May 17 Edition 16

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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!

May Update from Pastor Kris

Hello Saints of Shawnee Alliance,
As we continue to re-gather, it has been a blessing to join together for Jesus. There have been 11 Baptisms and 13 Child Dedications over the last month! What a wonderful season of celebration!
When you look through this update, I encourage you to keep an eye out for opportunities to join in community this summer us as we continue to celebrate, grow, and minister together.

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 work with the tech team or 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!

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 starting in September and 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. For other volunteer opportunities, check out 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! Iron Sharpens Iron Men's Group and Philippians Bible Study are still meeting, and Winning the War Within meets Wednesdays starting June 9. Our Family Life Ministries are continually meeting, including Jr/Sr High small groups. "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.

Are you interested in knowing your spiritual gifts?

Do I have a spiritual gift? If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you have a spiritual gift! The Holy Spirit has blessed each of us with a specific way we can demonstrate the Spirit's power in our lives by serving others and building up His Church!

How do I discover my spiritual gifts? Take this personal assessment to discover your spiritual gifts and personality profile! arcchurches.com/disc

What's next? Our gifts are meant to be shared with others! God designed us with strengths and passions to help grow His Kingdom, and working alongside Him helps us to grow in our own faith as well! Think about ways you can serve using your gifts, and then fill out a volunteer form at shawneealliance.com/volunteer! If you're not sure, we'd love to help!

Reach out to our staff at any time by filling out a connect card at the bottom of our website!

Upcoming Events

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

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

Memorial Day - May 31, Office Closed

"Winning the War Within" class - Wednesdays, June 9-July 28 at 6:30pm

Graduate Recognition Dinner - June 10 from 6:30-8pm. Register at shawneealliance.com/events by May 30

Stamp Ministry - June 12 from 8am-noon

"Iron Sharpens Iron" Men's Ministry Car Wash Fundraiser - June 12 from 9am-1pm in East Campus Parking Lot. Fundraiser for Lima Rescue Mission

Graduate Recognition Sunday - June 13 during church services in the Activity Center

June Family Fun Night - June 14 from 6:30-8pm to kick off Beulah on the Road!

Beulah Beach on the Road - June 15-18 from 9am-4pm each day. Register at shawneealliance.com/events by June 13.

Preschool VBS (for children ages 3-5) - July 6-8 from 9-11am each day. More info to come!

Winning the War Within

​In his e-course, Winning the War Within, Jason Valloton shares how we can live in wholeness and emotional health. Pastor Bridgett will help lead you through this content so that you can implement these tools into your daily life. Together, we work toward living in peace and having a strong relationship with God, yourself and others!

Open to men and women ages 16 and older. Meets Wednesdays from June 9-July 28 from 6:30-8pm in-person in the East Campus Hopeshakers Youth Room. If you are interested in an online option, please contact bridgett@shawneealliance.com.

Sign up now at shawneealliance.com/groups!

Car Wash Fundraiser

Help our "Iron Sharpens Iron" Men's Ministry raise funds for a community outreach this summer!

Come to Shawnee Alliance's East Campus parking lot on June 12 between 9am-1pm for a fundraiser car wash.

Funds will be used to partner with Lima Rescue Mission to share the love of Jesus by having a cookout for the less fortunate of Lima. All money raised will go toward food, personal hygiene supplies, and any other Lima Rescue Mission needs.

Beulah on the Road & June Family Fun Night

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.

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 info and to register, visit shawneealliance.com/events by June 13.

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!

Youth Update: Graduate Recognition

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

  • Thursday, June 10 at 6:30pm: we're 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

HopeShakers Student Ministry Highlights

Ongoing Youth Activities

Parent of a teen? In our Middle & High school youth groups we talk about hard, real-life questions and dive deeper into our faith with Pastor Josh Kennedy. Check out our youth group activities below!

