First Connections December 2, 2016

First Connections – December 2, 2016

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet: ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will govern my people Israel.’” Matthew 2:1-6



Senior Adult Christmas Outing

This Saturday, December 3 meet @ Frateli’s 5:30 pm,

then go to the Hanging of the Green @ OBU.



Church-wide Reception for Ray, Sarah and the girls

This Sunday, 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.



Churchwide Christmas Events

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.)




There are still some Giving Tree Bags available on our two Christmas trees.

Each bag contains a form with the name of a recipient and suggestions for what you might give them. Inside each bag you also will find a green slip of paper with the reference number of the individual or family to receive the gifts.  Please sign your name and phone number on the green slip and place it in the red box on the front center pew. (You may also leave the red or green bag on the front pew so we can use them again next year.) Take the white form with you. We are asking that you purchase, wrap and deliver the gift yourself, no later than December 17. After you have completed giving your gift, sign your form, fold it and place it in the blue Giving Tree box on a table in the Welcome Center.  This is how we assure that no one has been forgotten. 

Call the church office if you have questions - 275-6111.



Wednesday, December 7

Properties Committee Meeting                                      5:00 pm

Church Dinner                                                               5:00 pm

Children’s Caroling                                                       5:30 pm

Prayer Meeting in A-100                                               6:00 pm

Community Choir Dress Rehearsal                               7:00 pm

Youth Christmas Party                                                  7:00 pm



Wednesday Night Dinner

New extended times are 5:00– 6:45 pm. 

Cost are $7 for ages 12—adults

$4 for ages 6-11 years old

$2 for ages 5 and under

There is still a maximum of $20 per family.

 This week’s menu is Chef Sampley’s Delicious Blue Ribbon Winning Hot Biscuits, Sausage Gravy, Hash Browns, Scrambled, Eggs Grilled Sausage Patties, Pancakes by Chef Prescott and Mixed Fruit.



2017-2018 Budget
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.



Old Fashioned Pot-Luck and Game Night
Church-wide    Everyone invited!
December 18 at 6:00 pm in Fellowship Hall
Bring a finger-food or appetizer to share. Drinks provided. We have some board games here, but you may bring your favorites, too. Nine square will be set up as well.



Yahweh Yoga

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 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 Thank you!  Mary