Church News

Sharing the Journey
I hope you are having a wonderful, safe summer. I hope you continue to experience many blessings in Christ each day. Thank you for coming to participate in worship and fellowship at church. It is almost time for the new school year. I pray all staff, students, and parents are blessed in many ways through learning and growing each day. I hope we continue to read, learn, and grow spiritually as we study God's Word. Please read 2 Timothy 2:15.

Thank you to all who have been willing to serve during 2018-2019 church year. You have helped in so many ways as you served as an officer, teacher, or member of a committee. I hope you have received many blessings in your leadership position. Thank you to all who pray, give, and serve to help the church be stronger and better equipped to do ministry. James 1:22

I appreciate the ministry of our choir which has grown in number recently. Thank you to each member of our music ministry. You are a blessing to the worship services here. Thank you for sharing your talents and gifts to bring honor and glory to the Lord.

I am praying for the work of the nominating committee again this year. The Lord bless your work to prepare a list of officers, teachers, and committee members for a church vote on August 14. Please pray about how you can serve in a leadership position during 2019-2020 church year. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak for you as you pray and seek the will of the Lord in your decision.

Thank you to our deacons who have served faithfully this year. The Lord bless your ministry as you help meet needs in our church family. Your support is much appreciated in the life of our church. Thank you for serving and praying to help with the ministry here.

Let us continue to pray for each other and our church. May the Holy Spirit strengthen us and empower us to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Ephesians 6:10

Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make Homecoming/Log Sunday a wonderful day of worship, food, and fellowship.

To God Be the Glory! Amen. Psalm 103:1

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor Joe

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.

Back 2 School
Henry County and Franklin County Schools start on Monday, August 12th!

Welcome to Zachary Turner as the newest member of Oak Level Baptist Church. Zachary joined Oak Level Baptist on Sunday, July 14. He is the son of David and Mary Ann Turner.

Rev. Eric Winn will be our guest speaker in the pulpit on Sunday, August 25, while Pastor Joe and his family are on vacation. Rev. Winn was licensed to the Gospel Ministry by First Baptist Church, Ridgeway in June 2018 and he was ordained in March 2019. He has served as a deacon for 16 years. Rev. Winn also is a Major with the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.

Children & Youth
New Year Kick-Off Sunday, August 1812:30 pm Kindergarten – 12th Grade Children and youth are invited to come to the church and enjoy a “Back to School” spaghetti lunch and fun fellowship! Bring a friend!

Operation Christmas Child
If you purchase school supplies for the Samaritans Purse Shoeboxes in November, the Tax Free Days for School Supplies will be August 2- 4th. Some items to include are: crayons, paint sets, color pencils, pencil sharpeners, color markers, glue, scissors, and notebooks.

The Youth Coordinating Committee is sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, September 7th from 7 am until 12 Noon. Cost is $6. Children eat for $4. Come out and support the children and youth and invite you friends and neighbors!

Come Join the Ladies of the Horne Home
For their Annual Rock/Walk-A-Thon!
Saturday, September 14
418 Mulberry Road
10 a.m. - Noon
Sponsored by: The Henry County Baptist Association
Proceeds support Horne Home maintenance & operational expenses.
Horne Home Services are provided through HopeTree Family Services Developmental Disabilities Ministry


WMU Meetings & News
Tuesday – August 27– 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday – September 24– 6:30 p.m.

In July, the WMU of OLBC sponsored a Baby Bottle Boomerang fundraiser to help support the Pregnancy Center of MHC. This is one of the center’s biggest fundraisers that provides 15-20% of their annual operating budget! THANK YOU to everyone who took a baby bottle and filled it with loose change, cash, and/or checks. Every cent donated helps save babies and help mothers facing crisis.

Alma Hunt
September 8-15, 2019 Oak Level Baptist Church has set a goal of $900. The ingathering of the offering will be Sunday, September 15.

Tuesday, September 17 Bethel Baptist Church, Midlothian, VA Anyone can attend this time of worship, fellowship, sharing and training.

September 20-22, 2019
CrossRoads Camp and Conference Center.
An Event for girls - middleschoolers and
highschoolers and their leaders!
Check it out on the WMUV website:

WOMEN'S GET-AWAY - Nov. 1-2 and 2-3, 2019 - Eagle Eyrie Conference Center
Do you need a calendar to Get Away? Perhaps you just want a new view or are you tired, spent or drained? If so, let me encourage you to attend our Women's Get Away, November 1 -2 or 2 - 3 to be held in that sacred-space that we know as Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center in Lynchburg. With over 20 breakout sessions, inspirational speakers, moving worship experiences, shopping and just plain-ole girltime the Women's Get Away of WMUV has been a relaxing, refreshing and rejuvenating experience for women for over 20 years. Registration opens on August 1, 2019. Use this link to register: I look forward to seeing you on the mountain where we will gather to meet God anew and to fellowship with one another. Sincerely In Christ,
Valerie Carter Smith
WMUV Executive Director/Treasurer

The WMU celebrated 131 years in May, 2019. Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director of the national WMU, wrote this 131 powerful word prose to commemorate this special time in the history of WMU.

Embrace the Father’s passion for the nations.
Be singularly devoted to a love greater than your own desire.
Lay your brokenness before Christ, and let His power
perfect your weakness.
Live a grateful, authentic life with every breath as worship.
Listen with His heart. Surrender your pride.
Serve wholeheartedly.
Love without hesitation.
Chase peace. Scatter grace.
Tenderly cradle reconciliation.
Bend your will toward His. Abandon the good
to pursue His best.
Trust God for provision; acquiesce to His outcomes.
Seek neither the worn path nor strike out on your own.
Simply follow Him.
Be adventurous for God. Let every act be one of pure faith.
Deliberately and purposefully stretch and reach.
Dream in rhythm and live in concert with the Creator.
Entertain hope as frequent guest.
Quietly walk with courage.

(Taken from Missions Mosaic, May, 2019, page 48)

CBF Global Missions Offering
OLBC 2019 Goal: $2,000
Received to Date: $1305

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.

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 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.

We publish our newsletter at Oak Level Baptist Church every two months. If you would like to have a copy, please feel free to download one of the newsletter PDF files.

August 2019 - September 2019 Newsletter (in PDF format)
June 2019 - July 2019 Newsletter (in PDF format)
April 2019 - May 2019 Newsletter (in PDF format)
February 2019 - March 2019 Newsletter (in PDF format)
December 2018 - January 2019 Newsletter (in PDF format)
October - November 2018 Newsletter (in PDF format)
June - July 2018 Newsletter (in PDF format)
April - May 2018 Newsletter (in PDF format)
February - March 2018 Newsletter (in PDF format)
December 2017 - January 2018 Newsletter (in PDF format)
October - November 2017 Newsletter (in PDF format)
August - September 2017 Newsletter (in PDF format)
June - July 2017 Newsletter (in PDF format)
April - May 2017 Newsletter (in PDF format)
February - March 2017 Newsletter (in PDF format)
December 2016 - January 2017 Newsletter (in PDF format)
October - November 2016 Newsletter (in PDF format)
August - September 2016 Newsletter (in PDF format)
June - July 2016 Newsletter (in PDF format)
April - May 2016 Newsletter (in PDF format)
February - March 2016 Newsletter (in PDF format)

For older PDF newsletters, please click to visit our Archive page.


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