June 4, 2020
Summer Ministry Guide

Be on the lookout for our Summer Ministry Guide which will be arriving in your inboxes on Sunday. Summer 2020 will be different for all of us, but we have lots of great opportunities planned and we look forward to studying, worshipping, serving, and fellowshipping with you this summer!
Recent events in our nation inspired Pastor Jeff's "Thoughtful Tuesday" post. For those who were unable to view it on Facebook, you may watch it below.
Deacon Election

The time is upon us for election of new Deacons to serve as the Class of 2023. Due to the current global climate and our worship services being conducted virtually, this election will take place electronically. Our Constitution and By-Laws Committee has approved this change from our normal practice.
The election will begin Sunday, June 7, 2020 and conclude on Sunday, June 14, 2020. An electronic ballet, as well as all necessary instructions will be emailed on Sunday, June 4, 2020. Should you prefer to vote in person, paper ballots will be available in the office foyer beginning Monday, June 8 until Friday, June 12 from 8:00AM to 3:00PM daily. This paper ballot must be completed in the presence of a staff member or currently active Deacon.
Please review the slate of nominees by clicking the button below, and be in prayer for your selections. You will choose ten (10) individuals from these nominees to serve as our next Deacon class.
Thank you to the sixteen nominees who agreed to serve, if elected. And thank you to all of you for the many ways you continue to be the presence of Christ!
Celebrating the Lord's Supper

On Suday our virtual worship will center around Communion. In preparation for this service, gather bread/crackers and grape juice. If you do not have these elements, use your best judgment on a replacement (i.e. juice, water, wine). We also encourage you to prepare a table for Communion in your home. Here are some creative suggestions for making the service meaningful:
  • Bake homemade bread. CLICK HERE for a recipe for unleavened communion bread.
  • Decorate a banner to use as a Lord’s Supper parament
  • Use a special plate or cup (such as fine china) as serving dishes
  • Cover the table you will use with a white cloth
  • Place a cross and/or lit candle on the table
  • Dress in your Sunday best clothes and assign each person a part in the service (Greeter, Deacon, etc)

Everything you need for Worship and Sunday School will be available on our website Sunday. You will find links to a Worship Guide, a recording of Worship, and Sunday School material for children, youth, and adults by clicking below on the button labeled"Worship." You can access the links to prior weeks by clicking below on the button labeled "Worship Archive."
Sunday Morning Devotion
at 9:45AM

If you are not part of a Sunday School class that is currently meeting, you are encouraged to join Leigh Reynolds on Sunday mornings 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: meet.google.com/zub-aiqp-mnp . You can connect with your phone by dialing 1-571-348-3931‬ and then entering the following PIN: ‪561 343 989‬#
Connie Maxwell Needs Our Help

Every year we help make Christmas a little extra special for the children at Connie Maxwell Children's Home. This year we have an opportunity to make a difference in their summer, as well. Please click the button below to view the items they are requesting. From the wish list you can add as many of the items to your Amazon cart as you would like. After the items are purchased they will be shipped directly to Connie Maxwell.

To learn more about the great ministry of Connie Maxwell, CLICK HERE .
We Are Here For You!

If you need to speak with someone, please reach out to a minister or your deacon. Also, you can still use the minister on call number (803-328-3864, Ext. 0). We are here to listen and help in ways that we are able.

For those in need of grocery assistance, we have set up a delivery system. We understand that elderly and vulnerable individuals may not feel comfortable venturing to the store. Please let the church office know if you are in need and would like groceries delivered to your home.
Connecting through Facebook

If you are interested in creating a Facebook account but are not sure where to start, here are a few YouTube tutorials that could be helpful.

Do not let these videos overwhelm you. It is not necessary to immediately upload a profile picture or fill in information, such as your high school gradation date. The important step is signing up so that you can join our OBC Facebook Community.

Once you have created a profile, click here to connect to our page. Under each post there is a box that says, comment here. We encourage you to comment! We want to hear from you as we seek to continue being a community from a distance.

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.
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.
Dear Oakland family,

I hope this letter finds you well and healthy! I know the past few months have been tough for everyone, and I hope all of you have been well through all of the unknown. As you all may know, my spring semester was cut short due to COVID-19. It was a tough transition to online remote learning as a student, the president of my sorority, and an intern. I have adjusted to a whole different learning style. My time management skills were definitely put to the test as my health care management professor assigned 15-page research papers weekly.

My quarantine has been as busy as ever! I had to come up with a plan with my Finance Vice President to waive chapter dues, since we would not be doing anything with our chapter for the rest of the school year, while also attending Zoom meetings with clients for my job at EMILY: Revolutionary Marketing Group.

My plan for the summer was to find an internship in Rock Hill or Charlotte at a healthcare facility. Unfortunately, most of the positions I applied for were paused or cancelled. For now, I will be working from home for the marketing firm. I’m praying that things will slowly go back to “normal” this summer so I can see you all soon.

Even though it was a struggle, I finished out the semester with a 4.0 GPA. I have registered for Fall 2020 classes and will be at 120 hours when the semester is over. Which means the Fall 2020 semester will be my last semester of college and I will have a Bachelor of Science – Healthcare Management Degree in my hand!

I am ready to start my last semester of college and I pray that it will be normal and coronavirus free! After college, I plan to begin my professional career at a healthcare facility. I am hoping to start out in an administration department or human resources department.

The past 3 years have been a blessing and I owe you all a million “THANK YOUS”. Thank you for supporting me and believing in me. It means the world to me and my family! I hope everyone stays safe and healthy during this time. Sending you virtual hugs.

With Love, Valeria Paz
Congratulations to Kellie Hernandez, granddaughter of Bo and Vonda Coleman. She has received her diploma from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine with a Masters in Nurse Anesthesia.
June 7: Allison Timmons, John Snipes
June 10: Gary Williams
June 11: Judy Luke, Peggy Williams, Brett Emmerton, Taylor Dixon, Stella Wetherell
June 12: Hal Murray, Maxine Murdock, Kay Faulkenberry
June 13: Ralph Bailey
May 31, 2020

Budget Total Receipts: $10,985.51
Budget Needed Weekly: $18,389.00
Budget Required YTD: $404,558.00
Budget Received YTD: $338,877.24
Over/(Under) Budget:$(65,680.76 )
Expenses YTD: $ 285,957.17
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 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.