  • Middle School (grades 5-8): Sunday mornings from 11am-noon in the East Campus Hopeshakers room (office entrance)
  • High School (grades 9-12): Sunday evenings from 6-8pm in the East Campus Hopeshakers room (office entrance)
  • Small Group (grades 7-12): Sunday evenings from 5-6pm in East Campus

Upcoming Mission Trip to Envision: Providence

Watch this video to learn more about our upcoming mission trip for grades 9-12.

Hands-On/Youth Group Serving Opportunities

Our Hands-On Ministry focuses on being the hands and feet of Jesus, serving others in whatever way they need! We are always looking for youth and adult volunteers for such services as companionship, rides to doctor appointments, meals, and housekeeping.

The Shawnee Alliance youth group is partnering with the Hands-On Ministry on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. to help with service projects. Requests may include such jobs as yard work, small home repairs, lifting, and moving furniture. Youth will earn credit toward youth events trip expenses.

  • Youth volunteers, please contact Pastor Josh at josh@shawneealliance.com for more info
  • Adults who would like to volunteer or have some service jobs we can do, please contact Hands-On at hands@shawneealliance.com

Life Transformation Tools

How to Connect With Us

Feeling connected with church community is an important part of life transformation! Here are ways 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!

Missions Updates

Check out the new Missions page on our website!

Visit shawneealliance.com/missions to find information about upcoming mission trips, get to know the missionaries we support, let us know you're interested in going on a future trip, or see some our past missions videos! Please feel free to reach out to us at missions@shawneealliance.com with any questions!

Envision: Providence Short-Term Mission Trip

Shawnee Alliance church will be taking a team of approximately 15 adults & youth to the Envision Providence site in Providence, Rhode Island in early July. Their main focus for this mission trip is to put on a youth basketball camp for the community and to also submerge themselves into the variety of cultures Providence has to offer. Look for upcoming information on fundraising events, including baked goods and t-shirt sales! If you have any questions or are interested in going on the trip, please contact Jessica at missions@shawneealliance.com.

Prayer Ministry Updates

Check out the new Prayer page on our website!

Visit shawneealliance.com/prayer to find information about our prayer groups, events, and serving opportunities, as well as download our 31 Days of Prayer for America calendar.

31 Days of Prayer for America

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, May 17 - Ezekiel 36:24-27
  • Tuesday, May 18 - John 16:12-15
  • Wednesday, May 19 - Eph. 4:17-32
  • Thursday, May 20 - Acts 4:23-31
  • Friday, May 21 - John 3:1-12
  • Saturday, May 22 - Acts 19:1-7
  • Sunday, May 23 - Acts 2:1-13
  • Monday, May 24 - Joel 2:28-32
  • Tuesday, May 25 - John 14:7, 12-15
  • Wednesday, May 26 - Romans 8:22-27
  • Thursday, May 27 - Gal. 5:16-17, 22-25
  • Friday, May 28 - Ephesians 5:15-20
  • Saturday, May 29 - Galatians 6:7-10
  • Sunday, May 30 - Acts 2:14-21
  • Monday, May 31 - Psalm 16
  • Tuesday, June 1 - Isaiah 53
  • Wednesday, June 2 - Daniel 12
  • Thursday, June 3 - Hosea 6
  • Friday, June 4 - 2 Samuel 7:12-16
  • Saturday, June 5 - Psalm 110
  • Sunday, June 6 - Acts 2:29-36
  • Monday, June 7 - 2 Corinthians 7:8-13
  • Tuesday, June 8 - Luke 24:40-49
  • Wednesday, June 9 - Acts 22:1-16
  • Thursday, June 10 - 1 John 1
  • Friday, June 11 - 2 Chronicles 7:11-18
  • Saturday, June 12 - Luke 15:1-10
  • Sunday, June 13 - Acts 2:36-41
  • Monday, June 14 - Galatians 3:23-29
  • Tuesday, June 15 - Psalm 27

April 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 church and community!

3 Ways to Give:

Thank you for your generosity!

Thanks for reading this edition of the Shawnee Alliance SnapShot! Please visit shawneealliance.com/media to view previous editions of this newsletter, watch sermons and testimony videos with links to our YouTube channel, and check out our Tuesday Talks with Shawnee Alliance podcast!