Welcome to Osceola United Methodist Church
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

First Visit

Where are We Located 
OUMC is conveniently located between Elkhart and South Bend/Mishawaka. We are one block north of Moran Elementary School on North Beech Road. It's a large brick building with a large cross on the south side of the building and a oval stained glass on the north side of the building.
Find Parking and Entrance Doors
When you find us on the street, the entrance to parking is found down our long drive located on the north side of the building. Once there, you will find parking and two entrances. Facing the building, the right entrance will get you to our Fellowship Hall where you can find coffee and treats from 8:30am until 11:00am; the left entrance will get you directly to the Sanctuary after a short hallway of church offices.
Once Inside
Whether you enter into either door, you will find a church full of friendly folks. If you enter the fellowship hall between the hour of our Sunday school classes, feel free to enjoy the coffee and treats, but mostly there will be no one to greet you, sorry. Any other time, the fellowship hall will be filled with friendly folks. If you decide to skip coffee and go directly into the Sanctuary, you will find Ushers passing out our Sunday bulletin prior to entering worship. Take a bulletin and sit anywhere you'd like.
Read the Bulletin
As you will read in the bulletin (that you took from the usher), you will find our order of worship, a weekly calendar, several announcements on what's going on at OUMC, plus a Welcome card. The welcome card is a registration card for those who attend regularly and an information gathering card for first timers. We'd love you to fill out the card with your contact information on it. Pastor Leroy Wise will then give you a call just to say, "Thanks for visiting!" (Don't be afraid, he is a very sweet person!) So, back to the bulletin, it's usually filled to the brim with information because we are a very active church. We don't expect you to memorize all the fun going on here, so stuff this in your purse, coat pocket, or simply take it with you to learn more about our church. Just remember to not leave it on the floor in the car. But, if you do, you can always come back here to our website to find what you might be looking for.
Our Traditional worship service is full of great hymns sung by the Adult Choir. Our Solid Praise worship service is full of great praise and worship songs sung by our praise band. Also, we pride ourselves in a multi-media worship experience, so we might use drama or videos to help us communicate the Pastor's message. Also, during the beginning of each service, the Pastor will ask you to Greet someone around you... we are a relatively small church and we all know each other, so feel free to shake hands with those around you... and there's even hand sanitizer located in the pew pockets.
Pass the Plate
There's always an offering, too.  But since it's your first time at OUMC, you're exempt. But, this will be the place to drop your welcome card, so as the plate is pass down the pew, drop your welcome card into it.
Shake Hands with the Pastor
When the service is over, the pastor positions himself outside the Sanctuary doors to great everyone. Long time members use some sneaky tricks to get past the pastor, but these are far too complex to describe here. So, just get in the line, sometimes it moves fast, sometimes slow, but just relax, shake his hand and enjoy the rest of your day.