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On Saturday, Apr. 3, we will have a service at 6:30 p.m. Nursery and Preschool ministries will be available. Face coverings are optional.

On Easter Sunday, we will have services at 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Nursery and Preschool ministries will be available at 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. We will have Nursery—Grade 12 ministries at 9:30 a.m. Please wear face coverings at the 8:00 & 9:30 a.m. services. Face coverings are optional at the 11:00 a.m. service.

All services Easter weekend will be identical. Please invite others to join you as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

Help us serve our community in Jesus' name as we provide an Easter Meal for those struggling financially and for older adults who are living alone.  We are providing a complete Easter Meal in a bag or individually wrapped meals on Good Friday, April 2.

Opportunities to be involved include:

  • Donating $25 for everything needed for one Easter Meal bag


We will have two communion services on Thursday evening, April 1, at 6:00 & 7:30 p.m.  Both services will be held in the Worship Center. Nursery and preschool ministries will be provided at 6:00 p.m. Face coverings are required when indoors during the 6:00 p.m. service. Face coverings are optional at the 7:30 p.m. service. Both services are identical and will last approximately 60 minutes. 

The service will include an intimate time of worship and reflection as we focus on Jesus’ death and share communion. Both services will also be available live online


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We understand everyone is not at the same place regarding their comfort level when attending church indoors.  SO...we have four options for you to choose from.


God has given Otterbein a God-sized vision for the future to help transform lives, families, our church, our community and the world. We are calling it our TRANSFORM VISION 2020. It is a bold vision that we are trusting God to help us accomplish between now and the end of 2020. Learn more about TRANSFORM VISION 2020 by CLICKING HERE.

Thursday, January 7 - 6:00 p.m.



Thursday, January 7 - 6:00 p.m.



We invite you to join us on December 18-20 for a NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM.  As you arrive, you will enter into the town of Bethlehem and experience the sights and sounds of the place where Jesus was born.  There will be live animals and costumed characters helping you celebrate the real meaning of Christmas.  It is an event for the entire family.

Here are some things we want you to know:

  • A Night in Bethlehem will be held at the Otterbein Church Park on Welty Road (13375) in Waynesboro.  The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m.
  • This is an outdoor event. Dress warm.  It will take about 30 minutes for you to experience the journey around Bethlehem.
  • The journey around Bethlehem requires walking. Our walking trail is paved and will provide handicap accessibility. 
  • The event is free.
  • Check out this great promotional video for the event. 
  • Tell us you're coming on our Facebook Event page.
  • Please check otterbeinchurch.org if the weather is bad for information about schedule changes and cancellations.


Throughout the year, Otterbein sends teams of people to minister and serve in Jesus' name in our community, nation and world. CLICK HERE if you would like to help send out one of our teams by supporting them financially.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Otterbein Local2Global.

Otterbein Church is offering a REMOTE LEARNING DAY CAMP for children who are doing remote/virtual learning due to the Covid virus and whose parents/guardians are working and not able to provide supervision and care for their children during the day.

CLICK HERE for a Fact Sheet, Interest Form, Policies & Procedures Manual and additional information and forms for the Day Camp.

Packing an OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOX can help to change a child's life. In many cases, it is not just a child's life that is changed but the family of that child as well.  It is a simple way that ALL OF US can help get the word out about Jesus to people all over the world.

Between now and November 22, Otterbein Church will be collecting shoe boxes in our lobby on Sunday mornings. Not able to pack a shoebox and bring it to the church?  Check out the NEW ONLINE SHOE BOX PACKING OPTION available this year.  CLICK HERE for more information about packing a shoe box and how you can be involved in this life-changing ministry.

Every year the congregation has an opportunity to recommend names of people to serve as an Elder at Otterbein. Elders provide spiritual oversight for our church and are the highest governing authority in our church. Do you know someone who attends Otterbein Church who you believe should be considered for the role of Elder? Would you like to serve as an Elder? Elders meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. CLICK HERE to learn more about the role of Elder and the selection process.

Wedding Information

Otterbein Church provides a ministry to couples who are planning to be married. The first step in scheduling a wedding is to complete the Wedding Request Form (CLICK HERE). Once we receive your wedding request, someone from the church staff will contact you within two weeks.

If you have questions about the process, please contact the church office at 717.762.7147.




Three of our church staff including Pastor Mike tested positive for Covid late last week and early this week.  As a result, they are in the midst of their 10 day isolation period.  Most of the rest of the staff are quarantining and/or staying away from others while making sure they don't develop any Covid related symptoms.  Check out the 3-Minute video of Pastor Mike talking more about how everyone is doing and the reason for having online services only on November 8.  Our current plan is to resume in person services on Sunday, November 15. 

