As October approaches, I am reminded of Harvest Day at Olive Grove. Last year, we had a tremendous Harvest Day. God truly moved in the service with great power! We also saw the church express their thanksgiving to the Lord through sacrificial giving. It was through those gifts that God has allowed us to do tremendous updates to our educational space which will in turn allow us to disciple and lead others in the truth of God’s word. May I say thank you for sowing into the ministry of Olive Grove. With this in mind, I am reminded of Paul’s word to the church at Corinth.
“ The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.  As it is written,
“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.”
 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.  For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.  By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,  while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.  Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:6-15)
Paul is encouraging the church at Corinth to sow financial seeds into the ministry. He reminds them that you will reap what you sow. He then praises them that the ministry itself is supplying the needs of the saints. You see, a church that sows the gospel into individuals is a result of those that have received Christ’s glorious grace sowing back into the church. When a church follows this model, it a church of praise - a church that gives praise for the opportunity to serve the lost and hurting and praising for the opportunity to give back to Christ who gave it all for us! Lastly, It is not only a church of praise but a church that gives Him glory. Verse 13 describes how they give Him glory. The church gives him glory through the confession of the gospel. This is a church that has a heart for the gospel and to confess it to a dying world. Secondly, the church gave God glory through cheerful giving for all people. They not only gave to minister to those within the church, they give to minister to those outside the church so that gospel would advance.
May this be our heart at Olive Grove - be a church of praise and a church that gives Him glory. Thank you for your giving last year. Your giving is advancing the ministry here. And I want to thank you also for your giving that is advancing the gospel; such as, your gifts to Baptist Mission Offering, Annie Armstrong, Lottie Moon, and the OGBC Tanzania Mission Team. May we give Him praise and glory!
Learning to Lead
“FALL in Love with Music”
I am so excited about what the Lord is doing in the Music Ministry at OGBC. The adult choir is diligently working on this year’s Christmas music and praying for lives to be changed and hearts moved during our presentation on December 14th. We are also excited about Harvest Day and what the Lord has in store for His people on that day.
I’ve had the most-wonderful opportunity over the past years to see God do amazing things in the lives of people who’ve allowed His word through song to minister to them. My prayer for everyone is that they will allow the Lord to speak to them through song.
From the songwriter David,
"Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.
2 Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
3 Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.” Psalm 33:1-3
Choir practice will begin each Wednesday at 6:30 and will conclude at 7:30 from October -December.
Singing for Him,
In 1 Peter 5:5-7, Peter writes, "Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."
In this passage, we see an exhortation to be humble.
Pride is the enemy of fellowship. When we pride ourselves on ourselves, we lose focus and we forget our dependence upon our creator. CJ Mahaney wrote "Pride is when sinful human beings aspire to the status and position of God and refuse to acknowledge their dependence upon Him.” Please see that a prideful attitude comes from a lack of dependence upon God. Humility is defined as "honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness.” When we take an honest look at ourselves and see God in His holiness, we should be humbled knowing that our righteousness is as filthy rags. When we focus on Christ, and fill our lives with Christ, we can be sure that our pride will find no dwelling place in Christ. I pray that focusing on Christ will humble me this month. It is always a good reminder that "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." May we focus on our need for God. That alone is when we will see a decrease in pride and an increase in humility.
To the Praise of His Glory
Youth Events for this month
October 18- We will meet at church at 2pm for an outing. More details to come.
Women of Worth News
Thank you to everyone who participated in the bake sale auction. Because of all the support, $336.80 was raised for the mission trip to Africa.
The Women will be providing the mission meal on October 1. The menu will consist of homemade soups, cheese toast, desserts and sweet tea.
It's that time of year again. WOW is sponsoring the Operation Christmas Child shoebox project. We have several boxes that have been donated to fill. Contact Cindy Keith if you want one or more. The deadline for receipt of the filled boxes is11/16/14. Operation Christmas Child donations will be collected November 17-24.
The Ronald McDonald House has requested the following specific items: dish soap, Lysol Spray, Sugar, 20oz
paper bowls, powder laundry detergent, dry creamer, Clorox wipes, Sweetener packets. WOW would like help out. If you are interested, please place items in the bin in the back hall.
November is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. WOW will be making fleece prayer blankets for the Genesis House in Durham. We will be meeting in the fellowship hall on Monday, October 13, and will be making the blankets that are tied on the edges. If you are interested participating, please contact Cindy Keith for more information.
The Lottie Moon offering will be collected on December 7.
They will be holding their next BBQ chicken sale on Saturday, November 1st. Tickets will be available in October from members of the Baptist Men’s group.