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August 27 Edition 20

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.

Update from Pastor Kris

As I look forward to September I can't help but reflect on this summer and become excited for what is next at Shawnee Alliance. This summer, we celebrated 17 salvations at Beulah on the Road; gave away 135 backpacks full of school supplies; rejoiced alongside families as they were baptized; welcomed our newest staff member, Brian Scott; and of course, joined together in worship. Lives continue to be transformed at Shawnee Alliance Church!

I look forward to our Wednesday Activity Nights resuming as we welcome Damian Tibbs to our kick-off. I want to invite you to join me on Wednesday, September 1 as we learn to "Build Bridges" to help us share our faith with friends, family, and neighbors. Wednesday Night Groups will begin meeting on September 8 (please visit shawneealliance.com/groups for a full listing). If you have begun attending Shawnee Alliance in the past year, I encourage you to join me in our Faith Track group where we will discuss the tenants of the Christian faith, introduce the church, and look for next steps to become more involved in our faith community.

I look forward to this new and exciting season and can't wait to see what God will do!

Blessings,

Kris

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

New to Shawnee Alliance or have updated information?

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? Let us know by filling out a Connect Card at the bottom of our website or at the Church Center app. We would love to hear from you!

How to Connect With Us

Feeling connected with church community is an important part of life transformation! Here are some ways to connect with us:

Tuesday Talks Podcast

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, YouTube or shawneealliance.libsyn.com. Be sure to subscribe & share!

Upcoming Events

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

Hope Women's Conference (Community Event - online option available) - August 28, 10am-5pm. (Save/purchase tickets now at ottawamissionarychurch.org)

Ephesians Study - Sundays beginning August 29 at 10:45am (East Campus Rooms I & J)

Moms in Prayer small group - September 1, 8:30-9:30am (East Campus Room A). For more info, visit shawneealliance.com/groups.

Wednesday Activity Night begins with "Outward-Focused Faith: Building Bridges" in the Sanctuary while Kids and Student Ministries meet - September 1, 6:30-7:30pm

5th Quarter - September 3 following the Shawnee football game until 11pm.

Church Office Closed (Labor Day) - September 6

Elida 5K (Community Event) - September 6 starting at 9am at the Sunnydale House (Visit www.wosn.tv for more info or to register by Aug. 29)

Wednesday Activity Night - Kids and Student Ministries continue and Wednesday Night Groups begin - September 8, 6:30-8pm (please sign up for your Wednesday Night Group now at shawneealliance.com/groups)

Cub Scout Sign Up Night - September 9, 6-8pm. (East Campus Room L - Scout Room)

Stamp Ministry - September 11, 8am-12pm (East Campus Room C)

Centershot Archery begins September 13 (register at shawneealliance.com/events by Sept. 13)

Keenager Birthday Luncheon - September 14 at 11:30am in Kid's Min Room

"Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen" Volunteer Day - September 16, 11am-1pm (see shawneealliance.com/groups for more info)

Moral Revolution Conference - September 24-25 (register at shawneealliance.com/events) More information available below!

Hope Women's Conference

You are invited to a one-day women's conference on Saturday, August 28 from 10am-5pm. The speakers are well-known speaker and author Linda Dillow and her daughter, Jessa Dillow Crisp, who co-founded BridgeHope, an anti-trafficking nonprofit. This event is being live-streamed to the Ottawa Missionary Church (2031 E. Main St, Ottawa, OH, 45875).

Join us as we find hope amidst the chaos of an out-of-control world! Tickets are free for attending the live stream in Ottawa (but donations toward lunch are welcomed), or $10 to stream to your own device and watch anywhere! Save/purchase your tickets at ottawamissionarychurch.org.

Moral Revolution Conference

Sept. 24 & 25 - Join us Friday evening and all day Saturday for a weekend of honest conversation about God's design for sex and sexuality. Right here at Shawnee Alliance, in the Activity Center, we are so excited to be welcoming the directors of Moral Revolution, Cole and Caitlin Zick! They will share vulnerably about their own story, and will equip us to have powerful conversations so we can live whole and healed. This world deserves a better story around sex and we need new language to help talk about it. There is no shame in what God has created! Whether you are single, dating, married, parent, grandparent, teacher, mentor or coach - this event is for everyone, no matter your occupation or life stage! (ages 16 & up)

Register by Sept. 10 at shawneealliance.com/events for discounted Early Bird ticket pricing.

Have you been looking for a Bible study or small group? Check out the many different options below and get plugged in! There are so many new opportunities starting soon!

Ephesians Bible Study

​Join us on Sundays from 10:45am-noon as we dive into the book of Ephesians together in East Campus Rooms I-J from Aug. 29 - Oct. 24. This study is facilitated by Brad Reeder.

