writing Supplies

  • Erasers    
  • Large Pink erasers
  • Dry erase markers – lots
  • Neon Dry Erase markers
  • #2 pencils – any brand
  • Ticonderoga #2 pencils
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Colored pen sets with green and purple
  • Black pens
  • Colored pens (Red and Blue)

 

  • Cleaning/Hygiene

  • Hand Sanitizer-lots
  • Kleenex-lots
  • Clorox wipes - lots
  • Wet wipes- lots

 Desk supplies

  • Pocket folders with brads       
  • Glue sticks 
  • Clipboards
  • 3”--3-ring binders
  • 3-ring binders (any size)
  • Scotch Tape

Other

  • Snack-size  Ziplock Baggies
  • Sandwich  Ziplock Baggies
  • Quart Ziplock Baggies
  • Gal. size Ziploc Baggies
  • Itunes cards
  • Yellow Magazine File Holders Storage
  • Boxes
  • Blue Magazine File Holders Storage
  • iTunes gift cards (in purchasing musical instrument apps for special needs students)
  • Amazon Gift cards

Art Supplies

  • Colored markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Playdough
  • Pack of 200 cotton balls
  • Crayons in 8-16 count packages
  • magnetic tape
  • Tempera paint (all colors)
  • Bubbles
  • Paper plates 
  • Shaving cream 
  • Children’s books about art
  • Food color 
  • White school glue 
  • small chalk 
  • washable tempera paint 
  • Bubble wrap
  • Liquid watercolor 
  • Yarn
  • Painters Tape
  • chalk pens 
  • eye droppers 

FIRST CONNECTIONS – August 10, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.


“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

 

Sermon, August 12, 2018:

Steps to Revitalization

Matthew 16,18, & Selective Scriptures

Dr. Charles Kimball

 

Meetings this week:                                 

Finance Committee Meeting          4:00 pm Sunday, August 12

Personnel Committee Meeting      3:00 pm Tuesday, August 14

Prayer Meeting                                 6:00 pm Wednesday, August 15

 

Family Promise

Family Promise guests will not be staying at the church this week. There are too many guests in the program to be accommodated at the church.  We only have 14 beds and there are 17 guests!  We do have a need for people to help with preparing and delivering food around 6PM every evening to the Day Center where our guests will be staying.  If you signed up to spend the evening or to overnight, you might consider talking to the person bringing food to see if you can team up with them to help Thursday and Friday's food is covered by our helper church, but First Baptist will cover the other nights including Saturday.  We have 5 adults, 10 elementary-aged kids and 1 toddler in this group (and a 4-month old baby who will be fed by mom).

 

Youth/Parent Luncheon

Sunday (8/12), immediately following the morning service, come & meet our new Student Minister Andrew and his wife Payton at our Youth/Parent Luncheon!

 

Counters Needed

The counting committee is looking for new members to help count Sunday’s offerings. If interested, please contact the church office

 

Welcome Center Volunteers Needed

The Welcome Center Team is looking for more smiling faces to provide an inviting space for members and visitors on Sunday morning.  We also assist visitors to find a class or the service of their choice. Come be a part of our Team!  Contact Shelby Jones in the church office or Robbie Henson at (405) 620-2790.

 

Teacher School Supply Drive

August 5-September 2

We all know that teachers spend a lot of their own money to get extra supplies for their classrooms. We feel our church members would like to give back to teachers by helping with some of the supplies teachers find themselves running out of.

There are bins to put your donations in at the Welcome Center. Thank you for helping support our teachers.

