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November 18 Edition 10

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Building a community of faith... Leading people to become fully transformed followers of Jesus Christ.

New to Shawnee Alliance Church?

Would you like to know more about the church, submit a prayer request, connect with a pastor or find out about upcoming groups and events? Connect with us by filling out a Connect Card form at the bottom of our website or at the Church Center app. We would love to hear from you!

How to Connect with Us

Check out our podcast, Tuesday Talks with Shawnee Alliance Church! You'll find weekly episodes about how being a follower of Jesus impacts your everyday life. You can listen to us on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts or YouTube. You can also find the link to the podcast at shawneealliance.com/media. Be sure to subscribe & share!

A Message from Pastor Kris

We are quickly approaching the Christmas season... and all the joy that comes with it! I tend to get very reflective as we approach the Christmas season, specifically about all God has done in our church and in our families over the past year. Of course, 2020 has brought its (often mentioned) challenges, yet God has still moved in mighty ways.

God has continuously challenged me to move my thinking from the frustrations that were, toward the future he is creating. The coming months will be full of many causes for celebration. We have begun our 2021 Upward season, despite the challenges we are anticipating ministering to over 150 athletes. We have continued to bless our community and our world through Operation Christmas Child, Beirut Lebanon Relief, and increased partnership with community ministries.

We are also preparing for upcoming challenges. If you are like me, Christmas Eve at Shawnee Alliance holds a very special meaning. It has been a highlight of my year since my first Christmas Eve service in 2003. This year, in addition to our four in-person services, we will be creating a special service designed to be shared by families in their homes. We recognize not everyone will gather physically at the church this year, but we still want to bring some of what is special about our Christmas Eve into your homes.

Thank you for your continued support and ministry. I'm often reminded of the heart of Shawnee Alliance by this simple truth: When many circled the wagons, we chose to reach out and bless others. I am blessed to serve this amazing congregation.

Beirut Missions Update

Thank you, Shawnee Alliance Church, for your donations that have helped those in need in Beirut, Lebanon! This is part of our mission as the body of Christ!

The Beirut explosion on August 4 damaged several buildings, including the Christian Alliance Institute of Theology (CAIT) and Alliance churches, ministry sites, and offices. Pastor Charbel Malak, CAIT’s Academic Dean, thanks the global Alliance family for their prayers, donations, and support. He writes, “We have been able to fix around 182 damaged homes. We distributed approximately 44 Bibles and saw three people come to Christ. All receive a daily video message from the Word of God that I record and send out.” Praise God for His mighty provision through His people! Pray that hurting people will find the hope they so desperately need in Jesus, for this life and the one to come.

Women's Ministry Survey

As we look to increase Women's Ministry opportunities, groups and events, we need your feedback! If you haven't yet filled out this survey, please follow this link to complete a short survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ShawneeWomen

Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Operation Christmas Child Collection Day - November 22

Happy Thanksgiving! The office will be closed November 26-27

Christmas Decorating - November 30-December 4 - Register at shawneealliance.com/events by Nov. 29

Children's Christmas Program - December 6 at 4PM

Baptism - December 13 (all services) - Register at shawneealliance.com/events by Nov. 29

Christmas Eve Services - December 24 at 4PM, 6PM, 8PM and 11PM

New Years Eve Worship Celebration - December 31

Upward Basketball & Cheerleading Volunteers

If you are interested in being a coach or referee, helping with setup/teardown or running concessions, please register as a volunteer at shawneealliance.com/upward. Thank you!

Christmas Love Offering

If you wish to contribute to the Christmas Love Offering for the pastoral staff, please mark your envelope "Staff Love Gift" and place in communication boxes, or choose the "Pastoral Christmas Love Gift" option with online giving at shawneealliance.com/donate.

Year-End Project Donations

We are very blessed at Shawnee Alliance to have a budget that allows us to do ministry. Below is a list of projects that are over and above the budget and would greatly benefit our ministries. If you would like to give a year-end gift over and above your normal tithe, please consider giving to one of these projects. Simply designate the specific project you are contributing to on your offering envelope or mark "Other" to give online at shawneealliance.com/donate. Thank you!

***** REMINDER *****

All Year End Gifts to the church will be given 2020 donation credit if turned in to the church no later than Thursday, December 31. Gifts turned in to the church postmarked January 1 or after, regardless of date on the check, will be credited to 2021.

Operation Christmas Child

Don't forget to return your Operation Christmas Child box(es) by this Sunday, November 22!

