Please plan to join us for Christmas caroling on Monday, December 4! We will meet at the church at 6:00 p.m. to set up carpools. Please sign up in the Foyer area if you can join us. Thanks!
The Live Nativity will be held on December 11, 12 and 13 (Monday through Wednesday) from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Please sign-up to volunteer to play characters, set-up/tear down, bake cookies, help with costumes, serve as greeters and help with traffic flow. Visit the sign up table in the church foyer.
Fittings for the Live Nativity costumes will take place the next two Sundays, on November 26 & December 3. The time will be between early and late service; as well as after late service, in the coat room next to the sanctuary. Please bring your coat along so that it can be fitted underneath your costume as
This scene of the nativity will be in front of the church as people and live animals fill the manager as the story of Jesus’ birth is told. You are welcomed to join us in our foyer for warm cookies, hot chocolate, coffee, and crafts for all children. We hope to see you all there!
Please pray for the following Bible study/groups; show your support and prayerfully consider participating.
The HOPE group will be holding their next meeting on Monday, November 6th at 7:15 PM. Please come join us for this mission-based meeting! Contact Shelly Finke for more information at email@example.com
There are currently two studies at the north end of the Education Building at 9 a.m. – “Every Man’s Battle” (room 1; books provided) and “When Helping Hurts” (room 2).
The “Every Man’s Battle” book is written by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker (with Mike Yorkey; for more information, please contact Jason Courter at firstname.lastname@example.org, or or contact Pastor Josh at email@example.com)
Shattering the perception that men are unable to control their thought lives and roving eyes, Every Man’s Battle shares the stories of dozens who have escaped the trap of sexual immorality and presents a practical, detailed plan for any man who desires sexual purity—for men who have fallen in the past, men who want to stay strong today, and all who want to over-come temptation in the future. Don’t go it alone!
The “When Helping Hurts” book is written by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert (For more information, please see Nathan Bond or contact Pastor Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Good intentions are not enough. When Helping Hurts articulates a biblically based framework for the causes of poverty and its alleviation. Un-leashing and equipping people to effectively help the poor requires the realization of our own brokenness. Rather than simply a lack of material things, the book addresses the roots of the issue: broken relationships with God, self, others, and the rest of creation. This training un-packs the basics of poverty alleviation in an accessible way.
The “The Miracle of the Scarlet Thread” Sunday evening Bible study began on November 5th, at 6:00 p.m. ($25 cost for book, written by Richard Booker, and accompanying study guide; Please contact Andrea Ball at 419-305-1812 to sign up).
Uncover the miraculous story of Jesus’ sacrifice as it is powerfully and prophetically pictured through the Scriptures beginning with the Covenant rituals, Adam & Eve, Abraham, Moses and the prophets. The scarlet thread of redemption in the sacred blood covenant Jesus made with God ties the Old and New Testament together to tell one complete story. In this book and accompanying study guide you will discover how the covenants, rituals, tabernacle, sacrificial offerings, Passover, the threshold and salt covenants all point to Jesus and what this means for your life. These “dusty old stories” will come alive to you with a freshness and excitement that will truly energize you in your zeal for the Lord and His Word.
A Thursday Morning Women’s study will begin on November 9th at 9:30 a.m and is titled “The Christmas Experience.” This study is an imaginative Bible-based study that examines the important truths discovered in the first Christmas. Through this 6 week DVD study by Kyle Idleman, he relates how we can always trust God’s timing. An accompanying journal is available for purchase but not required. All women are invited to join us! Contact Luan
Louis (email@example.com) for more information.
The men’s ministry will have a business men event on November 9 at noon at the 17 West restaurant on 17 West…Monroe Street (across the Lock One Theater).
A 12-week Monday night women’s Bible study will begin at 7:15 p.m. in Room 2 of the Education Building. The source material is Francis Chan’s video series on the book of James. If you are interested in participating in this Monday evening study, then please contact Shelly Finke.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
A women’s six-week Thursday morning Bible study will begin September 7. Join Lysa TerKeurst on the streets of Israel to explore the seven “I AM” statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Please contact Luan Louis by August 21st at r book, at 419-230-4713 or firstname.lastname@example.org if interested so she can order your materials.
The event Living Proof Live, by Beth Moore, is a one day event on Saturday, September 16. Please contact Luan
Louis if you are interested in attending, at 419-230-4713. Register for the event at lifeway.com/livingproof. All women are welcome to attend.
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 (email@example.com, or text/call at 419-905-5253). Thank you for considering!
Wednesday Night Live activities resumed on September 6th, 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. NOTE: no WNL activities at the church on Wednesday, November 22 while the youth group will play flag football followed by a Thanksgiving feast (contact Pastor James).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Maggie Hibner at email@example.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:
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!
Cram 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!
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.
Gift giving ministry: Meal Train – A way to bless our faith family.
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or talk with Pastor Trent.
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
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.