Monday, October 20, 2014

Ottawa pastors join forces for outreach

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 11/22/2013

At least a dozen congregations are expected to be involved Sunday at a Thanksgiving service organized by the Ottawa Ministerial Alliance, Dale Stratton said.

“We have had a Thanksgiving service for the past few years, but we are trying to focus stronger into the community and more of a united front from the churches and pastors into the community,” Stratton, ministerial alliance vice president, said.

At least a dozen congregations are expected to be involved Sunday at a Thanksgiving service organized by the Ottawa Ministerial Alliance, Dale Stratton said.

“We have had a Thanksgiving service for the past few years, but we are trying to focus stronger into the community and more of a united front from the churches and pastors into the community,” Stratton, ministerial alliance vice president, said.

The ministerial group is comprised of local pastors and is completely voluntary, Stratton said. This year’s community service is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 401 W. 13th St., Ottawa.

The service is expected to feature a theme of helping those in need, specifically Hope House, 302 S. Walnut St., Ottawa, Stratton said.

“The administration has begun to increase our support of Hope House,” he said. “We’ve always supported it, but we are trying to get behind it stronger. We would encourage anyone, if they choose, to bring canned foods in. There will be an offering taken up that will go to Hope House.”

The guest speaker for the service is Sharon Cook of Faith, Hope and Love Outreach Ministries, 113 W. Fourth St., Ottawa, and the host pastor is Tim Soule of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Apart from upping the involvement in the Thanksgiving service, the ministerial alliance has been organizing several other ongoing activities. The group had a meeting last year where members brainstormed about what they could do in the community, Stratton said. One goal from the meeting was having several churches provide meals throughout the month to those in need.

Trinity United Methodist Church, 628 N. Cedar St., Ottawa, plays host to a breakfast on the first Saturday of every month; Westminster Presbyterian Church has a supper on the second Friday of every month; First Christian Church, 1045 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, has a supper on the third Friday of every month; and North Baptist Church, 403 E. Wilson St., Ottawa, has a supper on the fourth Friday of every month, Stratton said.

Another focal point for the organization is its local jail services, which are provided year-round by Scott Dickinson, Cherry Street Wesleyean Church, Ottawa, and Leonard Cheasbro, New Life Church, Ottawa, Stratton said.

comments powered by Disqus