January 16, 2020
It is a new year and there is A LOT of new information below. Please take note of the section near the end called "This Sunday at OBC."
The Good and Beautiful Life
begins Sunday!

We will begin the second book in our year-long study of James Bryan Smith's  The Good and Beautiful series, as we turn our focus to 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 books, you may pick yours up in the Church Office.

This Sunday we begin the conversation by asking the question "what makes you happy?"
Sunday, as we celebrated the work God is doing in and through Oakland Baptist Church, we reminisced through pictures. Click the arrow in the middle of the image below to watch OBC's 2019 in Pictures.
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 .
As a part of our celebration of Oakland's 70th anniversary we are creating a "Taste of Oakland" Cookbook. Imagine how many friendships have been formed, hearts have been nurtured, and stomachs have been filled while enjoying covered dish meals at OBC!

Just like a covered dish 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 January 31. You may email your recipes to cookbook@oaklandchurch.com or drop them off by the church office. We are so excited for this Taste of Oakland and look forward to seeing and making your recipes! 
Check out our newest Ministry Guide. It is full of information about opportunities for fellowship, study, worship, and service. You can view it by clicking the button below. Printed copies are also available at the church. We look forward to #growingatobc in the coming months!
Let's Tackle Hunger

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.
Your Help is Needed!

We are grateful to have Vanetta Bass serving as our Interim Wednesday Night Supper Coordinator, as well as Michaela Maloney who is serving as her assistant. However, a few volunteers are needed to help with set-up and clean-up. If you are willing to serve in this capacity, please click "I'll Help." If you would like more information about what is needed, please contact 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.
Go Team!

Do you enjoy free entertainment? Do you enjoy encouraging the children and youth of OBC? Do you enjoy fellowshipping with other OBC folks? We have the perfect opportunity for you! Our children and youth church basketball games are underway and there is always room for a few more fans. Below are Friday and Saturday's games. To see the full schedule, click here.

Friday, January 17:
7 and Under Co-ed: 5:30PM @ New Kirk Baptist
9 and Under Co-ed: 7:00PM @ Ebeneezer Presbyterian

Saturday, January 18:
12 and Under Boys: 2:00PM @ 1st ARP
13 and Under Girls: 2:00PM @ Woodland UMC
18 and Under Boys: 9:00 AM & 11:00AM @ New Kirk Baptist (OBC A), 11:00AM @ Mt. Holly UMC (OBC B), 10:00AM @ Mt. Holly UMC (OBC C)
Thursday, January 23 @ Noon
Merry Makers will meet in the Fellowship Hall for food, fellowship and BINGO. Please bring finger foods to share.

Tuesday, January 28 @ 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.
Peace After Divorce Seminar  
Beginning February 11

Peace after Divorce by Renee Smith Ettline, M.Ed., is an 8 week seminar for those who are experiencing and/or coping with the issues of Divorce. This will be a non-judgmental environment with information about adjustments and life choices related to finding peace after divorce. Group questions and discussion will help you personalize your progress, and Spiritual Support will reminder you of the healing power, grace, love and forgiveness of God. Rev. Suzanne Ringer will lead these sessions.

This seminar will be offered on Tuesdays for 8 weeks beginning February 11 th  at 5:30PM. Please note this start date is a week later than previously advertised. If you are interested in the class please sign up by clicking below, or let Suzanne Ringer know by Monday, February 3rd.
You are invited to an evening of pancakes and jazz as we prepare for Lent. From 5PM until 5:30PM there will be activities to help you prepare for the Lenten season. Beginning at 5:30PM, pancakes will be hot off the griddle, as well as live music.

There is no charge for dinner, which will be prepared and served by our youth, but you are encouraged to make a donation which will be used to offset the cost of our summer Youth Mission Trip. 
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.
February 5: Healthy Marriage Forum
Join us for a conversation with other couples on how to keep Christ at the center of your marriage.

February 12: Conversation on Aging Well
Andrea Powell, the Life Engagement Director at Acts-Park Pointe Village, will lead our conversation on Aging Well. This is a conversation for adults of all ages! 
February 19: Race Relations Forum
Join us for a conversation on how we can be better neighbors to those in our community who may not be exactly like us.

March 25 & April 1: Worship 101 for Families
Pastor Jeff and Suzanne will lead us in a conversation on how to teach your children the purpose and importance of each element of worship.
The Ministry Center drop box is now closed until further notice to give volunteers a chance to catch up. Please also hold all clothing donations that normally would come through the front doors. We will accept housewares through the front door on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9AM until 11:30AM and Thursdays from 10AM until Noon.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but these times are necessary for us to prevent being overwhelmed. We will let you know when the box is open again or when clothing items may be brought through the front door. As always, thank you for your generous support of the Ministry Center.
OBC & the Eagles
February 29

We hope you will join your church family for a fun afternoon at the Winthrop Eagles Basketball game on Saturday, February 29. The game tips off at 1PM and tickets are $4/person. To sign up, click "Go Eagles!" below.

This event will be our celebration of a fun children's and youth church basketball season. There is no charge for tickets of our players and coaches. However, we do still need you to sign up.
CBF Needs Your Feedback

Between now and February 2, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship wants to hear from you about your church ministry involvement and personal ministry aspirations.  Take CBF’s online survey today.

As CBF nears their 30th year, they have begun a journey to discover and respond to God’s call for the thriving of our Fellowship. This journey is called  Toward Bold Faithfulness . After prayerful discovery—the centerpiece of which is this survey—we will respond to what we have heard, seeking a bold future guided by the Holy Spirit.

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.
Please sign up for dinner by Monday at Noon by clicking "I'm hungry" below. If you would like to be added to the permanent list, email Missy (obcoffice@oaklandchurch.com) in the church office.

January Menu:
January 22: Spaghetti
January 29: Roast Beef, Rice & Gravy, Leisure Peas, Broccoli Casserole
February 5: Barbecue, Baked Beans, Slaw (Chicken Strips for children)
February 12: Country Style Steak, Rice and Gravy, Leisure Peas
February 19 : Chicken Strips, Potato Casserole, Field Peas
February 26: Grilled Chicken, Grilled Veggies, Pasta Salad

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
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 19: Clayton Neal, Sherry Slate, Rob O'Neal, Jamee Ringer
January 20: Kay Neal, Ripley Williams
January 21: Linda Locklier, Corinne Kimble
January 22: Bill Heller
January 23: Morgan Abercrombie
January 25: Bo Coleman, Mike McPhail
January 19, 2020

Deacon of the Week: Lori Hoffman

8:45AM Audio: Ralph Bailey & Jim Vining
11:00AM Audio: Darren Shaw & Mack Bailey

Acolyte: TBA
Crucifer: TBA

Worship Greeters: Walter Byrd, Betty Jones, Sandra Yawn, Dennis Jordan, Nancy Baer

8:45AM: Worship
9:45AM: Sunday School
11:00AM: Worship
3:45PM-4:30PM: Oakland Ringers
4:30PM-5:45PM: Chancel Choir
5:00PM-6:00PM: Mission Movers
**NO Youth Activities**
Click the button below to see what's happening at OBC this month.
January 12, 2020

Budget Total Receipts: $7,062.55
Budget Needed Weekly: $18,389.00
Budget Required YTD: $36,778.00
Budget Received YTD: $22,101.38
Over/(Under) Budget:$ (14,598.62)
Expenses YTD: $6,448.42
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.