Charleston Otterbein United Methodist Church

We hope that you will join us in worship. God's house is open to all who enter. Please feel free to visit on Sunday morning or contact us by phone or email for more information.

All are welcome!! We are a church that is growing, praying and serving to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Through studying the book The Five Practices of a Fruitful Congregation (author Bishop Robert Schnase), our focus is to serve God and serve others in new and exciting ways. Our vision is to be involved in the ministry of our church, our community and our world by implementing:
*Radical Hospita

Operating as usual

[03/14/18]   “Living on purpose is the path to peace”
Isaiah 26:3
”You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you.”

[03/14/18]   Today’s quote.
“You are not an accident”
Isaiah 44:2
”I am your Creator. You were in my care before you were born.”

[03/13/18]   We are going to try to have a quote of the day with a scripture.
Todays quote is; It’s not about me. “Everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him”. Colossians 1:16b
“In spite of all the advertising around me, how can I remind myself that life is really about living for God, not myself “

[03/11/18]   Today’s scripture was from Philippians 2:2-11. The tile of the message was “It’s so not about you”. The main point was that it is about Gods plan. Hope everyone has a great week and hope you can join us next Sunday for our service at 9:30.

[03/10/18]   We just wanted to remind everyone that you need to turn your clocks forward one hour tonight. Would hate for you to miss church this Sunday. Have a great day

[03/08/18]   Purpose Driven Life study met tonight discussed the four stages of fellowship. They will meet again this Sunday. It is not too late to join this Lenten Study. Hope to see you in church this Sunday. Services start at 9:30 with the Bible study after the service.. come on over to Otterbein and meet Pastor Cox and see what new things are happening at Otterbein. God bless you all.

[03/05/18]   What’s a blessed day at Otterbei. Our first day with Pastor Danny had old friends who came for the first time in a while. If you missed today don’t worry you are welcome next Sunday service starts at 9:30. Hope to see you here Have a great week.

[03/01/18]   We just heard that Jay Koester passed away yesterday. Please keep the family in your prayers. Jay was the cousin to Jerry Payne’s daughter in law.

[02/28/18]   Please keep Jay Koester and his family in your prayers at this time. Jay is currently in the ICU fighting for his life. The family needs all of the the prayers they can receive at this time! Our prayers are with you, Koester Family! This is the uncle of Jerry Payne’s daughter-in-law

[02/24/18]   Otterbein United Methodist Church invites you to our service on March 4th we will welcome our new Pastor Danny Cox. Pastor Cox will start the first of March and will be with us until the end of June. We at Otterbein look forward to Pastor Cox joining us as our new minister.

[02/16/14]   Saturday, February 22, 2014 the Otterbein Youth Group will have a lock in at the church. The lock in will begin at 3 PM. The students will stay through Sunday Worship and Sunday School on Sunday, February 23, 2014. All youth are invited!

[02/05/14]   FYI: Family Night will be cancelled Wednesday evening (2/5). The J4J Reading program will be extended an extra week.

[01/15/14]   Reminder: Family Night starts back up TONIGHT! Please remember to bring a "white item" to add to the "White-Out Shower" donations to be given to Standing Stone. THANKS!

[01/09/14]   With the heavy snow that our area has experienced this week, we thought it timely to invite you to participate in a CHARLESTON OTTERBEIN UMC “WHITE-OUT SHOWER” for STANDING STONE COMMUITY CENTER, thru the MONTH OF JANUARY. We will be collecting WHITE ITEMS to be donated to this organization to help the needy in our community. Bring your WHITE ITEMS and place them in the large tub in the entryway of the church. (Suggested WHITE ITEMS: Facial Tissue, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Toothpaste, Bath Soap, Hand Lotion, Pwd Laundry Detergent, Bath and/or Bed Linens, Light Bulbs, Socks, Underwear…or get creative!) The Family Night Adult Group will be assembling the items collected. ~Thanks! The Craigs, Family Night Coords.

[01/08/14]   Due to weather and road conditions, the start-up of the Family Night Winter Session will be postponed until next Wednesday, January 15. Hope everyone is staying in and keeping warm! See you Sunday morning for worship and next Wednesday for Family Night!

