"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40
The heart of the Othello Presbyterian Church is to follow Christ's commandments. Whether individually or as a church, we serve our neighbors.
The first Sunday of every month is designated "Food Bank Sunday." Members donate canned goods and make financial contributions. Some of our members donate time. Othello's food bank is feeding about 120 families each month.
We purchase 10-15 Associated Student Body cards each year for underprivileged middle school students so they can participate in school sports.
Vacation Bible School
We join with two other churches to offer an ecumenical vacation Bible school for children K-6. Each church takes turns hosting and all contribute teachers, games and snacks.
We have members who help tend the Community Garden where produce is shared with the Food Bank.
We give money for kids to attend Tall Timber church camp in the summer.
Bite to Go
Bite to Go is a food program designed to help reach children and families. Each Friday children in need receive a food package for their family. We sponsor ten children in this program.
Senior Coupon Program
In an effort to supplement fresh fruits and vegetables for our seniors we participate in the program which supplies coupons to local participating grocery stores for free fresh produce.
Hat and Mitten Drive
Each year we gather new and gently used hats/mittens/scarves for those children in need. The items collected are given to the elementary schools for distribution.
Assisted Living and Nursing Home
We offer worship and Communion for the residents of Coventry House Assisted Living and Avalon Care Center each month.
Our church is the home for the Othello Co-Op Preschool. This is a non-denominational parent-run preschool that allows parents and teacher to work together to create a learning experience to begin their child's education. Classes of up to ten students meet five days a week in one of our Christian Education classrooms. It is a delight to have them in our facility.
We seek to reach beyond our community by contributing to Worldwide Ministries of PCUSA through One Great Hour of Sharing and Presbyterian Disaster Assists.
Operation Christmas Child
Over 100 shoeboxes are filled each year with school supplies, hygiene products, and toys for distribution by Samaritan's Purse. The congregation generously gives not only the contents, but the shipping costs as well.
Books for Thailand
Booklets are made from recycled Christmas cards wth Christian messages. These are sent with Christmas stockings filled with candy and early reading books for children at the Mr. Howard English School. The school, located in Amphoe Muang Thailand, is for preschool through 6th grade. They have 80 to 100 students enrolled and are growing each year!
We assist in the support of missionaries
Tyler Holm serves in Mzuzu, Malawi, at the invitation of the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP), Synod of Livingstonia. He serves on faculty at the University of Livingstonia and prepares future CCAP ministers. His wife Rochelle serves as the manager of the Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation and Smart Centre at Mzuzu University. The Centre, which partners with the Synod of Livingstonia's Development Department, participates in research, training and outreach programs. The Centre also has an innovative and exciting focus on low-cost water and sanitation solutions for households.
Tyler Holm and Dr. Rochelle Holm
Elmarie Parker is the Presbyterian Mission regional liaison for Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. The heartbeat of her work is to help deepen and strengthen the relational ties between Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) church partners in her region and Presbyterian constituents in the United States. Scott Parker is a communications specialist with the Middle East Council of Church and calls himself a Writer in Residence. Scott ministers through walking along side the people in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. He shares his life with individuals and helps us know these people through Facebook and writings.