COVID-19 UPDATE: There will be NO In-person activities at the Church for the month of January. All activities will be virtual until further notice. Stay Tuned!
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!
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I’d like to share an interesting story as we move into the cold, dark days of winter. It was during the winter of 1864. At Petersburg, Virginia, the Confederate army of Robert E. Lee faced the Union divisions of General Ulysses S. Grant. The war was now 3 1/2years old and the glorious charge had long since given way to the muck and mud of trench warfare.
Late one evening one of Lee’s generals, Major General George Pickett, received word that his wife had given birth to a beautiful baby boy. Up and down the line the Southern Camps began building huge bonfires in celebration of the event.
These fires did not go unnoticed in the Northern camps and soon a nervous Grant sent out a patrol to see what was going on. The scouts returned with the message that Pickett had had a son and these were celebration fires. It so happened that Grant and Pickett had been contemporaries at West Point and knew one another well, so to honor the occasion Grant, too, ordered that bonfires should be built.
What a peculiar night it was. For miles on both sides of the lines fires burned. No shots were fired. There was no yelling back and forth. There was only light celebrating the birth of a child. But it didn't last forever. Soon the fires burned down and once again the darkness took over— the darkness of the night and the darkness of war.
The news of Christmas is that in the midst of a deep darkness there came a light, and the darkness was not able to overcome that light. It was not just a temporary flicker. It was an eternal flame. In the troubled times we are living we need to hold on to that. There are times, in the events of the world and in the events of our own personal lives that we feel that the light will be snuffed out. But the Christmas story affirms that whatever happens, the light still shines.
Have a blessed 2021 everyone!
I think I need someone to pinch me. Is 2020 really over? Is any year really over? Oh, the calendar shows us a new year, but is the one that just ended really over? For me, the answer is no, no year really ends. And that is because we have our memories, such as they are. We can look back with wonder and amazement. Did that really happen and how did we make it through? I don’t ever remember a year like 2020, where every aspect of our lives was affected…whether elderly, middle aged, or young…no matter our social status…no matter where we lived…we were affected. And during all this insane uncertainty, what did you discover? What will you remember?
I have always known that we are “Oak Lawn Strong”, but never have I seen that strength so vividly shown by each of you. I have discovered there is nothing we cannot overcome or just get through, together. There is nothing like a faith based community! We remember to whom we belong.
And now, so the calendar shows, we are beginning a new year! We are entering 2021. How blessed are we?! We have a new beginning, a year full of promise and hope…and vaccines! We have a glimmer of hope to be back together (still wearing masks, probably)…to return to some kind of new normal. Thanks be to God for kind of hope!
In reality, we must take part of 2020 into this new year. Our very first issue concerns our finances and our Financial Meeting. Our creativity must not wane. If you have not already done so, you may still send in your pledge. We did have an envelope pick up time and can have another one, if needed. Now for a more difficult plan. How do we have a Financial Meeting? The tentative plan is to mail our financial reports to you, including our proposed budget and income. We are hoping to have a Zoom Financial Meeting. This will allow for questions, answers, and voting, as long as we have a quorum. Sounds great on paper, but we also have to make provisions for those who do not Zoom. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I am sure we will figure all this out. It keeps our brains active! Also, end of year financial statements will soon be available to each of you. If you feel there is an error in your statement, please do not hesitate to call Chuck Jones, your Financial Secretary. This has been a crazy year!
But now, it is 2021, a brand new year filled with promise, hope, and possibilities. I wish each of you joy, grace, peace, and blessings beyond measure in all the days to come.
Happy New Year!