Olive Grove Baptist Church Creedmoor, North Carolina
Friday, November 27, 2015
Quarterly Church Newsletter
OLIVE GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER
OGBC Fall Festival
Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Apple Cider and More
Bounce House, Games, Cake Walk and Trunk or Treat
Hot Dogs with the fixins’ and some good ole Gospel Music
Every one of ALL ages come join the fun on Sunday night, October 25th, from 5-7:30 for OGBC’s Fall Festival! Invite your neighbors, friends and everyone you know to come join the fun! More details will be coming soon!
We are off to a great start this year! Every night is a theme night this year. It is so much fun and we are able to share the gospel through it. How, you ask? Well, we have a different color night. The first one is Black night, the next is Red night, then White night, then Blue night and Yellow night. Do you get it? These are the colors that we often use to share the gospel.
Black= Sin; "We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." - Romans 3:23
Red= Blood of Jesus, Our sins have been washed clean with His blood. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have Eternal life." - John 3:16
White= Purity. When we ask Jesus to come into our heart and to be our savior, we receive a clean heart. "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved...For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved." - Romans 10:9, 13
Yellow= Heaven. The bible describes heaven as a beautiful place that God created for those of us who have a relationship with Him. “And the street of the city was pure gold like clear glass.” –Revelations 21:21
This is the sole purpose of this program and our complete focus this year. We want to inspire and lead little ones to Christ and to help them learn God's word so that they become lifelong Disciples of Christ. We need everyone's help to draw little ones in to our program here. Please spread the word! We meet every Sun night 6:30-8pm.
There are many items the Building Committee has been involved in over the past few months. Here is an update on what we have been working on.
Right now we are in the middle of an incredible sanctuary improvement project. This place will be an outstanding place of worship when it is all completed! Our current timeline is this:
Painting completed week of September 28- Oct 2
Removal of old pews completed week of Nov 2-7
New carpet completed week of Nov 9-14
New pews installed Nov 16-18
Recently one of the fellowship hall A/C units has not been working. It has been repaired for just under $1000. The internal fan motor burnt out as well as the wiring associated with it. This was the older unit that we have there. We decided to repair rather than replace the unit due to the comparison of costs with each and warranty still left on certain other parts.
We have hosted our annual church-cleanup day on Oct 3rd. Thanks to everyone who has pitched in to keep our church looking great!
Women of Worth
The Women of Worth will once again this year participate in the Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry. Collection dates and more information will be provided at a later time. The toy ministry is also a tremendous outreach project for our association, and will plan to be involved in that as well. Our bake sale at the BBQ chicken fixin' is always a great success for our mission work, and we look forward to lots of goodies for that day. God bless each and every one of you for all the help you give us throughout the year.
The men are continuing on their mission to help around the community. We are trying to help supply firewood to those who need it and offering to help with any needed repairs around the community. We are planning our second chicken cooking and will be posting additional information about that very soon. All men are encouraged to come be a part of our men's group. We meet the last Wed night of each month at 7:15pm to discuss our current mission.
Sunday School Report
We have had an up and down Sunday school Attendance so far this year. We had an excellent Teachers’ meeting on September 13th, 2015. We are planning on having one each quarter. This will keep the teachers advised of upcoming events and to work with any questions that the teachers have. Also we want to remind the parents regarding the security protocol to sign their children in and pick up the tag to turn back in after church. This is for the safety of the children. I want to thank all the teachers for their outstanding job and appreciate all the work which they do for our Sunday school.
As the choir prepares for this year’s Christmas worship service, I want to encourage each of you to pray for every choir member and youth choir member that will be leading this year in our Christmas worship service. Deeply embedded in the story of Christmas is a word that takes us from simply hearing about the birth of Christ to allowing our lives to be transformed by His love. It is with an expectant heart that we believe. With this belief we find hope and peace through the Son that God sent down to earth. An electrifying worship experience, Believe in Christmas delivers the relevant message of what it means to have faith in Christ.
As the choir prepares for this year’s Christmas worship service, I want to encourage each of you to pray for every choir member and youth choir member that will be leading this year in our Christmas worship service. Mark your calendars for Sunday night, December 13, for a Night of "Christmas" Worship at Olive Grove.
OGBC Adult Christmas Party
ALL OGBC adults are invited to come and enjoy a wonderful night of great food, great fellowship, great games and lots of laughs on Monday night, December 21st, at 6:00. This is a night you do NOT want to miss. Adults of ALL ages will be served by our great deacons and Jonathan and Brandi will be providing desserts. We will be having a “fun” gift exchange and some “surprise” games. Child care will be provided! Details will be posted in the bulletin as the date gets closer. Don’t miss out on this most-fun night - there’s no telling what you may see!
Third Annual Deacon/Wives Dinner with The Barbees and The Hutsons
Pastor Jonathan and Brandi along with Benji and Lauren will be hosting the deacons and their wives for a Christmas celebration on Saturday night, December 19th at the parsonage.
Children’s Christmas Play
The children of Olive Grove will be presenting their Christmas play to celebrate the birth of Christ on Dec. 20th at 7:00 pm. Here is a sneak preview and we know you will enjoy!
