FIRST CONNECTIONS – August 24, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.


“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)


Sermon, August 26, 2018:

Even Spiritual Giants Get Depressed

  (1 Kings 19:1-18, 21)

Dr. Charles Kimball


Meetings this week:                                 

Deacons’ Revitalization Meeting    2:00 pm Sunday, August 26 

Missions Committee Meeting        4:30 pm Sunday, August 26   

Prayer Meeting                               6:00 pm Wednesday, August 29




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

Mike Wiens                 Steve Hicks

Eric Hopkins               Paul Jennings

Michael Presley          Jim Stuart                   

Kathy Stuart               

Wednesday Night Dinners

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

August 29th Menu: Italian Night

Chef Sampley’s Hot Garlic Bread

Homemade Lasagna de Napoli

Oven Roasted Sicilian Vegetables

Fresh Green Salad by Chef Chas Prescott

Lisa and Randy Bowen’s Fresh Apple Cake and Chocolate Mocha Cake

Coffee, Iced tea, Lemonade


Family Promise Training Event

There will be a volunteer training event next Monday, August 27, 6pm at First Baptist Church. This event is a great opportunity to get up-to-date on the role and responsibilities of volunteering with Family Promise. It will also be a time to gain new insights as you connect with volunteers from other congregations. Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more about Family Promise can attend. Please RSVP to Jan Tipton (405.613.9925) so we know you’ll be attending.


Family Dental of Shawnee is having a free day this Saturday August 25.  They will do free exams and free extractions.


FBC Supper Club 

Want to get to know your fellow church members better?  Looking for a great evening of food and conversation?  Here is your opportunity.  Supper Club is a time of fun, food and fellowship for groups of 3 — including singles, couples and families — to get to know each other better.  For instance, a Supper Club group of 3 could be 2 families and a single person, 2 singles and a family, 3 couples, etc. 

Groups meet once a month for 3 months—September, October, and November.  Then we form different groups for the next quarter. Typically groups alternate homes so that everyone hosts once a quarter or you choose a restaurant if you are too busy to host.  The host can provide the meal or it can be pot luck. How do you get involved?  Sign up in your Sunday School class or email Audrey Rose at or text to 918-557-7862.  We will contact you with your assigned group members and their contact information. 


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.


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.


Baptist Messenger

For those interested in keeping up with Baptist news, we will now have copies of the Baptist Messenger available at the Welcome Center.


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!


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
  • Card stock
  • 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)


  • Cleaning/Hygiene

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

 Desk supplies

  • Pocket folders with brads       
  • Glue sticks 
  • 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)
  • Amazon Gift cards

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