First Connections May 25, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – May 25, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.

I Peter 5:7 from The Message

  

Sermon, May 27, 2018:

 “Return to Your First Love”

May 27, 2018

Dr. Charles Kimball

Traditional Service in Sanctuary

Contemporary Service in Fellowship Hall

  

No Evening Worship or pm activities Sunday, May 27 at the church. Also, the church office will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. Enjoy your holiday!

 

Youth Mission Trip to Texas

Please keep our youth and Brandon in your prayers this next Tuesday and Wednesday as they travel to Texas for a mission opportunity.

 

 

* * * * *

After eleven years of service Teresa Jett has decided to resign her position as Financial Secretary. We greatly appreciate her years of service and wish her the very best.

Personnel and Finance Committees will be considering candidates for the position. If you are interested or know of a qualified candidate please contact Rocky Wade, Roger Henson, or Pastor Charles Kimball with a resume. Qualified candidates should have accounting or bookkeeping experience.  Candidates may or may not be church members.

* * * * *

 

 

Service Opportunity

The Worship Committee needs volunteers willing to be trained on and to run the sound system on a rotating basis. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please contact Paul Hammond at 405.323.9254 or phammondok@gmail.com

  

Vacation Bible School is coming!

June 4-7, (9:00 am-noon)

Sign up on the church website: www.firstshawnee.com

If you can help, please contact Elaine Hawkins as soon as possible.

 We need to borrow a few things for VBS! Call or Text Elaine Hawkins at 613-1937 if you can lend us: Life Vests or Rings, Oars, Old Footlockers, Hammocks, Old thick rope.

  

 

POOLS NEEDED THIS SUMMER!

I am looking forward to our Pool Parties with a Purpose for the kids through 6th grade on Wednesday nights again this summer! To help with costs, we would love for any church member who has a pool in their backyard to volunteer to host 1 pool party this summer. We are in search of only 1 more pool! 

June 13 - Home of DeeAnn and Richard Schroyer

June 20 - Home of Gary and Robbie Mullins

June 27 – Home of Tony McMurray

July 18 - Home of John and Becky Cragin

July 25th - Home of Jesse and Susan Field

August 1 - OPEN

The church will provide all food and drinks and also a lifeguard for the event. Please let me know if you are interested in hosting our kids!  Elaine Hawkins

 

Do You Love Babies? We Have a Place for You!

We need people to be substitute teachers in the Baby Room during the Sunday School hour (9:15-10:35). When our regular teachers are out, could you help rock babies? Please contact Elaine Hawkins by phone, text, email or in person: 613-1937 & elainemarie72@gmail.com

  

Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to begin 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!  Mary

 

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!  Mary

 

First Connections May 18, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – May 18, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

Investigate my life, O God,

Find out everything about me;

Cross-examine and test me,

Get a clear picture of what I’m about;

See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong-

Then guide me on the road to eternal life.

Psalm 139: 23-24 from The Message

  

Sermon, May 20, 2018:

 “The Carnal Christian”

I Corinthians 3:1-9

Aaron Hembree

Traditional Service in Sanctuary

Contemporary Service in Fellowship Hall

 

 

Sunday, May 20 is Graduate Recognition Day at FBC

 

 

Meetings:

Deacons’ Meeting                Sunday, May 20, 8:30 am

Church Business Mtg.          Sunday, May 20, after am worship – This is in Fellowship Hall; lunch is provided.

  

* * * * *

After eleven years of service Teresa Jett has decided to resign her position as Financial Secretary. We greatly appreciate her years of service and wish her the very best.

Personnel and Finance Committees will be considering candidates for the position. If you are interested or know of a qualified candidate please contact Rocky Wade, Roger Henson, or Pastor Charles Kimball with a resume. Qualified candidates should have accounting or bookkeeping experience.  Candidates may or may not be church members.

* * * * *

  

Service Opportunity

The Worship Committee needs volunteers willing to be trained on and to run the sound system on a rotating basis. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please contact Paul Hammond at 405.323.9254 or phammondok@gmail.com

 

 

Vacation Bible School is coming!

June 4-7, (9:00 am-noon)

Sign up on the church website: www.firstshawnee.com

If you can help, please contact Elaine Hawkins as soon as possible.

 We need to borrow a few things for VBS! Call or Text Elaine Hawkins at 613-1937 if you can lend us: Life Vests or Rings, Oars, Old Footlockers, Hammocks, Old thick rope.

  

POOLS NEEDED THIS SUMMER!

I am looking forward to our Pool Parties with a Purpose for the kids through 6th grade on Wednesday nights again this summer! To help with costs, we would love for any church member who has a pool in their backyard to volunteer to host 1 pool party this summer. We are in search of only 1 more pool! 

June 13 - Home of DeeAnn and Richard Schroyer

June 20 - Home of Gary and Robbie Mullins

June 27 – Home of Tony McMurray

July 18 - Home of John and Becky Cragin

July 25th - Home of Jesse and Susan Field

August 1 - OPEN

The church will provide all food and drinks and also a lifeguard for the event. Please let me know if you are interested in hosting our kids!  Elaine Hawkins

 

 

Do You Love Babies? We Have a Place for You!

We need people to be substitute teachers in the Baby Room during the Sunday School hour (9:15-10:35). When our regular teachers are out, could you help rock babies? Please contact Elaine Hawkins by phone, text, email or in person: 613-1937 & elainemarie72@gmail.com

  

Wednesday Night Dinner is Finished for the Spring Semester; Look for information starting soon after school starts in August.

 

 

    Elaine Hawkins has invited you to join the Meal Train for Braden, Caitlyn, and Baby Ben Norwood. On April 26th, 2018, the Norwoods welcomed their first baby, Benjamin Norwood, into the world! They had family with them the first week, but now our church has an opportunity to minister to them by offering meals every other day; so we've started this meal train for them :-) 
    Please sign up to take food or restaurant gift cards if you can, and pray for them as they begin this beautiful new life with Baby Benjamin!
    What is a meal train?  There are times in our lives when friends and family ask, "What can I do to help out?" The answer is usually to help them with a meal. When many friends give a meal, this is a Meal Train. Please share this email with others. You can view the Meal Train by clicking the following button.

Open the Meal Train

 

Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to begin 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!  Mary

 

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!  Mary

 

First Connections May 11, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – May 11, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

God’s Spirit makes us:

loving,

happy,

peaceful,

patient,

kind,

good,

faithful,

gentle,

self-controlled . . .

God’s Spirit has given us life

and so we should follow the Spirit.

(Galatians 5:22-23,25)

   

 

Sermon, May 13, 2018:

 “Signs of a Healthy Church”

Selected Scriptures

Dr. Charles Kimball

Traditional Service in Sanctuary

Contemporary Service in Fellowship Hall

 

 

This Sunday, May 13 is Mother’s Day.  Since there will be no evening

service or activities, plan to share quality family time together.

 

 * * * * *

After eleven years of service Teresa Jett has decided to resign her position as Financial Secretary. We greatly appreciate her years of service and wish her the very best.

Personnel and Finance Committees will be considering candidates for the position. If you are interested or know of a qualified candidate please contact Rocky Wade, Roger Henson, or Pastor Charles Kimball with a resume. Qualified candidates should have accounting or bookkeeping experience.  Candidates may or may not be church members.

* * * * *

 

NOTICE:  The elevator on the west end of the sanctuary (the one that goes to the balcony) is out of service until further notice.  We are working to resolve the problem and regret any inconvenience.

