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,
Don’t forget to turn your
clocks back one hour before
you go to bed on Saturday,
A SPECIAL INVITATION
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.
CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
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
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.
SHADY CREEK FARMS
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.
HENRY COUNTY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING
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.
2020 BUDGET REQUESTS
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.
THE PROMISING FUTURE OF SMALL CHURCHES
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
"Each day is a gift from God. What you do with it is your gift to Him." - T.D. Jakes
FOCUS ON WMU
WMU Meetings & News
Tuesday – October 29– 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday – November 19– 6:30 p.m.
HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE
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.
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 https://wmuv.org/getaway.There 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!
PREGNANCY CARE CENTER
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.
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.
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