First Connections March 20, 2015

First Connections – March 20, 2015

Shout with joy to the Lord, O earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:1-3





 Church Calendar, March 22-29, 2015 

Sunday, March 22

Deacon’s Meeting                                                                                      8:30 am

Bible Study                                                                                                 9:30 am

Morning Worship                                                                                    10:45 am

Youth Handbells                                                                                       4:00 pm

Youth Choir                                                                                               5:00 pm

Business Meeting in A-100                                                                      6:00 pm

Youth Small Groups                                                                                  6:15 pm

        Middle School at Stobbe’s; High School at Dyers

 Monday, March 23

Funeral for Nova Jene Lowe at Walker Funeral Home                         10:30 am

 Tuesday, March 24

Staff Meeting                                                                                        1:00 pm

Women’s Bible Study at DeeAnn Schroyer’s                                     7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 25

Church Dinner                                                                                           5:00 pm

Young Ringers                                                                                            5:15 pm

Children’s Choir                                                                                         5:45 pm

Prayer Meeting in A-100                                                                           6:00 pm

Mission Friends                                                                                          6:15 pm

Shimmer                                                                                                     6:30 pm

Spark                                                                                                           6:45 pm

Adult Choir Rehearsal                                                                               7:00 pm

 Thursday, March 26                                                                                            

Women’s Bible Study at the church                                                        9:30 am

  Sunday, March 29-Palm Sunday

Bible Study                                                                                          9:30 am

Morning Worship                                                                                   10:45 am

       Lord’s Supper; (Gluten-free station at back of Sanctuary)

Easter Egg Hunt and Luncheon                                                                   noon

Youth Handbells                                                                                       4:00 pm

Youth Choir                                                                                               5:00 pm

Evening Service                                                                                         6:00 pm

Youth Small Groups                                                                                 6:15 pm

                                Middle School at Stobbe’s; High School at Dyers


Gluten-Free Lord’s Supper

We are happy to announce a gluten-free station beginning with our March 29 Lord’s Supper. It will be completely gluten-free and will be situated toward the back of the main floor of the sanctuary.


Service opportunities

Needs for the Easter Egg Hunt:

            -25 large bags of chips (all kinds)

            -45 bags of individually wrapped non-chocolate or non-melting candy

            -900 plastic Easter Eggs

The Easter Egg hunt is on March 29. Have donations in office no later than Wed., March 25.


Shimmer weekend is approaching (April 17-19) for the youth, grades 6-12! Cost is $35. We need help with meals and snacks being prepared and delivered to host homes. Would you please consider helping? See Brandon or call the church office for more details.


Business Meeting Agenda Items

March 22, 6:00 pm in Room A-100

*In 2008, FBC approved a list of people responsible for disbursing funds from Designated Accounts. Since then these people have changed. The Finance Committee recommends the aforementioned changes:

            -Delete Betty Woodward from Children’s Choir and replace with Music Minister.

            -Delete Elaine H. from Wed Night Dinner and replace with Wed Night Dinner/Staff Coordinator.

            -Also “Weekday School” appears on two Designated Accounts. The Finance Committee recommends deleting “Weekday School” from the O’Neal Children’s Fund and Pop Machine Fund.

 * The Constitution Committee recommends the re-designation of the Hospitality Committee, the Kitchen Committee, the Ordinance Committee, and the University Ministries Committee as Ministry Teams and the elimination of the Weekday School Committee.

 * The Nominating Committee: Moved that the roster of the 2015-2016 First Baptist Church Committees be approved. 


 Easter Lily Orders

It is time to place your order for an Easter Lily to decorate the Sanctuary on Easter, April 5. Call the church office to order and don’t forget to tell us the name/s of the person/s you want to honor or remember. The plants will be $15 each and we need your order in by Sunday, March 29, After the Easter service you may take your lilies home.


FBC Downtown Neighborhood Workday

 Saturday, April 4, 2015; beginning with breakfast at 8:30 am at the church. We will be ministering to local non-profit groups, service groups and city groups.There will be a wide variety of projects which we will need help with – anything from lawn work to fencing to food prep to just joining in the prayer walk. There should be a place we can plug you in to help out. Will you be willing to help us as we reach out to our immediate neighbors?

Some of the places we plan to volunteer include: the Unzner Center, Horace Mann school, Youth and Family Center, Salvation Army, the city of Shawnee, and if we have enough interest, we can do some things here at the church as well. Plan on dedicating about 2-3 hours for service on this day, if you can. To indicate your willingness to help: contact Mary at the church office: or call 275-6111. Also, we will have an electronic sign-up on our web site and an old fashioned paper and pencil sign-up on the office window. Here is the website link: You have to click on the slideshow image to be taken to the page.


Wednesday Night Dinner Menu,

                           March 25 ’15                                

Chef -David Stevens

Chef Sampley’s Delicious Yeast Rolls

Old Fashioned Roast With Carrots/Potatoes

Whole Kernel Corn and Green Beans

Chef Prescott’s Hand Crafted

Salad Deluxe

Mac and Cheese for the Kids

Fruit Ambrosia

Vanilla Ice Cream

Iced Tea     Pink Lemonade       Coffee

COSTS: $6 ages 12-adult; $4 ages 6-11; $2 ages 5 & under; $1 per slice for pizza; $20 family maximum.