 

Service Opportunity

The Worship Committee needs volunteers willing to be trained on and to run the sound system on a rotating basis. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please contact Paul Hammond at 405.323.9254 or phammondok@gmail.com

 

Family Promise

First Baptist's participation in Family Promise starts May 13th.  We need cooks to supply food, and volunteers to chat with our guests at different times.  We also need someone to buy snacks (fruit, bread, peanut butter, etc.) for the families to eat while at the church in the evenings. Questions?  Call Jan Tipton 613-9925 or talk to Mary.

 

Vacation Bible School is coming!

June 4-7, (9:00 am-noon)

Sign up on the church website: www.firstshawnee.com

If you can help, please contact Elaine Hawkins as soon as possible.

We need to borrow a few things for VBS! Call or Text Elaine Hawkins at 613-1937 if you can lend us: Life Vests or Rings, Oars, Old Footlockers, Hammocks, Old thick rope.

  

 

POOLS NEEDED THIS SUMMER!

I am looking forward to our Pool Parties with a Purpose for the kids through 6th grade on Wednesday nights again this summer! To help with costs, we would love for any church member who has a pool in their backyard to volunteer to host 1 pool party this summer. We are in search of only 1 more pool!

June 13 - Home of DeeAnn and Richard Schroyer

June 20 - Home of Gary and Robbie Mullins

June 27 – Home of Tony McMurray

July 18 - Home of John and Becky Cragin

July 25th - Home of Jesse and Susan Field

August 1 - OPEN

The church will provide all food and drinks and also a lifeguard for the event. Please let me know if you are interested in hosting our kids!  Elaine Hawkins

 

Do You Love Babies? We Have a Place for You!

We need people to be substitute teachers in the Baby Room during the Sunday School hour (9:15-10:35). When our regular teachers are out, could you help rock babies? Please contact Elaine Hawkins by phone, text, email or in person: 613-1937 & elainemarie72@gmail.com

 

Wednesday Night Dinner is Finished for the Spring Semester.

Look for information starting soon after school starts in August.

 

    Elaine Hawkins has invited you to join the Meal Train for Braden, Caitlyn, and Baby Ben Norwood. On April 26th, 2018, the Norwoods welcomed their first baby, Benjamin Norwood, into the world! They had family with them the first week, but now our church has an opportunity to minister to them by offering meals every other day; so we've started this meal train for them :-) 
    Please sign up to take food or restaurant gift cards if you can, and pray for them as they begin this beautiful new life with Baby Benjamin!
    What is a meal train?  There are times in our lives when friends and family ask, "What can I do to help out?" The answer is usually to help them with a meal. When many friends give a meal, this is a Meal Train. Please share this email with others. You can view the Meal Train by clicking the following button.

Open the Meal Train

 

Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to begin 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!  Mary

 

 

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!  Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Connections May 4, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – May 4, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

  

On your feet now-applaud God!

Bring a gift of laughter,

Sing yourselves into his presence.

 Know this: God is God, and God, God.

He made us; we didn’t make him.

We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.

 Enter with the password: “Thank you!”

Make yourselves at home, talking praise.

Thank him. Worship him.

 For God is sheer beauty,

All-generous in love,

Loyal always and ever.

 (from The Message, Psalm 100)

   

Sermon, May 6, 2018:

Traditional Service in Sanctuary

“He Named It Ebenezer”

I Samuel 7:3-13

Jonathan Singleton

 

Contemporary Service in Fellowship Hall

“One Church – Four Generations”

Selected Scriptures

Dr. Charles Kimball

  

THE GARDEN at 10th and PHILLY

The Garden opens this Sunday, May 6, and we need your help!!  We have a mixture of neighborhood folk and church members claiming plots.  There's still room you!  Extra plots will be planted to share with the neighborhood.  Could you help plant this Sunday? (Beds are raised, so it is a sit-down job.)  This does not obligate you beyond this week. Remember to wear clothes for playing in the dirt.

Other opportunities to be involved include helping a family with their plot or supervising a watering time. We also still need used rakes and hoes, and watering hoses.

12:30 pm - Hotdogs, chips, cookies, and drinks provided. Then we plant!

Thank you for your involvement in this important outreach opportunity.   The Missions Committee

 

Service Opportunity

The Worship Committee needs volunteers willing to be trained on and to run the sound system on a rotating basis. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please contact Paul Hammond at 405.323.9254 or phammondok@gmail.com

  

Family Promise

First Baptist's participation in Family Promise starts May 13th.  We need cooks to supply food, and volunteers to chat with our guests at different times.  We also need someone to buy snacks (fruit, bread, peanut butter, etc.) for the families to eat while at the church in the evenings.  Questions?  Call Jan Tipton 613-9925 or talk to Mary.

 

Meal Train

Elaine Hawkins has invited you to join the Meal Train for Braden, Caitlyn, and Baby Ben Norwood.
On April 26th, 2018, the Norwoods welcomed their first baby, Benjamin Norwood, into the world! They had family with them the first week after his birth, but now our church has an opportunity to minister to them by offering meals every other day. So we've started this meal train for them :-) 
    Please sign up to take food or restaurant gift cards if you can, and pray for them as they begin this beautiful new life with Baby Benjamin!
    What is a meal train?
There are times in our lives when friends and family ask, "What can I do to help out?" The answer is usually to help them with a meal. When many friends give a meal, this is a Meal Train.
Please share this email with others. You can view the Meal Train by clicking the following button.       Open the Meal Train

  

Vacation Bible School is coming! June 4-7, (9:00 am-noon)

Sign up on the church website: www.firstshawnee.com

If you can help, please contact Elaine Hawkins as soon as possible.

 

POOLS NEEDED THIS SUMMER!

I am looking forward to our Pool Parties with a Purpose for the kids through 6th grade on Wednesday nights again this summer! To help with costs, we would love for any church member who has a pool in their backyard to volunteer to host 1 pool party this summer. We are in search of only 3 more pools! 

June 13 - Home of DeeAnn and Richard Schroyer

June 20 -OPEN

June 27 - OPEN

July 18 - Home of John and Becky Cragin

July 25th - Home of Jesse and Susan Field

August 1 - OPEN

The church will provide all food and drinks and also a lifeguard for the event. Please let me know if you are interested in hosting our kids! Elaine Hawkins

 

Do You Love Babies? We Have a Place for You!

We need people to be substitute teachers in the Baby Room during the Sunday School hour (9:15-10:35). When our regular teachers are out, could you help rock babies? Please contact Elaine Hawkins by phone, text, email or in person: 613-1937 & elainemarie72@gmail.com

  

Wednesday Night Dinner is Finished for the Spring Semester;

Look for information starting soon after school starts in August.

 

Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to begin 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!  Mary

 

 

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!  Mary

 

 

 

FIRST CONNECTIONS – April 27, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

  

You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. Our God and Father abounds in glory that just pours out into eternity. Yes.

(from The Message, Phil. 4:19-20)

   

 

Please Welcome:

Benjamin Grainger Norwood

Born April 26, 2018

(Parents: Braden and Caitlyn)

 

 

Youth Shimmer Weekend

April 27 (6:30 pm) to April 28 (4:00 pm)

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR YOUTH MINISTRY THIS WEEKEND!

 

 

Sermon, April 29, 2018:

“Celebrating the Lord’s Supper”

I Corinthians 11:23-32

Dr. Charles Kimball

Morning Worship Combined in Sanctuary

 

 

You Are Invited!

Aaron and Jamie‘s baby shower.

Sunday, April 29 from 2 o’clock to 4 o’clock 

at The Gathering Place, 415 E. Main.

 

 

Children's Choir Program

"All Creation Sings"

Sunday, April 29 at 6:00 pm

 

 

Senior Adult Lunch

Thursday, May 3 at 11:00 am

Golden Corral

 

 

Vacation Bible School is coming! June 4-7, (9 am-noon)

Sign up on the church website: www.firstshawnee.com

If you can help, please contact Elaine Hawkins as soon as possible.

