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Brothers and Sisters,The landscape in the Okolona area has been transforming over the past several years. We have seen several farms and tree lined roads transformed into places of business and single family subdivisions. Wow, our opportunities are limitless! Jesus appoints 72 others to go out ahead of Him in Luke 10:1-2 and tells them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Okolona Christian Church has been going through her own transition, specically in 2018 and continuing into 2019. These changes have brought about excitement and encouragement to the whole body as we continue to be a church where every believer is inspired by grace, compelled by truth, sharing the Gospel of hope. The following pages are lled with stories and statistics representing God’s hand in and through OCC. Things like community partnerships through schools and local organizations, supporting our rst responders, using our campus to support equipping and training programs, support groups, blood drives, retreats and many others. As we go into 2019, the leadership is enthusiastic about our future. Hundreds have committed to serve in response to the “I’m In” series and many are engaged in Bible studies. In addition, the generosity of our church body remains faithful (as communicated in our weekly bulletin). Finally, it is exciting to observe our church demonstrating uncommon expressions of forgiveness, uncompromising focus on the Bible and prayer, uninching risks for people separated from Christ and undeniable acts of love and compassion. May God continue to lead us as we follow Him.In Christ,The OCC EldersFrom Our Elders
Deacons Tim AndersonMike ColemanJohn FoxShannon GambleRyan HomanJan HortonJoey HowardMatt HutchisonMark LedfordTony LucasTravis MidkiPhil MontgomeryAnthony OliverJoel PittardKevin PriceWalt ReevesClay RisnerDan SherrardPaul WardBrian WilsonSteve RobbinsJeff Imlay Greg LaneCasey NewmanJeff JohnstonTodd PilbeanDennis PittardLarry WooldridgeFrom Our Elders
2018 ANNUAL REPORT
98New members2018For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.matthew 18:20
2018 Sermon SeriesUncprising Focus on the Bible and Prayer
By Bryan HayBill was baptized here at OCC on August 16, 2015. He began his journey as a new Chris-tian by reading the entire Bible and writing commentary on his reading journey in 2016. As 2017 came along, Bill helped co-lead a Life Group and continued to grow in his knowledge and faith. This brought him to a major year of growth and evangelism in 2018. This past year, Bill helped co-lead a life group and teach in a rotation in the Loyal Work-ers Adult Bible Study Class. He also began a Driver Chaplain Program at his trucking company, began preaching online videos for his co-workers and drivers on a variety of topics about Christianity and began taking classes at a local college to get his Bible Degree. He did all of this while also taking care of his lovely wife Sonia as she ghts off health challenges, his Mom who just had knee surgery and helping his adult son through great struggles. Bill exemplies a man who passionately loves Jesus and at-tempts to spend every spare minute working on content that will help others know Jesus as well. Prayer RoomMonday - Thursday8:30 am - 4:30 pmFriday8:30 - 11:30 amRoom 102Rise up andPrayBill Mahews’ Jrney Luke 22:46Uncprising Focus on the Bible and Prayer
A New Hope BANquet10 VoluNteersA New Hope BABy Bottle CAmpAigN7 VoluNteersprAyer for firstrespoNders12 VoluNteersOUTREACHOn any given day here at OCC we have folks show up at the door with a need. For some it is basic questions about the church, service times, Okolona Christian Preschool, etc. For many others, though, it’s more complex. You can usually see the desperation in their eyes. Before they say a word you know there is a need. It may be food, some gas money or even counsel. Some are on the verge of ending their life and need someone to talk them back from the edge. The common need in every one of these people is hope.Somehow at some point they lost it. I’m so grateful that they nd their way onto our campus and we are able to meet them and share with them the hope we know in Christ. Most we never see again. Others come back. But regardless, it is both our responsibility and privilege to serve them andshare the grace and truth of Jesus.Undeniable Acts of Love and CompassionUnflinching R isks for those separated from Christfeed Homeless At JourNey CC9 VoluNteers
A New Hope BANquet10 VoluNteersweeklyAt oCCfoodpANtry250 peopleHelpedtHANksgiViNgmeAls250 meAlsEngageProjects100’s of Hours Served7th DivisionPolice Dinner19VoluNteersdollArproJeCts$5,122Bsideu for life luNCHes10 VoluNteersfCA5 VoluNteersBlue liCkelemeNtAry17VoluNteersOUTREACHoperAtioNCHristmAs CHild150 BoxesUndeniable Acts of Love and CompassionUnflinching R isks for those separated from ChristiNterVArsitydiNNers3 diNNerssupplies for refugee studeNts14 HygieNe BAgs50 lAuNdry det.Bsideu for life BABy Bottle$4,500
MissionsNational & Global Impact* Gateway – Gateway is a code name for our ministry to an unreached people group in a country in Southeast Asia. This mission team has started a Discovery Bible Study, has a teammate meeting weekly with women to answer questions about Christianity and recently baptized a gentleman. At the end of 2018, more doors were starting to open for the Kingdom of God.* Lifeline in Honduras – Lifeline provides leadership development, nutrition, healthcare, Christian Schools, Girls Home and church planting. In 2018, OCC had a group of 15 go to Honduras for a medical mission. They provided VBS for over 500 children, 5 mobile clinics and additional children were sponsored. In preparation for the mission trip, our church body contributed peanut butter, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and eyeglasses.* Church Planting – We are partnering with Restoration House Ministries, which plants churches in New England, the most unchurched region of the United States. We helped plant OceanPointe Christian Church in Rhode Island (recently bought a new building & averaging 600+ in attendance) and are currently supporting Movement Christian Church in Merrimack, NH (two years old and averaging close to 300 in attendance).
