FIRST CONNECTIONS – August 31, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)


Sermon, September 2, 2018:

What does Jesus say about Greatness?

John 13:1-17

Dr. Charles Kimball


Meetings this week:                                 

Properties Meeting                          4:00 pm Wednesday, September 5

Prayer Meeting                                 5:30 pm Wednesday, September 5


Rick and Kris Kunz IMB Missionaries will speak Sunday Sept 9, 6pm

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Rick and Kris Kunz are IMB representatives who have been serving among the Jewish community in Argentina for the last 21 years.  Buenos Aires, Argentina is home to the 7th largest concentration of Jewish people in the world and is by far the largest Jewish community in Latin America.  Rick and Kris are church planters and started a messianic congregation that is now led by a Messianic Rabbi (A Jewish follower of Jesus).  The congregation is the only one of its kind in Buenos Aires and faithfully preaches Jesus as the Son of God and the promised Messiah to Jews and Gentiles alike.  The Kunzes have six adult children who were all raised in Argentina.   They are currently serving as Global Consultants at OBU and will be starting a new assignment in Israel beginning in November. 


Blake Martin will speak Sunday Sept 16, 6pm

Blake Martin, pastor of Wallace Avenue Baptist Church, has led his church in a remarkable turnaround over the past 2 years.  The church has moved from the threshold of death to tripling their attendance, budget and staff in 2 years.  Come hear his inspiring story.  We will have time for Q&A after he speaks.


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Women’s bible study for the fall, Gideon by Priscilla Shirer.

“From a state of fear, weakness, and insecurity, Gideon emerged as Israel's hero, filled with God's presence and His passion for deliverance. This Bible study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life.”

This study is a seven-week study to help recognize how weaknesses help you to experience God's strength in your life.

The evening group will start on Tuesday, September 11th at 7:00 at the home of Dee Ann Schroyer, 1509 Hunters Ridge Drive, and the morning group will start Thursday, September 13th at 10:00. 

All women are invited. If you have any questions call Dee Ann at 831-7004.


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


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.




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.


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.

September 5th Menu: Breakfast for Dinner

Chef Sampley’s Blue Ribbon Biscuits

Fresh Sauce Gravy

Breakfast Scramble Deluxe

Grilled Sausage Patties

Pancakes to Order by Chef Charles Prescott

Mixed Fruit

Coffee, Iced tea, Lemonade


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.


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!


Salvation Army Disaster Relief Training

“Our Corps will be hosting two weekends of training for those interested in assisting during disasters. We must have a minimum of 10 for the training to happen. Spouses, children, neighbors, church members, anyone who is able-bodied and interested is welcome!  The training is to benefit the community, not just those affiliated with The Salvation Army. We need more first responders in the community. The September 15 training is a prerequisite to the September 22 training.

Shawnee, OK – In The Salvation Army, preparation for disaster response is an important part of their ability to respond when disaster strikes. When disasters occur, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services rely on trained volunteers to help serve and respond in times of need. Shawnee’s Salvation Army has two training courses available to the public on September 15, 2018. We encourage you to join us at our next Emergency Disaster Services training to gain an overview of The Salvation Army’s mission and its role within disaster work. Participants will learn how to prepare and equip themselves to help us serve your local community in times of crisis.

Class: Introduction to The Salvation Army; Emergency Disaster Services

Date: Saturday, September 15

Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Noon)

Where: Shawnee, OK (RSVP for address)

Class: ServSafe® Food Handler (6 th Edition)

Date: Saturday, September 15

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Shawnee, OK (RSVP for address)

For more information or to register for this training, please contact Captain Russell Clay at 405-275-2243 or email him at or visit

Shawnee, OK – During a disaster, the first gesture of comfort The Salvation Army offers is often a cold drink and a hot meal from one of its mobile feeding units (canteen). We encourage you to join us at our next Emergency Disaster Services Training to learn how the canteens operate during times of disaster. Participants who complete the course will learn about the different types of Salvation Army food service equipment, the essentials of building a food service team, canteen operations and maintenance, and the basics of menu planning. Anyone interested in food service delivery or serving on a Salvation Army canteen should take this course.

Class: Disaster Food Service and Canteen Operations

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Shawnee, Oklahoma (RSVP for address)

For more information or to register for this training, please contact Captain Russell Clay at 405-275-

2243 or email him at or visit”