 

POOLS NEEDED THIS SUMMER!

I am looking forward to our Pool Parties with a Purpose for the kids through 6th grade on Wednesday nights again this summer! To help with costs, we would love for any church member who has a pool in their backyard to volunteer to host 1 pool party this summer. Here are the dates we need pools, from 6pm-7:30pm each night: June 13, June 20, June 27, July 18, July 25, and August 1. The church will provide all food and drinks and also a lifeguard for the event. Please let me know if you are interested in hosting our kids! Elaine Hawkins

  

Memorial

Christine Reynolds

Graveside service at Resthaven

11:00 am on Saturday, May 5

 

 

Do You Love Babies? We Have a Place for You!

We need people to be substitute teachers in the Baby Room during the Sunday School hour (9:15-10:35). When our regular teachers are out, could you help rock babies? Please contact Elaine Hawkins by phone, text, email or in person: 613-1937 & elainemarie72@gmail.com

  

Wednesday Night Dinner is Finished for the Spring Semester; Look for information starting soon after school starts in August.

 

Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to begin 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!  Mary

 

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!  Mary

 

First Connections April 20, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – April 20, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

  

For God is at work within you, helping you to want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants. (Philippians 2:13, TLB)

   

Sermon, April 22, 2018:

“One Church B Four Generations”

Selected Scriptures

Dr. Charles Kimball

  

Wednesday Night Dinner, April 25

Chef Sampley’s Award Winning Blue Ribbon Biscuits, Oven Roasted Tenderloin, Pioneer Woman Mashed Potatoes, Roast Gravy, Southern Style Fresh Green Beans, Garden Fresh Salad by Chef Charles Prescott, Banana Pudding.

 

Youth Shimmer Weekend

April 27 (6:30 pm) to April 28 (4:00 pm)

Bible study-Philemon; shepherding small groups; laser tag and more!

 

You Are Invited!

Aaron and Jamie‘s baby shower.

Sunday, April 29 from 2 o’clock to 4 o’clock at the gathering Place, 415 E. Main.

 

Children's Choir Program

"All Creation Sings"

Sunday, April 29 at 6:00 pm

  

Vacation Bible School is coming! June 4-7, (9:00 am-noon) Sign up on the church website: www.firstshawnee.com

 

POOLS NEEDED THIS SUMMER!

I am looking forward to our Pool Parties with a Purpose for the kids through 6th grade on Wednesday nights again this summer! To help with costs, we would love for any church member who has a pool in their backyard to volunteer to host 1 pool party this summer. Here are the dates we need pools, from 6pm-7:30pm each night: June 13, June 20, June 27, July 18, July 25, and August 1. The church will provide all food and drinks and also a lifeguard for the event. Please let me know if you are interested in hosting our kids!

 

Do You Love Babies? We Have a Place for You!

We need people to be substitute teachers in the Baby Room during the Sunday School hour (9:15-10:35). When our regular teachers are out, could you help rock babies? Please contact Elaine Hawkins by phone, text, email or in person: 613-1937 & elainemarie72@gmail.com

 

Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to begin 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!  Mary

 

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!  Mary

 

First Connections April 13, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – April 13, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

 Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.  (Matthew 6:33 from The Message)

   

Sermon, April 15, 2018:

“High Hopes for First Baptist Church”

Selected Scriptures

Dr. Charles Kimball

  

Staff Meeting Change

For Your Information: The church staff meeting has been changed from Mondays. It will now meet starting at 9:00 am on Tuesdays.

Other Meetings:

Deacons’ Mtg.                                          8:30 am, Sunday, April 15

Church Business Mtg.                     6:00 pm, Sunday, April 15

Properties Com. Mtg.                     4:00 pm, Monday, April 16

 Three agenda items for business meeting April 15, 6:00 pm

From the Finance Committee:

1)     The line item for Minister of Music in the original proposed budget included compensation for 2 part-time music assistants.  When the church voted to reduce this line item to $18,200, that compensation was eliminated.  The Finance Committee recommends the budget be amended and a line item added for “Part-time music assistants” $5,000. 

2)     Notice of Proposed Purchase of Property

            The owner of the boarding house at 322 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee, Oklahoma, has made an offer to sell the boarding house for $65,500.00.  An individual is willing to sign the contract to purchase the boarding house, and contribute $65,500.00 to First Baptist Church, provided that:

            1.         First Baptist Church agrees to accept an assignment of the contract, and;

            2.         First Baptist Church executes an Assignment of the Contract to Purchase and complete the sale.

            We are again in the situation of acquiring land and demolishing the structures on the land all at no cost to the church.

            The proposed Resolution is subject to the Finance Committee formally recommending the adoption of the following resolution at its April 11, 2018 meeting.

  RESOLUTION

            WHEREAS, the Owner of the boarding house at 322 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee, Oklahoma, has offered to sell the boarding house and land for the sum of $65,500.00; and,

            WHEREAS an individual is willing to enter into a Contract to Purchase the real property and assign the contract to First Baptist Church provided that First Baptist Church agrees to accept an assignment of the contract and sign an Assignment of the Contract to Purchase, and complete the purchase; and,

            WHEREAS, an individual is willing to contribute to First Baptist Church of Shawnee $65,5000.00 cash which includes all fees, expenses and closing cost and related expenses, conditioned on First Baptist Church agreeing to accept the assignment and sign an Assignment of the Contract to Purchase, and complete the purchase; and,

            WHEREAS this same individual will, upon completion of the purchase, pay all demolition and dirt work cost related to the purchase for the benefit of First Baptist Church; and,

            WHEREAS the individual has represented to the Finance Committee of the First Baptist Church that the acquisition of the real property and the demolition of the improvements and related dirt work will not cost First Baptist Church any money.

            BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that First Baptist Church of Shawnee agrees to the assignment of the contract and authorizes its Trustees to sign an Assignment of the Contract to Purchase the real property which has the street address of 322 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee, Oklahoma, provided that it will be receiving marketable title, free and clear of any encumbrances, except for recorded easements, and provided further that the assignor of the real property makes a contribution to First Baptist Church of Shawnee in the amount of $65,500.00; and further providing that the assignor will, upon completion of the purchase, pay all demolition and dirt work cost related to the purchase all for the benefit of First Baptist Church.

3)  The wording for the signer for the Benevolence Fund designated account should be changed from Bunny Edwards to Church Secretary.

 

YOUTH FUNDRAISER FOR SPAIN MISSION TRIP THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT APRIL 18!

Join us this Wednesday April 18 for dinner where we will have Chick-fil-A sandwiches for you! The proceeds from dinner next week will go towards the youth’s mission trip to Spain! We would love for you to join us! Dinner will be at its regular time (6:00-7:15pm) and the costs will be same ($7 for kids 12 and up, $4 for kids 6-11, $2 for kids 5 and under). There will also be the kids free meal available to those 6th grade and under which will be Chick-fil-A nuggets. We will also have a bucket out for donations. Come join us and invite your friends!

 

 

You Are Invited!

Aaron and Jamie‘s baby shower.

Sunday, April 29 from 2 o’clock to 4 o’clock at the gathering Place, 415 E. Main.

 

 

POOLS NEEDED THIS SUMMER!

I am looking forward to our Pool Parties with a Purpose for the kids through 6th grade on Wednesday nights again this summer! To help with costs, we would love for any church member who has a pool in their backyard to volunteer to host 1 pool party this summer.