Looking for some resources to help you make a decision on who to vote for in the upcoming presidential election? 

Check out these two resources:

Party Platform Summary

Presidential Candidate Comparison Guide

Pastor Mike also recommends the book “Before You Vote: Seven Questions Every Christian Should Ask” by David Platt. 

The book and voting guides are non-partisan and are helpful tools to share with others or to assist you as you prayerfully decide who to vote for in the upcoming election. 

Make a difference in the life of a child

As we look toward beginning onsite services on October 4, we are preparing for ministry to our children and youth. We are looking for people who love kids, love Jesus, and are looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of the next generation.

CLICK HERE to to learn more and/or express interest in serving in our children and youth ministries.

Otterbein Church is hosting a Coed Recreational Volleyball League at the Otterbein Church Community Center (13375 Welty Road). Games are played on Monday evenings. The tentative schedule for beginning games is the week of October 19. The cost for participation is $20.  Registrations need to be submitted ONLINE no later than October 11. 

Adult Choir

The adult choir sings in our 8 a.m. service each Sunday & occasionally in our 9:30 & 11 a.m. services. The adult choir is open to anyone in grade 9 & older. There are no auditions required to join.

The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the worship center. For more information about being involved in the adult choir, email Dave Besecker, Director of Music Ministries.

Friendship Company

The Friendship Company is our children's choir for grades 3–6. They rehearse on Sunday evenings through the school year. They sing several times in our worship services throughout the year & present a musical in the spring.

There are not auditions to be part of the Friendship Company. Auditions are held for the main characters in the musical.

For more information about the Friendship Company, please email Dave Besecker, Director of Music Ministries.



  • Waynesboro Community Health and Human Services is looking for some volunteers to help pack food backpacks for children on Fridays.  Before the virus, many of the clients were able to help do this but are no longer available.  If you would be willing to help, please contact Denise Esser at 717-762-6941.  CLICK HERE to check out their Facebook page.
  • Willing to help run to the store for groceries, pick up medicines at the pharmacy, or assist someone in our church and community who can't (or shouldn't) leave their house.  EMAIL or call us at 717-762-7147 x222 and tell us you are willing to serve this way.  When we learn of someone who needs help, we will contact you.


  • We have created a special fund at our church to help families struggling financially and to help bless our community and meet the needs of our community during these difficult times.  If you are interested in giving to this fund, please CLICK HERE and use the "COVID 19 Family Assistance" fund.  If you choose to mail your gift to this fund, please send it to Otterbein Church, 912 South Potomac Street, Waynesboro, PA  17268 and write "COVID 19" on your check.

  • Sunday - Worship Services Online at 9:15, 11:00, 4:00, 6:00

  • Sunday - Worship Service OUTDOOR AT THE PARK at 9:15 a.m.

  • Sunday - OC Youth Service Online (Available 1:00 p.m. On Demand)

  • Tuesday - Men's Groups - Zoom Video at 7:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Groups/Meetings Require a Link or Code to Join.

CLICK HERE TO REQUEST LINK/CODE for any of the above Zoom Events.

outdoor service at the park

We are currently gathering for an OUTDOOR WORSHIP SERVICE at the Otterbein Park (13375 Welty Road) on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m.  This service is currently being offered in addition to our pre-recorded CHURCH ONLINE Worship Services at 9:15, 11:00, 4:00 & 6:00 on Sunday.  All services will include the same music and same message by one of our pastors.

Here is information we want you to know about the Outdoor Worship Service:

  • If it rains, the service will be cancelled.  Please watch CHURCH ONLINE at 9:15, 11:00, 4:00 & 6:00 when you can't attend the outdoor service.
  • Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on during the service.
  • Face masks are optional since we are outdoors.
  • Please practice social distancing while at the park (6' apart when interacting with non family members).
  • The service will include live music by our worship team and a live message by one of the pastors.
  • The service will last approximately one hour.
  • We encourage you to arrive at least 5-10 minutes early so you can find a parking space and a place to sit.
  • Children and youth should sit with their parents for the worship service.  NOTE: The playground equipment will not be available during the worship service to limit noise and distraction for those viewing the worship service.
  • When you arrive, go to one of the WELCOME TABLES to pick up a sermon outline and drop off your offering (we will not be passing offering baskets during the service).  On the first Sunday of the month, you will want to stop at the Welcome Table to pick up prepackaged bread/juice for communion.
  • You can sit under the pavilion OR you can bring a pop up canopy and set it up on the football field if you prefer to not sit in the sun.
  • The park restrooms will be available for use.
  • You may want to bring something to drink to stay hydrated during the service.
  • Questions?  Contact us.


