First Connections December 19, 2014

First Connections – December 19, 2014

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light – a light that will shine on all who live in the land where death casts its shadow. Isaiah 9:2

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 21

Bible Study                                                                                             9:30 am

Morning Worship                                                                                   10:45 am

Lessons and Carols                                                                                 6:00 pm

                                This is a Family Friendly service; there will be no nursery.

 Wednesday, December 24-Friday, December 26

Church Office Closed

 Wednesday, December 24

Candlelight Service and Lord’s Supper                                                 5:00 pm

                                This is a Family Friendly service; there will be no nursery.

 Sunday, December 28

No Children’s Sunday School                                                                               9:30 am

                               (Including no nursery during this hour.)

                               Children’s Sunday School workers enjoy your break!

                              Adult Sunday School is optional—up to each individual class.

Morning Worship                                                                                   10:45 am

                                There will be nursery and Kids Chapel during Worship hour.

No evening activities at the church.


More Holiday Notices:

Monday, December 29-Wednesday, December 31

Abbreviated Office Hours                                                    9:00 am—3:00 pm

 Wednesday, December 31

SPARK Preteen Outing                                                                      11:00 am—5:00 pm

                                Going to Bricktown for lunch and tubing

 Thursday, January 1

Church Office closed.

 Monday, January 5

Don’t forget!

2015-2016 Budget Request Forms are due back in the FBC office by this day.


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

Giving Tree

Thank you for your generous outpouring of love for our Giving Tree. All the bags have been claimed, but we have 5 missing green slips: Sammie Folks #17, Geneva Cronk #82, Ruth Smith #84, Darlene Wages #95 and Nancy Hardie #99. Please call Mary at 275-6111 if you have one of these. Also-don’t forget to turn in your white forms to the office on completion.

 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; each design is sold in bundles of 10 cards with envelopes.  Samples are in the church office.  Call Dee Ann Schroyer @831-7004 for details



 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.