Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church
Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church

Welcome to Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church

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!

A Message from Pastor Barbara

February 2016

As the song goes, I blame Canada, had I been there I might not have given into temptation, my old familiar foe. Here is what happened. I had just left a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fundraising Breakfast for college bound African American students and the rest of the day lay before me. It was an extremely frigid day and my sister Carol and I planned to get together in the afternoon and keep it indoors. So, while I was waiting for her, I picked up one of my min-pins and headed for the store where the pets go, Petco. On my way down Bald Hill Road, I passed store after store, restaurant after restaurant, and car dealership after car dealership.

Now, I loved my 2011 white Toyota Corolla, sport edition vehicle with its sunroof and spoiler. I had recently purchased four brand new all weather tires through Wayne’s Auto Plus with a great warranty and maintenance program. My car had 61,300 miles (just out of the warranty) and I figured when it got up to 70,000 miles in November/December, I would trade it in for a Subaru Impreza Sport Wagon. Lynne Kemp had given me a contact person at a dealership that she likes and my plan was to call that person in the fall (after I did more homework so I would know how to negotiate a fair deal.)
Then I made the mistake of deciding to stop (alone) at Balise Subaru on Bald Hill Road simply to pick up a book displaying their auto line.

Immediately, a salesman and a sales manager greeted me and another salesperson stayed close by. And for three hours, the heat was on! I was not comfortable with the high- pressure sales or the low trade-in allowance, so I called my sister for backup but that did not work out.    As she put it, “That wasn’t in the plan.” Nor was it in the plan for me to trade in my beloved Corolla named White Beauty before we had a few months to say a proper good-bye. I should not have gone on that test ride or put that down payment on my credit card or signed those papers but I reckon, “The Devil made me do it” as comedienne Flip Wilson loved to say. It could be said that I gave into temptation once again.
But I know someone who never once gave into temptation and I plan to keep learning from Him.   


As you well know, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil for forty days and nights. During those 40 days and nights, Jesus prayed and questioned God, wanting to know what God would have Him do. And undoubtedly the Holy Spirit revealed to Jesus what He had to do, save the world. Each of the temptations Jesus faced in the wilderness are the same temptations we face in our everyday lives. In fact, the writer of Hebrews tells us that during His earthly journey, Jesus was “tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

Lent is a wonderful time for us to learn together from Jesus’ steadfast example and I encourage you to participate in the many Lenten opportunities coming up at OLCBC beginning with our Ash Wednesday Services on February 10th and our Lenten Bible Study on the Seven Last Words of Christ beginning that same day.

And for the record, despite the way I ended up with it, I do like my 2015 Subaru Impreza, am grateful for it, and plan to take it on many Prayer Drives this Lenten Season. I’d be happy to have you join me!

Gracefully yours,

Pastor Barbara

Worship Service

Sundays, 9:30am ET

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Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church

229 Wilbur Avenue

Cranston, RI 02921-1016

Phone: 401 944-0864


Pastor: The Rev. Barbara DaCosta


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