Olive Grove Baptist Church Creedmoor, North Carolina
Monday, April 27, 2015
Monthly Church Newsletter
OLIVE GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH NEWSLETTER
I want to begin by thanking you for your faithfulness to our Spring Revival. I hope you were blessed by coming and I know I was blessed by seeing your hunger for God’s word and worship.
Throughout the week, I heard incredible testimonies of individuals and families expressing what God did in their lives.
One question seems to arise after a revival, “How do we individually stay revived?”
I believe the answer is found in Psalm 119.
Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!
You have commanded your precepts
to be kept diligently.
Oh that my ways may be steadfast
in keeping your statutes!
Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous rules.
I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me!
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
(Psalm 119:1-10 ESV)
In Psalm 119, David begins by saying believers are blessed by God when their way is blameless, when they walk by the word, when they keep the commands, and when they seek Him with their whole heart. This is the blessing that our church experienced this week because we sought to be blameless, we walked by the word, we sought to keep His commandments, and this week we sought Him with all of our heart; as a result, we were blessed by God. So how do we continue? We continue by following David’s instructions in verse 9-10 of how to a young man keeps his way pure. We continue by guarding our way (our life) with God’s word! We continue by daily seeking Him with our whole heart. And finally, we ask God to keep us from swaying from His commandments. May we make this our commitment every day that we are going to guard, seek, and pray! And may God continue to bless us as we seek Him with our whole heart!
Learning to Lean,
KCJAM is busy preparing for our upcoming spring/summer musical We Are United. Beginning Sunday afternoon, April 12th, we KCJAM will begin practice at 5:30. Please mark your calendars for Sunday night, June 14th for this exciting musical. Come to “Henotes Island” and experience the importance of being united!
OGBC Music Ministry
Our first “Night of Worship” was truly wonderful. What a night of praise and worship to our Lord! However, just because “Night of Worship” took place Thursday, March 26th, doesn’t mean that we have to wait until our next “Night of Worship” to praise like we did that night. The Lord says for us to worship Him daily. We can have a “Night of Worship” each time we enter the doors of Olive Grove. Each time we come to “church”, come prepared to worship and praise.
I would like to especially thank the adult choir for ALL of their hard work and commitment to this vital ministry at OGBC. By your serving Him through this ministry, I know that He is going to pour out His blessings! I love each of you and consider it an honor to worship alongside of you each Sunday.
Singing for Him,
We are quickly approaching the end of our Spring Semester of Awana. We have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of ministering to our young people and look to make the most impact on them in the next few weeks.
Here is the schedule for the last few weeks of Awana:
Let's really focus on doing something nice for the leaders on April 26th! They have really poured their hearts and energy into our children all year and this is a specific time to give back a little to them.
On the last night of Awana, we will have the Awana spring store. Here the clubbers can come and "buy" a few nice things for themselves. We will have several items that they can use at the pool/ lakes or just out in the yard for fun!
Thanks to the church for supporting this program! It is vital to our children and their relationships with Christ.
Building Committee Updates
The building committee continues to work to investigate sanctuary improvements (pews, chairs and carpet). Currently we have received bids from contractors for pews/ chairs and are planning a trip to visit some churches in the area where these contractors have performed this type of work in the past. We are trying to gather as much information as possible so that we can report to the church and seek additional input. Together we are trying to ensure we make the best decisions possible for our improvements to our sanctuary.
Women of Worth News
The Women of Worth will be sponsoring a fundraiser dinner for Brandi Cates (granddaughter of Faye and Herbert Evans) on April 8th at 6 p.m. The money raised will help with some of her medical expenses. The menu will consist of delicious homemade soups, cheese toast, desserts, and tea. Please come out and show your support for this wonderful young lady.
Easter is my favorite time of year. Easter is a time where the church, the bride of Christ, gets to celebrate the victory that we have through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When Christ died on the cross, it seemed that the hope for the world was dead, but on the third day when Jesus rose again, the hope of the world was forever alive and forever victorious over death, hell, and the grave. In 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 Paul wrote, "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve." We have in sacred Scripture this wonderful truth that gives us hope in this world. During this Easter time, never forget the victory that we have in Christ. I would encourage everyone to invite people to our Easter services. This will be a time when the Gospel will be shared and hopefully we will see God do a work in the lives of people in our communities.
SouthCoast Church News (Chad, Jodi and Brayden Hartis)
Here is a snapshot of what the next few weeks look like. This week we are hosting a couple who is coming up to check out the area. We are excited about showing them around and sharing our vision.
On March 10th I will be assessed as a Church Planter with the Baptist Bible Fellowship International network. On March 11th a group of 8 college students will join us in serving our community. We will give out free hot chocolate at the bus station in downtown New Bedford.
March 13th we will host our first Vision Meeting where we will officially invite several people who have been coming to our Bible Study to hear our vision for South Coast Church and commit to being a part of our core group or "Launch Team."
At the end of March-Beginning of April we will be in NC connecting with churches to cast vision and develop partnerships.
Chad, Jodi and Brayden Hartis