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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.

Celebrations This Week:

Happy Birthday to:

9/13         Lauren Dull

9/13         Sherry Flora

9/14         Dalene Thomas

9/17         Claudia Conway

9/18         Barbara Klepinger

9/19         Zach Hittle

9/19         Krista Boellke

 Current Schedule:

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

         Live Worship feed 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.

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)

The Outreach Ministry Team is requesting your participation in a new project to benefit the Children’s Disaster Services program by providing 30 Individual Kits of Comfort of supplies totaling $20 each.  These are very beneficial in providing the volunteer team with specialized items to support children in crisis at the time of a community disaster.  Please consider sponsoring a Kit by submitting your $20 donation to the church and indicate the purpose of your donation.  Also, a donation of any amount will be greatly appreciated.  Please provide your donation by Sunday, October 4.  There will also be a donation jar at the Youth’s next ice cream drive-through on Sunday, September 27.

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

Prayer Concerns:

Ray Haag, Mary Lou Unger, Margie Smith, Ruby Ludwig, Burt and Helen Wolf, Marjorie Darding, Suzy Keller, Jerry Thomas, Alison Klingler, Ron Duncan having surgery on 9/22, Margaret Oswalt having surgery on 10/6, Cheryl Hittle

For our Sister Church:  Prices Creek 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,

Brethren have traditionally talked about discerning the “mind of Christ” together as decisions needed to be made. That phrase appears in many of our Annual Conference statements and minutes. Yet as we continue in the time of pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding it as well as other issues facing our congregations, I hear accounts of persons not really listening to one another but pushing one position over others. In times of crisis, it is even more critical that we stand together, working together for the glory of God and our neighbor’s good. But sometimes it appears that there is even what might be called bullying to demand a position.

Rob Bell writes about this when he says –

The same is true for managers and bosses and teachers and anyone who uses their position of authority to coerce or manipulate or bully others. They can get people to do what they want, but it’s only because of the position they hold. Their authority is rooted in nothing larger or stronger or higher than their rank. And that can be taken away tomorrow. They may appear strong, but they are actually weak.

A Scripture illustrating this says –

If anyone stirs up strife,
it is not from me;
whoever stirs up strife with you
shall fall because of you.
See it is I who have created the smith
who blows the fire of coals,
and produces a weapon fit for its purpose;
I have also created the ravager to destroy.
No weapon that is fashioned against you shall prosper,
and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord
and their vindication from me, says the Lord.

Isaiah 54:15-17 NRSV

Bell continues his comments:

Contrast this with people who appear weak but are actually quite strong. It’s when someone says something mean or cutting about us and everything within us wants to one-up them with an even nastier comment in return, thus winning the exchange, but we hold our tongue. We “lose” the round, but what we did took tremendous strength. And it would take even more strength to forgive them and then maybe even love them. It would all appear quite weak to the observer, unless they understood that what they were witnessing was actually strength in action.

So what is to be our behavior in responding? What is the attitude we are to hold in relation to one another? Again, Scripture gives us some guidance –

If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18 NRSV

…discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Romans 12:17b-18 The Message

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 NRSV

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously—
take God seriously.
Micah 6:8 The Message

As there are still difficult decisions to be made, as there is still discernment to be done in regard to how the church functions in the midst of the challenges facing us, may we take seriously God’s call to be people who appreciate justice, who love kindness and compassion, who walk humbly with God and with each other as we seek together the mind of Christ.

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. 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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