An important focus of First Presbyterian Church is providing funds for the church and those in need. A number of offerings are collected throughout the year to assist local residents, people across Iowa and the nation, and throughout the world.

If you would like to donate directly to First Presbyterian Church Ottumwa, you may do so using the collection plates in the back of the sanctuary on Sunday morning, or donate online.


“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16

Gifts of time, talent, and treasures are one of scripture’s key principles. It challenges us to recognize that everything was created by God and is ultimately owned by God. Humans exist as the managers of these resources.

Our finances are one of the areas where Christians practice giving. We use these gifts to fulfill God’s work to further His kingdom and take care of others.

Through the act of generous giving, God continues to bless His people.

Food Pantry

First Presbyterian Church operates a Food Pantry, providing food items for those in need on the third Thursday of each month. The Food Pantry is not part of the church’s general budget, but receives its funding from contributions by generous church members and others in the community. Offerings are taken during Sunday morning worship services and additional income is received from checks designated to the First Presbyterian Food Pantry.


For over 70 years, One Great Hour of Sharing has provided Presbyterians a way to share God’s love with our neighbors in need around the world. The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing – Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People – all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope. This offering is collected during Lent.


Since 1978, churches of the Presbytery of Des Moines have participated in a special hunger offering called the Harvest Offering. It originated as an offering unique to this Presbytery with all funds going to farmers in developing countries to learn more productive farming techniques with the promise that they would share that knowledge with other farmers. In 1987, the Presbytery voted to include an additional focus—the local farm crisis. Half of the offering was designated for local programs, and the offering was renamed the Rural Harvest Offering, which continues today. The offering is received in the fall.

Christmas Joy offering

The Christmas Joy Offering has been a Presbyterian tradition since the 1930’s. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor God’s gift of Jesus Christ by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges. The Christmas Joy Offering is received during the Advent season.