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Sharing the Journey
I hope you are enjoying a good winter season. Let us rejoice in the beauty of each day as we see the birds, sunsets, and the power of God in the wind. It is my prayer that we remember the gift of love from the Lord as we get closer to Valentine’s Day.

The Lord has shown us how we should love one another. We must take a closer look at the cross of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches us to love one another for love is of God. (1 John 4:7) The truth is found in God’s Word that God is love. Let us love others as God has taught us. May you and I be willing to give of ourselves each day. What can you and I do to make a positive difference in the life of another person?

I have met people in my life that I have had the opportunity to be a blessing to them. Will you be a channel of blessing to someone today? Are you willing to share your Christian faith with someone who needs to know Jesus Christ and His love? Take time to rejoice in the Lord and determine to be a blessing to people you meet today. (Psalm 118:24) Be available share the love of Jesus Christ as you have the opportunity. When was the last time you shared with someone your Christian testimony? Pause to pray today that you will be the best witness for Christ now.

The month of March reminds us that spring time is coming soon. We look forward to green grass, flowers, and warmer weather. As the spring season gets closer, take time to think about newness of life found in Jesus Christ alone. As Christians we experience a life that is transformed by the power of God. 2Corinthians 5:17 teaches us this important truth – in Christ we are a new creation.

Have an enjoyable and safe rest of the winter season. Take time to see the beauty of each season. The seasons of the year help teach us there are seasons of our lives. There are people who are reading this article who are young, middle aged, and senior adults. Be sure to make the most of each season in your life. May each of us always strive to make our days and our moments count. (Psalm 90:12) It matters most in our lives what we do with the time, talents, and resources the Lord has given us.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your pastor for five years. We continue to pray for each other and support each other in ministry. To God be the glory! We are thankful for a good, safe move here five years ago and began serving as your pastor on February 2.

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor Joe
John 3:16; Romans 6:4

CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Betty Metz, who passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Betty was a faithful member of OLBC and will be missed by all.

Heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Grady Snead, who passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Grady was a longtime resident of the Oak Level community and the husband of Betty Snead, who played piano/organ at OLBC for many years.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Nell Cannaday, who passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Nell was a member of OLBC for many years and lived in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Souper Bowl Sunday
On Sunday, February 2nd, everyone is asked to bring your favorite chili, soup or dessert to share for a fellowship luncheon after the morning worship service. Please bring at least one can of soup to help support the ministry of Grace Network. Invite a friend to come with you! Thank you for supporting this important ministry in our community!

It's A Baby Girl
Congratulations to Chuck and Kyrie LaBounty on the birth of their daughter Eliza Joann on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Eliza weighed 7lbs. 14oz.

Happy Birthday Anniversary
Congratulations to Pastor Joe as he celebrates ministering here at Oak Level Baptist Church for 5 years and on his birthday , February 2nd!

STOP THE BLEED
“STOP THE BLEED” course will be held at OLBC on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 6:00 PM. Must have 10 or more persons interested before the class can be held. Text Robert Gillespie if interested at 276-6186003. Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.


Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday, March 7th!


Gospel Singing
Daughters of Calvary 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 29. This concert will begin at 6:00 PM. Make plans now to join Daughters of Calvary 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. Check out their Facebook page or at www.daughtersofcalvary.org to preview some of their songs.

Men's Breakfast
The first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 am, the men of the church meet for food and fellowship. This is a time for them to foster and build relationships with other men of the church and the community. The men meet at the church to ride the van and then go to a predetermined restaurant. If you haven’t been a part of this ministry, consider joining them on Wednesday, February 5 and March 4.

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, 2020.

VBS
Mark your calendar now for VBS. Plans are underway for this summer event with a Moses theme. The date is June 13 from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Make plans to VOLUNTEER this year. There will be more information available in the coming months.


FOCUS ON WMU

WMU Meetings & News
Tuesday – February 18– 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday – March 17– 6:30 p.m.

Bland Ministry Center
In 2020, the Bland Ministry Center will celebrate its 40th year of meeting physical and spiritual needs in SW Virginia and southern West Virginia. The OLBC WMU has decided to do 4 mission projects with the Bland Ministry Center this year. For the first quarter we plan to collect items for the Rams CARE Cupboard (Creating Access, Reaching Everyone). We will collect non-perishable items to help stock this food pantry on the campus of Bluefield College with single serve microwaveable food items, snacks and toiletries. There are plenty of barriers to attending and completing college; hunger should not be one. More than 75% of responders to a campus survey know a fellow student who is hungry. The WMU will be planning and scheduling a trip to Bland and Bluefield College to deliver these items and tour the facility. Watch for the WMU basket in the foyer labeled “Rams CARE” to place your donations.

Remember to Pray
The Tindi People of The Caucasus Mountains are at the intersection of Europe and Asia. Stretching between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, these mountains are in the State/Province of Eurasia. With a population of less than 15,000 these physically hard-to-reach people have no gospel presence.

WHAT WILL YOU RESOLVE TO DO IN 2020?
We “would rather be comfortable and slightly miserable than change….God’s best for us always lies just beyond our comfort zone.” -Sandy Wisdom-Martin, Missions Moasic January 2020

“If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a heavenly king be considered a sacrifice?” -David Livingstone.

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
OLBC 2019 Goal - $2,000.00
Offering Received - $1,305.00
Special Offering emphasis will be March 1 -8, 2020

THANK YOU for the great work with the CBF Offering during 2019. We collected a total of $1,998.25 of our $2,000 goal.

WMUV inspires and equips women to influence the world for Christ.

SAMARITANS PURSE
OLBC has a goal of collecting 40 Samaritans Purse Shoe Boxes in 2020: We want to add another way to help: in the past you have seen the list of needed items every month that can be collected and you can still do that if you choose. New this year, if you would like to sponsor a box for a total of $25 which includes shipping and not worry about collecting any of the items and all the shopping will be done for you, you can do that also. Please let Betty Jo know of your intention to do that. Payment can be made to her at any time or designated in an offering envelope through the church offering. Of course, if you want to take care of packing a shoebox yourself, you can still do that. Also, NEW this year, we would like to include some more personal homemade items. We are planning simple cotton dresses, small tote bags, and maybe some homemade jewelry.

Children's Ministry Day
February 15th is Children's Ministry Day and from 9-11:00 am on that day, we want to invite all the young people of the church and the young at heart to join us in making jewelry items for the shoeboxes. We will supply everything. Just come prepared to get CRAFTY! Children ages 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


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 2020 - March 2020 Newsletter (in PDF format)
December 2019 - January 2020 Newsletter (in PDF format)
October 2019 - November 2019 Newsletter (in PDF format)
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)

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