First Connections December 11, 2015

First Connections – December 11, 2015

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures for ever.

O give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures for ever.

O give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures for ever; Psalms 136:1-3


Giving Tree Help Needed!

We have some donated funds to help purchase the last few figts and volunteers to purchanse the gifts but are in need of ta few volunteers to deliver the gifts. If you would be willing to help us in this way please contact the church office at 275-6111. AND – DON’T FORGET! Please don’t forget to turn your Giving Tree form in to the blue box in the Welcome Center or to the church office as soon as you have delivered your gift.



Church Calendar

Sunday, December 13
Bible Study                                                                                                9:30 am

Morning Worship                                                                                   10:45 am

Youth Handbells                                                                                      4:00 pm

Youth Choir                                                                                              5:00 pm

Adult Choir Program (The Word Became Flesh)                                  6:00 pm

Youth go to Adult Choir Program                                                         6:00 pm

Tuesday, December 15

Staff Meeting                                                                                          1:00 pm

Wednesday, December 16

Prayer Meeting - A-100                                                                         6:00 pm

Grief Recovery                                                                                       6:45 pm

Sunday, December 20
Deacon’s Meeting                                                                                  8:30 am

Bible Study                                                                                             9:30 am

Happy Birthday Jesus Parties                                                               9:30 am

Morning Worship                                                                                10:45 am

Church-Wide Potluck/Game Night                                                      6:00 pm


Christmas Season Events at First Baptist

*The Word Became Flesh:  December 13 @ 6:00 pm; featuring choirs from FBC, UBC and WUMC.

Happy Birthday Jesus Parties: December 20 in kids’ Sunday School classes.

Church wide Fellowship: December 20 @ 6:00 pm. Potluck and board game night.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: December 24 @ 5:00 pm.

* FYI: Children are encouraged to attend the program; nursery provided if needed.


You Are Invited

On December 26 from 2:00-4:00 pm we will be celebrating the 90th birthday of Mae Mitchell (Tacker). Come join the celebration in the FBC Fellowship Hall.


Mission Shawnee

We are currently in desperate need of volunteers to help here at Mission Shawnee, particularly in the food pantry for the next 6 weeks. There will also be some receptionist (desk) work. Any help at all – even for just a part of this time, would be greatly appreciated. The hours are Mondays and Fridays from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm. To volunteer or for questions, call Sarah Miller at 254-537-2187.


Please pray for our Youth Minister Search Committee, elected by the church on July 12, 2015:

Katie Ford

Jon Greenwood

Amy Jennings

Jan Tipton

Phil Todd

Mike Wester



Give Online. It’s Easy!

Electronic giving is a convenient, consistent way to help our church grow. Consider scheduling a recurring electronic contribution today. It’s easy! You will no longer need to write out checks and prepare envelopes every week. Even when travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending services, your electronic contributions will continue to be received on an uninterrupted basis.

·         Set up and manage recurring donations

·         Make one-time contributions

·         View your online giving history

Get started today! Visit our church website,

FYI: You can also make a gift to Lottie Moon this way!


Year End Contribution Policy

Please turn in any 2015 contributions in person to the FBC office by noon on Wed., Dec. 30.

In order to comply with Internal Revenue Service regulations, any mailed 2015 contributions to FBC must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2015.

Contributions postmarked after this date (even if the check in written in 2015) must be reported as 2016 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 move or change your phone number or email address, please contact us at the church office so we can make the changes to the church directory and database. (Call 275-6111 or email Thank you!  Mary