December 20, 2018
Stockings for the Ministry Center

You are invited to pick up a stocking from the table outside of the Sanctuary or Fellowship Hall and fill it with socks and underwear (all sizes needed, children - adult) for the Ministry Center. After it has been filled, place it under the Christmas tree in the Sanctuary. If you forget to get a stocking, no worries. Your donation can still be placed under the tree. These simple Christmas gifts will be a huge help and blessing for those who visit the Ministry Center.
We hope you have enjoyed the fun, festive office doors this month! We certainly have enjoyed the many friendly faces who have popped in to say hello, while looking at them.

While it is a competition to see whose door is the congregation's favorite, the real winners are the children in our awesome Day School!

The money raised from our door benefit will be used for the OBC Day School Scholarship Fund. This fund allows students to be part of this great program even if a tragic situation prevents their parents from being able to pay all of the tuition. We are excited about showcasing our creativity, but we are even more excited about helping children continue to receive an education that is rooted in the love of Christ. 

Here's how the competition currently stands:
Eddie: $136
Leigh: $128
Kim: $125
Marty: $116
Suzanne: $71
Missy: $58
Jeff: $53
Megan: $37
Allison: $35
Martina: $28

There's still time to cast your vote! You've got until December 31. You may cast your vote by placing cash or a check (checks should be made out to OBC) in your favorite door's envelope. Or you may vote electronically.

**To vote/donate electronically, click on "vote for my favorite." Enter the amount you would like to donate and then click on the drop down box and select the name of the person whose door is your favorite.**
Service of Remembrance
December 20, 6PM

Join us for a service of remembrance at 6PM in the Fellowship Hall. This is a time for those who have lost loved ones this year or in past years to come and reflect.
Rescheduled Children's Pageant
December 23, 9:45AM

Due to the inclement weather this past Sunday, our Children’s Christmas Pageant has been moved to December 23 during the Sunday School hour. This will take place in the Sanctuary beginning at 9:45AM. While obviously not mandatory, your class is encouraged to come support our little ones as they present the real meaning of this season. We hope you will join us!

All children participating in the pageant should be at church by 9AM on Sunday. First - Fifth grade students meet in the Chapel. Preschool and Kindergarten students meet in the Mission Friends room (parents, please stay and help your children get in their costumes).
College-age Christmas Breakfast
December 23

All college-age students are invited to join us in the Fellowship Hall on December 23 at 9:45AM for a Christmas breakfast. We look forward to sharing in a time of food and fellowship, as we welcome you home and wish you a Merry Christmas!
Candlelight and Communion
December 24, 5:30 PM

Join us in the Sanctuary on Christmas Eve for a special time of worship which will include communion and candlelight. The service begins at 5:30PM, pre-service music will begin at 5:15PM
Your Donation Makes a Difference

Dear Church Family,
As you consider ways to give during this holiday season, remember that any tithes or offerings to the church must be received by December 31st. Our 2018 budget year is drawing to an end and your gifts help us succeed in the good work God is doing in this place. Contributing to God’s work at Oakland is very simple and we have multiple options for you to choose from:
Text Giving : Text “OBC” to 73256. You will receive an immediate reply. Click the link in the reply to set up text giving. Text giving for 2018 must be completed by 11:59PM, EST, December 31, 2018.
Offering Plate : Place your offering envelope in the offering plate during either worship service. Offering envelopes can be mailed to your home or found in the pew racks in the sanctuary, as well as on the welcome table in the gym. The last services of the year will be Sunday, December 30. Contributions received on that date will count toward 2018.
Online Giving : Click on the "Donate to OBC" button below to donate via credit card. When using the link below no fees are incurred. You may make a one time donation or set up a recurring donation.
US Mail: Mail a check to the church address—1067 Oakland Ave, Rock Hill, SC 29732. Mailed contributions must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2018.
Online Bill Pay through your Bank: Set up a recurring check payment to the church for the weekly or monthly amount of your gift. This type of contribution will begin in 2019, and cannot be counted toward 2018.
Bank Draft: Fill out a planning card (located in the church office) and attach a voided check. Choose to have your account drafted on the 1st or 15th of each month. Drafting your bank account is one of the most inexpensive ways to give (no fees), is efficient in regards to book keeping, and provides consistent income for the entire year which helps us in planning programs, ministries, and missions. This type of contribution will begin in 2019, and cannot be counted toward 2018.

In addition to the above, on December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was signed into law. Most of the changes introduced by the bill went into effect on January 1, 2018. If you are interested in maximizing tax deductions in 2018, please contact your accountant and/or tax advisor to discuss the concept of bundling or bunching your charitable gifts. Should you choose to utilize this new tax option, OBC will make proper arrangements for your gift.

Your gifts are essential to the positive ministries of Oakland Baptist Church. Thank you for the generosity you have shown in 2018; and, thank you in advance for your faithful giving in 2019—it’s going to a great year for our church!