Paper Products

  • White Copy paper - lots
  • Colored copy paper
  • Light Green Copy paper
  • Bright Pink Copy paper
  • Blue Copy paper
  • cardstock
  • Construction paper
  • Any Black paper
  • Composition Journals
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Post-it notes

Writing Supplies

  • Erasers    
  • Large Pink erasers
  • Dry erase markers – lots
  • Neon Dry Erase markers
  • #2 pencils – any brand
  • Ticonderoga #2 pencils
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Colored pen sets with green and purple
  • Black pens
  • Colored pens (Red and Blue)

Cleaning/Hygiene

  • Hand Sanitizer-lots
  • Kleenex-lots
  • Clorox wipes - lots
  • Wet wipes- lots

 Desk supplies

  • Pocket folders with brads       
  • Gluesticks
  • Clipboards
  • 3”--3-ring binders
  • 3-ring binders (any size)
  • Scotch Tape

Other

  • Snack-size  Ziplock Baggies
  • Sandwich  Ziplock Baggies
  • Quart Ziplock Baggies
  • Gal. size Ziploc Baggies
  • Itunes cards
  • Yellow Magazine File Holders Storage
  • Boxes
  • Blue Magazine File Holders Storage
  • iTunes gift cards (in purchasing musical instrument apps for special needs students)

Art Supplies

  • Colored markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Playdough
  • Pack of 200 cotton balls
  • Crayons in 8-16 count packages
  • magnetic tape
  • Tempera paint (all colors)
  • Bubbles
  • Paper plates
  • Shaving cream
  • Children’s books about art
  • Food color
  • White school glue 
  • small chalk
  • washable tempera paint
  • Bubble wrap
  • Liquid watercolor
  • Yarn
  • Painters Tape
  • chalk pens
  • eye droppers 

 

Wednesday Night Dinners

Wednesday night dinners will be resuming starting on August 29th. Please RSVP if you plan on attending any diners, so we can get an accurate idea of how much food we will need to prepare.

 

Celebrate Recovery

Our step-study groups have now closed to work on the inventory process.  Please keep watching for more information in the future months about CR here at FBC – it is looking promising!  We appreciate everyone’s prayers!  For more information, contact Ray/Audrey Rose or Mark/Mary Lively; we are committed to confidentiality in this program.

 

DEACON NOMINATION 2018-2019

DUTIES

A deacon is one whose commitment, demeanor, and spirit qualify the individual to function as a servant of the entire church.  His or her purpose is to promote spiritual welfare, scriptural obedience, and perseverance in the Christian life of the members.  A deacon must be willing to serve in the ministry functions of the deacon body in true commitment to the ideals of Christian servanthood.  Deacons have several roles during the worship service as well as ministry needs requested by the Pastor and the Church.

 

GENERAL CRITERIA FOR DEACON NOMINATION

Man or woman 18 years old or older

A Christian for at least 3 years

A member of First Baptist Church for at least one year

Active in Sunday school and worship attendance

A person worthy of respect

A financial supporter of the church and its ministries

One who sets a personal example of Christian living

 

SCHEDULE

Sundays August 12, 19, & 26 - Duties, criteria of a deacon published in the worship bulletin and First Connections, along with a list of eligible deacons and deacons up for reelection, Nomination forms and the nomination schedule.

Sundays August 19 & 26 – accepting nominations for deacons.

August 26 – September 9 – Deacon Nomination Screening process.

Sunday September 16 – Bios of final candidates published.

Sunday September 23 - VOTE on deacon candidates in AM service, (absentee ballots available wk prior in church office.)

Sunday September 30 – Publish names of elected deacons.

 

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DEACON NOMINATION INFO

2018 - 2019

Deacons at First Baptist are elected to serve for a three year term.  They may serve for two consecutive terms but then must rotate off to reserve status.  They become eligible to serve again after a 1 year hiatus.

 

Current deacons who are rotating off and are ineligible for reelection at this time are:

Bill Ford                     Charles Prescott

Cliff Lehman               Phil Todd

           

Active deacons who have one or more years left to serve:

Joel Deichman            Sam Garlow                Larry Inman

Jim Hansford              Mitch Hembree           Elaine Allison

Roger Henson             Terry Hopkins             Charles Hawkins

Rocky Wade               Leesa Adams              Carl Moss

Mike Wester               Jim Farthing

 

Current deacons who are eligible to be elected to a second term:

David Stevens

           

Reserve ordained deacons who are eligible to be nominated again:          

John Cragin                 John Stobbe

Jon Greenwood           Paul Hammond

Steve Hicks                 Mike Wiens     

Eric Hopkins               Paul Jennings

Michael Presley          Nicki Sherman                       

Jim Stuart                    Kathy Stuart               

           

 

Give Online. It’s Easy!