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”Matthew 28:196 Local 5 National 8 International$162,913.60 to support...
189 Campers$2,426 Given98 Animals 4 Pigs 4 Goats 6 Rabbits 34 Ducks 50 ChickensNewborn - 5th gradeSpringHill Camp774 2 Accepted ChristKids Worshipped Every SundayChildren’s Ministry hosted SpringHill Camps for the rst time. SpringHill is a week-long day camp experience that came onto our campus and put on camp for elementary age students. They brought 20 college-age staff who led the campers through games, worship, Bible study and much more. SpringHill brought water slides, trampolines and a rock wall. The kids who attended were able to participate in activities that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. To be able to partner with SpringHill, OCC needed to commit to sponsoring 45 kids from our community. OCC Children’s Department has amazing relationships with 5 schools in our area. We were able to work through the Family Resource Center within these schools to nd students and families who would be willing to attend but needed some help with the nances. We were able to sponsor 45 community students, only 9 of those students reported having a church home.CampersFaithville1561800Attended Trunk or Treat
Our calling as believers is to love Jesus with all of our hearts and to demonstrate that in ways other people can see, so they may come to know Him. In July of 2018, this is exactly what happened through our week of Middle School Camp. Every year, we have a mission for our students to learn about and contribute to. This past year the mission was World Vision. While World Vision has many goals and efforts, their largest and most known are their endeavors to provide clean water across the globe and to end world hunger. They truly seek to not simply enter communities to meet immediate needs, but to empower these communities to create sustainable ways of improving their lives. One way that they do this is by providing the opportunity for people to sponsor the purchase of animals for these communities. This was the goal for our middle school students at our week of camp. Throughout the week, campers learned about how different animals provide different benets for communities around the world. Through several opportunities and avenues of contributing toward this goal, by week’s end our campers blew us away with their generosity. By their giving and excitement in going after our goal, people across the globe were provided for and will hopefully come to see the love and beauty of God and His global Church.189 Campers$2,426 Given98 Animals 4 Pigs 4 Goats 6 Rabbits 34 Ducks 50 ChickensMiddle School Camp 201864 Students involved in Groups95Students Worshippedevery Sunday12Events in20186th -12th GRADE
Community ImpactCampusUse & ImpactAdoption Support Group Meetings Bullitt County Elementary Honors Choir Program Chonda Pierce Live EventCommunity GardenCooper Farms Subdivision HOA Meetings Deputy Sheriff Drivers Training Foster Parenting Appreciation DinnerGriefShare GatheringsLanguage for Luke ASL ClassesLongest Night Prayer Vigil (Families affected by Alzheimer’s) Okolona Christian Preschool (Graduation and Christmas Programs) Okolona Fire Department TrainingRed Cross Blood DrivesShedd Association ClassesSouthern High School Emergency Evacuation Location/Staging Area Southern High School Teachers/Administration RetreatSpringHill Day Camp and Christmas Party
How generous were we?GENERAL FUND INCOME$2,266,044.29How much did we spend?GENERAL FUND EXPENSES$2,208,412.63Spending BreakdownAVERAGE WEEKLY OFFERING — $43,577.00ANNUAL PER CAPITA — $40.91DOLLAR PROJECT CONTRIBUTIONS — $5,122.53 ADULT MINISTRIES — $360,868.88MINISTRY STAFF, GROUPS, SERVING, SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT, PASTORAL CARE, WORSHIP AND LOCAL OUTREACH16.34%MISSIONS — $162,913.60LOCAL AGENCY, CHURCH PLANTING AND COMMITTED SUPPORT7.38%CHILDREN AND STUDENT MINISTRIES — $224,028.09MINISTRY STAFF, SUNDAY PROGRAMMING, EVENTS, OUTREACH, CRAFT MATERIALS AND FOOD10.14%OPERATIONS — $930,445.95 OPERATIONS STAFF, FACILITIES, OFFICE, COMMUNICATIONS AND I.T.42.13%DEBT SERVICE — $530,156.11 PRINCIPLE AND INTERESTREMAINING DEBT: $4,192,194.7324.01%FINANCES