First Connections October 10, 2014

First Connections – October 10, 2014

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty….How happy are those who can live in your house, always singing your praises. Psalm 84:1,4

 OOPS – The Wednesday Night Dinner menu is printed in this week’s worship bulletin, but due to Fall Break, there will be no WND at all next week (Oct. 15) – sorry for any confusion this causes.

 Church Calendar—October 12-October 19, 2014

Sunday, October 12

Bible Study                                                                                             9:30 am

Morning Worship                                                                                   10:45 am

                                Youth Handbells and Youth Choir Performing

Public Relations Committee Mtg. in Welcome Center                         2:00 pm

Youth Handbells                                                                                     4:00 pm

Youth Choir                                                                                             5:00 pm

Evening Service—Bill Mitchell preaching                                              6:00 pm

Youth Small Groups                                                                                6:15 pm


Tuesday, October  14

Women’s Bible Study - Preteen Area/C303                                         8:30 am

Staff Meeting                                                                                          9:00 am

Women’s Bible Study at DeeAnn Schroyer’s                                       7:00 pm


Wednesday, October 15

Prayer Mtg. in A-100                                                                                6:00 pm

Adult Choir Rehearsal                                                                             7:00 pm


October 16-19, Fall Break


Thursday, October 16

Senior Adult Council Meeting                                                              10:00 am

                                To discuss next year’s budget and Senior Adult Day.

Senior Adult Trip to Devon Tower                                                       12:00 pm


Sunday, October 19

Deacon’s Meeting                                                                                  8:30 am

Bible Study                                                                                                            9:30 am

Morning Worship                                                                                                 10:45 am

Deacon Screening in the Conference Room                                                     4:00 pm

Church Business Meeting                                                                                   6:00 pm


Coming Soon

 You are invited!

Fall Festival & Church Picnic at the Ford Family Farm

Sunday, October 26, 4-6 PM

Join us in this family friendly farm setting as we enjoy simple fall pleasures. Have your picture made. Join on a hayride. Eat dinner. Play games. Listen to music. Roast marshmallows around the bonfire. Children are encouraged to dress up in friendly and family appropriate costumes. This event is free and open to the community. Please register so we can plan accordingly.  Call the church office at (405) 275-6111 or register online at


We are now posting sermons on-line. You have 2 ways to listen. You can subscribe to podcasts through ITunes and search FBC Shawnee. Or visit our website: and click on the Sermons page.


Deacon Candidate Profile


Carlos Feller     Wife: Mary Chung

Became a Christian: Fall of 1996

Joined First Baptist Church: November 2012

Ordained as a deacon: not ordained

Statement: My walk with Christ began when I was a teenager.  I accepted Jesus as my personal savior, was baptized, and joined an evangelical church at age 16.  I see Christ’s deliverance, guidance, and provision in every aspect of my life.  I believe it is my responsibility to use the gifts and talents that were given to me to serve others, to be a witness of the gospel of Christ, and to bring honor to Our Lord.


Eric Hopkins    Wife: Loree    Children: Heather Acock, Clint Hopkins, Bryan Hopkins

Became a Christian: Approximately 1970

Joined First Baptist Church: 1970, then again in 1991

Ordained as a deacon: 1992

Statement: FBC is very near to my heart.  I was lucky enough to be blessed with parents who raised me in the light of the Lord at FBC Shawnee.  I have known no other way.  It was wonderful to be brought up with many great influences within the church guiding my direction.  I was married at FBC to Loree in 1982.  She has been my partner for the last 32 years while raising our children within the church.  Throughout the years, Loree and I have been involved in many aspects of the church.  Serving as a deacon means to be a servant and is a way for me to give back to the church that I love.  I wish to be the very best that I can in service to God.


Richard Newberry    Wife: Laura    Children:  Nathan and Natalie Newberry

Became a Christian: at 11 years of age, baptized at home church, Mounds, OK

Joined First Baptist Church: 2003

Ordained as a deacon:  2010

Statement: I look forward to serving my church in whatever way I can.


Peter Purin     Wife: Julie  Children: Ezra and Henry

Became a Christian: High School

Joined First Baptist Church: September 2013, baptized then

Ordained as a deacon: not ordained

Statement: What it means to be a Christian is to believe in the Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).  It means I am to love my God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love my neighbor as myself.  It is to know that I am a sinner, and that the only path to forgiveness and salvation is through the sacrifice Jesus – God’s only Son -  made on the cross.  I work out my faith with the power of the Holy Spirit-who lives in me-daily, “with fear and trembling”.  I use the Bible, the infallible Word of God, as my guide.  My place in this world is to love and serve others.


Friday, October 3 – Listing of nominated candidates with bios in First Connections

Sunday October 5 – Listing of nominated candidates with bios in worship bulletin

Sunday October 19 – vote on nominees in morning worship

Sunday, October 19 - Screening by Deacon Nominating Committee

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 Service Opportunities at FBC:

Tutors/Prayer Partners: If you are interested in becoming a tutor, contact Pat Prescott. The two schools we serve are Horace Mann and Jefferson.. She will need to know which school; grade level and subject area you would prefer.

 Fall Festival and Church Picnic needs: This would be an exceptional in-reach tool; we need you to contact and personally invite members who may not attend as regularly as they once did. Also, for the event, please bring your own lawn chair/blanket and a covered dish (hamburgers & hotdogs will be served.).