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Our Mission and Welcoming Statement

For over 100 years, Otterbein Church has gathered on the corner of Queen and Clay Streets, following the call to make a difference in our community and our world. We believe the great commandments, to love God with all our strength, soul, heart and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We believe that God’s grace is extended to all. We welcome persons of every age, race, color, ability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any others who are marginalized, to be part of our journey. Together, we continue to explore and live the meaning of Christian discipleship in today’s world.

Our Mission and Welcoming Statement

For over 100 years, Otterbein Church has gathered on the corner of Queen and Clay Streets, following the call to make a difference in our community and our world. We believe the great commandments, to love God with all our strength, soul, heart and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We believe that God’s grace is extended to all. We welcome persons of every age, race, color, ability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any others who are marginalized, to be part of our journey. Together, we continue to explore and live the meaning of Christian discipleship in today’s world.

Worship Times

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Worship Service and Children’s Church

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Time

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Adult Sunday School

Address

20 East Clay Street
Lancaster PA
17602

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 Sunday, January 21, 2024

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Hey! Hey!. . .  Do you have a Topic or a Faith Journey You would like to share?  Jonette and Jason would be happy to talk to you about turning it into a Podcast for our show.  You can click on the “contact us” tab above and let us know you’re interested.

In the Darkest of Tunnels

by Dr. Rev. Jonette Gay and Jason Burgess | Jason continues his conversation with Chris Eden. We can overcome our fear and find ourselves on a path to a more trusting and loving relationship with the Creator.

S2 E14 Perceiving the Kingdom of God

by Dr. Rev. Jonette Gay and Jason Burgess | Jason sits down again with Chris Eden for a candid conversation in search of a conscious awareness for the Kingdom of God. How we might see it through the distractions of our lives around us and how when perceived, it changes our lives.

S2 E13 Greg Myers

by Dr. Rev. Jonette Gay and Jason Burgess | In this Episode Jason sits down with Rev. Greg Myers, guest pastor for OUMC and talks about his sermons and personal ministry.

S2 E12 Chris Eden

by Dr. Rev. Jonette Gay and Jason Burgess | While Jonette is a way on sabbatical we have some guest pastors here at Otterbein. In this episode Jason sits down with Chris Eden for an opportunity to get to know a little about him and his ministry.

S2 E11 Jonette's Fireside chat

by Dr. Rev. Jonette Gay and Jason Burgess | Happy New Year! We start the new year in the midst of winter and we feel it's chills to the bone. Sitting near the hearth of a fireplace or simply the furness vent in the kitchen we can warm the flesh. There is a fire that warms the heart and spirit. In this episode we hear the crackle of the fire place and feel the warm words Jonette shares with us. So, Grab a cup of coffee and a woolen throw. We hope this will be the first of Jonette's fireside chats and more to come, as we push through this cold winter season.

S2 E10 A Merry Christmas Special

by Dr. Rev. Jonette Gay and Jason Burgess | Christmas time is here . . . and we would like to share with you some Christmas cheer. Jonette and Jason share some of their favorite Christmas memories and offer to you a Christmas story given from the mouths of babes. A special thanks to the Ephrata Community Church, who produced and allowed us to share this adorable telling of The Christmas Story by children in their congregation. Following the story is a play-list of some of our favorite Christmas music perfect for the ride to Grandmas house or simply to listen and meditate, by the light of your living room Christmas tree. We wish you Pease, Love, and Joy during this very special holiday, Merry Christmas!

S2 E9 Serving the people with Community Meals

by Dr. Rev. Jonette Gay and Jason Burgess | The winter is cold. Thankfully many of the meals served by Lancaster Community Meals are hot and available everyday for at least breakfast and dinner. Providing, a sustainable nutrition for some of the most food-insecure individuals in our Lancaster community. Many of them are without a home or the means to provide for themselves, those who are able find that a good meal is there as they build their own self-sustainability. In this Episode Jason talks with Theresa Rettig2 from First Reformed Church in downtown Lancaster about their part in providing these meals for the people and we visit the people serving and receiving these meals during a Saturday Breakfast at First Reformed Church. Listen as we hear the stories and learn how you might be able to help be part of this gracious offering to those most in need.

