Olive Grove Baptist Church Creedmoor, North Carolina
Saturday, December 20, 2014

Monthly Church Newsletter

OLIVE GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH NEWSLETTER
December 2014
www.olivegrovebaptist.org
To Our Wonderful Church Family
 
This is an amazing time of the year where we get the opportunity to display our love and affection to the people
that God has placed in our lives. You know it seems that although this is one of the greatest seasons of the year, it
seems that often times it is one of the busiest times. With that, we feel rushed and pressed just to get through. I
want to encourage you this year to sit back and genuinely enjoy the precious time that you have with your loved
ones. One of the greatest gifts that the Lord has given us is time. Time to spend with loved ones, time to give gifts,
time to spend with the Messiah, and time to share Christ with others. Don't allow this Christmas to slip by and you
lose some of the precious time that the Lord has given you.
 
I love you all, and I am so thankful for the love and care that you show my family. Words cannot describe how
grateful we are that the Lord has allowed us to serve this wonderful church. May God truly speak and move in your
heart during this Christmas season.
 
Loving Others as Christ Loves Me
Pastor Jonathan
 
Choir Cantata
 
December is a very exciting month in the life of Olive Grove. With the excitement of Christmas in the air, time spent
with family and friends, and all of the celebrations that are planned during the month, many times we get so caught
up in the busyness and just getting things done that we forget to truly worship the Savior. On Sunday
night, December 14th, at 6:30 p.m., the music ministry will be leading in a night of worship and celebration
through the musical A Midnight Clear. Our prayer is that this musical will draw each of us closer to Him as we
celebrate His birth this Christmas season.
 
Invite your family and friends to this anticipated worship service. We have been praying since August for lifechange
to take place this night!
 
Singing for Him,
Brandi
 
Women of Worth
 
During the month of November the Women of Worth were involved in several projects, one of which was the
Shoebox Ministry. With the help of many, we were able to provide 29 shoeboxes filled with goodies for girls and
boys in less fortunate parts of the world. Thank you all so much for your support of this worthwhile ministry. Our
Secret Sister party to share and reveal who the various “sisters” are will take place at the home of Janie Latta on
Thursday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to participate next year, please feel welcome to come to this
event and have your name included. We welcome all women to participate in our group and thank the church for
their continuing support of our mission outreach efforts.
 
Christmas Play Information
 
Come join us for "Christmas Memories" presented on December 21st at 7:00 pm. We will journey with a young girl
as she realizes that she has been celebrating Christmas for all the wrong reasons.
 
Betty Butler
 
Building Committee Update
 
A very special thanks to the generous gift from the Mrs. Sandra Curl Memorial funds. These funds allowed our
church to upgrade the Audio/Visual System in our Sanctuary. There are additional improvements to come, and like
all great things, they will be done in good time.
 
AWANA News
 
Lots of exciting events with Awana going on. This Sunday tonight and this is the last night to earn points towards
the Christmas Store.
 
Next Saturday we will participate in the Butner/ Creedmoor Parade. Please sign up in the back hallway if you think
you may want to be on the float. You will need to bring lots of candy to hand out.
 
Next Sunday Night is our Awana Christmas Store. This is the time clubbers get to shop for Christmas presents for
their siblings and parents. We will also need volunteers to help wrap their presents before they take them home.
Please let Joey/ Mandy know if you can help wrap presents that night.
 
The Awana Program would like any donations of new or very gently used items for the Awana store before next
Sunday night. Please put them in the bins in the back hallway. We especially need items for those dads.
 
Joey Johnson
 
Youth Update
 
As we near the Christmas season, we remember and celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We celebrate this
event, because Jesus is the reason we can have a right relationship with God. He has brought us from a place of
being enemies of God to a place of being friends with God. We celebrate His birth, because God came down to us.
We understand that we are saved, not because we came to God, but because God came down to us. He came down
to us in the form of man in order to present us before the Father as righteous. He bore the wrath of God on the
cross for those who will place their faith in Him. Therefore, celebrate Christ’s birth this Christmas, because He is
the reason why you have salvation. I would also encourage you to celebrate Christ’s birth, not only on December
25th, but also every day that you live. Merry Christmas!
 
December Events:
December Youth Sunday School Christmas Party on December 12th - See Mrs. Rhonda
WinterFest- December 30 - January 1
 
To the Praise of His Glory,
 
Benjamin Hutson
 
Mission Update from Chad and Jodi Hartis - South Coast Church Nov. 2014
 
Answered Prayers
"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work
within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever." - Paul (Eph.
3:20-21)
 
Update:
God pretty much knocked our socks off last month! We reached a point where we were getting a little discouraged.
We found ourselves wondering how in the world we were going to able to launch South Coast Church in less than a
year with so many holes still needing to be filled. Last month we asked you to pray for several requests, and as a
team we made praying for those specifics a key part of our time together. Over the next few weeks God showed us
that he is able to do far more than all we could ask or think!
 
1. We asked you to pray for "open doors to share the gospel with lost friends." In response, a total of 5 new
people attended our Friday Night Bible Study last month. There, we are walking through the gospel of John and
they clearly heard the gospel and we continue to build those relationships.
 
2. We asked you to pray for a location for us to meet when we "launch". In response the superintendent
of Dartmouth Public Schools has given us permission to rent out either their middle or elementary school at a cost
that falls just under our anticipated monthly expenses for a meeting location!
 
3. We asked you to pray for financial support. In response, Hopewell Baptist Church decided to send us a check
that will pay for all of the equipment that we need to get started! WHOA! Still blown away! But it doesn't stop
there... Potomac Crest Baptist Church is planning on bringing a group up to help with a big pre-launch outreach
event that we are hosting the month before launch and helping alleviate the financial burden to put on that event.
Generations Church has also made arrangements to come up to help promote another outreach event and serve
our community and the Singles class from Providence Baptist Church has as well. And finally, the Baptist
Convention of New England bought us a church laptop and printer, both of which were huge needs!
 
Prayer Requests:
1. Financial Supporters - We need individual families and churches to commit to monthly giving to the planting of
South Coast Church from now until September 2020. I have included a copy of our Partnership Brochures below.
Over the course of the next month we will be mailing a limited number of these out to family and friends. If you
would like to ensure that you get one please email SCDartmouth@yahoo.com with your mailing address. If you are
already a financial partner please pass along the info to someone else to help spread the word. That would be a
huge help!
 
2. That those who came to our Bible Study will stick. Pray specifically for Don, Jennifer, Sebastion, Kelly, Liz, Mitch
and Esther.
 
3. For God to build our leadership team. We recently asked 2 more people to join our team. Pray for them and for
clarity concerning God's direction.
 
4. For a Worship Pastor to join our team.
 
Chad and Jodi and Brayden Hartis