Sharing the Journey
It is hard to believe we are 5 months into 2019! Soon it will be the summer season. May
the Lord bless each of us with a refreshing, safe summer. We have prayed and invited
children to VBS. To God be the glory for how He will bless during vacation bible school.
Take time to pray for the children and their families now. (Matthew 19:14)
Let us remember to pause and give thanks for our families, especially our dads either
living or gone on ? June 16 is this special day on the calendar. If your dad is still living,
tell him that you love and appreciate him.
On July 4th we pray for and give thanks for our nation. We celebrate our freedom,
especially the freedom to worship Jesus Christ. Thank the Lord for our military, men and
women who have served or are serving now in the armed forces. Be safe and enjoy times
of worship, picnics, and fireworks as we make precious memories with family and
friends. (Psalm 33:12)
Kim and I are thankful for Hannah and Jacob as they serve in Christian ministry this
summer. Hannah serves as the youth intern at First Baptist Church, Collinsville. Jacob’s
ministry is serving as camp counselor at Phoebe Needles Camp and Conference Center in
Callaway, VA. Pray for them as they serve as missionaries for the Lord and represent
Oak Level Baptist Church. We pray for a summer of many blessings in the name and
power of Jesus Christ. Many years ago I was blessed to serve as Royal Ambassador
camp counselor in Bedford, VA and Kim served as a summer missionary in Louisville,
KY. We have many good memories of ministry during those summers.
Thank you for giving to missions and serving together in doing the missions project here.
Many people will be blessed at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation because market
bags were made here for them.
Please plan to participate in and pray for deacon nominations on June 16. Pray for this
important ministry in the life of the church.
Be willing to reach out to others and serve with all your heart as often as you have the
opportunity. Be faithful to pray, give, call, send cards, and to encourage someone each
day. Every deed of love and kindness you share will be a blessing to someone and you
can be the person to witness to them about Jesus Christ.
Blessing and Peace,
Heartfelt sympathy is extended to Robin, the family and
friends of Mike Lawrence, who passed away on
Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends
of Shelbern Meeks, who passed away on Sunday, May 5,
2019. Shelbern was the brother-in-law of Martha
Dear Members of OLBC: Thank you so much for the
Jones Scholarship for 2019-2020. This will help me
further my education at Ferrum. Your generosity is
Thank you so much,
The Family of Mike Lawrence would like to thank all of
you for your many acts of kindness. In Mike's short
time at Oak Level Baptist Church he formed many friendships that meant so much to him. A special
thank you to Pastor Joe. He was always there with a
card, call, or visit. Mike loved to hear from him. May
God Bless each of you.
In Christ’s Name, Robin and Family
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement
give you the same attitude of mind toward each other
that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one
voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ.” Romans 15: 5-6
VBS - OAK LEVEL OLYMPICS
Vacation Bible School will be held Sunday, June 2
through Wednesday, June 5. Registration will begin
on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. and VBS will start each
evening at 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. There will be
crafts, music, and Bible lessons about Paul’s
missionary journeys. The van will be available for
anyone that needs transportation. There will be a
meal provided each evening. Wednesday night will be
Family Night with a cookout and presentation of the
certificates. There is a sign-up sheet in the church
foyer if you would like to help by donating some of
the food and paper items.
There will be Deacon
Nominations on Sunday,
June 16. Start now to
prayerfully seek God’s
guidance on who He is calling to serve you at Oak
Level Baptist Church. Current deacons serving are:
Ben Morris (rotating off), Lee Pettit (rotating off),
Lance Frith, Brenda Ferguson, Robert Gillespie, and
- Lois Gary, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Associate of Science in General Studies and General
Education. WMU has been mentoring Lois.
- Alana Keaton, Associate Degree at PHCC.
Alana will be attending Longwood University in the
RECEIPIENTS OF THE JONES SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Oak Level Baptist Church awarded two scholarships
from the Jones Educational Fund. The recipients of
the fund are:
- Jacob Glass – Son of Pastor Joe and Kim Glass.
