First Connections April 13, 2017

FIRST CONNECTIONS – April 13, 2017

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Matthew 28:5-6a



The church office will be closed tomorrow, Friday, April 14. Thank you.



Pastor Search Committee Announcement

After the submission of all absentee church votes which ended at 5:00pm on Monday, final counting of all church votes has been tallied by the Personnel Committee. Your vote has elected the following candidates to serve on our Pastor Search Committee:

Nancy Ford

Aaron Hembree

Robbie Henson

Patricia Prescott

Peter Purin

Jonathan Singleton (Alternate)

The Personnel Committee wants to thank you for your prayers and participation. We ask that you now begin to pray for the Pastor Search Committee as they begin their work.



Easter Day

Bible Study will begin at 9:30 am as usual and Worship Service at 10:45. There will be no evening activities - in observance of the holiday.

Easter Sunday Sermon, April 16:

 “The Resurrection: the Foundation of Our Faith”; I Cor. 15:17; Paul Stevens.



Thank you

The Decorations and Landscaping Team would like to say a special “Thank You” to:

1)    Megan and Sam Abrams – they cleaned out and re-mulched the flower bed so it would look nice for Easter.

2)    Cythia Mofield, for the beautiful flower arrangement on the altar in the Sanctuary.



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


New Prayer Group, Wednesdays at 7 AM

Prayer Group: Wednesday, 4/12/17, at 7 AM, an open to all prayer group met in fellowship hall for prayer. Where four were gathered in His name…. we prayed for the church in many areas. We admitted that we need God’s help and blessing for our church, it’s 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!  A prayer that surely was pleasing to God was the one who prayed with us silently and with many tears of care and concern; very special.



Wednesday evening activities, April 19

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

Sanctuary Choir                                                          7:00 pm



Wednesday Night Dinner

Chef Sampley’s Famous Garlic Toast, Lasagna de Napoli, Whole Kernel Corn, Oven Roasted Vegetables Italiano, Chef Prescott’s Deluxe Tossed Green Salad, Surprise Dessert.


     "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. 



Meetings next week:

Sunday, April 23, 8:30 am                                            Deacons

Sunday, April 23, 6:00 pm                Church Business Meeting



 Family Promise will be at our church May 7 - 13



The Pastoral Care department at St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital offers training and mentoring in caring for others, especially those who are ill.  They are looking for volunteers to assist with basic hospital visitation.  While no experience is necessary, a demonstrated commitment to a faith community and an availability of 2-3 hours per week are required.  If you would like to know more, please contact Chaplain Bill Simpson.  He can be reached at 878-8129 or .



New Bulletins and Prayer Lists

Hope you enjoy the new simplified church bulletin; we have estimated that it will save both time and money and believe it will be easier to read as well.  Separate prayer sheets have also been made available for those that want them at the west door entrance, in windows by the piano and by the organ and at the Welcome Center. Thank you, Mary


Thank you

Our thanks to Linda Moring who has agreed to be the new Chair of the Funeral Luncheon Ministry Team. She will be assisted by the same people who have worked in that position for many years. They are:Joel Ely, Jim Farthing, Loretta Miller, Gayle Sampley & Jim Sampley.



Vacation Bible School Needs

Loaners: Drafting/architect’s table; old work bench; toy tools. Also one or two large peg boards (4’ X 6’ or so); but these will be painted on one side by us. 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.




We are looking forward to our Pool Parties with a Purpose for the kids through 6th grade on Wednesday nights this summer! To help with costs, we would love for any church member who has a pool in their backyard to volunteer to host 1 pool party this summer. 

Here are the dates we need pools, from 5:30pm-7pm each night:

June 7

June 14

June 21

July 12

July 19

July 26

August 2

The church will provide all food and drinks, and also a lifeguard for the event.



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