described below are some of the many
opportunities for connecting with us as at Otterbein:
& Youth ~ Music ~ Fellowship ~ Sports ~ Weddings
For most recent information on these and other programs,
please also visit
our Activities page
(for newsletter, calendar, youth and children news, etc.).
Bible School - If you are
from 4 years old to 12 years old, we invite you to join us for a fun
week of Bible School at the end of June. The entire building will take
on a transformation of
and color. Please contact the church office or Connie Vail if you
have any questions.
Group - Our
youth group focuses on fellowship, Bible study and service projects
to turn our teens into disciples for Christ. We meet Sunday evenings
5:00-7:30 PM in the gym. We also go on Mission trips and
attend Impact. (Youth Page)
Wednesday evenings during the school year from 6:30 to 8:00 in
rooms 5-7. This is a program to encourage girls to
relationship with Jesus and to become well-rounded individuals. The
badges, participate in service projects, learn to hand sew, and learn
Bible verses. Each
partnered with a mentor (Pioneer Pal) and together they celebrate
and birthdays. Any girl in K to 9th grade may join us.
Scouts & Cub Scouts - Otterbein
has served as the Charter Organization for Pack 171 (Cub Scouts) and
171 (Boy Scouts) since 1950. Cub Scouts are for boys in grades one
five. Boys are organized in groups called Dens which contain up to 8
plus Den Leaders and meet regularly on Sunday afternoon or Monday
evening depending on the Den. Monthly, the dens meet together in a pack
receive awards and recognition. Boy Scouts are for boys in grade 6
age 18. The rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest in Boy Scouting,
has been attained by 28 members of Troop 171 over the years. Please
check out their websites for more information (www.scouting171.org).
Beginnings Child Care of Carlisle - New program
at Otterbein starting January 6, 2014. Please
visit their website for more
Choir - Meets Wednesday evenings
from 6:45 to 8:00. The choir sings about twice a month and performs
Easter and Christmas Cantatas.
(Grades 6 to 12) - Practices are on Sundays at 10:00
AM, and performs the first Sunday of the
month, Christmas Eve and Easter Sunrise Services.
Choir - Open
child from first to fifth grade. Practices are Sunday mornings at 10:50
in the Music Room,
and they perform the third Sunday of the month.
Handbell Choir - Practices
Mondays at 6:30 PM and usually performs the third Sunday of the month
for special occasions. Come ring with us!
Chimes - Children
in 1st -5th grade gather to practice in the months before Christmas and
the children’s Worship Sunday. No music training is necessary to play.
See calendar for practice times.
Winds - Open
to anyone who plays a musical instrument (or used to, and needs to get
it out of storage and dust it off). The Celebration Winds practice the
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 10:15 AM in the sanctuary, October
Gathering Worship Team - Do
you play an instrument or want to sing as part of our morning
service? We would love to talk with you.
Breakfast - First Sunday
of the month, October through June, 7:00 AM
Methodist Men - The UM Men
sponsor: the monthly prayer
breakfast held the first Sunday each month. The group also
maintains the United Brethren
Cemetery located at 1274 Brandt Road, Mechanicsburg (Churchtown). A
schedule is posted on the church's bulletin board for volunteers to
with this activity. In addition,
the men cook and serve the
Mother-Daughter dinner in May and the annual ladies' community
Methodist Women - 2nd Tues,
7:00 PM, Sept.-June - We encourage those
who want to find friendship
and fellowship among other Christian women to join this group. The
Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose is to know God
to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop
a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission
participation in the global ministries of the church. Special
Activities include: Thanksgiving
Breakfast (second Sunday of November) and Mother/Daughter Banquet
Tuesday of May). Outreach
Support with: Project Share, Local
Nursing Home, Harvest Home, & Missionaries.
Sister's Spiritual Growth Group
- Meets weekly on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM. Group does not meet over the
- Tuesday morning at 9:15 AM.
- Come out to support
our team and enjoy the fresh air and fellowship! (softball.ottumc.org)
- This is open to both
men and women who want to play a game of basketball in a Christian
We meet on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 during winter months.
- Like to play volleyball?
Both men and women are invited to join us on Thursday evenings at 7:00
the winter months.
Although we wish we could accommodate all couples
as they unite in Christian marriage, because our facility is so heavily
used, we can only permit Church members and their families to use
Otterbein Church for weddings.