First Connections March 18, 2016

First Connections – March 18, 2016

I remember the days of old, I meditate on all that thou hast done; I muse on what thy hands have wrought. I stretch out my hands to thee; my soul thirsts for thee like a parched land. Psalm 143:5-6


Easter Lily Orders

It is time to place your order for an Easter Lily to decorate the Sanctuary on Easter, March 27. Call the church office to order or leave your order in the offering plate and don’t forget to tell us the name/s of the person/s and whether you are honoring them or remembering them. The plants will be $15 each. After the Easter service you may take your lilies home. (Please order by this Sunday, March 20 to get in the Easter bulletin.)



Easter Egg Hunt & Luncheon

All FBC Shawnee members, Children in FBC Sunday Schools, & FBC Choirs, and their families are invited.

Please join us Sunday, March 20th, 2016

after Morning Worship about NOON

in the Church’s Fellowship Hall

For a sub sandwich, chips, and baked bean lunch

(PB&J sandwiches also available)

An Easter Egg Hunt for children through 6th grade to follow!


Business Meeting, March 20, 2016

On the Agenda:

  1. From the Nominating Committee: Committee assignments for 2016-17 for church approval.
  2. Nominating Committee also brings a motion to change the name of the Pre-School Committee to the Children’s Committee.


Family Promise
Will be here Sunday, March 20 through March 26. We are in need of volunteers. There is a sign-up sheet on the church office window. (FYI—The sign-up sheet looks different this time.)



Maundy Thursday Service with Messianic Passover Meal

This coming Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. A collection will be taken up to help defray costs; the remainder will go to our Benevolence fund.





Holy Saturday Service Project

March 26; Breakfast at FBC at 8:00 am, then work projects following.

This is a service initiative to reach out to non-profit groups in the city of Shawnee, similar to our Neighborhood Workday last year. This year we are joined by volunteers from two other churches: Frontline and Heritage.

So far we have projects to do from Elementary schools: Horace Mann, Jefferson, and Pleasant Grove; also: Crossroads; Youth & Family Center; Mission Shawnee; Cargo Ranch; Family Promise; Community Renewal; Colonial Estates; and the City of Shawnee. And Ray will lead a Neighborhood Prayer Walk in the downtown area.

If you would be willing to help, please sign up on the sheet on the office window or call the office at 275-6111 or email to or go to the church web site:



Wednesday Night Dinner

March 23, 2016

Chef –David Stevens

Chef Sampley’s Famous Hot Biscuits

Chicken Fried Steak

Green Beans

Tossed Green Salad

Mac and Cheese for the Kids

Pudding and Cookies or Vanilla Ice Cream


Invite a single parent
"Single and Parenting" is back in session on Wednesdays at 6:45 pm in the Kid's Chapel.  Childcare available for all ages “0 - 18.” Brochures available at the welcome center.



Because you do not suffer alone.

Wednesdays at 6:45 pm in the Church Parlor. For men/women who have lost a loved one.  Childcare provided. Call Mary at 275-6111 for more info.



Financial Peace

 Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace class meets here in the Fellowship Hall on
Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm.



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

The Youth and Family Minister Search Committee would greatly appreciate your prayers as they begin interviewing possible candidates.  They have added two youth elected by the youth group (Harper Morris and Caleb Jennings) to serve on the committee and be involved in the interview process.



The FBC Legacy Ministry provides opportunity to invest in the future ministry of FBC through gifts that become a part of our Legacy Ministry Fund.  The Fund provides a cash distribution each year which is used to fund needs that are outside the annual budget.  The Legacy Ministry Committee is currently seeking input on how best to invest the current year distribution of $3,851.32 in FBC ministries.  In past years we have funded needs in the nursery and children’s areas, provided scholarships for youth activities, and funded ministry interns.   If you have a request, please submit it to the church office in writing by Sunday, April 3, 2016.  The Legacy Committee will review the requests and bring a recommendation to the church.  If you would like more information about the FBC Legacy Ministry and how you can impact the ministry of FBC beyond your lifetime, please contact the church office.



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