February 27, 2020
March At A Glance
There are lots of exciting opportunities in March. Keep scrolling for all the details! Items that are new this week are in bold.
  • Lenten Worship
  • Continuing the Conversation about Race Relations
  • Mother-Son Dance Volunteers
  • Taste of OBC
  • Growing Young
  • Worship 101 for Families
  • Mother/Son Dance
  • Lenten Lunches
Chick-fil-A
Wednesday, March 4

On Wednesday night we will be having Chick-fil-A boxed meals (CFA Sandwich, Waffle Chips, & a Cookie) and a salad bar for dinner. If you have a standing reservation and are not be able to be present please call the church by Noon on Monday to cancel. If you do not have standing reservations and are able to join us, we would love to have you, but please click the button below, or call the church office by Noon on Monday to sign up. 
Lenten Worship

We invite you to bring a special cross from home and place it on the Communion Table. Your unique crosses will be part of our Lenten Worship experience as a reminder of Christ’s love for us. Please bring your cross by March 1. You may pick them up after Palm Sunday Worship, April 5.
Race Relations
Continuing the Conversation

“Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.” MLK, Jr., 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail

At OBC, we had a much better acceptance than lukewarm at our Race Relations Forum last Wednesday night. Most of us, as white folks, have privileges that we don’t even realize. By understanding this fact, we have an opportunity to work past bewilderment, improve relationships, and show our love for all our neighbors. If you would be interested in discussing what we can do as individuals and as a congregation to show our neighborly compassion, click the button below or contact Mack Bailey at mwbailey@comporium.net.

Romans 15:2 (NIV) Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.
Mother-Son Dance
Volunteer Opportunities

Even if you are not a Mother/Son combo coming to the dance on March 21, there are opportunities for you to get involved! Please consider helping make the FUNdraising event a success by volunteering your time and/or donating snacks. Click the button below for more information and to volunteer.
As a part of our celebration of Oakland's 70th anniversary we are creating a "Taste of Oakland" Cookbook. Imagine how many friendships have been formed, hearts have been nurtured, and stomachs have been filled while enjoying covered dish meals at OBC!

Just like a covered dish meal isn't complete without each person's dish, our cookbook will not be complete without each person's favorite recipes.  Please submit up to four of your favorite recipes (appetizer, side dish, main course, breakfast, dessert, bread, etc) by March 15.  You may email your recipes to cookbook@oaklandchurch.com or drop them off by the church office. We are so excited for this Taste of Oakland and look forward to seeing and making your recipes! 
Growing Young

You’ve likely heard the bad news. Churches are shrinking and aging, and young people are walking away with very few returning. There is no denying this reality. Furthermore, most churches that close their doors rarely fold all at once. They fade slowly as the years go by; until one day they look around and no one is there.
But there is hope.
In the midst of many churches closing their doors, there are bright spot churches that are thriving with young people while also ministering to older adults. Fuller Youth Institute has studied these churches and compiled their research in a book called  Growing Young . What they discovered is hundreds of churches with six core commitments in common that keep teenagers and young adults coming back for more.
We are a church of hope.
Over the course of the next year Oakland is joining with CBF churches in five states to study the concepts presented in  Growing Young  and how to implement those concepts in our churches.  Oakland Baptist was chosen as the host site to bring all these churches together for two conferences (March 26-27 and October 22-23) and we need your help!  We are responsible for greeters, catered meals, clean-up, et cetera. Please consider signing up for time slot to help us put our best foot forward as the host church. Thank you in advance!!
Lenten Lunches
Tuesdays at Noon

Join us on Tuesdays during Lent. We will gather at Noon in the gym for lunch followed by a brief Lenten reflection.
March 3: Judy Gritzmacher, Oratory Center for Spirituality Coordinator
March 10: Amy Jacks Dean, Co-Pastor at Park Road Baptist Church
March 17: David Mitchell, Pastor at NewKirk Baptist Church
March 24: William Buie, Jr., Pastor at First Calvary Baptist Church
March 31: Lenten Hymn Reflections
Palm Sunday Worship  
ONE Worship - April 5

Dr. Lester McCorn, the Clinton College President, will deliver our sermon and the Clinton College Choir will be present to provide special music. Sunday School will begin at 9:30AM.

