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LOCAL and Global Impact


Missions at Otterbein

When asked what the greatest commandment is, Jesus answered with two: “You must love the Lord your God” and “You must love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Matthew 22:34-40). 

Following Jesus's call, founder of the early Methodist movement John Wesley taught us to grow in our faith by “doing good of every possible sort, and, as far as possible, to all” (General Rules).

At Otterbein United Methodist Church, we serve locally and nationally and support missions globally.

Apple Tree Clothing Project
Boiling Springs School

July 3 - July 31, 2022

Again, we have been working with School Counselors and have obtained “Back to School Clothing” needs for South Middleton School District students. Student Ages will range from 6 through 14. Sunday, on July 3, you will find “modified” Trees in both the Narthex and Gathering Place that have sprouted some paper Apples. If you don’t want to shop but would like to contribute to this initiative, money may be given for the committee to purchase items that are not posted on an apple. Just write "Apple Tree" on the check memo line or select "Missions" for online giving.  Our goal is to get these clothes collected, sorted and to the schools early August. Please remember to pick-up the Instruction Sheet that will be located by each Tree. Click below for complete details!

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Local Mission Opportunities

We encourage you to volunteer for these opportunities recommended by the Susquehanna Conference by contacting them directly.

Neighborhood Center of UMC - Harrisburg - Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

The Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church has served a multi-ethnic uptown neighborhood, as well as the total Harrisburg community, since 1910 with educational, cultural, social service, basic needs, leadership, and recreational programs for children and their families.

The center welcomes volunteer groups of all ages for various projects. Please contact QueTrina at   or 717-233-6541

Mission Central - Mechanicsburg, PA - Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Mission Central ( is looking for mission volunteers to fill a variety of roles within the organization. Volunteer opportunities are flexible and accommodate almost all physical abilities. Volunteers can volunteer once a week, once a month, or at any interval they choose. There are opportunities in the warehouse and in the office, as well as internship opportunities. Please contact   or call 717-766-1533 for more information.

Want to help local people in need of assistance?

The Missions Committee would like to connect members of our congregation who need assistance with members who are willing to volunteer to provide assistance. If you need assistance or can provide assistance, please click below, complete and submit the form.

Examples of assistance: yard work, snow removal, light housework, ride to appointments, meals for short term need, lifting / moving items, etc.

Your information will not be shared with anyone outside Missions Committee and church office.

Request or Offer Assistance

otterbein's supported organizations and missionaries

Supported Organizations

Mission Central -

UMCOR (UM Committee On Relief) -

UM Home for Children, Mechanicsburg -

Red Bird Mission, Kentucky -

McCurdy Ministries, New Mexico -

Project Share -

Community Cares -

Samaritan Fellowship -

Safe Harbour -

Salvation Army -

Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties -

Supported Missionaries

Mark Zimmerman 
Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal -

Lisa Nichols 
Jubilee Project, Sneedville, TN -

Bo Memorial Church 
Sierra Leone Initiative -