First Connections December 18, 2015

First Connections – December 18, 2015

On the day I called, thou didst answer me, my strength of soul thou didst increase. Psalm 138:3


Giving Tree

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.


Christmas Season Events at First Baptist

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

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

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


Church Christmas Fellowship, Sunday, December 20

Dec. 20 at 6 pm is the Church wide Pot Luck Dinner and Game Night. Come and join us and bring a dish.

If anyone would like to bring extra cookies, muffins or other treats in addition to your pot luck items, we will be putting together trays with a note of appreciation to take to the fire dept, police station and other services. We will be delivering them Monday afternoon.


 Church Calendar

December 20- December 27, 2015

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

Wednesday, December 23

No Activities Christmas Break

Thursday, December 24-Office Closed

Christmas Eve Service                                                                    5:00 pm

Friday, December 25-Office Closed  -  Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 27

Optional Adult Bible Study (No Children’s SS)                             9:30 am

Morning Worship                                                                    10:45 am

No Evening Service

Also coming soon: Preteen tubing; Dec. 28; meet at the church at 10:00 am; cost $14 plus your lunch; RSVP.


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 contribution to FBC must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2015.
Contributions postmarked after this date (even if the check is 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 Jan





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