December 12, 2019
This Advent season, as we celebrate the 300th anniversary of Isaac Watts penning the beloved Joy to The World you will see, hear, and feel joy around OBC. You will see it in the sanctuary decorations that reflect the simple beauty of joy. You will hear it in the words spoken and sung during worship. You will feel it, we pray, as you gather each week to prepare for the coming of the Christ-Child.

For details about all the opportunities during Advent, please click the button below.
Staff Wreath Benefit
Voting Ends December 31

If you have not taken a stroll down the office hallway, we hope you will soon. You will 8 beautifully decorated wreaths and 1 that could maybe be described as "clever." In the meantime, you can click on the button below to see a picture of the wreaths.

We encourage you to visit the hallway and vote for your favorites. Votes will be cast in the form of a monetary donation. The money raised from our door competition 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.

Voting began on Sunday, but the "clever" wreath already has a commanding lead. Below are the standings as of December 11.
Jeff: $500
Eddie: $28
Suzanne: $5
Marty: $5
Everyone else: $0

You may also vote with an online donation (click "vote" below), but please put the name of the person whose wreath you are voting for on the comment line at the bottom of the form.
Ministry Center Stockings
December 1 -22

You are invited to pick up a stocking from the table outside of the Sanctuary and fill it with socks and underwear (all sizes needed, children-adult) for the Ministry Center. After it has been filled, place it under the Christmas tree in the Sanctuary. If you forget to grab a stocking, no worries! Your donation can still be placed under the tree. These simple Christmas gifts will be a huge help and blessing for those who visit the Ministry Center. 
A Spiritual Christmas will be a musical worship service filled with spirituals, gospel songs, percussion, brass, keyboard and dance. Our children, chancel and youth choirs hope you will join in celebrating the coming of the Christ-child on December 15 at 10:30AM.
Children's Christmas Pageant
December 15, 5:30PM

Join us in the Sanctuary at 5:30PM to watch our children present their interpretation of the Christmas story. The evening will also include some of your favorite Christmas hymns and other special music. 
Church-wide Caroling
December 18, 6:00PM

At 6PM, following dinner, we will spread Christmas cheer by singing loudly for all to hear! Join us as we go caroling to our homebound members. 
The Christmas Story
December 19, 9:30AM

You are invited to join our Day School children and their families for their Christmas program at 9:30AM in the Sanctuary. Come experience the simple joy of Christmas as expressed by the 100+ children who make up our Day School. 
Service of Remembrance
December 19, 5:30PM

Join us in the Chapel for a service of remembrance at 6PM in the Fellowship Hall. This is a time for those who have lost loved one this year or in the past years to come and reflect.
Christmas Eve Worship @ 5:30PM

Join us in the sanctuary for Christmas Eve Worship as we celebrate the birth of Christ through song, scripture, communion, and candlelight. Pre-service music will begin at 5:15PM. Worship will begin at 5:30PM. If you are unable to join us in person, this service will be available via livestream. If you subscribe to our YouTube Channel you will get a notification every time one of our services is being broadcast.
Volunteer Opportunities

What better way is there to begin the new year than by giving your time and love to others in our community? Below are two opportunities to do just that!

Pathways Community Center
Thursdays, 8AM-9AM

In an effort to love to our neighbors who depend on the Day Center we are committing to having 2-4 volunteers at Pathways each Thursday. All you have to do it open the door as guests arrive, greet them with a smile, and help serve pastries and coffee. There may also be opportunities to share a devotion or prayer. If you are able to volunteer, please CLICK HERE. By volunteering you are not committing yourself to being there every Thursday, but rather to be part of a rotation.