The Clinton College Choir  is the primary performance ensemble for Clinton College. The choir is comprised of students, members of the Clinton faculty, staff and singers from the community who enjoy performing music from a variety of choral music genres. The choir specializes in (but not limited to) the study and performance of sacred music by African American composers. The choir renders music for numerous on-campus, off-campus, and denominational (African American Episcopal Zion Church) events and worship services throughout the academic year.
Racism, PREJUDICE and BIAS
Friday, March 13, 2020 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

The Rock Hill Oratory is sponsoring an opportunity to look at some difficult but timely topics. In these sessions we will examine both personal and institutional responses to those located on what Pope Francis calls “the peripheries”. We will address both the historic and current realities in the U.S., with particular focus on the South. This conversation will be led by
Sr. Mary Priniski, O.P. & Matthew Cressler.

Sr. Mary Priniski is an Adrian Dominican currently serving as Project Coordinator for Gathering for Mission in the Aquinas Center of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She has a Masters in Health Care Mission and a Doctorate in Missiology. She has served in various social justice ministries, including several years in Rock Hill.

Matthew Cressler is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the College of Charleston. His teaching and research areas include African American religions, Catholic studies, and religion in America, with a specialization in Black Catholic history. His website is www.matthewjcressler.com. Cost: $50.00 (Lunch included) 

To register for this event email oratory@gmail.com
Special Wednesday Opportunity
Worship 101 for Families
March 25 & April 1

Join Pastor Jeff and Suzanne in the Sanctuary at 6PM for a conversation on how to teach your children the purpose and importance of each element of worship.
The Oakland Ministry Center touches the lives of many people in the community, but sometimes special clients come to the Center who also touch the lives and hearts of the volunteers. One such person was an elderly gentleman in his 80's who visited the Center several Wednesdays in January. Mr. H told volunteers that he had metastatic cancer in his bones and had lost 52 pounds. In addition, his home was burglarized while he was in the hospital. Wednesday volunteers were able to help him find a good selection of pants, shirts, and sweaters, and all thoroughly enjoyed talking with him. He seemed to need the socialization as much as the clothing. Mr. H returned the following week and told volunteers he needed a suit that would be appropriate for a wedding or funeral. The Center did not have a suit to fit him but volunteers did coordinate pants and a jacket with a shirt and tie. Mr. H. was very pleased. He returned the following week to deliver a hand-written note, thanking the volunteers for their assistance and expressing appreciation for the Center. He stated that he would be glad to talk with Oakland's congregation about the Center and how much it helped him in his time of need. Volunteers were very saddened when they saw Mr. H's obituary in the Herald only a couple of weeks later and wondered if perhaps the funeral clothes he wanted might have been in anticipation of his own death. Mr. H. was a dear, sweet gentleman and is a good example of the love shown to individuals and the community through the Ministry Center and its volunteers. ~Carolyn Steward
Save the date for a special ONE Worship and luncheon on July 12 as we celebrate 70 years of Oakland Baptist Church being the presence of Christ at the crossroads of life. Rev. Dr. Jay Kieve, Coordinator of CBF SC will be preaching. Please click "Sign Me Up" below if you plan to join us for lunch.

Sunday School: 9:30AM
Worship: 10:30AM
Lunch: Following Worship
Retreat With Us!

We hope you will take advantage of opportunities to retreat with your church family this year. Below are three opportunities. Please mark your calendar and let us know if you plan to attend.

  • Soul Training Retreat: June 26-28, 2020
It's a stay-cation retreat. We will gather at OBC on Friday evening and Saturday morning for food, fellowship, and faith development. James Bryan Smith's  The Good and Beautiful  trilogy is intended to be a catalyst for lifelong change. Throughout the weekend we will work on our own soul training plan which will guide us as we live as those in whom Christ dwells.

We will begin at 5:30PM on Friday evening with dinner and end at 1:00PM on Saturday with lunch. There will be childcare for those in 5th grade and below. The cost is $25/adult.

