The Church is not a building, a set of programs, or an institution. The Church is people, people with a vast array of hopes, hurts, talents, and interests. The church is me with you and you with me and all of us with Jesus. None of us can go it alone, even if everything in our culture programs us to want to be complete individualists, islands unto ourselves.
Rather than solitary islands, the Bible's primary metaphor for the people of God is that of a body where each part needs the other. (Even Jesus didn't do life alone!) At OCV our prayer is that we can walk further and further into this high calling. The reality is that God has already given His people all the tools they need to work as agents of His Kingdom in the relationships and places they encounter everyday. The only problem is that none of us--no individual or church--has everything we need to change our towns. This type of change takes Holy Spirit-inspired synergy. It takes all of us bringing the time, talents, and treasures that God has blessed us with and using them together. It takes intentionality. It takes plugging in.
If you think OCV might be the local community of believers where you would like to plug in, there are plenty of ways to get started.
Even though the disciples were quick to look past children Jesus never did. Kids mattered to Jesus, and they matter to us. We seek to provide a number of ways in which kids can encounter God within a safe and fun environment. We provide a fully staffed nursery for kids ages 0-4 and a Children's lesson during the sermon for kids ages 5-10. From Sunday School for pre-K and lower elementary-aged kids to special events like our Princess Party, OCV is a good place to be a kid.
Sunday AM Christian Formation Classes
Moments with Mark--Meets Sundays at 9am at OCV.
Pastor Mark answers your tough questions about faith.
Fall 2018: Intro to the Bible (Cotherman/Micklos)
Spring 2019: Moments w/Mark (Mark & Diana Micklos)
Stay tuned for the next Sunday AM class.
We come together every week to worship through song, listen to Scripture, encounter God through communion, pray for each other, and encourage each other as we to be faithful over the long haul to Christ and to the people, places, and vocations He has called us to.
2nd St. House
Leaders: Rita Joyce and Jenni Thomas
Time: Fall Break
Topic: Prayer and Bible Study
University Bible Study
Leaders: Ashley Finch & Alex Klingler
Looking to connect with other Christian students and young people at Clarion University? Want to supplement your academic learning with spiritual formation. This is the group for you!
Hope and Healing--
Support Outreach Project
As many of us have experienced first hand, being the parent of a child with special needs is no walk in the park. From the confusion that comes with working to get the best services for a child's needs to the fatigue that accompanies regular trips to doctors in the city, parenting children with special needs can often be a lonely journey. We don't believe that God created us to walk this path alone. Hope and Healing is a group that grew out of the experience of a few folks at OCV but reaches well beyond our local church community to help parents across Oil City and the larger region.
Community Moms Bible Study
Being a mom is a high calling; it can also be an especially difficult and tiring one! That's why a group of mothers from a number of churches in our community have banded together to form a community-wide Bible study and support group designed specifically for moms.
The group meets from 9-11am on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at Good Hope Lutheran Church in Oil City. Childcare is provided.
OCV contacts: Aimee Cotherman, Elizabeth Braughler