December 17, 2020
Words from the Pastor...
In consultation with our Deacon Chair, David Williams, and Vice-Chair, Ben Lucas, our worship for December 27 AND January 3 will be online only. There will be no in-person worship in the sanctuary. In-person worship will resume in the sanctuary on January 10 with our State of the Church service. We’ve made this decision due to rising COVID cases and the need for a two week window between Christmas gatherings and returning to our building. While we understand the desire to gather with family and friends during Christmas and New Years, please make every effort to follow CDC guidelines for maintaining safety and health for yourself and others. Our ability to continue worshipping in-person depends on it!
In addition, the church office will be closed to visitors from December 25-January 10. Our staff will be working remotely from December 28-January 1. If you need immediate assistance, please use the Minister on Call number (803-328-3864, extension 0) or call one of our ministers directly on their cell phone. Thank you for supporting these decisions! -Pastor Jeff
Your Donation Makes a Difference

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. Contributing to God’s work at Oakland is very simple and we have multiple options for you to choose from:
 Text Giving: Text “GIVE” to 803-599-3738. You will receive an immediate reply. Click the link in the reply to set up text giving. Text giving for 2020 must be completed by 11:59PM, EST, December 31, 2020.
• Secure Mailbox: Place your offering envelope in the secure mailbox on the brick wall by the kitchen doors.
• Online Giving: Click on the "Donate to OBC" button below to donate via credit card. 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, 2020.
• 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 2021, and cannot be counted toward 2020
• 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 2021, and cannot be counted toward 2020.

Your gifts are essential to the ministries of Oakland Baptist Church. Thank you for the generosity you have shown in 2020; and, thank you in advance for your faithful giving in 2021—it’s going to a great year for our church!
State of the Church
Sunday, January 10

On January 10th, Pastor Jeff will deliver his annual state of the church sermon in both worship services. He will be talking about a vision for 2021 and beyond. That evening at 5PM will be our annual church business meeting via Zoom. Our Zoom Meeting ID is 713 378 3329.
We Need a Little Joy

Sunday begins the fourth week of Advent and we look forward to worshipping with you, either in-person or online, as we consider the joy this season provides. In addition to worship, you will find activities in your Advent bag that will help you focus your heart on joy.

If you plan to worship with us in-person on Sunday, PLEASE click the button below to sign-up. As you sign-up, please consider attending the 8:30AM service, if you are able, so we can balance the number of people attending each service.
We recognize that many of you will continue worshipping with us online. Click the button below for information about accessing worship on YouTube. CLICK HERE to view instructions for watching worship online.
Carol Sing-Along
December 20, 5PM-5:30PM

Join us on Zoom for a carol sing-along watch party. Together we will enjoy a special presentation of sacred and secular Christmas songs sung by some of our OBC friends. And OBC's "Ryan Seacrest" may even make a special appearance. Our Zoom Meeting ID is 713 378 3329.
Carol Calls
December 21

You are encouraged to call and share a Christmas Carol with one of our homebound friends, a neighbor, grandparent, or loved on Monday. If you are not a singer you can play a song from your phone or CD, or just take the opportunity to call and wish them a Merry Christmas.

Need a name? Contact Suzanne Ringer. Your call will brighten someone’s day!
Providing Hospitality

From December 20 - January 3 OBC is serving as an overflow facility for the Bethel Men's Shelter. Up to 20 men will be sleeping in our basement on those evenings. They will arrive after having dinner at Bethel United Methodist and depart early the next morning. If you would like to help us provide hospitality please drop off any of the following items by December 18:
  • Store bought, individually packaged snacks
  • Bottles of water
  • Board games/cards
  • Extra Christmas decorations that you no long need
Advent Bags

Check out the activities in your Advent bag to help you reflect on the peace that this season promises. Adults - enjoy a quiet, tech-free evening. Youth - decorate your angel ornament. Children - make a stress ball. And don't forget about the coloring pages, advent calendar cards, and links of kindness.

