At Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church, we support people as they seek to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are an American Baptist Church in partnerships with American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island and American Baptist Churches, USA. We are ecumenically minded and seek opportunities for worship and service with other community churches.
Our church welcomes diverse families. We provide for Christian Education (Sunday School) for school aged children, as well as a nursery for pre-school children during worship services.
A very important part of our worship at Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church is our music program. We have been blessed with a strong music ministry consisting of a Sanctuary Choir, Hand bell Choir, two organists, and many musically talented members who readily share their gifts during the worship services throughout the year.
At the conclusion of worship every Sunday all are invited to the fellowship hall to join in conversation and refreshments.
Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church is located at 229 Wilbur Avenue in Cranston. We warmly invite you to worship with us on a Sunday morning at 9:30 am. Until then, may our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ richly bless you!
We are definitely in the midst of mid-winter. Snow, sleet and rain with grey skies became the norm during the month of January. If you’re like me, you have the strong desire to “hunker down” and await the warmer and sunnier days of spring. But there is much going on even during these winter days. Trees, bulbs and bushes are rejuvenating and storing up energy for the buds and flowers that will bloom in springtime.
The church is at work as well, making decisions that will carry us into
the new year and into a new beginning.
In the spirit of new beginnings, February will offer us the opportunity to
re-examine and refresh our own outlooks as we enter into the season of Lent mid-month. For many, this may be a time of resetting our intentions and our focus. New Year’s resolutions may have been forgotten by now, but Lent will provide a new opportunity to refresh those as we walk together on our faith journeys. This can be a time for re-committing ourselves to placing God first in our lives.
If you have a practice of “giving up” something during Lent, it is an opportunity to remember each time you are tempted to “go back” to well-trod patterns that you are God’s own creation. The act of giving up something does not in itself make us more faithful. It is in remembering why we have decided to do so that helps us to strengthen our reliance on God and to follow in the footsteps of our Lord and Savior.
During this upcoming Lenten Season, may you find your own path to
remembering that you are God’s own beloved creation. And may you feel the love of Christ refreshing and renewing you as we travel together toward the fulfillment of God’s promise on Easter morn.
Blessings and Peace,
On the recommendation of Rev. Courtny, the Search Committee
has scheduled an extended Coffee Hour for Sunday, February 25th.
At that time, Rev. Courtny will provide the congregation with an
update on the search for a Pastor. Please plan to attend worship and
Coffee Hour on February 25th to hear what Courtny has to offer.
As always, thank you for your prayers and your patience.
Search Team Covenant of Commitment
We will pray for the search team, our church, and our perspective pastor.
We will see the leading of the Holy Spirit.
We will agree on clear roles and responsibilities.
We will pursue with integrity the pastoral selection process
upon which the team has agreed.
We will respect the opinion of others.
We will strive for peace, cooperation, respect, and unity in
We will maintain confidentiality—candidate names, references, and team discussions will not be shared beyond the team and our consultant. We will not disclose confidential information to friends, family, or others.
We will be punctual and attend all meetings, if at all possible.
We will follow through on assignments.
We will respect and communicate support for the team’s
decision as we recommend a candidate to our congregation.
There is a legend, that at the time of the Crucifixion, the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber of the cross.
That it was used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree. Jesus, nailed upon it, sensed this, and in His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering said to it "Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross... two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns,
and all who see it will remember."
Submitted by: Robin Butzier