Here are the dates we need pools, from 6pm-7:30pm each night: June 13, June 20, June 27, July 18, July 25, and August 1. The church will provide all food and drinks and also a lifeguard for the event. Please let me know if you are interested in hosting our kids!

 

 

Do You Love Babies? We Have a Place for You!

We need people to be substitute teachers in the Baby Room during the Sunday School hour (9:15-10:35). When our regular teachers are out, could you help rock babies? Please contact Elaine Hawkins by phone, text, email or in person: 613-1937 & elainemarie72@gmail.com

 

 

Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to begin 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!  Mary

 

 

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!  Mary

 

 

 

First Connections April 6, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

  

               Don’t panic. I’m with you.

                   There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.

               I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.

                   I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.

(from The Message, Isaiah 41:10)

   

Sermon, April 8, 2018:

Meet Your New Pastor Again for the First Time

Romans 1:16-17

Dr. Charles Kimball

  

Staff Meeting Change

For Your Information: The church staff meeting has been changed from Mondays. It will now meet starting at 9:00 am on Tuesdays.

Other Meetings:

Missions Committee Mtg.            4:00 pm, Sunday, April 8

Personnel Committee Mtg.         4:00 pm, Sunday, April 8

Finance Committee Mtg.             5:15 pm, Wednesday, April 11

Deacons’ Mtg.                              8:30 am, Sunday, April 15

Church Business Mtg.                  6:00 pm, Sunday, April 15

 Three agenda items for business meeting April 15, 6:00 pm

From the Finance Committee:

1)     The line item for Minister of Music in the original proposed budget included compensation for 2 part-time music assistants.  When the church voted to reduce this line item to $18,200, that compensation was eliminated.  The Finance Committee recommends the budget be amended and a line item added for “Part-time music assistants” $5,000. 

2)     Notice of Proposed Purchase of Property

            The owner of the boarding house at 322 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee, Oklahoma, has made an offer to sell the boarding house for $65,500.00.  An individual is willing to sign the contract to purchase the boarding house, and contribute $65,500.00 to First Baptist Church, provided that:

            1.         First Baptist Church agrees to accept an assignment of the contract, and;

 

            2.         First Baptist Church executes an Assignment of the Contract to Purchase and                             complete the sale.

            We are again in the situation of acquiring land and demolishing the structures on the land all at no cost to the church.

            The proposed Resolution is subject to the Finance Committee formally recommending the adoption of the following resolution at its April 11, 2018 meeting.

  RESOLUTION

            WHEREAS, the Owner of the boarding house at 322 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee, Oklahoma, has offered to sell the boarding house and land for the sum of $65,500.00; and,

            WHEREAS an individual is willing to enter into a Contract to Purchase the real property and assign the contract to First Baptist Church provided that First Baptist Church agrees to accept an assignment of the contract and sign an Assignment of the Contract to Purchase, and complete the purchase; and,

            WHEREAS, an individual is willing to contribute to First Baptist Church of Shawnee $65,5000.00 cash which includes all fees, expenses and closing cost and related expenses, conditioned on First Baptist Church agreeing to accept the assignment and sign an Assignment of the Contract to Purchase, and complete the purchase; and,

            WHEREAS this same individual will, upon completion of the purchase, pay all demolition and dirt work cost related to the purchase for the benefit of First Baptist Church; and,

            WHEREAS the individual has represented to the Finance Committee of the First Baptist Church that the acquisition of the real property and the demolition of the improvements and related dirt work will not cost First Baptist Church any money.

            BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that First Baptist Church of Shawnee agrees to the assignment of the contract and authorizes its Trustees to sign an Assignment of the Contract to Purchase the real property which has the street address of 322 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee, Oklahoma, provided that it will be receiving marketable title, free and clear of any encumbrances, except for recorded easements, and provided further that the assignor of the real property makes a contribution to First Baptist Church of Shawnee in the amount of $65,500.00; and further providing that the assignor will, upon completion of the purchase, pay all demolition and dirt work cost related to the purchase all for the benefit of First Baptist Church.

3)  The wording for the signer for the Benevolence Fund designated account should be changed from Bunny Edwards to Church Secretary.

 

POOLS NEEDED THIS SUMMER!

I am looking forward to our Pool Parties with a Purpose for the kids through 6th grade on Wednesday nights again this summer! To help with costs, we would love for any church member who has a pool in their backyard to volunteer to host 1 pool party this summer.

Here are the dates we need pools, from 6pm-7:30pm each night: June 13, June 20, June 27, July 18, July 25, and August 1. The church will provide all food and drinks and also a lifeguard for the event. Please let me know if you are interested in hosting our kids!

 

Food Containers

If you helped the McClures with food after Vance was born, please check out the box of food containers in the workroom and see if any belong to you. Thanks!

 

Do You Love Babies? We Have a Place for You!

We need people to be substitute teachers in the Baby Room during the Sunday School hour (9:15-10:35). When our regular teachers are out, could you help rock babies? Please contact Elaine Hawkins by phone, text, email or in person: 613-1937 & elainemarie72@gmail.com

 

Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to begin 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!  Mary

 

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!  Mary

First Connections March 29, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – March 29, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

  

After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God’s angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn’t move. The angel spoke to the women: “There is nothing to fear here. I know you’re looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said. Come and look at the place where he was placed. “Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.’ That’s the message.”                  (from The Message, Matthew 28)

  

 

Maundy Thursday, March 29

Tonight there will be a Tenebrae Service in the Sanctuary at 7:30 pm.

 

Good Friday, March 30

The church office will be closed for the holiday.

 

Sermon, Easter Sunday April 1, 2018:

Three Faces of Easter - John 20:1-18

Dr. Charles Kimball

Combined Morning Worship in the Sanctuary

  

Volunteer Opportunity

"Possible School Closure volunteer opportunity The Shawnee Family YMCA is recruiting volunteers to assist the YMCA in operating a FREE program for students M-F (starting April 3rd) 7am-4pm. The number of students the YMCA will accept will depend on the number of volunteers. We are asking that volunteers consider volunteering weekly M-F 7am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, or 7am-4pm. All volunteers will be asked to fill out a background check form and attend a two-hour training on April 2nd 11am-1pm. Please contact the YMCA at 405-273-4386 or in person to be placed on our volunteer list by Friday March 30th at 11am."

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt Attendance

We had approximately 110 people, including 30 to 35 children in attendance at the Egg Hunt this past Sunday. A good time was had by all. Thank you to all who helped make this happen!

 

 

Wednesday Night Dinner

Menu – April 4

Chef Jim Sampley’s Delicious Southern Style Hot Yeast Rolls, Oven Roasted Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Southern Style Green Beans, Chef Charles Prescott’s Tossed Green Salad, Yellow Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream

 

 

EVENT TICKETS AVAILABLE

From Julie Purin: We have a few extra tickets to the Christian comedian John Crist.  His show is in Bethany, OK on Thursday, April 5 at 7:00pm.  We were able to purchase them at the group rate so the cost is only $17/ ticket instead of $27.  Tickets are general admission.  If you are interested please contact Julie Purin at julie.purin@gnail.com or 432-9093. John Crist most recently performed at Winter Jam in OKC.  You can find him on Facebook or on his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFq7vUgpjnVRZI-MzSvRZAA

 

 

For business meeting April 15

From the Finance Committee:

1)     The line item for Minister of Music in the original proposed budget included compensation for 2 part-time music assistants.  When the church voted to reduce this line item to $18,200, that compensation was eliminated.  The Finance Committee recommends the budget be amended and a line item added for “Part-time music assistants” $5,000. 

