First Connections

First Connections – September 12, 2014

Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem. It is firm, a tested and precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never run away again. Isaiah 28:16


Wednesday Night Dinner

September 17, 2014

Chef Sampley’s Blue Ribbon Biscuits

Grilled Pork Chops

Mashed Potatoes and Pepper Gravy

Green Beans

Chef Prescott’s Hand Crafted Green Salad

Mac and Cheese for the Kids

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Coffee     Pink Lemonade   Iced Tea

 Age 12-Adults, $6; Ages 6-11, $4; Ages 5 & under, $2; Family Cap, $20; Pizza, $1 per slice.


Church Calendar—September 21-September 28

Sunday, September  21

Deacon’s Meeting in room C202                                                  8:30 am

Bible Study                                                                                      9:30 am

Morning Worship                                                                            10:45 am

Public Relations Committee Mtg. in FH                                         2:00 pm

Youth Handbells                                                                              4:00 pm

Youth Choir                                                                                      5:00 pm

Adult Handbells                                                                               5:00 pm

Church Business Meeting in A-100                                                6:00 pm

Youth Small Groups                                                                        6:15 pm


Tuesday, September 23

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, September 24

Church Dinner                                                                                 5:00 pm

Children’s Choirs                                                                             5:45 pm

     3 years old through 5th grade on 2nd floor

Prayer Mtg. in A-100                                                                       6:00 pm

Mission Friends in Room 205                                                         6:15 pm

Shimmer                                                                                           6:30 pm

Adult Choir Rehearsal                                                                     7:00 pm


Sunday, September  28

Bible Study                                                                                      9:30 am

Morning Worship                                                                           10:45 am

Youth Handbells                                                                             4:00 pm

Youth Choir                                                                                     5:00 pm

Adult Handbells                                                                              5:00 pm

Evening Service—Jim Reynolds preaching                                  6:00 pm

Youth Small Groups                                                                        6:15 pm


Coming Soon

Women’s Bible Study: Just started! Children of the Day: 1 & 2 Thessalonians by Beth Moore. Workbooks are $16 each.


Senior Adult Fall Cookout at the Allison’s                                                    October 2


Cornerstone Class Luncheon Fellowship in Fellowship Hall                       October 5


Family Promise here at FBC                                                                           October 5-12





 Deacons at First Baptist are elected to serve for a three year term.  They may serve for two consecutive terms but then must rotate off to reserve status.  They become eligible to serve again after a 1 year hiatus.

 Current deacons who are rotating off and are ineligible for reelection at this time are:

          Leesa Adams         Kathy Stuart

          Bob Spear    Rocky Wade

 Active deacons who have one or more years left to serve:

Casey Bell    Paul Hammond        Paul Jennings

Dale Cates   Cindy Hanchey       Clifford Lehmann

John Cragin Jim Hansford        Mark McQuade

Bill Ford       Charles Hawkins    Charles Prescott

Joe Ford      Mitch Hembree     Michael Presley

Sam Garlow  Roger Henson        John Stobbe

Jon Greenwood      Terry Hopkins       Phil Todd

Mike Wiens          

Current deacons who are eligible to be elected to a second term:


Reserve ordained deacons who are eligible to be nominated again:          

           Gerald Adams       Larry Inman

Bob Allison            Everett Maylen

David Austin                    Sallie McLaughlin

Alpha Black            Richard Newberry

Dick Canham          Gordon Richards

Jim Farthing         Nicki Sherman

Steve Hicks          Jim Stuart

Eric Hopkins          Mike Wester

Matt Hopkins        Bob Williams

          Betty Woodward




     A deacon is one whose commitment, demeanor, and spirit qualify the individual to function as a servant of the entire church.  His or her purpose is to promote spiritual welfare, scriptural obedience, and perseverance in the Christian life of the members.  A deacon must be willing to serve in the ministry functions of the deacon body in true commitment to the ideals of Christian servanthood.  Deacons have several roles during the worship service as well as ministry needs requested by the Pastor and the Church.


Man or woman 18 years old or older

A Christian for at least 3 years

A member of First Baptist Church for at least one year  

Active in Sunday school and worship attendance

A person worthy of respect               

A financial supporter of the church and its ministries

One who sets a personal example of Christian living



     Sunday August 24 - Characteristics, qualifications, and duties of a deacon in the worship bulletin.  A list of current names to be considered will follow.

     Friday September 5 – Print list of eligible deacons along with characteristics in First Connections

     Sundays September 7, 14, 21- Nomination forms and current lists of names in the worship bulletin

     Week of September 22 – 27 - Screening by Deacon Nominating Committee

     Sunday September 28 – Listing of nominated candidates with bios in worship bulletin    

     Friday October 3 – Print list of candidates with bios in First Connections

     Sunday October 5 - VOTE on deacon candidates

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 Family Promise

There will be a Family Promise Walk on September 20 at 10:00 am. This is the major fundraiser for this organization annually. The $20 registration fee gets a t-shirt and a free lunch. For more information ask Jan Tipton or see the website ( or the Facebook Page (Family-Promise-of-Shawnee) to get all the details.