S2 E8 Finding God Right Where God Wants You To Be

by Dr. Rev. Jonette Gay and Jason Burgess | Jonette Invites Rev. Bob Garvie UM to share a little about his journey through his calling to serve at West Willow United Methodist Church where they know him warmly as pastor Bob. Via his colorful share, we learn we can find God working in some unlikely places and discover how we don't have to change who we are, when we submit to loving God and to sharing the Joy of this amazing life given.

S2 E7 Gratitude

by Dr. Rev. Jonette Gay and Jason Burgess | Happy Thanksgiving ! In this Episode Jonette and Jason talk a little about some of the things they are grateful for as we enter the holiday season.

S2 E6 Prophets of Love: a conversation with Matthew R. Anderson

by Dr. Rev. Jonette Gay and Jason Burgess | The congregation at Otterbein UMC knows Leonard Cohen well from many a sermon by Dr. Rev. Jonette. In this episode discover why his message of redemptive suffering has captivated Jonette's ministry and how Mr. Cohens messages of Love are not so distant from the Apostle Paul. Jonette sits and talks with Matthew Anderson, biblical scholar and author of the book Prophets of Love: The Unlikely Kinship of Leonard Cohen and the Apostle Paul listen as they discuses these two prophets, millennia apart in the flesh yet, contemporaries in the human condition. Music by Leonard Cohen performing Come Healing. (C) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment. Music. SONG. Come Healing.

S2 E5 “Transcend and Include” What We Keep and What We Leave Behind.

by Dr. Rev. Jonette Gay and Jason Burgess | Originally airing live and on camera as part of the UMC's national Podcast-athon. In this episode Jason and Jonette put on their best dress and speak with two members of our community about what they have shed from their young lives in their faith and what parts of their early faith have transcended them to their living faith today. Mark Stoner and our own Pat Lee share their storys of transformation and jurneys to understand God, their Faith, and Themselves.

S2 E4 The Friends of Renacer

by Dr. Rev. Jonette Gay and Jason Burgess | Jason shares with Jonette about a mission to a children's home Hogar de Ninos Renacer meaning children's home of the reborn, located in a small village out side the capitol city of Hounduras. On his trip Jason captured a series of interviews with, not only the people responsible for this important mission but, with one of the participants and former resident of the children's home, Ernesto Cortez. In this episode we discover how the help, of scholarships and the loving support for these children over the past 22 years, has made and impact, on not only their own lives but, to betterment of the lives of their fellow Hondurans. You can learn more about the Friends of Renacer and their important mission at www.friendsofrenacer.com

S2 E3 Now, Who's Doing The Dishes

by Dr. Rev. Jonette Gay and Jason Burgess | After the honeymoon is over and the gifts are arranged in the kitchen, life suddenly gets real. In this episode Jonette and Jason ask a newly-wed couple, Paul and Janae, what will the future hold for them, can they live up to and exceed traditional expectations, and how dose God fit into this new union of souls?

S2 E2 Discovering the World Through a Foreign Exchange

by Dr. Rev. Jonette Gay and Jason Burgess | Jonette sits down with two students, Zeke Stephens and Claire Eckroat, who share their experience studying abroad in Germany. We hope you will enjoy these testimonies of cultural discovery.

S2 E1 Testimonies of the Freshman

by Dr. Rev. Jonette Gay and Jason Burgess | Our students are back to school and in this Episode Jonette sits down with Abby Gingrich and Maggie Eckroat, who share with us their experience from covid seniors in high school to completing their first year in college.

SEASON 1 Hey,Hey, Anybody Listening!

episode 1 "Spiritual Healing through the Breath and Body" a conversation with Rev. Melisa Madara

episode 2 "Soil, Rich in Faith" a conversation with Sarah Mitchell

episode 3 "Finding Direction with the Help of a Spiritual Director" a conversation with Brenda Sauder,Spiritual Director

Episode 5 "Discipline, Disaffiliation, and Doing Better", a conversation with Darryl W Stephens

Episode 6: Learning about Leadership: A conversation with Dawn Taylor-Storm

Episode 7: Listening; Thoughts and Ideas on the Essence of Hearing One Another

Episode 9: Environmental and Community Activism with Ashton Clatterbuck

Episode 14:"When We Keep Our Faith and Share Our Faith . . . Transformation" Marjory Roth.

Episode:15 Summer Recreation is an opportunity for "Re-Creation"

Episode:16 Community Treasures, Brought Down from the Attic