Olive Grove Baptist Church Creedmoor, North Carolina
Friday, November 28, 2014

Monthly Church Newsletter

OLIVE GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
 
November 2014 Newsletter
 
 
 

Words from our Pastor

November can be easily described as a filling month. Our yards begin filling with the beautiful autumn leaves of fall. Our calendars begin to fill with Christmas plans, shopping trips, and football games. Our home fills with family during the celebration of Thanksgiving. Our stomachs are full of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and all the desserts that one can stand. Our hearts fill with Thanksgiving as we recall all the blessings that He has so richly blessed us with.


Scripture gives us a scene in heaven when those redeemed in heaven are filled.
“[9] After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, [10] and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” [11] And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, [12] saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”(Revelation 7:9-12 ESV)

 

This passage gives us a picture of a host in heaven standing around the throne of God. And they are full too. They are not full of turkey or cranberry sauce; they are full of nothing more than worship. They all bow before the Lord and give their full worship of Thanksgiving. It is not just the month of November that we focus on filling ourselves full, but may we fill our lives every day and every month full of worship of thanksgiving for what He has blessed us with through His redeeming blood!

Learning to Lean,
Pastor Jonathan

 
Adult Choir News

I love that the Lord uses a man like David to write beautiful songs in praise and worship to Him who is worthy of ALL praise.  I love that even in the midst of David’s repentance, David is able to cry out in praise.  I love that music soothes the soul and ministers in so many ways.  My prayer for the OGBC Music Ministry is that God’s people will cry out in praise in the good times and in the hard times.  May we seek Him and praise Him for His blessings.  The next two months seem to be the busiest months out of the entire year.  May we not forget God’s blessings in the hustle and bustle. Let us remember the psalmist’s words in Psalms 100,

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness!  Come into his presence with singing!  Know that the Lord, he is God!  It is he who made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!  Give thanks to him; bless his name!  For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”

 

Continue to pray for the choir as they prepare for this year’s musical presentation, A Midnight Clear.”  The choir will present God’s Word through this musical on Sunday night, December 14th.  

 

Singing for Him,

Brandi Barbee
 
Women of Worth Update

The Women of Worth will be collecting shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child through November 23. Thank you in advance for helping with this great mission project. If you need a shoebox please see Cindy Keith as she has some available. 

 

On October 13 several women made fleece tie blankets for Genesis House. These blankets were given to the children and women who are at this shelter for abused women.  Thanks to everyone who helped with this event.

 

Our Secret Sister get together will be held on December 4 at 6:30 PM at the home of Janie Latta.  If you are interested in being a secret sister for the upcoming year please come and join us. 

 

A Lottie Moon offering will be collected on December 7.

 
Janie Latta
 
Christmas Play Information

One of the special events coming in December is the annual Christmas play. This year it is titled "Christmas Memories" and is about one little girl talking to a friend who is exhausted from all the Christmas rush.  She tells her friend what Christmas means to her by sharing some of her fond memories she has had in the past at Christmastime. Please make plans on December 21st to attend this drama production and share some of your own memories thru this play.

 
Betty Butler
 
Youth News

Fall is upon us and we have many things for which we can be thankful. Many times, however, I believe we focus on the physical things that we have rather than the spiritual things we have. Paul says in Ephesians 1 that "God the Father... has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places." Through Christ we have blessings above, and those blessings are far greater than the physical and material things we have. Sure, we should be thankful for God's provision of our material needs, but our main source for our thanksgiving should be Christ and what he accomplished for us on the cross and in His resurrection. Take some time this month to thank God for Christ and His work on your behalf. Focus on what his death and resurrection means for you. Thank him for his blessings.

 
November Youth Events:
November 1 - Assist with the Men's BBQ
November 21- Youth Event- more details to come
 

Please continue to pray for our youth as we seek to be faithful stewards of the blessings we have.

 
To the Praise of His Glory,

 

Benji