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Keep your contact information up-to-date by filling out a Connect Card form or downloading the Church Center App! This way we can best communicate to you and your family regarding anything you may need to know at Shawnee Alliance Church.

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!

April Update from Pastor Kris

Saints of Shawnee Alliance Church,
Whether you joined us in person or online I know you shared the excitement for our transformative Holy Week and Easter Sunday! It has been a joy to worship alongside you as we seek life transformation and Gospel impact together!
As we approach several important moments as a community of faith including baptisms, child dedication, and welcoming new members, I continue to thank God for leading Shawnee Alliance into a blessed place to impact our community.
Blessings, Kris

Have you been thinking about getting more involved and serving... but don't know where to start?

There are many opportunities to get more involved by serving together! On Sundays, maybe you'd like to sing on the worship team, pray for our pastors and services with our prayer team, or help make coffee for our guests. Maybe you'd rather serve at a specific event, like Upward, Trunk-N-Treat, or Family Fun Night. In any case, our staff would love to connect you in serving at Shawnee Alliance or in the community in a way that uses your gifts, talents and passions! You can start by filling out a volunteer form at shawneealliance.com/volunteer and we will be glad to help you connect with a ministry that fits well!

For some upcoming event volunteer opportunities, check out Centershot and Beulah on the Road below!

Another way to get more involved is to join community through our Small Groups Ministry! Visit shawneealliance.com/groups and click Adult Groups, or use the Groups tab on the Church Center app to get started! You can use our Group Types and Filters to find the right group for you! A few of our "Everybody Welcome" Wednesday Night Groups are still meeting (Bible Institute, Grief Share, & Iron Sharpens Iron Men's Group), as well as "Family Life" Middle School Youth Group. "In-Home" and "Sports & Exercise Groups" are a great way to share life together while studying Scripture or playing volleyball! "Serving Groups" like Hands-On Ministry and Our Daily Bread allow you to get to know others while serving together.

Upcoming Events

For more detailed info, see below or visit shawneealliance.com/events

Family Fun Night - April 23, 6:30-8pm

Baptism - April 25 at both services (more info below)

National Day of Prayer - May 6 (more info in Prayer section below)

Stamp Ministry - May 8 from 8am-noon

Mothers Day - May 9

Child Dedication - May 9 at both services, register by April 25

Keenager (senior citizens) Birthday Luncheon - May 11, 11:30-1:30pm. RSVP to kbraley@ohiolink.net

Finding Love in Today's World Seminar - May 14 (more info at shawneealliance.com/events)

Compassion Sunday - May 16 at both services (more info in Missions section below)

Beulah Beach Missions Work Trip - May 17-May 21 (more info in Missions section below)

Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen Volunteer Day -May 20, 11am-1pm (more info at shawneealliance.com/groups)

Beulah on the Road - June 15-18, register by June 13 (more info below)

Family Fun Night

A night of fun for the entire family! Join us at the Activity Center on April 23 at 6:30pm for snacks, games and indoor activities. No registration required - just show up!


Our next Baptism will be Sunday, April 25 at both 9:30 & 11:00am services. If you have accepted Jesus into your life, Baptism is a way to make your decision to follow Jesus public and step forward in faith and obedience to Him!

If you're interested in being Baptized on April 25, please register at shawneealliance.com/events.

Beulah on the Road & June Family Fun Night

Beulah on the Road is back! Kids who have completed grades K-6, join us June 15-18 from 9am-4pm each day. It's a kid's camp/Vacation Bible School where kids enjoy fun activities while learning about Jesus! For more information and to register, visit shawneealliance.com/events by June 13.

On June 14 from 6:30-8pm, join us for Family Fun Night to kick of Beulah on the Road! Enjoy FREE games, snacks and fun for the whole family in the Activity Center.

We are looking for volunteers for Beulah Beach on the Road. From assisting with check-ins to providing food or popsicles, check out the many ways you can help at shawneealliance.com/events!

Ministry Highlights

Leadership Academy

Shawnee Alliance is dedicated to developing future pastors and church leaders. We believe that experiencing ministry first-hand in a healthy church environment is vital to the ministry preparation process. The Church Leadership Academy focuses on creating intentional experiences through directed internships. Interns will experience the joys and frustrations of ministry alongside experienced pastors who have launched many into ministry.

Our summer internship runs from June 1-August 10. To learn more or submit an application, please visit shawneealliance.com/leadership-academy by May 15.

Community Cash Grocery Receipts

Save those receipts! The church can redeem your grocery receipts from Chief and Community Markets for community cash!

Proceeds will be used for missions. Just drop them in the gray boxes in the Activity Center or Sanctuary, in the box outside the church office, or bring them in during office hours (Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm).

If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Keller at sheila@shawneealliance.com.

Centershot Volunteers Needed!

Our Centershot Archery ministry for 4th-12th graders is growing and we're looking for volunteers! Centershot focuses on learning about both archery and Jesus Christ, and meets for 8 week sessions, one starting in September and one that starts in March. Prior archery experience is not required. If you're interested in volunteering, or would like more information, please mark your Centershot volunteer interest on your connect card or contact the office at 419-991-6546. Thank you!

Youth Update: Graduate Recognition

Attention all 2021 High School Graduates! We’d like to honor your achievements and celebrate with you!

  • On Thursday, June 10 at 6:30pm, we will be hosting a Graduate Recognition Dinner for you and your family. Join us for a catered meal in the Activity Center Lobby and a fun night for you and your peers!
  • The following Sunday, June 13 is our Graduate Recognition Sunday during the 9:30 and 11:00am church services in the Activity Center.

