November 19, 2020
A Note From Pastor Jeff...

Dear Oakland family,

Four things I want to share with you in this week’s Update.

First, this past Sunday, November 15th, marked the first time we have enjoyed in-person worship in our Sanctuary since March 15th—exactly 35 weeks ago! I must admit, it felt good to be back in the building and worshipping with real, live, flesh and blood people sitting in the pews! Thank to everyone who attended! More importantly, thank you for following our safety protocols. Everyone did a great job to provide a safe and calming environment.
 
Second, I know many of you chose to worship through Livestream or viewed the recorded service at a different time. That is perfectly okay! Please be reminded that no one should feel guilty or judged over how they choose to worship in this unique time. Like many of you, I stay informed about the number of positive COVID cases and, whether you choose to worship in the building or at home, I want you to take every precaution you feel necessary to stay healthy. You are of best service to God and OBC when you are well!
 
Third, I am very grateful to the many people who have diligently been working on our Audio/Visual improvement project. Specifically, we owe a great deal of gratitude to Phillip Reynolds and Marty Mobley for their expertise and long working hours to make sure this project is a success. While there are still some loose ends to tie up, if you viewed Livestream or any of our recorded services from this past Sunday you noticed the improved audio and visual quality of the broadcast. Job well done gentlemen! 
 
Finally, the Advent and Christmas seasons are upon us and I am looking forward to what they hold for our spiritual growth. Please make sure to pick up an Advent bag from the church or call the office to have one delivered to your house. The staff has done a wonderful job piecing together devotions and activities for all ages which will draw you closer to the Christ Child in the seasons ahead. 
 
Grace and peace,
Pastor Jeff
Community Thanksgiving Worship Watch Party
Sunday, November 22, 6:00-6:30PM

We hope you will join us for our Community Thanksgiving Worship Watch Party on Zoom. We will begin this thirty minute service promptly at 6PM. Our Zoom Meeting ID is 713 378 3329. Or you can CLICK HERE to connect.
Will you be at Worship on Sunday?

If you plan to worship with us in-person on Sunday, PLEASE click the button below to sign-up.
We recognize that many of you will continue worshipping with us online. Click the button below for information about accessing worship on YouTube.
Church Basketball at OBC
Sign up Today!

The York County Christian Basketball Association (YCCBA) has been hard at work putting into place safety measures that will allow a basketball season to be attempted. CLICK HERE to the read policies and procedures for the 2020/2021 season. Among other important details in that document, please note that we are limiting our teams to 10 players. Priority on each team will be given to OBC members. Any additional spots will be filled with non-members based on the order in which sign-ups are received.

To sign up click the button below. Registrations must be received by November 25!
We have begun distributing bags for children, youth, and adults that are full of activities, devotions, and service projects which will help you prepare your hearts for the coming of Christ during the Advent season. In addition to picking up your bag(s) while at worship, you can get yours on Monday, November 23 from 2:30PM - 3:30PM by driving through our parking lot.

If you would like a bag but will not be in worship and are unable to stop by during our drive-through pick up, CLICK HERE and we deliver your bag(s).

To get a sneak peak at our Advent opportunities, CLICK HERE.
Christmas at Connie Maxwell
Please make your donation by Monday!

Each year Oakland Baptist provides Christmas gifts for the children at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. Due to Covid-19 we have been asked to provide two gift cards per child. At this time they have approximately 98 children so please be generous!
 
We invite you to donate money to OBC which we will use to purchase gift cards. Together we will make it a special Christmas for these children! You may send your donation electronically by clicking the button below. You may also mail your donation to the church, or drop off by the Church Office. Please note on the donation that it is for Connie Maxwell. All donations need to be received by Monday, November 23.

Questions: please contact Jane Rawls or Rev. Suzanne Ringer (803)328-3864
Christmas Benevolence Fund

Poinsettias will be in the Sanctuary during Advent. You are invited to make a donation toward the Poinsettias in honor, or in memory of loved ones. All donations will be placed in the Benevolence Fund to assist those in our community who are in need. The cost is $10 per name. To make a donation CLICK HERE. The last day to make donations is December 7. Thank you for your continued support of our missional outreach to those in need!
Christmas Videos Needed!

We have a special Christmas carol sing along in the works and we would love to include you and/or your family. Don't worry, you don't have to sing! All we need you to do is stand in front of your tree or other festive decorations, waving or holding up a Merry Christmas sign, etc… Be Creative! You video only needs to be 3 - 5 seconds. Please record with your phone flipped horizontally.

Please send to Leigh by text or email (lreynolds@oaklandchurch.com) by Wednesday, December 2 to be included in this fun project!
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 link which allows you to use your debit or credit card to make online contributions.
Happy Birthday, Friends!
November 22: Kelly Scott
November 23: Jane Knight, Marty Mobley, Paula Gillman
November 24: Heath Sessions, Hannah Sprinkle
November 25: Rebecca Caney
November 26: Jennifer Marett, Krista Hayes, Blake Hart
We Give because God Gave First
November 15, 2020

Budget Total Receipts: $36,338.70
Budget Needed Weekly: $18,389.00
Budget Required YTD: $845,894.00
Budget Received YTD: $727,395.70
Over/(Under) Budget:$(118,498.30)
Expenses YTD: $595,224.34
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Minister On Call
If you have an emergency or need to speak with one of our ministers after office hours 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.