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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 today. 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,
Pastor Joe
Matthew 28:19-20
Matthew 5:13-16


FOCUS ON WMU

WMU Meetings & News
Tuesday – February 26 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday – February 26– 6:30 p.m.

WMU Equips
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.

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 for
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.

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 designed potential.

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 information.

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 community!

Gospel Quartet
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 collected.

Kid's Activities
VALENTINE’S CRAFT DAY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 2-4:30 PM
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 2-4:30 PM
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 can help! Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to


Spring Forward
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.

VBS
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.

Newsletters
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.

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)

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