First Connections December 12, 2014

First Connections – December 12, 2014

Lord, through all the generations you have been our home! Before the mountains were created, before you made the earth and the world, you are God, without beginning or end. Psalm 90:1-2

Family Promise

If you want a real blessing, please check out the Family Promise sign-up sheet on the church office window. There are still several openings available as of right now. We will be hosting Family Promise here at the church from December 14 through December 21.


 Ray’s Blog

Below is a link to Ray’s blog, also called A Pastor's Christmas List.


 Church Calendar — December 14-December 21, 2014

Sunday, December 14

Bible Study                                                                9:30 am

Morning Worship                                                     10:45 am

Sanctuary Choir Christmas Program                       6:00 pm

     Maybe the best kept Christmas secret in Shawnee-don’t miss it!

(Family Promise arrives in the evening)

 Tuesday, December 16

Staff Meeting                                                            1:00 pm

Wednesday, December 17

No Church Dinner this week                                                  

Prayer Mtg. in A-100                                               6:00 pm

Youth Party at Brandon’s house                             6:30 pm

Adult Choir Party at the Burnett’s                          7:00 pm

 Thursday, December 18

Cornerstone Class Party at the Wiens’ home         6:30 pm

 Saturday, December 20

Cornerstone & Lion’s Den Women’s Lunch           12:00 pm

                        At Pat Prescott’s home

Sunday, December 21

Bible Study                                                                              9:30 am

Morning Worship                                                    10:45 am

Lessons and Carols                                                  6:00 pm


 Coming Soon!

 Wednesday night program for PreTeens (4th and 5th grades)—Coming in January

     We'd like to begin a new Preteen discipleship time on Wednesday nights from 6:45-8pm called "SPARK". I will lead us in deeply exploring the story of the Bible as well as learning spiritual disciplines like Bible reading, Bible memorization, prayer, gratitude, and fasting/unplugging. This time will also include fellowship, praise and worship music, and of course, snacks. We will follow the children's choir schedule.

     We will be starting this on January 7th but to kick it off, I'd like to invite all 4th and 5th graders to go to Bricktown on December 31st to eat lunch and go tubing at Bricktown Ballpark. Cost will be $12 for tubing plus the cost of lunch. We will leave from the church fellowship hall parking lot at 11am on December 31st and return about 4:45pm. We will try to do outings like this every quarter or so.

Elaine Hawkins 


Service Opportunities

  WND Helpers Needed

Starting in January, we need 2 people to help store the food following Wednesday Night Dinner. It usually takes about 30-45 min. each week. Contact Mark Burnett to volunteer.

 Family Promise Christmas Card Fundraiser

This year Family Promise is selling cards with designs created with love by children who were in our program in 2014. There are 4 designs and each design is sold in bundles of 10 cards with envelopes.  Samples are located in the church office.  Call Dee Ann Schroyer @831-7004 for details.



Part-time secretary in the church office; 2 days per week. A good sense of humor and a good attitude are the most important qualities; beyond that, at least a passing knowledge of Microsoft Office would be a plus. We are willing to train and the exact hours are somewhat flexible. Contact Mary at the church office, 275-6111.

 Security Guard Job Description (from the Personnel Committee): The FBC security guard will work from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM Sunday mornings, 5-7 PM Sunday evenings, and from 5-8:30 PM Wednesday evenings. The pay is $8 hour. Job responsibilities will be to watch the north and east parking lots, watch for people entering the church while services are in progress, helping children and others cross the street after the services are over and making sure all church doors have been locked after services. Contact Mary for job application at 275-6111.



Please help the staff by bringing any 2014 contributions in person to the FBC church office no later than 10:00am on Wednesday, December 31st.  We would greatly appreciate your diligence in this matter.

In order to comply with Internal Revenue Service regulations, any mailed 2014 contribution to FBC must be postmarked by December 31, 2014.  Contributions received after this date (even if the check is written in 2014) must be reported as 2015 contributions when filing an income tax return.

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.


If you took a meal to the Millers and have not already picked up your dishes, you may want to check in the church office. There is a basket full of dishes/pans on the floor behind Mary’s desk. Thank you.