First Connections – January 30, 2015
Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us give a joyous shout to the rock of our salvation! Let us come before him with thanksgiving. Let us sing him psalms of praise. Psalm 95:1-2
Church Calendar —February 1-February 8, 2015
Family Promise Feb 1 –Feb 8 ’15
Sunday, February 1
Bible Study 9:30 am
Morning Worship 10:45 am
Youth Super Bowl Party 5:00 pm
Monday, February 2
Church Council Meeting 11:30 am
Tuesday, February 3
Staff Meeting 1:00 pm
Wednesday, February 4
Church Dinner 5:00 pm
Young Ringers 5:15 pm
Children’s Choirs 5:45 pm
Prayer Meeting in Room A-100 6:00 pm
Mission Friends 6:15 pm
Shimmer 6:30 pm
SPARK 6:45 pm
Adult Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm
Friday-Sunday, February 6-8
Youth Mid-Winter Retreat at Jacob’s Ladder Camp
Sunday, February 8
Bible Study 9:30 am
Morning Worship 10:45 am
Youth Handbells 4:00 pm
6th Notes Handbells 4:40 pm
Adult Handbells 5:00 pm
Youth Choir 5:00 pm
Evening Service 6:00 pm
Opportunity for Partnership with the Youth Choir/Handbells
Some of you may have received this letter already, and after some feedback, I want to send the letter to the whole church body. Sorry if you got it twice!
When I revived the Youth Choir program at First Baptist Shawnee almost 3 years ago, there were 8 youth involved, and I took 5 boys on a Mission Tour to San Antonio, TX. Last year, we saw growth to 14, and I took a 10-voice mixed choir and handbells on mission to Chicago, IL. This year, we have 20 youth actively engaged in making music for the Lord, and we are preparing for this year's Youth Choir Mission Tour to Nashville, TN (June 8-13, 2015)! If you were at FBC Shawnee a few Sundays ago and heard the Youth Choir sing, you know that they have been working very hard and sound great! (If you missed them this week, they will be singing again in February and March!) Praise the Lord for the growth in these youth, both numerically and spiritually!
The Youth Choir Mission Tour affords these students opportunities to proactively share the gospel of Christ in a very focused and unique way, through concert ministry as we sing at homeless shelters, retirement centers, churches, and public venues (last summer in Chicago we performed on the 94th floor of the John Hancock building!). We share the love of God through serving in food banks, soup kitchens, and crisis centers for those in need. Pair the ministry opportunities with experiencing these cities' historical offerings and a few fun activities, the value of the whole simply cannot be quantified. If you heard the testimonies after last year's tour, you heard how the kids' eyes were opened to needs all around them and to how blessed they are here at home. These tours are "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunities for our youth and they leave our youth changed for the better every time!
In the past, we have been able to make do with our church vans for transportation, but with the increase in the number of youth participating (not to mention sponsors), we now have the need to charter a bus in order to accommodate all of our equipment (risers, handbells/tables/pads, stands, keyboard, sound system) in addition to all of our luggage. This presents a financial challenge for us, as to charter a bus will cost approximately $6,500 (for comparison, this is about $5,000 more than last year's travel expense). While I have requested a portion of this expense through the regular church budget, we need to raise the remaining funds another way, and this is where you have an opportunity to be involved.
In the manner of full disclosure, the total projected cost for this year's YCMT is $16,500 (this figure is all-inclusive: travel, lodging, food, and activities). Some quick math reveals that the cost per student is $825. Keeping in mind that the youth have other summer trips and some families have 2 or 3 students participating in each, in order to keep the choir tour affordable to all, I am asking $200 per student (this is a higher cost per student compared to past years as well), leaving a balance of $12,500. Through some creative use of current and future (projected) budget monies and a significant donation, I have managed to bring this balance down to approximately $3,000. To recap:
If only 30 individuals would commit to contributing $100 toward the Youth Choir Mission Tour, our goal would be met easily. I am personally contributing an amount greater than this, because I know the value of this tour, and I believe in it.
Some of you may be thinking, "What do I get out of this?" This is an understandable question, as usually you would get chocolates or cookies or whatever you ordered from a fundraiser, and those are worthy avenues for raising funds. However, this is not a typical fundraiser in that sense. What do you get? You get to show our Youth Choir and Handbells that you support them in a tangible way. You get to participate in changing lives: the lives of those to whom we minister in Nashville, the lives of the youth of this church, and your own life as well. Those who have partnered with us in the past know the blessing that comes their way when they hear of how their donation helped our youth to minister; we simply cannot out-give God!
These youth are giving up, in most cases, 2 hours every Sunday afternoon to rehearse and prepare for ministry; on tour they will work even harder and with greater focus. If you see value in our church's Youth Choir Mission Tour, would you prayerfully consider a generous contribution (over and above your tithe to the general church budget) to this year's tour? Perhaps you can only contribute $10, perhaps $100 or $500. The amount doesn't so much matter as does your participation in ministry with us. If you decide to give a donation, please designate it "Youth Choir Mission Tour" and Teresa will make sure it gets to the right place.
Whether or not you are able to give financially, would each of you commit to pray for us beginning even now? Pray for our youth as they prepare the music, pray for soft hearts willing to share the gospel message, pray for those who will hear us to be receptive to God's voice.
Thank you for considering partnering with us! May God richly bless you and yours today!
FBC Committee Information
The FBC Nominating Committee is beginning to work on the Committee List for April 1, 2015 –March 31, 2016. If you are not presently serving on a committee or are rotating off a committee (your chairman will notify you if you are rotating off your current committee this year), please consider serving during the 2015-2016 Church Year. Look at the committee list below. Every committee listed will have vacancies and let a current member of the Nominating Committee (Jim Farthing, Sam Garlow, Michelle Wallace, Ron Lewis, Pat Brown or Jan Tipton) know of your desire to serve and where.
Missions and Ministry
Properties, Vehicles and Ministry Corner
Contribution statements are ready. Please stop by the Welcome Center or the Church Office to receive yours.
SPARK HAS STARTED!
Wednesday night program for PreTeens (4th and 5th grades)—This is a Preteen discipleship time on Wednesday nights from 6:45-8pm. Elaine Hawkins will lead each week 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.
HELP WANTED-SECURITY GUARD
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; 275-6111.
If you loaned a book to Sarah to read this past fall, you can now pick it up. Please check with Mary in the church office. And thank you very much for your help in providing things for her to read.
Wednesday Night Dinner Menu, February 4, 2015 - Chef-David Stevens
Oven Fresh Garlic Toast
Spaghetti Deluxe with Meat Sauce
Chef Charles Prescott’s Fancy Tossed Salad
Pizza for the Kids
Iced Tea Pink Lemonade Coffee Water