Sharing the Journey
How is your vision? What do you see? Let us check our physical and spiritual vision this
New Year. Both are very important each day. It is very important we see there are people
who are not Christians. Many people need to invite Jesus Christ into their heart as their
personal Savior and Lord. Who will you tell about Jesus this year? Will you show
someone you meet the love of our Lord today? Take time to invite someone to church
during this week. Your invitation is very important.
May our prayer be for the Lord to open our eyes of faith to help us see clearly the needs
of others today. There are always people with real needs that we can help as we pray for
them. Also we can reach out to them to show Christian love as we share little deeds of
kindness each day. It is really important to share the love of God by our actions every
day. Our vision can also improve as we help others to be stronger and better equipped to
serve the Lord. Be willing to help others grow in the Christian faith and understanding of
the truths of the Bible.
How are you and I seeing today with our spiritual vision? May we be available and
willing to help our church family and this community see many in need to follow the
Lord with all our heart. You and I can make a big difference each day for Jesus Christ as
we open our spiritual eyes to see the needs and help as best we can. What will you do
today and all during 2019 to share your Christian faith with someone?
The month of February is the time we have on the calendar Valentine’s Day, a very
special day to show our love for others. Let us remember God’s love as we read in John
3:16, then go and tell about His wonderful, amazing love. Read Acts 1:8 and ask the Lord
for opportunities to reach out to someone who is not a Christian, lonely, sad, and hopeless
If I can help you in your ministry to others, please let me know. Let us pray for our
church family to be the light and salt where we live and work, in stores, schools, and
wherever we go each day.
Love and prayers,
FOCUS ON WMU
WMU Meetings & News
Tuesday – February 26 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday – February 26– 6:30 p.m.
WMU equips all believers to live their lives in
unshakable pursuit—to know God more, to show His
love unconditionally, and to make disciples who make
disciples. Focus on WMU week is an intentional time
to focus on WMU’s impact in local churches,
communities, and throughout the world. This year,
Focus on WMU is February 11–17. Visit the WMU
website http://wmu.com/focusonwmu to learn how you
can learn, pray, give, and serve through missions in
your church and community. Each resource is designed
to help you grow deeper in your unshakable pursuit.
WMU Watchword (1 Corinthians 15:58 CEV)
My dear friends, stand firm and don’t be shaken.
Always keep busy working for the Lord. You know that
everything you do for him is worthwhile.
Come to the Table Missions leadership team training
churches and associations
Saturday, March 30, 2019– 8:30-3:00pm
Ephesus Baptist Church
1642 Smith Cross Rd South Hill Virginia 23970
Cost per person $15.00
Deadline to Register is March 16, 2019.
Register online at https://wmuv.org/events/come-to-the-table-south-central-virginia/
HCBA WMU ANNUAL MEETING
The HCBA WMU Annual Meeting will be held at Oak
Level Baptist Church this year on Tuesday, April 9th.
The event starts with refreshments at 5:15 p.m. We
look forward to a great meeting with approximately 80
other ladies of the HCBA WMU as we hear from Dr.
Roberta Damon is a writer and speaker. She holds a
doctorate in marriage and family counseling from
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her
career includes missionary service in South Brazil,
thirty years of counseling at First Baptist Church in
Richmond, Virginia, and a time of serving on staff at
the International Mission Board of the Southern
Baptist Convention. During these years she has
written for various denominational publications both in
English and Portuguese. She is the author of
Relationship Skills, A Measure of Success, A Voice
Beyond Weeping, Theirs is the Kingdom, Dear Mrs.
Noah: Letters to Unnamed Women of the Bible, and
her new book, Dear Abishag: Letters to Little Known
Women of the Bible. She has been married to Bill
Damon for sixty years. Their two sons, Mark and Paul,
and their three grandchildren, Melissa, Joshua, and
Jeannie have brought great joy through the years.
Roberta's passion is to help women realize their God
This event is being co-hosted with New Vision Baptist
Church WMU. We will need extra hands to help make
this event successful. Please consider volunteering
with food preparation, registration, cleanup, etc. See
Donna Winebarger to volunteer or for more
CBF Global Missions Offering
OLBC 2019 Goal: $2,000
Special "Seeking Transformational Development"
emphasis will be
March 3 – 10, 2019
Thank you for the great work with the CBF
Offering during 2018. We collected a total of
$1,708 of our $2,000 goal.