FBC is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving On-Line!

Giving On-Line is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions

and view your complete giving history from anywhere you have internet access.

Go to our website www.firstshawnee.com/give for more details.

 

DON’T FORGET!

If you move or change your phone number or email address, please contact us at the church office so we can make the changes to the church directory and database. (Call 275-6111 or email firstshawnee@gmail.com) Thank you! 

 

FIRST CONNECTIONS – August 3, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.


“But he said to me, my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 

II Corinthians 12:9-11 (NIV)

 

Sermon, August 5, 2018:

Life After Death

John 11:1-44

Dr. Charles Kimball

 

Meetings this week:                 

Leadership Team Meeting           4:00 pm Sunday, August 5

Church Council Meeting             11:30 am Monday, August 6

Prayer Meeting                          6:00 pm Wednesday, August 8

 

Family Promise

Family Promise will be here Aug 12 - 16. There will be a sign-up sheet on the church office window. This is a great opportunity for everyone in our church to spend a few hours with some nice people going through a rough time.  Come spend the night (we have great beds, and kids often find it fun to “sleep at church.”)  Cook/ provide a meal for 2-14 people.  Spend the evening visiting, playing games, or just being available for these great families.  This is ministry to do together as a family.

 

Program of Organ Favorites

Ron Lewis will be having a organ recital Saturday, August 4th at noon in the Sanctuary.

 

Baptisms

Please join us during this Sunday’s morning service to celebrate the baptism of three sisters, Arielle, Raychel, and Lillian Lackey.

 

Counters Needed

The counting committee is looking for new members to help count Sunday’s offerings. If interested, please contact the church office

 

Teacher School Supply Drive

August 5-September 2

We all know that teachers spend a lot of their own money to get extra supplies for their classrooms. We feel our church members would like to give back to teachers by helping with some of the supplies teachers find themselves running out of.

There are bins to put your donations in at the Welcome Center. Thank you for helping support our teachers.

Paper Products

  • White Copy paper - lots
  • Colored copy paper
  • Light Green Copy paper
  • Bright Pink Copy paper
  • Blue Copy paper
  • cardstock
  • Construction paper
  • Any Black paper
  • Composition Journals
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Post-it notes

Writing Supplies

  • Erasers    
  • Large Pink erasers
  • Dry erase markers – lots
  • Neon Dry Erase markers
  • #2 pencils – any brand
  • Ticonderoga #2 pencils
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Colored pen sets with green and purple
  • Black pens
  • Colored pens (Red and Blue)

Cleaning/Hygiene

  • Hand Sanitizer-lots
  • Kleenex-lots
  • Clorox wipes - lots
  • Wet wipes- lots

 Desk supplies

  • Pocket folders with brads       
  • Glue sticks 
  • Clipboards
  • 3”--3-ring binders
  • 3-ring binders (any size)
  • Scotch Tape

Other

  • Snack-size  Ziplock Baggies
  • Sandwich  Ziplock Baggies
  • Quart Ziplock Baggies
  • Gal. size Ziploc Baggies
  • Itunes cards
  • Yellow Magazine File Holders Storage Boxes
  • Blue Magazine File Holders Storage
  • iTunes gift cards (in purchasing musical instrument apps for special needs students)
  • Art Supplies
  • Colored markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Playdough
  • Pack of 200 cotton balls
  • Crayons in 8-16 count packages
  • magnetic tape
  • Tempera paint (all colors)
  • Bubbles
  • Paper plates 
  • Shaving cream 
  • Children’s books about art
  • Food color 
  • White school glue 
  • small chalk 
  • washable tempera paint 
  • Bubble wrap
  • Liquid watercolor 
  • Yarn
  • Painters Tape
  • chalk pens 
  • eye droppers 

Welcome Center Volunteers Needed

The Welcome Center Team is looking for more smiling faces to provide an inviting space for members and visitors on Sunday morning.  We also assist visitors to find a class or the service of their choice. Come be a part of our Team!  Contact Shelby Jones in the church office or Robbie Henson at (405) 620-2790.

Youth Activities

Mark your calendars! Youth activities will be starting back up on August 8th.

