July 16, 2020
Christmas in July
July 19

Christmas in July is back by popular demand and there are multiple ways you can participate!
  • Christmas in July Worship: Worship with as we remember the good news that Christ is born!
  • Worship Watch Party: Worship will be available on YouTube as it has been the last four months. However, we also have an opportunity for you to watch worship "together" on Zoom. If you would like to join our Worship Watch Party, CLICK HERE on Sunday morning at 10:55AM. The service will begin streaming promptly at 11AM. All viewers will be muted, but the chat box will be available.
  • Donate Socks and Underwear: We will be collecting socks and underwear for the Ministry Center. You may drop off socks and underwear by the Church Office anytime during the month of July. There will be a collection bin in the Office foyer. There will also be plastic bins available during our outdoor worship service on the 19th. Or, you may send a check or make a donation online, but please ear mark it "Christmas in July."
  • Have Fun!: Bake Christmas cookies, wear your favorite red and green clothes, and put some of your favorite Christmas decorations in your worship space. You could even create a Christmas Zoom background if you are joining us for the Worship Watch Party. We would love to see pictures of your Christmas in July celebration. Tag us on Facebook and Instagram, and use #growingatobc in your caption.
  • I'll be Home for Christmas {in July}: For a fun video announcement from Pastor Jeff, click below:
Outdoor Worship
July 19, 7PM

If you are comfortable attending, you are invited to join us in the grassy lot for an outdoor worship service on Sunday, July 19 at 7PM. We are excited for the opportunity to worship with you in the same space, but we are committed to taking every precaution to keep all of us safe and healthy. Everyone is asked to wear a mask, bring your own seating, and remain socially distanced. Please also bring water, it will be hot!
Upcoming Opportunities from our Summer Ministry Guide

July 16, Noon & 7PM - Undivided
Join Jeff on Zoom (Meeting ID 713 378 3329) for the third of six conversations about racial reconciliation. Check out the fourth page of the ministry guide for more details.
July 21, 6PM - Book Club
Join Suzanne on Zoom (Meeting ID 713 378 3329) for a conversation about Fred Roger's book, The Good Neighbor.
July 23, Noon & 7PM - Undivided
Join Jeff on Zoom (Meeting ID 713 378 3329) for the fourth of six conversations about racial reconciliation. Check out the fourth page of the ministry guide for more details.
T3: Tuesdays & Thursdays Together, 9AM-9:30AM
You are invited to drop in, via Zoom (Meeting ID 713 378 3329) , from 9AM until 9:30AM to chat with our ministers. This is designed to be an informal time to catch up with one another, and share joys and concerns.
To join these Zoom conversations, from a computer or tablet use Meeting ID: 713 378 3329. From a phone dial 1-929-205-6099 to join by audio only. If you use the telephone number you will be prompted to enter the meeting ID.
A message from our Deacon Chairperson regarding the return to in-person worship on August 2.
Dear Oakland family, 

I am sharing with you a direct message from your Fellowship of Deacons concerning next steps for Oakland Baptist Church. You may recall that one month ago we announced a date of August 2 nd  to return for in-person worship provided there was not a significant increase in positive COVID cases. Unfortunately, we have seen dramatic increases of positive cases across our sate and particularly in York County. After a lengthy and productive discussion on July 7 th , the Fellowship of Deacons have made the decision to postpone the August 2 nd  date. While ministerial staff opinions contributed to our discussion, this decision comes directly and completely from the Deacons. 

We understand that not reconvening on August 2 nd  is disappointing news, we believe this is in our best interest in keeping our church body safe and healthy. As for an eventual return date, the Fellowship of Deacons have agreed to remain fluid. Each month we will reconsider whether or not it is safe to return to our sanctuary for in-person worship, as well as other in-person activities. 

In the meantime, we have committed our available time and talents to the staff in assisting with creative options for OBC family engagement. We will continue to find other ways of gathering such as outdoor worship and online opportunities. 

Let me add a word of praise and gratitude for the leadership, focus, and hard work our staff has given to finding creative, diverse, and encouraging ways to continue our Christian growth during this unprecedented time. There is no educational preparation for leading a church during a pandemic. The worship and study opportunities offered to all segments of our church family over the past four months have been driven by talent, skill, and incredible teamwork. To Jeff, Suzanne, Leigh, Kim, Eddie, Missy, and all our other staff… We Thank You!

I also want to personally thank all of you for the positive, caring, flexible and, yes, God-like spirit I have witnessed over the past months from OBC folk. Let’s continue to care for ourselves and our neighbors in days ahead. Stay safe and God bless.

Sincerely, 
Susan York
Deacon Chairperson
Worship in August

Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In other words, an object cannot remain still when impacted by an external force. Newton used a pendulum to simulate how this law works. This year has impacted all of us and forced us to move beyond our comfort zones. What will we learn from this experience? How will this impact our church moving forward? To answer those question our worship focus for August will come from the book of Acts. We will learn how the early church reACTed to difficult situations and how those reACTions shaped their understanding of what it means to be the church.
Dinner & Devotion
August 9, 5PM

We will gather in our grassy lot for socially distanced fellowship, followed by an outdoor worship experience. Beginning at 5PM, Taco Bout Pizza food truck will be selling food. To view their menu and pictures of their food, CLICK HERE . At 6:00PM we will share in a time of worship. Everyone is asked to wear a mask, bring your own seating, and remain socially distanced. This is taking the place of Oakland's Got Talent. We feel it is best to postpone that event until a later date.
BINGO

Throughout the summer we will announce numbers from our BINGO board, along with more details about the mission/outreach activity to complete. As you complete the activity, mark off the board number. Remember to post pictures on social media, tag us and include #growingatobc in the caption.

Between today and next Thursday complete B1 and O23 on your BINGO board. To complete B1 bake a sweet treat and deliver it to a neighbor. To complete O23 make a list of people in the school system (teachers, administrators, bus drivers, janitors, students, parents, etc) and pray for them each day.
Virtual VBS

Week Four of our virtual ride on the Rocky Railway will be in your inbox on Monday. If you need to catch up on the first two weeks, click the links below:
Join us on Wednesday evenings for a brief time of worship. Our Midweek Worship will be live on YouTube beginning at 5:55PM. If you have subscribed to our YouTube channel you should get a notification when it goes live. Or you can connect (as well as view previous worship) by  CLICKING HERE .
Sunday Worship

Everything you need for Worship and Sunday School is available on our website. 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#
#growingatobc

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.
July 20: Herman Yawn
July 21: James Schulte, Lynn Abercrombie, Zachary Doyle
July 22: Jimmy Maners
July 23: John Sneed, Linda Snipes, Butch Green
July 24: Lexi Whitesell
July 13, 2020

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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.