Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church
Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church

In an effort to keep our members and friends safe, all onsite services and activities are cancelled until further notice. We will update you as we receive new information regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic.


Also, please note that we must cancel our Annual May Breakfast this year. 


Please feel free to call the church for prayer or the pastor for spiritual counsel. We will get back to you as soon as we are able. 


Also, Pastor Barbara has asked us to recite The Lord's Prayer at 10:00am each day during this difficult period.


Pastor Barbara's Facebook Page is BACK! 


Service for Sunday, May 24

Request for Email Addresses

Jimmy Elison is looking to create an email list for the Church, in order to send out notifications and offer services via email. Your email address will only be used for Church activities and NOT be sold or shared with ANY third party. If you'd like to join the mailing list, please go to the link below to sign up.

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

May 2020

Greetings Oak Lawn Family:


As we have encountered this Global Pandemic called COVID-19, I can say without a doubt, we've never done it this way before”. And, I want to express appreciation for your consistent prayers as our church navigates these times of challenge both in our personal and communal lives.


We are in this together, but more than that, God is walking through the fire with us, and I believe we will come out the other side more than victorious!


I want to take a few moments to encourage you in the Lord during this difficult time we are all facing. While I may not know all of the details of what you, in particular, may be going through, I know God knows and cares about what concerns you.


One of the things I usually do when I am going through a trying time is to reflect on past blessings God has brought into my life...whether those blessings are financial, spiritual, emotional, or physical. An old gospel song has a wonderful title, which simply says, Count Your Blessings”. Within the chorus of that song, we see there is great value in counting our blessings, and naming them one by one. According to the chorus, it will then surprise us what the Lord has done!


I realize there are no quick and easy answers in life, yet I do know that the Bible tells us in Psalms 37:23: “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”


I’ve learned over the years, when I don't understand the why of something, I need to trust the Who”! I’ve also learned to keep my focus on the Scriptures as well! God still speaks to us through the Word, so make this a vital area of priority in your life, and God will be there to show you the treasures of darkness.


I also would like to remind you to join your church family every day at 10:00AM in praying the Lord’s Prayer and continue in prayer from there!


Be well and safe, my friends.


Gracefully yours,
Pastor Barbara

A Note From The Moderator

Hope you enjoy receiving your Oak Leaves. We need to get back to some things normal while still remaining safe. Some of you were missing the lectionary readings; some, the list of birthdays and anniversaries; and some want to know how we are doing financially. It is good to bring everyone up to date, at least where Oak Lawn Church is concerned. If you have anything to share (ie: something that brought you joy; how you cope; what have you learned, etc.), I would encourage you to send Sue an e-mail (olcbc229@verizon.net) or a letter (OLCBC---229 Wilbur Ave.--- Cranston, RI 02921) and let her know. We can include it in the next Oak Leaves.


It appears that, at least at the time I am writing this, we are holding our own financially. Thank you so much for your generosity. Please remember to add, attn: Financial Secretary to your mailing envelope. Our Adopt-A-Spot is being taken care of, the cemetery is being cleaned out, and our gardens are being spruced up. I am very sorry to report that our Memory Tree has lost its struggle. It appears there are no signs of life springing forth. The good news is we can get it replaced free of charge. So, no dedication of our tree any time soon.


Another update: Our sandwich making will end in June. St. Davids will no longer be involved in the Loaves and Fishes program and it is too big a project for us to take over. A huge THANK YOU to all who made sandwiches, donated bread, peanut butter, jelly, and hard boiled eggs! And to those who packed up bags, served meals, and made deliveries, THANK YOU from grateful hearts.


Some of you are asking how we can help each other and our community. The on- ly advice I can offer is this: Stay In Touch! CALL, CALL, CALL, e-mail, or text. If you know anyone who has a need, please let Pastor Barbara, Bob Butzier (Chair of Deacons), or me know. Perhaps it is something for which we can offer some help. We are here for each other.


Our family visited” 18 homes on Easter Sunday all at a safe distance! We drove up and asked people to come to their door. We stood at the end of their driveway or in the street and wished them a Happy Easter”. The joy for all of us was overwhelming! Soooo, if you feel like taking your car out for a ride, go visit”. It was so good to see people in person, even from a distance.


Please be safe.


Blessings and Prayers to each of you,


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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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