January 2, 2020
State of the Church
Sunday, January   12

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
Sunday, January 12

We will gather at 5PM in the Sanctuary for our annual business meeting.
Calling All Artists!

As part of our 70 th  Anniversary celebration, we are having an art contest! You are invited to create a worship cover to be used on our Homecoming Worship Guide next July. Here are the rules:
  • Must be representative of Oakland’s 70th Anniversary
  • Must be hand drawn in color (no digital or photo pictures will be accepted)
  • Must be on an 8 ½ x 11 portrait orientation white sheet of paper
  • Must submit a hard copy to the church office by January 30th
There will be a children's category (12 and below) and an adult category (13 and above). During the month of February, all submissions will be voted on by monetary donations which will benefit our Global Missions Offering. During the Sundays leading up to Homecoming, the top five vote receivers will be used as our Worship Guide cover photo. For more information, contact Erica Smith at  ericadbeatson@yahoo.com .
Let's Tackle Hunger

Beginning Sunday, our youth will be collecting non-perishable food items as part of the Souper Bowl of Caring offering. The Souper Bowl of Caring, a nationwide movement, uses the energy of the Super Bowl to care for those in their local communities who are hungry.

Help us tackle hunger in Rock Hill by placing your non-perishable food items on the table outside of the Sanctuary or the table outside of the gym. All food items collected between now and Super Bowl Sunday (February 2) will be given Project Hope. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, please notate "Souper Bowl" on the check or online donation.
Wednesday, January 15

Immigration Simulation, 6PM
Following dinner we will gather for an immigration simulation led by Blake Hart and Judy Mobley. This simulation will take place in the gym and will open our eyes to the process individuals must endure as they seek citizenship.
Sunday, January 19

The Good and Beautiful Life
We will begin the second book in our year-long study of James Bryan Smith's  The Good and Beautiful series, as we focus on putting on the character of Christ. Books are available in your Sunday School rooms. If you are not in a Sunday School class but requested a set of the books, you may pick yours up in the Church Office.
Mental Health Conversation
Tuesday, January 21, 6PM-7PM

Join us in the Chapel for part two of our conversation about signs of stress, anxiety, and depression in children, youth and adults led by Dr. Karen Neal, Associate Professor of Psychology at Queens University. Whether it is for yourself, your child, your grandchild, your parents, your spouse, your neighbor or your coworker, this is an important conversation in which to take part! Even if you were not able to be present for the first conversation we hope you will join us on the 21st. Please click the button below to let us know if you plan to attend. Childcare is available, but please sign up using the button below.
Shepherd's Center

Shepherd's Center will begin their next round of programs on January 27. Their newsletter which highlights the programs being offered is available in the church office. All adults, age 50 and above are welcome to participate.
January 22 @ Noon
Merry Makers will meet in the Fellowship Hall for food, fellowship and BINGO. Please bring finger foods to share.

January 29 @ Noon
Merry Makers and Military Task Force will meet in the gym for a delicious meal and the opportunity to honor some of our Veterans with a quilt of valor. Lunch will begin at noon. Chicken will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
Special Worship Opportunities

February 23: ONE Worship at 10:30AM
Our children will lead us in worship. We will also recognize our Day School staff and families. Sunday School will begin at 9:30AM.
April 5 : ONE Worship at 10:30AM
Dr. Lester McCorn, the Clinton College President, will deliver our sermon and the Clinton College Choir will be present to provide special music. Sunday School will begin at 9:30AM.

Special Wednesday Opportunities

Each of the opportunities listed below begin at 6PM. More details will be included in upcoming Updates.
February 5: Healthy Marriage Forum

February 12: Conversation on Aging Well

February 19: Race Relations Forum

March 25 & April 1: Worship 101 for Families
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 (kshaw@oaklandchurch.com). 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 (lreynolds@oaklandchurch.com). To reserve a spot on this trip click the button below .

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.
Meals Resume January 8
**January 8 is Committee Night. There will be no program or Bible Study.

Whether you always eat on Wednesdays or are adding this to your routine for the first time in January, please click "I'm Hungry" to sign up for dinner(s) so we have an accurate count.

January Menu:
January 8: Pork Loin, Macaroni & Cheese, Green Beans
January 15: Creamy Chicken Casserole, Brown Rice, Baby Green Lima Beans
January 22: Roast Beef, Rice & Gravy, Leisure Peas, Broccoli Casserole
January 29: Spaghetti

All meals also include a Salad Bar (Mixed Greens and an assortment of fresh toppings), Bread, and Dessert. Beverages include Water, Tea and Lemonade.

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.
January 12: Nancy Edwards, Roberto Paz
January 13: James Morris
January 14: Hartwell Hildebrand
January 15: Janice Hicks, Deborah Burriss, Graham McPhail
January 16: Phyllis Lazenby, Rob Ervin
January 17: Bonnie Hoffman
January 18: Bill Blackston, Benjamin Haile, Patrick Haile, Jonathan Haile, Elodie McPhail
Serving in Worship
January 12, 2020

Deacon of the Week: Erica Smith

10:30AM ONE Worship Audio: Phillip Reynolds, Melissa Church

Acolyte: TBA
Crucifer: Lucy Ann Smith

Worship Greeters: Walter Byrd, Betty Jones, Sandra Yawn, Dennis Jordan, Nancy Baer
Click the button below to see what's happening at OBC this month.
January 5, 2020

Budget Total Receipts: $15,039.83
Budget Needed Weekly: $18,389.00
Budget Required YTD: $18,389.00
Budget Received YTD: $15,039.83
Over/(Under) Budget:$ (3,349.17)
Expenses YTD: $
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 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.