Olive Grove Baptist Church Creedmoor, North Carolina
Saturday, September 05, 2015

Monthly Church Newsletter

Pastor’s Comments

June - what a beautiful time of the year. Flowers are in bloom. Crops are beginning to yield. The glory of God shines all around us through the beauty of His craftsmanship. Yet, we are reminded that the reward of the harvest does not come without work and pruning. Recently, I bought Brandi a beautiful hanging basket of petunias. At the market, the petunias were in full bloom and were beautiful. A gentleman at the market explained to me in order for the flowers to continue to blossom, that they must be pruned. Daily the old blooms will wither and must be removed in order for new blossoms to come. He warned that if you don’t remove the old, you will not have new grow.


We find a very similar image in John 15 when Jesus is identified as a vinedresser. He said “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”(John 15:1-2 ESV) You see, I believe that same truth for pruning of petunias can be applied to us. I believe in order for us to find new growth in our walk with Christ, we must be willing to allow Him to remove more of the old sin nature from our life. However, there is a tendency in each of us to hold on to the things of the past which always leads to our growth to be hindered and/or stopped. I love the words of Christ “He prunes, that it (you) may be more fruit.” I believe that it is the longing of the Lord for you to be more fruitful. He wants you to grow more in your walk with Him. He wants to display more of His glory through your life. However, in order to grow, you must be pruned. What are you willing for Him to prune? What are the things that you are holding on to of the past? Give them over to Him today so that He can make you more fruitful!

In addition, I want you to know of some changes that are coming with regards to the newsletter. The different organization leaders (Student Pastor, Baptist Men Director, WMU Director, AWANA leaders, Music Director, Newsletter Editor, and others) met recently and decided that they believe that it is in the best interest to move to a quarterly distribution of the newsletter. We believe that by doing this, we can commit to provide better, well-rounded information about the different activities that are going on at Olive Grove.  Weekly updates will be included in our bulletins.

Pastor Jonathan

OGBC Ladies Bible Study

During the month of May, an average of 20 ladies each Wednesday night gathered to walk through the book of James along with the Bible study Pressure Points.  This new study was a great success.  We will begin a new ladies’ Wednesday night Bible study in September.  More details to come!  


Come and experience an island adventure on Helotes Island each Sunday night at 7:00.  KCJAM will present We Are United on Sunday night, August 9th at 7:00!  Mark your calendars now for this island adventure Olive Grove style!  


OGBC Music Ministry

Sing to the Lord a new song!  Our purpose here as we anticipate the Lord’s return is to GO and TELL and worship the Lord!  The music ministry is a great opportunity to get involved in praise and worship at Olive Grove.  The summer is quickly approaching which means that Christmas will be here before we know it.  Therefore, we will be having Christmas in August - a time of revealing the new Christmas music.  If you love to sing, come join us each Wednesday night at 6:30!   


Brandi Barbee

Women of Worth

The Women of Worth will be providing the mission fundraiser meal on Wednesday, June 3rd at 6:00 p.m. and will be serving taco salads, desserts and tea. Your support is appreciated. The WOW had another successful bake sale during the recent BBQ chicken plate sale hosted by the Baptist Men. The ladies thank everyone for their contributions, assistance with the sale and purchases. The funds they make from these efforts are used to help with needs within our church and the community.

Baptist Men

The Baptist Men held their spring BBQ chicken plate fundraiser a week ago and once again, had excellent results. They appreciate all the ones who helped with cleaning and prepping the chickens on Friday night before, and all the assistance from everyone the day of the chicken sale. These funds are set aside to help with needs within the community and church family when assistance is requested. The Baptist Men have some projects coming up this summer and they appreciate any help that can be offered to them. On June 19th starting at 7:00 a.m. the group will be working at the home of a local senior citizen with some much needed repairs. Please contact Ed Forsythe or Joey Johnson if you need additional details. During the summer and into early fall the men have several projects they are organizing and more details will be shared as these projects are determined. As always, they thank all the men who attend the monthly meetings, and assist with the many worthwhile projects they take on.


2015 Vacation Bible School

Get Hoppin' to the Wildest Weekend Down Under! Outback Rock VBS is quickly approaching and we hope you are excited to see what God has in store for us! On this Aussie adventure, kids will explore God’s monumental love and discover what it means to have an unshakable faith. Join us Friday July 31st – Sunday August 2nd for a weekend full of fun and a time where kids venture into Rock Solid Faith! Ages 2 - adult are welcome to attend! We will have a youth and adult class this year, so invite all of your neighbors and friends!


Our volunteer meeting will be held on Wednesday June 17th right after the mission meal. We ask that all who want to help and take part in this awesome VBS weekend to please attend.

The breakdown for the weekend is as follows:
Friday PM:
Registration and opening night of VBS
Saturday AM:
VBS (lunch will be served)
Sunday PM:
VBS Celebration (refreshments will be served)

*Please check weekly bulletin for exact start/end times for VBS,*


Pre-Registration for Outback Rock VBS will start in early July. Please take advantage of this opportunity to register your children ahead of time!


We still have open positions that need to be filled. Please pray now about how God is wanting to use you for this weekend! We are anxious to see how God is going to move. If you have any questions or need more details please contact Rhonda Hunt or Brittany Cogdell.

In Christ's Love,
Rhonda & Brittany

Youth Update

Dear church family,

Words cannot express the thankfulness that is in my heart to you for every act of kindness during the past few months for me and Lauren. You truly have shown us the love of Christ and I feel very blessed to be a part of this great church family here at Olive Grove. Lauren and I would like to thank everyone who came to the wedding. You help make that day special for both of us. We would also like to thank those who were not able to come but still supported, encouraged, and prayed for us during this time. We desire that you would continue to pray for us as we start our lives together.

We have an exciting summer planned for our student ministry. Marvelous Mondays will be happening. This will be a time on Mondays where we will get together as a group and do something fun to make Mondays more marvelous. We will do things like (water wars, sky zone, and a lake day. Also, on Sunday Nights, we will have SNAC. This is an acronym for Sunday. Night. After. Church. On these specific dates we will have bible study and then go on a short trip to eat something together Sunday nights after church. I hope you all will be a part of this special time as well. We also have camp June 22-26 and Bible School at the end of July! The spots for camp are all full! We have 20 people going with us this year, and I am excited to see what God is going to do through this week! At the beginning of June, you will all receive postcards from the church that will have all the dates for these events, so that you can plan to be a part!

Once again thank you all for everything you have done and I am very excited to see what God is going to do this summer.

To the praise of His Glory,
Benji and Lauren Hutson