January 2, 2020
Calling All Artists!

As part of our 70 th  Anniversary celebration, we are having an art contest! You are invited to create a worship cover to be used on our Homecoming Worship Guide next July. Here are the rules:
  • Must be representative of Oakland’s 70th Anniversary
  • Must be hand drawn in color (no digital or photo pictures will be accepted)
  • Must be on an 8 ½ x 11 portrait orientation white sheet of paper
  • Must submit a hard copy to the church office by January 30th
There will be a children's category (12 and below) and an adult category (13 and above). During the month of February, all submissions will be voted on by monetary donations which will benefit our Global Missions Offering. During the Sundays leading up to Homecoming, the top five vote receivers will be used as our Worship Guide cover photo. For more information, contact Erica Smith at  ericadbeatson@yahoo.com .
Wednesday, January 8
Committee Night at 6PM, Dinner at 5PM

In 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. We will all meet together briefly in the Sanctuary at 6PM before moving into committee meetings. Please contact Kim Shaw ( kshaw@oaklandchurch.com) if you need childcare. 

Dinner will be served, but there will be no programs. All children's choirs, and youth and adult programs begin on January 15. If you plan to eat, please sign up below by clicking "I'm Hungry."
Sunday, January 12

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.
Wednesday, January 15

Immigration Simulation, 6PM
Following dinner we will gather for an immigration simulation led by Blake Hart and Judy Mobley. This simulation will take place in the gym and will open our eyes to the process individuals must endure as they seek citizenship.
Sunday, January 19

The Good and Beautiful Life
We will begin the second book in our year-long study of James Bryan Smith's  The Good and Beautiful series, as we focus on putting on the character of Christ. Books are available in your Sunday School rooms. If you are not in a Sunday School class but requested a set of the books, you may pick yours up in the Church Office.
Thank you to all who voted for their favorite wreath and more importantly supported the awesome ministry of Oakland Day School and their scholarship fund! The final standings are listed below:
Marty: $573
Jeff: $529
Leigh: $212
Eddie: $163
Kim: $133
Missy: $89
Martina: $40
Suzanne: $33
Megan: $31

Congratulations to Marty Mobley, our Facilities Volunteer, who made a come from behind surge to claim victory!
Ladies Bible Study
Tuesday Evenings

Join the Tuesday Night Ladies Bible Study starting January 14. We will be doing a study entitled "The Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob" by Beth Moore. This is an   in-depth women's Bible study of Genesis 12-50. This study is full of twists and turns, ruin and redemption, revelation and mystery to keep participants captivated by the God who stars in it! Explore concepts such as blessing, covenant, and promise, and the bearing each has on a Christian's life today. Group members will also study the Hebrew names of God introduced on the early pages of Scripture.

Throughout this exciting study participants will plunge into the heart of Genesis, God’s remarkable pursuit of relationship and the unfolding of God's earthly plan: that through one nation—and ultimately, one man—all people on earth will be blessed. Many of the most profound and enduring concepts in the whole counsel of God’s Word are initiated in this marvelous book of beginnings.

Comments such as “This is the best Bible study I’ve ever done” and “I’m so glad you are offering this study again. I love it.” have been heard many times since we started discussing which study to offer next. If you’ve never done it before, you will be in for a real learning experience. It is a phenomenal study. Contact Shirley Bailey (shholland@comporium.net) or Patti Robinette (probinette1861@gmail.com) for more information. Study books can be ordered online or through the church. Deadline to request that a book be ordered for you is January 3. We hope to see you there. 
Special Worship Opportunities

February 23: ONE Worship at 10:30AM
Our children will lead us in worship. We will also recognize our Day School staff and families. Sunday School will begin at 9:30AM.
April 5 : ONE Worship at 10:30AM
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.

Special Wednesday Opportunities

Each of the opportunities listed below begin at 6PM. More details will be included in upcoming Updates.

January 15 : Immigration Simulation
February 5: Healthy Marriage Forum

February 12: Conversation on Aging Well

February 19: Race Relations Forum

March 25 & April 1: Worship 101 for Families
2020 Women's Retreat
October 23-25

Ladies mark your calendar for our 2020 Women's Retreat. This retreat will be at Montreat Conference Center. We will be staying in the beautiful and historic Assembly Inn.
2020 Summer Trips
for children and youth

It's time to start making plans for the summer. As you make those plans we hope they include our Children's Passport Camp and Youth Mission Trip.

Children's Passport Camp
July 6 - 9, $360
PASSPORT kids  is a 4-day, 3-night children’s camp filled with fun faith-building programming and hands-on missions education. It is for children who have completed 3rd – 5th grade. Camp is held at Montreat Conference Center, in Montreat NC. At camp, we will discover God’s love and practice being followers of Jesus through Bible studies, missions education, recreation, and worship. If you have questions, please contact Kim (kshaw@oaklandchurch.com). To reserve a spot on this trip click the button below.

Youth Mission Trip
July 12-17, $200

 Youth currently in 6th-12th grade are invited to spend the week in Asheville, NC being immersed in a variety service opportunities. The week will also include Bible study, creative reflection, worship and recreation. If you have any questions, please contact Leigh (lreynolds@oaklandchurch.com). To reserve a spot on this trip click the button below .

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.
Meals Resume January 8
**January 8 is Committee Night. There will be no program or Bible Study.

Whether you always eat on Wednesdays or are adding this to your routine for the first time in January, please click "I'm Hungry" to sign up for dinner(s) so we have an accurate count.

January Menu:
January 8: Pork Loin, Macaroni & Cheese, Green Beans
January 15: Creamy Chicken Casserole, Brown Rice, Baby Green Lima Beans
January 22: Spaghetti
January 29: Roast Beef, Rice & Gravy, Leisure Peas, Broccoli Casserole

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
Click the button below for an electronic copy of our current Ministry Guide. Within the Ministry Guide you will find an outline of our goals for the year as well as information about many of our opportunities and activities.
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.
January 6: Richard Lee
January 7: Shirley Robinson, Karen Neal, Charlie Kirell
January 8: Tim Hyatt
January 9: Jane Lanford, Jerald Hunter
January 10: Coalson Williams
January 11: Eleanor Harrelson, Allen Hoffman
Serving in Worship
January 5, 2020

Deacon of the Week: James Turner

8:45AM Audio: Ralph Bailey
11:00AM Audio: Mack Bailey

Acolyte: Bailey Odom
Crucifer: Carter Odom

Worship Greeters: Walter Byrd, Betty Jones, Sandra Yawn, Dennis Jordan, Nancy Baer
Click the button below to see what's happening at OBC this month.
December 29, 2019

Budget Total Receipts: $7,900.17
Budget Needed Weekly: $18,431.00
Budget Required YTD: $958,412.00
Budget Received YTD: $867,371.77
Over/(Under) Budget:$ (91,040.23)
Expenses YTD: $858,049.30
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.