Olive Grove Baptist Church Creedmoor, North Carolina
Saturday, April 19, 2014

Monthly Church Newsletter

OLIVE GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
April Newsletter
www.olivegrovebaptist.org
 
Some Words from Our Pastor
It is Thursday, March 27 the day after our last night of revival, Caroline says to Brandi “Momma are we having revival
tonight?” Brandi responded with “Not tonight revival ended last night.” Caroline “Oh man, why can’t we have it
tonight? I love Revival!” I believe that Caroline expressed much of what we all felt after an incredible moving of God
through our Spring Revival.
Throughout the week, I heard incredible testimonies of families expressing their love for one another, some praying
for their lost friends and family, and one testifying of salvation that he found in Christ
One question seems to arise after a revival, “How do we individually stay revived?”
I believe the answer is found in Psalm 119.
Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!
You have commanded your precepts
to be kept diligently.
Oh that my ways may be steadfast
in keeping your statutes!
Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous rules.
I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me!
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
(Psalm 119:1-10 ESV)
In Psalm 119, David begins by saying believers are blessed by God when their way is blameless, when they walk by
the word, when they keep the commands, and when they seek Him with their whole heart. This is the blessing that
our church experienced this week because we sought to be blameless, we walked by the word, we sought to keep His
commandments, and this week we sought Him with all of our heart; as a result, we were blessed by God. So how do
we continue? We continue by following David’s instructions in verse 9-10 of how to a young man keeps his way pure.
We continue by guarding our way (our life) with God’s word! We continue by daily seeking Him with our whole heart.
And finally, we ask God to keep us from swaying from His commandments. May we make this our commitment every
day that we are going to guard, seek, and pray! And may God continue to bless us as we seek Him with our whole
heart!
Seeking Him with my whole heart,
Pastor Jonathan
 
Youth Update
Dear Church Family;
I excited about what God is doing in our church. Spring Revival was a success, and I believe that our church is
recharged and ready to serve our community in order to reach the people around us for Christ. I hope that you
will continue to pray for our church as we move forward through this next year seeking to be used by God for
His purposes. I also hope that each member will make it their goal to pray for our students. Each day,
temptation is growing and the enemy is constantly trying to pull them into the world. Prayer and discipleship is
the answer to these worldly tactics. My goal in serving as their Youth Pastor is helping students understand that
the happiness the world offers is only temporary, but the happiness found in Christ is eternal. I pray that
everyone in the church will help me with this task. Teaching our children and students that true happiness is
found in Christ is a job accomplished by the entire church body. I pray that you will be a part of this work!
 
Student Ministry Events
Friday April 4th, 2014, we will meet at the church at 5:15 pm and we will be going over to Brier Creek to see the
new Movie God’s Not Dead. I hope that each student will make plans to come and enjoy this time. Plan to bring
$20 in order to pay for your movie ticket and for any snacks or food you plan to eat.
PS:
Please remember to get your camp forms into me as soon as possible in order to reserve your spot. Please place
the envelope attached to your camp flyer in the offering plate with your deposit on Sunday Mornings when the
offering is taken.
 
To the praise of His Glory
Benji Hutson
 
News from Texas
Greetings from Dallas! It has already been such a crazy month here! I have been going non-stop, with little breaks.
Three weeks ago, I ended up getting the stomach bug for 12 hours. Praise the Lord it was on my day off and my
school day. My seminary professor gave me an extension for my project and it took me a full three days to recover.
Besides that, I have been completely fine.
 
I have been the intern in charge of Bible Drill and I have been running drills for 4th-6th graders. It has been fun seeing
them memorize all the books in the Bible, key passages in the Bible, and being able to memorize 20 verses while
being able to find them in the Bible. We are having 93 kids go to State Drill, which is tonight (Friday, March 28th).
For the month of April, we are going to drop 96,000 plastic eggs filled with candy from a helicopter onto the football
field in two weeks! And yes, I will have to stuff a good majority of those eggs tomorrow by hand! It’s going to be
crazy! And I will try to get pictures for you for next month.
 
Other than that, things are going well. There are some transitions in the office, but hopefully they will be good
changes!
 
I will try to keep y’all posted as much as I can about things! I miss you all dearly!
 
Love in Christ,
Carla
 
Women of Worth
The Women of Worth have collected small stuffed animals in support of Child Abuse Awareness month. There
was a special time held on Sunday, March 30 during the morning worship service to pray over these
animals. On April 4 we are sponsoring a Ladies Night Out, complete with fine dining, a spiritual presentation by
a long-time friend and mentor of Brandi Barbee and lots of laughs. Our theme is “Restore the Joy.” There are 70
women attending and some of the men of our church have graciously agreed to help us.
 
Janie Latta
 
Olive Grove Baptist Church Women of Worth
Ladies Night Out - Friday, April 4th.
"Restore the Joy”
Isaiah 57:17 says, “For thus says, the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I
dwell in the high and holy place, and also with Him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to REVIVE the spirit of
the lowly, and to REVIVE the heart of the contrite.”
 
We are eagerly awaiting our first Ladies Night Out. Please pray for each lady that is planning to attend this
event. Pray that lives will be restored and relationships with the Lord will be renewed.
 
KC JAM - We are continuing to prepare for our musical King of the Jungle that we will present the first of
June. Practice is at 5:30 every Sunday afternoon in the youth room!
 
Brandi Barbee
 
Baptist Men
The Baptist Men are planning Men's Day for Sunday, April 6. We are still in the planning process for
the Sunday evening service. We hope all the men (young and old) will make plans to be a part of this special
day. The Baptist Men are also making plans to host another BBQ chicken fundraiser in May. More details will be
coming during the coming weeks. If you know of a need in our community that the Baptist Men can assist with, please
let a member of the group know.