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This Week at Oakland


Copies of all Open Oakland guidelines and documents are available in the office.

* For those of you having issues getting to the Oakland Facebook page to watch the worship on Sunday this may help:

Go to www.Facebook.com/oakcob You do not need to have a Facebook account to access this.  If you still need assistance setting this up, be sure to call Pastor John or Aaron Overholser and they will try to assist you.


Dianna is in the office to receive messages and continue some daily tasks Monday thru Thursday from 9am to noon. Please call the church office or Pastor John with prayer requests or assistance needs.

Oakland Outdoor Opportunity

Adult Bible Study – Short Stories by Jesus

Lead by Dan Ulrich

Saturday mornings 9:30 – 10:00 in the front parking lot of Oakland

bring a lawn chair, Bible and face mask

September 12th – October 31st              

*No Preregistration Required

Sunday School

You’re invited to join on-line Sunday School. Oakland’s Education Team will host a Zoom Sunday School beginning Sunday, September 6 from 9 to 10 am. All youth and adults are invited to participate. We will meet all together for a 10 to 15 minute presentation. Then participants will join small groups with discussion questions about the presentation. In the small groups there will be an opportunity to connect and share with one another as well as pray for one another. In general, we will form the small groups around Oakland’s current Sunday school classes. If you are not currently participating in a class, please come. We have a place for you, too. Barbara Menke will be the presenter for September. For more information, contact Barbara at 937-417-4995 or barbara@menkeconsulting.net.

Under the current COVID19 restrictions, if you visit the church building during the week, there is a logbook on the hospitality desk where you will need to sign in.  This allows us to track both who has been in the facility as well as where in the building they have been.  The reasoning behind this is to allow us to track exposure.  If someone who has been inside the building becomes ill, we can let anyone who has also been in those area know so they can be aware and act accordingly.

 Current Schedule:

Sunday at 10:30am:  Sunday Morning Worship at Oakland &

         Live Worship feed via Facebook

Monday at 9:30am:  Live morning devotion via facebook

Wednesday at 9:30am:  Live morning devotion via facebook

We would like to remind you about how important it is to keep up with your tithes and offerings.  There will be needs that arise in the next few months that will lead us to unique ministry opportunities’ and our giving helps fulfil that mission and meet the needs of both those within and outside the congregation.  There are 3 ways you can help with this:

  1. thru a web browser, Go to www.oaklandchurch.org
  • :            Mike Hogg

Oakland Church of the Brethren

P. O. Box 198

Gettysburg, OH 45328

*If mailing, please be sure to use the P.O. Box not the Horatio Harris Creek Rd. address.  There is no mail delivery at the church building.

Finance Update as of 8-31-20

            Receipts       Expenses

Jan       $29,811      $24,955

Feb      $24,295       $25,609

Mar     $25,203       $26,819

Apr      $24,207       $22,441

May    $26,927       $20,148

Jun      $25,343       $22,707

Jul       $18,229       $19,138        

Aug    $23,588       $20,711        

Total $197,603    $182,528

Our Expenses were $17,231 less than our budgeted amount of $199,759.

Our Receipts were $15,075 more than our actual expenses.

Regular Fund Balance $52,310

Capital Improvements Fund Balance $27,542

Thank you for your continued financial support.

Dean Brewer,

Finance Team Convener

Oakland Church is inviting you to an Ice Cream Drive Through. Enjoy ice creams sandwiches. Pick up your ice cream by driving through Oakland’s front entrance overhang on Sunday September 27th from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Please come and join us. (See Poster Below)

Remember that we are called to “Continue the work of Jesus.  Love God, Love people, Celebrate life and Pass it around!”

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Prayer Concerns:

Ray Haag, Mary Lou Unger, Margie Smith, Ruby Ludwig, Burt and Helen Wolf, Marjorie Darding, Norma Best, Suzy Keller

For our Sister Church:  Gratis Church of the Brethren

Continued Prayers for EYN (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), for kidnapped girls and their families: There are reports of some persons escaping from being held by Boko Haram but there are also reports of new violence and attacks. The pandemic continues to be an issue in Nigeria. Our prayers for this region are still important.

From the District

BDM News

In Appreciation – Thank you to all who made donations to S. Ohio/KY BDM. Without our usual income from the Ice Cream Social, Share-a-Meal dinners, and Golf Outing, these gifts will enable the ministry to continue reaching those in need. In 2020 we’re rebuilding tornado damaged homes in Dayton and flooded homes in Pamlico County, NC. For Church World Service 1,000 clean-up buckets and 1,000 school kits are being assembled. It’s not too late to make a donation! Click here to donate on-line. Checks can be made out to S. Ohio/KY District COB, with BDM on the memo line. Mail checks to S. Ohio/KY COB, PO Box 785, Greenville, OH 45331. Thank you for your donations, as we serve Christ by serving others together.

Financial Info – Usually financial information is shared at the monthly meetings. Without a September meeting, the info is included here in the BDM News. Individuals have donated $4,200 during July and August in response to our request for donations. Congregational gifts have been received from Beavercreek, Happy Corner, Brookville, Mack Memorial, and Oakland totaling $1,500. There were expenses of $7,200 in August for supplies for Church World Service (CWS) cleanup buckets and school kits. This also includes the shipping fee ($3 per bucket, $2 per school kit) that was paid to CWS for getting the items to the point of need. More bills will be coming for bucket and school kit supplies. Donations of $725 were received from individuals for local response, and expenses were $800.

