First Connections March 24, 2017

FIRST CONNECTIONS – March 24, 2017

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh. John 6:51


New Prayer Group: 

Wednesday, 3/22/19, at 7 AM, an open to all prayer group met in fellowship hall for prayer. This initial group of 6 men prayed for the church in many areas. We admitted that we need God’s help and blessing for our church, its work in the community and abroad, unity, and to find His will for our future. This group will meet again next Wednesday; open to all! Come and pray with us to make it a “God Thing!”   (If you cannot make it out to the meeting – perhaps you can stop for 5 minutes wherever you are and pray with us.)



Sunday Sermon, March 26; “Everyone’s Job Description”; Hebrews 10:24-25; Paul Stevens.




Wednesday, March 29

Church Dinner                                                             5:00 pm

Young Ringers                                                              5:00 pm

Children’s Choir                                                           5:30 pm

Mission Friends                                                           6:00 pm

Prayer Meeting in A-100                                             6:00 pm

Kid’s Sack Dinner                                                         6:30 pm

Shimmer                                                                      6:45 pm

Single and Parenting                                                   6:45 pm

Spark                                                                             6:45 pm

TeamKid                                                                        6:45 pm

Adult Choir                                                                   7:00 pm



Wednesday Night Dinner   3/29/17

Chef Sampley’s Award Winning Hot Biscuits, Oven Roasted Tenderloin, Mashed Potatoes, Roast Gravy, Yellow Squash & Zucchini, Chef Prescott’s Green Salad, Banana Pudding.


   "Single and Parenting" is needing help publicizing our program to various locations that single parents frequent.  Please contact Audrey Rose (918-557-7862) or Renita Swedberg (651-0425) with ideas of locations to place flyers or brochures. 


Walking the Prayer Labyrinth at FBC Shawnee

First Baptist Church of Shawnee will have an indoor Prayer Labyrinth for the last 2 weeks of Lent & Easter Sunday (April 2nd- April 16th).   The Labyrinth will be located on the 1st floor in the back southeast room of the Children’s Area.   It can be used for self-guided walks any time the church is open:

·         Mondays-Fridays 8:30-12 & 1pm-5pm

·         Wednesdays during the day and 4:45pm-8:45pm

·         Sundays 8:45am-12:30pm

Elaine Hawkins will lead guided walks the following times:

·         Sunday April 2nd from 4-5pm

·         Sunday April 2nd from 4-5pm

·         After Maundy Thursday Service April 13th from 7-8 pm



Freezer Meal Swap

Please join us for a Freezer Meal Swap on Saturday, April 8th from 9:00 am-1:00pm in the church kitchen. What is a freezer meal swap? Each participant is in charge of making one main course/meal but you make that meal approximately 10 times (more or less depending on the number of participants). The meal should serve at LEAST a family of 4 (if your family is smaller it is like getting two meals out of each one). You can prepare the meals at home and bring them up to the church OR prepare the meals at the church (which is a great fellowship time) and swap your meals out with the others that are participating so you have a variety of meals for the freezer. You will receive the number of meals that you prepare. You decide on the meal you want to prepare so cost completely depends on what you choose to make. Buying in bulk though definitely helps. Meals need to be freezer safe in bags or disposable pans.

We ask that all participants RSVP by Friday, March 31st, so that everyone knows exactly how many meals will need to be prepared on the day of the event and that everyone has plenty of time to shop for your items. RSVP by emailing me at or calling 405-432-9093. Feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions too!



Easter Egg Hunt

And Luncheon

Church wide—everyone invited!

Sunday, April 9, noon

Lunch: Sub sandwich, baked beans, chips, dessert.

NEEDS: individually wrapped candy, small toys, regular size bags of chips.



 HELP NEEDED – volunteer to chair the Funeral Luncheon Ministry Team.




If you are not already aware, our part-time secretary has recently resigned to take another position. Therefore, I am getting up a list of volunteers I can call in as needed and as they are available. Please call me here at the office if you are interested. If you just want to try it on for size, that’s OK – it is not a life-time commitment. Thanks, Mary – 275-6111.



Pastor Search Committee

Nominations for the Pastor Search Committee will be accepted during the month of March.  Please pray about who you would nominate for this privilege.  Please see the attachment: “Search Committee Info Sheet” for the guidelines/schedule of the nomination process.

Nominations are to be turned in to Mary, in the church office.


Legacy Ministry

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 $2,227.21 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, March 26, 2017.  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.


VBS Needs

Loaners: Drafting/architect’s table; old work bench; water cooler jug (empty); toy tools.  Also one or two large peg boards (4’ X 6’ or so); but these will be painted on one side.  Non-returnables: empty paint cans; metal coffee cans; electric tooth brushes; carpet tubes; old Slinkys. None of the above have to be nice or in good condition.


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 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