December 10, 2020
We Need a Little Love

Sunday begins the third week of Advent and we look forward to worshipping with you, either in-person or online, as we consider the love this season provides. In addition to worship, you will find activities in your Advent bag that will help you focus your heart on love.

If you plan to worship with us in-person on Sunday, PLEASE click the button below to sign-up. As you sign-up, please consider attending the 8:30AM service, if you are able, so we can balance the number of people attending each service.
We recognize that many of you will continue worshipping with us online. Click the button below for information about accessing worship on YouTube. CLICK HERE to view instructions for watching worship online.
Midweek Conversation on Love
Wednesday at 6PM

Join us Wednesday on Zoom for a conversation on Love led by Kim Shaw. To connect with us via Zoom, enter meeting ID 713 378 3329 or CLICK HERE to join. To join with audio only dial 1-929-205-6099. You will be prompted to end the Meeting ID
Christmas Pageant
December 13, 5PM-6PM

We may not be able to fill our Sanctuary with sweet children sharing their interpretation of the Christmas story, but the show must go on! This year we will be having an outdoor pageant and we invite you to drive through our parking lot between 5PM and 6PM on Sunday, December 13. There will be lights, costumes, lots of smiling face, and most importantly the reminder that it is Christ whom we celebrate at Christmas.
Service of Remembrance
Thursday, December 17, 5:30PM-6PM

We will gather in the Sanctuary on December 17 for our annual Service of Remembrance. If you plan to attend this service please CLICK HERE to sign up. If you cannot attend, but would like your loved one's name to be spoken during the service, please send their name(s) to Suzanne Ringer ( by December 15.
Outdoor Movie & S'mores
Friday, December 18, 5:30PM

Join us in the grassy lot as we watch the 2018 animated version of The Grinch. The movie will be shown on a 17 foot inflatable screen. There will be a fire pit and S'mores packs. Please let us know if you are planning to attend so we have enough S'mores packs. CLICK HERE to sign up.
Carol Sing-Along
December 20, 5PM-5:30PM

Join us on Zoom for a carol sing-along watch party. Together we will enjoy a special presentation of sacred and secular Christmas songs sung by some of our OBC friends. OBC's "Ryan Seacrest" may even make a special appearance. Our Zoom Meeting ID is 713 378 3329.
Providing Hospitality

From December 20 - January 3 OBC is serving as an overflow facility for the Bethel Men's Shelter. Up to 20 men will be sleeping in our basement on those evenings. They will arrive after having dinner at Bethel United Methodist and depart early the next morning. If you would like to help us provide hospitality please drop off any of the following items by December 18:
  • Store bought, individually packaged snacks
  • Bottles of water
  • Board games/cards
  • Extra Christmas decorations that you no long need
Advent Bags

Check out the activities in your Advent bag to help you reflect on the peace that this season promises. Adults - enjoy a quiet, tech-free evening. Youth - decorate your angel ornament. Children - make a stress ball. And don't forget about the coloring pages, advent calendar cards, and links of kindness.

LUMINARIES: As you complete your luminaries (see page 15 in the Advent Booklet) please return them to the church. These luminaries will be displayed in the Gathering Spot during our Christmas Eve services on December 23 and 24. If you need additional luminary bags you can pick them up in the church office, or use a white, paper lunch bag.

BETHEL BAGS: During the weeks of Christmas and New Years, Oakland will serve as an overflow site for the Bethel Men’s Shelter. A number of men without a home will be sleeping in the basement area of our church every night. As a way of showing hope to these gentlemen, we want to provide them with necessities they rarely receive. In your Advent bag you will find a gallon size freezer bag. Please fill the bag with the following items and bring to the church office before December 20th. The bags will be distributed to the men while they are staying at Oakland.
Suggestions for the bag:
  • Hand warmers
  • Gloves
  • A Pair of Socks
  • Chapstick
  • Small lotion
  • Individual tissue packets
  • Individual hand sanitizer
  • Hard candies
  • A note of encouragement
Candlelight and Communion
December 23 and 24

We are offering three Candlelight and Communion services to ensure that we are able to safely accommodate those who would like to worship in-person. Communion will be served in a COVID safe manner. PLEASE SIGN UP ASAP for the service you plan to attend by clicking the button below.

All three services will be the same:
December 23, 5:30PM-6PM
December 24, 4PM-4:30PM and 5:30PM-6PM
Drive-Through Communion
December 24, 4:45PM-5:15PM

For those who do not feel comfortable worshipping in-person we will have a drive-though Communion and Candlelight service. To help us know how many to prepare for, please sign up by clicking the button below.
December 27 - Worship will be Online Only

On Sunday, December 27, our worship service will only be available online. Using the same format as in previous months, you will receive an email on Saturday that will link you to the worship service which you can view anytime. There will be no in-person worship in the sanctuary on this Sunday. This decision has been made with the approval of leadership chairpersons. In-person worship will resume on Sunday, January 3, 2021.
Basketball Clinic

We will once again be offering a basketball clinic for K4 - 1st graders. Due to COVID-19 we are limiting this clinic to 10 participants. Click "Sign Me Up" to read details about our safety protocols and to register. This clinic will be led by Krista Hayes and will take place on Friday evenings beginning in late January.
The Ministry Center has begun allowing individuals to shop, by appointment only. They are in need of all sizes of winter coats for children and adults. They are also in need of men's boots. If you have any of these items available to donate please call, text, or email Caroline Krueger ( to arrange a time to drop them off.
Sunday School for ALL Ages

Everything you need for children, youth and adult Sunday School is available on our website. CLICK HERE to access it.

Sunday Morning Prayer & Devotion

Are you currently participating in an Adult Sunday School class? If not, you are encouraged to join Leigh Reynolds on Sunday from 9:20AM-9:45AM 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: You can connect with your phone by dialing 1-571-348-3931‬ and then entering the following PIN: ‪561 343 989‬#
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.
Congratulations to Tom and Nancy Taylor on the arrival of their new granddaughter, Marion Nancy Nalley. Marion was born on December 5th in Charlotte. 
Happy Birthday, Friends!
December 14: Charles Smith
December 15: Gavin Love
December 16: Beth Smith, Julie Griffin
December 17: Jason Freeman
December 18: Blake Davis
December 19: Beckye Partlow, Chris Gore
We Give because God Gave First
December 6, 2020

Budget Total Receipts: $12,125.90
Budget Needed Weekly: $18,389.00
Budget Required YTD: $901,061.00
Budget Received YTD: $756,328.60
Over/(Under) Budget:$(144,732.40)
Expenses YTD: $ 631,130.78
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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.