First Connections March 29, 2018

FIRST CONNECTIONS – March 29, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.


After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God’s angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn’t move. The angel spoke to the women: “There is nothing to fear here. I know you’re looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said. Come and look at the place where he was placed. “Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.’ That’s the message.”                  (from The Message, Matthew 28)



Maundy Thursday, March 29

Tonight there will be a Tenebrae Service in the Sanctuary at 7:30 pm.


Good Friday, March 30

The church office will be closed for the holiday.


Sermon, Easter Sunday April 1, 2018:

Three Faces of Easter - John 20:1-18

Dr. Charles Kimball

Combined Morning Worship in the Sanctuary


Volunteer Opportunity

"Possible School Closure volunteer opportunity The Shawnee Family YMCA is recruiting volunteers to assist the YMCA in operating a FREE program for students M-F (starting April 3rd) 7am-4pm. The number of students the YMCA will accept will depend on the number of volunteers. We are asking that volunteers consider volunteering weekly M-F 7am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, or 7am-4pm. All volunteers will be asked to fill out a background check form and attend a two-hour training on April 2nd 11am-1pm. Please contact the YMCA at 405-273-4386 or in person to be placed on our volunteer list by Friday March 30th at 11am."



Easter Egg Hunt Attendance

We had approximately 110 people, including 30 to 35 children in attendance at the Egg Hunt this past Sunday. A good time was had by all. Thank you to all who helped make this happen!



Wednesday Night Dinner

Menu – April 4

Chef Jim Sampley’s Delicious Southern Style Hot Yeast Rolls, Oven Roasted Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Southern Style Green Beans, Chef Charles Prescott’s Tossed Green Salad, Yellow Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream




From Julie Purin: We have a few extra tickets to the Christian comedian John Crist.  His show is in Bethany, OK on Thursday, April 5 at 7:00pm.  We were able to purchase them at the group rate so the cost is only $17/ ticket instead of $27.  Tickets are general admission.  If you are interested please contact Julie Purin at or 432-9093. John Crist most recently performed at Winter Jam in OKC.  You can find him on Facebook or on his YouTube channel at



For business meeting April 15

From the Finance Committee:

1)     The line item for Minister of Music in the original proposed budget included compensation for 2 part-time music assistants.  When the church voted to reduce this line item to $18,200, that compensation was eliminated.  The Finance Committee recommends the budget be amended and a line item added for “Part-time music assistants” $5,000. 

2)     Notice of Proposed Purchase of Property

            The owner of the boarding house at 322 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee, Oklahoma, has made an offer to sell the boarding house for $65,500.00.  An individual is willing to sign the contract to purchase the boarding house, and contribute $65,500.00 to First Baptist Church, provided that:

            1.         First Baptist Church agrees to accept an assignment of the contract, and;

            2.         First Baptist Church executes an Assignment of the Contract to Purchase and complete the sale.

            We are again in the situation of acquiring land and demolishing the structures on the land all at no cost to the church.

            The proposed Resolution is subject to the Finance Committee formally recommending the adoption of the following resolution at its April 11, 2018 meeting.


            WHEREAS, the Owner of the boarding house at 322 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee, Oklahoma, has offered to sell the boarding house and land for the sum of $65,500.00; and,

            WHEREAS an individual is willing to enter into a Contract to Purchase the real property and assign the contract to First Baptist Church provided that First Baptist Church agrees to accept an assignment of the contract and sign an Assignment of the Contract to Purchase, and complete the purchase; and,

            WHEREAS, an individual is willing to contribute to First Baptist Church of Shawnee $65,5000.00 cash which includes all fees, expenses and closing cost and related expenses, conditioned on First Baptist Church agreeing to accept the assignment and sign an Assignment of the Contract to Purchase, and complete the purchase; and,

            WHEREAS this same individual will, upon completion of the purchase, pay all demolition and dirt work cost related to the purchase for the benefit of First Baptist Church; and,

            WHEREAS the individual has represented to the Finance Committee of the First Baptist Church that the acquisition of the real property and the demolition of the improvements and related dirt work will not cost First Baptist Church any money.

            BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that First Baptist Church of Shawnee agrees to the assignment of the contract and authorizes its Trustees to sign an Assignment of the Contract to Purchase the real property which has the street address of 322 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee, Oklahoma, provided that it will be receiving marketable title, free and clear of any encumbrances, except for recorded easements, and provided further that the assignor of the real property makes a contribution to First Baptist Church of Shawnee in the amount of $65,500.00; and further providing that the assignor will, upon completion of the purchase, pay all demolition and dirt work cost related to the purchase all for the benefit of First Baptist Church.



I am looking forward to our Pool Parties with a Purpose for the kids through 6th grade on Wednesday nights again 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 6pm-7:30pm each night: June 13, June 20, June 27, July 18, July 25, and August 1. The church will provide all food and drinks and also a lifeguard for the event. Please let me know if you are interested in hosting our kids!


Food Containers

If you helped the McClures with food after Vance was born, please check out the box of food containers in the workroom and see if any belong to you. Thanks!


Do You Love Babies? We Have a Place for You!

We need people to be substitute teachers in the Baby Room during the Sunday School hour (9:15-10:35). When our regular teachers are out, could you help rock babies? Please contact Elaine Hawkins by phone, text, email or in person: 613-1937 &


Celebrate Recovery    

Our step-study groups have now closed to begin the inventory process.  Please keep watching for more information in the future months about CR here at FBC – it is looking promising!  We appreciate everyone’s prayers!  Mary



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 website 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