First Connections September 23, 2016

First Connections – September 23, 2016

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of god. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:3-11



Deacon’s Meeting and Business Meeting – this coming Sunday, September 25

Deacons will meet at 8:30 am and Business Meeting will be at 6:00 pm.



Deacon Election Profiles: (The vote will be this Sunday, September 25 in Morning Worship.)


Joel Deichman

Became a Christian: at FBC Blackwell in April 1961.

Joined First Baptist Church: in August 2013.

Ordained as a Deacon: Ordained to the ministry in January 1982; (not previously ordained as a deacon.)

Statement: Living a Christian life is a daily goal. I try to live my life in a way that honors Christ and that others can see a difference.  The Bible is the standard I try to follow.  I begin my day with quiet time with Him to prepare for each day. I am so grateful I grew up in a Christian home and saw that life being lived out by my parents and to pass that to my children.  Jesus said "Go" and that is what I try to do.


J. W. Farthing

Became a Christian & Joined First Baptist Church: I made a profession of faith in Jesus and joined First Baptist Church in 1950.

Ordained as a Deacon: I was ordained as a Deacon sometime in the 1970's.

Statement: I have had the benefit of having been raised in a Christian home and having been active in Church (FBC) since I was a child.  I have benefited from being discipled by family, Sunday School Teachers and countless friends and members of my church family. I believe that Scripture teaches that being a Christian means loving "the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind," and loving "your neighbor as yourself." Scripture also exhorts us to" do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God." Finally, scripture tells us to serve "the least among us," or, as the Old Testament says, "the widows, orphans and strangers in your gates" -- those without power or privilege in the world. We must worship God first, and then serve Him by giving witness concerning the gift of salvation and serving each other and those around us, empowered by Jesus Christ.


Joe Ford

Became a Christian: March 1986, First Baptist Church, Shawnee

Joined First Baptist Church: March 1986

Ordained as a Deacon: November 2009, FBC Shawnee

Statement: I became a Christian and was baptized at First Baptist Church of Shawnee when I was in elementary school. I was led to this decision by the example of my parents. So many individuals at FBC watched over me and loved me as I grew up in this church. If elected to serve again as deacon, I will do my best to serve in a way that supports the discipleship and growth of our fellowship. I pray God will use our church to reach the families and children in our community.


Sam Garlow

Became a Christian: 1964

Joined First Baptist Church: 1977

Ordained as a Deacon: 1979

Statement: To be a Christian means to me that I have accepted God’s gift of his Son, Jesus Christ, and that I strive daily to live a life centered on Him. 


Jim Hansford

Became a Christian:  1961

Joined First Baptist Church: September, 1990

Ordained as a Deacon:  1972, FBC, Denton, Tx

Statement: When I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior over 50 years ago, I accepted a gift that I did not earn and one that I cannot repay.  As a Christian I seek daily to become more like the image of Christ seeking to glorify Him as I travel this earthly journey. Furthermore, as a deacon we are “called out” to serve as leaders in the many facets of ministry in the body of Christ.  We should seek to be exemplary in our stewardship of time (church attendance) and finances (tithing).  The deacon body should be a unique group of spirit-led servants with a heart of ministry.  


Aaron Hembree

Became a Christian: I never experienced a ‘eureka’ salvation moment, as I will explain in my testimony. I was baptized twenty years ago, but did not demonstrate the fruit of saving faith in my life and in my actions until much later in life.

Joined First Baptist Church: My family has attended FBC since 1966 when my grandparents first moved to Shawnee. I have been attending the church my entire life, and was granted membership through baptism in 1996. (Still active – ML)

Ordained as a deacon: I have never been ordained as a deacon.

