First Connections – November 22, 2016
First Baptist Church Shawnee
Be Disciples. Make Disciples.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name! Psalm 100: 4
Church-wide Reception for Ray, Sarah and the girls, December 4, immediately following Morning Worship in Fellowship Hall.
Cake and sandwiches will be served. Those wishing to give a love offering will have an opportunity to do so at the reception.
There will be no dinner, prayer meeting or activities at the church tomorrow, November 23. Also, the church office will be closed for the holiday Thursday and Friday, November 24-25. Happy Thanksgiving!
Church-wide Christmas Events
The Hanging of the Green: Nov. 27 at 10:45 am; (This will also be the first day to take Giving Tree bags.)
Children’s Choirs Christmas Program: Dec. 4 at 6:00 pm; performed by our Children’s Choirs. All other children welcome to attend program, but nursery for 3 & under if needed.
Community Christmas Celebration: Dec. 11 at 6:00 pm; featuring choirs from several area churches. All children welcome to attend, but nursery available if needed.
Churchwide Fellowship: Dec. 18 at 6:00 pm.; Potluck and Game Night. (No nursery.)
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Dec. 24 at 5:00 pm. (No nursery.)
Family Promise Will Be Here November 27 through December 3
Giving Tree Bags will be available on the Christmas trees in the Sanctuary on November 27. You will be able to take bags individually or your family or Sunday School class may go in
together on one or more. Bags will be color coded according to the approximate cost of the gifts. You will be able to swap a bag out if the one you get is not the best fit for you.
Each bag will contain the name of a recipient with suggestions for what you might give them. We are asking that you purchase the gifts, wrap them if you would like and deliver the gift yourself. The delivery is the part of the ministry of the Giving Tree that is designed to bless you as well as the gift receiver. The gifts will need to be delivered no later than December 17.
We have more information available which will be announced in church soon, or call the church office if you have questions - 275-6111.
Ordination Service– Elaine Hawkins
6:00 pm, November 27
FBC Sisters in Christ Christmas Paint Party!
Friday, December 2nd at 6:30-8:30 pm in Fellowship Hall
Join us for an evening of painting and fellowship!
Select from two Christmas designs; cost, $35, includes supplies.
A portion of the cost will benefit The Giving Tree.
Registration and payment made to Four Sisters Picture Perfect Paint Parties
Register by November 25 to be eligible for door prizes. Last day to register is November 29. If you are unable to register online, please bring your payment to Debra Hembree in the Cornerstone Sunday School room (B309) and she will pay online for you!
Senior Adult Christmas Outing
December 3 meet @ Frateli’s 5:30 pm then go to the Hanging of the Green @ OBU. Please sign-up on the church office window so we have a count.
It is budget planning time for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Requests went out October 13 and are due back December 9. Please meet with your organization/committee and prepare your budget requests.
We plan to start back in January. Please email Jamie Hembree if you are interested and to let her know when would be a good time/day for you.
Give Online. It’s Easy!
FBC is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving On-Line! Giving On-Line is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete giving history from anywhere you have internet access. Go to our website www.firstshawnee.com/give for more details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) Thank you! Mary