Merry Christmas!
Pastor Jeff
Basketball Clinic
Fridays, January 18 - February 15

Four and five year olds are invited to participate in our OBC basketball clinic. This clinic which will take place on Friday evenings will give participants an opportunity to learn basic basketball skills, gain confidence, learn teamwork and have fun with friends. The clinic will be coached by Krista Hayes, Alice Davis, David Cason and Kyle Franklin. The cost is $15 which includes a shirt. To sign up, please click below. You may either pay online or choose "pay at the door" to pay with cash or check.
Oakland Day School News

Coffee for a cause:
You can now purchase a specially-marked bag or box of K-cups from Knowledge Perk Coffee in support of the ODS Scholarship + Community Outreach Fund! 

This business has already wowed us with their generosity, and we are honored to link arms with them in this effort! So help us spread the word, and let us know how you like the ODS blend! 

You can purchase the ODS blend in the store or by using the link below.
Donation Box Is Open!

The Ministry Center drop box will re-open Thursday, December 13 at Noon. We prefer that only fall/winter clothing be brought in now; please hold spring/summer until after the first of the year. We need shoes, toys, housewares very desperately. We also need boys clothing, sizes 5–18 and jackets of all sizes.
Family Promise

Our next Family Promise Week will be December 30 through January 5.  We still NEED a male and female overnight host on December 31 and January 1. You may host as a single (we have 2 bedrooms for hosts), couple, or family. Consider ringing in the new year by spending the night with our Family Promise guests. If you have any questions or are able to be an overnight host please contact Karen Neal (
Mark your Calendar

Wednesday, January 9
Committee Night, 6PM
I lieu of our regular Wednesday night activities we will have our annual Committee Night. All committee members are encouraged to be present for a meeting to kick off all the good work that will be done this year.

Sunday, January 13
State of the Church, 10:30AM
Join us for ONE Worship at 10:30AM as Pastor Jeff delivers his annual State of the Church message. Following Worship we will enjoy a covered dish lunch. Meat will be provided, but please bring a side dish or dessert to share. You can drop them off in the gym before church. Sunday School will begin at 9:30AM
Yearly Business Meeting, 5PM
We will gather at 5PM in the Sanctuary for our annual business.
Adult Mission Trip
February 4-8

For those interested in helping with hurricane recovery, we are taking a group to Conway February 4-8, 2019. This is an ongoing process and will take months, if not years, for many people to return to their normal lives. If you are interested in accompanying us on this trip or would like more information, please contact Pastor Jeff or call the church office.
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.
December 23: Pat Gentry, Burnley Hunt, Bailey Odom, Carter Odom
December 25: John Robinette, Chris Baker
December 26: Gay Hoffman, Peyton Smith
December 27: Sydney Hartzog
December 28: Michael Brackett, Brandon Green, Hinson Perry
December 29: Jonnie Schulte, Eliza Collins
Serving in Worship
December 23, 2018

Deacon of the Week: Susan York

Early Service Audio: Ralph Bailey
Late Service Audio: Darren Shaw

Acolyte: Mia Ervin
Crucifer: Blake Davis

Sunday School Greeters: Jeri Allen, Libby Gilbert, Chris and Luke Griffin, Shelby Howle, Stan Marion, Sandra Yawn

Worship Greeters: Peggy Goodson, Shirley Bailey, Rob Ervin, Deborah Buchan Johnson, John Snipes

8:45 Childcare: Staff
11:00 Childcare: Staff

Scripture: Micah 5:2-5 & Luke 1:39-45
Anthem: Angel Carol
December 20: Day School Christmas Program; Service of Remembrance
December 23: Fourth Sunday of Advent; College-age Christmas Breakfast
December 24: Church Office Closed; Christmas Eve Worship
December 25: Church Office Closed
December 26: Church Office Closed
December 30: First Sunday of Christmas
January 1: Church Office Closed
January 2: No Wednesday Night activities
January 4: High School Retreat
January 5: High School Retreat
January 6: Epiphany; High School Retreat
January 7: Ladies Bible Study
January 8: Mens Prayer Breakfast; Westminster Towers Bible Study; Bible Study & Missions Group, Ladies Bible Study
January 9: Moms' Fellowship; No Wednesday Night Activities; Committee Night
January 13: State of the Church; Covered Dish Lunch; Yearly Business Meeting; Youth Group; Music Rehearsal
January 14: Ladies Bible Study; Sue Ness Mission Group
January 15: Mens Prayer Breakfast; Ladies Bible Study
January 16: Mom's Fellowship; Wednesday Night Dinner & Activities; ESL
January 18: Basketball Clinic
December 16, 2018

Budget Total Receipts: $40,413.00
Designated Receipts: $225.00
Budget Needed Weekly: $20,432.85
Budget Required YTD: $1,021,642.50
Budget Received YTD: $912,459.51
Over/(Under) Budget: ($109,182.99)
Expenses YTD: $780,456.70
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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 1-803-328-3864 and press 4 to leave a message for the on call minister. Your phone call will be returned quickly.