October 24, 2019
Through our partnership with CBF Global Missions, we share the Gospel in word and deed with people in need here at home and in remote areas of the world. This means we care for children and families, give food to the hungry, provide homes and hospitality for refugees, offer life-saving medical care and so much more. Most importantly, we are bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ! BUT none of this can happen without your financial gifts. As we continue working toward our missions goal of $30,000, remember that 100% of your gifts will send CBF field personnel to share the good news of Jesus around the world. So give generously; and give today!!! CLICK HERE to learn more about how your gifts are helping around the world. 
Coffee with the Pastor
October 27, 9:45AM

Guests are invited to come together in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45AM on Sunday, October 27 for a conversation about how to be a part of OBC, mission options and opportunities for their family. If you know of people who may be interested in learning more about OBC, please invite them to the Fellowship Hall on the 27th.
Advent Workshop
December 1, 4PM-5:30PM

Join us for an afternoon of activities and worship as we prepare ourselves for the journey through Advent. There will be an opportunity to make a special Christmas decoration that will help you and your family focus on the true joy of the season. There will also be craft and storytelling stations for children. We will end our time with worship which will include a Moravian Lovefeast. We are asking that each family make a $5 donation at the Advent Workshop to offset the cost of supplies. Please click the button below to let us know if you plan to attend.
New Tuesday Night Ladies Bible Study
Starting October 29

We will study Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph by Adam Hamilton. Through this study we will consider Joseph's beginnings as a humble carpenter to his all-important role as the earthly father of Jesus. Joseph's place in the nativity story is sometimes overlooked but contains valuable lessons for all of us. Join us as we examine Christmas through the eyes of Joseph.

As you read this book, you will understand how Joseph's story is much like our own. In life, we encounter circumstances that we would never have chosen for ourselves. At times it can be tempting just to walk away. Joseph provides us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don't understand and faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides. Exchange your doubt for courage this Advent and Christmas season.

Join us on Tuesdays starting October 29 from 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The study will continue for an additional 4 weeks. Books are available online (ISBN 9781501814082). Please order your own book. Contact Shirley Bailey, Patti Robinette, or the church office if you want to join us, or if you need help ordering your book. We’d love to have you! 
All Saints Banner

A beautiful banner has been donated to our church for All Saints Sunday (November 3). The banner was made and given in honor of Becky Sanderson and Suzanne Ringer by Joye Mann and the Banner Ladies of Union United Methodist, Irmo, SC. You are invited to place a bell on the banner in memory of your loved ones. The banner will be in the upstairs hallway on October 27 and before services on November 3. Bells will be available at church or you may bring a small bell from home.
2020 Budget Presentation & Vote
November 6 & 10

On Wednesday, November 6 the Finance Committee will present the 2020 proposed budget. This presentation will take place in the gym. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. Prior to November 6 you will receive an email which will contain a copy of the proposed budget and the Nominating Committee Report. Printed copies will also be available in the church office.

On Sunday, November 10, during both worship services, we will vote to approve the 2020 Budget and the Nominating Committee Report.
Veterans Day Luncheon
November 10

The Military Task Force invites you to attend a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. on November 10, 2019, in the gym. Our guest speaker will be COL Bob Clark, U.S. Army Retired. He presently serves as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Director of Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

Invitations and free tickets will be mailed to all OBC veterans and their spouses, as well as parents and grandparents of our active military personnel. Please plan to join us as we recognize and honor our veterans on this very special holiday. Extra tickets will be available in the office and from MTF members for $10. You may also click the button below to purchase tickets online. Deadline to purchase tickets is noon on November 5. We hope to see you there! 
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 cookbook@oaklandchurch.com. We are so excited for this Taste of Oakland and look forward to seeing your recipes! 
Children and Youth Basketball

It's time to sign up for Church Basketball! We offer teams for children and youth in grades 1 - 12, through the York County Christian Basketball Association. For those in grades 1-4, the cost is $35/child. For those in grades 5-12, the cost is $45/child. Jerseys are included in the cost.

Please click on the button "Put me in coach!" to register your child(ren). Due to team size limitations, first priority will be given to church members. Non-members are welcome to play if we have space. Priority to non-members will be based on date of registration. Please register by November 3.

If you would like to pay with a credit card, click on the button "pay for basketball." Please type "basketball" in the comments box. If you would prefer to pay with cash or check, you may drop off your payment to the church office anytime between now and the beginning of the season.

We do not know the exact schedules yet, but practice will begin in late November and games will begin in early January (some youth teams may have a couple games in December).
Christmas for Connie Maxwell

The “wish list” has been received from Connie Maxwell and currently the gift tags are being prepared. Distribution of the gift tags will begin on November 3. Due to a little difficulty getting all the tags adopted last year, we will distribute tags for the children first. Please make an effort to secure what he/she has requested and limit your purchase to approximately $20-$25 (this avoids the possibly of hurt feelings and/or disappointment when other residents receive pricer gifts). In addition, the facility has asked that gifts be wrapped in boxes if at all possible. Many of the gifts are transported to a satellite campus after their arrival in Greenwood. Gift bags just do not hold up as well.

