First Connections August 11, 2017

FIRST CONNECTIONS – August 11, 2017

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 6:1-5


Sermon, Sunday, August 13, 2017: “One People in Christ”;  Ephesians 2:11-22; Paul Stevens



Church Business Meeting, August 20, 6:00 pm

From Finance Committee: Need to get a recommendation on agenda to amend the previous request from Finance/Properties to raise to deductible on our insurance from $5,000 to $25,000.  Due to some credits Brotherhood was able to give us at this policy renewal date, we can raise the deductible to $7,500 and save the church $3,305 per year in premium vs. $3,175 we were going to save with the $25,000 deductible.


Contemporary Worship Service

We now have a Contemporary Worship Service in Fellowship Hall at 10:45 am, going on at the same time as the Traditional Worship Service in the Sanctuary.  As we begin adjusting to some new logistics that come with this, we will be forgoing the Children's Sermon for the summer. Nursery and Kid's Chapel also available for the new service.


Family Promise

Family Promise will be at First Baptist Church Aug. 6 – Aug. 12

If you would like to help out, please look for a sign-up sheet on the church office window or contact Jan Tipton.


Children and Youth Bible Presentation

Bible Presentations for Children entering 1st grade and Children entering 7th grade will occur this coming Sunday, August 13th.


Teacher School Supply Drive  July 16-August 20

We all know that teachers spend a lot of their own money to get extra supplies for their classrooms. We feel our church members would like to give back to teachers by helping with some of the supplies teachers find themselves running out of.

We have received many wonderful supplies!  There are bins to put your donations in at the Welcome Center. Thank you for helping support our teachers.

Here’s the supplies still needed, listed by teacher:

Amanda Brock, High school Science (Bethel): Dry erase marker, Kleenex 

Jenny Colvin, Reading Specialist (Meeker): dry erase markers

Joel Deichman, High School Band (Seminole): Copy paper

Susan Field, principal (Horace Mann Elementary): Reams of copy paper, Whatever school supplies are on sale at Staples

Heidi Garlow, 1st Grade (Horace Mann Elementary): Snacks (goldfish, bags of cereal, crackers. Just no peanut butter. Items that don't expire for several months are perfect)

Melanne Greenwood, Librarian (Jefferson Elementary): Germex, Clorox wipes, Sheets of labels, Gently used children's books (for kids who can’t afford new books at the Book Fair)

Mitch Hembree, High School English (Shawnee): Tissues - lots of tissues, Purell hand sanitizer, Copy paper, Magic erasers (cleans markings off desks)

Melissa Lanier, special needs (Jefferson Elementary): Wet wipes

Julie Purin, Music (Bethel): Colored 8 1/2 x 11 paper (pastels), White cardstock, iTunes gift card (for classroom apps and music for programs)

Shannon Tiger, 1st Grade (Jefferson Elementary): Brightly colored paper, Scotch Tape, Copy Paper

Michelle Wallace, school counselor (Horace Mann Elementary): Kleenex, Clorox Wipes, Copy paper, Granola bars

Doyleen Wester, computer teacher (Grove): Santiwipes, Earphones, Colored copy paper

Zanne Winton, Kindergarten (Chandler): play dough, colored cardstock weight paper



A Hand Up Hygiene Drive:

There are boxes located in the church office to collect hygiene drive items. The drive is sponsored by TEEM: “an interfaith 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to breaking the cycles of incarceration and poverty through education, personal development, and work readiness training.” Kris Steele called the church and asked permission to place these boxes. If you would like to donate, the items are just basic hygiene needs or you can also look at the list of items on the side of each box. 


New Wednesday Night Fall Schedule Starting August 23


Dinner will be served from 6pm- 7:15pm. People can stay after 7:15pm and eat in the Fellowship Hall.

Cost: $7 for ages 12 to adult; $4 for ages 6-11; & $2 for ages 5 & under; family max is $20.

PLEASE RSVP if you will be coming to dinner! Call Mary at 275-6111.

*FREE kids sack dinners will be available for children who don't like or cannot afford the regular meal.

August 23 will be roast.


Prayer Meeting will be from 5:30pm - 6:15pm


1st-6th Grades

5:00pm-5:30pm – Handbells (3rd grade and older only)

5:30pm - 6:15pm – Children’s Choirs for 1st - 6th grade

6:15pm-7:00 pm – Children's Discipleship: 

·         TeamKid (1st, 2nd and 3rd grade) 

·         SPARK (4th, 5th, and 6th grade)

School age kids can go to dinner after programs are over at 7pm.

Parents can get food for their families anytime from 6pm-7:15pm.

Preschool - (ages 3, 4, and 5 years old)

5:30-6:00pm - Preschool Choir 

6pm-6:30pm - Mission Friends

·  The preschool kids and their families can go to dinner with their families as soon as Mission Friends is over at 6:30pm. Parents can get food for their families anytime from 6pm-7:15pm.

·  There will be a nursery for kids Kindergarten and younger after 6:30. Nursery before 6:30pm is available by request. (contact Elaine Hawkins 613-1937.)

YOUTH -7th-12th GRADE
Shimmer 6:45pm-8pm



 Teller Help Needed

At this time, we just need a backup in case someone is sick, etc. Call Mary at the church office, 275-6111 to inquire or to volunteer. Thanks!


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