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Sharing the Journey
Have a wonderful, peaceful Christmas and New Year filled with many blessings. May we be willing to share our witness for Jesus Christ this Christmas season. Let us pray for opportunities to tell people we meet about our Savior daily. You can begin with being a friend to the people you meet as you get to know them and share what the Lord has done for you. Then you can ask your new friend about their relationship with Jesus Christ. If your friend needs to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, you have the opportunity to share the plan of salvation with them. We pray for many people to accept the greatest gift this Christmas-the love of our Savior abiding in their hearts forever. This Christmas season let us make a list of five to ten people who needs salvation and start praying for them.

Each of us can face the New Year 2019 with faith and hope each day. May we strive to always serve the Lord and share the gospel with people we meet. Thank you for serving the Lord in many ways all through the year. Everyone needs a friend to encourage them in the Lord.

You are invited to the Angel Tree Service and Christmas play beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 9. Plan to come and invite family, friends, and neighbors to come to this wonderful time together. Let me encourage you to read again Luke 2: 1-20, then be willing to be faithful to share this great news with others as often as you have the opportunity.

Blessing and Peace,
Pastor Joe
John 3:16

PLAY SERVICE
An Angel Tree Service will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2018 in the Church Sanctuary at 5:30 pm. Please let Katina Pettit know if you would like a loved one remembered on the Angel Tree by filling out the sheet located on the foyer table. There will be a Christmas play entitled “I Love to Tell the Story,” following the Angel Tree service. Don’t miss this time of celebrating the birth of Jesus in song and drama. Bring your favorite finger foods and share in a time of fellowship following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

Let's Go Caroling
All children and youth are invited to go Christmas Caroling on Saturday, December 15th from 3 – 5 PM. We will be going to sing to shut-ins and the homebound.


FOCUS ON WMU

WMU Meetings & News
Tuesday – December 18 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday - January 22 - 6:30 p.m.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFULNESS!
Thank you to everyone who gave to the Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions! We collected $510 of the $900 goal.

Operation Christmas Child
Thank you to everyone who donated, prepared, and help ship the 38 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child with Samaritan Purse. A special thank you for the $455 collected at the 31 Bingo fundraiser to help with the shipping cost. Your generosity will put smiles on children’s faces this Christmas season. We will continue to collect items throughout 2019 again. Below is a monthly list for your consideration.
JAN Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Socks, Underwear
FEB Stuffed Animals
MAR Soap, Washcloths
APR Combs, Brushes
MAY Toothbrushes
JUN Girl Toys
JUL Boy Toys
AUG Accessories
SEPT School Supplies
OCT Monetary Gift

Esther, Heaven and Breanna would like to thank their Oak Level Church Family for their trip to CrossRoads. “SHINE” was the theme and we experienced so much knowledge and love, and also met many other girls from different churches. Thank you again for your support and loving us. We were glad that the girls had a great time at Shine and hope they are looking forward to next year. The young ladies have also indicated that they would be interested in attending camp this summer at Crossroads Camp now that they have seen everything that camp has to offer!

CBF Global Missions Offering
OLBC 2018 Goal: $2,000
Offering Received - $1238.00
Special "Seeking Transformational Development"
emphasis will be
December 2 -9, 2018


Please Note
The church secretary will be out of the office the week of Christmas. If you have any items for the December 23 and December 30 bulletins, please have that information to her by Wednesday, December 19th. Also, please note that the church office will be closed New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1st.

CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
The Church Council will meet Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Come prepared to plan events for the church calendar to June 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.

GOD’S NOT DEAF
Two young boys were spending the night at their grandparents' house the week before Christmas. At bedtime, the two boys knelt beside their beds to say their prayers. The younger one began praying at the top of his lungs:
"I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE..."
"I PRAY FOR A NEW NINTENDO..."
His older brother leaned over, nudged him and said, "Why are you shouting? God isn't deaf." to which the little brother replied, "No, but Grandma is!"


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.

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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