2)     Notice of Proposed Purchase of Property

            The owner of the boarding house at 322 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee, Oklahoma, has made an offer to sell the boarding house for $65,500.00.  An individual is willing to sign the contract to purchase the boarding house, and contribute $65,500.00 to First Baptist Church, provided that:

            1.         First Baptist Church agrees to accept an assignment of the contract, and;

            2.         First Baptist Church executes an Assignment of the Contract to Purchase and complete the sale.

            We are again in the situation of acquiring land and demolishing the structures on the land all at no cost to the church.

            The proposed Resolution is subject to the Finance Committee formally recommending the adoption of the following resolution at its April 11, 2018 meeting.

  RESOLUTION

            WHEREAS, the Owner of the boarding house at 322 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee, Oklahoma, has offered to sell the boarding house and land for the sum of $65,500.00; and,

            WHEREAS an individual is willing to enter into a Contract to Purchase the real property and assign the contract to First Baptist Church provided that First Baptist Church agrees to accept an assignment of the contract and sign an Assignment of the Contract to Purchase, and complete the purchase; and,

            WHEREAS, an individual is willing to contribute to First Baptist Church of Shawnee $65,5000.00 cash which includes all fees, expenses and closing cost and related expenses, conditioned on First Baptist Church agreeing to accept the assignment and sign an Assignment of the Contract to Purchase, and complete the purchase; and,

            WHEREAS this same individual will, upon completion of the purchase, pay all demolition and dirt work cost related to the purchase for the benefit of First Baptist Church; and,

            WHEREAS the individual has represented to the Finance Committee of the First Baptist Church that the acquisition of the real property and the demolition of the improvements and related dirt work will not cost First Baptist Church any money.

            BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that First Baptist Church of Shawnee agrees to the assignment of the contract and authorizes its Trustees to sign an Assignment of the Contract to Purchase the real property which has the street address of 322 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee, Oklahoma, provided that it will be receiving marketable title, free and clear of any encumbrances, except for recorded easements, and provided further that the assignor of the real property makes a contribution to First Baptist Church of Shawnee in the amount of $65,500.00; and further providing that the assignor will, upon completion of the purchase, pay all demolition and dirt work cost related to the purchase all for the benefit of First Baptist Church.

 

POOLS NEEDED THIS SUMMER!

I am looking forward to our Pool Parties with a Purpose for the kids through 6th grade on Wednesday nights again this summer! To help with costs, we would love for any church member who has a pool in their backyard to volunteer to host 1 pool party this summer.

Here are the dates we need pools, from 6pm-7:30pm each night: June 13, June 20, June 27, July 18, July 25, and August 1. The church will provide all food and drinks and also a lifeguard for the event. Please let me know if you are interested in hosting our kids!

 

Food Containers

If you helped the McClures with food after Vance was born, please check out the box of food containers in the workroom and see if any belong to you. Thanks!

 

Do You Love Babies? We Have a Place for You!

We need people to be substitute teachers in the Baby Room during the Sunday School hour (9:15-10:35). When our regular teachers are out, could you help rock babies? Please contact Elaine Hawkins by phone, text, email or in person: 613-1937 & elainemarie72@gmail.com

 

Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to begin 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!  Mary

 

 

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!  Mary

 

 

First Connections March 16, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – March 16, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

Thank God! He deserves your thanks.

His love never quits.

Thank the God of all gods,

His love never quits.

Thank the Lord of all lords.

His love never quits.

(from The Message, Psalm 136)

   

Sermon, Sunday March 18, 2018:

“Meet Your New Pastor Again”

(Selected Scriptures)

Dr. Charles Kimball

Combined service in the Sanctuary.

 

Welcome our new pastor!

Come join us Sunday, March 18, 2018, following the morning combined worship to welcome Dr. Charles Kimball and wife, Connie.  The luncheon will be in Fellowship Hall and there is no charge for attending.  We will be serving a “Dinner on the Ground” menu with Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans, Salad, Dessert and drinks all provided.

This will be a great time for fellowship and welcome.  See you there!

 

 

Church Meetings:

Deacons’ Meeting                    Sunday, March 18, 8:30 am

Church Business Mtg.              Sunday, March 18, 6:00 pm

Business Meeting Agenda Item: From the Nominating Committee: the committee recommends approval of the list of committee nominees. 

 

 

Spring Break

The kids are out of school through March 23. There will be no children’s or youth activities this coming Wednesday night, March 21. There will be Prayer Meeting at 5:30 in Room A-100 and Sanctuary Choir will meet to rehearse as usual, starting at 7.

THERE WILL BE NO MEAL WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21.

 

 

Lenten Luncheon

2018 Community Worship Series

Joint Worship, Lunch, and Fellowship in Christ

 Noon each Thursday during Lent plus Good Friday

March 22:  St. Benedict Catholic Church

632 N. Kickapoo

March 30: (Good Friday) St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

301 N. Beard

Lunch served by host church.  Donations help off-set cost to host church.

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt & Luncheon

All FBC Shawnee members, Children in FBC Sunday Schools, & Wednesday Night programs, and their families are invited.

Sunday, March 25th, 2018 about NOON in the Church’s Fellowship Hall

Sub sandwich, chips, and baked bean lunch (PB&J sandwiches also available)

An Easter Egg Hunt for children through 6th grade to follow!

Donations Needed:

NO MORE PLASTIC EGGS NEEDED!

Thanks to your generosity, we have enough of these –

At this point we mostly just need wrapped candies.

Please have them to the church by Thursday March 22nd

 

Tenebrae Service

March 29 at 7:30 pm in the FBC Sanctuary. Please note that this is a different time than we have done the Maundy Thursday service in the past.

 

Easter Sunday, April 1

There will be a combined morning worship service in the Sanctuary at 10:45.

 

 

Do You Love Babies? We Have a Place for You!

We need people to be substitute teachers in the Baby Room during the Sunday School hour (9:15-10:35). When our regular teachers are out, could you help rock babies? Please contact Elaine Hawkins by phone, text, email or in person: 613-1937 & elainemarie72@gmail.com

 

 

Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to begin 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!  Mary

 

 

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!  Mary

 

 

First Connections March 9, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – March 9, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

  

I’m asking God for one thing,

only one thing;

To live with him in his house

my whole life long.

I’ll contemplate his beauty;

I’ll study at his feet.

 (from The Message, Psalm 27: 4)

  

 

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

Don’t forget to “Spring Forward” one hour tomorrow night, so you won’t be late for church this Sunday (March 11)!

 

 

Sermon, Sunday March 11, 2018:

“For the Sake of the Gospel”

I Corinthians 9:19-23

Paul Stevens

Combined service in the Sanctuary.

 

 

This Sunday, March 11

March 11 will be Paul’s last Sunday as Interim Pastor of First Baptist Church, Shawnee. The Morning Worship will be a combined service. Also, the Bison Glee Club will be here during the morning worship. We will honor Paul and Ruth at the end of the morning combined service.  Also, the children’s departments will be preparing cards for Paul and Ruth.
Sunday evening we will have a commissioning service for Paul and Ruth as they go forward to their next opportunity of service.  There will be a time of prayer where everyone individually will be able to pray for Paul and Ruth as it will be a laying on of hands.  There will be a short reception after this time of prayer.
Please plan on attending both services so that the gratitude of First Baptist Church, Shawnee, will be felt by Paul and Ruth and they will be encouraged as they go from us.

