First Connections September 1, 2017

FIRST CONNECTIONS – September 1, 2017

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

“Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built this house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.”

(Jesus words in Matthew 6:24-27)

Pray for all those affected by the recent storms – many have tragically lost their homes/churches/work places and much more. We don’t know yet how many lives have been lost. Praise God for the lives that were spared and humbly pray that those struggling with the physical rebuilding may find a way to rebuild their spiritual “houses” on the Rock of Jesus Christ.   Mary



Sermon, Sunday, September 3, 2017: “Biblical Unity”; Ephesians 4:1-6; Paul Stevens




The Pastor Search Committee invites you to complete a survey regarding what characteristics you believe are most important in the next pastor of First Baptist Church.  The surveys will be available in the traditional service, the contemporary service and at the Welcome Center until September 10.  Please leave the completed surveys in the boxes located in the auditorium vestibule, at the Welcome Center or at the Fellowship Hall door.  You may also leave them in the offertory plate.  Please continue to pray with us that God will prepare our next pastor for us and that He will make us sensitive to His leading in finding that person.  

Thank you!

The Pastor Search Committee




Graeson Griffin has joined our church staff as part time Contemporary Worship Leader.  Graeson is a recent graduate of OBU where he completed two degrees, one in music and one in physics.  He brings a great love for ministry combined with a truly gifted musical knowledge to this worship service.  His picture will soon be added to our church webpage so you can recognize him and make him feel welcomed.



Youth Choir Begins!
Attention all 7-12 graders!  Starting September 10th youth choir will again be meeting at 5:00PM Sunday afternoon in the choir room.  Eric Yoder, an OBU Senior will be leading the choir.  He is very excited about meeting all of you and about the music you will be doing this year.  If you haven’t been in youth choir before, this is a great time to start!  Come this Sunday and meet Eric as he will be in the 7-12 Sunday School. Also, if you play an instrument, be sure and let him know!



Labor Day Holiday

There will be no evening activities or church this coming Sunday, Sep 3, due to the holiday. Also – the church office will be closed on Monday, Sep 4. Church Council will meet Sep 11.



 Wednesday Night Dinner

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

September 6 menu:

Chef Sampley’s Prize Winning Hot Biscuits, Oven Roasted Orange Chicken, Homemade Mashed Potatoes, White Gravy, Chef Prescott’s Deluxe Tossed Green Salad, Yellow Cake/Chocolate Icing.


New Wednesday Night Fall Schedule

5:30                Prayer Meeting

5:30                Children's Choirs (ages 3-6th grade)

6:00                Wednesday Night Dinner

6:00                Mission Friends (ages 3-5)

6:15                TeamKid (1st-3rd grade)

6:15                SPARK (4th-6th grade)

6:45                Youth Shimmer (7th-12th grade)

7:00                Sanctuary Choir rehearsal

Also starting this next week:

Children's Handbells

Wednesday Nights 5pm-5:30pm

starting September 6th


Meetings on the Calendar:

Properties Committee         Wednesday, Sep. 6 at 4:00 pm

Personnel Committee         Sunday, Sep. 10 at 4:00 pm

Youth Choir Meeting           Sunday, Sep. 10 at 5:00 pm in the Choir Room


For the past four years, First Baptist has supplied tutors to Horace Mann Elementary and Jefferson Elementary.  Tutoring will begin the week after Labor Day.  If you are a returning tutor, you just need to contact your teacher and work out your schedule.  If you have not participated in tutoring but would like to do so, please contact Pat Prescott.  This is a wonderful ministry that benefits children and teachers both!  Come join us!


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