- Alanna Keaton – Daughter of James and Beverly
Keaton and grand-daughter of Riley and
June 16 - HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
“A good father is one of the most unsung,
unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the
most valuable assets in our society.” -Billy Graham
NOMINATING COMMITTEE NEEDS YOU!
The Nominating Committee will soon begin enlisting
Officers, Teachers, and Committee members for the
2019-2020 church year. Prayerfully consider how God
can use you to serve others at Oak Level Baptist Church
and minister to the community. Officers, Teachers, and
Committee members will be voted on at the August 14th
CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
The Church Council will meet Wednesday, July 3rd,
at 5:30 p.m. Come prepared to plan events for the
church calendar through December 2019. Those on
the church council include: Pastor, Deacons
Chairperson, Music Director, Stewardship
Chairperson, Sunday School Director, WMU Director,
and Youth Coordinating Chairperson. Other
committee chairpersons are encouraged to attend if
they have items to add to the calendar.
Happy Independence Day!
The Church Office will be closed Thursday, July 4th. Please have
your items for the bulletin turned
in to Sheila by Wednesday
morning before 10:00 am.
Log Sunday is the day we observe the beginning of Oak Level Baptist Church. At that time, Sunday Services were held outside under the trees and the congregation had to sit on logs and wooden benches. Log Sunday will be Sunday, July 14; with Sunday School starting at 9:45 a.m. and the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service will be at the Church Picnic Shelter. Everyone is invited! Bring a covered dish, drinks, or dessert and we can share them together. Dress is casual, bring a lawn chair, invite your family, neighbors and friends to come and enjoy wonderful Christian Fellowship as we celebrate this special day together.
Operation InAsMuch - A Compassion Revolution
The one day event will be on Saturday, August 24,
2019. This is a designated day that we share Christ’s
love with the community; at the local grocery store,
laundry mat, fire and rescue station, nursing home
and many others. Begin praying now how God will lead
you to minister to our community on this special day.
Have A Great Summer!
FOCUS ON WMU
WMU Meetings & News
Tuesday – June 25– 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday – July 23– 6:30 p.m.
STANDING ROCK SEWING PROJECT
MARKET BAGS/ VINYL TOTES
Oak Level’s WMU is
collecting String Backpacks
for children and Market
Bags and/or Totes for the
women of Standing Rock
Indian Reservation. Please help us by providing one or
more of these items by Sunday, June 30th. A team of volunteers will be going to Standing Rock in
July to minister to the Native Americans. Other
items that the team will be collecting are: Athletic
style shoes for boys and girls and teens; Underwear
for girls and boys - girls like the pretty and bright
colored panties and boys really like boxers; Socks for
the children and teens - girls like the bright colored
ones (no show and low cut) and boys like the dark
colored ones (no show and low cut); Prizes for games
(balls, match box cars, small stuffed animals) and
Walmart $25 gift cards.
Our WMU ladies met on Saturday, May 18, and made 30 market bags for Standing Rock Indian Reservation. CrossRoads
September 20-22, 2019
CrossRoads Camp and Conference Center.
SHINE is an all-girls retreat for
students 6th-12th grade!
November 1-2 or 2-3, 2019
Eagle Eyrie Conference Center,
Registration opens August 1, 2019
The Bell Tower
Scholarship and The
CrossRoads Scholarship funds are in need of a boost
so that we can ensure that children can attend
summer camp at our beloved CrossRoads. Both of
these scholarship funds are not limited to children in
WMU age-level missions organizations. Your support
makes it possible for persons to experience this place
of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed
through renewal of soul, mind and body. Connecting
children on a spiritual journey of faith in Christ
through a Christian camping experience results in
transformed lives and the development of future
Christian leaders. WMUV owns CrossRoads and is a
501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are tax-deductible.
WMUV inspires and equips women to
influence the world for Christ.
CBF Global Missions Offering
OLBC 2019 Goal: $2,000
Received to Date: $1305
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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