Sullivan Middle School Poverty Simulation
January 7, 8AM-12:30PM

Sullivan Middle School is hosting a Poverty Simulation for its faculty. We are looking for volunteers to serve as part of the simulation. Volunteers will be trained to act out a role as a community member/public employee with whom our low-income residents encounter regularly. In turn, the faculty will act the role of various low-income parents and students. If you are able to volunteer, please CLICK HERE .
Basketball Clinic
January 10, 17, 24, & 31

Four and five year olds are invited to participate in our OBC basketball clinic. This clinic which will take place on Friday evenings at 5:30PM (January 10, 17, 24 & 31) 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 and other awesome helpers. The cost is $15 which includes a shirt. To sign up, please click below.
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 2019 budget year is drawing to an end and your gifts help us succeed in the good and beautiful 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 “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 2019 must be completed by 11:59PM, EST, December 31, 2019.
•  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 29. Contributions received on that date will count toward 2019.
•  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, 2019.
•  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 2020, and cannot be counted toward 2019.
•  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 2020, and cannot be counted toward 2019.

Your gifts are essential to the ministries of Oakland Baptist Church. Thank you for the generosity you have shown in 2019; and, thank you in advance for your faithful giving in 2020—it’s going to a great year for our church!

Merry Christmas!
Pastor Jeff
Mark your Calendar

Wednesday, January 8
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 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 a an immigration simulation led by Blake Hart and Judy Mobley. This simulation will open our eyes to the process individuals must endure as they seek citizenship.
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 ( 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 ( To reserve a spot on this trip click the button below .
Have you made the switch?
Church Life App ends December 31

Your Church Life App and online portal will no longer be accessible after December 31. If you have not started using Breeze, our new Church Management Software, now is the time!

Click below to connect to Breeze. If you are yet to download this app, click "Breeze Instructions" below to get started. If you have any trouble logging in please email Leigh (
Sullivan Support

Below are a couple ways you can help support the educational efforts of Sullivan Middle School while making a difference in the lives of students and teachers.

  • Reading Buddies - you would listen to students read and help them with basic comprehension. You would be reading with a student who is reading below grade-level and needs one-on-one help.
  • Greeters - you could be the smiling face that helps a student begin their day on a positive note. You simply stand in the hallway from 7:45-8:15AM and welcome students with a smile and a kind word.

Both of these opportunities are based on your schedule (not everyday!). If you have questions, please contact Kelly Scott ( If you are willing to help support Sullivan click below to sign up.
Taste of Oakland Cookbook

As a part of our celebration of Oakland's 70th anniversary we are creating a "Taste of Oakland" Cookbook. Just imagine how many friendships have been formed, hearts have been nurtured, and stomachs have been filled while enjoying pot-luck meals at OBC!

Just like a pot-luck 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 December 31. You may email your recipes to We are so excited for this Taste of Oakland and look forward to seeing your recipes! 

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.
December 18: Spaghetti, Salad Bar, Dessert

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. Both services (8:45AM & 11AM) are streamed live each week. For easy access, bookmark the link below or subscribe to our YouTube Channel. If you 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 ( with your good news and we will share it in the Weekly Update.
Congratulation to Frank and Lynn Synder who welcomed their fourth grandchild into the family on December 6. Emmeline Isobel Fourtune is the daughter of Bess and and Russell. The Russells live in Lawrenceville, GA and are excited to celebrate Christmas as a family of 6!
December 15: Gavin Love
December 16: Beth Smith, Julie Griffin, Santhosh Ranganathan
December 17: Jason Freeman
December 18: Blake Davis
December 19: Beckye Partlow, Chris Gore
December 20: Carolyn Boyette
December 21: Patti Robinette, David Hoffman, Terry Smith, Recebba Anne Balding
Serving in Worship
December 15, 2019

Deacon of the Week: Erica Smith

10:30AM Audio: Phillip Reynolds & Mack Bailey

Acolyte: Delaney Davis
Crucifer: Blake Davis

Worship Greeters: Peggy Goodson, Carole Cosper, Rob Ervin, John Snipes, Clayton Neal

8:45AM Childcare: Staff
11:00AM Childcare: Staff
Click the button below to see what's happening at OBC this month.
December 8, 2019

Budget Total Receipts: $16,436.36
Budget Needed Weekly: $18,431.00
Budget Required YTD: $903,119.00
Budget Received YTD: $799,726.09
Over/(Under) Budget:$ (103,392.91)
Expenses YTD: $809,863.74
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 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.