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Joshua 1:9 is a wonderful Bible verse to read and memorize. May you find an important and inspiring message for you as you meditate on the meaning of this verse. These are challenging times now with all the news about the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the risks we face daily. We pray for the doctors and nurses as well as schools, colleges, and churches. We know they all have challenges and struggles each day.

What is on your mind and heart now? Are you experiencing fear, anxiety, or worry today? The Lord is concerned about all your needs and He loves you. Any emotion you have at this moment remember God is all powerful and He is in control. God is ready to help you with any concern or need. God is waiting for you to seek Him and let Him know what is on your heart. Be willing to trust the Living God in everything and at all times. We know Jesus Christ will meet every need on your heart. The Lord will give you peace and courage for each moment. Just take time to ask in faith and believe His promises. You can have the victory found only in Jesus Christ.

Let us celebrate again the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ. God created us in His image. He promises to take care of us. Read again Genesis 2. Then read in John 3 about being born again. Great news indeed! Take time to pause and give thanks for your life and new life found only in Jesus Christ. In the midst of bad, discouraging news, remember the best news of all time for everyone is the gospel – the good news of salvation found only in Jesus Christ.

We need to be wise and stay alert during this crisis. We must take precautions that we can to stop the spread of the coronavirus as well as other illnesses. Rest, pray and read once again the resurrection of Jesus Christ recorded in Luke 24:1-8. We need to renew our faith in the Son of God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you need to talk and pray during this time, please let me know.

Have a wonderful Easter filled with faith and not fear. Do not fear, but be strong and courageous. God is with us wherever we go.

Blessing in Christ,
Pastor Joe

CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Wanda Stone, who passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020. Wanda was a dear member of OLBC for many years.

Heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Janice Ramsey, who passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Janice was the daughter or Mildred Seay Ramsey and the late Charlie Ramsey.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Mildred Dunahoo Kinsey. She passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. She was the sister-inlaw of Hazel Harrison.

CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
The Church Council will meet Wednesday, April 1, at 5:30 p.m. Come prepared to plan events for the church calendar through September 2020. 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.

MEN’S BREAKFAST
All men are invited to breakfast in the fellowship hall on Saturday, April 4, at 8 a.m. Come and enjoy good fellowship and food together. The cost is $5 for the breakfast. Invite other men to come with you.

EASTER CANATA
The choir’s presentation of “Champion of Love” and fellowship luncheon on Palm Sunday, April 5 has been postponed.


Sunrise Service
Join us as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus
at an Easter Sunrise Service
on Sunday, April 12th.
Sunrise Service starts at 7:00 a.m.
Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m.
Communion Worship Service starts at 11:00 a.m.


Easter Egg Hunt
Oak Level Baptist Church will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 13, 2020, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. All children are invited to come and enjoy games and fun!

DO YOU HAVE ANYONE GRADUATING?
If you know someone that is graduating from high school or college this year, please call the Church Office at 276.629.7973 to give your information or email the church at olbc@comast.net by April 26th. Graduates will be recognized during the worship service on Sunday, May 24th.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 7th. The theme for 2020 is PRAY GOD’S GLORY ACROSS THE EARTH. The theme comes from Habakkuk 2:14, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” This is a day we as Americans and Christians come corporately to pray for our nation and its leaders. Pray God will move in a mighty way in the life of our nation and in our lives. There will be several venues that day around the area to participate. There is a flyer on the bulletin board in the Sunday School hallway with a list of venues and times.

Happy Mother's Day
Sunday, May 10, 2020

MOSES
Vacation Bible School will be held Saturday, June 13 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. There will be crafts, music, and Bible lessons about the life of Moses. The van will be available for anyone that needs transportation. Please contact Missy Thompson if you can help with food, teach, or if you need more information.

VBS
MOSES Vacation Bible School will be held Saturday, June 13 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. There will be crafts, music, and Bible lessons about the life of Moses. The van will be available for anyone that needs transportation. Please contact Missy Thompson if you can help with food, teach, or if you need more information.

REVIVAL
"God, let us be uncompromising Christians!" Begin to pray now who God wants you to invite to the revival beginning Sunday, May 17 through Tuesday, May 19. Pray also that God will prepare and begin a revival in each of our hearts here at OLBC. Rev. Don Barnhart will be the guest speaker on Sunday morning and evening. Don has served several churches in PA and NH. He moved to Virginia in 2010 and served as a deacon at Orchard Drive Baptist Church before moving his membership to Oak Level Baptist. Don also ran a small landscape company, Liberty Lawn and Landscape for about 30 years. On Monday and Tuesday, our guest speaker will be Rev. Mike Magnani, pastor at Prillaman Baptist Church. Mike also serves as a Bible teacher at Christian Heritage Academy. The service will start at 6:30 p.m. each evening. The deacons are planning for old fashion cottage prayer meetings prior to the revival along with some visitation. Please watch for the schedule of the time and place for these events.


FOCUS ON WMU

WMU Meetings & News
Tuesday – April 21– 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday – May 26 – 6:30 p.m.


Give to the CBF Offering for Global Missions
OLBC 2020 Goal - $2,000.00
Received To Date - $744.00
“SHARE ABUNDANT LIFE”
Special offering emphasis will be
May 10 – 17, 2020


BLAND MINISTRY CENTER
The OLBC WMU will be traveling to Bland, VA to visit the Bland Ministry Center. We will tour the food pantry, clothes closet, and dental clinic and learn about services the center offers their surrounding community. All ladies are invited to come along with us. We will leave the church at 8:00 am and stop for lunch on the way home. As part of missions giving, the WMU will be collecting funds to help with construction materials for the center’s summer mission projects. See Donna Winebarger to give to this worthy cause. We will take these donations when we leave that day. Thank you, for the items that were collected for the RAMS Care for the students at Bluefield College.

Crossroads
CrossRoads is dedicated to providing a quality camping experience for campers ages 9- 17. The camp dates run from June 15 through July 18. The cost for registration is $375. This is all-inclusive and includes a themed Summer Camp T-shirt. The link to register is below: http://www.crossroadscamp.com/summer-camp/parent-info/forms-registration/


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.

April 2020 - May 2020 Newsletter (in PDF format)
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)
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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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