Our Work in the Community
United Methodists insist that faith and good works belong together. What we believe must be confirmed and supported by what we do. Personal salvation must be expressed in ministry and mission in the world. We believe that Christian doctrine and Christian ethics are inseparable, that faith should inspire service. The integration of personal piety and social holiness has been a hallmark of our tradition. We affirm the biblical precept that “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead” (James 2:17).
Because of what God has done for us, we offer our lives back to God through service. As disciples, we become active participants in God’s activity in the world through mission and service. Love of God is always linked to love of neighbor and to a passionate commitment to seeking justice and renewal in the world.
Otterbein UMC supports a variety of mission projects that not only provide ministry in the community but through our connectional system, our reach stretches around the world.
Otterbein UMC is involved in all levels of mission support in the connectional system of The United Methodist Church.
As part of our outreach in ministry, the congregation:
- Pays its apportionments as we are able. The apportionments are the “fair share” cost of ministry that occurs beyond the local church at the regional (conference) level and the denomination level.
- Participates in the “Otterbein Giving Tree”. Quarterly, items from the Tree are given to patrons of the Robinson Food Pantry housed in the church.
- Participates in sewing/craft projects to help the community. A recent project was sewing bibs for residents of a local nursing home
- Gives regularly to the Heifer Project
- Participates in “Operation Christmas Child”
- Visits residents of the United Methodist Village in Lawrenceville, IL and supports the United Methodist Village Auxiliary
- Supports and houses the Robinson Food Pantry which operates from the Otterbein basement
- Participates in “One Great Hour of Sharing” and other United Methodist Ministies
- Supports missionaries
- Is involved in special community events such as the Heath Harvest Festival and the Walk for Alzheimer’s
Built upon a simple premise of a gift that keeps on giving, Otterbein UMC supports Heifer Project International’s Living Gift Program via “penny donations” following the Children’s Sermon each Sunday. The Living Gift Program provides needy families worldwide with animals such as laying hens and milk cows. In return, the family gives the firstborn to another family so that the initial gift continues to reproduce itself.
Families use the animals to provide food and either barter or sell off the excess for other life necessities.
Our Connectional Relationship
Within The United Methodist Church, some Sundays are set aside for special offerings aimed at giving for very specific reasons. Otterbein UMC provides opportunities for persons to participate in each of these offerings.
One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to live out its mission to alleviate human suffering. Gifts underwrite the agency’s “cost of doing business,” meaning that every penny of every gift you make to a specific UMCOR project will be spent on that project — not on office administrative costs.
In 81 countries in all, you assure The United Methodist Church is in the lead to alleviate human suffering through this offering.
This offering is celebrated on the third Sunday of Lent.
James 2:14-17 (ESV)
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.