First Connections 2/15/19

FIRST CONNECTIONS – February 15, 2019

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Love God, Love People, Love Shawnee


Know that the Lord, is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Psalm 100:2


Sermon, February 17, 2019

Peace in God’s Presence

Psalm 23:2-3a

Dr. Charles Kimball


Meetings this week:


Sunday, February 17                         9:30 am                 Bible Study

                                                                 10:45 am               Morning Worship

                                                                 6:00 pm                 Evening Worship

                                                                 7:30 pm                 Concerto Aria Concert



Tuesday, February 19                       7:00 pm                 Women’s Ministry Spring Bible Study


Wednesday, February 20                 5:00 pm                 Young Ringers Handbells

                                                                 5:30 pm                 Prayer Meeting

                                                                                                Children’s Choir

                                                                                                Youth/Adult Handbells

                                                                 6:00 pm                 Wednesday Night Dinner

                                                                                                Youth Group

                                                                 6:15 pm                 Children’s Discipleship

                                                                                                Mission Friends

                                                                 7:00 pm                 Sanctuary Choir


Thursday, February 21                      10:30 pm               Women’s Ministry Spring Bible Study

                                                                 5:30 pm                 Celebrate Recovery Meal

                                                                 6:15 pm                 Celebrate Recovery Meeting


Sunday, February 24                         9:30 am                 Bible Study

                                                                 10:45 am               Morning Worship

                                                                 12:00 pm              Youth Chili Cook-off for Falls Creek

                                                                                                Business Meeting to follow Cook-off

                                                                                                No Evening Worship








Recommendations from the Personnel Committee


FBC Personnel Committee will be bringing the following recommendations to the membership of First Baptist Church. Discussion on both issues will be held at the February 24th business meeting. A vote on recommendation #1 will be held at the business meeting on Feb. 24A vote on recommendation #2 will be held as per church policy after the service on March 3rd.


FBC Personnel Committee Recommendation

In order to better ensure the long-term continuity of our church staff, the Personnel Committee of First Baptist Church believes the church would be well served in securing a permanent Minister of Music rather than the present interim situation.

Additionally, in response to the excellent work that Michael Ware has done as interim Minister of Music, and the request of the First Baptist Church choir members to make Michael full time and permanent in his position, the FBC Personnel Committee makes the following recommendations to the membership of First Baptist Church.

Recommendation One:

The FBC Personnel Committee recommends temporary suspension of Bylaw II “Church Officers”, Section 2 “Other Ministerial Staff”, requiring a Search Committee to be selected for the purpose of finding an appropriate candidate to present to the church for a vote. This vote shall be held at the February Business Meeting of First Baptist Church.


Recommendation Two:

The FBC Personnel Committee recommends the nomination of Michael Ware as permanent, full time Minister of Music. Open discussion of the motion will be held at the February Business Meeting. Final vote will be conducted via secret ballot by the church body at the end of the Sunday morning church service on March 3rd.


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Finance Committee Recommendations/Budget

The Finance Committee will have policy recommendations to be voted on at the February 24th Business Meeting. Copies of the recommendations will be available Sunday, February 17th, in the foyer or in the church office during the week (one per family, please).


2019-20 Church Budget has been mailed/e-mailed to your home.  We will discuss the new budget at the February 24th Business Meeting and the vote will be taken on March 10th.


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Freezer Meal Baby Shower

Please join us for a freezer meal baby shower honoring Megan and Sam Abrams tomorrow, February 16, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall (enter on the Philadelphia side).  Please bring a freezer-friendly meal in a disposable pan.  Megan and Sam are registered through Amazon.  RSVP to Julie Purin at 405-432-9093 or


We Want You!

We would like to help you find the place you would most like to serve! Please look over the attached list and let us know where you would like to be a part by filling out the volunteer slip and dropping it in the offering plate, leaving it at the church office or talking to any Nominating Committee member. The volunteer slips will be in the back of each pew.


Concerto Aria Concert

The 45th annual Concerto Aria concert will be held in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium Sunday evening, February 17th, at 7:30pm and will feature 10 students. The performance is free and open to the public. Congratulations to Jonathan Deichman for being one of the students selected!


Device Donation Drive

First Baptist Church will be collecting recently retired personal electronic devices such as tablets, laptops, gaming systems and cellphones. Funds raised from this event will also go towards updating the equipment used here at First Baptist Church.



Conquering Gargantor!

Superstart is a high-energy weekend event in which preteens can learn and grow in their relationships with friends, leaders and most importantly God. This event is scheduled for Friday, February 22nd at 4:00pm through Saturday, February 23rd at 5:00pm and is a preteen discipleship event in Tulsa, OK. For more information or to RSVP please contact Elaine Hawkins at (405)613-1937 by February 7th, 2019.


Youth Chili Cook Off!

On February 24th the Youth will be hosting the Chili Cook Off! Proceeds will go towards this year’s Falls Creek youth camp. For more information or to sign up your chili please contact Andrew Worley, Youth Minister.


Mission Ignition!

Mission Ignition is a hands-on Missions experience that kids will come away with a deeper passion to do missions. It will be Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 at Southern Hills Baptist Church in OKC. Tickets are $10/each before February 22nd or $15 if received after February 22nd. Those attending will be leaving from FBC at 8:00am and will return by 5:00pm. Lunch will be served there! For more information or to RSVP please contact Elaine Hawkins at (405)613-1937 by Friday evening on February 22nd, 2019.


FBC Position Opportunity

First Baptist Church of Shawnee seeks a handyman/maintenance man to maintain our church facilities. Ability to do a wide range of repairs and maintenance work, both interior and exterior. Trade skills, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting. Ability to work as part of a team under supervision. People skills are essential. Must be a self-starter with high work ethic. 24 hours a week. Please send resume in Word or PDF format to or




Baptist Messenger

The Baptist Messenger has announced that members can now sign up to receive the Baptist Messenger by mail or have a digital copy sent to their home free of cost. If you would like to sign up or would like more information, please visit or call (405)942-3800.



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!