Dayton BDM Site – BDMers are now coming to Dayton to rebuild home s damaged by the Memorial Day tornadoes of 2019. In August volunteer groups came from N. Indiana and Shenandoah districts. Individual volunteers have come from PA, DE, IL, and MD to serve with our local volunteers. The homeowners are most appreciative of the help! Not only are homes being rebuilt, but hope is being restored. There are more opportunities for local volunteers to serve. To volunteer, contact Burt Wolf at 937-287-5902 or SouthernOhioBDM@gmail.com.

Coastal NC BDM Site – In mid-September a new BDM site is opening in Pamlico County, North Carolina in response to Hurricane Florence of Sept. 2018. The housing site is at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Bayboro, NC. Our October 11-17 trip will be to this site.

Volunteers Needed for Clean-up Bucket Assembly – Yes, we’re doing another 500 buckets! This is the priority need for Church World Service (CWS).On Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 PM there will be an assembly of emergency clean-up buckets at Bullen Ultrasonics, 1301 Miller Williams Road, Eaton. Thirty volunteers who are eighteen or older are needed. Because of the pandemic, we will need to follow the Covid 19 protocol that Bullens has in place. Volunteers will need to be able to stand for the duration of the assembly because there will be no chairs. Call or text Burt Wolf at 937-287-5902 to volunteer or for more information.

Sewing Bee – On Saturday, September 26, there will be a Sewing Bee at Greenville COB, 421 Central Ave. Come at 9:00 AM to sew school bags for Church World Service school kits. Bring your sewing machine, an extension cord, a sack lunch, and a mask. Tables will be spread out for physical distancing. Call Barb Brower at 937-336-2442 for more information.

Brethren Service Center Trip – The October 19-23 trip to the Brethren Service Center to process school kits and hygiene kits for Church World Service has been cancelled. The Center has announced that they will be closed to volunteers for the remainder of 2020. We are hopeful of having a 2021 trip.

Zoom BDM Meeting – Our next monthly meeting will be via Zoom on Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 PM.

Excerpt from Dave Shetler’s weekly letter:

Greetings Friends and Colleagues in Ministry,

There’s a story from the Jewish tradition (posted on the Homilectics website) about a famous rabbi and his friends, who had spent an entire morning at manual labor, far from their village. The work was difficult and dirty. At lunchtime his friends brought a pail of water so their teacher could wash his hands thoroughly, fulfilling the ritual law.

To their surprise, he used only a few drops. How could it be that their wise and pious rabbi would avoid the command to wash his hands thoroughly before eating? Cautiously, one of the students asked, “Rabbi, you used so little water. It was not nearly enough to get your hands clean.”

Wordlessly, the rabbi pointed to a servant girl walking up the road from the well. Across her shoulders was a yoke, with a heavy jar of water dangling from each end. “How could I do my washing at the expense of this poor girl?” the rabbi asked. “The water I save may prevent one trip to the well for her.”

This story is an example of a different sort of care-ful living: caring deeply for the welfare of others. On this Labor Day, is this not part of the work we are called to do by being followers of Jesus? Paul writes about this in the beginning of the letter to the Phillippians (1:6, the Message) – “There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.”

God is completing a work in us, a work of becoming more and more like Jesus. Roger Wolsey writes these words in his essay “Why they killed Jesus,” from Patheos.com, June 28, 2015 –

They killed him for his work in organizing a labor movement of disgruntled Galilean fishermen who were sick and tired of being oppressed by unjust Roman taxation. They killed him because he dared to disturb the peace of the “Pax Romana” by causing that ruckus at the Temple courtyard seeking to “reclaim it” from those who were colluding with Rome. They executed him because he was proclaiming a rival empire — a kingdom (literally an “empire”) of God — and their perception of him claiming to be the true King of the Jews — and their perception of that as calling for a coup d’état in Israel.

On this Labor Day, we celebrate our work with a day of rest and even activities as permitted in the pandemic. But can we also remember and put some effort into working for those who, as in the Jewish story, “carry the water”? Can we work at fighting injustice, of advocating for those cannot find employment, of urging fair wages for work performed?

We all are given 24 hours a day, How much time do we spend doing what we do? The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. bls.gov/tus/charts. Retrieved October 2, 2015 reports the time use on an average work day for employed persons ages 25 to 54 with children” (in hours):

1.3 — Caring for others
1.0 — Eating and drinking
1.1 — Household activities
2.5 — Leisure and sports
8.7 — Working and related activities
7.7 — Sleeping
1.7 — Other
Total: 24 hours

The question remains are we using our time in these necessary activities to be faithful to the call of Jesus in our lives? Is any of this time being used to help those “carrying the water?” As many of us have “the day off” for the holiday, may we also spend some time thinking of how we might work for justice, peace, and our neighbor’s good.

There are still a variety of ways our congregations are “meeting” during this time; a number are still sharing worship virtually, some are using a “drive-in” method, and some are meeting in person while following protocols. I have recently had some calls from pastors and members of congregations as tensions on reopening have escalated. I urge us all to show grace to one another and discern together what is best for all. Attendance fluctuates as individuals and families struggle with what is best and safe. As each situation is unique, may we all find ways of being in ministry and being supportive of each other. Rates of infection continue to be of concern in many parts of our state, our country, and our world. Schools and colleges are discovering many challenges of reopening safely. Ministers and other leaders are experiencing a level of discouragement and even depression. Yet there are signs of hope as new forms of testing and research on vaccines bring some guarded optimism. May our prayers be for safety of those who venture out, prayers for more testing, both in number and accuracy, prayers for an efficient vaccine, prayers for businesses and employees. In times of feeling darkness, there is also light as we show and express love for God and for our neighbor by our behavior. May we respond out of that love and grace and not out of anger or fear.

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