First Connections April 7, 2017


First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

“Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

Mark 10:14b-15


Pastor Search Committee  Nominee List (Updated 4/7/2017)


Nancy Ford                 Dale Cates

Robbie Henson           Joel Deichman

Carol Humphrey         Jim Hansford

Jo Lewis                      Charles Hawkins

Linda Moring               Aaron Hembree

Patricia Prescott         Mitch Hembree

Rilda Smith                 Herb Moring

Jan Tipton                   Peter Purin

                                    Jonathan Singleton

                                    David Stevens

                                    Phil Todd


Voting will be this Sunday, April 9, at the beginning of the service. First Baptist Church By-laws state that all members age 14 or older may chose (2) two women and (2) two men and one other. Please make your choices a matter of prayer.



Sunday Sermon, April 9; “I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel”; Rom. 1:16; Paul Stevens.



Easter Egg Hunt And Luncheon

Church wide—everyone invited!

Sunday, April 9, noon

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


 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



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



Meetings this week:

Sunday, April 9, 4:00 pm                                            Personnel

Wednesday, April 12, 5:15 pm                                       Finance



New Prayer Group

Wednesdays at 7 AM

Open to All in Fellowship Hall Where two (or more-hoping for more) are gathered in His name…we pray for the church in many areas. We admit 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 each Wednesday; open to all! Prayers are sweet and sincere; come be blessed. Let God know we are earnest about loving His church.



 Wednesday, April 12

Church Dinner                                                               5:00 pm

Young Ringers                                                               5:00 pm

 Finance Committee Mtg.                                              5:15 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

Chef Sampley’s Delicious Blue Ribbon Winning Hot Biscuits, Sausage Gravy, Hashbrown Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs, Grilled Sausage Patties and Links, Pancakes and Pigs in a Blanket by Chef Prescott, Mixed Fruit.



   "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. 



Maundy Thursday Service

Thursday, April 13, 6:00 pm

First Baptist Church Sanctuary

Lord’s Supper will be observed.



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.



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.




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 persons I can call in as needed and as they are available. (Mostly to answer phone/doorbell.) 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.



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