First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church holds one Sunday morning worship service that begins at 9:30 a.m. each week. Following the service, please join us for a time of fellowship and refreshments in our downstairs Fellowship Hall.
Those who are uncomfortable with attending the in-person worship service because of COVID-19 can watch the live stream of the 9:30 service on our Facebook page, “First Presbyterian Church of Ottumwa, IA”. It can also be viewed there at any other time that is convenient for you.
We welcome you to come and worship with us. It is our hope that our service, and the congregation will prove to be a blessing to you. First Presbyterian Church promotes the love of the Father through the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the gospel of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
FPC is committed to worshiping God, spiritual growth, caring for each other, and spreading the word of God’s love for all of us throughout the world. We are affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
If you are looking for a new church home, we would like to welcome you in making First Presbyterian your new home.
You will find our people to be kind, loving, and sincere in their faith and beliefs. You will find the music to be beautiful and sacred. You will hear Bible-based messages, and will always take something away from the service that will bring you direction and encouragement for your personal life.
First Presbyterian’s goal is to be a family of believers who care for and minister to each other, and lead people to be believers in Jesus Christ.
With that in mind, the Evangelism Commission, in 2001, established the following vision statement for the church:
“By blending traditions of the past with the opportunities of the future, we strive to grow our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior—with our congregation, our neighborhood, and our community.”
OUR CHURCH IS ACCESSIBLE
First Presbyterian Church has an elevator, located at the northeast corner of the church directly off the parking lot. The elevator allows for access to our main level sanctuary, offices, and classrooms as well as the lower level to the Fellowship Hall, Chapel, kitchen, and meeting rooms.
Our church is located at 228 W. Fourth Street (corner of Fourth and Marion Streets) in Ottumwa. If you are unsure of where the church is, refer to the Google map at the bottom of this page.
You will find that our peaceful sanctuary is filled with God’s love, revealed through the preaching of the word, the music, and the sacraments we observe. Children are always welcome to attend our services. However, for those desiring it, child care is also available.
BOOK CLUB AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The First Presbyterian Book Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the church. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Each year, club members select a theme and build their reading list around the theme. This year’s theme is “Survival”. The club reads a combination of fiction, non-fiction, classics, spiritual, and historical fiction books. In past years, themes have included the Civil War, Family, Crime and Punishment, and Immigration.
The books are provided for each member through the Interlibrary Loan of the Indian Hills Community College library. For a copy of any month’s selection or for more information, call the church at (641) 684-5465.
Here’s the 2021 Reading List and meeting dates:
January 6 – “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen, a 1986 Newbery Honor fiction book about a young adult’s survival in a wilderness.
February 3 – “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage” by Alfred Lansing, a true account of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition when it attempted to cross the Antarctic continent in 1914.
March 3 – “The Inextinguishable Symphony” by Martin Goldsmith, a true story of an all-Jewish performing arts ensemble maintained by the Nazis between 1933 and 1941.
April 7 – “The Martian” by Andy Weir, a fictional story about an astronaut who gets left behind on Mars after an exploratory mission.
May 5 – “My Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George, a fictional story about a teenage boy who runs away from home and ends up living in the Catskill Mountains.
June 2 – “Dare to Fly; Simple Lessons in Never Giving Up” by Martha McSally, an autobiography of the first woman to fly a jet in combat. She later became a United States Senator.
July (no book)
August 4 – “Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe, a classical novel of a young man who defied his parents and went to sea.
September 1 – “Faith of My Fathers” by former United States Senator John McCain.
October 6 – TBA
November 3 – “Seven Alone” by Honore Morrow, the 1840’s story of the Sager children who completed their journey to Oregon without their parents.
December 1 – “Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris, a humorous look at playing an elf at Christmas.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY — A New Group at FPC
The Prayer Shawl Ministry Group is meeting monthly at First Presbyterian Church. Those in attendance make shawls or lap robes for those in need of healing or comfort. They knit, crochet, or tie fleece to make their shawls and robes which are then blessed and given to individuals in the community who are in need of comfort. Don’t know how to knit or crochet? No problem. Members of the group are happy to teach you. Some people make their items at home and then drop them off at the church. The group gathers at the church on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. If interested in joining the group or if you know of someone in need of a shawl or robe, contact Linda Vogt at (641) 777-6021 or Sarah Sels at (641) 226-2907.
When you visit, you’ll find the people at First Presbyterian to be very welcoming and warm.
You will be
when you come in and
when you go out.
The congregation gathers often to share meals and conversation. First Presbyterian is a place to build friendships.
Refer to this Google map to find First Presbyterian Church. We are located at 228 W. Fourth Street in Ottumwa.