FIRST CONNECTIONS – August 3, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

“But he said to me, my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 

II Corinthians 12:9-11 (NIV)


Sermon, August 5, 2018:

Life After Death

John 11:1-44

Dr. Charles Kimball


Meetings this week:                 

Leadership Team Meeting           4:00 pm Sunday, August 5

Church Council Meeting             11:30 am Monday, August 6

Prayer Meeting                          6:00 pm Wednesday, August 8


Family Promise

Family Promise will be here Aug 12 - 16. There will be a sign-up sheet on the church office window. This is a great opportunity for everyone in our church to spend a few hours with some nice people going through a rough time.  Come spend the night (we have great beds, and kids often find it fun to “sleep at church.”)  Cook/ provide a meal for 2-14 people.  Spend the evening visiting, playing games, or just being available for these great families.  This is ministry to do together as a family.


Program of Organ Favorites

Ron Lewis will be having a organ recital Saturday, August 4th at noon in the Sanctuary.



Please join us during this Sunday’s morning service to celebrate the baptism of three sisters, Arielle, Raychel, and Lillian Lackey.


Counters Needed

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


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       
  • 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)
  • 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 

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.

Youth Activities

Mark your calendars! Youth activities will be starting back up on August 8th.

Wednesday Night Dinners

Wednesday night dinners will be resuming starting on August 29th. Please RSVP if you plan on attending any diners, so that we may be able to 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.


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Meet Andrew and Payton Worley

Student Ministry


I am from Blackwell, OK, and I was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church there. God used many people at Immanuel to teach and mold me into who I am today. From all those who have discipled me, I have learned what it truly means to follow Christ, and I have gained a passion to share that with others. I am not sure what all God has planned for my life, but I am open to His call and desire to serve Him and His church with my life.

I was raised in a God fearing family, and I came to know Christ early in my life. However, I failed to understand what a life surrendered to Christ looked like, and I found myself living as the world did. It was not until high school that God revealed this to me, and He started to change my life to look more like Christ’s. Through friends and mentors at Immanuel, God brought me into a place that allowed me to truly surrender and follow Christ.

Immanuel has played an essential part in discovering my called to ministry and preparing me for that. I first felt called to ministry my sophomore year of high school, and during that time my youth pastor, Sam Simmons, encouraged me to explore and pursue this call. I was already a leader in the youth group, and Sam was willing to help me continue to lead by giving me opportunities to teach the rest of the youth group. He also encouraged me to start up a high school Bible study, which I led my junior and senior year, and I have continued pursing that call on my life ever since.

After graduating from Blackwell High School, I went to Oklahoma Baptist University, where I am majoring in Biblical Studies with a minor in Student Ministry. So far, I have been challenged to grow by my friends and professors in the three years that I have been here. I plan to continue my studies so that I can best equip myself to serve in any capacity that the Lord calls me. I will graduate from there May 2019, alongside my wife, Payton.

I want to invest in people’s lives, specifically students’ lives, just as others have invested in mine. God completely changed my life when I was a teenager, and I want others to experience that same transformation. I desire that all to come to know Christ and for them to be discipled into true followers of Christ, and I believe this is what I am called to do.

In Christ,

Andrew Worley

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Meet Michael Ware

Music Ministry

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Michael Ware and I am so excited to be coming to First Baptist Shawnee to serve in worship and music ministry. I grew up with faithful Christian parents who understood the importance of church to the family. We attended Quail Springs Baptist, a church that played a significant role in my spiritual formation. In my younger years, Quail had an active Royal Ambassador program for boys. It was at an RA Lad and Dad camp that I accepted Christ at the age of nine.

I was exposed to music in church from a very early age and enjoyed singing in the children’s choirs. As I grew, God used a person and an event to show me what ministry could be, and particularly what music ministry was all about. My minister of music, Jerry Brown was a mentor and major influence on my life. He poured his life into mine through voice lessons and the opportunity to be the music ministry intern at Quail. I not only saw musicianship, but also what it meant to be a minister in how he cared for people. God also used the 2000 Baptist All-State Youth Choir mission trip to Canada to show me how music could be used to influence those around us for Christ. I knew that was something He was calling me to do.

I attended OBU as a music theory and composition student and enjoyed singing in University Chorale as well as playing clarinet in Symphonic Band and Shawnee Community Orchestra. After graduation in 2006, I went on the pursue a master of church music at Southwestern Seminary. There I was blessed to have some incredible experiences on choir tours to South Korea and New York City. Two years in Texas were enough! After graduation in 2008, I came back to Oklahoma City and served as minister of music in a local church for nearly ten years. I very much enjoy working with people of all ages, helping them use their abilities to serve the Lord and His church.

I spend much of my free time composing and arranging for choir, piano, and other instruments and ensembles. I have several choral pieces in print and also publish at my own site, One of my other interests is photography which I enjoy when time allows. My favorite passage of scripture is Psalm 95. It encourages us to come and sing to the Lord in worship, but also reminds us that our hearts must be right before God as well.



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