  • Marriage Enrichment Retreat: September 25-27, 2020
Join us for a weekend of renewal as we worship, fellowship, and study. Our sessions will be led by Rev. Dr. John Roy who is the senior minister at Pelham Road Baptist Church in Greenville, SC . We will be staying at the beautiful Terrace Inn which is surrounded by mountains and overlooks the lake. The cost is $350/couple. Please submit a $50 deposit to the church office to secure your spot.

  • Women's Retreat: October 23-25, 2020
Our 2020 Women's Retreat will be at Montreat Conference Center. We will be staying in the beautiful and historic Assembly Inn, enjoying the food, shopping, and nature that makes Black Mountain special, making new friends, strengthening relationships with old friends, and most importantly growing in our faith. The cost of this retreat is $150/person.

Please click the button below to sign-up for the retreats you plan to attend.
#growingatobc

We invite you to help share our story this year by posting pictures from events (Sunday School, Worship, Bible Study, Meals and more) and including in your caption #growingatobc. We would also love for you to tag us on Facebook and Instagram @obcrockhill when you post pictures from OBC.
Please sign up for dinner by Monday at Noon by clicking "I'm hungry" below. If you would like to be added to the permanent list, email Missy (obcoffice@oaklandchurch.com) in the church office.

Menus:

March 4: Chick-fil-A Dinner Box
March 11:  Parmesan Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Broccoli Casserole
March 18: Spaghetti
March 25: Roast Beef, Rice and Gravy, Butter Beans

All meals also include a Salad Bar (Mixed Greens and an assortment of fresh toppings), Bread, and Dessert. Beverages include Water, Tea and Lemonade.

Dinner begins at 5PM each week
 
Pricing for dinner:
Adults: $6.50 (6th grade and above)
Children: $3.50 (5th grade and under)
$25 max per family
Check out our newest Ministry Guide. It is full of information about opportunities for fellowship, study, worship, and service. You can view it by clicking the button below. Printed copies are also available at the church. We look forward to #growingatobc in the coming months!
Join Us Online!
Even if you can't make it to OBC on Sunday, we hope you will still join us for worship. Our traditional service is streamed live each week. For easy access, bookmark the link below or subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
Thank you for helping us be the presence of Christ at the crossroads of life through your financial contributions. Click the button to give online.  You will be directed to a secure PayPal link which allows you to use your debit or credit card to make online contributions.
As a community of faith we grieve with one another, we endure difficulty with one another and we also CELEBRATE with one another. We invite you to share your accomplishments, milestones and other sources of good news so we can celebrate with you. Email the office (obcoffice@oaklandchurch.com) with your good news and we will share it in the Weekly Update.
March 1: Tina Anderson, Amy Hudson
March 3: Ronnie Cosper
March 4: Steve Cockerill, Asher Sessions
March 5: Porter Freeman
March 6: Bekah Hart, Amanda Ledford
March 7: Claire Emmerton, Caroline Emmerton
March 1, 2020

Deacon of the Week: Kevin Davis


8:45AM Audio: Kevin Davis & Phillip Reynolds
11:00AM Audio: Phillip Reynolds & Johnny Snipes

Acolyte: Delaney Davis

Worship Greeters: Carole Cosper, Clayton Neal, Jane Brackett, Jerry Lucas, Sara Farrar

8:45AM: Worship
9:45AM: Sunday School
11:00AM: Worship
4:00PM: Associate Minister Search Committee
4:15PM: Jubal Ringers
5:00PM: Youth Choir
5:45PM: Youth Group
5:45PM: Chancel Choir
7:00PM: Oakland Ringer
Click the button below to see what's happening at OBC this month.
February 26, 2020

Budget Total Receipts: $5969.84
Budget Needed Weekly: $18,389.00
Budget Required YTD: $147,112.00
Budget Received YTD: $137,385.12
Over/(Under) Budget:$(9,726.88)
Expenses YTD: $114,583.66
Got News?
If you have an announcement for the Weekly Update, please send it to the church office by Monday at noon!  obcoffice@oaklandchurch.com
Minister On Call

If you have an emergency or need to speak with one of our ministers after 5 PM during the week or over the weekend, please call 803-328-3864 and press 0 to leave a message for the on call minister. Your phone call will be returned quickly.