WE ARE SO GLAD YOU JOINED US FOR A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM. Our hope is that your journey through Bethlehem helped you have a better understanding of how Jesus entered into the world and the reason He came to this earth.
While several of the characters you heard from on your journey are not mentioned in the Bible and we used some creative liberties with all of the characters, we believe the things they shared with you are consistent with what people knew and understood about Jesus at the time of His birth. Our hope is that your journey through Bethlehem helped you experience the Christmas story in a new and meaningful way. If you would like to read the Biblical account of Jesus' birth, click here.
Jesus' coming to this earth as a baby in a manager was clearly a miracle. But the greatest miracle of Jesus' coming was what happened in the years that followed His birth. Jesus became a man and around the age of 30 began to reveal Himself as the Son of God. He taught people God's plan for life, performed miracles that demonstrated His power, and helped equip a group of men who would carry on His work after His death and resurrection. Ultimately, Jesus allowed himself to be crucified on a cross, and then on the third day, he rose from the dead just like He said He would and proved He had power over all things including life and death.
And here is the remarkable thing we don't want to miss. When Jesus died and rose from the dead, He made it possible for every person who chooses to follow Jesus to experience a new and different kind of life. He also made it possible for us to live our eternal life in heaven.
Here is the story of Jesus' life in a nutshell: Jesus was born to die to make it possible for us to have life and a personal relationship with the God of the universe.
If you have never chosen to become a follower of Jesus (some people call this "becoming a Christian" or being "born again"), we encourage you to take that step this Christmas. You may wonder, what is involved in becoming a follower of Jesus. Check out the BECOMING A FOLLOWER OF JESUS section below which explains it more. We would also welcome the opportunity to answer any questions or connect you with one of our pastors for prayer or assistance with a spiritual need. If that is something you would like to do, please complete the form below or contact us at Otterbein Church at email@example.com or 717.762.7147.
We invite you to join us on CHRISTMAS EVE for one of our four Christmas Eve Services. Services begin at 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, and 5:30 p.m. All services are identical and will include music, a Christmas message by Senior Pastor Mike Newman, candle lighting and more. Service will last approximately 60 minutes. Nursery and Preschool childcare are available at all services. We will also have a place in our lobby where you can take family Christmas pictures. We would love to have you join us!
Lastly, we would invite you to join us at Otterbein Church for one of our worship services. We have three services on Sunday mornings in our church building (912 South Potomac Street in Waynesboro, PA) at 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Our services can also be viewed live online at otterbeinchurch.org. You can learn more about Otterbein Church and our programs for children, youth, and adults by clicking on the "I'm New" link at the top of this page.
Please note that with Christmas and New Year's Day on Sunday this year, we have adjusted our schedules for those two Sundays. On Christmas Day, we will only have online services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. You can also view the service on demand any time on Christmas Day. Online services are available on the OC app, otterbeinchurch.org, YouTube, and Facebook. On New Year's Day, we will not have an 8:00 a.m. service. We will have our 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services with our regular schedule for children and youth ministries.
We hope you have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a BLESSED NEW YEAR!