First Connections September 21, 2017

FIRST CONNECTIONS – September 21, 2017

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.


And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:10-13


Sermon, Sunday, September 24, 2017: “The Truth About Lying”; Ephesians 4:25; Paul Stevens



Church family,

Meredith and I wanted to express our deep gratitude for the beautiful baby shower. We greatly appreciate all the gifts and cards given to us. We and baby Vance are excited to put them to good use! More importantly, through your gifts and actions, we feel loved and supported by y’all. Thank you. You and your gifts are precious to us.

Joy and Peace,   Brandon, Meredith, and Vance McClure


Youth Choir!
Attention all 7-12 graders!  Youth choir is back!  Meeting at 5:00PM Sunday afternoons 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!  Also, if you play an instrument, be sure and let him know!


Women’s Fall Bible Study Has Begun!

Discerning the Voice of God” by Priscilla Shirer

This is a 7 week study that will help us learn how to recognize when God speaks. It invites you to explore a more intimate relationship with Him one that can make hearing Him, His will, His heart and His voice, your ongoing experience. There are two opportunities to get involved in this study. One group meets at 7:00 pm at Dee Ann Schroyer’s home on Tuesday nights, beginning Sep 12. The morning group meets at 9:00 am on Wednesdays, beginning Sep 13, in the Church Parlor. (PLEASE NOTE THE DAY CHANGE.) Hope you can join in one of these – books will be $13.00.


 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.


New Wednesday Night Fall Schedule

5:00                Children’s Handbells

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


Deacon Election

The election of deacons for this year will be held in Sunday morning worship (both services) this coming week, September 24.


Meetings on the Calendar:

Deacons’ Meeting                              Sun, Sep 24, 8:30 am

Public Relations Committee             Sun, Sep 24, 9:00 am

Business Meeting                              Sun, Sep 24, 6:00 pm

Church Business Meeting

Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm

  • Motion by Finance Committee for church to vote on acceptance of a gift of property at 318 N. Philadelphia and for demolition of house and other structures on the property.  Cost to be paid by donor. 

Special Called Business Meeting

The Personnel Committee recommends that First Baptist Church, Shawnee, Oklahoma, hire Dr. Chris Matthews, OBU Dean of the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, as Interim Music Minister. The vote on this recommendation will be taken in a special called business meeting during the Sunday evening worship service on October 1, 2017, in keeping with the church bylaws.



Fall Festival at the Ford Family Farm

October 8, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Congregation: last names beginning with A – L, please bring a side dish and names beginning with M – Z a dessert. Everyone bring your own chair.

There will be entertainment and a good time will be had by all!



First Baptist is on Facebook

FBC Shawnee, OK

Like the church Facebook page and share it with your friends. Sermon information, events, and other information can be found on the church’s page. WE NEED YOUR HELP! We want to showcase our members and the activities throughout our church. Please take pictures! Wednesday night events, Sunday school, ministry and outreach activities, fellowship times, and more.  Send pictures to Megan at


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