419.629.3688 | 06670 New Knoxville Avenue, New Bremen, OH 45869 | trent@faith-alliance.org

Annual Church Picnic

This year’s annual church potluck picnic will be Sunday, August 27 at the Lake Loramie beach shelter.

Please bring your favorite dish to share as well as table service and chairs/seating. Main dish and condiments will be provided.

Celebrate the planned baptisms at the lake after the meal.

If you are interested in being baptized, please contact one of the pastors immediately.

Vacation Bible School 2017

Vacation Bible School 2017

This year’s free Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be from Sunday, July 16 through Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  This year’s VBS will be for all preschool children (potty-trained) through kids entering grade 5. As every year, VBS is open to the public and play clothes dress is recommended (kids might get messy and dirty doing art projects and outside games).

We need helpers and volunteers of all ages! This year’s theme will be “Deep Sea Discovery” where children will continue to learn that God is with them wherever they go!

Volunteers (6th grade and older) will be needed in the areas of prayer, registration, stnacks, crafts, decorations, clean-up, games, preschool, sound, nursery, teaching, singing and various stations. Contact Gina Tangeman (567-644-9313 or gina@faith-alliance.org) or Kristin Lampert (419-905-5253 or kristin@faith-alliance.org).

Look for the donation board at the church education building hallway for more items of needed. Thanks for all your help! Register online at www.faith-alliance.org (right column).


Bible Studies

Bible Studies

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

Bible Studies/Groups

Outdoor Tuesday evening women’s Bible study (Unstuck: Moving From the Mundane to the Meaningful) at 7:30 p.m. (Shelly Finke’s house) during the month of June (6, 13, 20 and 27).

Thursday morning women’s Bible study (The Gift of God (Romans 1-7) by Tim Keller) at 9:30 a.m. that began on June 1 at Luan Louis’ home.

Sunday morning youth group study (junior high group and a high school group) that began on June 4 and continues until August 13 at the church. Please contact Pastor James for more information.

The women’s Bible study, The Armor of God will meet on the second and fourth Monday nights (June 12 & 26; July 10 & 24; August 14 & 28 and Sept. 11) in the Foundation classroom. This class uses the student book, written by by Priscilla Shirer. Please contact Rhonda Hager at 567-644-9953 for more information.

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

Once again New Bremen Churches are partnering to assist families who may find it difficult to afford all the school supplies for their kids. The “Backpack” back to school program will supply a backpack with all needed school supplies for the new school year.

Please see the display in the foyer and pull a tag to pur-chase items to help fulfill this need. Items need to be re-turned to the church by no later than Sunday, July 16th. You can also make a monetary do-nation stating “Backpacks” on your check or envelope, or give to Kay Roeth or Cierra Otting. Thank you!

Volunteer for the kids church schedule (one month out of the year) and/or volunteer for the nursery and preschool departments on Sunday mornings. See Gina or Kristin for more information.

The Moms 4 Real group needs 3-4 people to help out on the second Sunday of the month from 8:30-11:15. 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. Please contact Tina or Maggie. If you are not already you will need to be Safe Place certified. If you are not aware of the Safe Place Policy they will fill you in. Tina: tmroessner@gmail.com // Maggie: maggiehibner@gmail.com.

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.

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!

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.

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 (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.


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.

Meal Train Opportunities

Meal Train Opportunities

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

Current listing:

Tina Barhorst – https://mealtrain.com/wodq17

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!

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

School Supply Project

A Cooperative Program of New Bremen Churches

Each summer the churches of New Bremen work together to provide school supplies to students on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. This year, 37 students have requested assistance.

Faith Alliance Church has been assigned nine students in grades 6 through 8. We will be providing the items on their school supply list, including a back pack for each student. There are approximately 40 items on our list.

Visit the main lobby bulletin board in Faith Alliance Church (near the welcome desk) to participate in this outreach ministry. Needed items are printed on individual cards. Please take a card or two and sign the card underneath. After you have purchased the item, please bring it to Faith Alliance Church by Sunday, July 19. Distribution will be on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31.

We are also accepting cash contributions, which can be placed in the box besides the bulletin board.

Thanks for your help!

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.