Wednesday Night Dinners

Wednesday night dinners will be resuming starting on August 29th. Please RSVP if you plan on attending any diners, so that we may be able to get an accurate idea of how much food we will need to prepare.

Celebrate Recovery

Our step-study groups have now closed to work on the inventory process.  Please keep watching for more information in the future months about CR here at FBC – it is looking promising!  We appreciate everyone’s prayers!  For more information, contact Ray/Audrey Rose or Mark/Mary Lively; we are committed to confidentiality in this program.

 

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Meet Andrew and Payton Worley

Student Ministry

 

I am from Blackwell, OK, and I was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church there. God used many people at Immanuel to teach and mold me into who I am today. From all those who have discipled me, I have learned what it truly means to follow Christ, and I have gained a passion to share that with others. I am not sure what all God has planned for my life, but I am open to His call and desire to serve Him and His church with my life.

I was raised in a God fearing family, and I came to know Christ early in my life. However, I failed to understand what a life surrendered to Christ looked like, and I found myself living as the world did. It was not until high school that God revealed this to me, and He started to change my life to look more like Christ’s. Through friends and mentors at Immanuel, God brought me into a place that allowed me to truly surrender and follow Christ.

Immanuel has played an essential part in discovering my called to ministry and preparing me for that. I first felt called to ministry my sophomore year of high school, and during that time my youth pastor, Sam Simmons, encouraged me to explore and pursue this call. I was already a leader in the youth group, and Sam was willing to help me continue to lead by giving me opportunities to teach the rest of the youth group. He also encouraged me to start up a high school Bible study, which I led my junior and senior year, and I have continued pursing that call on my life ever since.

After graduating from Blackwell High School, I went to Oklahoma Baptist University, where I am majoring in Biblical Studies with a minor in Student Ministry. So far, I have been challenged to grow by my friends and professors in the three years that I have been here. I plan to continue my studies so that I can best equip myself to serve in any capacity that the Lord calls me. I will graduate from there May 2019, alongside my wife, Payton.

I want to invest in people’s lives, specifically students’ lives, just as others have invested in mine. God completely changed my life when I was a teenager, and I want others to experience that same transformation. I desire that all to come to know Christ and for them to be discipled into true followers of Christ, and I believe this is what I am called to do.

In Christ,

Andrew Worley

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Meet Michael Ware

Music Ministry

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Michael Ware and I am so excited to be coming to First Baptist Shawnee to serve in worship and music ministry. I grew up with faithful Christian parents who understood the importance of church to the family. We attended Quail Springs Baptist, a church that played a significant role in my spiritual formation. In my younger years, Quail had an active Royal Ambassador program for boys. It was at an RA Lad and Dad camp that I accepted Christ at the age of nine.

I was exposed to music in church from a very early age and enjoyed singing in the children’s choirs. As I grew, God used a person and an event to show me what ministry could be, and particularly what music ministry was all about. My minister of music, Jerry Brown was a mentor and major influence on my life. He poured his life into mine through voice lessons and the opportunity to be the music ministry intern at Quail. I not only saw musicianship, but also what it meant to be a minister in how he cared for people. God also used the 2000 Baptist All-State Youth Choir mission trip to Canada to show me how music could be used to influence those around us for Christ. I knew that was something He was calling me to do.

I attended OBU as a music theory and composition student and enjoyed singing in University Chorale as well as playing clarinet in Symphonic Band and Shawnee Community Orchestra. After graduation in 2006, I went on the pursue a master of church music at Southwestern Seminary. There I was blessed to have some incredible experiences on choir tours to South Korea and New York City. Two years in Texas were enough! After graduation in 2008, I came back to Oklahoma City and served as minister of music in a local church for nearly ten years. I very much enjoy working with people of all ages, helping them use their abilities to serve the Lord and His church.

I spend much of my free time composing and arranging for choir, piano, and other instruments and ensembles. I have several choral pieces in print and also publish at my own site, musicwarepress.com. One of my other interests is photography which I enjoy when time allows. My favorite passage of scripture is Psalm 95. It encourages us to come and sing to the Lord in worship, but also reminds us that our hearts must be right before God as well.