Thank you! ~Jane Rawls
Coping with Grief and Loss
Through the Holidays
November 5 and 12 @ 6PM

Rev. Suzanne Ringer and Jim Ringer, LMSW will discuss grief and loss and ways to cope during the holidays. This will be a 2-session conversation for those who have lost loved ones. Please let Suzanne know by November 4 if you plan to attend.
Save the Date!

Details are in your Ministry Guide, but please save the date for the following special opportunities for worship, service and fellowship during Advent:

December 1: Advent Workshop and Moravian Lovefeast; 4PM-6PM
December 1-8: Family Promise Host Week
December 12: Dave Barnes Concert (RSVP ASAP, please! Details below)
December 15: ONE Worship Christmas Cantata, 10:30AM
December 15: Children's Christmas pageant, 5:30PM
December 18: Christmas Caroling, 6PM
December 19: Service of Remembrance, 5:30PM
December 24: Christmas Eve Communion and Candlelight, 5:30PM
Family Promise
December 1-8

Please mark your calendars and make plans to help with our next Family Promise host week. This is an opportunity for us to extend hospitality during the Christmas season to families who don't get to go home each day to colorful lights and festive decor. If you have any questions about how you can help out please contact Karen Neal (nealkaren@bellsouth.net). To sign up to help, please click the link below.
The Ministry Center is in need of plastic grocery bags/ larger shopping bags. There is a box outside of the church office where you may leave bags. The Ministry Center is also in need of ladies clothing size 0-10 (tops, bottoms, suits, blazers, etc). These may be brought through the door on Saturday or Wednesday. The Dropbox will be open soon!  
Whenever there is a death in our church family, the Bereavement Committee organizes and serves a meal for the family, or serves refreshments after the memorial service. This is a special and important ministry of hospitality and love. In order to do this, the Bereavement Committee relies on you, our members to help prepare food. Please click "more information" to read about the simple ways you can be part of this ministry. And then click "I'll help!" to sign up.
We have the awesome problem of an expanding English as a Second Language Program! In order to adequately serve this growing ministry we need more helpers! Please consider volunteering on Wednesday evenings. Volunteering for just 30 minutes would make a big difference. And don't worry, you do not need to be able to speak Spanish.

Here's how you can help from 5PM-5:30PM:
Set up materials in the Fellowship Hall
Make sure everyone has a name tag and new participants are registered
Help participants get their meals

Here's how you can help from 6PM-7PM:
Assist one of the ESL teachers

Here's how you can help from 7PM-7:30PM:
Put materials back into the ESL Closet

If you are interested in helping with one or more of these opportunities, please click below. If you have any questions please contact Sue Smith (tasmith@comporium.net) or Missy in the church office.
Did you know that we have scouts who meet at OBC on Monday nights? Some of these scouts are also members of OBC and they would love your support. I f you are able to help, here's a yummy way. Please go to  https://www.trails-end.com  and select "find a scout" and "enter scout code (AAXHYTNG) to support Oakland's Pack 33. This will lead you to a page to purchase popcorn, but really you are supporting scouts, the popcorn is just our way to say "thanks." Thanks in advance for helping these young men and women through their scouting career! 
It really is a BREEZE!

Breeze, our new Church Management Software has many great features that we hope you are already exploring! 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 (lreynolds@oaklandchurch.com).

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.
October 30: Pulled Pork BBQ, Baked Beans, Mac and Cheese, Salad Bar, Dessert
November 6: Baked Spaghetti, Salad Bar, Dessert
November 13: Ham, Potato Salad, Green Beans, Salad Bar, Dessert
November 20: Meatball Subs, Chips, Pickles, Salad Bar, Dessert
December 4: Taco Bar, Chips and Salsa, Refried Bean, Salad Bar, Dessert
December 11: Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Peas, Salad Bar, Dessert
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. 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.
October 28: Ronnie Cosper, Mia Ervin
October 29: Ruthann Poore, Jack Holeman, Susan York
October 30: Jim Smith
October 31: Carol Savage, Abi Westbrook
Serving in Worship
October 27, 2019

Deacon of the Week: Gary Williams

8:45AM Audio: Phillip Reynolds, Jim Vining
11:00AM Audio: Jack Hudson, Brett Emmerton

Acolyte: Jackson Collins
Crucifer: Emma Sessions

Worship Greeters: Steve Cockerill, Walter Byrd, Sandra Yawn, Dennis Jordan, Betty Jones

8:45AM Childcare: Staff
11:00AM Childcare: Staff

Scripture: Mark 8:31-33
Anthem: My Eternal King
Click the button below to see what's happening at OBC this month.
October 20, 2019

Budget Total Receipts: $4,246.00
Budget Needed Weekly: $18,401.00
Budget Required YTD: $772,842.00
Budget Received YTD: $691,391.91
Over/(Under) Budget:$ (81,450.09)
Expenses YTD: $645,493.59
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 803-328-3864 and press 4 to leave a message for the on call minister. Your phone call will be returned quickly.