First Connections April 21, 2017

FIRST CONNECTIONS – April 21, 2017

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12



Sermon, Sunday, April 23, 2017: “The Plan”; Acts 1:8; Paul Stevens



Comments Please:

In preparation for our contemporary worship service, the Worship Committee would like your input. See the attached Contemporary Worship Service Questionnaire, which will also be available in the bulletin and at the Welcome Center this Sunday, April 23. There is a box for filled-in questionnaires at the Welcome Center.



Meetings this week:

Sunday, April 23, 8:30 am                                            Deacons

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

Saturday, April 29, 8:30 am                Deacons’ Prayer Retreat



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 26

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

Single and Parenting                                                  6:45 pm

TeamKid                                                                       6:45 pm

Spark                                                                            6:45 pm

Shimmer                                                                      6:45 pm

Sanctuary Choir                                                           7:00 pm



Wednesday Night Dinner



     "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. 



Children’s Choir Spring Program, April 30, 6:00 pm



 Family Promise will be at our church May 7 - 13



Vacation Bible School Needs

(For VBS, June 26-29)

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 – Thank you DeeAnn Schroyer!

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.



Service Opportunity

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


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