December 24, 2020
Merry Christmas from the staff of OBC! We are grateful for each of you and pray you have a wonderful and safe celebration. Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Words from the Pastor...
In consultation with our Deacon Chair, David Williams, and Vice-Chair, Ben Lucas, our worship for December 27 AND January 3 will be online only. There will be no in-person worship in the sanctuary. In-person worship will resume in the sanctuary on January 10 with our State of the Church service. We’ve made this decision due to rising COVID cases and the need for a two week window between Christmas gatherings and returning to our building. While we understand the desire to gather with family and friends during Christmas and New Years, please make every effort to follow CDC guidelines for maintaining safety and health for yourself and others. Our ability to continue worshipping in-person depends on it!
In addition, the church office will be closed to visitors from December 25-January 10. Our staff will be working remotely from December 28-January 1. If you need immediate assistance, please use the Minister on Call number (803-328-3864, extension 0) or call one of our ministers directly on their cell phone. Thank you for supporting these decisions! -Pastor Jeff
Your Donation Makes a Difference

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. Contributing to God’s work at Oakland is very simple and we have multiple options for you to choose from:
 Text Giving: Text “GIVE” to 803-599-3738. You will receive an immediate reply. Click the link in the reply to set up text giving. Text giving for 2020 must be completed by 11:59PM, EST, December 31, 2020.
• Secure Mailbox: Place your offering envelope in the secure mailbox on the brick wall by the kitchen doors.
• Online Giving: Click on the "Donate to OBC" button below to donate via credit card. 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, 2020.
• 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 2021, and cannot be counted toward 2020
• 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 2021, and cannot be counted toward 2020.

Your gifts are essential to the ministries of Oakland Baptist Church. Thank you for the generosity you have shown in 2020; and, thank you in advance for your faithful giving in 2021—it’s going to a great year for our church!
State of the Church
Sunday, January 10

On January 10th, Pastor Jeff will deliver his annual state of the church sermon in both worship services. He will be talking about a vision for 2021 and beyond. That evening at 5PM will be our annual church business meeting via Zoom. Our Zoom Meeting ID is 713 378 3329.
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.
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.
Happy Birthday, Friends!
December 27: Sydney Hartzog
December 28: Michael Brackett, Sam Powell, Brandon Green, Hinson Perry
December 29: Jonnie Schulte, Eliza Collins
December 30: Beth Burrell
December 31: Pat Vining, Christopher Manfredi
January 2: Mike Merritt, Phillip Reynolds
We Give because God Gave First
December 20, 2020

Budget Total Receipts: $14,916.95
Budget Needed Weekly: $18,389.00
Budget Required YTD: $937,839.00
Budget Received YTD: $809,861.92
Over/(Under) Budget:$(127,977.08)
Expenses YTD: $ 660,226.54
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.