First Connections - March 1, 2019

FIRST CONNECTIONS – March 1, 2019

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Love God, Love People, Love Shawnee 

37 Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” 

Matthew 9:37-38

 Sermon, March 3, 2019

God’s Blessings in Life’s Difficulties

Psalm 23:5-6

Dr. Charles Kimball

 

Meetings this week:

 

Saturday, March 2                              8:00 am                 Mission Ignition!

 

Sunday, March 3                                 9:30 am                 Bible Study

                                                                 10:45 am               Morning Worship

                                                                 6:00 pm                 Evening Worship

 

Tuesday, March 5                               7:00 pm                 Women’s Ministry Spring Bible Study

 

Wednesday, March 6                        5:00 pm                 Young Ringers Handbells

                                                                 5:30 pm                 Prayer Meeting

                                                                                                 Children’s Choir

                                                                  6:00 pm                 Wednesday Night Dinner

                                                                                                 Youth Group

                                                                  6:15 pm                 Children’s Discipleship

                                                                                                 Mission Friends

                                                                  6:30 pm                 Ash Wednesday Service

                                                                  7:00 pm                 Sanctuary Choir

 

Thursday, March 7                             10:30 pm               Women’s Ministry Spring Bible Study

                                                                 5:30 pm                 Celebrate Recovery Meal

                                                                  6:15 pm                 Celebrate Recovery Meeting

                                                                

 

Saturday, March 9                              9:00 am                 Community Garden Clean Up

 

Sunday, March 10                              9:30 am                 Bible Study

                                                                 10:45 am               Morning Worship/Lord’s Supper

                                                                6:00 pm                 Evening Worship 

 

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. Those attending will be leaving from FBC at 8:00am and will return by 5:00pm. Lunch will be served there! For more information please contact Elaine Hawkins at (405)613-1937.

 Ash Wednesday Service

Join us for our 30-minute liturgical Ash Wednesday Service this Wednesday.  Ash Wednesday signifies the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter.  The season of Lent is intended to be our time of preparation for Easter.  Come worship with us on Wednesday March 6th at 6:30 pm as we begin our Lenten journey together and learn to use the season of Lent to prepare our lives for the celebration of Easter. You won’t want to miss this special time of worship.  Supper will start at 5:30 due to this service.  Because of the Ash Wednesday service, there will be no prayer meeting on March 6.

 Community Garden Cleanup

The Mission’s Committee is hosting a cleanup day for the First Baptist Church’s Community Garden! It will be on March 9th, 2019 at 9:00am. For more information please contact Elaine Allison.

Calling Michael Ware as Music Minister – Sunday March 3rd

Immediately after morning worship service there will be a secret ballet vote to extend a call to Michael Ware as our Music Minister.

Prayer Calendar

In your private, individual prayer time, in your small Bible Study groups, in worship -- please pray intentionally that we will find God’s will in the collective life of First Baptist Church. For your personal daily prayer time, the weekly emphasis has been broken down to concentrate on the specific elements in the weekly emphasis. For your small groups and in worship, you may want to use the weekly emphasis or have individuals pray specifically for each element in your weekly gathering.

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 fbcshawnee.charles@gmail.com or firstshawnee@gmail.com.

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 www.baptistmessenger.com or call (405)942-3800.

 CHANGES?

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 firstshawnee@gmail.com). Thank you!

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 julie.purin@gmail.com.

 

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 fbcshawnee.charles@gmail.com or firstshawnee@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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 www.baptistmessenger.com or call (405)942-3800.

 

CHANGES?

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 firstshawnee@gmail.com). Thank you!

First Connections 01/27/2019

FIRST CONNECTIONS – January 25, 2019

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Love God, Love People, Love Shawnee 

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him— my father’s God, and I will exalt him!

Exodus 15:2 

Sermon, January 27, 2019

Love God. Love People. Love Shawnee.

Acts 2:42-47

Dr. Charles Kimball

 

Meetings this week:

 

Sunday, January 27                          9:30 am         Bible Study

                                                            10:45 am       Morning Worship

                                                             6:00 pm        Business Meeting

 

Tuesday, January 29                        7:00 pm         Women’s Ministry Spring Bible Study

 

Wednesday, January 30                  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, January 31                         10:30 pm       Women’s Ministry Spring Bible Study

                                                              5:30 pm        Celebrate Recovery

 

Saturday, February 2                        10:30 am         Memorial Service for Kathryne Timberlake

 

Sunday, February 3                            9:30 am          Bible Study

                                                             10:45 am        Morning Worship

                                                              6:00 pm         Evening Worship

 

Business Meeting

The monthly business meeting is scheduled for January 27th at 6:00pm. Topics of discussion include:

- Budget Discussion

- Frequency of Church Council/Business meetings

- Committee/Team staffing for 2019-2020

  Ordinance Ministry Team

The Ordinance Ministry Team is looking for volunteers to assist with taking care of the Lord’s Supper throughout the year. Please contact the office for more information.