Annie is a little angel who always seems to be busy. While caring for others, she has let her own appearance go lacking. Her halo is crooked, her wing is broken and she is never on time for anything! When she is given a "big" assignment, others try to help her prepare for it. Come join us as the story unfolds for "the Little Angel Who Was Always Late"
Southcoast Church Planting Update
August was an exciting month in the life of South Coast Church. Our Bible Study group continues to gel together and we concluded our study of `The Reason for God` and began discussing our church mission statement and the importance of living on mission. We continued to follow up with people who came to our first Free Family Fun Night at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford last month and also hosted our second of three this summer. But in between the two Free Family Fun Nights we held our first preview service. We had 14 people worship with us and it was a great time as our launch team (7 people) had the chance to serve and see this vision that has been painted in their head actually come together. The next week was our second Free Family Fun Night and it was so great to see God at work that week! The event was a great success! Even though they had been calling for rain all day it held off during the event and we had about 250-275 people join us. At the event we promoted our second preview service which was held on August 30th. Again, it was a great day and 12 people joined us for worship that day. Finally, we have decided to adopt our local elementary school (Potter) and pour into them this year. We put together gifts for all their faculty and staff and dropped them off at the school the day before school started.
The month of September has been another busy month as we had our third and final Free Family Fun Night of the summer on September 5th and officially launched South Coast Church on September 13th. It was so exciting to see God at work as 30 people joined us for worship and we are seeing people continue to come back and new relationships forming.
Please continue praying for the Genica family as they move here from Rock Hill, SC and will be a valuable part of our team! Pray for a smooth transition for their three children as they begin school in a completely new environment this month. Also pray for openness and response to the gospel for the people of Dartmouth and New Bedford. Pray for biblical community to develop in our Community Groups. Pray for my preaching ministry and for Jodi’s teaching ministry to children. Finally, please pray for my family as we explore the possibility of fostering/adoption.
Thank you for your prayers and support! We love all of you!
Chad, Jodi, Brayden and South Coast Church
Wow, what an amazing summer we had! This past summer, the youth were able to be involved in many exciting opportunities! GoTell Camp in Toccoa, Georgia was great, having many students come to Christ and grow in their walk with Christ. We had a great Vacation Bible School time together, and our Sunday Night SNACs were awesome as well! I would like to thank everyone, parents and students, for your help and participation in all these events! I truly believe that the more we invest in our children and youth, the more we can expect to see fruit in their lives by God’s grace. Thanks to everyone for a great summer!
My prayer for the students of Olive Grove this school year is to see our youth be unashamed for the Gospel of Christ. After all, Romans 1:16 says “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. “ I hope that our students will understand that they do not need to be ashamed of what they believe. In the world that we are currently in, they will not be welcomed in the public square for their beliefs in God. They will be rejected. It’s time we start preparing them for that. Jesus said in John 16:33“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” We can understand from this passage that our students and anyone who follows Christ are promised tribulation. We will have trouble in this life, but the verse does not stop there. Thankfully, we have the promise of Christ that He has overcome the world. We need not to fear or tremble or shrink in our stand for Jesus Christ. In fact this verse promises peace. We should expect trouble. Jesus Himself, promised this, but he also guaranteed our victory and peace through his death and resurrection. Thanks be to God! All glory be to Christ!
Now that summer is over, we have a lot planned for our youth this coming fall! Below you will find a list of events that we will be having for the youth and parents this fall and winter. This list is tentative, and will be confirmed by the bulletin/announcements and through the Parent Facebook Page. If you are not currently included on the Facebook page, please talk to me and I will be glad to include you. On the Facebook page, you will find news and upcoming events. I hope that this can be of use to you in the days to come.
Fall and Winter Events:
October 11th- I would like to meet with all the parents of students’ 6th – 12th grade after church Sunday Morning. We will be providing lunch for parents and students. However, the meeting is restricted to the parents. Please plan to be a part of this!
October 21- Youth Mission Meal
October 25th- Fall Festival
November 7th- Youth Service Project more details to come
November 18th- Youth Mission Meal
December 17th- Youth Christmas Party (6th-12th grades)
December 30-31st- Discipleship Now Weekend
January 10th- Youth Outing after church Sunday Morning
I look forward to working and serving alongside you all as we prepare for an awesome fall and winter!
To the Praise of His Glory,
As we enter into October, I am reminded of Harvest Day at Olive Grove. This year, we have an exciting service planned with great preaching by guest pastor Dean Connor and great music by the Olive Grove Choir! This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Steadfast Love of the Lord”. Psalm 103:17 declares:
Bwana asifiwe! ("Praise the Lord”)
Last year, we as church had a tremendous opportunity to go to Tanzania and do work inside and outside of the city of Mwanza. We were able to see God do marvelous things there. God provided clean water for a village that did not have quick access to clean water. We were able to minister to orphans that came from the streets. We were able to help build walls to help protect vital resources. Above all, we were able to share the good news of Jesus and saw over 84 men, women, boys and girls come to Christ. This led to the opportunity to lead some in discipleship and what it meant to be a believer. Through the discipleship class, we saw a community come together and desire to worship together. And just as Olive Grove, from, out of the same desire. Since our return, the church as continued to meet faithfully. However, they have been meeting under temporary areas and makeshift tarps. We believe that God’s allows us to be a part of his glorious work to begin the work and thus we have a responsibility to help them become a self-sustaining church. So we have been looking to purchase some land and also looking to help purchase a temporary building for them to worship in. Through the partnership of many churches and the heart to see the gospel advance in Tanzania, I am pleased to share with you that land has been purchased and a temporary church is beginning to be built! Bwana asifiwei! (Praise the Lord!). In June 2015, we will be uniting with another church for a return trip to Tanzania where we will help with the construction of the church, continue providing more clean water, and doing more evangelism and discipleship! Continue to pray for the church in Nyakasanga and pray about how God would want to you help with our mission to Tanzania! Pray, Give, or Go!