COVID-19 UPDATE: There will be NO In-person activities at the Church for the month of May. We ARE planning to resume in-person worship starting June 6! 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.
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!
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Warm Greetings in Christ!
As we continue to navigate through these difficult times in our nation and world, I want to take a few moments to give a “shout-out” to all mothers.
We often hear appreciation for those who are on the frontlines making sure we have food in the stores and gas in our cars. We are also mindful of those who respond to emergencies and staff our hospitals and other medical professional offices.
One of the things we’ve heard throughout this pandemic is that because someone is an “essential worker” they then not only can go to work but also are expected to go to work. The pressure on these people has been profound, so let’s continue to keep them in prayer.
When we hear the term “essential workers,” it doesn't take long to consider the work that mothers do especially at this time! Yes, they are far more than this, but for sure, they are essential.
With changes in school schedules and cancellations, many mothers have added to their job description in ways they never thought possible! Some are now teaching or at least facilitating a learning environment for their children. This educational experience is a brand new situation for both mother and child.
It would be impossible to mention in this short letter all the new challenges mothers are facing, but now is a great time to let you know that you are appreciated. Homes that are healthy are so needed as we move on to hope and healing in the days and weeks ahead.
I encourage all mothers to make time for yourself a few moments each day to allow the Holy Spirit to renew you, especially spiritually. In Isaiah 40:31 we read:
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Even though we will be meeting virtually on Mother’s Day again this year, remember that we love and appreciate you and are so thankful for you as you continue to work on the “front of the front lines.”
Let us as the church remember to bless a mother (and others who extend the mothering arms of God to others) this Mother’s Day!
Cheers...it is happening again, hopefully for the last time! On June 6th, we shall reopen our doors once again and worship together in person. We will also be live streaming, so please keep in mind the mikes are on before worship begins. You may chat before the service, which is our custom, just be aware your conversation may be heard by others.
Here are the guidelines we will be following:
If you are feeling ill, please stay home.
Masks must be worn properly at all times when you are in the building.
Please enter the building by the front door so you can check in (needed for contact tracing) and use the hand sanitizer provided.
Physical distancing (3 feet) will be observed.
Bulletins, collection baskets, etc. will be on the table for your use.
Seating will be marked and an usher will be available to answer any questions you may have.
We will be singing with our masks on, so we have gotten a bit creative with our seating so as to keep everyone as safe as possible. Bibles, hymnals, etc. will be back in their respective places. We are getting there even if it is by taking baby steps. We are trying to make our summer worship experience be as close to normal as we can during this pandemic.
Another change we are making is to our Cash for Causes process. If you would like to purchase cards, please call Pat Doran and make arrangements with her.
This is an exciting time! The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter and for that we thank and praise Jesus the Christ. See you in church!
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
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!
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. God’s grace and mercy are
A LITTLE POEM ON PANDEMIC DISCOVERY
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, it’s always been there
It’s in our name, it’s why we care.
It’s the Community we are that has helped us through
And the fellowship soon to be shared with each of you!
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.
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".