 

 

Women’s Morning Bible Study

A Modern Girls Guide to Bible Study (brunch, fellowship and discussion.) We plan to cover Part 2 (chpt 5-8) on March 14th from 10:45 to 12. We will meet at the church and a nursery will be available. Looking forward to seeing everyone! All are welcome!! Below is a link to the book on amazon in paperback or kindle. It may also be available at Walmart and Living Word at the mall. May need to be ordered from those but could be local pick-up.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1576838919/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1518447164&sr=8-2

 

Senior Adult Council Meeting

Thursday, March 15, 10:00 am

Meeting in Room A-100

 

Lenten Luncheon

2018 Community Worship Series

Joint Worship, Lunch, and Fellowship in Christ

 Noon each Thursday during Lent plus Good Friday

March 15: Emmanuel Episcopal

 501 N. Broadway

March 22:  St. Benedict Catholic Church

632 N. Kickapoo

March 30: (Good Friday) St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

301 N. Beard

Lunch served by host church.  Donations help off-set cost to host church.

 

 

March 18, 2018

Welcome our new pastor!

Charles and Connie Kimball will be here and he will be preaching. The morning service will be combined in the Sanctuary and there will be a church-wide luncheon afterward in Fellowship Hall.

 

 

Church Meetings:

Finance Committee Mtg.          Wednesday, March 14, 5:15 pm

Deacons’ Meeting                    Sunday, March 18, 8:30 am

Church Business Mtg.              Sunday, March 18, 6:00 pm

 

Easter Egg Hunt & Luncheon

Sunday, March 25, noon

All FBC Shawnee members, Children in FBC Sunday Schools, & Wednesday Night programs, and their families are invited. Sunday, March 25th, 2018 about NOON in the Church’s Fellowship Hall. Sub sandwich, chips, and baked bean lunch, (PB&J sandwiches also available)

An Easter Egg Hunt for children through 6th grade to follow!

 Donations Needed:

NO MORE PLASTIC EGGS NEEDED!

Thanks to your generosity, we have enough of these – At this point we mostly just need wrapped candies. Please have them to the church by Thursday March 22nd

 

 

First Baptist Church Budget for 2018-2019:

Regarding the vote last Sunday morning, March 4; in case you have not heard, here is the official word from Tony McMurry: " The vote was 82% yes – the budget passed."

 

 

Do You Love Babies? We Have a Place for You!

We need people to be substitute teachers in the Baby Room during the Sunday School hour (9:15-10:35). When our regular teachers are out, could you help rock babies? Please contact Elaine Hawkins by phone, text, email or in person: 613-1937 & elainemarie72@gmail.com

 

Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to begin 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!  Mary

 

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!  Mary

 

 

First Connections March 2, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – March 2, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

 But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.

They spread their wings and soar like eagles,

They run and don’t get tired,

They walk and don’t lag behind.

 (from The Message, Isaiah 40:31)

   

Sermon, Sunday March 4, 2018:

“For the Sake of the Gospel”

I Corinthians 9:19-23

Paul Stevens

Contemporary Service in Fellowship Hall; Traditional Service in the Sanctuary.

 

Special Called Business Meeting Sunday, March 4 (morning worship time), to vote on the proposed budget – no discussion. To see the amended proposed budget open the attached file “Amended Budget”; also copies of this budget are available at several locations around the church.

 

Don’t Forget!

Church Council will meet this coming Monday, March 5 at 11:30 am in Room A-100.

 

Lenten Luncheon

2018 Community Worship Series

Joint Worship, Lunch, and Fellowship in Christ

 Noon each Thursday during Lent plus Good Friday

March 8:  St. John Lutheran Church

3610 N. Union

March 15: Emmanuel Episcopal

 501 N. Broadway

March 22:  St. Benedict Catholic Church

632 N. Kickapoo

March 30: (Good Friday) St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

301 N. Beard

Lunch served by host church.  Donations help off-set cost to host church.

 

Sunday, March 11

May 11 will be Paul’s last official Sunday to preach before Charles Kimball starts.

The Morning Worship will be a combined service.

Also, the Bison Glee Club will be here during the morning worship.

We will honor Paul and Ruth at the end of the morning combined service.  Cards and letters may be put in envelopes and placed in Sunday School record boxes or turned in to Mary Lively in the church office.  Also, the children’s departments will be preparing cards for Paul and Ruth.

Sunday evening we will have a commissioning service for Paul and Ruth as they go forward to their next opportunity of service.  There will be a time of prayer where everyone individually will be able to pray for Paul and Ruth as it will be a laying on of hands.  There will be a short reception after this time of prayer.

Please plan on attending both services so that the gratitude of First Baptist Church, Shawnee, will be felt by Paul and Ruth and they will be encouraged as they go from us.

 

 

Women’s Morning Bible Study

We have set some dates to discuss this book and fellowship! A Modern Girls Guide to Bible Study. Instead of doing a long study this semester, we have planned two mornings with brunch, fellowship and discussion. We plan to cover Part 1 (chpt 1-4) on Feb 28th and Part 2 (chpt 5-8) on March 14th from 10:45 to 12. We meet at the church and a nursery will be available. Looking forward to seeing everyone! All are welcome!! Below is a link to the book on amazon in paperback or kindle. It may also be available at Walmart and Living Word at the mall. May need to be ordered from those but could be local pick-up.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1576838919/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1518447164&sr=8-2

 

 

First Baptist Church of Shawnee

Easter Egg Hunt & Luncheon

All FBC Shawnee members, Children in FBC Sunday Schools, & Wednesday Night programs, and their families are invited.

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

about NOON in the Church’s Fellowship Hall

Sub sandwich, chips, and baked bean lunch

(PB&J sandwiches also available)

An Easter Egg Hunt for children through 6th grade to follow!

 

Donations Needed:

Plastic eggs, bags of chips and wrapped candies are appreciated!

Please have them to the church by Thursday March 22nd

 

 

Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to begin the inventory process.  Please keep watching for more information in the future months about CR here at FBC – it is looking promising!  Mary

 

 

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!  Mary

First Connections February 23, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – February 23, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

 

If you live by my decrees and obediently keep my commandments, I will send the rains in their seasons, the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. You will thresh until the grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting time; you’ll have more than enough to eat and will live safe and secure in your land. (from The Message, Leviticus 26)

   

Sermon, Sunday February 25, 2018:

“Parable of the Sower”

Mark 4:1-20

Paul Stevens

 

 

Special Called Business Meeting this Sunday, February 25 at 6:00 pm to discuss the proposed budget. This will meet in the Sanctuary. We appreciate all who will take the time to help with this important process.

 

Special Called Business Meeting Sunday, March 4 (morning worship time), to vote on the proposed budget – no discussion.

 

Women’s Morning Bible Study – STARTS NEXT WEDNESDAY!

We have set some dates to discuss this book and fellowship! A Modern Girls Guide to Bible Study. Instead of doing a long study this semester, we have planned two mornings with brunch, fellowship and discussion. We plan to cover Part 1 (chpt 1-4) on Feb 28th and Part 2 (chpt 5-8) on March 14th from 10:45 to 12. We meet at the church and a nursery will be available. Looking forward to seeing everyone! All are welcome!!
Below is a link to the book on amazon in paperback or kindle. It may also be available at Walmart and Living Word at the mall. May need to be ordered from those but could be local pick-up.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1576838919/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1518447164&sr=8-2

 

Lenten Luncheon

2018 Community Worship Series

Joint Worship, Lunch, and Fellowship in Christ

 Noon each Thursday during Lent plus Good Friday

March 1: First Baptist Church, 227 N. Union

March 8:  St. John Lutheran Church, 3610 N. Union

March 15: Emmanuel Episcopal,  501 N. Broadway

March 22:  St. Benedict Catholic Church, 632 N. Kickapoo

March 30: (Good Friday) St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 301 N. Beard

Lunch served by host church.  Donations help off-set cost to host church.

