About the Churches

The original Odessa Methodist Church was founded in 1880 and has been at the current location of 1st and Dryden since our first building was erected in 1882. Surviving several name changes, fires, World Wars, a tornado and a couple pandemics, we still stand tall to represent our faith. At Odessa First United Church, we believe that in a world that often seems cold and divided, God is the common denominator that holds us together. We can have different opinions about things but still serve God together. We believe we are better together. We also believe that EVERY person has value and purpose. For the things we don’t see eye to eye on, we allow love to fill the space so that we can simply be the church. We share that love by participating in many outreach community programs such as Baby Grace, Back Snack Program, Narcotics Anonymous, Medina Clinic, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, GED classes, WIC Program, Community Service Center, Clothes Closet and a host of national and international opportunities to serve. Everyone is welcome to be a part of our worship, outreach and fellowship opportunities! Please check us out at www.Odessa1umc.org or at Odessa First United Methodist Church on Facebook.

The beginning of our church started Jan. 27, 1853. We were a Cumberland Presbyterian Church before we became First Presbyterian Church in Odessa, MO. We hosted a Spring Presbytery meeting April 1, 1883. The pulpit chairs were a gift from Mrs. Lou Cobb for the new church and we still use them today. The first pastor was Rev. S. Finis King. We had about 25 to 30 members. In May 1906, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church combined with the Presbyterian Church USA. Our church was on the corner of Second and Dryden streets. The original land was donated by John C. Cobb. The church survived fires and wind storms over the years.

The land of the current location of our church is at 4266 HWY 131 was donated by the B.B. and Laura Barr family. We have a beautiful building and a wonderful gym where different events are held to support our community. We are a welcoming church who has an open mind and an adventurous spirit. We know no divisions of culture or class. We inspire courage for this life and hope for the life to come. We are a church to serve the living God. Please check us out at New Horizon Presbyterian Church on Facebook.

First Christian Church is located at 224 W. Dryden and holds in-person worship each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Recordings of the services can be found on the FCCODMO Communication Group Facebook page managed by Board Chair, Tim Baggs. Odessa FCC was founded in 1879 when the Greenton and Mt. Hope congregations blended into the Odessa congregation after the towns moved nearer the railroad. The current church was dedicated on Nov. 21, 1926, and an addition, which includes an elevator, was dedicated in 1995. Odessa FCC has an active Christian Women's Fellowship group that meets monthly. The most popular outreach activity is the annual Car Show held during Puddle Jumper Days which funds numerous community projects as well as those specific to the church. Odessa FCC is an inclusive church that welcomes ALL to worship with us. Our identity statement reads, "We are imperfect people trying our best to serve others, love Jesus and are hopeful about God's possibilities for all."

The Odessa Church of Christ that exists today was founded in 1893 when the property at the intersection of 4th and Ottway streets was purchased. The original building was severely damaged by a coal stove fire in 1963, forcing worship to take place at Jones Funeral Home for a short time. An addition to the original building was built in 1969, adding classrooms and a kitchen. In 1999, construction was completed on the current main building where we worship. In 2017, the original building was demolished, making way for the construction of a multi-purpose building, which was completed in 2020. This facility includes a fellowship hall, kitchen and four classrooms. This facility was built on the site of the original property.

Our church is multi-generational and focused on edifying God and, as our Mission statement says, “The Odessa Church of Christ exists to shine the light and love of Christ to each other, our community, and the world.” Some of the more obvious ways we seek to fulfill this mission include our annual Christmas Store in December, where we serve dozens of families in our community with an opportunity for children to buy Christmas gifts for their family. Every Halloween we put on a community Trunk or Treat and Hot Dog Dinner. We partner with other churches in town for the I Love Odessa service weekend. We are a member of the Odessa Faith Alliance, which hosts special community worship services and consistently helps members of the community escape from financial emergencies. Beyond these highlights, we also provide various youth programs, fellowship and fun opportunities and smaller service projects for our church family and the community.

All are welcome to check us out and join us as we seek to follow Christ and share his light and love with everyone!

Please check us out at https://sites.google.com/view/odessa-church-of-christ/ or at Odessa Church of Christ on Facebook.

Founded in 1978, what is now Calvary Baptist Odessa, met in different buildings in Odessa until formally moving to its current hilltop location just north of I-70 which looks over Odessa and the surrounding countryside. Calvary is proudly Southern Baptist but welcomes all who desire to know Jesus Christ and His salvation. Sunday services are as follows: Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., worship service at 10:30 a.m., AWANA at 5:00 p.m. and Bible study at 6 p.m. Come out to hear and experience God's word in a life affirming and Christ-centered atmosphere. Please check us out at https://www.cbcodmo.org/ or at Calvary Baptist Church on Facebook.

The Odessa Community of Christ is located at 515 S. 1st St. in Odessa. The church was originally built and dedicated in the spring of 1949. A wing of Sunday School classrooms was added several years later. Our worship services begin at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.

Community of Christ was born out of a period of reflection, revival and restoration in America in the early 1800's. Founded in 1830 and reorganized in 1860, today, the Community of Christ promotes communities of joy, hope, love and peace in more than 60 nations across the globe. God intends Christian faith to be lived in companionship with Jesus Christ and with other disciples in service to the world. The church of Jesus Christ is made of all those who respond to Jesus’ call. Community of Christ is part of the whole body of Christ. We are called to be a prophetic people, proclaiming the peace of Jesus Christ and creating communities where all will be welcomed and brought into renewed relationship with God. We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, the Word made flesh, the Savior of the world, fully human and fully divine. Through Jesus’ life and ministry, death and resurrection, God reconciles the world and breaks down the walls that divide. Christ is our peace, and Christ's mission is our mission. We invite you to worship with us!

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