Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church
Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church

Worship Service - Sunday, 9/24/2023 9:30am

Bulletin for Sunday, 9/24/2023
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2023 Church Profile

OLCBC Church Profile, Updated Spring 2023
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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 Moderator

September 2023

Happy New Beginnings to all! I hope you have enjoyed a summer filled with fun and family and blessings. I have exciting news to add to our usual September events. Beginning with Rally Day and the start of a new church school year, as well as our Church boards & committees ramping up their efforts, on behalf of the Executive Board and Deacons Board, I am excited to announce the hiring of Rev. Dr. Linda Hartley as our Interim Pastor.


Pastor Linda will begin her time with us on August 28th with her first Sunday being Communion Sunday, September 3rd. Pastor Linda came to us at the suggestion of Rev. Courtny Davis Olds as a potential Interim Pastor. After the Executive and Deacons Boards met with her and reviewed several online sermons, it was clear that his would be a great
fit for us and for her. Pastor Linda has extensive experience in leading congregations as an Interim Pastor during times of transition, managing congregational anxiety and providing hope through faith. Our agreement with her is as a part time position with duties agreed upon as follows:

  • *  Provide leadership of Sunday Worship services

  • *  Perform special services such as weddings, funerals etc.

  • *  Provide Pastoral care including visitation in conjunction with the Deacons

  • *  Be available for some Office Hours as determined by need

  • *  Attend meetings of the Board of Deacons and other Boards as time and situations dictate

  • *  Write a letter for the monthly Oak Leaves

Please join me in welcoming Pastor Linda to our Pulpit and as an integral part of our fellowship.



The Search Committee is pleased to inform you that the updating of the Church Profile has been completed and is now posted on the church
website for you to view or download. Now that the Profile has been completed, Rev. Courtny Davis Olds has posted the pastoral position on several websites, listing it as a full time position. The Search Committee now awaits inquiries relayed to us by Rev. Courtny. As always, thank you for your continued prayers, support, and patience.


Corrine Ricketson

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

    our discussions.

  • 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 teams

    decision as we recommend a candidate to our congregation.

Note from Calvary Baptist Church Food Pantry

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.

Bell Choir's Sounds of the Season from 12/11/2022

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

Worship Service

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Contact Us

Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church

229 Wilbur Avenue

Cranston, RI 02921-1016

Phone: 401 944-0864

Email: olcbc229@gmail.com


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