You can also build your shoebox completely online at samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline.

Thank you for blessing children and communities around the world!

The office will be closed November 26-27 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Children's Christmas Program

"The Great ADVENTure" is a retelling of the Christmas story through the reminiscing of two men who were there to experience it all. The story opens with these men remembering their days as boys and the HOPE that they had for a coming Messiah. The adventure will lead you to see Mary’s FAITH in what God was doing, the shepherd’s JOY at the announcement of a Messiah and the PEACE that the Christ child brings. The adventure ends with a challenge for each of us.

All kids preschool-grade 4 are invited to join The Great ADVENTure! Parents, we will be practicing songs for this program during regular class times on Sunday mornings. Here is the QR code with the songs for you to practice with at home.

Important dates:

Dress Rehearsal: Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9-11:30AM

Performance Sunday: Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4PM

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Miss Erin (erin@shawneealliance.com) or Miss Kayla (kayla@shawneealliance.com).

Calling ALL Christmas Decorating Volunteers!

We are in need of strong backs to put up trees, wreaths and garlands, and decorators to fluff and give that magical touch to our facilities! Dates are November 30 - December 4. If you are interested, please register at shawneealliance.com/events by November 29. Thank you!

Don't forget to visit smile.amazon.com before purchasing those Christmas gifts! (In the app, click Settings, then AmazonSmile.) Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases! Choose "Shawnee Alliance Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance" as the charity you'd like to support. Thank you!

Life Transformation Tools

What is Advent?

The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival”. Advent happens on the last four Sundays leading up to Christmas. As Christians, this serves as a reflective reminder of Jesus’ birth (the celebration of Christmas) and symbolizes the church today as God’s people wait for the return of Christ. This year, advent begins on Sunday, November 29.

Each Sunday of Advent leading up to Christmas brings a different focus:

1) Hope – Psalm 71:5

2) Love – John 3:16

3) Joy – Luke 1:14

4) Peace – Luke 2:14

There are many different traditions followed in celebrating the season of advent. There are also other orders to these weekly themes that people use to follow this Advent calendar. One popular tradition is using a wreath with a circle of four candles, one lit for each week of advent. Other traditions add a fifth center candle that is lit on Christmas Day. No matter the tradition or practice, advent is intended to be reflective of what God gave to us when he sent his son to the earth on that first Christmas!

Day of Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving

"Whoever offers praise, glorifies Me." Psalm 50:23

Instead of meeting in a large group on Saturday, November 28, here are some ideas to help you offer up your praises:

1. Choose someone you are grateful to have in your life and let them know by a phone call or sending a note.

2. Choose a Psalm of gratitude and meditate over it. (Psalm 1:1-2; Psalm 95:2)

3. Make a list of things with which God has blessed you. (Psalm 103:2)

4. Journal over His goodness. (Psalm 34:8)

5. Spend time outdoors with God declaring the glory of his handiwork.

Thankful people are happy people!

Bible Reading Plan

Bring transformation to your life by reading your Bible! You will get to know Jesus on a deeper level and learn wisdom for your everyday choices. You can find a free Bible in any of our church lobbies. Please feel free to take one when you're with us at church on Sunday or download the YouVersion app on your phone. Use this simple SOAP format to guide your interaction with God's Word:

  • Scripture. Take your time reading each chapter and allow God to speak to you.
  • Observation. What do you see God doing in the Scripture? What is God saying to you?
  • Application. Ask yourself how you can apply this to your life right now.
  • Prayer. Communicate with God and ask Him to help you apply this to your life.

Try it out this week! Add a chapter from Proverbs every day to the below plan. (This list is also posted every Sunday on social media.)

Wednesday, November 18 - Psalm 56:3

Thursday, November 19 - Philippians 4:6-7

Friday, November 20 - 1 John 4:18

Saturday, November 21 - 2 Timothy 1:7

Sunday, November 22 - Acts 9:20-21

Monday, November 23 - Psalm 130:4

Tuesday, November 24 - Matthew 26:28

Wednesday, November 25 - Acts 2:38

Thursday, November 26 - Acts 13:38

Friday, November 27 - Acts 26:17-19

Saturday, November 28 - Colossians 1:13-15

Sunday, November 29 - Ephesians 5:3

Monday, November 30 - Hebrews 12:13-15

Tuesday, December 1 - 1 Chronicles 16:29

Wednesday, December 2 - Psalm 96:9

Financial Updates

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