January 17, 2019
It is a new year and there are many new opportunities for worship, study and fellowship in the coming weeks. In other words, this is a long newsletter filled with important information. Grab a cup of coffee and your calendar! We look forward to sharing in these special opportunities with you.
New Sermon Series
beginning Sunday

We may not be able to solve all the world’s problems, but we are called to bear witness to the injustice and heartache we see around us. During this six week sermon series we will explore how we can speak the truth of Christ to very difficult subjects. On Sunday we will wrestle with racial justice.
Wednesday Night Bible Study

Each Wednesday, as part of the Bearing Witness sermon series, a follow-up conversation will take place as we seek to speak the truth of Christ to these difficult subjects. This will be an opportunity for youth and adults to learn and reflect together. Join us at 6PM in the Chapel for these conversations.

On Sunday we had the joy of welcoming three new members to the OBC Family!
Terry and Sue Smith
Terry, who grew up in Thomaston, Georgia, and Sue, who grew up in South Bend, Indiana, were both baptized as young teenagers. Sue is a retired school teacher. Terry has worked in accounting for the last 43 years and currently serves as the assistant controller for Qure Medical. They have lived in Rock Hill for eight years, have two adult children and recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary! Terry and Sue live at 535 Annalinde Lane. They can be contacted at tasmith@comporium.net.

Sam Powell
Sam is a Virginia native who lived in Charlotte for 32 years before recently moving to Rock Hill. Sam has two daughters and five grandchildren.
He is a VA Tech graduate who has spent his professional career as an Industrial Engineer, managing the design of hospitals, as well as two Federal Reserve Banks. Sam bowls in a league and also serves on the Boards of both Prime Timers of Charlotte and Prime Timers Worldwide. Sam lives at 378 Quinby Way. He can be contacted at spowelljr803@gmail.com.
On Sunday, we also had the joy of celebrating with Mike and Jennifer McPhail as they, along with big brother and sister, Graham and Elodie promised to raise Violet and Adelaide to know and love the Lord.

What a privilege it is to share in this journey with the McPail Family, as we too promised to teach Violet and Adelaide about Jesus.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Choirs rehearsal times this Sunday!
4:00 PM - Youth Bells
4:45 PM - Youth Choir
5:30 PM - Chancel Choir
7:00 PM - Oakland Ringers
**No rehearsals January 27th
Church Office Closed
Monday, January 21

The church office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day. However, there will still be plenty of activity within the walls. Our Youth will be having a lock-in Sunday evening. In addition to fun and fellowship they will be designing a multi-sensory prayer space that will soon occupy several empty rooms in the basement. They will also take a field trip just before midnight to watch the lunar eclipse and talk about the majesty of God's creation. As the youth are leaving the lock-in on Monday morning, children will be arriving to participate is a day of service. More details on this event are below.

We invite you to pray for our children and youth during this special time that they will have together.
Children's MLK Day of Service
January 21, 9AM - 3PM

Kindergarten - 5th graders are invited to meet at OBC on Monday for a great day of service and fellowship! Children will complete various projects as they learn about caring for others and showing God's love to all people. Please bring money for lunch.

Contact Kim (kshaw@oaklandchurch.com) for more details and to sign up.
Our youth are 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 under the welcome table in the Gym. Last year we were able to take 1299 items to Project Hope. Let's work together to make it at least 1300 this year!
Constitution & Bylaws
Proposed Changes

As announced on Sunday, January 13 th , revisions to our Constitution and Bylaws have been recommended for approval on Sunday, January 20th during the Creative and Traditional Worship services. A period of discussion took place on Wednesday, January 16th.
The revised Constitution and Bylaws have been reviewed and endorsed by the Fellowship of Deacons. To access the revised and/or redline version of the Constitution and Bylaws click the buttons below. Absentee ballots are available in the office.
The Merry Makers will be meeting for their monthly luncheon on Tuesday, January 22nd at Noon. Chicken will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. All are invited to join us for good food and fellowship. It's that time of year when we make plans for our meetings and outings, so come with ideas! 
January 24th

Pastor's Class is an opportunity for those interested in making a faith decision for Christ or for those interested in learning more about what it means to follow Jesus and experience baptism. The class is geared toward individuals between 6 and 18 years of age and will be held in the Parlor on Thursday, January 24 at 6PM with Pastor Jeff. If you are interested , or have questions, please call the church office at 803-328-3864 by noon on January 24. Our next Baptism Sunday will be February 17.
January 27th

Guests are invited to come together in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45AM on Sunday, January 27th 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 join us in the Fellowship Hall on the 27th.
Fellowship & Outreach
January 24 @ 6:30PM

All women of the church are invited to enjoy a time of fellowship with special coffees, a hot chocolate bar, and cookies as we prepare gift baskets for OBC homebound and deployed military personnel. Please notify the church office or click the button below if you plan to attend. We really hope that you can be there! *There will be an opportunity to give a love offering to help support WOBC activities.

