Olive Grove Baptist Church Creedmoor, North Carolina
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Monthly Church Newsletter

OLIVE GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH NEWSLETTER

August 2014
www.olivegrovebaptist.org
 
Pastor’s Note

August begins a close to the summer and brings in a new school year. In that transition comes renewed disciplines of getting kids to bed early and getting them up early for school. On comes the discipline of getting the school lunches ready, making sure kids have done their homework, and making sure they get to school on time. Setting daily disciplines is a natural part of raising children and a natural part of developing our own lives. We discipline our bodies in order to get in shape. We discipline ourselves to take daily medication in order to get healthy. Spiritual growth takes discipline as well. We must discipline ourselves to spend time daily in prayer. We must discipline ourselves to grow in our understanding of God's word through daily Bible reading. May I submit to you one of the most neglected disciplines of them all is the lack of discipline over our speech. Scripture proclaims that we are to be disciplined to not allow destructive talk to come from our mouths.


"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." (Ephesians 4:29) Also, James describes our tongues as something that cannot be tamed... "but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison." (James 3:9) So how do we discipline something that is untamable? We should seek Christ for help. As King David shared in our same struggle, he prayed "Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!" (Psalm 141:3)


May we as believers seek to be more disciplined to use our speech to give grace to one another above anything else. May we be more disciplined to resist the temptation to criticize, gossip, slander, or destroy others with our words. May this discipline permeate every aspect of our lives. In the privacy of our homes, may our speech not be destructive to our spouses and children, but uplifting and affirming. Whether publicly in the workplace or on social media, may we use our speech to extend grace to others and not boast in ourselves or rant about what we do not like. Above all, may we seek God's help in using our speech to give Him glory! May God guard over our mouths and may He discipline us when we speak in a unholy manner. May He lead us to bring Him glory in all areas our lives and may our lips give Him praise for His mighty grace!

Learning to Lean,

Pastor Jonathan

 
KCJAM News

KC-JAM meets every Sunday night during the worship service at 7:00 in the fellowship hall.  Jammers are working on new songs that they will sing on Sunday morning, August 31.  

 
OGBC Adult Choir - "Christmas in August”

Psalm 100 says,  

“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 we are His; 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.”  

 

There is something wonderful about singing praises to the Lord.  I believe that when God’s children sing sincere praise to Him, it is like sweet aroma to His nostrils.  We are told that the Lord “inhabits the praise of His people”.  What a privilege we have to stand before Him each Sunday and Wednesday to sing His praise.  My prayer for the music ministry of OGBC is that in ALL of our music, He is glorified.  Our mission statement for OGBC is “Exalt, Equip, Evangelize” and the purpose of our music ministry is to do exactly that - Exalt, Equip, Evangelize!  

 

All singers and music lovers are invited to come be a part of the adult choir.  Being part of the choir and music ministry is a wonderful way to express gratitude for the Lord’s goodness and a great way to extend praise.  On Saturday afternoon, August 16, at 6:00we will be debuting this year’s Christmas musical. Come and see what the Lord has in store for our Christmas celebration this year.  This night will be a time of fellowship and worship.   Now is a GREAT time to join the adult choir! 

 
Brandi Barbee
 
Baptist Men

The Baptist Men’s ministry will be cutting wood on Saturday morning, August 23rd, at 8 am. There will also be a Regional Baptist Men’s Meeting on August 19th. All those interested in going please sign up on the bulletin board outside of the Pastor’s office.

 

Women of Worth

The FRBA WMU Leadership conference will be held on August 12th, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Creedmoor First Baptist Church.  The conferences will have leader training for all WMU age group leaders. First Baptist of Creedmoor is also collecting items for Faye Cannady's Christmas list (mission project).  Please bring any of the following items that are on her list to the conference (pencils, pens, very small toys, balloons, small packages of crayons, toothpaste, toothbrushes. Also, small things for adults-washcloths, soaps, lotions, etc.) Faye planned for 150 last year and ran out, so this year they are planning for 200.  Hope to see you at the conference. Please see Cindy Keith if you have any questions. 

 

Women's Missions Extravaganza

April 17-18, 2015

Ardmore Baptist Church

501 Miller Street

Winston-Salem, NC 27103

 
Theme:  All for You: Surrender, Sacrifice, Serve

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 you are interested in this Missions Extravaganza please see Cindy Keith or a member of the Women of Worth.

Janie Latta
 

Note from Our Youth Leader
As the summer draws to a close, we as a church family need to continue to grow in our knowledge of Christ. The only way we as Christians can grow in holiness is to be submersed and constantly in the Word of God. Paul says in Colossians 3:16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.


To the Parents/Grandparents
First - make sure you are submersing yourself in the Word of God. That is the only way you will grow in Christ. This will also set an example for your children. Second, make sure you are encouraging your children/grandchildren to know God better. Make them read God's word. We believe that Christ is the only way to inherit the kingdom of God and eternal life. Thus, the most loving thing you can do for children while they are under your roof is to preach the gospel to them. Tell them the good news of Jesus understanding that Christ is the only way they will be in a right relationship with a Holy God.


Students
Read the Word of God. Learn about your Creator.
Study the Word of God. Study who God is so that you may love Him more.
Listen to the Word of God being preached by Pastor Jonathan.
Listen to the Word of God being preached and taught on the nights we have designated for youth (Wednesday and Sunday). Make a point to be involved in learning about Christ.

We cannot over emphasize the importance of the Word of God. It is essential to our faith and to our lives. May we dwell in the Word of Christ richly!

Upcoming Events
Sunday August 10th Pool Party after church.

To the praise of His Glory,

Benji