LUMINARIES: As you complete your luminaries (see page 15 in the Advent Booklet) please return them to the church. These luminaries will be displayed in the Gathering Spot during our Christmas Eve services on December 23 and 24. If you need additional luminary bags you can pick them up in the church office, or use a white, paper lunch bag.

BETHEL BAGS: During the weeks of Christmas and New Years, Oakland will serve as an overflow site for the Bethel Men’s Shelter. A number of men without a home will be sleeping in the basement area of our church every night. As a way of showing hope to these gentlemen, we want to provide them with necessities they rarely receive. In your Advent bag you will find a gallon size freezer bag. Please fill the bag with the following items and bring to the church office before December 20th. The bags will be distributed to the men while they are staying at Oakland.
Suggestions for the bag:
  • Hand warmers
  • Gloves
  • A Pair of Socks
  • Chapstick
  • Small lotion
  • Individual tissue packets
  • Individual hand sanitizer
  • Hard candies
  • A note of encouragement
Candlelight and Communion
December 23 and 24

We are offering three Candlelight and Communion services to ensure that we are able to safely accommodate those who would like to worship in-person. Communion will be served in a COVID safe manner. PLEASE SIGN UP ASAP for the service you plan to attend by clicking the button below.

All three services will be the same:
December 23, 5:30PM-6PM
December 24, 4PM-4:30PM and 5:30PM-6PM
Drive-Through Communion
December 24, 4:45PM-5:15PM

For those who do not feel comfortable worshipping in-person we will have a drive-though Communion and Candlelight service. To help us know how many to prepare for, please sign up by clicking the button below.
December 27 - Worship will be Online Only

On Sunday, December 27, our worship service will only be available online. Using the same format as in previous months, you will receive an email on Saturday that will link you to the worship service which you can view anytime. There will be no in-person worship in the sanctuary on this Sunday. This decision has been made with the approval of leadership chairpersons. In-person worship will resume on Sunday, January 3, 2021.
Basketball Clinic

We will once again be offering a basketball clinic for K4 - 1st graders. Due to COVID-19 we are limiting this clinic to 10 participants. Click "Sign Me Up" to read details about our safety protocols and to register. This clinic will be led by Krista Hayes and will take place on Friday evenings beginning in late January.
The Ministry Center has begun allowing individuals to shop, by appointment only. They are in need of all sizes of winter coats for children and adults. They are also in need of men's boots. If you have any of these items available to donate please call, text, or email Caroline Krueger ( to arrange a time to drop them off.
Sunday School for ALL Ages

Everything you need for children, youth and adult Sunday School is available on our website. CLICK HERE to access it.

Sunday Morning Prayer & Devotion

Are you currently participating in an Adult Sunday School class? If not, you are encouraged to join Leigh Reynolds on Sunday from 9:20AM-9:45AM for a time of devotion and prayer. You can connect through your computer by using a Chrome, Firefox, or Edge browser to open the following link: You can connect with your phone by dialing 1-571-348-3931‬ and then entering the following PIN: ‪561 343 989‬#
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.
Gratitude and Appreciation
"Dear Members of Oakland Baptist,
Thank you so very much for the school supplies and hoodies donated to Sullivan Middle School. In a year when COVID has taken so much it was so gratifying to see such generosity. Sullivan wishes all of you a Merry Christmas. Thanks again for your overwhelming generosity."
Happy Birthday, Friends!
December 20: Carolyn Boyette
December 21: Patti Robinette, David Hoffman, Terry Smith, Rebecca Anne Balding
December 22: Alice Davis, Elizabeth Boyette, Nick Hale
December 23: Pat Gentry, Burnley Hunt, Carter Odom, Bailey Odom
December 25: John Robinette, Chris Baker
December 26: Gay Hoffman
We Give because God Gave First
December 13, 2020

Budget Total Receipts: $38,616.37
Budget Needed Weekly: $18,389.00
Budget Required YTD: $919,450.00
Budget Received YTD: $794,944.97
Over/(Under) Budget:$(124,505.03)
Expenses YTD: $ 655,691.02
Got News?
If you have an announcement for the Weekly Update, please send it to the church office by Monday at noon!
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.