First Connections July 11, 2014

First Connections  -  July 11, 2014

“Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lord-rejoice in his presence! Father to the fatherless, defender of widows-this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.” Psalm 68:4-6a


Youth Choir Mission Tour Prayer List

Chicago, Illinois

{Traveling home tomorrow, Saturday, July 12}


Jaden Colvin

Jonathan Deichman

Christopher Hawkins

Caleb Jennings

Logan Jennings

Luke Presley

Alexis O’Neill

Malachi Swedberg

Emily Tiger

Josh Wester


Mark & Cari Burnett

Carol Ann Bell

Mary Chung

Carlos Feller

(And Calloway Burnett – traveling mercy.)

The Youth Choir will be featured in the morning worship on July 13 and there will be a Reflection Service about their trip that evening at 6:00 in the Fellowship Hall.


Mission Shawnee: Shepherd’s Kids’ Café

“We need your help. Each morning of the program from 8:30-10:30, we meet in our kitchen (at Mission Shawnee) to prepare approximately 300 lunches according to a pre-set menu. We try to have them ready for pick-up by 11:00. If you can help us prepare lunches during one of the following weeks of the program, please   sign up at the FBC church office or call at 275-6111. We will need your phone number and the dates you can serve. Thanks in advance for your help.”  The remaining weeks are: July 14-18, July 21-25, and July 28-August 1.


New Security Guard: Dillon Sain

Please make our new security guard feel welcome. Dillon starts his duties July 13.


Senior Adult Council

There will be a meeting of the Senior Adult Council on Thursday, July 17 at 10:00 am in A-100. This is an annual planning meeting, so your attendance is much desired!



Family Promise will be at our church starting July 27 for one week. It will show up in the bulletin as July 20 – that is not correct. Sorry about the confusion. The sign-up is posted on the office window.





~ Pool Parties with the Pastor ~


For children entering 2nd through entering 6th grade!

What: Our Pastor Bro. Ray will have 6 Wednesday nights this summer of fun and Bible teaching at 6 different church members’ pools. We’ll swim and have fun; then while we eat some pizza or hotdogs, Bro. Ray will share with us from God’s Word!

When: Wednesdays – June 18th, June 25th, July 16th, July 23rd, July 30th, & August 6th from 5:30pm-7pm each night.

Where: July 16 will be at Margaret Hopkins, 1730 N Broadway


~ Preschool Missions Camp~

For young children up to entering 1st grade!

What: 6 weeks of fun activities centered around learning about missionaries and mission work throughout the world! Crafts, games, and Bible Verse Memory

When: Same nights as Pool Party with the Pastor!  Wednesdays, June 18th, June 25th, July 16, and July 23rd, July 30th, & August 6th from 5:45pm-6:45 pm each night.

Where: at First Baptist Church, 1st floor Preschool  , 2’s & 3’s Sunday School room

We are going to have an awesome SUMMER!





Summer Sunday School Help Sign-up

This Summer, I am working on making a great Summer Sunday School for our children from birth through 5th grade. I’d like to invite you to help teach or hold babies during the Sunday school hour (9:15-10:35am) at least one Sunday this summer, from June 1st to August 10th .  Most classes have regular teachers who are staying through the summer and just need an assistant. We will have 6 Sunday School rooms during the Sunday School hour, just as we have all during the school year. We need two people in each room, each Sunday, plus a Storyteller who is only there from 9:45-10:05am. You can also call, text, or email me with the Sunday(s) you want to help. There will also be a paper signup sheet on the Preschool Sign-in desk starting this Sunday. Thanks, Elaine Hawkins (613-1937)

This is a link to the master list in a google doc so you can sign up.


The New Church Web Site is Live!

Please check it out at We hope you will love the improvements and additions. The Public Relations committee has put in many hours and worked very diligently to make this a reality. If you see one of the committee, especially Charles Prescott or Karen Kelly – be sure to thank them for their efforts. Here is an idea – since the calendar, news and other features of the web site will be updated on an ongoing basis, you might want to bookmark it on your device so you can quickly access it.



Church Business Meeting

The monthly Church Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, July 20, at 6:00 pm. Deacons will meet that morning at 8:30 in the Journey classroom.