 

Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to begin the inventory process.  Please keep watching for more information in the future months about CR here at FBC – it is looking promising!  Mary

 

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!  Mary

 

 

First Connections February 16, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – February 16, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

 God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us...There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life-fear of death, fear of judgement-is one not yet fully formed in love. (from The Message, I John 4)

   

Sermon, Sunday February 18, 2018:

“Praying for Paul”

Ephesians 6:19-20

Paul Stevens

 

 

From the Pastor Search Committee

The Pastor Search Committee is pleased to announce Dr. Charles Kimball has accepted the call to be pastor at First Baptist Church Shawnee.  He and his wife, Connie, will be joining us in mid-March.  Watch for an announcement about their first Sunday!

 

 

FBC Chili Cook Off   February 18 (noon)

Join us Sunday February 18 right after morning worship to enjoy some great chili! Funds raised will help us raise funds to go on our trip to Spain this summer. Would you like to help? We need people to sign up to bring pots of chili. There will be prizes awarded to the makers of the best chili. Please contact Brandon or call the church office to sign up or for more information.

 

 

Deacons’ Meeting

Sunday, February 18 at 8:30 am

Church Business Meeting

Sunday, February 18, immediately following the Chili Cook-Off in Fellowship Hall

 

 

Wednesday Night Dinner February 21

Chef Sampley’s Delicious Yeast Rolls, Oven Roasted Orange Chicken Deluxe, Seasoned Rice, Homemade Chicken Gravy, In-Season Vegetables, Chef Prescott’s Hand Crafted Tossed Salad, Yellow Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream.

 

 

Celebrate Recovery (Step–Study Groups Now Forming)   

(Thursdays – 7:00 pm.)  Still enrolling at this time, but the groups will be closing soon.  If you have any questions about this program you may call Audrey at 918-557-7862, Ray at 918-557-7863, Mary at 275-6111, or Mark at 765-4759.  All inquiries are handled confidentially.

 

 

Women’s Morning Bible Study

We have set some dates to discuss this book and fellowship! A Modern Girls Guide to Bible Study. Instead of doing a long study this semester, we have planned two mornings with brunch, fellowship and discussion. We plan to cover Part 1 (chpt 1-4) on Feb 28th and Part 2 (chpt 5-8) on March 14th from 10:45 to 12. We meet at the church and a nursery will be available. Looking forward to seeing everyone! All are welcome!!
Below is a link to the book on amazon in paperback or kindle. It may also be available at Walmart and Living Word at the mall. May need to be ordered from those but could be local pick-up.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1576838919/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1518447164&sr=8-2

 

 

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!  Mary

 

First Connections February 9, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – February 9, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

  

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40

  

 

Sermon, Sunday February 11, 2018:

“Disciples Make Disciples”

Matthew 9:36-38

Dr. Charles Kimball

Combined Worship in the Sanctuary

  

From the Pastor Search Committee

The Pastor Search Committee would like to announce that on Sunday February 11, we will be bringing Dr. Charles Kimball to preach in view of a call to be pastor of FBC.  Biographical information and a schedule for the candidate’s visit is included.  Opportunities to meet the candidate and his wife, Connie, will be available Saturday February 10 from 1-5pm in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist.  There will be a vote regarding extending a call to Dr. Kimball to be pastor of First Baptist Church immediately following the February 11 morning worship. There will be no discussion of the question at the time of the vote.

Schedule for the weekend of February 9-11, 2018

Saturday February 10

·    Brunch with ministerial staff

·    Meet and Greet Groups with Charles and Connie

Please feel free to be a part of the meet and greet group of your choice or that fits your schedule best

o   1:00-1:50—Anyone

o   2:00-2:50—ordained members (pastors, missionaries, deacons)

o   3:00-3:50—music, children’s, youth ministries

o   4:00-4:50—church council, non-ministerial staff, Sunday School teachers

Sunday February 11

·    Joint service in the sanctuary with Dr. Charles Kimball preaching

·    Immediately after the service, church vote on extending a call to Dr. Charles Kimball to be pastor

{The biographical information is also attached to this email.}

 

 

Family Promise Coming Sunday

Family Promise:  Feb. 11-18.  Volunteers needed to spend the evening or provide a meal or spend the night (we have comfy beds).  We now only have 4 opportunities each year for this experience.  Sign-up sheet on office window.

 

Wednesday Night Dinner February 14 -Italian Night

  

Senior Adults - Visit to Primrose

The FBC Senior Adults will be visiting the First Baptist folks who live at Primrose on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 4:00 pm. (Meet at Primrose.)

 

Celebrate Recovery (Step–Study Groups Now Forming)   

(Thursdays – 7:00 pm.)  Still enrolling at this time, but the groups will be closing soon.  If you have any questions about this program you may call Audrey at 918-557-7862, Ray at 918-557-7863, Mary at 275-6111, or Mark at 765-4759.  All inquiries are handled confidentially.

 

FBC Chili Cook Off   February 18 (noon)

Join us Sunday February 18 right after morning worship to enjoy some great chili! Funds raised will help us raise funds to go on our trip to Spain this summer. Would you like to help? We need people to sign up to bring pots of chili. There will be prizes awarded to the makers of the best chili. Please contact Brandon or call the church office to sign up or for more information.

 

Deacons’ Meeting

Sunday, February 18 at 8:30 am

Church Business Meeting

Sunday, February 18, immediately following the Chili Cook-Off in Fellowship Hall

 

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!  Mary

First Connections February 2, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – February 2, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

  

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt. 11:28-30

   

Sermon, Sunday February 4, 2018:

“Praying in the Spirit”

Ephesians 6:18-20

Paul Stevens

 

The heat has been repaired! Contemporary Service will be back in Fellowship Hall this coming Sunday, February 4.

  

From the Pastor Search Committee

The Pastor Search Committee would like to announce we will be bringing a candidate in view of a call to be pastor of FBC on Sunday 2/11/18.  He will preach in the Sunday morning service (Feb. 11) and a vote will be taken immediately after the service.  Biographical information and a schedule for the candidate’s visit will be available Sunday morning February 4.  A question-answer session with the committee will follow the morning service (Feb. 4.)  It will be held in the Fellowship Hall. 

 

There will be no Evening Service this coming Sunday, February 4.

 

Wednesday Night Dinner (in Fellowship Hall)

Chef Sample’s Delicious Southern Style Hot Buttermilk Biscuits

Oven Baked Porkchops Deluxe

Potato Salad

Chef Charles Prescott’s Fancy Tossed Salad

Baked Beans

Yellow Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream

  

Senior Adults - Visit to Primrose

The FBC Senior Adults will be visiting the FBC folks who live at Primrose on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 4:00 pm. (Meet at Primrose.)

  

Celebrate Recovery (Step–Study Groups Now Forming)   

(Thursdays – 7:00 pm.)  Still enrolling at this time, but the groups will be closing soon.  If you have any questions about this program you may call Audrey at 918-557-7862, Ray at 918-557-7863, Mary at 275-6111, or Mark at 765-4759.  All inquiries are handled confidentially.

 

Family Promise Coming Soon

Family Promise:  Feb. 11-18.  Volunteers needed to spend the evening or provide a meal or spend the night (we have comfy beds).  We now only have 4 opportunities each year for this experience.  Sign-up sheet on office window.

 

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!  Mary

First Connections January 26, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – January 26, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

 

 “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”  Ephesians 6:10

 

 Sermon, Sunday January 28, 2018:

“Spiritual Armor, Part 2”

Ephesians 6:16-17

Paul Stevens

 

 

Meeting this Sunday

Spain Mission Trips Meeting will be held at 4:00 pm on the 4th floor.

 

 

LOCATION NOTICE

Evening Worship this week, as well as Prayer Meeting on Wednesday evening,

will move back to Room A-100.