 

 

Give Online. It’s Easy!

FBC is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving On-Line!

Giving On-Line is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions

and view your complete giving history from anywhere you have internet access.

Go to our website www.firstshawnee.com/give for more details.

 

DON’T FORGET!

If you move or change your phone number or email address, please contact us at the church office so we can make the changes to the church directory and database. (Call 275-6111 or email firstshawnee@gmail.com) Thank you! 

 

FIRST CONNECTIONS – July 27, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth … He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary; and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31; NIV

 

Sermon, July 29, 2018:

What’s so Important about the Blood?

Hebrew 9:11-28

Dr. Charles Kimball

 

Meetings this week:                 

Properties Meeting                    4:00 pm Wednesday, August 1

Prayer Meeting                          6:00 pm Wednesday, August 1

 

Church Game Night

July 29th bring your favorite games and your favorite finger foods for FBC’s game night! Card games, board games, anything goes! Come out to the Fellowship hall and enjoy a great night of fun and fellowship!

 

Pool Party with a Purpose

Join us Wednesday night, August 1st, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Shawnee Splash Park, Shawnee, Ok. There will be swimming, pizza, and we will continue our devotions on the Armor of God! Contact Elaine Hawkins for more info.

 

Program of Organ Favorites

Ron Lewis will be having a organ recital Saturday, August 4th at noon in the Sanctuary.

 

Family Promise

Family Promise will be here Aug 12 - 16. There will be a sign-up sheet on the church office window.

 

Counters Needed

The counting committee is looking for new members to help count Sunday’s offerings. If interested, please contact the church office

 

Welcome Center Volunteers Needed

The Welcome Center Team is looking for more smiling faces to provide an inviting space for members and visitors on Sunday morning.  We also assist visitors to find a class or the service of their choice. Come be a part of our Team!  Contact Shelby Jones in the church office or Robbie Henson at (405) 620-2790.

 

FBC Legacy Ministry

The FBC Legacy Ministry provides opportunity to invest in the future ministry of FBC through gifts that become a part of our Legacy Ministry Fund.  The Fund provides a cash distribution each year which is used to fund needs that are outside the annual budget.  The Legacy Ministry Committee is currently seeking input on how best to invest the current year distribution of $3200.00 in FBC ministries.  In past years we have funded needs in the nursery, children’s areas, and fellowship hall, provided scholarships for youth activities, and funded ministry interns.   

If you have a request, please submit it to the church office in writing by Sunday, July 29, 2018.  The Legacy Committee will review the requests and bring a recommendation to the church.  If you would like more information about the FBC Legacy Ministry and how you can impact the ministry of FBC beyond your lifetime, please contact the church office.

 

Furniture Needed

We are looking for a queen-sized bed and a desk chair to donate to a college student. If you have either of these to donate, please contact the church office.

 

Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to work on the inventory process.  Please keep watching for more information in the future months about CR here at FBC – it is looking promising!  We appreciate everyone’s prayers!  For more information, contact Ray/Audrey Rose or Mark/Mary Lively; we are committed to confidentiality in this program.

 

Give Online. It’s Easy!

FBC is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving On-Line!

Giving On-Line is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions

and view your complete giving history from anywhere you have internet access.

Go to our website www.firstshawnee.com/give for more details.

 

DON’T FORGET!

If you move or change your phone number or email address, please contact us at the church office so we can make the changes to the church directory and database. (Call 275-6111 or email firstshawnee@gmail.com) Thank you! 

 

FIRST CONNECTIONS – July 20, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

The Lord is my light and my salvation-

Whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life-

Of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1; NIV

 

  

Sermon, July 22, 2018:

Back from the Dead

John 11:1-44

Dr. Charles Kimball

Traditional Service in Sanctuary

Contemporary Service in Fellowship Hall

 

Meetings this week:                 

Prayer Meeting                          6:00 pm Wednesday, July 25

 

The church rejoices with Aaron & Jamie Hembree on the birth of their daughter, Sophia Elaine Hembree, born July 19, 2018. She weighed 9 pounds and was 22 3/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mitch & Debra Hembree and Donna Hill.