Souper Bowl Sunday
On Sunday, February
3rd, everyone is asked to
bring at least one can of
soup to help support the
ministry of Grace
Network. Our church
goal is 50 cans. Thank
you for supporting this important ministry in our
Trinity Quartet is coming to Oak Level Baptist
Church. Begin inviting friends, family, and neighbors
now! They are coming for an exciting musical event
on Sunday, March 10. This Southern Gospel group
out of North Carolina has performed with groups
such as Brian Free and Assurance, The Hoppers, The
Crabb Family, and The McKameys. This concert will
begin at 6:00 PM. Make plans now to join Trinity
Quartet at Oak Level Baptist Church for an awesome
event filled with a life changing message. There is no
admission charge, but a Love Offering will be
VALENTINE’S CRAFT DAY
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9
All children and youth are invited to join us as we make
Valentine cards and treats. We will meet in the
Fellowship Hall. Adult volunteers are needed! See
Missy Thompson if you can help!
CHILDREN’S DEVOTION AND LUNCH
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17
All children, youth, parents, and church family are
invited to stay after church for a brief devotional
time. We will then head to El Parrel for lunch (Dutch
treat) around 1:00 PM.
SPRING CRAFT DAY
SATURDAY, MARCH 9
All children and youth are invited to join us for a
special day of crafts. We will meet in the Fellowship
Hall. Adult volunteers are needed and appreciated!
CHILDREN’S DEVOTION AND
RECIPES FOR CHRIST
SUNDAY, MARCH 17
All children and youth are invited to stay after church
for a brief devotional time. Then, the children will pair
up with an adult “coach” and prepare a dish to share
with their parents beginning at 2:30 PM in the
Fellowship Hall. The kids will do all the cooking. Adult
volunteers are needed! See Missy Thompson if you
Don’t forget to set your clocks
ahead one hour before you go to
Don’t forget to set your clocks
ahead one hour before you go to
bed on Saturday, March 9th!
JONES SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Through the generosity of Inez and
Casey Jones, assets have been set
aside by Oak Level Baptist Church
to provide scholarships to students
attending institutions of higher
learning. Beneficiaries of the fund shall be limited to
active members of Oak Level Baptist Church and their
immediate families, children, grandchildren, step
children, etc. The applicants must also be a verifiable
active member of a church. If you would like to apply,
please call or e-mail the Church Office for an
application. The deadline to receive completed
applications is April 1, 2019.
Mark your calendar now for VBS. Plans are underway
for this summer event with an Olympics theme. The
dates are June 2 – 6 from 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. Make
plans to VOLUNTEER this year. There will be more
information available in the coming months.
SCHOOL CLOSINGS FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER
The Wednesday evening service is NO LONGER tied to the notice of schools closing for inclement weather. The church office will send out an email IF there has been a decision to cancel Wednesday services or you can call the office or a deacon to verify the cancellation. For announcements concerning Sunday Morning Services, listen to B99 FM radio or watch TV Stations, WDBJ, Channel 7 or WSLS, Channel 10, for possible church cancellations.
THE GRACE NETWORK OF MHC
OLBC is just one of over one hundred congregations
and other groups that partner with Grace Network to
help families in crisis in Martinsville and Henry
County. “Grace Network strives to give short-term
assistance and to help find long-term solutions.” Each
month we can help needy families by giving nonperishable
food items, toiletries, cleaning supplies,
and paper products. Check out the church bulletin to
see what OLBC has pledged to give. You can be a part
of this ongoing mission when you donate to this
worthy cause. Visit their website at www.gracenetworkmhc.org to learn more.
Sharing the Love
Each week our folks are visiting friends throughout the community to let them know we love and care for them. Sometimes it is to sit and pray with someone suffering from injury or illness and unable to get out. At other times it's to get to know neighbors in the area and to introduce them to the ministries of Oak Level, if they do not have a church home of their own. In every instance it is another opportunity to go in the name of Jesus in order to be an ambassador of love. If you have never experienced the joy of visiting others or meeting new friends in this way, please know that you are more than welcome to join us. Visitation times are flexible according to your schedule, and there are plenty of folks that you already know who would be honored to go with you. Contact any deacon or the pastor for more information.
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