Sharing the Journey
Have a wonderful, peaceful Christmas and New Year filled with many blessings. May
we be willing to share our witness for Jesus Christ this Christmas season. Let us pray for
opportunities to tell people we meet about our Savior daily. You can begin with being a
friend to the people you meet as you get to know them and share what the Lord has done
for you. Then you can ask your new friend about their relationship with Jesus Christ. If
your friend needs to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, you have the opportunity
to share the plan of salvation with them. We pray for many people to accept the greatest
gift this Christmas-the love of our Savior abiding in their hearts forever. This Christmas
season let us make a list of five to ten people who needs salvation and start praying for
Each of us can face the New Year 2019 with faith and hope each day. May we strive to
always serve the Lord and share the gospel with people we meet. Thank you for serving
the Lord in many ways all through the year. Everyone needs a friend to encourage them
in the Lord.
You are invited to the Angel Tree Service and Christmas play beginning at 5:30 p.m. on
Sunday, December 9. Plan to come and invite family, friends, and neighbors to come to
this wonderful time together.
Let me encourage you to read again Luke 2: 1-20, then be willing to be faithful to share
this great news with others as often as you have the opportunity.
Blessing and Peace,
An Angel Tree Service will be held on Sunday, December
9, 2018 in the Church Sanctuary at 5:30 pm. Please let
Katina Pettit know if you would like a loved one
remembered on the Angel Tree by filling out the sheet
located on the foyer table. There will be a Christmas
play entitled “I Love to Tell the Story,” following the
Angel Tree service. Don’t miss this time of celebrating
the birth of Jesus in song and drama. Bring your favorite
finger foods and share in a time of fellowship following
the service in the Fellowship Hall.
Let's Go Caroling
All children and youth
are invited to go
Christmas Caroling on
15th from 3 – 5 PM.
We will be going to
sing to shut-ins and the homebound.
FOCUS ON WMU
WMU Meetings & News
Tuesday – December 18 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday - January 22 - 6:30 p.m.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFULNESS!
Thank you to everyone who gave to the Alma Hunt
Offering for Virginia Missions! We collected $510 of
the $900 goal.
Operation Christmas Child
Thank you to everyone who
donated, prepared, and help ship
the 38 shoe boxes for Operation
Christmas Child with Samaritan
Purse. A special thank you for the $455 collected at
the 31 Bingo fundraiser to help with the shipping cost.
Your generosity will put smiles on children’s faces this
Christmas season. We will continue to collect items
throughout 2019 again. Below is a monthly list for your
JAN Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Socks, Underwear
FEB Stuffed Animals
MAR Soap, Washcloths
APR Combs, Brushes
JUN Girl Toys
JUL Boy Toys
SEPT School Supplies
OCT Monetary Gift
Esther, Heaven and Breanna would like to thank their
Oak Level Church Family for their trip to
CrossRoads. “SHINE” was the theme and we experienced so much
knowledge and love, and also met many other girls
from different churches. Thank you again for your
support and loving us. We were glad that the girls had
a great time at Shine and hope they are looking
forward to next year. The young ladies have also
indicated that they would be interested in attending
camp this summer at Crossroads Camp now that they
have seen everything that camp has to offer!
CBF Global Missions Offering
OLBC 2018 Goal: $2,000
Offering Received - $1238.00
Special "Seeking Transformational Development"
emphasis will be
December 2 -9, 2018
The church secretary will be out
of the office the week of
Christmas. If you have any items
for the December 23 and
December 30 bulletins, please
have that information to her by
Wednesday, December 19th. Also, please note that
the church office will be closed New Year’s Day,
Tuesday, January 1st.
CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
The Church Council will meet Wednesday, January 2,
2019 at 5:30 p.m. Come prepared to plan events for
the church calendar to June 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.
GOD’S NOT DEAF
Two young boys were spending the night at their
grandparents' house the week before Christmas. At
bedtime, the two boys knelt beside their beds to say
their prayers. The younger one began praying at the
top of his lungs:
"I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE..."
"I PRAY FOR A NEW NINTENDO..."
His older brother leaned over, nudged him and said,
"Why are you shouting? God isn't deaf." to which the
little brother replied, "No, but Grandma is!"
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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