Oscoda is an unincorporated community in the U.S. state of Michigan located on the northern side of the Au Sable River where it enters Lake Huron. The community of Au Sable is on the southern side of the river. These two communities are what people generally refer to as the Oscoda area. The community of Oscoda is in Oscoda Township in Iosco County, and not in Oscoda County, which is to the northwest. Many individuals commonly make this wrong assumption. Oscoda was incorporated as a village in 1885, but disincorporated in 1919 after forest fires devastated the area. The 2010 census population of Oscoda Township was 6,997 and the 2020 census population was 7,152. The 2010 census population of Au Sable Township was 2,040 and the 2020 census population was 2,016.
Oscoda is a resort town. The area has a very nice beach park, several other lakefront or river parks, and is very near the Huron National Forest. Fishing, canoeing, hiking, off-roading, along with beachfront activities are the main pastimes.
Oscoda is rural in setting, but not agricultural. The largest employer in Oscoda Township is Kalitta Air, an air freight service headquartered in Ypsilanti, Michigan. They employ about 900 workers repairing and maintaining aircraft. The company uses facilities that had formerly been a part of the now closed Wurtsmith Air Force Base. There are several fast food and family style restaurants in town, and some stores and businesses.
Oscoda Baptist Church was planted in 1956 by a Baptist General Conference missionary. The church moved to its present location in 1958 and added on in 1986 and 1993. In 2010 and 2017 interior renovations occurred.
The Baptist General Conference changed its name to Converge World Wide in 2008 and more recently it has changed to Converge.
In 2014 – 2017 Oscoda Baptist Church began to intentionally target a more flexible, family-oriented approach toward ministry and practice. Programming changed along with a revision of the Constitution.
There is now an active AWANA program in place. The demographics of the church have changed. There are more young families along with the retirement aged attenders as well as those temporarily placed due to employment. The style of worship is simple, relaxed and somewhat contemporary. Currently, the 2011 NIV translation of the Bible is the most used in corporate worship. The average Sunday morning worship attendance is about 100-120.
Our former pastor served here for fifteen years and is retiring from ministry in June 2022. His stated desire for the church was that it shared God’s Word in ways that are simple and deep. The vision statement for OBC is “Friends Following Jesus” and the mission statement is “to tell as many people as possible about Jesus Christ.”
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