Nov 29 – Hanging of the Greens Service and Dinner

Hanging of the Greens

A Christmas Service with a Christmas Dinner

On November 29, 2015 at 5:00PM we'll get together to decorate Oakland for Christmas, but this year we're going to take time to remember the symbolism of the decorations we put up around our homes and church. 

Afterwards, we'll gather for a Christmas dinner complete with Ham and Sweet Potatoes. 

Our goal is to recover the latent meaning of so many common symbols around us, and to learn to use them as visible reminders to enjoy Jesus and to celebrate his birth. We want to put Christ back in Christmas, but even more we want to make Christ all of Christmas, so that there is no part of Christmas decorations or events that doesn't drive your heart and mind to love and cherish and celebrate the baby that was born to die. We want to surround ourselves with reminders of the great Rescuer, who left the safety of Heavens and came behind enemy lines to save us. 

Nov 21 – Bazaar 2015

Christmas is coming. Birthdays are coming. Anniversaries sneak up. Apologies happen. 

Come stock up on all the gifts you'll need this year at the Oakland Holiday Craft Bazaar, where you'll find the best in local artisan gifts. Featuring over 50 Local Craftsmen and Artists, door prizes throughout the day, and on-site Food Court.

  • Paintings

  • Home Decor

  • Christmas Decorations

  • Homemade Jams, Jellies, and Pickles

  • Homemade Cakes and Pies

  • Crocheted and Knit Items

  • Quilts

  • Lathe Turned Woodwork - Bowls, Serving Utensils, Pens, Pepper Grinders

  • Scroll Saw Woodwork - Trivets, Decorative Pieces

  • Metal Art - Firepits, Flowers, Door Hangers, Lanterns, Monograms

  • Handblown Glass - Vases, Hummingbird feeders, Ornaments

  • One of a Kind Hair Bows, Toboggans, Scarfs, Blankets, Shaws, Throws, Pillows, Neckties

  • Handmade Jewelry - Gemstones, Silversmithing, Earrings, Necklaces, Beadwork, Rings

Sept 6 – Sept 20 – Quarterly Food Drive – Backpack Buddies

Sept 6 through Sept 20

BackPack Buddies is not a school supply program or a backpack donation program. Rather, BackPack Buddies fights Child Hunger here in Cleveland Community schools by providing children from food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year. The children, selected by school principals, guidance counselors, and supervisors of various after school programs, receive a backpack containing six balanced meals and two healthy snacks at the end of every week.


The Facts


of students applied for free or reduced meals in Johnston County in 2012-2013.

1 in 4

North Carolina children is at risk for hunger. 

More stats available KidsCountDataCenter.

Specifically Requested Foods:

For this BackPack Buddies, Individually wrapped items work best:

Whole Grain Cereal Bars or Granola Bars
Individual Cereal Packets
Easy Mac
Dried Fruit (Raisins, Craisins, etc)
Fruit Cups (Light Syrup)
Canned Spaghetti
Canned Ravioli
Beenie Weenies
Canned Soup


“When asking a 1st grade student what type of food he ate on the weekend, he replied ‘oh… we don’t eat on the weekend.’  When I asked him if he would like to be a ‘BackPack Buddy’ and explained the program to him, he started jumping up and down with an excited look on his face and exclaimed ‘YES, YES, YES!”

- BackPack Buddies Coordinator

“Toward the end of the year last year, the day before we delivered backpacks, a third-grade student mentioned to her teacher that she was hungry because she and her brother and her mother had to share one apple for breakfast that morning, and they were hungry – they were out of food. And the next day I delivered that bag of food to her classroom, and the teacher said that child lit up like a Christmas tree, she was so excited to see that food. That tells you that you’re making a difference right there.”

- BackPack Buddies Coordinator

For more information on the BackPack Buddies programs in North Carolina available HERE

Sept 23 – Stop Hunger Now! Meal Packing

805 million people in the world do not have enough to eat. This number is down more than 100 million over the last decade, and 209 million lower than in 1990–92. Source: FAO, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014

One in every nine people on our planet go to bed hungry each night. FAO, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014

Hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Source: FAO, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014

The vast majority of hungry people (791 million) live in developing countries, where 13.5 percent of the population is chronically undernourished. Source: FAO, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014

Let's Do Something About It!

Help End Hunger in Our Lifetime

September 23

Oakland is hosting a Stop Hunger Now meal packing event to fight hunger around the world. We are working with Stop Hunger Now to pack and deliver 1200 meals. There will be two shifts of volunteers packing meals. First shift runs from 6:00PM to 7:00PM and second shift from 7:00PM to 8:00PM. You can volunteer for a shift any Sunday between now and then. 

Sept 9 – Presbyterian Women Kickoff

Presbyterian Women is a place for women to be women.
Being a woman, a wife, a professional, a mother, and a friend is not easy and it is nice to figure it out with the help of good friends and God’s Word.
The PW meet every month, starting September 9th at 7:00 in the Fellowship Hall.

Sept 6 – Oct 18 – Sign Me Up

Sign Me Up - Following Jesus as a Youth Member of Oakland

Our deepest desire for people, is that they would hear the Words of Jesus and the Call of Jesus and respond, "SIGN ME UP." We want people to meet Jesus and sign up as disciples. Following Jesus is an awesome adventure, but life is complex, and sometimes trying to figure out who Jesus is, why he is important, and how should I follow him as a teenager is difficult. So this Fall, on Sunday Nights, Pastor Andrew will host the PYC to discuss Jesus, Christianity, and Church from the Youth perspective. If you've never joined Oakland and/or been baptized, this will serve as "confirmation" class.

August 30 – Donut Olympcs and Rally Sunday 2015

it is time to take the next step.
step up from Sunday attendance to Sunday School commitment.
kids, step up to an older Sunday School.


Rally Day is a party with purpose for all ages. The party is to get people plugged into community, and encourage adults and children to commit to a Sunday School Class for the Fall. So we’re going to play with our food as we get connected to Sunday School Classes this Fall.

Sunday School is our version of small groups, and one of the primary tools God uses to shape us into disciples. Sunday worship and sermons are great tools for growth, but it takes intimacy, discussion, and accountability to grow significantly.

If you attend on Sundays and at large group events, but are not plugged into a Sunday School class, this is the day to come act a fool, hear about classes, and get connected to a small group.

Donut Olympics

Let's have fun while we get connected.
The 2015 Donut Olympics will feature games for all ages including such legendary, ancient Greek games like Donut Stacking, Donut Sculpting, Donut Hole-In-One, and Donut Roller Derby, just to name a few.


On Wednesday, August 26, we need all Sunday School Teachers and Children’s Church Volunteers to attend an important training session. This meeting is designed to give you the tools and knowledge you need to successfully and comfortably lead children. You’ll learn about available supplies and resources, about schedules and emergencies, and about lesson plans and activities.

We will also discuss expectations and guidelines for teachers and volunteers so that everyone is on the same page.

Thank you all for choosing to serve Oakland to make more and better disciples.

August 23 – Sunday School Appreciation Dinner

Sunday School Appreciation Dinner
August 23, 2015 @ 5:30PM

Sunday School is one of the primary tools Oakland uses to transform us into more and better disciples. Great growth occurs in small groups where we are intimately known and can conversationally learn the Bible. Oakland is grateful for the dozens of people that teach Sunday School every week, and so to say thank you, we will host them at Oakland for Dinner. This dinner is only for people who taught Sunday School last year. If however, you want to say thank you, feel free to write a note and drop it by the office.