Otterbein Church Celebrates 100 Years

On Sunday, June 22 the Otterbein Lebanon United Methodist Church continued its 100 year anniversary celebration during the worship service in the campus chapel with special music and reflections. The Church’s senior pastor, Rev. George Phillips, received a recognition plaque for the church’s 100 years of ministry from the United Methodist Historical Society of Ohio, presented by Otterbein Lebanon resident Rev. Ed Pellett.

Otterbein Church 100 AnniversaryFollowing the worship service, a picnic was held at the Otterbein Pavilion, with 170 residents and guests in attendance.

The Church’s 100 year anniversary committee, led by Otterbein resident Jerry Ferguson, organized the event and the Church’s Congregational Care Committee, led by Otterbein resident Pat Stewart, provided the meal. Cupcakes (150 to be exact) and a beautifully decorated cake commemorating the 100 years were donated by Otterbein Lebanon Partner Patti King. They and a host of volunteers made the event memorable.

Guests were entertained by the Gaines United Methodist Church’s “Men of Gaines” singing group led by Otterbein Lebanon Human Resources director, Haze Flowers.

Otterbein Lebanon resident Jim Sheldon gave a historical overview of the church through the past 100 years, and the congregation was visited by some of the church’s retired pastor’s including Rev. Bill McOmber, Rev. Jim Ludwick and Rev. Jean Carroll.