First Connections September 29, 2017

FIRST CONNECTIONS – September 29, 2017

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.


“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”   John 13:34-35


Sermon, Sunday, October 1, 2017: “God’s Plan for Anger Management”; Ephesians 4:26-27; Paul Stevens


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.



Effective October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018

All of the names on the ballot were passed in accordance with the church by-laws. The names below are the new roster, including the returning deacons and the ones just added by the vote last week.

Leesa Adams

Elaine Allison

Joel Deichman

Jim Farthing

Bill Ford

Sam Garlow

Jim Hansford

Charles Hawkins

Aaron Hembree

Mitch Hembree

Roger Henson

Terry Hopkins

Larry Inman

Cliff Lehmann

Sallie McLaughlin

Carl Moss

Charles Prescott

David Stevens

Bill Tiger

Shannon Tiger

Phil Todd

Rocky Wade

Mike Wester



Meetings on the Calendar:

Public Relations Committee             Sun, Oct 1, 9:00 am

Special Called Business Mtg.           Sun, Oct 1, 6:00 pm (at the very first of the evening worship)

Church Council Meeting                    Mon, Oct 2, 11:30 am

Properties Meeting                            Wed, Oct 4, 4:00 pm

Personnel Meeting                            Sun, Oct 8, 2:00 pm


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



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!


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.



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


October is Fire Prevention Month

If you have a closet/closets at the church which you regularly use, please make a plan to clean these out sometime during the month of October. Clean closets are safer closets. We don’t want to restrict you by dictating exactly when or how this will happen, but please send an email to the church and just let us know your plan. Thanks a bunch!


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