Please register for one or both of these events at shawneealliance.com/events by May 30. We hope to see all of you there!

- Pastor Josh

Life Transformation Tools

Missions: What is my Part?

We know we are called to show Jesus' love to others (John 13:34-35) and spread the Gospel (Matt. 28:19-20), but how can we still follow God's call in our regular, busy every day lives? How can we be the people who GO and DO while still transporting kids to school and sports, working full-time jobs, taking care of the house and doing the grocery shopping?

Missions is not just something missionaries do far away from the place we call home. God has called each of us, in our own way, to step out in faith and be active in bringing His Kingdom here on earth. What's exciting is, there are a variety of opportunities, short term or long, near and far!

Missions: Right Where You Are

There are exciting ways to partner with already established missionary ministries without leaving your home! Our missionaries around the world rely on our prayer and financial support. (There are giving opportunities through Shawnee Alliance by check or giving online.) Many missionaries also love to receive emails and send out regular newsletters to those who support them (for more info, contact missions@shawneealliance.com). You can partner with missionaries and make a difference in people's lives right where you are!

Look for more information in the Activity Center Lobby on Sunday, May 16!

Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry pairing compassionate people with children living in extreme poverty to release the children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion helps children all over the world, but pairs you with a specific child to allow you to communicate personally and leave a lasting impact. A sponsor is able to write to their child and the child can write back. Whether you choose to Sponsor, Donate, Pray, or Volunteer at Compassion events, you can partner with a Christ-centered ministry to make a difference. They also have other ministries supporting Mothers and Babies, Medical Assistance, and Disaster Relief. For more information, visit www.compassion.com!

Missions: Just a Short Drive Away

We can make an impact for Jesus right in Ohio! A two-hour drive brings us an opportunity to participate in the behind-the-scenes work that helps Beulah Beach reach more people with the Gospel!

Beulah Beach is a year-round camp and retreat center that focuses on engaging guests to encounter Christ. They host many events throughout the year for children and families and have been a big part of God's transforming work in their lives! Each year, Shawnee Alliance sends a team on a missions work trip to participate in a variety of projects to help Beulah Beach get ready for their summer activities and ultimately reach families for Jesus! Consider taking a few days from your normal routine to join a great team of volunteers as we take in the beautiful view of Lake Erie and serve by cleaning, landscaping, carpentry, painting and any other tasks they have for us! The trip dates are May 17-21, 2021 and you can volunteer for any day or the full week. Cost is just $10/day for lodging and meals. Please contact Nancy Mertz at sac.bbeach@yahoo.com by May 9 if you're interested or have any questions!

Missions: Short-Term Trip Opportunities

As a part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, we don't just financially support our missionaries from afar. People from our own church have stepped up to answer God's call to be a part of short-term missions work, whether traveling a few states or crossing the Atlantic. Watch Calvin's video (recorded early 2019) to hear more about why short-term missions trips are part of our life transformation stories and a big part of who we are at Shawnee Alliance Church!

Possible missions opportunities over the next year include a Mission Trip to Providence, Rhode Island; Youth Culture Camp; and a new international mission site being established in Guinea, West Africa. For more information on upcoming mission trips or any inquiries, please email missions@shawneealliance.com

Prayer Ministry Opportunities

National Day of Prayer - May 6, 2021

Let's pray together for our nation! "Lord, pour out your Love, Life and Liberty," 2 Cor. 3:17.

Allen County's observance of the National Day of Prayer is May 6 from 11:45am-1pm. You can participate in-person at the UNOH Event Center on Cable Rd, listen on WTGN, or view live on WTLW TV44 (12-1pm). "Pray for America" brochures are available in our church lobbies. For more information, visit shawneealliance.com/events.

31 Days of Prayer for America

You can download the 31 Days of Prayer for America calendar and see other prayer ministry opportunities at shawneealliance.com/prayer.

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.)

  • Monday, April 19 - 2 John 1:1-6
  • Tuesday, April 20 - Deuteronomy 6:4-9
  • Wednesday, April 21 - Psalm 1
  • Thursday, April 22 - Matthew 7:24-27
  • Friday, April 23 - John 15:10-14
  • Saturday, April 24 - 2 Corinthians 10:1-6
  • Sunday, April 25 - James 1:22-25
  • Monday, April 26 - Matthew 6:1-4, 19-21
  • Tuesday, April 27 - 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
  • Wednesday, April 28 - 1 Timothy 6:11-19
  • Thursday, April 29 - Luke 6:38; 21:1-4
  • Friday, April 30 - Proverbs 11:24-25; 21:26
  • Saturday, May 1 - 1 Chronicles 29:2-12
  • Sunday, May 2 - Deuteronomy 26:1-11
  • Monday, May 3 - Mark 10:13-16
  • Tuesday, May 4 - Luke 2:22-40
  • Wednesday, May 5 - Deuteronomy 6:4-7
  • Thursday, May 6 - Psalm 139
  • Friday, May 7 - Ephesians 1:3-14
  • Saturday, May 8 - Proverbs 22:1-6
  • Sunday, May 9 - 1 Samuel 1:21-28
  • Monday, May 10 - Psalm 37
  • Tuesday, May 11 - Hebrews 10:19-39
  • Wednesday, May 12 - Philippians 4
  • Thursday, May 13 - 2 Corinthians 5
  • Friday, May 14 - Isaiah 40
  • Saturday, May 15 - Psalm 121

March Financial Update

Thank you for giving to the ministries of Shawnee Alliance Church! Through your generosity, we continue to see life transformation happen in our community!

Ways to Give:

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