Statement: My decision to follow Christ began at age seven when I first felt the conviction of my sin.  Even though I was young, I can remember feeling the burden of my sins and the sense of embarrassment and shame that came from a convicted conscience.  I remember that I could not suppress the feelings of guilt and could find no means of hiding or removing them. I had the great fortune, though, of growing up in a house with a dad who was a deacon in our church, and who was able to guide me from these convictions to the ultimate resolution, which was the forgiveness of my sins through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  From that point forward, I began my relationship with Christ and what I can only describe as a wonderful struggle, allowing Jesus to mold and conform me into His image.  Following my acceptance of Christ as my Lord and Savior, I spoke with pastor Paul Calmes and he believed I was ready to make a public profession of faith through water baptism.  While I may have been justified at that juncture of my life, I don't believe that I really began to show evidence of a mature faith until I became a member of the Community of Faith and Fellowship Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma at age eighteen while attending college.  I was attracted to the church originally when I met two very enthusiastic members on separate occasions engaged in Bible studies at local restaurants. Intrigued, I visited this church with my future wife and soon became fully involved.  Through this church, I was able to see the strength of a body of believers who yield full control of their lives to Christ and was able to see firsthand the rich evidences of their faith.  This church had no more than fifty members, and yet had a worldwide presence with its ministries.   Joining this church was a watershed moment in my spiritual life.   I began to dig deeply into the Word and into personal Bible studies with rich commentaries that set my heart on fire for God.  In our growing relationship and under submission to His will, He began sanctifying me into the man I believe He is calling me to be.  The church got me involved using my gifts for ministry for the first time in my life through local ministries and through joining the worship team.  The men of the church met faithfully for a Bible study every Wednesday night and Thursday morning and would discuss Scripture and keep each other accountable for our sins and our weaknesses, which until this time was not a priority for me.  I joined this church at the beginning of my relationship with my wife, and I credit their spiritual guidance to the success of our marriage and the passion we share for serving Christ together.  With all the zeal I had for Christ, I asked my pastor to re-baptize me in 2011, not because I was unsaved, but as a profession that I was crucifying any carnality remaining in my spiritual walk, and turning to focus myself completely on Christ.    Through this focus and dedication of my life, God has led me to full-time ministry and formal seminary training, and into a life that I pray glorifies God and reflects His majesty on earth. I can say honestly and with full confidence that I love Jesus Christ with all my heart and want nothing more than His will to be done in our lives and in our church.                


Mitch Hembree

Became a Christian: June 2, 1982 at Camp Seminole via Bryan Road Baptist Church.

Joined First Baptist Church: I first attended First Baptist Church circa 1960s. I don't remember the day I joined. (5/4/1997 – ML)

Ordained as a Deacon: July 23, 2000 at First Baptist Church.

Statement: A Christian is one whose hope rests entirely on the finished work of Jesus Christ who died on a Roman cross and was raised on the third day. A Christian, therefore, is one whose life has been radically transformed and now desires nothing else but Christ and to see Him glorified through the Christian's thoughts, words, and deeds.


Terry Hopkins

Became a Christian: 1947 at Liberty Missionary Baptist Church Shawnee, Ok

Joined First Baptist Church: in 1968

Ordained as a deacon: 1966, Broadway Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. 

Statement: I amunable to express in a few words what being a Christian means to me without resorting to clichés.


Bill Tiger

Became a Christian: I grew up in a Christian household.  But I do recollect giving my life to Christ when I was 12 years old.

Joined First Baptist Church:  My wife and I both joined FBC IN 1998 before we married. 

Ordained as a deacon:  This is the first time I've been nominated for a Deacon.

Statement:  Being a Christian is more than going to church or living a moral life.  Being a Christian means to be born again, receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  It also means more than a duty to having to go to church or living a good life, it means having a desire to do those things.


Shannon Tiger

Became a Christian: I was raised in a Christian family, faithfully attending Sunday school and church....  So there is not a date when I became a Christian but a continual daily growth.

Joined First Baptist Church:  in 1998

Ordained as a Deacon: (not yet)

Statement: My walk as a Christian has been mostly influenced by the women at First Church!  I believe that time spent daily with God, understanding the importance of my daily quiet time, surrounding myself with Godly women and attending and continuing to study the Bible daily!  Daily remembering that it doesn't matter what my words are, but it's my actions that show the true state of my heart. Daily asking God what does he want from me.



