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With Us

Small groups are vital to spiritual growth.  We invite and encourage you to connect with one of our small groups (Adult Choir, Hand Bells, Blanket Ministry, Prayer Shawl or United Methodist Women, etc.).  Each group directly enhances the ministry of Otterbein UMC.

Ephesians 4: 11 - 15 tells us what the ministry of the church should be.  11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.  Our vision is to assist each person in our small groups to grow spiritually.  Come join us!

Women's Bible Study

Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the Library, the Women's’ Bible Study
Led by Heather Housel, will focus on the book “What Matters Most” by Karen Ehman.

The world has always been full of trials, disappointments, temptations, fractured friendships, and financial hardships. Yet Paul’s letter to the Philippians claims we can discover contentment and joy amid it all by prioritizing what matters most – Christ.
Over 7 sessions, we will study the ever-relevant Letter of Philippians to get to know Jesus on a deeper level, turn your worries into worship, and develop gospel-centered tools for navigating relational conflict and thriving in Christian love.

Men’s Life Group

Thursdays at 7:00 PM in the Library
The Men's Life Group led by Slim Connors, will focus on the book "A Man and His Story"
Volume II - A Man and His Story (33 The Series)

Every man's life tells a "story". In the pursuit of Authentic Manhood, every man must understand and come to grips with the defining moments and key relationships that have shaped his unique "story". This volume of 33 The Series provide men with a biblical perspective of their "story". It equips them to embrace how their past has affected their present and prepares them to deal with whatever the future may hold. In A Man and His Story, both experts and regular guys will help men learn from their past, come alive in their present and enjoy God's best in the future.

Adult choir

There they are, on the seventh page of the United Methodist Hymnal (vii), "Directions for Singing" from John Wesley, the founder of Methodism:
"Sing all... Sing lustily and with good courage… Sing in time… Above all, sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing… So shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven."
When not performing special music, our adult choir leads us to sing as John Wesley defines.


Our mission is to glorify Christ through handbell music and lead the congregation in doing the same.
Bells of Otterbein engage adults, youth (6th-12th grade) and children (3rd – 6th grade) in meaningful experiences learning handbell music and praising Christ through performance opportunities throughout the Christian year.  The adult handbell choir rehearses weekly (Sept-June) on Monday evenings and performs monthly during Traditional and Chapel services.  The youth and children perform twice yearly, on Christmas eve and during Children’s/Youth Sundays.

Blanket Ministry

The blanket group meets the second Wednesday of each month.  The blankets are given to any needing people or shelters.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The prayer shawl group meets on the second Monday of each month to make shawls to give away to people who need prayers.  Anyone who knits or crochets and wants to share their talents is welcome.

united Women in Faith

We seek to connect and nurture women through Christian spiritual formation, leadership development, creative fellowship and education so that they can inspire, influence and impact local and global communities.
United Women in Faith shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. The United Women in Faith is open to all ladies of the church.