November 7, 2019
Advent Workshop - December 1
Workshop, 4PM-4:45PM
Worship, 5PM-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 (cider and hot cross buns). 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 the Workshop and/or Worship.
Celebration Worship
November 17

Join us at 8:45AM or 11AM on November 17 for a special time of worship as we celebrate the completion of the first book in James Bryan Smith's The Good and Beautiful series . We have loved hearing about the wonderful and transformative conversations that have taken place in your Sunday School classes and small groups, and look forward to celebrating that together in worship.

If you missed some of the sermons, or would like to hear them again, they can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.
2020 Budget & Nominating Committee Vote
November 10

On Wednesday, November 6 the Finance Committee presented the 2020 proposed budget. On Sunday, November 10, during both worship services, we will vote to approve the 2020 Budget and the Nominating Committee Report.

Below are links to a letter from Jeff, the 2020 proposed budget and the Nominating Committee report. Absentee ballots will be available in the office beginning Monday.
Christmas at Connie Maxwell

Christmas has started, and not just at Hobby Lobby. This past Sunday we began the distribution of Connie Maxwell gift tags. With 104 residents at the facility, we managed to distribute about 65% of the 208 gift tags. Tags will be available again on Sunday. We are hopeful the remaining tags will be “claimed” in the near future so that we can try to fulfill a request for each of the 18 cottages. Wrapped gifts (in boxes) are due back to Oakland no later than Dec.1. As in the previous years, if you are unable to shop but would like to help, please let either the church office or one of us know and we can help with that. 

Thank you so much for helping continue this Oakland ministry that began over 25 years ago. “The Janes” Jane Lanford and Jane Rawls
Rock Hill Rocks!
November 12 @ Noon

Join the Merry Makers as they hear a special presentation from Gary Williams about the many ways Rock Hill rocks. This will include details about exciting changes taking place throughout the city. Rock Hill is getting attention across the USA and internationally due to new sporting arenas and other creative economic and growth adventures. Join the Merry Makers in the Fellowship Hall at Noon on the 12th. Please bring finger foods, snacks, sandwiches, drinks, etc to share. After this meeting, if time allows, bingo will be played!
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! 
Coping with Grief and Loss
Through the Holidays
November 11 & 18 @ 12:15PM

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE AND TIME. 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. Join Jim and Suzanne in the Parlor on Monday if you would like to participate in this conversation.
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 ( To sign up to help, please click the link below.
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: First Sunday of Advent
December 1: Advent Workshop and Moravian Lovefeast; 4PM-6PM
December 1-8: Family Promise Host Week
December 4: The Nativity, Part 1
December 8: Second Sunday of Advent
December 10: Merry Makers' Christmas Luncheon
December 11: The Nativity, Part 2
December 12: Dave Barnes Concert
December 15: Third Sunday of Advent
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 22: Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 24: Christmas Eve Communion and Candlelight, 5:30PM
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.
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 (

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.
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 ( with your good news and we will share it in the Weekly Update.
November 10: Jay Colletto
November 11: Kloo Vipperman, Karen Emmerton
November 12: Frank Knotts, Johnny Harris
November 13: Patricia Petrovich, Griffin Timmons, Jonathan Neal
November 15: Carl Compton
November 16: Jessica Collins, Tyler Lucas, Owen Bailey
Serving in Worship
November 3, 2019

Deacon of the Week: Heath Sessions

8:45AM Audio: Ralph Bailey & Phillip Reynolds
11:00AM Audio: Mack Bailey & Jack Hudson

Acolyte: TBA
Crucifer: Stella Wetherell

Worship Greeters: Donna Murray, Phil Sharpton, Ann Gibson, Charles Gregory, Frank Knotts

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

Scripture: Mark 6:30-34
Anthem: O Love
Click the button below to see what's happening at OBC this month.
November 3, 2019

Budget Total Receipts: $16,133.15
Budget Needed Weekly: $18,401.00
Budget Required YTD: $810,964.00
Budget Received YTD: $717,269.93
Over/(Under) Budget:$ (93,694.07)
Expenses YTD: $679,070.99
Got News?
If you have an announcement for the Weekly Update, please send it to the church office by Monday at noon!
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.