First Connections July 24, 2015

First Connections – July 24, 2015

Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I walk before the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 116:7-9



(It is time to buy school supplies already!)

Family Promise

Our families in our Family Promise program have kids who are going back to school soon and need some school supplies.  The case manager at Family Promise sent out an email with all the needs and I volunteered our church to help meet some of them!  A list will be posted on the office window this Sunday (July 26th) and the next Sunday (August 2nd) for anyone to sign up to get these items and return them to the school supply box in Mary’s office by August 3rd.  You may choose to buy only one item or all of it.  My suggestion is to let your child (if you have one) choose what they would like to pick out and buy for a Family Promise homeless child.  This would be a great way to get them involved in missions.  Jan Tipton; 405.613.9925  (cell)

These are the needs we picked:

 1 Washable water colors (water paints)       6 Yellow Highlighters

2 48-count Crayolas                                        11 Packs of Pencils (10-packs)

18 Pink Erasers                              

Horace Mann

We are also partnering with Mission Shawnee to provide wish-list needs for some of the teachers at Horace Mann.  Here is a brief list, but please sign up at the church office; signing up will help to prevent duplication.

Staples, Kleenex, Germ X, computer speakers, student scissors, rope lights, dry erase markers, crayons, Clorox wipes, pencils, mechanical pencils, wide-ruled notebook paper, cap erasers and individually wrapped snacks.

There will be boxes or bins near the office for collection of the supplies. Thanks - Mary


Following is the Youth Minister Search Committee, elected by the church on July 12, 2015:

Katie Ford

Jon Greenwood

Amy Jennings

Jan Tipton

Phil Todd

Mike Wester



Reception for Brandon Dyer

There will be a reception following morning worship on Sunday, July 26th to show appreciation to Brandon Dyer for his years of service at FBC.  The 26th will be Brandon's last day to serve as Minister to Youth and Families and he will soon begin a new career as Executive Director of Community Renewal International’s branch in Shawnee.


 Pool Party with the Pastor

This week, July 29, we will be at the Greenwood’s house at 1 Juel starting at 5:30 pm.



Opportunities for Service

(We Need Help!)

The Splash Party is coming up very soon (August 5 from 5:30-7:30pm: see ad below.)

And we need some help getting ready for it. Here are the needs:

1)    Putting up orange netting around the empty lot.

This could be done anytime between Thursday, July 30 to Monday August 3.

This requires the ability to use a manual post driver.

2)    Heavy-duty set-up help on August 5 (day of the event) from 3-5:30pm

Moving tables, grill, sno-cone machine, setting up canopies, etc.

3)    Light-weight set-up help also on August 5 from 3-5:30pm

Papergoods, food, cups, etc.

If you can help in any of these areas, please contact Elaine Hawkins or call the church office, 275-6111.


Church Calendar

July 26– August 2, 2015

 Sunday, July 26

Bible Study                                                                                                9:30 am

Morning Worship                                                                                   10:45 am

Farewell Reception for Brandon Dyer and Family                             12:00 pm

Evening Service                                                                                       6:00 pm

Shimmer in the Summer                                                                       6:00 pm

 Tuesday, July 28

Staff Meeting                                                                                               1:00 pm

 Wednesday, July 29

Pool Party with the Pastor at the Greenwood’s                                      5:30 pm

Prayer Meeting in A-100                                                                           6:00 pm

Youth Movie Night                                                                                    7:00 pm

 Sunday, August 2

Bible Study                                                                                                9:30 am

Morning Worship                                                                                   10:45 am

                                Baptism– Clark & Courtney Field

Evening Service                                                                                         6:00 pm

Shimmer in the Summer                                                                         6:00 pm


FBC Shawnee Summer Splash PARTY!

 Wednesday August 5th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm at FBC Shawnee

(across the street from the church, on the corner of 10th and Philadelphia)

We’ll eat dinner and have fun!

 Inflatable water slide, water balloons. Sno-cones, and games

Wear your swimsuit & water shoes and bring your water guns!

This is both an event for the children of our church to fellowship and have fun but also an outreach opportunity to people in your own life and neighborhood and to the neighborhood around the church.

Flyers with all the info to invite people are being printed. We hope you'll drop by the children’s area reception desk and take some flyers to hand out to people you know and also  join us Sunday night August 2nd at 6:45 pm to hand some flyers out to those living in the neighborhood right around the church.

Donations of water bottles, chips, and fresh hotdog buns would be appreciated!




Family Promise of Shawnee is currently seeking an Executive Director.

Position Description: To provide case management to homeless families and to coordinate the program components of Family Promise of Shawnee. Position also requires budgeting, fundraising, training and education. Experience in public relations, public speaking, and volunteer coordination required. Must have the ability to interact with faith based congregations, volunteers, and agency representatives.

Position Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Human Services or a business related field. 3 years experience in a social services environment. Valid State Driver’s License. No current or prior criminal record. Flexible Schedule.

If interested, please send your resume.

Christina Ratcliff

Case Manager / Office Manager

Family Promise of Shawnee

P.O. Box 3044
Shawnee, OK 74802

(405) 273-0161




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