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Calling all singers and musicians!!!
Calling all singers and musicians!!! During a special service time at 10:30 am at Homecoming, September 30, we invite you to sing, play an instrument, or simply reflect on how OLBC has impacted your life through the years. Call or email the church office at 276-629-7973 or to let us know if you are willing to participate.

Beginning in September, there will be a study entitled “The Holy Spirit” written by Billy Graham and will be led by Pastor Joe. This book will open your eyes anew to see how the Spirit can transform your life and give you the power "to be truly good" and "to live victoriously." You can join this study on Wednesday evening or during the NEW 11:00 AM Wednesday PTS. If you would like a book, please let Pastor Joe know.

Children & Youth
New Year Kick-Off
Saturday, August 18
4-6 PM
Kindergarten – 12th Grade
Children and youth are invited to come to the church
and enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, sundaes, games, and fun fellowship!

On Thursday evenings beginning August 23 from 6-7 PM, there will be new children and youth programs lead by Missy Thompson who will work with Oak Level Beginners in Christ (kindergarten – 5th grade) and Chuck LaBounty with the Youth in Christ (6 – 12 grade). Van transportation will be provided. When there is a Thursday holiday or when either Henry County or Franklin County schools are closed due to inclement weather, we will not meet. There will also be no meetings on December 20 or December 27. If you would like to volunteer to help with this ministry, please contact Missy or Chuck.

Immediately following the worship service on Sunday, September 16, the Youth Coordinating Committee is sponsoring a lunch to raise funds for a grill and other fall events coming up. The meal includes pinto beans, cabbage, fatback, fried potatoes, slaw, cornbread, dessert, and drink. The cost is $6.00.

Operation Christmas Child
This year we have a unique opportunity to see and hear how God used an Operation Christmas Child shoebox in the life of one of it recipients. Irina Creek was born in the former Soviet Union and was placed in an orphanage. When she was 10 years old, she received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. A year later she was adopted by a family in South Carolina. Irina will be speaking at First Baptist Church, Collinsville on Friday, August 27, at 7:00 pm. Please RSVP by August 12th to the FBC, Collinsville church office at 647-3774 if you plan to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Come Join the Ladies of the Horne Home
For their Annual Rock/Walk-A-Thon!
Saturday, September 15
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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Broadus Memorial Baptist Church, Charlottesville, VA Make plans now to participate in this year’s CBFVA General Assembly. The theme for 2018-2019 is Seeking Transformation. Mark Tidsworth, President of Pinnacle Leadership Associates, will be the keynote speaker. Mark is a frequent speaker, leadership coach, and congregational consultant. Mark your calendar now so you can engage in this time of learning, interaction, fellowship, and sharing. Stay tuned for additional details. Online registration opens soon!

Church Homecoming
On Sunday, September 30, 2018, Oak Level Baptist Church will celebrate a Homecoming service, beginning with a special service at 10:30 am (no Sunday School) and followed by the regular service at 11:00 am. A covered dish luncheon will follow the worship service in the fellowship hall. Rev. Doug Ramsey will be the guest speaker. He is a graduate of Bassett High School, Wake Forest University, and the Seminary Extension Dept. of the SBC with a diploma in Pastoral Ministries. He is married to Sandra Richardson Ramsey. They have a daughter Deandra who lives in Northern Virginia. Doug retired from Hillcrest in 2010, after serving over 23 years and has served as Interim Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Stuart, Henry Baptist Church in Henry, and Woodlawn Baptist Church in Danville. He is currently serving as Interim Pastor at Hillcrest Baptist Church where he began his ministry 31 years ago.


WMU Meetings & News
Tuesday – August 28 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday - September 25 – 6:30 p.m.

In June, the WMU of OLBC sponsored a Baby Bottle Boomerang fundraiser to help support the Pregnancy Center of MHC. The church collected $336.83 that was donated to the Center.
In July, you had an opportunity to purchase resources for the Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School located in the midst of three housing projects in downtown Richmond. OLBC collected several boxes of supplies to be sent to the school.
Thank you for your faithfulness in giving to missions in and around the state of Virginia.

September 14-16, 2018
CrossRoads Camp and Conference Center
An Event for girls - middleschoolers and highschoolers and their leaders!
Check it out on the WMUV website:

Nov. 2-3 and 3-4, 2018 Eagle Eyrie Conference Center Be sure to register for the Women's Get-Away in November. The theme for this year is JUST US WOMEN: TAKING IT TO HEART. The Women's Get-Away is WMUV's annual event for women and attended by women who come for inspiration, fellowship and equipping for ministry and missions! The link to register is

Alma Hunt for Virginia Missions Emphasis
September 17-23, 2018
Our scripture passage as we focus on our work together is found in 1 John 3:18 which says, "Dear children let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." In other words, we are admonished to be love.
Be Love
Virginia Baptist churches continue in its legacy of meeting human needs and sharing Christ. Our prayers, offerings and involvement together continue to result in transformed lives.
Being Love
New churches, disaster relief responses, missions education, after school ministries, summer camps, advocacy ministries with refugees are just some of the ways in which Virginia Baptists are being love.
In Virginia Baptist life, we know the name of the late Alma Hunt as a national and international champion for missions hailing from the Rosalind Hills Baptist Church, Roanoke. We proudly call our state missions offering by her name as it serves to propel us on to greater works for Christ! As I have the privilege to travel the state and to see many of you in your churches, at associational meetings and events, I know that you champion the cause of missions many times as unsung she-roes. As you promote the Alma Hunt Offering, remember that we stand as colaborers together with God who knows your name.
Let's celebrate state missions September 17 - 23, 2018 and throughout the year! Remember that Christ followers are called to be love. Gifts to the Alma Hunt Offering help us to love together as we live out the Great Commission and the Great Commandment in actions and in truth.

Dr. Valerie D. Carter WMUV Executive Director/Treasurer (Article from WMUV E-News July 2018 Used with permission)

CBF Offering for Global Missions
OLBC 2018 Goal - $2,000.00
Received To Date - $1,236.00

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 - September 2018 Newsletter (in PDF format)
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December 2016 - January 2017 Newsletter (in PDF format)
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