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Sharing the Journey
It is hard to believe we are 5 months into 2019! Soon it will be the summer season. May the Lord bless each of us with a refreshing, safe summer. We have prayed and invited children to VBS. To God be the glory for how He will bless during vacation bible school. Take time to pray for the children and their families now. (Matthew 19:14)

Let us remember to pause and give thanks for our families, especially our dads either living or gone on ? June 16 is this special day on the calendar. If your dad is still living, tell him that you love and appreciate him.

On July 4th we pray for and give thanks for our nation. We celebrate our freedom, especially the freedom to worship Jesus Christ. Thank the Lord for our military, men and women who have served or are serving now in the armed forces. Be safe and enjoy times of worship, picnics, and fireworks as we make precious memories with family and friends. (Psalm 33:12)

Kim and I are thankful for Hannah and Jacob as they serve in Christian ministry this summer. Hannah serves as the youth intern at First Baptist Church, Collinsville. Jacob’s ministry is serving as camp counselor at Phoebe Needles Camp and Conference Center in Callaway, VA. Pray for them as they serve as missionaries for the Lord and represent Oak Level Baptist Church. We pray for a summer of many blessings in the name and power of Jesus Christ. Many years ago I was blessed to serve as Royal Ambassador camp counselor in Bedford, VA and Kim served as a summer missionary in Louisville, KY. We have many good memories of ministry during those summers.

Thank you for giving to missions and serving together in doing the missions project here. Many people will be blessed at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation because market bags were made here for them.

Please plan to participate in and pray for deacon nominations on June 16. Pray for this important ministry in the life of the church.

Be willing to reach out to others and serve with all your heart as often as you have the opportunity. Be faithful to pray, give, call, send cards, and to encourage someone each day. Every deed of love and kindness you share will be a blessing to someone and you can be the person to witness to them about Jesus Christ.

Blessing and Peace,
Pastor Joe
John 14:6
Psalm 103

Heartfelt sympathy is extended to Robin, the family and friends of Mike Lawrence, who passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Shelbern Meeks, who passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Shelbern was the brother-in-law of Martha Meeks.

Dear Members of OLBC: Thank you so much for the Jones Scholarship for 2019-2020. This will help me further my education at Ferrum. Your generosity is overwhelming!
Thank you so much,
Jacob Glass

The Family of Mike Lawrence would like to thank all of you for your many acts of kindness. In Mike's short time at Oak Level Baptist Church he formed many friendships that meant so much to him. A special thank you to Pastor Joe. He was always there with a card, call, or visit. Mike loved to hear from him. May God Bless each of you.
In Christ’s Name, Robin and Family

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15: 5-6

Vacation Bible School will be held Sunday, June 2 through Wednesday, June 5. Registration will begin on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. and VBS will start each evening at 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. There will be crafts, music, and Bible lessons about Paul’s missionary journeys. The van will be available for anyone that needs transportation. There will be a meal provided each evening. Wednesday night will be Family Night with a cookout and presentation of the certificates. There is a sign-up sheet in the church foyer if you would like to help by donating some of the food and paper items.

There will be Deacon Nominations on Sunday, June 16. Start now to prayerfully seek God’s guidance on who He is calling to serve you at Oak Level Baptist Church. Current deacons serving are: Ben Morris (rotating off), Lee Pettit (rotating off), Lance Frith, Brenda Ferguson, Robert Gillespie, and Donna Winebarger.

Congratulations Graduates

  • Lois Gary, Piedmont Virginia Community College Associate of Science in General Studies and General Education. WMU has been mentoring Lois.

  • Alana Keaton, Associate Degree at PHCC. Alana will be attending Longwood University in the fall.

Oak Level Baptist Church awarded two scholarships from the Jones Educational Fund. The recipients of the fund are:

  1. Jacob Glass – Son of Pastor Joe and Kim Glass.
  2. Alanna Keaton – Daughter of James and Beverly Keaton and grand-daughter of Riley and Geraldine Williams.

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” -Billy Graham

The Nominating Committee will soon begin enlisting Officers, Teachers, and Committee members for the 2019-2020 church year. Prayerfully consider how God can use you to serve others at Oak Level Baptist Church and minister to the community. Officers, Teachers, and Committee members will be voted on at the August 14th Business Meeting.

The Church Council will meet Wednesday, July 3rd, at 5:30 p.m. Come prepared to plan events for the church calendar through December 2019. 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.

Happy Independence Day!
The Church Office will be closed Thursday, July 4th. Please have your items for the bulletin turned in to Sheila by Wednesday morning before 10:00 am.

Log Sunday is the day we observe the beginning of Oak Level Baptist Church. At that time, Sunday Services were held outside under the trees and the congregation had to sit on logs and wooden benches. Log Sunday will be Sunday, July 14; with Sunday School starting at 9:45 a.m. and the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service will be at the Church Picnic Shelter. Everyone is invited! Bring a covered dish, drinks, or dessert and we can share them together. Dress is casual, bring a lawn chair, invite your family, neighbors and friends to come and enjoy wonderful Christian Fellowship as we celebrate this special day together.

Operation InAsMuch - A Compassion Revolution
The one day event will be on Saturday, August 24, 2019. This is a designated day that we share Christ’s love with the community; at the local grocery store, laundry mat, fire and rescue station, nursing home and many others. Begin praying now how God will lead you to minister to our community on this special day.

Have A Great Summer!


WMU Meetings & News
Tuesday – June 25– 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday – July 23– 6:30 p.m.


Oak Level’s WMU is collecting String Backpacks for children and Market Bags and/or Totes for the women of Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Please help us by providing one or more of these items by Sunday, June 30th. A team of volunteers will be going to Standing Rock in July to minister to the Native Americans. Other items that the team will be collecting are: Athletic style shoes for boys and girls and teens; Underwear for girls and boys - girls like the pretty and bright colored panties and boys really like boxers; Socks for the children and teens - girls like the bright colored ones (no show and low cut) and boys like the dark colored ones (no show and low cut); Prizes for games (balls, match box cars, small stuffed animals) and Walmart $25 gift cards.
Our WMU ladies met on Saturday, May 18, and made 30 market bags for Standing Rock Indian Reservation. CrossRoads

September 20-22, 2019
CrossRoads Camp and Conference Center.
SHINE is an all-girls retreat for
students 6th-12th grade!

Women's Get-Away
November 1-2 or 2-3, 2019
Eagle Eyrie Conference Center, Lynchburg
Registration opens August 1, 2019

The Bell Tower Scholarship and The CrossRoads Scholarship funds are in need of a boost so that we can ensure that children can attend summer camp at our beloved CrossRoads. Both of these scholarship funds are not limited to children in WMU age-level missions organizations. Your support makes it possible for persons to experience this place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. Connecting children on a spiritual journey of faith in Christ through a Christian camping experience results in transformed lives and the development of future Christian leaders. WMUV owns CrossRoads and is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are tax-deductible.

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

CBF Global Missions Offering
OLBC 2019 Goal: $2,000
Received to Date: $1305

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.

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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