 

 

Wednesday Night Dinner Returning to Fellowship Hall

At this time, plans are being made to have the Wednesday Night Dinner as usual.  If that plan changes, you will be notified by e-mail. Thank you.

 

 

Wednesday Night Dinner, January 31, 2018

BREAKFAST FOR SUPPER

Hand Crafted Hot Buttermilk Biscuits

Peppered Gravy by Chef Charles Prescott

Old Fashioned Scrambled Eggs Deluxe

Grilled Ham Slices

Pancakes

Hash Brown Potatoes

Chilled Fresh Fruit

 

 

Celebrate Recovery (Step–Study Groups Now Forming)   

(Thursdays – 7:00 pm.)  Still enrolling at this time, but the groups will be closing soon.  If you have any questions about this program you may call Audrey at 918-557-7862, Ray at 918-557-7863, Mary at 275-6111, or Mark at 765-4759.  All inquiries are handled confidentially.

 

Family Promise Coming Soon

Family Promise:  Feb. 11-18.  Volunteers needed to spend the evening or provide a meal or spend the night (we have comfy beds).  We now only have 4 opportunities each year for this experience.  Sign-up sheet on office window.

 

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!  Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Connections January 19, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – January 19, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

  

“…Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more.” Luke 12:48b

  

 

Sermon, Sunday January 21, 2018:

“Spiritual Armor, Part 1”

Ephesians 6:14-15

Paul Stevens

 

 

In accordance with church bylaws, the Finance Committee hereby notifies church membership that capital improvement expenditures in excess of 5% of the annual church budget (or more than $32,866) are needed.  The church must replace 5 HVAC units and any necessary electrical upgrades.

 

Meetings this Sunday

Deacon’s Meeting this coming Sunday, January 21 at 8:30 am. Church Business Meeting will be held in the Sanctuary also this Sunday, Jan. 21 – at 6:00 pm.

  

Contribution Statements are now ready to be picked up in the Welcome Center.

  

 

Wednesday Night Dinner

The heating situation in Fellowship Hall is being addressed in as timely a manner as possible. However, we are not sure how warm it will be next Wednesday – therefore, the staff will make a decision closer to time (next Monday) and then we will email you all to let you know if there will be dinner or not. Thank you.

  

 

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace

Class will be Monday evenings at 6:00pm, starting on January 22nd.  This is a nine week course focusing on creating a budget, getting out of debt and planning for the future. Limited spots are available. Cost is $50.  If you would like to participate in this class contact Julie at julie.purin@gmail.com or 405-432-9093. We hope that you are able to take this journey with us. Our lives have been dramatically changed by this class and we are excited that the church is supporting this opportunity. (This class typically costs $129.)  

 

 

From the Pastor Search Committee

The Pastor Search Committee is continuing its work. While we have not yet committed, we are focusing on only one candidate at this time. We believe this is a very important time in the life of First Baptist Church.  We are being very careful, intentional and prayerful so that we can discern God's plan. We appreciate your patience and your prayers very much!  

 

 

Celebrate Recovery (Step–Study Groups Now Forming)   

Starts back up on January 4 (Thursday – 7:00 pm.) If you have any questions about this program you may call Audrey at 918-557-7862, Ray at 918-557-7863, Mary at 275-6111, or Mark at 765-4759.  All inquiries will be handled confidentially.

 

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!  Mary

First Connections January 12, 2018

First Connections - January 12, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

  

“…Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more.” Luke 12:48b

   

Sermon, Sunday January 14, 2018:

“Our Adversary”

Paul Stevens

  

In accordance with church bylaws, the Finance Committee hereby notifies church membership that capital improvement expenditures in excess of 5% of the annual church budget (or more than $32,866) are needed.  The church must replace 5 HVAC units and any necessary electrical upgrades.

 

 

Contribution Statements are now ready to be picked up in the Welcome Center.

 

 

Youth Mid-Winter Retreat

Please pray for the youth as they go to Jacob’s Ladder this weekend for this annual retreat. Leaving Friday from the church at 5:00 pm and returning Sunday morning in time for worship.

 

 

Wednesday Night Dinner

The heating situation in Fellowship Hall is being addressed in as timely a manner as possible. However, we are not sure how warm it will be next Wednesday – therefore, the staff will make a decision closer to time (next Monday) and then we will email you all to let you know if there will be dinner or not. Thank you.

 

 

Senior Adult Council

There will be a meeting of the Senior Adult Council this coming Thursday, January 18 at 10:00 am in room A-100.

 

 

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace

Class will be Monday evenings at 6:00pm, starting on January 22nd.  This is a nine week course focusing on creating a budget, getting out of debt and planning for the future. Limited spots are available. Cost is $50.  If you would like to participate in this class contact Julie at julie.purin@gmail.com or 405-432-9093. We hope that you are able to take this journey with us. Our lives have been dramatically changed by this class and we are excited that the church is supporting this opportunity. (This class typically costs $129.)  
 

 


From Ron Lewis:

Interested in playing handbells? I would like to form an FBC Handbells group to include all ages from Youth up. If interested or for more information, contact Ron Lewis.

 

 

From the Pastor Search Committee

The Pastor Search Committee is continuing its work. While we have not yet committed, we are focusing on only one candidate at this time. We believe this is a very important time in the life of First Baptist Church.  We are being very careful, intentional and prayerful so that we can discern God's plan. We appreciate your patience and your prayers very much!  

 

Celebrate Recovery (Step–Study Groups Now Forming)   

Starts back up on January 4 (Thursday – 7:00 pm.) If you have any questions about this program you may call Audrey at 918-557-7862, Ray at 918-557-7863, Mary at 275-6111, or Mark at 765-4759.  All inquiries will be handled confidentially.

 

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!  Mary

First Connections December 29, 2017

FIRST CONNECTIONS – December 29, 2017

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

  

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.”  When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet: ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will govern my people Israel.’”  Matthew 2:1-6

  

 

Sermon, Sunday December 31:

“Facing Uncertain Times”

Paul Stevens

 

 

Sunday, December 31,     

We will be serving coffee, tea and donuts at 10:00 am before our New Years’ service in the Fellowship Hall. Anyone who has Christmas goodies they want to share please bring them! Looking forward to seeing everyone there! (There will be no official Sunday School on Dec. 31; adult classes may choose to meet, but no records will be taken and there will be no Children or Youth classes.) No evening service.

Monday, January 1, Church Office Closed.

 

Year-End Contribution Policy

  • Bring any 2017 contributions in person to the FBC church office no later than 10:00 am on Friday, December 29. We would greatly appreciate your diligence in this matter.
  • In order to comply with IRS regulations, any mailed 2017 contribution to FBC must be postmarked by December 31, 2017. Contributions received after this date (even if the check is written in 2017) must be reported as 2018 contributions.
  • IRS guidelines require that members who wish to itemize deductions must have a copy of the church’s contribution report when filing an income tax return. Reports will be available in January.

  

From Ron Lewis:

Interested in playing handbells? I would like to form an FBC Handbells group to include all ages from Youth up. If interested or for more information, contact Ron Lewis.

  

From the Pastor Search Committee

Thank you for continuing to hold us up in prayer as we interview potential candidates for Pastor of FBC.  We appreciate your prayers for our sensitivity to the Lord's plan.

 

Celebrate Recovery (Step–Study Groups Now Forming)   

Starts back up on January 4 (Thursday – 7:00 pm.) If you have any questions about this program you may call Audrey at 918-557-7862, Ray at 918-557-7863, Mary at 275-6111, or Mark at 765-4759.  All inquiries will be handled confidentially.

 

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!  Mary