First Connections December 15, 2017

FIRST CONNECTIONS – December 15, 2017

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.



And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David.) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  Luke 2:1-7



Sermon, Sunday December 17:

“The Word Became Flesh”; John 1:14

Paul Stevens



Sanctuary Choir

There will be adult choir rehearsal this coming Wednesday, December 20.



Organ Concert

There will be an organ concert of Christmas Favorites by Ron Lewis, Organist, at noon on Thursday, December 21.



Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve

There will be a Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve (Sunday, December 24), at 5:00 pm in the church Sanctuary.



Christmas Schedule

Sunday School: There will be no official Sunday School on Dec. 24 or on Dec. 31; adult classes may choose to meet, but no records will be taken and there will be no Children or Youth classes.   

Sunday, December 24

 10:45 am  Morning Worship-Combined in the Sanctuary

   5:00 pm  Candlelight Service in the Sanctuary

Mon-Tues, Dec. 25-26, Church Office Closed

Wed-Fri, Dec. 27-29, Church Office Open 9:00 am -1:00 pm

Sunday, December 31

10:45 am   Morning Worship

Monday, January 1, Church Office Closed.


From Ron Lewis:

Interested in playing handbells? I would like to form an FBC Handbells group to include all ages from Youth up. If interested or for more information, contact Ron Lewis.


Year-End Contribution Policy

  • Bring any 2017 contributions in person to the FBC church office no later than 10:00 am on Friday, December 29. We would greatly appreciate your diligence in this matter.
  • In order to comply with IRS regulations, any mailed 2017 contribution to FBC must be postmarked by December 31, 2017. Contributions received after this date (even if the check is written in 2017) must be reported as 2018 contributions.
  • IRS guidelines require that members who wish to itemize deductions must have a copy of the church’s contribution report when filing an income tax return. Reports will be available in January.


From the Pastor Search Committee:  Thank you for continuing to hold us up in prayer as we interview potential candidates for Pastor of FBC.  We appreciate your prayers for our sensitivity to the Lord's plan.



Celebrate Recovery (Step–Study Groups Now Forming)   We Need You!

We will be taking a short break during the holiday season and then will start back up on January 4 (Thursday – still at 7:00 pm.) If you have any questions about this program you may call Audrey at 918-557-7862, Ray at 918-557-7863, Mary at 275-6111, or Mark at 765-4759.  All inquiries will be handled confidentially.


New security protocol:

Starting Sunday, November 26, the east doors by the Children’s Area will no longer be used as a Sunday School/church entrance. Thank you for understanding as we seek to make our church an even safer place for everyone to worship.


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