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Support Faith Alliance With Your Purchases

Support Faith Alliance With Your Purchases

Donate to Faith Alliance Using Kroger and Amazon Reward Programs

We all make purchases, but did you know you can support Faith Alliance with your purchases?

Support Faith Alliance via Kroger Plus Card

If you have a Kroger Plus Card, you can link it to Faith Alliance Church. Kroger will give a designated amount of what you spend at Kroger back to the church (Note: Customers must re-register their Plus cards for Community Rewards at the start of each year. Kroger can consolidate your Plus Card accounts into one if you have multiples).

To sign-up:

  1. Go to www.kroger.com and click on Sign In/Register. (If you do not have an online Kroger account, click ’New Customer’ to sign up for one. Create a username and password and choose your home Kroger store)
  2. Once into your account, click on Kroger Community Rewards at the bottom of the page under the “Community” heading
  3. Click on “Enroll” under Community Rewards and enter the church’s NPO number 70634, or search “Faith Alliance” and select it.

Support Faith Alliance via Amazon Smiles

Did you know that Amazon offers a rewards program?! If you use Amazon, you can link it to Faith Alliance, and 0.5% of your purchases will be donated to the church. You must shop through smile.amazon.com in order to receive the benefits for the church, not just amazon.com.

To sign-up:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com and log-in to your Amazon account.
  2. Click on “Accounts & Lists”
  3. Click “Your AmazonSmile”
  4. Click on “Change Charity”
  5. Search “Faith Alliance Church of New Bremen” and select it.

Please call the church office if you have any questions during sign-up.

Become a Church Member

Become a Church Member

Faith Alliance Church Membership Class

Faith Alliance will offer a four-session membership beginning Sunday, February 18 at 9:00 a.m. If you would like to become a member at Faith Alliance, please let one of the pastors know, or call the church office. Thank you.

Women’s Retreat Weekend

Women’s Retreat Weekend

Women’s Retreat Weekend

The annual women’s retreat weekend will be March 16 through March 18 (options are available for commuting or staying over night) at the new facility in Montezuma, Ohio.

Join this special “Portraits of Hope” gathering of fellowship, laughter and spiritual growth.

Enjoy Bible study, good food, live speakers and personal testimonials. There will also be door prizes, games and a movie night

Bible Studies

Bible Studies

Please pray for the following Bible study/groups; show your support and prayerfully consider participating.


Join Jason Philipps to dig into Kyle Idleman’s classic Not a Fan series on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m., which began on January 14.  Open to men and women, ages high school and up. Fan = an enthusiastic admirer. In the Gospels, Jesus never seemed too interested in fans. Is that how you define your relationship with Him? An “enthusiastic admirer”? Close enough to Jesus to get the benefits but not so close to require sacrifice? He was looking for followers.Not a Fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple. With frankness sprinkled with humor, Idleman invites you to live the way Jesus lived, love the way He loved, pray the way He prayed, and never give up living for the One who gave His all for you. Contact Pastor Josh Kalichman (josh@faith-alliance.org), Jason Philipps, or sign up at the Welcome table in the foyer.

A women’s winter Bible study will meet on Monday Nights on January 15 & 22, and on February 12 & 19, at 7:15 p.m. We will be doing Kyle Idleman’s The End of Me, a RightNow Media video study. You will need the journal, which includes daily studies (cost of $9). A text is also available for $15.25. Bestselling author Kyle Idleman reveals that the key to the abundant life Jesus promised lies in embracing His inside-out way of life. Please let Shelly or the office know if you want to join in this study. shelly@nktelco.net or 419-629-3688.

Meet every other Thursday beginning January 11, 6:30-8:00 p.m. for The Gospel-Centered Life, a 9-lesson study intended to help you understand how the Gospel shapes every aspect of life. Open to anyone. Developed by experienced church-planting pastors, the material is designed to promote transformational conversations among mixed groups of experienced Christians, new Christians, and non-Christians. Authors Rob Thune and Will Walker hope you will experience continual renewal as you deepen your grasp of the Gospel. Contact Pastor Josh Kalichman (josh@faith-alliance.org), Cierra Otting, or sign up at the Welcome table in the foyer.

Great Commission Women meetings meet on the second Tuesday night of every month (March to December) at 6:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Their purpose is to pray for the needs, health, support, and guidance for our missionaries. Please bring along your missionary prayer letters, or we will provide you with one. Contact Dru Meyer at 419-629-3495 or midrum@nktelco.net.

The Moms for R.E.A.L. group meets on the second and fourth Friday every month at 9 to 11 a.m. Contact Maggie Hibner at magghibner@gmail.com.

