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Sharing the Journey
Happy fall season to you. Enjoy the blessings of the special beauty of this season of the year. Take time to appreciate and enjoy many blessings in Christ.

What will you and I do to help others in a crisis, a time of need today? How do you and I share in the ministry of the church in the place we live? Take time to ask someone soon about how you can help them and pray for them.

Thank you for your praying and giving to the Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions. This is a wonderful opportunity to work together as Virginia Baptists to share the love of Christ across our state and with the whole world.

Please remember a local missions opportunity here at church on Thursday, October 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Trunk or Treat is scheduled here in our parking lot. Your help is needed as we meet people in this area, the children as well as their families. Let us remember to invite someone to church when they come for this special event. Come and enjoy the fellowship and make new friends.

Sunday, November 3, is a day of prayer for the persecuted church. Many Christians live in danger today. It is our responsibility to pray for them and to encourage others to support them in prayer daily. I read the tragic news about Pastor Han who was killed by North Korean agents in China. Let us be faithful to pray for Christians risking their lives for Christ.

Sunday, November 10, is shoebox collection day for the Operation Christmas Child Missions project. You can show the love of God to needy children as you give simple gifts in a shoebox. Each shoebox gift is an opportunity for a child to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Shoebox gifts are given to hurting children in more than 100 countries around the world.

May we remember to always give thanks for our material and spiritual blessings in Christ. Thanksgiving season is in November, but every day is a great day to pause and say “Thank You, Lord for your blessings on me.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Psalm 107:1

Happy Thanksgiving! Let’s help someone to have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year as we share our blessings with them.

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor Joe

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday, November 2nd!

Everyone is invited to participate in a special study entitled, “Who I Am In Christ” beginning Wednesday, October 2. Plan to meet in the church fellowship hall Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

The purpose of the Church Council is important to the operational activities and programs of the church. The responsibilities of the council are
1. Recommend to the church suggested church objectives and goals.
2. Recommend to the church action plans for reaching church goals.
3. Provide on a quarterly basis a calendar of events for church activities.
4. When necessary, appoint a Pastor Selection Committee with the advice and assistance of the departing pastor, and recommend the committee to the church.
5. Assist the Nominating Committee in filling vacancies in leadership positions during the year.

The Church Council will meet Wednesday, October 9, at 5:30 p.m. Come prepared to plan and coordinate events for the church calendar to April 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.

All older children, youth, and adults are invited to attend Shady Creek Farm's outreach ministry judgment drama hayride. Shady Creek Farm is family owned, located in Pelham, NC, it has been operating since 2003. They raise black Angus cows, miniature donkeys, turkeys, and miniature cows. They give horseback riding lessons, offer birthday parties, group tours, board horses and sell hay. Their website states, “It is our goal to put God first and to share His glorious creation with all who visit our farm!” Watch the bulletin for the date and time.

The Annual Meeting of the HCBA will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at Starling Avenue Baptist Church. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. followed by a meal at 5:00 p.m. The evening session will begin with pre-service music at 6:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Rev. Tony Beach, Associate Pastor of Fort Trial Baptist Church. Messengers representing the church are Betty Jo Foley, Joe and Kim Glass, Peggy Morris, Martha Sue Meeks, Donna Winebarger. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Stewardship Committee is beginning the process of working on the 2020 OLBC budget. All committee and organizational chairs are asked to submit their budget requests for the 2020 calendar year by Sunday, October 20. Place your requests in the Stewardship box in the Sunday School office or give them to Ben Morris, Ken Turner, or Donna Winebarger. The 2020 budget will be presented on the first Sunday in November. Any changes to the budget will need to be addressed at the November 13th business meeting. The 2020 budget will be presented for adoption on Sunday, November 17th.

Help Your Small Church Thrive! Join in for an honest discussion about The Promising Future of Small Churches with guest speaker Chuck Warnock. Dr. Warnock is an author and pastor of Chatham Baptist Church and currently serving as BGAV’s Minister in Residence for Small Churches. He comes wellequipped with expertise in small to medium sized church issues. Chuck will spend the day explaining the cultural, demographic, and technological changes that are currently affecting our religious climate; the question churches should be asking in response to these changes; and how even the smallest congregation can discover a renewed mission and approach for engaging with their community. See Pastor Joe or Betty Jo if you would like to register for this seminar to be held on Saturday, October 26 from 10 am to 2:30 pm at Fort Trial Baptist Church. The cost is $15 which includes lunch.

Trunk or Treat
The church is hosting “Treasures in the Bible” Trunk or Treat this year outside on the church parking lot weather permitting on Thursday, October 31st from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Everyone is invited to decorate their trunks and wear costumes depicting Bible stories or characters. Please sign-up on the sheet located in the church foyer if you can decorate a trunk.


A covered dish Thanksgiving meal will be held on Sunday, November 17. After a service of sharing about blessings from God during the year, we will gather together around the table in the Church Fellowship Hall. Bring your favorite dish to share as we celebrate this Thanksgiving season.

"Each day is a gift from God. What you do with it is your gift to Him." - T.D. Jakes


WMU Meetings & News
Tuesday – October 29– 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday – November 19– 6:30 p.m.

In 2018, Virginia Baptist Disaster Response empowered 545 volunteers who served 29,522 hours after 9 disasters in communities across the US, providing high quality services to meet human needs in feeding, clean up, recovery, and Crisis Care. Your support of disaster response through the Alma Hunt Missions Offering helps volunteers respond strategically and increase our capabilities to respond after disaster. A robust fleet and advances in technology help our volunteers work more efficiently to serve more people which is evidenced by the 54,814 individuals served after disasters in 2018. Your giving now insures training for volunteers and equipment ready to go when a disaster hits. If you make a donation to BGAV during a specific disaster, 100% of that donation goes to that disaster relief.

Alma Hunt
September 8-15, 2019
State Goal: $1,167,500

OLBC Goal: $900.
Amount received to date: $850

Operation Christmas Child
Collection and blessing of the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes will be Sunday, November 10. If you have any items to be donated, please have them to the church by November 3rd. Any monetary donation can be given to Betty Jo Foley. These will help defray the cost of shipping the shoeboxes. If you would like to pack your own shoebox, there are shoeboxes, a list of shoebox gift items, and labels to adher to your box located in the church foyer. Don’t forget to include a $9 donation per shoebox for shipping cost.

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
OLBC 2019 Goal - $2,000.00
Offering Received - $1,305.00
Seeking Transformational Development

WOMEN'S GET-AWAY - Nov. 1-2 and 2-3, 2019 - Eagle Eyrie Conference Center
Be sure to register for the Women's Get-Away in November. The theme for this year is MAKE ME MINDFUL. Get Away promises to be a wonderful time of fellowship with other Christian sisters. A time of inspiration. A time of equipping for missions. A time of personal development and a time for fun! Our keynote speaker is Sylvia DeLoach and Teresa Harmening will be the worship leader. The link to register is will be
over 20 breakout sessions and much more! Contact Donna Winebarger for more information.

Thank you, Esther, for promoting and collecting the funds for the Horne Home. OLBC gave a total of $150!

Dear OLBC Congregation: Thank you for your passion and perserverance for the Pregnancy Care Center! Your loyalty and support are an incredible encouragement to us. You raised $289.48 in the Baby Bottle Boomerrang of 2019! That money will go directly towards offering medical, educational, and material assistance to women facing unplanned and upprepared for pregnancies. Thank you for allowing God to use you in bringing mothers, fathers, and babies to Him. You are appreciated!
Blessings, The Pregnancy Care Center of MHC, Inc.

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

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.

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)
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