Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church
Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church

Worship Service - Sunday, 6/04/2023 9:30am

Bulletin for Sunday, 6/04/2023
6.4.23 Bulletin.pdf
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Easter Flower Listing
Easter flowers given by 4-2023.pdf
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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!

May Day 2023

May 2023

Our 154th May Breakfast is officially complete, and I can say with confidence that we are back in full force!!! We were greeted by many familiar and some new smiling faces and so many thank yous from the community that came to enjoy the day with us. With that being said, we appreciate all who helped to make this year's May Day such a Glorious Day even the 3 inches of overnight rain that fell the night before did not dampen our spirits too much and the day was a wonderful success! We served 535 paying customers and over 40 help! Once again, Laura Dwyer did a great job getting the word out about the breakfast with her advertising savvy. Beth Moore took care of folding all the May Day programs that are handed out during the event. I realized that when preparing for May Day, being the secretary created some issues. I had to put together the May Day program, something that I have always relied on the previous church secretaries to help me with.


This May Breakfast would not have been done without all who made donations and worked to raise monies for the general fund, by selling Breakfast tickets, May Baskets, Corn Bread Mix, Church Cookbooks,

Tapes and Choir CDs. A big thank you to the entire May Breakfast Crew that included: Marilyn & Tom Drummond, Jamie & Nate Spinney, Patricia Doran, Jenna Antunes, Karen Nadeau, Cheryl Candon, Rennae Bell, Amy Thibodeau, Judy & Bob Butzier, Bob & Dee Kolb, Mike Moore, James Marsocci, Scott

Lewis, Robin Butzier, Jeffrey, Morgan, and Austin Butzier, Linda Myrick, Marge & Chuck Jones, Darlene Conti, Paula Bowry, Karen Coutu, Beth Kershaw Shirley, Pam Pearson, Cheryl Boragine, Carol Rathbun, Corinne Ricketson, Emily & Brooke Bedetta, Lars Anderson, Jessica Drummond, J & Dave Linkenback, Bill & Dottie Wilber.


A very special thank you to Lynne Kemp, Marilyn & Tom Drummond, Carol Rathbun, Pam Pearson, Linda Palazzo, Bill and Dottie Wilber, Ron McDonald, Texas Road House, & Mills Coffee Roasting Company, for their generous donations to May Day that helped to reduce our expenses! We would also like to thank all who came and supported this wonderful tradition. We are looking forward to our 155th May Breakfast, Wednesday, May 1, 2024. A very big thank you to very special helpers this year, Marilyn & Tom Drummond, Scott Lewis, Jamie & Nate Spinney, Amy Thibodeau, Marge & Chuck Jones, Scott Lewis, Rennae Bell, Jeff Butzier, and Lars Anderson, for all of their hard work and extra support on the breakfast, even a last-minute generator and coffee pot. We make a Great Team! As members and friends of the Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church, we are blessed to be a part of this wonderful tradition. My thank yous would not be complete without a great big hug to my husband Jim. You are my rock and support throughout life. And to our daughter Jamie and her husband Nate for going over and above on May Day, and for filling all those jobs that needed to be done even at the last minute. You all continue to amaze me with your willingness to just get it done!


It was my pleasure once again this year to serve as Chair of this time-honored tradition, my many thanks and blessings to you all for such a wonderful 154th May Day! My spring would not be complete without May Breakfast at the Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church!



Julie Ellison

Despite the damp, gray start to the 154th May Breakfast, there was a great turnout. The choir box location for selling the candy and fudge made for a captive audience.


While a couple of people expressed disappointment that the
traditional crepe paper May Basket had a new look, it did not seem to deter people from making a purchase, reflected in the total sales of $865.00!! There were compliments too on how attractive everything looked.

Heartfelt thanks to all those who contributed hard candy and fudge. You might be interested to know that over 30 lbs of fudge were made!

A special thank you to those who helped weigh, bag, and set up for May Day; Carol Rathbun, "J" and Dave Linkenback, Dottie and Bill Wilber, Pam Pearson, Bob and Dee Kolb, and Pat Doran.



Dee Kolb

Rev Courtny Davis Olds led Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church in our second congregational workshop on Sunday, April 23. Her questions to us required thoughtful consideration, all part of her plan in the process of discussing who we are as a congregation and what we want to become. From the responses offered it was apparent our members had spent time considering their thoughts prior to the meeting. Approximately 30 attended and much discussion occurred, with many thoughts offered by our next generation of worshipers.
Once again, thank you to all who took time to attend, thereby assisting the Search Committee in our search process.


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

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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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