Prayer group meetings at the church at 6 p.m. to pray for the Revive team of Auglaize County (visit Facebook and www.reviveoh.com for updates and/or more information).

Opportunities to Get Involved

Opportunities to Get Involved

We appreciate all the continued prayers and support for our friends in Ukraine, Gabon, Africa; Navajo Hardrock Reservation in Arizona and other sites/organizations as we look forward to the following upcoming missions trips:

  • Ukraine in April 2018 (Athletes in Action/CRU) – contact Pastor James for more information
  • Gabon in April/May 2018 (Hands of Grace) – contact Vickie Quellhorst
  • Tea House in June 2018 (Vacation Bible School/Field Forum) – contact Jodi Shimp
  • Gabon in June 2018 (Hope House Vacation Bible School) – contact Pastor James

Volunteer for the kids church schedule (one month out of the year) and/or volunteer for the nursery, preschool and children on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. Contact Gina or Kristin (kristin@faith-alliance.org, or text/call at 419-905-5253). Thank you for considering!

Wednesday Night Live activities (beginning at 5:30 p.m.) have resumed, and we are in need of volunteers for youth evening activities and children’s evening activities. If you are interested in being in a rotation or can commit to multiple Wednesday evenings, please contact Kristin Lampert.

The Moms 4 Real group needs three to four people to help with child care on the second Thursday of every month from 9:15-11:15AM. If you are interested, please contact Tina Barhorst at tmroessner@gmail.com or Maggie Hibner at magghibner@gmail.com. This group needs some people to sit and play with their kids while the mothers get to meet together to encourage and enjoy one another’s company. If you are not already you will need to be Safe Place certified. If you are not aware of the Safe Place Policy then they will fill you in. Thank you!

Volunteers can serve at the Lima Rescue Mission in Lima, Ohio on Sundays (leaving at 3:45 p.m. for set-up then returning around 7 p.m.). Sign-up sheets in the main foyer of the church or you can contact Kay Roeth (419-629-3399) or Gina Tangeman (419-629-0194) to pick up a key and use the church van. Maximum of five people per trip due to limited space in kitchen.

Also, the Lima Rescue Mission needs small bottles of shampoo and conditioner (travel size), which can be brought into the church office.

Volunteers can also check for local assistance opportunities on www.mealtrain.com. Contact Julie Ferguson for more detail and see link below:


A new group in St. Mary’s will experiment with being a local “missional group” that is centered on outreach to our neighbors. These meetings will be at Cierra Otting’s house every other Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This group is open to anyone. Contact Cierra Otting or Josh Kalichman at josh@faith-alliance.org, or call the church office. The upcoming schedule includes God’s Covenant with Abram (Genesis 12, 15, 17) on November 30 and Jesus is Born (Luke 1 & 2) and Christmas party on December 14. The 9-lesson study “The Gospel-Centered Life” will begin on January 11. This study will be intended to help you understand how the Gospel shapes every aspect of life.

Donate your gently worn, used or new shoes to help the local YMCA raise funds for an organization collecting shoes so you can support micro-enterprise vendors. Micro-enterprises  small businesses in developing nations. They typically involve a one-person operation while some micro-enterprises represent a family business depending on size. So drop your donated shoes in the bin located in the foyer. Thank you!

Like basketball? Meet up at the youth center beginning on Thursday, January 25th, a group of men will be meeting from 7:30-9:00 p.m. to play basketball. Must be in high school or older to participate. If you have any questions, please see Pastor James.

CramTheVanCram the Van!

Remember Cram the Van occurs on the second Sunday of every month, so look for donation bags the Sunday before then plan to bring your donations to the church then.

Our current donations – gently used coats for the winter

Thanks so much for your support!

Drama Club

Join the drama team and perform at Sunday services once or twice a month. Just contact the church office or Shelly Finke.

Cooking Ministry Volunteers Needed for Wednesday nights, Sunday monthly Love Feasts and special events (contact Shelly Finke)

Desserts – desserts are needed for our Wednesday Night gatherings. Would you be able to bake desserts once or twice a month?

Laundry – towels, wash cloths and tablecloths need washed regularly.

Food Prep – help is needed Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. to get the meal ready about twice a month on a rotating basis.

Love Feast – These are potluck meals on communion Sundays with needs for set-up table service and drinks and with clean-up.

Coffee Bar – substitutes to keep the coffee filled on Sunday mornings. In addition, help to clean out the coffee airports after the second service. Positions include early set-up, between services, and clean-up (on an as-needed basis).

Please sign up in the foyer, call the office, or contact Shelly Finke. Thank you.

