FIRST CONNECTIONS – September 28, 2018

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12 (NIV)

Sermon, September 30, 2018:

Releasing the Grip of Greed

Luke 12:15-21 & Selected Scriptures

Dr. Charles Kimball


Meetings this week:                                 

Properties Committee Meeting      4:00 pm Wednesday, October 3

Prayer Meeting                                 5:30 pm Wednesday, October 3

Called Business Meeting                12:00 pm Sunday, October 7


Church Revitalization Discussion:

9/30 - 12pm  Church-Wide Luncheon & Called Business Meeting - A luncheon and town hall style meeting to discuss the revitalization roadmap and answer your questions with Pastor Charles and the Revitalization Team.  We will vote the following Sunday after morning worship.  

10/7 - 12pm  Called Business Meeting to Vote on "A Roadmap to Revitalization for FBC: 12 Strategies" without discussion immediately after morning worship.  

Church-Wide Luncheon - Town Hall-Style Discussion - Sunday 9/30

We will meet immediately after morning worship.  FBC will provide pulled pork sandwiches and drinks.  Please bring sides and desserts to share with others.    Pastor Charles and the Revitalization Team will answer your questions as we discuss "A Roadmap to Revitalization for FBC: 12 Strategies." The revitalization document is attached to this email.


Missing Women’s Bible Study kit “Esther”

The Women’s Ministry is missing one of their past Bible Study kits: a Beth Moore study called “Esther”. If you know where this might be please call the office. Kit can be returned to the church office.


Church Clerk and Children’s Committee Member Needed

After 20 years, Carol Humphrey has requested to have a break from serving as Church Clerk.  With much appreciation for her service, the Nominating Committee is seeking a person who would like to fill this role.  We are also still looking for a member for the Children's Committee.  If you have an interest in either of these positions, please tell one of the Nominating Committee members--Charles Hawkins, Katie Ford, Eddie Hurt, Gordon Richards or Robbie Henson.

Welcome to New Members: Zeb & Lesley Birdwell

FBC would like to welcome our newest members Zeb and Lesley Birdwell, and their children Hope and Shawn. We are so excited you have joined our family, and we look forward to growing with you.

Wednesday Night Dinners

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.


October 3rd Menu – Mexican Fiesta

Chef Sampley’s Delicious Hot Tortillas

Enchilada Casserole Two Ways

Fresh Pico de Gallo

Fresh Guacamole

Chef Prescott’s Hand Crafted Tossed Green Salad w/ Choice of 6 Dressings

Mexican Corn

Torte Tres Leche

Coffee, Iced Tea, and Horchata

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.

Benefits of Religious Observation

“Popular culture often bashes religious faith, but the benefits of religious belief continue to far exceed anything the entertainment industry offers as an alternative. A study from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health reviewed data from 5000 people to determine whether the frequency with which a child/teen attends religious services with parents or prays/meditated correlated with their health and mental health in their 20s. Study subjects were followed for 8 to 14 years. Researchers found those who attended religious services at least once a week as children or teens were about 18% more like to report being happier in their 20s than those who never attended services. They were also almost 30% more likely to do volunteer work and 33% less likely to use drugs. When it comes to religious belief, there’s a yawning gulf between the Hollywood version and reality.”

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!