August 20, 2020
Happy Anniversary

Today marks two years of Rev. Suzanne Ringer serving as Associate Minister for Music and Community Involvement at OBC. Suzanne, we are grateful for your ministry in our midst and the way you bring joy to our lives through music.
Encouraging Sullivan Middle School Staff

As the new school year approaches, we have a wonderful opportunity to show love and encouragement to the teachers and administrators at Sullivan Middle School. As part of our ministry partnership with SMS, we would like to provide encouraging, hand-written cards along with a $5 gift card to each faculty and staff member. If you would like to assist with these efforts by writing cards or making a financial contribution, please contact Krista Hayes: 864-814-9835/ Also, let Krista know if you need blank note cards. They can be dropped off by your house. We need these contributions by Tuesday, September 2nd. Please continue to lift up all of our educators in prayer throughout this most unique school year!
Biscuit and a Blessing
September 6, 8AM-10AM

On Sunday, September 6th from 8AM until 10AM our staff will be handing out biscuits and saying a prayer with each car. We also invite you to bring a few school supplies so we can be a blessing to those in need in our community. If you prefer not to shop for supplies, monetary donations can be used to help schools get items their students needs.
An Inside Look at Family Promise

Prior to this pandemic we were scheduled to host Family Promise the second week of August. Like every other organization, they have had to adjust the way in which they serve their clients. Thanks to Lori Hoffman for giving us an inside look at the great work Family Promise is doing.
Helping our Children and Youth

The way COVID-19 has turned schedules and routines upside down may end up being called an ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences). Parents and other child caregivers can be equipped with understanding of what may lie ahead in the area of mental health for their families. You are invited to view the award-winning documentary "Resilience", coupled with NAMI's "Ending the Silence for Parents" presentation. These FREE opportunities will provide a superb context for proactive learning and discussion. Click the button below for more information.
New Tuesday Night Ladies Bible Study
Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple

He left everything to follow his teacher and possessed a passion that would change the world. That’s one way to describe Peter. Here’s another: poor, uneducated, quick-tempered, and full of doubts and fears. Doesn’t even sound like the same man. And that’s the point of Simon Peter, a six-week Bible study by Adam Hamilton. Peter was just an ordinary guy who heard and followed God’s extraordinary call. Discover how you, too, have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference today.

Join the Tuesday Night Ladies Bible study starting September 8 from 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Zoom. Books can be purchased from Amazon by CLICKING HERE. Please click the link below to let us know you plan to join so that we can send you the information you need to join our 6 weekly meetings. For more information, contact Shirley Bailey ( or Patti Robinette ( We hope to see YOU on September 8!

The Nominating Committee Report was endorsed with a vote of 119-0.
Join our NEW Facebook Group

Oakland Baptist Church now has a Facebook Group and we would love for you to join it! We will still post to our Facebook Page so that our friends and neighbors can be aware of the great opportunities taking place at OBC, but joining our Facebook Group will ensure you see our updates and reminders, as well as cute pictures and silly videos. The content posted in this Facebook Group will only be visible to those who have joined, therefore we can more securely advertise things like our Zoom Meeting ID. To join click the button below.
Worship Watch Party
Join us on Zoom Sunday morning as we watch worship "together!"

Worship will be available on YouTube as it has been. However, we also have an opportunity for you to watch worship "together," throughout the month of August on Zoom. If you would like to join our Worship Watch PartyCLICK 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.
LIVE reACTions
Wednesdays, 6:30PM - 7:00PM

Join Pastor Jeff and other staff members on Zoom (Meeting ID 713 378 3329) each Wednesday in August for a conversation based on the questions raised in the previous Sunday's sermon. We are excited about the opportunity to learn from the early church and each other!
Looking for a way to care for God’s creation? Join fellow Oakland members as we participate in the Great America Cleanup and pickup litter. This is an opportunity to serve our community alongside your church family, outside and socially distanced. 
  • Who: Adults and Teenagers
  • Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020
  • Time: 9:00 am- 10:30 am
  • Place: Cherry Road (at Oakland Avenue)
We will meet in our parking lot, across the street from at Sanctuary, at 9AM. Participants will be provided with gloves, bags, safety vests, grabbers, and bag holders. We will wear masks, work in small groups, and practice social distancing. To sign up, CLICK 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."

Worship will be available on YouTube as it has been. 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.
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: You can connect with your phone by dialing 1-571-348-3931‬ and then entering the following PIN: ‪561 343 989‬#
Masking for a Friend

Elastic ties were in short supply, but Dan and Kay Cox have restocked and are back at work. They are sharing their time and talents so we can mask up to protect our friends, family, and neighbors. If you have not already gotten a mask from Dan and Kay, or need a second mask, please 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.
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.
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 ( with your good news and we will share it in the Weekly Update.
2020 is a year that has made us look a little harder for things to celebrate, but if you have had braces you know the removal of them is definitely a reason to celebrate. Grace Scott is all smiles and excited to be able to eat candy again!

Let us know what you are celebrating, so we can celebrate with you!
August 22: Julie Johnson
August 23: Dale Cockrell, Angeline Sturgis, Brian Ullrich
August 24: Bara Wetherell, Katie Carpenter
August 25: Sue O'Neal, Amanda Smith, Jennifer Bailey
August 29: Joe Sherer, Lori Hoffman, Skye Maloney, Jack Hudson
August 16, 2020

Budget Total Receipts: $34,412.25
Budget Needed Weekly: $18,389.00
Budget Required YTD: $606,837.00
Budget Received YTD: $502,408.78
Over/(Under) Budget:$(104,428.22)
Expenses YTD: $ 402,503.44
Got News?
If you have an announcement for the Weekly Update, please send it to the church office by Monday at noon!
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.