We are a caring church family spreading the Word of God and winning disciples for Jesus Christ!
ATWOOD OTTERBEIN CHURH
A Global Methodist Congregation
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Under the enthusiastic leadership of Pastor David Banning together with his wife, Jackie, our church family's mission is "to spread the Word of God and win disciples for Jesus Christ; connecting ourselves to Jesus, and faithfully living our daily lives in relationship to Him and to each other."
As a Global Methodist congregation, our Vision is to join God in a journey of bringing new life, reconciliation and the presence of Christ to all people, and to help each person reflect the character of Christ.
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
Our welcoming and family-oriented congregation has served the Atwood community for over 145 years. Our present church building is celebrating its 96th year in 2023.
We welcome all God's people regardless of their color, culture, ethnicity or nationality to our informal services.
Our church is handicapped accessible.
Atwood Otterbein Church
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Each Wednesday morning we host a community coffee fellowship hour in our Fellowship Hall, and our men also host a men's breakfast each month. We reach out to and partner with community members through numerous other activities.
Our congregation and women's organization are active in local and regional mission organizations through volunteering and financial support. Some of those missions include All Things New, Helping Hands Pantry, Beaman Home, Salvation Army, World Missionary Press and Isaiah 11 Ministry.
Pastor's weekly Bible Study hosts not only congregation members but others in the community. Community "campfires" are held at least once per month at our parsonage during the warm summer months for informal fellowship...sometimes an outdoor movie is added to the evening's activities.
Vacation Bible School is held each July for grade school children, and we have hosted gospel concerts and community meals among other activities.
SISTERHOOD IN FAITH
We celebrate and praise God for the gifts women bring to all levels of our church. We believe Scripture and Christian tradition bear witness to the importance of women and men sharing the responsibility and joy of serving our church as leaders!
The women in our congregation reach out to the community by hosting an annual Easter Egg Hunt and a Trick or Treat event among other events. We also provide the meal for our annual Heritage Sunday celebration and encourage community participation in our May Mother & Daughter Brunch. In the fall the group hosts a Euchre Party and a Chili Cookoff. The group is honored at a special service in June each year.
Our group is an independent sisterhood of Christian women focusing on serving the Atwood area community.
Great time at our 2023 Chili Cookoff Saturday evening, October 7th. The event raised $1200 for our Sisterhood in Faith local missions!
Pastor Banning was ordained in the Global Methodist organization at the Convening Conference and Ordination Service for the newly established Global Methodist Church Great Lakes Conference, which includes churches from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin & Michigan. The ordination took place on October 28 in Washington, Illinois.
Leesburg Methodist Church Pastor Rob Seewald and Mrs. Banning were on hand to witness the ordination. Seewald and Banning are long-time friends, and Seewald participated in the laying of hands for Banning's ordination.
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Again this Fall, our Sisterhood in Faith hosted a safe haven Trick or Treat for area children. Great fun and fellowship!
Successful chili cook off on October 7th; raised $1200 for Sisterhood in Faith's local missions!
Forty of us enjoyed our August 26th campfire at the parsonage!
Our Sisterhood in Faith members enjoyed the annual outing to Shipshewana on August 2nd. We toured the Menno-Hoff Amish-Mennonite site and enjoyed a great Amish lunch at Blue Gate Restaurant.
Our caring church family provides outreach on behalf of Jesus, many volunteer hours, financial support and leadership to the Atwood area community.
Our service begins at 9:30 a.m.
Our children enjoy special time with Pastor Dave each Sunday, serve as acolytes, enjoy Sunday School with Kayla, Martha and Cathy, and look forward to Vacation Bible School each July.
Come early for coffee and fellowship.
Fellowship and snacks follow the morning service.
Bible study with Cliff Newsome also follows the service.
PASTOR'S ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Pastor David's Adult Bible Study is held from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
In the Church Office and on Zoom.
This Fall we are studying John.
Our women's organization, Sisterhood in Faith meets on the first Wednesday of each month from April to December.
We are focused on supporting local Christian non-profits and we host several events annually for worship, fellowship, and fun!
Our Chili Cookoff in early October raised $1200 for our local mission work.
Great fun at our July Vacation Bible School for grade school children!