First Connections May 4, 2018


First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.


On your feet now-applaud God!

Bring a gift of laughter,

Sing yourselves into his presence.

 Know this: God is God, and God, God.

He made us; we didn’t make him.

We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.

 Enter with the password: “Thank you!”

Make yourselves at home, talking praise.

Thank him. Worship him.

 For God is sheer beauty,

All-generous in love,

Loyal always and ever.

 (from The Message, Psalm 100)


Sermon, May 6, 2018:

Traditional Service in Sanctuary

“He Named It Ebenezer”

I Samuel 7:3-13

Jonathan Singleton


Contemporary Service in Fellowship Hall

“One Church – Four Generations”

Selected Scriptures

Dr. Charles Kimball



The Garden opens this Sunday, May 6, and we need your help!!  We have a mixture of neighborhood folk and church members claiming plots.  There's still room you!  Extra plots will be planted to share with the neighborhood.  Could you help plant this Sunday? (Beds are raised, so it is a sit-down job.)  This does not obligate you beyond this week. Remember to wear clothes for playing in the dirt.

Other opportunities to be involved include helping a family with their plot or supervising a watering time. We also still need used rakes and hoes, and watering hoses.

12:30 pm - Hotdogs, chips, cookies, and drinks provided. Then we plant!

Thank you for your involvement in this important outreach opportunity.   The Missions Committee


Service Opportunity

The Worship Committee needs volunteers willing to be trained on and to run the sound system on a rotating basis. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please contact Paul Hammond at 405.323.9254 or


Family Promise

First Baptist's participation in Family Promise starts May 13th.  We need cooks to supply food, and volunteers to chat with our guests at different times.  We also need someone to buy snacks (fruit, bread, peanut butter, etc.) for the families to eat while at the church in the evenings.  Questions?  Call Jan Tipton 613-9925 or talk to Mary.


Meal Train

Elaine Hawkins has invited you to join the Meal Train for Braden, Caitlyn, and Baby Ben Norwood.
On April 26th, 2018, the Norwoods welcomed their first baby, Benjamin Norwood, into the world! They had family with them the first week after his birth, but now our church has an opportunity to minister to them by offering meals every other day. So we've started this meal train for them :-) 
    Please sign up to take food or restaurant gift cards if you can, and pray for them as they begin this beautiful new life with Baby Benjamin!
    What is a meal train?
There are times in our lives when friends and family ask, "What can I do to help out?" The answer is usually to help them with a meal. When many friends give a meal, this is a Meal Train.
Please share this email with others. You can view the Meal Train by clicking the following button.       Open the Meal Train


Vacation Bible School is coming! June 4-7, (9:00 am-noon)

Sign up on the church website:

If you can help, please contact Elaine Hawkins as soon as possible.



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. We are in search of only 3 more pools! 

June 13 - Home of DeeAnn and Richard Schroyer

June 20 -OPEN

June 27 - OPEN

July 18 - Home of John and Becky Cragin

July 25th - Home of Jesse and Susan Field

August 1 - OPEN

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! Elaine Hawkins


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 &


Wednesday Night Dinner is Finished for the Spring Semester;

Look for information starting soon after school starts in August.


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