Meal Train Opportunities

Meal Train Opportunities

Gift giving ministry: Meal Train – A way to bless our faith family.

Current listing:

Amber Sommer Family – https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/5no3rk

What is Meal Train?
A meal train is the process of organizing meal giving on-line by matching the special meal needs and requests of the recipient with the availability and abilities of meal givers.

Meal trains are commonly organized after significant life events, including birth, adoption, surgery, illness, death, divorce, new job, or moving to a new community. During significant life events, schedules and routines are often disrupted and the cooking of a healthy meal may become very difficult. The organization of a meal train helps ensure that during these challenging times, a nourishing meal is provided.

Ways to participate in a meal train?
1. Call Julie Ferguson, our Meal Train coordinator (419-977-2129) or Kristin Sprague, our Care Coordinator (419-629-3688) and ask to be added to our phone, email or Facebook alerts when a meal gift is needed.
2. Connect to our website: faith-alliance.org. Active Meal Trains are listed on our home page.

If you would like to receive a meal train…
Please Call Julie Ferguson or Kristin Sprague and we will connect you to the train!

Thank you for your consideration and support of this important ministry!

Tuesday Mens Weekly Breakfasts

Tuesday Mens Weekly Breakfasts


Join the weekly Men’s Breakfast Fellowship every Tuesday from 6 – 8 a.m. in the church fellowship hall for eggs/toast, bagels, cereal, muffins, and coffee. At each breakfast we will commit the tasks of the day to the Lord, offer encouragement to one another, and learn to use the workplace as a mission field. Come and leave as needed. Everyone is welcome. Text/call (419-733-9441), email (trent@faith-alliance.org) or talk with Pastor Trent.

Cierra’s Sunrise (Fundraising Art Project)

Cierra’s Sunrise (Fundraising Art Project)

Need a special gift? God’s inspiring world prompted Holly Bertke to a create a special artwork she titled “Cierra’s Sunrise”, which provides a base for artworks for purchase where all funds support Cierra Otting’s upcoming missions trip to Gabon, Africa to continue her work there.

Cierra has participated in Gabon Africa mission trips and is currently raising funds to return there soon. Enter Holly Bertke, a photographer who captured “Cierra’s Sunrise” early this fall at her home. “The serenity of the fog mixing with the bright sunrays created a beautiful palette,” Holly said.

Holly used enhanced original photography along with the Isaiah 32:18 Bible verse to create this special artwork, which can now be ordered at the church (see forms in the lobby). All proceeds from orders will be given to the fund for Cierra Otting’s missions trip to Gabon, Africa. Prints are ordered on Thursday of each week until this special fundraising sale ends on December 17.

“I thought of Cierra leaving home to go to Gabon and the insecurities that could come with that,” Holly said. “God reminded me of the peace I felt that morning when I took this photo and prompted me to share it with others in support of Cierra’s journey.”

Canvas wrap prints (ready to hang) are available in a 18 x 24 size at $125 with a 12 x 16 size at $80.

Giclee paper prints (ready to frame) are available in 18 x 24 sizes at $105 with a 12 x 16 size at $55.

Completed orders and cash/checks can be turned in at the church office. Please make checks payable to Holly Bertke.

Cierra continues this special story below…

“While I am there I will do doing some work in collaboration with E4 at the Hope House. I will also be doing some volunteer work at a non-profit called Nothing is Lost. My education is in counseling and sociology and they are a counseling organization so that is a very exciting opportunity. We are also looking into me teaching English classes through Nothing is Lost as well. I will be staying with MG, which is super exciting in its own right! I am excited about being able to be a part of daily life there, not just as a short term visitor.

In regards to “Cierra’s Sunrise”: this whole process has been one of the most humbling experiences I have ever been through. When I stood on stage at church and told them I was ready to go back and I needed their help to get there, they really rose to the occasion, in more ways than just this picture. When Holly told me about the picture all I really remember is thanking her and giving her a hug. I have been so over whelmed and in awe this whole process I feel like I am having a delayed reaction time. God just keeps giving me the gift of being able to see clearly His people moving to make things happen for His Kingdom, and it’s awesome!

Also: I have a blog I have been sharing more of this journey on. The website for this is: cmotting.wordpress.com” – Cierra Otting

New Prayer Gatherings Starting

New Prayer Gatherings Starting

In the spring and summer while the Journey series is idle on Wednesday nights, join us for prayer on Wednesday nights starting at 7 p.m.

The first three Wednesdays of the month will be a time of prayer for the needs of our church and for one another in room 1 of the Education Unit.

The fourth Wednesday of the month will be a time of worship and prayer in the sanctuary beginning on May 27.