  • OC Kids will have a Parent/Child program for children Preschool age - Grade 5 on the last Sunday of each month that will begin approximately 5 minutes after the worship service ends.  The program will last approximately 45 minutes.
  • The program will include music, a bible story, fun activity and more.  In some ways it will be like a night of VBS.
  • You are welcome to attend the OC Kids program even if you don't attend the Worship Service.
  • Parents will be responsible for supervising their kids in regard to social distancing and safety precautions.
  • Face masks are optional for parents, children, and volunteers since we are outdoors.
  • You will want to have lawn chairs or blankets to sit on for the OC Kids program.
  • If you have a question about the OC Kids program, please contact Amanda Myers.


  • Our OC YOUTH program at the Park is designed for our middle and high school students and will begin approximately 5 minutes after the worship service ends.
  • The OC Youth program will last approximately 30 minutes.
  • While staff and volunteers will encourage social distancing, it will ultimately be the responsibility of the students to do social distancing while meeting together.
  • Face masks are optional for students and volunteers.
  • If you have a question about the OC Youth program, please contact Pastor Dwight Karkan.

Check Out RightNow Media This Summer!

Otterbein has partnered with RIGHTNOW Media to provide you free access to a huge, streaming, online, access-on-any-device library of over 20,000 video bible studies, leadership videos, kids show, and other Christian entertainment. It is like the NETFLIX of Christian entertainment.

CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up. It's free!


CALL ME -  Click on the CALL ME link if you would like someone to call you on the phone to discuss a spiritual need and/or pray with you.

  • Link to Pastor Dwight's Message for Sunday, April 19
  • Link to Pastor Dwight's Message for Easter Sunday, April 12
  • Link to Pastor Dwight's Message for Sunday, April 5
  • Link to Pastor Dwight's Message for Sunday, March 29
  • Link to Pastor Dwight's Message for Sunday, March 22
  • Link to Pastor Dwight's Message for Sunday, March 15

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Giving at Otterbein

There are several ways you can give at Otterbein. For more information about giving, CLICK HERE. To go directly to online giving, click the button below.


If you made a decision to believe in Jesus and follow Him, recommit your life to Jesus or you have more questions, please CLICK HERE to LET US KNOW how we can help you on your journey.

Watch the Latest Message Online

Did you miss last week's message? Don't worry, you can watch it online.  CLICK HERE to watch the latest message or view previous sermons.

Try One of the Following:


Facebook Live (CLICK HERE)

God has given Otterbein a God-sized vision for the future to help transform lives, families, our church, our community & the world. We are calling it our TRANSFORM VISION 2020. It is a bold vision that we are trusting God to help us accomplish between now & the end of 2020.


Otterbein Church Community Center

Coming Late Spring/Early Summer 2019

Serving our community in Jesus' name is one of the things that we believe God wants us to do as a Church.  The new Community Center building at our park on Welty Road (13375 Welty Road) is a part of our overall vision to serve the community.  

Following are pictures showing the progress of construction along with the floor plan for the new building.

Helping people connect with God and others is a big deal at Otterbein. As we enter into a new year, we have a number of opportunities for you to connect with others, learn the teachings in the Bible, grow spiritually and connect with God in greater ways.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Next Steps available.

Our Christmas Eve Services will last approximately 70 minutes and will include carols, candle lighting, and a Christmas message that will help prepare us for Christmas day.  Following the service we will have cookies, hot chocolate and a place to take family Christmas photos.  Childcare is available in all services for children birth-preschool.

CLICK HERE to send an Evite for our Christmas Eve services.

All services will be held in our Worship Center at 912 South Potomac Street in Waynesboro.

New Worship Center & Children's Space Information

We are now meeting in our new Worship Center and Children's space (912 South Potomac Street). In addition to the renovations, we've also added parking areas. To help you know where to go, we've created a map of the campus. Click here to view it.

Otterbein Church Community Center

Coming September 2019

Serving our community in Jesus' name is one of the things we believe God wants us to do as a Church.  The new Community Center building at our park on Welty Road (13375 Welty Road) is a part of our overall vision to serve the community.

Click here to learn more about the construction of our Community Center building and to see pictures of our progress.

Make A Difference in Jesus' Name

Otterbein Church is collecting school supplies to be given to Waynesboro Community and Human Services.  Each fall the agency provides school supplies ab the beginning of the school year to children in need.  CLICK HERE for more information about how you can help make a difference in Jesus' name in our community.


We look forward to worshiping with you!