New Tuesday Night Ladies Bible Study
Begins February 5, 6:15PM - 7:30PM

Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength  by Priscilla Shirer will be the new study for the Tuesday Night Ladies Bible Study. This is a study which focuses on the fact that our "weaknesses don’t stand a chance in the face of God’s overwhelming, almighty power.” Through this study we will be encouraged to recognize our weakness as the key that the Lord gives us to unlock the full experience of His strength in our lives. Instead of ignoring or trying to escape our weaknesses, we will learn to see them as the gifts given specifically and strategically by God. If you've ever felt insufficient, ill-equipped, incompetent, or outnumbered, this study is for you. Click here  for a promotional video and more information about the study. We would love for you to join us.

Contact Shirley Bailey ( shholland@comporium.net ) or Patti Robinette ( probinette1861@gmail.com ) for more information and to receive a book ($14.)
OBC is hosting its 2nd Annual Mother-Son Dance! This will be a fun-filled evening with singing, dancing, yummy snacks, fun crafts and games. Tickets are limited. Purchase yours today!

Tickets are $30.00 per couple (Mother & Son) and $5.00 for each additional child. To purchase tickets, click the button below. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Volunteer & Donation Opportunities: In order to make this event a huge success and for OBC to reach our goal of $5,000, we need volunteers to help with the event as well as snack donations. No matter your skill set or schedule there is an opportunity for you. Click below to review the sign up sheet below and prayerfully consider how you can be a part of the success of this event!
Coming Soon!

A children's reading room is in the works and will open March 3. We are now accepting donations of new and gently used children's books for newborns - 6th graders. Donations may be dropped off at the church office. Books may be given in honor or memory of your loved ones by filling out the bookplates available in the church office. If you have any questions, contact Kim Shaw (kshaw@oaklandchurch.com).
January 23: Chicken Parmesan over Pasta, Salad Bar
January 30: Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Peas, Salad Bar
February 6: Mexican Lasagna, Chips & Salsa, Salad Bar
February 13: Baked Ziti, Salad Bar
February 20 : Baked Chicken, Potato Salad, Green Beans, Salad Bar
February 27: Chicken Bog, Salad Bar 

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.
January 20: Kay Neal, Ripley Williams
January 21: Linda Locklier, Corinne Kimble
January 22: Bill Heller, Darryl Caney
January 23: Morgan Abercrombie
January 24: Jill Gee
January 25: Bo Coleman
January 26: Danny Shaw
Serving in Worship
January 20, 2019

Deacon of the Week: Lori Hoffman

8:45AM Worship Audio: Ralph Bailey
11:00AM Worship Audio: Mack Bailey

Acolyte: Delaney Davis
Crucifer: Jackson Collins

Worship Greeters: Steve Cockerill, Clayton Neal, Walter Byrd, Sandra Yawn, Dennis Jordan

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

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 & Luke 4:14-21

Anthem: Luke 4:14-21
January 18: Basketball Clinic
January 20: Music Rehearsals; Youth Lock-in
January 21: Youth Lock-in; Ladies Bible Study; Children's Day of Service; Deacon Meeting
January 22: Merry Makers
January 23: Mom's Fellowship; Wednesday Night Dinner & Activities; ESL
January 24: WOBC Event; Pastor's Class
January 25: Festival by the Sea (adults); Basketball Clinic
January 26: Festival by the Sea (adults)
January 27: Festival by the Sea (adults); Coffee with the Pastor
January 29: Ladies Evening Bible Study
January 30: Mom's Fellowship; Wednesday Night Dinner & Activities; ESL
January 13, 2019

Budget Total Receipts: $7,217.60
Designated Receipts: $50.00
Budget Needed Weekly: $18,401.00
Budget Required YTD: 36,802.00
Budget Received YTD: $19,545.71
Over/(Under) Budget: ($17,256.29)
Expenses YTD: $29,875.00
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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.