Superbowl Party – Sunday School Classes

We would like to encourage every Sunday School Class to have a Superbowl watching Fellowship in a member’s home. The Superbowl is Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 at 5:30pm.

 

2019 Volunteer T-Shirt Design

The voting will be done on Sunday, January 27th, 2019. To cast your vote just initial under your favorite design. The winning design will be announced on Sunday, February 3rd, 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 fbcshawnee.charles@gmail.com or firstshawnee@gmail.com.

Celebrate Recovery

Thursdays – meal at 5:30pm and meeting at 6:15pm in Fellowship Hall; enter through

southeast door (Philadelphia Avenue.) Everyone 18 years and older is invited. We are so

grateful for all the prayers and support of the staff and membership of First Baptist Church.

COME join us! COME learn and grow with us! COME and bring a friend!

 

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.

 

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.

 

CHANGES?

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 firstshawnee@gmail.com). Thank you!

First Connections 01/18/2019

FIRST CONNECTIONS – January 18, 2019

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Love God, Love People, Love Shawnee

 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:8 

Sermon, January 20, 2019

Less is More – with God

Judges 6:12-16; 7:1-7, 22-24

Dr. Charles Kimball

 Meetings this week:

 

Sunday, January 20                                  8:30 am          Deacon’s Meeting

                                                                        9:30 am          Bible Study

                                                                        10:45 am       Morning Worship

                                                                        4:00 pm          Amy Shreve – Live Performance

                                                                                       No Evening Worship

 

Tuesday, January 22                                 7:00 pm          Women’s Ministry Spring Bible Study

 

Wednesday, January 23                           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, January 24                               5:30 pm          Celebrate Recovery

 

Sunday, January 27                                  9:30 am          Bible Study

                                                                        10:45 am       Morning Worship

                                                                        6:00 pm          Business Meeting

 Amy Shreve – Live Performance

Amy Shreve is an American singer, song writer and harpist who will be performing January 20th at 4:00pm with her family. For more information about Amy please visit her website at amyshreve.com. A love offering will be taken.

 Business Meeting

The monthly business meeting is scheduled for January 27th at 6:00pm. Topics of discussion include:

- Budget Discussion

- Frequency of Church Council/Business meetings

- Committee/Team staffing for 2019-2020

 Ordinance Ministry Team

The Ordinance Ministry Team is looking for volunteers to assist with taking care of the Lord’s Supper throughout the year. Please contact the office for more information.

Superbowl Party – Sunday School Classes

We would like to encourage every Sunday School Class to have a Superbowl watching Fellowship in a member’s home. The Superbowl is Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 at 5:30pm.

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 fbcshawnee.charles@gmail.com or firstshawnee@gmail.com.

Celebrate Recovery

Thursdays – meal at 5:30pm and meeting at 6:15pm in Fellowship Hall; enter through

southeast door (Philadelphia Avenue.) Everyone 18 years and older is invited. We are so

grateful for all the prayers and support of the staff and membership of First Baptist Church.

COME join us! COME learn and grow with us! COME and bring a friend!

 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.

 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.

 CHANGES?

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 firstshawnee@gmail.com). Thank you!

First Connections 01/04/2019

FIRST CONNECTIONS – January 4, 2019

First Baptist Church Shawnee

Be Disciples. Make Disciples. 

“In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”

Psalm 5:3 

Sermon, January 6, 2019

Fasting, 2019 - Style

Matthew 6:16-18

Dr. Charles Kimball 

Meetings this week:

 

Sunday, January 6                                     9:30 am           Bible Study

                                                                    10:45 am          Morning Worship

                                                                     6:00 pm          Evening Worship

 

Monday, January 7                                   11:30 am          Church Council Meeting

 

Wednesday, January 9                            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, January 10                                5:30 pm         Celebrate Recovery

 

Sunday, January 20                                   4:00 am          Amy Shreve – Live Performance 

 

**Lottie Moon Christmas Offering**

The First Baptist Church’s Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal this year was $3,000. The YTD contributions amount was $6,009.93! Special thanks to all those that helped reach our goal! 

Amy Shreve – Live Performance

Amy Shreve is an American singer, song writer and harpist that will be performing January 20th at 4:00pm with her family. For more information about Amy please visit her website at amyshreve.com. A love offering will be taken.

Celebrate Recovery

Thursdays – meal at 5:30pm and meeting at 6:15pm in Fellowship Hall; enter through

southeast door (Philadelphia Avenue.) Everyone 18 years and older is invited. We are so

grateful for all the prayers and support of the staff and membership of First Baptist Church.

COME join us! COME learn and grow with us! COME and bring a friend! 

VBS Announcement

We are looking for volunteers to assist with VBS which will be held on June 3rd through June 6th! If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Elaine Hawkins. 

Oklahoma Baptist News

Free copies of the Baptist Messenger are available on the table in the Welcome Center to help you stay up-to-date on news from churches in our state, from across our nation and from around the globe. 

Give Online. It’s Easy!

You can now manage your giving online! Giving Online 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 www.firstshawnee.com/give for more details. 

CHANGES?

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 firstshawnee@gmail.com). Thank you!