[01/04/14]   Due to the winter storm approaching, Otterbein has cancelled the worship service for Sunday 1/5/14. Everyone stay inside and stay safe! See you next week!

[12/03/13]   Just a reminder that this Wednesday, December 4, is the final session of Family Night in 2013, where we will take a short winter break. We will resume meeting on January 8. Also, the Family Night Adult Group will be having a Christmas Party--tell all of your friends!! The youth and children in the Christmas play will continue to meet for practice. The youth that are not involved in the play will meet as usual with Adam. Hope to see you all there tomorrow night! Be there at 6:00pm to share in a delicious meal before breaking off into your groups :)

[11/18/13]   A reminder: Thursday Bible Study begins this Thursday (November 21st). The Bible Study will meet between 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM. We will be studying Matthew 24:36-44.

[08/05/13]   Otterbein UMC Youth Car Wash Fundraiser this Wednesday from 11 to 3 at the Advance Auto Parts on Lincoln. Hope to see everyone there! Come during your lunch hour!

[06/24/13]   Join us tonight at 6pm for Praise VBS!! We had a great time Praising God for His Greatness last night! Come tonight to learn a new way we can Praise God! Vacation Bible School is going on right now--this week, through Wednesday night 6/26 from 6-8pm.


Charleston Otterbein United Methodist Church's cover photo

[03/06/13]   Family Night is cancelled tonight as we always cancel Family Night when Charleston school is closed. We WILL be meeting next week 3/13 (it was originally cancelled on the schedule because of Spring Break).

[02/27/13]   Family Night is cancelled tonight because of the weather. Please spread the word :)

[01/30/13]   The ladies have been hard at work making crocheted necklaces, bracelets & earrings!! The proceeds will be used to send kids to church camp. We have a variety of colors available--there is something for everyone! Please share with your friends :)

Untitled Album 01/30/2013

Crocheted Necklaces, Bracelets & Earrings

Crocheted Necklaces, Bracelets & Earrings

[12/06/12]   Please join us this Sunday 12/9 for our Annual Otterbein Family Christmas Caroling. After Sunday School (11:30am), we will have a small lunch and then head out to fill our community with the Christmas spirit. We will meet back afterwards for hot cocoa and Christmas cookies.

[10/31/12]   Please be reminded that we will not be meeting for Family Night tonight 10/31/12 as families will likely be involved in Charleston's trick or treating this evening.

[09/26/12]   You may have already heard that Ashmore Elementary School was closed today because of a rapidly spreading virus. In order to prevent the exposure of sickness to our children and adults, we have made the decision to cancel Family Night activities tonight, Sept. 26. Several of our children have been or are sick now with this virus, so please remember them in your prayers. And please spread the word to anyone who may not have heard through email or Facebook.

[07/05/12]   Come and celebrate with us on Sunday, July 8 at 9am for the kickoff for our 100 Year Celebration!!! Special Guest Brad Henson 03/08/2012

Funny Church Signs - funny church signs, real church signs

[01/25/12]   Family Night is cancelled for tonight due to the weather. Stay inside and keep warm!!

[12/22/11]   Join us this Saturday at 5 PM for our Christmas Eve service and Sunday at 9 AM for our Christmas service! Who can you invite to Otterbein for this Christmas celebration? Let us share the joy and hope of Jesus with the world!

[12/22/11]   Christ not only came to love us and offer us forgiveness – but before He went to the cross, Jesus taught us how to love and forgive each other. Are you experiencing and sharing the fullness of God’s love and forgiveness this Christmas?

[12/20/11]   A Christmas challenge: As you celebrate Christmas this week, take a photo that represents the spirit of Christmas to you! Then post that photo on our page so we can all enjoy the sprit of Christmas together.




2175 Harrison Ave
Charleston, IL

General information

Please feel free to join us: *Sunday Morning Worship at 9:30 am, followed by Sunday School (all ages) Youth meeting (all ages, everyone is welcome) on Wednesdays: 6:00-7:30pm (meal from 6:00-6:30)

Opening Hours

9am - 11:30am
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