December 27, 2018
Two Worship Opportunities
Sunday, December 30

On Sunday there will be two distinct worship opportunities. Come to one or both!

8:45 AM Creative Worship
Join us in the gym for a Watchnight Service. This will be an opportunity to reflect on the year that is coming to a close, while covenanting with God to live faithfully in the year to come.

11:00 AM Traditional Worship
Join us in the Sanctuary for a service of Lessons and Carols as we celebrate the first Sunday of Christmas.
Your Donation Makes a Difference

Dear Church Family,
As you consider ways to give during this holiday season, remember that any tithes or offerings to the church must be received by December 31st. Our 2018 budget year is drawing to an end and your gifts help us succeed in the good work God is doing in this place. Contributing to God’s work at Oakland is very simple and we have multiple options for you to choose from:
Text Giving : Text “OBC” to 73256. You will receive an immediate reply. Click the link in the reply to set up text giving. Text giving for 2018 must be completed by 11:59PM, EST, December 31, 2018.
Offering Plate : Place your offering envelope in the offering plate during either worship service. Offering envelopes can be mailed to your home or found in the pew racks in the sanctuary, as well as on the welcome table in the gym. The last services of the year will be Sunday, December 30. Contributions received on that date will count toward 2018.
Online Giving : Click on the "Donate to OBC" button below to donate via credit card. When using the link below no fees are incurred. You may make a one time donation or set up a recurring donation.
US Mail: Mail a check to the church address—1067 Oakland Ave, Rock Hill, SC 29732. Mailed contributions must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2018.
Online Bill Pay through your Bank: Set up a recurring check payment to the church for the weekly or monthly amount of your gift. This type of contribution will begin in 2019, and cannot be counted toward 2018.
Bank Draft: Fill out a planning card (located in the church office) and attach a voided check. Choose to have your account drafted on the 1st or 15th of each month. Drafting your bank account is one of the most inexpensive ways to give (no fees), is efficient in regards to book keeping, and provides consistent income for the entire year which helps us in planning programs, ministries, and missions. This type of contribution will begin in 2019, and cannot be counted toward 2018.

In addition to the above, on December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was signed into law. Most of the changes introduced by the bill went into effect on January 1, 2018. If you are interested in maximizing tax deductions in 2018, please contact your accountant and/or tax advisor to discuss the concept of bundling or bunching your charitable gifts. Should you choose to utilize this new tax option, OBC will make proper arrangements for your gift.

Your gifts are essential to the positive ministries of Oakland Baptist Church. Thank you for the generosity you have shown in 2018; and, thank you in advance for your faithful giving in 2019—it’s going to a great year for our church!

Merry Christmas!
Pastor Jeff
There have been a few changes since last week! Here's how the competition currently stands:
Megan: $259
Kim: $211
Leigh: $202
Marty: $166
Eddie: $146
Suzanne: $71
Martina: $89
Missy: $63
Jeff: $58
Allison: $35

We hope you have enjoyed the fun, festive office doors this month! We certainly have enjoyed the many friendly faces who have popped in to say hello, while looking at them.

While it is a competition to see whose door is the congregation's favorite, the real winners are the children in our awesome Day School!

The money raised from our door benefit will be used for the OBC Day School Scholarship Fund. This fund allows students to be part of this great program even if a tragic situation prevents their parents from being able to pay all of the tuition. We are excited about showcasing our creativity, but we are even more excited about helping children continue to receive an education that is rooted in the love of Christ. 

There's still time to cast your vote! You've got until December 31. You may cast your vote by placing cash or a check (checks should be made out to OBC) in your favorite door's envelope. Or you may vote electronically.

**To vote/donate electronically, click on "vote for my favorite." Enter the amount you would like to donate and then click on the drop down box and select the name of the person whose door is your favorite.**
Basketball Clinic
Fridays, January 18 - February 15

Four and five year olds are invited to participate in our OBC basketball clinic. This clinic which will take place on Friday evenings will give participants an opportunity to learn basic basketball skills, gain confidence, learn teamwork and have fun with friends. The clinic will be coached by Krista Hayes, Alice Davis, David Cason and Kyle Franklin. The cost is $15 which includes a shirt. To sign up, please click below. You may either pay online or choose "pay at the door" to pay with cash or check.
Mark your Calendar

Wednesday, January 9
Committee Night, 6PM
I lieu of our regular Wednesday night activities we will have our annual Committee Night. All committee members are encouraged to be present for a meeting to kick off all the good work that will be done this year.

Sunday, January 13
State of the Church, 10:30AM
Join us for ONE Worship at 10:30AM as Pastor Jeff delivers his annual State of the Church message. Following Worship we will enjoy a covered dish lunch. Meat will be provided, but please bring a side dish or dessert to share. You can drop them off in the gym before church. Sunday School will begin at 9:30AM
Yearly Business Meeting, 5PM
We will gather at 5PM in the Sanctuary for our annual business.
Adult Mission Trip
February 4-8

For those interested in helping with hurricane recovery, we are taking a group to Conway February 4-8, 2019. This is an ongoing process and will take months, if not years, for many people to return to their normal lives. If you are interested in accompanying us on this trip or would like more information, please contact Pastor Jeff or call the church office.
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.
December 30: Beth Burrell
December 31: Pat Vining, Christopher Manfredi
January 2: Phillip Reynolds
January 3: Eddie Murdock, Ryan Bridges
January 4: Bernice Cockerill, Stan Marion, Ryan Bridges
January 5: Melanie O'Neal
Serving in Worship
December 30, 2018

Deacon of the Week: Carl Compton

Early Service Audio: Ralph Bailey
Late Service Audio: Scott Hudson

Acolyte:
Crucifer: Mary Ella Kirell

Sunday School Greeters: Jeri Allen, Libby Gilbert, Chris and Luke Griffin, Shelby Howle, Stan Marion, Sandra Yawn

Worship Greeters: Peggy Goodson, Shirley Bailey, Rob Ervin, Deborah Buchan Johnson, John Snipes

8:45 Childcare: Staff
11:00 Childcare: Staff
December 30: First Sunday of Christmas
January 1: Church Office Closed
January 2: No Wednesday Night activities
January 4: High School Retreat
January 5: High School Retreat
January 6: Epiphany; High School Retreat
January 7: Ladies Bible Study
January 8: Mens Prayer Breakfast; Westminster Towers Bible Study; Bible Study & Missions Group, Ladies Bible Study
January 9: Moms' Fellowship; No Wednesday Night Activities; Committee Night
January 13: State of the Church; Covered Dish Lunch; Yearly Business Meeting; Youth Group; Music Rehearsal
January 14: Ladies Bible Study; Sue Ness Mission Group
January 15: Mens Prayer Breakfast; Ladies Bible Study
January 16: Mom's Fellowship; Wednesday Night Dinner & Activities; ESL
January 18: Basketball Clinic
December 23, 2018

Budget Total Receipts: $28,313.00
Designated Receipts: $1,350.00
Budget Needed Weekly: $20,432.85
Budget Required YTD: $1,042,075.35
Budget Received YTD: $940,772.51
Over/(Under) Budget: ($101,302.84)
Expenses YTD: $814,193.50
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
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 1-803-328-3864 and press 4 to leave a message for the on call minister. Your phone call will be returned quickly.