First Connections December 29, 2017

FIRST CONNECTIONS – December 29, 2017

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



Sermon, Sunday December 31:

“Facing Uncertain Times”

Paul Stevens



Sunday, December 31,     

We will be serving coffee, tea and donuts at 10:00 am before our New Years’ service in the Fellowship Hall. Anyone who has Christmas goodies they want to share please bring them! Looking forward to seeing everyone there! (There will be no official Sunday School on Dec. 31; adult classes may choose to meet, but no records will be taken and there will be no Children or Youth classes.) No evening service.

Monday, January 1, Church Office Closed.


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 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.


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)   

Starts back up on January 4 (Thursday – 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.


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