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Wednesday Night Finale Picnic/Cook-out

Wednesday Night Finale Picnic/Cook-out

Come to the Annual Picnic/Cook-out at the church on Wednesday, May 16th, marking the end of Wednesday night activities for the summer (resuming again in the fall). Everyone is invited regardless if you attend Wednesday events (The last Wednesday event night is May 9th), so let’s celebrate together.

Hamburgers and other food will be provided. Enjoy games like corn hole and a “bouncy house” for the kids!

Nebobongo Hunger 5K Run/Walk

Nebobongo Hunger 5K Run/Walk

Nebobongo Hunger 5K Run/Walk

The second annual Nebobongo Hunger 5K run/walk will be Saturday, April 29 at Faith Alliance Church, 06670 New Knoxville Ave, New Bremen, Ohio (45869) at 3 p.m. (please register at http://www.speedy-feet.com/race-entry.php?id=1883) with a one-mile fun run (no registration required) for kids under the age of 10 starting at 2:15 p.m.

Business sponsors – please contact Pastor James for more information!

Be sure to gather information (e.g. t-shirt size(s)) to make your registration easier. Please fill out all your information out online and pay by credit card. You’re welcome to show up on race day and donate to Nebobongo, but you will not receive a shirt or a time chip for the race.

Walkers and jogging strollers are welcome!

The $27 cost includes entrance into the run/walk, a t-shirt, and race chip. You must register online by April 15 in order to receive a t-shirt.

All proceeds will go towards the malnutrition program in Nebobongo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Nebobongo is an isolated and impoverished village in the DRC. Benefit development school and malnutrition program. Visit www.e4project.org and https://faith-alliance.org/missions/ for more information.

Deuteronomy 10:18 (NIV)

He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.

Want to be involved but you’re not a runner or walker?  Volunteers are needed and include traffic controllers, water/food station workers and people to make and make/sell bake sale items. Please sign up in the foyer. Prayers, donations and cheering sections are always appreciated as well. Please contact Pastor James for more information.

Thank you for your support!

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.

Bible Studies

Bible Studies

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

Schedules

Monday Evening Bible Study

“All the Places to Go… How Will You Know?”
Join the Monday night study at 7:15 p.m. for six weeks on March 19 & 26, April 9, 16, 23 & 30. Featuring best-selling author John Ortberg, this study opens our eyes to the countless open doors God places before us every day, teaches us how to recognize them, and gives us the encouragement to step out in faith and embrace all of the extraordinary opportunities that await. Participant’s Guide is $11 and includes the “homework” for the upcoming week. The author suggested accompanying text costs an additional $13. Please sign up in the foyer and also mark which materials you would like to purchase.

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. On Tuesday, April 10, there will be an update from Shannon Roediger about an orphanage she revisited (regular meeting and prayer after). 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).

Four Discipleship Groups this Spring

Sundays 9:00am, March 25-May 20:
The Gospel-Centered Life w/ Rich Ball: How will our personal growth and relationships thrive unless we grasp the gospel deeply? Even before eternity, experience how the gospel shapes every aspect of our life with God and others here and now.

The Battle Plan for Prayer w/ Jason & Angie Philipps: Prayer can accomplish what God can accomplish. Experience personal testimonies and teachings compiled by
filmmakers Stephen and Alex Kendrick, as you develop specific prayer strategies for life.

Every Man’s Battle w/ Jason Courter: Presents a practical and detailed plan for any man who desires sexual purity. For all men who want to stay strong today and overcome temptation in the future — don’t go it alone!

Wednesday evenings 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 4-May 9 at Faith Alliance:
Parenting the Early Years w/ Trent and Stephanie Fledderjohann: Meet together with fellow parents and journey through the Bible Study “Parenting the Early
Years: 10 Biblical traits your kids will remember you for” by Les and Leslie Parrott.

Parenting the Early Years w/ Trent and Stephanie Fledderjohann:
Meet together with fellow parents and journey through the Bible Study “Parenting the Early Years: 10 Biblical traits your kids will remember you for” by Les and Leslie Parrott.

Email Pastor Josh at josh@faith-alliance.org or call the church at 419-629-3688 to sign up for a Sunday morning or Wednesday night group.

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:

http://faith-alliance.org/meal-train/

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.

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 every Thursday from 7:30-9:00 p.m. to play. 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