 

Casual Summer at FBC - July Theme Days:

For the month of July, FBC will be having themed Sundays! Each Sunday there will be a new theme that you can choose to dress up for during the services. Be creative, and most importantly, have fun!

                  

            July 1st, Celebrate your Country Day: Dress up to show your love for your country! America, France, Mexico, where ever you are from, celebrate it! Let’s bring out all the countries and cultures that make this church so special!

            July 8th, Hawaiian Shirt Day: Dust off your favorite visor and an old pair of khakis for this day! Dress for the summer with your best Hawaiian shirt!

            July 15th, Western Day: Bring out your country boots and cowgirl hats for Western day!

            July 22nd, Favorite Team Day: OU, OSU, the Thunder, whatever your favorite team is, come and represent! All fans are welcome!

 

Pool Party with a Purpose

Join us Wednesday night, July 25, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Field’s, 1104 Oakmont Circle, Shawnee, Ok. There will be swimming, pizza, and we will continue our devotions on the Armor of God! Contact Elaine Hawkins for more info.

 

Summer Movie Evening hosted by FBC Women's Ministry

Sunday, July 22nd @ 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

We will be showing The Red Tent based on the book by Anita Diamant staring Minnie Driver, Morena Baccarin, Rebecca Ferguson, Iain Glen and Debra Winger.  

This is a story about how women handed down wisdom through storytelling in the red tent told through the eyes of Jacob and Leah's daughter, Dinah.  The movie is not rated and anyone is invited, but it's important for those attending to know it contains some mature material.

Please bring a sweet or salty snack to share, drinks will be provided.  

Let's use this event to be a blessing and support to other women! Please bring a package of feminine hygiene products as a donation.  They will be given to high school counselors who often assist young women whose attendance at school is affected because of lack of products.  Beginning Sunday morning on the 22nd, we will have a box by the door of fellowship hall to collect donations so you may bring them that day in the morning or the evening.        

The movie will begin shortly after 5:00 p.m. and runs for 176 min.  If this is longer than you can stay or if you are not available to attend, the DVD will be available for check-out in the church office following the event.

 

FBC Legacy Ministry

The FBC Legacy Ministry provides opportunity to invest in the future ministry of FBC through gifts that become a part of our Legacy Ministry Fund.  The Fund provides a cash distribution each year which is used to fund needs that are outside the annual budget.  The Legacy Ministry Committee is currently seeking input on how best to invest the current year distribution of $3200.00 in FBC ministries.  In past years we have funded needs in the nursery, children’s areas, and fellowship hall, provided scholarships for youth activities, and funded ministry interns.   

If you have a request, please submit it to the church office in writing by Sunday, July 29, 2018.  The Legacy Committee will review the requests and bring a recommendation to the church.  If you would like more information about the FBC Legacy Ministry and how you can impact the ministry of FBC beyond your lifetime, please contact the church office.

 

Furniture Needed

We are looking for a queen-sized bed and a desk chair to donate to a college student. If you have either of these to donate, please contact the church office.

 

Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to work on the inventory process.  Please keep watching for more information in the future months about CR here at FBC – it is looking promising!  We appreciate everyone’s prayers!  For more information, contact Ray/Audrey Rose or Mark/Mary Lively; we are committed to confidentiality in this program.

 

 

Give Online. It’s Easy!

FBC is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving On-Line!

Giving On-Line is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions

and view your complete giving history from anywhere you have internet access.

Go to our website www.firstshawnee.com/give for more details.

 

DON’T FORGET!

If you move or change your phone number or email address, please contact us at the church office so we can make the changes to the church directory and database. (Call 275-6111 or email firstshawnee@gmail.com) Thank you! 

 

FIRST CONNECTIONS – July 13, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. … May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:5-7, 13; NIV

 

Sermon, July 15, 2018:

 Victory over Doubt

John 20:19-29

Dr. Charles Kimball

Traditional Service in Sanctuary

Contemporary Service in Fellowship Hall

 

Meetings this week:                 

Finance Committee Meeting       4:00 pm Sunday. July 15

Personnel Meeting                       3:00 pm Tuesday, July 17

Prayer Meeting                            6:00 pm Wednesday, July 18

Senior Adult Council Meeting     10:00 am Thursday, July 19

 

Reception for Brandon and Meredith McClure

After the morning service this Sunday, July 15, we will be having a reception for Brandon and Meredith McClure to say goodbye and wish them well for the future. The church will be providing cookies and church members are asked to bring their favorite finger foods.