We know going to church for the first time can be a little awkward and even scary—especially if you don’t know anyone. We want to assure you that we will do everything we can to make your visit with us a positive one. We encourage you to stop at GUEST CENTRAL in the church lobby where a helpful volunteer will answer questions you have and provide an overview of our church programs. Greeters and ushers are available to answer questions you might have. Directional signs will point you toward our nursery, classrooms and worship center. We welcome guests, and our church wants to help you have a good first-time experience.

Four Specific Ways You Can Be Involved

Accomplishing a God-sized vision is only possible with God’s blessing, provision and guidance. It also requires us who are part of His Church to join Him in what He is doing by doing our part to accomplish His vision and plan. When we trust Him to help us do our part and step out in faith, we grow spiritually and the Church’s impact and influence is multiplied and amazing things happen. While there will be many ways for us to become involved in the TRANSFORM VISION 2020 between now and December 2020, there are four specific ways we encourage you to consider being part of it now.

1  Regularly Pray for God’s Blessing and Provision

Prayer makes a difference. Pray for God to continue guiding those in leadership as they make decisions. Pray no unforeseen construction expenses arise during the construction process. Pray that all the required permits and government approvals are completed quickly.

2 Commit to Regularly Pray for and Influence Others Who Are Not Yet Followers of Jesus

Our TRANSFORM VISION 2020 is all about God and people. It is about our church helping as many people as possible be transformed by Jesus Christ so they can have a personal relationship with the God of the universe. We encourage you to commit to regularly pray for and do all you can to influence at least two people who are not yet followers of Jesus and/or don’t go to church with the goal they would begin a relationship with Jesus.

3 Give a Special Offering

On Sunday, May 20, we received a special offering during our worship services for our TRANSFORM VISION 2020 Building Fund. We encouraged people to prayerfully consider what God would have them give to help us accomplish the vision God has given us. You can still be part of that by giving a special offering now. As you give, please give “above and beyond” your regular church giving, & give “willingly & cheerfully” in response to God’s blessings & generosity in your life (2 Corinthians 9:6–10). TRANSFORM offering envelopes are available at the church. You can also give your offering on the OC App or CLICK HERE TO GIVE ONLINE NOW. When giving online, please choose the “May 20th Transform Offering” fund.

4 Make a Faith Commitment to Regularly Give to the Transform Vision 2020 Building Fund

We also ask you to prayerfully consider how you might invest financially in our vision by regularly giving to the TRANSFORM VISION 2020 Building Fund between now & December 2020. Please keep in mind the following as you consider what you might give:

  • The amount you put on the card is a Faith Commitment between you & God. It is NOT a contract with the church. Your Faith Commitment & offerings are always kept in complete confidence. If your financial situation changes, you may increase or decrease your giving level.
  • Sharing your Faith Commitment with us by turning in the card helps us plan for our future & be good managers of God’s money & your gifts. It will also help you follow through with your commitment & provide a benchmark for you to see how God provided what you are trusting Him to help you give.
  • If you are currently giving to the Building Fund, please include that amount as part of your Faith Commitment.
  • If you choose to give stocks, bonds, or assets, please note your desire on the Faith Commitment Card. We will contact you to talk about the best way to make those kinds of donations to the church.
  • Faith Commitment cards are available at the church in the seat backs. You can complete them at any time & return them in the offering plate or mail them to the church. You can also complete your Faith Commitment Card on the OC App or CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE FAITH COMMITMENT CARD ONLINE NOW.

Otterbein Church Community Center

We also believe God is guiding us to build a new 13,000+ sq. ft. facility on our Welty Road property that will include a gymnasium, small banquet room for 100+ people, catering kitchen, children’s play area, rooms for childcare during events, & more. The building will help replace rooms no longer available at the current Ministry Center building & provide new & expanded opportunities for our church to serve our community & make a difference in Jesus’ name. Construction will begin as soon as permits are approved & site work is completed.

Otterbein Church Worship Center

A major part of the TRANSFORM VISION 2020 is to transform our church facilities and address facility barriers that are hindering our growth and effectiveness. These barriers are:

  • children (birth–early elementary) in the same building with adults attending worship services
  • additional seating capacity in worship services
  • additional parking spaces
  • updated and modern facilities to reach the next generation

Here is the vision & plan God has given us:

  • Expand, renovate and convert the Otterbein Ministry Center into the Otterbein Church Worship Center.
  • Move all of our worship services into the OC Worship Center before the end of 2018.
  • Add 100+ new parking spaces on the south and west sides of the Ministry Center.
  • Construct a new modern room for worship services that will include 525 seats (135 more than our current sanctuary), updated lighting, video and sound, and comfortable seating.
  • Construct a new nursery, renovate some of the existing children’s classrooms, and construct a new large, modern room for grades K–3 to learn and worship.
  • Renovate a new OC45 room for grades 4–5 to meet on Sunday mornings.

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