Sisters in Christ - Doing Life Together

FBC Sisters in Christ invites you to attend a one-day women’s retreat. Saturday, Sept 24 (tomorrow) 9am –4pm in the FBC Fellowship Hall. Cost is $15 and includes lunch. If interested please register online or walk-ins are welcome.



We need some of the men of the church to come volunteer to serve the women during the women's ministry event on September 24. Help includes: set up, hospitality, clean up, run tech, and being available to the women during the event. You can contact Aaron Hembree if you are interested in helping out: (405) 290-8503.





Family Promise

Family Promise will be here the week of September 25– October 1. If you are able to volunteer please sign up at the church office.



Fruit of the Spirit Series:

An Introduction to Christian Yoga

Sundays 5-6 pm at FBC Shawnee

September 11 – November 6

Certified Yahweh Yoga Instructors

Donation Based Classes

Follow Us @freelyandlightly; contact Jamie Hembree for more info.



Women’s Bible Study

The fall session of Women’s Bible Studies here at FBC is going again and it is not to late to join. Our study this time is: “Entrusted” by Beth Moore (II Timothy.) Groups meet: Tuesday evenings (7pm) at DeeAnn Schroyer’s home and Thursday mornings (8:30 am) at First Baptist in the Preteen Room on the third floor.


Wednesday Night Schedule:

Church Dinner                                                          5:00 pm

Young Ringers                                                          5:00 pm

Finance Committee Meeting                                     5:15 pm

Children’s Choir                                                        5:30 pm

Mission Friends                                                         6:00 pm

Prayer Meeting –A-100 (Don Rominger)                 6:00 pm

Children’s Free Sack Dinner                                     6:30 pm

TeamKID (Pre-k—3rd grade)                                    6:45 pm

SPARK (4th grade - 6th grade)                                6:45 pm

Parents Bible Study                                                   6:45 pm

Single and Parenting                                                 6:45 pm

Shimmer                                                                     6:45 pm
Adult Choir Rehearsal                                               7:00 pm


Wednesday Night Dinner

New extended times are 5:00– 6:45 pm.

Menus will rotate between these choices: Breakfast, Italian Night, and Chicken Night withalternatives for special occasions.

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 Breakfast: Hot Biscuits, Pepper Gravy, Hash Brown Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs, Grilled Sausage Links, Pancakes Deluxe by Chef Prescott, and Mixed Fruit.

We will also offer a FREE kids sack meal for kids Pre K through 6th grade at 6:30 pm.


Single and Parenting
Wednesday; 6:45 PM; childcare available for all ages; Please be on the lookout for single parents in our community and bring them to "Single and Parenting."



We are looking for a few good people!

The Personnel Committee and the Ministerial Staff have made the decision to go with volunteers for our security needs on Sundays and Wednesday evenings. If you would be willing to help out or just want more information, please contact Ray Miller, Mark Burnett or someone on our Personnel Committee.

There will be an interest meeting next Wednesday, Sep 28 at 5:30 for anyone who wants to help with security here at the church.



Crop Hunger Walk

Walk. Give. Change the world.

We have been invited to join in on this effort to end hunger, along with some of the other area churches. The walk is October 2 at 2:00 pm and will start at the parking lot at the corner of 9th and Union Streets. To donate or to register, go to:


You’re Invited

Please join the Women of FBC to celebrate the upcoming arrival of Katie Erickson’s baby girl! Sunday, October 2, 2016, immediately following church in the FBC Children’s Area.



We Honor Veterans Program and Memorial

Sponsored by Heartland Home Health and Hospice and

by Redeemer Lutheran Church; October 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

At Redeemer Lutheran Church, 39307 West MacArthur.

All veterans will be honored with a pin and certificate. To get you loved one’s name on the list please call Karen Cleveland-Herron at (405) 214-6442 or (405)627-6470.


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