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!
Dear Church Family:
As most of you know this will be my last column. I am leaving as of February 19. It was a difficult decision to make but I feel it is best for my health and for my family.
Even though I only got to spend six months with you it has been
a wonderful time. You are such a warm and welcoming church family. I know that your next interim as well as your next settled pastor will be very happy here.
I will go forth with memories of sock competitions, being mistaken for Bob B. one day, Pam’s marvelous assortment of
coffee cakes. Also your willingness to chase “rabbits” with me.
Also times spent chatting with Owen and Henry. My quick walks to a pew to enjoy the choir gave me the opportunity to enjoy the music in a new way. I still smile when I think about the ever present message to press the button.
This may be a goodbye but I still expect to see you for the May breakfast. One of Spencer’s questions when he heard that I was finishing my service as your pastor was “can we still go to the May Breakfast?”.
May God’s richest blessings be yours in the days ahead.
Grace and Peace,
The Search Committee met again with Rev. Courtny Davis Olds on January 7 for further details on various aspects of our search process. Right now we are basically updating information in the Church Profile nicely compiled by the Search Committee in 2012. Please continue to pray for us as we work together in our search.
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.
The Calvary Baptist Church Food Program would like to thank you for all the support you have given us in the past 5 years. It was begun in faith and continues in faith.
The Portaclores De Su Gracia Church of Providence requested to use our church for a food program. They have worked with the Providence Rescue Mission. They will hold food products and other products for distribution every Wednesday and Friday mornings.
The Elijah Project is partnering with them and Calvary will also assist them financially and with any food we receive as donations. Any donations we receive will go to this program. Any food donated will have to be delivered Wednesday or Friday mornings.
Thank you all for the help and support you have given us. We hope we can continue to work with you and will support us. The need seems to be increasing all the time.
God bless you all. Martha and Rick Robison, Carol Hall Walker.
Dear Friends of Oak Lawn Church,
WOW! What an overwhelming feeling when we opened your Thanksgiving card and saw the $2000.00 love gift. Such love! We had spent Thanksgiving in KY with family. We have been blessed by family and friends throughout this traumatic time. We are living with Christine in Coventry until we can occupy an apartment in Johnston. Starting all over with only our lives and car and some summer clothes and YET we are blessed! We do have our lives, our car, outfits from our girls, and so much love!! Thank you for being part of our lives with your love. God is good—all the time.
Love, peace & joy, Lynne & Phyllis
HOW CAN I THANK YOU?
What a wonderful retirement celebration!! I haven’t felt this appreciated in a long time.
I thank you for your presence at the coffee hour, for the kind words, for the cards and presents and for the VERY generous gift of money. I couldn’t believe it! Also, I thank the Music Committee for planning this event, from the invitations to the refreshments and more.
It is my firmly held belief that music (and our music program in particular) goes a long way towards fueling the vitality of our church. I thank you in advance for your continued support and participation. And I thank God for bringing me here to Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church to serve you with my music gifts. I’ll see you soon.
Love, Mary Ackroyd
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
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Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church
229 Wilbur Avenue
Cranston, RI 02921-1016
Phone: 401 944-0864
Interim Pastor: The Rev. Tim Chesser
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