Olive Grove Baptist Church Creedmoor, North Carolina
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monthly Church Newsletter


Pastor’s Comments

John 11:35 records the shortest verse in all of scripture, and within its small package contains a powerful truth. The verse declares simply “Jesus wept.” Here, the Messiah who has contained all of the answers of the disciples and the Jews is moved by compassion to the point of tears. Now, one may ask what moved Him. Scripture indicates what moved Christ to tears. One, the grief-stricken hearts of Mary and the Jews. Verse 33 says, “When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled.” Mary, so full of questions and so broken over the loss of her brother that she fell at Jesus feet and wept. What an incredible image? We all will or have experienced great loss through death. Through the loss, we have been filled with questions and grief so much so that our only response has be a total emotional and sometimes physical collapse.  May this story and verse give us strength today knowing that Jesus sees, hears, and is moved by our grief and questions. May we, as Mary did, carry our grief, sorrows, and questions to Christ and lay them at His feet. He alone has the power to raise us up from the depths of despair! 

Learning to Lean, 
Pastor Jonathan 

KCJAM will be singing and learning songs during AWANA this year!  There will NOT be a special time for KCJAM from September- December.   Also, it’s almost time to begin working on our annual Christmas play.  Be on the lookout for special dates and times in the upcoming bulletins/newsletters.


OGBC Music Ministry
“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations.”  Psalm 89:1

Throughout God’s Word, we are instructed to sing praises to the Lord.  There is no better way to lift the name of Jesus than to become a part of the music ministry at Olive Grove.  Beginning September 3rd, we will begin rehearsing for our Christmas musical that will be presented on Sunday night, December 14th.  Practice will begin on Wednesday nights at 6:30 after the fellowship meals.  Now is the best time to get involved and share your joy of music with our congregation.

God has blessed our church with great talent, and I give Him glory!

Singing for Him
Brandi Barbee

From the Building Committee

As you already know, the Building Committee has been working to get the carpet replaced in the Education Building (hallways, offices, and classrooms).  Some of the work has already begun.  Please excuse any mess you may encounter for the next few weeks.  We are trying to ensure that regular church activities are not interrupted at all and there is very limited mess left. 


In preparation for the replacement of the carpet, we are repainting some areas that needed it significantly.  Most of this painting is being done in the hallways, but there may be a room or two that will get painted due to the need.  A member has graciously donated all the contracted labor to do the painting work, so we have tried to have that done before the carpet is installed so that the chance for damage to the new carpet from painting is minimized. 


The carpet is being installed Sept 8-10th.  The carpet will be delivered on Fri Sept 5th to acclimate to the area.  It will be placed out of the way as best it can be.  The contractors will begin on Monday morning and planned to be completed before Wed evening if all goes well.  This company will also be moving all items out of every classroom to do the work and replacing those items as they are finished.  We will need each teacher or leader that uses one of those classrooms in the education building to 1- clean out anything that is no longer needed and 2- box up any loose items from shelves, bookcases, and on desks or file cabinets, and anything small on the floor, 3- unplug all electrical items.  Again this will need to be done no later than Sept 7th and it will be put into the bulletin as a reminder also. 


We have also been made aware of the exterior carpet that needs replacing very soon also.  We are working on getting quotes right now for that (trying to make sure we get the best price to be good stewards of our resources).  Hopefully that will get done in the very near future also.


Thanks again for your support, help, and patience!  We hope that you are pleased when it is all completed.


Women of Worth News

Missions Extravaganza
April 17-18, 2015
Ardmore Baptist Church
501 Miller Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Missions Extravaganza 2015 offers participants the opportunity to engage in hands-on mission projects, attend up to six conferences and celebrate with key note speakers Phyllis Elvington, Edna Ellison and missionary Gordon Fort. 


If any woman is interested in attending this Missions Extravaganza please let Cindy Keith or Wanda Munn know as soon as you can. The registration fee is $35 (fee includes program fee and Saturday lunch).

 Bake Goods Auction

Please donate your baked goods for the baked goods auction that will be held after church on September 7. The money raised will go to support the mission trip to Africa.  Many thanks in advance for all the help.

Janie Latta
Baptist Men Report

The Baptist Men have several events coming up in and want to encourage attendance by any man (young or old) that would like to help and be part of these events. On September 13th the men will get together as a group and go dove hunting. They will meet at the church. Further details will be coming soon in the bulletin. On September 21, the NC Mission Offering will be collected during Sunday Services.  Then on September 25th the men will meet at the home of Mrs. Blackwell at 5 p.m. and again on the 26th to do repairs to her roof.  And last but not least, they will meet at 7 a.m. at Bojangles for breakfast and then begin work at 8:00 a.m. in the community cutting and splitting wood and delivering it on Saturday, September 27th. We encourage all men to be part of the Baptist Men’s group.

