Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church
Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church

COVID-19 UPDATE: There will be NO In-person activities at the Church for the month of April. All activities will be virtual until further notice. Stay Tuned!




Unfortunately it will not be possible to hold our traditional May Breakfast again this year. Thank you for your generous support of this event in the past and we hope to have our May Breakfast in 2022.


Streaming Service, Sunday, 4/11/21 9:30AM

Bulletin for 4/11/21
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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!

From The Pastor

Meet Sky, Pastor’s puppy named after Sunrise & Jordan’s mother Grace Skye

April 2021

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During the 6 weeks of Lent, Mary Ackroyd has shared hymn stories in our weekly bulletin and brought in vocalists to sing the hymn of the week. This is the last in that series and fitting in light of the Easter Story. Let the lyrics of his song touch your heart and mind today.


“Crown Him with Many Crowns”

Easter Hymn


1.Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne. Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own. Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee, And hail Him as thy matchless king throughout eternity.


2. Crown Him the Lord of Life, who triumphed o'er the grave, And rose victorious in the strife for those He came to save; His glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high. Who died, eternal life to bring and lives that death may die.


3.Crown him the Lord of Love, behold His hands and side. Rich wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified; No angels in the sky can fully bear that sight, But downward bends His burning eyes at mysteries so bright.


4. Crown him the Lord of Years, the Potentate of time,- Creator of the rolling spheres, ineffably sublime! All hail! Redeemer, hail! For Thou hast died for me; Thy praise shall never, never fail throughout eternity.



The original version of this hymn was written by clergyman Matthew Bridges and consisted of 6, 8-line stanzas. He thought of the hymn as a sermon in song. It was based on Revelation 19— “His eyes were like blazing fire and on His head were many crowns. He was dressed in a robe dipped in blood and His name is the Word of God.”


In 1874, Godfrey Thring, a staunch Anglican clergyman feared that some of the original verses smacked too much of Catholic doctrine and wrote 6 new verses for the same song. He also believed the hymn ought to have a verse about the resurrection Christ who bore the crown of thorns while on the cross is now crowned with “many crowns”.


In the hymn, each stanza celebrates a different type of crown. Stanza one for His eternal kingship. Stanza two for His victorious resurrection, stanza three for His love demonstrated in redemptive suffering and stanza four as a member of the triune Godhead ever worthy of worship and praise. Stanzas 1,3 and 4 are Bridges’ and stanza 2 is written by Thring. The powerful soaring melody of “Crown Him with Many Crowns” was written by George John Elvey, music director at St. George’s Chapel in Winsor, England where the British royal family often attended church.


Submitted by: Mary Ackroyd, Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church Organist.

A Note From Your Moderator

HAPPY EASTER! HAPPY SPRING! HAPPY EVERYTHING! To me, Easter is really the new year. Because of Easter, I feel like I have been given a clean slate...a chance to start anew...a new beginning. And the world around me seems to be the same way. The sun seems brighter and warmer. Buds are everywhere. Colors appear in all their beauty. The chirping of birds wake me up in the morning and little bunnies are hopping everywhere. People are out walking with smiles on their faces...you can tell by the twinkle in their eyes. It is almost overwhelming to take it all in at one time. The absolute splendor of it all! All things bright and beautiful. All creatures great and small. The Lord God made them all!


Happy Easter, Happy New Year, Amen!


The Legend of the Dogwood

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

Pandemic Stories

My Pandemic Discoveries

God is still ever-present! He has been my Fortress, my City Wall and Shield and has comforted me when worried. He has opened my eyes, in a special way, to His beauty and love! While my rhythms and routines have quieted, and each day (quickly) rolls into the next, His rhythms have remained constant and reassuring. Each spectacular sunrise and sunset (and there have been many) has reminded me that He is with me- right where I need Him to be! What I have surprisingly discovered about myself is how content I am with this quiet lifestyle!! I almost feel like this past year has been my Sabbatical. My home has been my sanctuary, and has provided me with comfort and safety (as well as a lot of cleaning!). I have welcomed the slower pace within its walls and have found that going to work one day a week was (and is) often too much. Too much worry, too much purell and too many sanitizing wipes!

--Marilyn Drummond


What I Have Discovered During The Pandemic

The amazing strength and perseverance of our church community which has been tested beyond measure. Kindness and caring are unmeasurable...there is no such thing as small acts of kindness”.
When I take the time to just be, I can make the time to do.
Time is never wasted.

Hallmark movies---going back to our roots (“in the beginning”) to get to our happily ever after (“...have eternal life”).
Disagreements do not have to lead to arguments. They can lead us to solutions when we truly listen. What a blessing technology is. It allowed us to worship together virtually---to keep in contact with each other---to conduct church business.

How irritating, aggravating, and frustrating technology can be when it decides to take on a life/mind of its own. Especially when you are trying to make an appointment to get the vaccine.
Unsung heroes are everywhere.
Quiet moments with God renew my spirit and calms my fears.

Fully Relying On God is more than just a saying. Gods grace and mercy are unending.
--Judy Butzier



Well here it is, over one year gone
But has anything changed as we sing the same old song?
The search should be easy to find what is new
Of course streaming technology is replacing the pew
And meeting on screens of 10 inches or smaller
Learning when on
mute it does no good to talk louder.
Through the fog of Lysol and spray disinfectant
We searched for answers, quite expectant. Oh, there were some but not what we longed to hear
Just mask and virus and not being near. We
ve gone from one step forward, two steps back
To shots in the arm and getting back on track.
So what have I discovered during this time of isolation
This time of lost patience, stress and frustration?
Well, it
s nothing new, its always been there
s in our name, its why we care.
s the Community we are that has helped us through
And the fellowship soon to be shared with each of you!
--Bob Butzier


Seeing my Oak Lawn Church Family on Sunday morning can very easily be taken for granted; after all it is my choice to be there on a Sunday morning. Going away for a few months during the summer and not being there to see them is ok ; after all it is my choice.

With the pandemic, it is a different story the entire process is no longer my choice. A few weeks/ months of that was ok but as it has lasted many months, the realization has sunk in how much one receives socially/ emotionally from these encounters , even just a wave to some.

Making phone calls, texting, video chatting and even Zoom meetings helps to supply some of this. Being part of the online streaming service helps to let you worship with others- saying Good Morning briefly on chat. The Zoom bible study gives you the opportunity to see that others are ok and a chance to verbally share ideas.

There is nothing however that will compare with the physical contact that we will have when we are able to gather to share handshakes and hugs with one another.

Stay safe until then and continue to do what you are doing.
--Juanita Likenback



Having no place I can go has given me lots of time for sewing, knitting, reading, walking and puzzles. Also, lots of time to do the chores "later" so I have become very good at postponing the housework. However, I miss having places to go and visits with my family and friends especially "game time".

--Carol Rathbun



Worship Service

Sundays, 9:30am ET

Contact Us

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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