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Are you ready for Easter? How do you plan to celebrate Easter? Let us examine our lives as we prepare for Easter this year. Do you need peace and victory in your life now? The Lord has promised to supply all our needs and to give us victory as we trust in Him.

You are invited to participate in several special celebrations in the next few weeks at church. The Henry County Baptist Association WMU Annual Meeting is here Tuesday, April 9. Everyone is invited to this exciting time together. The celebration of Communion is Sunday, April 14, Palm Sunday. The wonderful celebration of Easter is Sunday, April 21. Invite (and also pray for) family, friends, and neighbors to come to church with you. Share one of the special brochures with people you meet. You will find these brochures available at church on the foyer table.

The Lord is at work bringing good out of evil, light out of darkness, joy out of pain, order out of chaos, and life out of death. What do you need Jesus Christ to do in your life today? Trust Him to provide your needs today. Take time to pray for others who need Jesus Christ to transform their lives now. You will have the opportunity to witness to others this Easter season. You can tell others your Christian testimony as you meet them. Be alert to people who have no hope and peace in their lives. Many people have no purpose and real joy today.

Please take time to read these Bible verses then reach out to help others whenever you have the opportunity.
1. Believe God and His Word – Romans 5:1, 15:13;
2. Live by the power of the Holy Spirit – Galatians 5:16, 22-23;
3. With the help of God, always do what is right – Romans 14:17.

It will make a difference in a life this Easter as you share the good news of Jesus Christ as often as you can.

Remember to begin praying now for VBS, June 2-6. Pause often to pray for the children and teachers who will come to VBS. How will the Lord guide and convict you to help in VBS this year?

Thank you for being faithful to serve the Lord in the ministry of OLBC.

Praise the Lord – Jesus is Risen!

With Hope and Peace,
Pastor Joe
John 11:25-26


FOCUS ON WMU

WMU Meetings & News
Tuesday – April 23– 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday – May 21– 6:30 p.m.

HCBA WMU ANNUAL MEETING
Everyone is invited to attend. The HCBA Annual WMU meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Oak Level Baptist Church and co-hosted by New Vision Baptist Church. Registration and refreshments begin at 5:15 p.m. The program will start at 6:15 p.m. with music. Special guest speaker will be Roberta Damon, who is a writer and speaker. She holds a doctorate in marriage and family counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her career includes missionary service in South Brazil, thirty years of counseling at First Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, and a time of serving on staff at the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Her books will be available for purchase at the meeting.

CrossRoads
CrossRoads is dedicated to providing a quality camping experience for campers ages 9-17 from all types of backgrounds. Every summer, boys and girls get to experience high ropes course, giant swing, rock faces, finger darts, and more all while being in a safe environment. CrossRoads summer staff are passionate about sharing Christ's love and message with campers. They were founded over 30 years ago by the Woman's Missionary Union of Virginia with a vision of offering missions centered camping for girls. CrossRoads is proud to continue that vision through one week of camp during the summer designed especially for girls while continuing to focus on missions. We also offer several weeks of coed camp. The camp dates run from June 10 through July 13. They host missionaries during the summer, collect a missions offering, and attempt to integrate times where campers can learn about God's love for them. Many are called to accept the Gospel or call to ministry. The cost for registration is $375. This is allinclusive and includes a themed Summer Camp T-shirt. The link to register is below: http://www.crossroadscamp.com/summercamp/ parent-info/forms-registration

STANDING ROCK SEWING PROJECT
MARKET BAGS/ VINYL TOTES

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 and hand out the backpacks and market bags. A pattern for backpacks is available, but purchased backpacks are inexpensive and acceptable. They are requesting a nice bag for women to carry groceries and other items when shopping. Please click the link below to find a video for a Market Bag made of laminated vinyl, with strong handles and a wide flat bottom. https://www.professorpincushion.com/professorpincushion/ market-bag/

RA FAMILY WEEKEND
STATE RA RACE
MAY 31-JUNE 1, 2019
KINGS DOMINION
The cost is $50 per person. This will include ticket for Kings Dominion, Program, Music, and State Royal Ambassador Race. You can register online at https://wmuv.org/RAevent. Contact Donna Winebarger if you need additional information.

CBF Global Missions Offering
OLBC 2019 Goal: $2,000
Received to Date: $680
"Seeking Transformational Development"
Special offering emphasis will be
May 12 – 19, 2019


CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
The Church Council will meet Wednesday, April 3rd, at 5:30 p.m. Come prepared to plan events for the church calendar through September 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.

Easter Egg Hunt
Oak Level Baptist Church will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. All children are invited to come and enjoy game and fun! Prizes will be awarded for each age group. Your help is needed with Easter candy. Please bring candy and put in the box located in the church foyer by Sunday, April 7.

Easter Sunrise Service
Join us as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at an Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 21st. Sunrise Service starts at 7:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast to follow Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m. Worship Service starts at 11:00 a.m.

HCBA SUNDAY SCHOOL TRAINING
The Henry County Baptist Association is sponsoring Sunday School Leadership Training with Tony Brooks, Sunday School Specialist with the BGAV. All Sunday School directors, teachers, co-teachers, and helpers are encouraged to attend on Saturday, April 27th at Starling Avenue Baptist Church from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Register with the HCBA office by Thursday, April 18th by calling 638-2951 or email at hcbaptist@gmail.com.

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@comcast.net by April 28th. Graduates will be recognized during the worship service on Sunday, May 19th.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 2nd. The theme for 2019 is LOVE ONE ANOTHER. The theme comes from the words of Jesus in John 13:34, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.” 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.

Operation InAsMuch
There will be training for all volunteers for OIAM on Saturday, May 4th from 10 am until noon at the Henry County Baptist Association on King’s Mountain Road.

CHILDREN’S CRAFT DAY
SATURDAY, MAY 4
2-4:00 PM
All children and youth are invited to join us as we make a craft. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall. Adult volunteers are needed! See Missy Thompson if you can help!

Happy Mother's Day - May 12

CHILDREN’S DEVOTION AND LUNCH SUNDAY, MAY 19
All children, youth, parents, and church family are invited to stay after church for a brief devotional time. We will then head to The Sirloin House for lunch (Dutch treat) around 1:00 PM.

VBS
OAK LEVEL OLYMPICS
Vacation Bible School will be held Sunday, June 2 through Thursday, June 6. Registration will begin on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. and VBS will start each evening at 6:30 p.m. until 8:45 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. Thursday night will be Family Night with a cookout and presentation of the certificates. Please contact Missy Thompson if you can help with food, teach, or if you need more information. A planning meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 4th, at 6:30 p.m. if you are interested in helping with this year’s VBS.


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 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)

For older PDF newsletters, please click to visit our Archive page.

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