 

Mission Trip Report Meeting

At 6 pm Sunday evening we will be having a Mission Trip Report Meeting in the fellowship hall. This will be a time where students who participated in the Spain mission trip will be sharing their experiences and showing pictures of their travels.

 

Pool Party with a Purpose

Join us Wednesday night, July 18, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Cragin’s, 68 Sonata Shawnee, Ok. There will be swimming, pizza, and we will continue our devotions on the Armor of God! Contact Elaine Hawkins for more info.

 

Summer Movie Evening hosted by FBC Women's Ministry

Sunday, July 22nd @ 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

We will be showing The Red Tent based on the book by Anita Diamant staring Minnie Driver, Morena Baccarin, Rebecca Ferguson, Iain Glen and Debra Winger.  

This is a story about how women handed down wisdom through storytelling in the red tent told through the eyes of Jacob and Leah's daughter, Dinah.  The movie is not rated and anyone is invited, but it's important for those attending to know it contains some mature material.

Please bring a sweet or salty snack to share, drinks will be provided.  

Let's use this event to be a blessing and support to other women! Please bring a package of feminine hygiene products as a donation.  They will be given to high school counselors who often assist young women whose attendance at school is affected because of lack of products.  Beginning Sunday morning on the 22nd, we will have a box by the door of fellowship hall to collect donations so you may bring them that day in the morning or the evening.        

The movie will begin shortly after 5:00 p.m. and runs for 176 min.  If this is longer than you can stay or if you are not available to attend, the DVD will be available for check-out in the church office following the event.

Casual Summer at FBC - July Theme Days:

For the month of July, FBC will be having themed Sundays! Each Sunday there will be a new theme that you can choose to dress up for during the services. Be creative, and most importantly, have fun!

July 1st, Celebrate your Country Day: Dress up to show your love for your country! America, France, Mexico, where ever you are from, celebrate it! Let’s bring out all the countries and cultures that make this church so special!

            July 8th, Hawaiian Shirt Day: Dust off your favorite visor and an old pair of khakis for this day! Dress for the summer with your best Hawaiian shirt!

            July 15th, Western Day: Bring out your country boots and cowgirl hats for Western day!

            July 22nd, Favorite Team Day: OU, OSU, the Thunder, whatever your favorite team is, come and represent! All fans are welcome!

 

FBC Legacy Ministry

The FBC Legacy Ministry provides opportunity to invest in the future ministry of FBC through gifts that become a part of our Legacy Ministry Fund.  The Fund provides a cash distribution each year which is used to fund needs that are outside the annual budget.  The Legacy Ministry Committee is currently seeking input on how best to invest the current year distribution of $3200.00 in FBC ministries.  In past years we have funded needs in the nursery, children’s areas, and fellowship hall, provided scholarships for youth activities, and funded ministry interns.   

If you have a request, please submit it to the church office in writing by Sunday, July 29, 2018.  The Legacy Committee will review the requests and bring a recommendation to the church.  If you would like more information about the FBC Legacy Ministry and how you can impact the ministry of FBC beyond your lifetime, please contact the church office.

 

Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to work on the inventory process.  Please keep watching for more information in the future months about CR here at FBC – it is looking promising!  We appreciate everyone’s prayers!  For more information, contact Ray/Audrey Rose or Mark/Mary Lively; we are committed to confidentiality in this program.

 

Give Online. It’s Easy!

FBC is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving On-Line!

Giving On-Line is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions

and view your complete giving history from anywhere you have internet access.

Go to our website www.firstshawnee.com/give for more details.

 

DON’T FORGET!

If you move or change your phone number or email address, please contact us at the church office so we can make the changes to the church directory and database. (Call 275-6111 or email firstshawnee@gmail.com) Thank you!