Kevin Brown

Youth News
I hope everyone is ready for the upcoming school year. It seems as if this summer flew by quickly. During this school year, I want to encourage parents to keep their children in church. The school year can be a time where we become busier with other things and forget the necessity of cultivating a life in Christ. Please make a concerted effort to have your children in church. This time you have is precious with them, and the time we have to disciple them and help them know God is the most essential time of their lives. At home, live a life in front of them that shows that Christ is the most important thing in your life. In 1 Corinthians 10:31 the Apostle Paul says "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." Make that your goal this school year.

Events for September:
Friday September 12th, the youth will meet at the church at 6:30 pm. We will have a time of food fellowship and games here at the church. Bring active clothes. Parents need to pick students up at 10 o clock.

To the Praise of His Glory



It's time to RISE UP!  That's right - Rise Up and take a stand for Jesus as we kick off our new year of Awana.  This year we are excited to offer clubs for children ages 2yo- 6th grade.  The Youth group will have 7th graders- 12th graders.  Awana will be held from 6:30-8pm on Sunday nights again this year.  There are many theme nights and this year we will be having special competitions between classes and between genders.  It should be a ton of fun!


RISE UP? What's that?  That is our theme this year and it comes from Psalm 20:7-9

                    [6] Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;

                                         he will answer him from his holy heaven

                                         with the saving might of his right hand.

                    [7] Some trust in chariots and some in horses,

                                         but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

                    [8] They collapse and fall,

                                         but we RISE and stand upright.   (Psalm 20:6-8 ESV)

We have hope in the Lord and we are committed to trusting in Him and serving Him through this Awana program!  That is the sole purpose of this program and that is what we will be about in all our activities, lessons, and mission events.


We have most of our leaders set in place and our calendar also.  Here is the calendar for the entire year:


AWANA Calendar 2014-2015

Class #
Theme/ Location/ 
Awana Kickoff 

Twin Night & Bring a Friend Night

Awana hosts Mission Meal @ 6pm
No Theme Night

No AWANA- Harvest Day Service at 11am- Everyone Invited

No Theme Night
No Theme Night

Fall Festival- Cake Walk, Hay Rides, Trunk/Treat, Music, Fair Foods

Awana hosts Mission Meal @ 6pm
No Theme Night
No Theme Night

Haul For Hunger (Bring canned foods for local shelter)

No Mission Meal

Christmas Parades- Butner & Creedmoor


AWANA Store & Christmas Celebrations Night

No AWANA (Christmas Cantata)
No AWANA (Christmas Play)
No Mission Meal
No Theme Night
Layered Look Night
No Theme Night
No Theme Night
Awana hosts Mission Meal @ 6pm
Blackout Night
No Theme Night
No Theme Night
No Theme Night
Awana hosts Mission Meal @ 6pm
Crazy Hair Night
No Theme Night
No Theme Night
No Theme Night
Awana hosts Mission Meal @ 6pm
Backwards Night
No Theme Night
No Theme Night

Leader Appreciation (Do something nice for your leader)

Awana hosts Mission Meal @ 6pm
AWANA Store (Last Night)
Awana hosts Mission Meal @ 6pm

Missions Update from Massachusetts

Hello from Massachusetts! The past couple months have been eventful so there’s a lot to fill you in on. As always thank you for your continued prayers and support! Knowing we have people that believe in what we’re doing and are lifting us up in prayer helps us get through the difficult and frustrating times. And things definitely can get difficult and frustrating. Thank you! As we mentioned in our last newsletter, we have been hosting monthly gatherings for our friends to come to who do not know Christ. Individual contributions have enabled us to serve them in that way. All together there are about 12 people that we have been able to get together with. In July we invited those friends to a Bible study in our home. Unfortunately not as many have turned out for that yet as we would like but we are going to persevere and continue reaching out while taking advantage of the time we have to really pour into the people who are interested in learning more.


Chad was recently appointed as a North American Mission Board Church Planting Apprentice which will allow him to cut back to working part-time at Jordan’s Furniture and allow him to spend more time preparing to launch South Coast Church next September. He continues to reach out to the guys he works with and was able to meet 1-on-1 with Randy for dinner one night. Randy labels himself an atheist or agnostic but is now more open than ever to hearing the gospel. He and Chad talked about the gospel for over 2 hours that night and while Randy didn’t make the decision to follow Christ yet, God is obviously working in his life. Jodi also continues to invest in the friends she has made at our new apartment complex and hang out with Susan, Sue, and Karen on a regular basis.


Finally, we recently took a couple weeks to travel to different churches trying to establish partnerships with both individuals and churches to help support the work that God has called us to. If you would like more information about how you can partner with us. Shoot me an e-mail or you can learn more and contact us through our website (www.SCDartmouth.com).


Once again, thank you all for your prayers and support! It means the world to us!



Chad, Jodi & Brayden