FIRST CONNECTIONS – August 10, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)


Sermon, August 12, 2018:

Steps to Revitalization

Matthew 16,18, & Selective Scriptures

Dr. Charles Kimball


Meetings this week:                                 

Finance Committee Meeting          4:00 pm Sunday, August 12

Personnel Committee Meeting      3:00 pm Tuesday, August 14

Prayer Meeting                                 6:00 pm Wednesday, August 15


Family Promise

Family Promise guests will not be staying at the church this week. There are too many guests in the program to be accommodated at the church.  We only have 14 beds and there are 17 guests!  We do have a need for people to help with preparing and delivering food around 6PM every evening to the Day Center where our guests will be staying.  If you signed up to spend the evening or to overnight, you might consider talking to the person bringing food to see if you can team up with them to help Thursday and Friday's food is covered by our helper church, but First Baptist will cover the other nights including Saturday.  We have 5 adults, 10 elementary-aged kids and 1 toddler in this group (and a 4-month old baby who will be fed by mom).


Youth/Parent Luncheon

Sunday (8/12), immediately following the morning service, come & meet our new Student Minister Andrew and his wife Payton at our Youth/Parent Luncheon!


Counters Needed

The counting committee is looking for new members to help count Sunday’s offerings. If interested, please contact the church office


Welcome Center Volunteers Needed

The Welcome Center Team is looking for more smiling faces to provide an inviting space for members and visitors on Sunday morning.  We also assist visitors to find a class or the service of their choice. Come be a part of our Team!  Contact Shelby Jones in the church office or Robbie Henson at (405) 620-2790.


Teacher School Supply Drive

August 5-September 2

We all know that teachers spend a lot of their own money to get extra supplies for their classrooms. We feel our church members would like to give back to teachers by helping with some of the supplies teachers find themselves running out of.

There are bins to put your donations in at the Welcome Center. Thank you for helping support our teachers.

Paper Products

  • White Copy paper - lots
  • Colored copy paper
  • Light Green Copy paper
  • Bright Pink Copy paper
  • Blue Copy paper
  • cardstock
  • Construction paper
  • Any Black paper
  • Composition Journals
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Post-it notes

Writing Supplies

  • Erasers    
  • Large Pink erasers
  • Dry erase markers – lots
  • Neon Dry Erase markers
  • #2 pencils – any brand
  • Ticonderoga #2 pencils
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Colored pen sets with green and purple
  • Black pens
  • Colored pens (Red and Blue)


  • Hand Sanitizer-lots
  • Kleenex-lots
  • Clorox wipes - lots
  • Wet wipes- lots

 Desk supplies

  • Pocket folders with brads       
  • Gluesticks
  • Clipboards
  • 3”--3-ring binders
  • 3-ring binders (any size)
  • Scotch Tape


  • Snack-size  Ziplock Baggies
  • Sandwich  Ziplock Baggies
  • Quart Ziplock Baggies
  • Gal. size Ziploc Baggies
  • Itunes cards
  • Yellow Magazine File Holders Storage
  • Boxes
  • Blue Magazine File Holders Storage
  • iTunes gift cards (in purchasing musical instrument apps for special needs students)

Art Supplies

  • Colored markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Playdough
  • Pack of 200 cotton balls
  • Crayons in 8-16 count packages
  • magnetic tape
  • Tempera paint (all colors)
  • Bubbles
  • Paper plates
  • Shaving cream
  • Children’s books about art
  • Food color
  • White school glue 
  • small chalk
  • washable tempera paint
  • Bubble wrap
  • Liquid watercolor
  • Yarn
  • Painters Tape
  • chalk pens
  • eye droppers 


Wednesday Night Dinners

Wednesday night dinners will be resuming starting on August 29th. Please RSVP if you plan on attending any diners, so we can get an accurate idea of how much food we will need to prepare.


Celebrate Recovery

Our step-study groups have now closed to work on 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!  For more information, contact Ray/Audrey Rose or Mark/Mary Lively; we are committed to confidentiality in this program.




A deacon is one whose commitment, demeanor, and spirit qualify the individual to function as a servant of the entire church.  His or her purpose is to promote spiritual welfare, scriptural obedience, and perseverance in the Christian life of the members.  A deacon must be willing to serve in the ministry functions of the deacon body in true commitment to the ideals of Christian servanthood.  Deacons have several roles during the worship service as well as ministry needs requested by the Pastor and the Church.



Man or woman 18 years old or older

A Christian for at least 3 years

A member of First Baptist Church for at least one year

Active in Sunday school and worship attendance

A person worthy of respect

A financial supporter of the church and its ministries

One who sets a personal example of Christian living



Sundays August 12, 19, & 26 - Duties, criteria of a deacon published in the worship bulletin and First Connections, along with a list of eligible deacons and deacons up for reelection, Nomination forms and the nomination schedule.

Sundays August 19 & 26 – accepting nominations for deacons.

August 26 – September 9 – Deacon Nomination Screening process.

Sunday September 16 – Bios of final candidates published.

Sunday September 23 - VOTE on deacon candidates in AM service, (absentee ballots available wk prior in church office.)

Sunday September 30 – Publish names of elected deacons.


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2018 - 2019

Deacons at First Baptist are elected to serve for a three year term.  They may serve for two consecutive terms but then must rotate off to reserve status.  They become eligible to serve again after a 1 year hiatus.


Current deacons who are rotating off and are ineligible for reelection at this time are:

Bill Ford                     Charles Prescott

Cliff Lehman               Phil Todd


Active deacons who have one or more years left to serve:

Joel Deichman            Sam Garlow                Larry Inman

Jim Hansford              Mitch Hembree           Elaine Allison

Roger Henson             Terry Hopkins             Charles Hawkins

Rocky Wade               Leesa Adams              Carl Moss

Mike Wester               Jim Farthing


Current deacons who are eligible to be elected to a second term:

David Stevens


Reserve ordained deacons who are eligible to be nominated again:          

John Cragin                 John Stobbe

Jon Greenwood           Paul Hammond

Steve Hicks                 Mike Wiens     

Eric Hopkins               Paul Jennings

Michael Presley          Nicki Sherman                       

Jim Stuart                    Kathy Stuart               



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!