Has it ever dawned on you that nothing has ever dawned on God? He knew before the world began that His people would face hardship, so He gave us His Word. The Book of Ephesians is a survival manual—it equips believers to thrive in a world that hates the message of Jesus Christ. Paul the Apostle writes to encourage believers to live well—we've been lifted from the graveyard of sin and called to shout the gospel into the darkened world.

Moms in Prayer

​Moms in Prayer is an international Christian organization that supports moms in prayer for their children and their schools and communities. Moms and grandmoms of all ages are welcome to join us once a week for one hour of prayer. Your child can be of any age or situation, and you do not have to make a long-term commitment - come whenever you're available! We meet in East Campus Room A from 8:30-9:30am every Wednesday beginning Sept. 1. For more info or to join the group, visit shawneealliance.com/groups.

Outward-Focused Faith: Building Bridges

Wednesday Activity Night begins September 1 with "Outward-Focused Faith: Building Bridges" in the East Campus Sanctuary from 6:30-7:30pm. Join us as we welcome Pastor Damian to continue the discussion of "Crosses, Tables and Bridges" that he preached about here at Shawnee Alliance in May. When we get to know our neighbors and are intentional about building relationships with them, we can show the love of Jesus just by the way we live. All are invited to be part of learning together how we to bring Jesus into our everyday lives and interactions! Nursery and Kid's Min will also begin September 1.

Wednesday Activity Night

Where do I go?

  • Birth-Grade 4: East Campus Children's Ministry Entrance (back of building)
  • Grades 5-8: West Campus Activity Center
  • High School: volunteer in children's and worship ministries or attend adult small groups
  • Adults: East Campus

Wednesday Night Groups (6:30 - 8pm) begin September 8 through November 17 (unless schedule is noted different below). For more info, download the Church Center app or visit shawneealliance.com/groups. Sign up for the group of your choice below:

Stamp Ministry

Stamp Ministry starts back up again on September 11! We enjoy conversation and prayer together as we trim and categorize stamps as a fundraiser for our missions efforts. Coffee and snacks will be provided. We meet September-May on the second Saturday of each month from 8am-noon in East Campus Room C.

Kids & Student Ministries

Trunk-N-Treat

October 27, 6:30-8pm

Calling all kids and their families: Trunk-N-Treat is coming soon!

Our annual Fall Kids Ministry event is a fun time for the whole family. There will be costumes, hot dogs, decorations, and candy. So. Much. Candy!

This event starts in the parking lot then moves inside the gym for more fun. Plan to attend with your family and be blessed!

I hope to see you there,

Miss Erin

LIFE 2022: Jesus is Greater Than Anything

Orlando, Florida: July 5-9, 2022

Registration opens September 1, 2021

LIFE is a Youth Conference that occurs every 3 years to "gather the next generation Alliance family to experience God and expand His kingdom locally and globally".

Parents, start planning now to send your students to this life-changing event! For the 2022 trip, it will be open to students going into 9th to 12th grade for the 2022-2023 school year. Stay tuned for event cost and upcoming fundraising information.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

Life Transformation Tools

Transformed lives happen as we grow together in community and encounter truth from Jesus! Scroll down for different ways to get involved, a monthly Bible reading plan, and to see some of the things God is doing here at Shawnee Alliance Church!

Baptism: Lives Transformed!

5 people were Baptized at the Martin's Pond on August 8! It was a blessing to hear how Jesus is continuing to transform lives as we say "Yes" to following Jesus every day!

Missions Sunday

Our missionary, Rachel, challenged us on Sunday to make Jesus not only our Savior, but also the Lord of our lives. Are we trusting Him to lead us?

Volunteer Spotlight

As part of the church community, we choose to serve! Serving is not only a big part of being involved and active in community, but it is also a place where personal growth and transformation can happen! Serving takes our focus off ourselves and turns it to Jesus, who never placed himself in a position above others. He led by serving, and we're excited to follow in his footsteps! Below are a few statements from our volunteers about where, how, and why they like to serve in the church and community. If you're interested in serving in any of these roles or have any questions about serving, please fill out a connect card at the bottom of our website.

Gina Holland (Greeter)

You can often find Gina making coffee or welcoming people as they come into church on Sunday mornings. When she's not visible, odds are she is somewhere praying that people will hear the voice of the Lord and invite Him to intervene in their lives.

Gina has been serving for several years. When asked why she chooses to serve in these ways, her reply is "To give back! I am so thankful and grateful that my eyes of understanding have been opened to the Truth. My desire is that every person who walks through the doors of Shawnee Alliance Church knows that the Spirit of Truth lives! If brewing coffee early in the morning, making food for funeral dinners, or entering into spiritual warfare will communicate this, I am willing!

"Serving gives me an opportunity to work with and communicate with other believers. It's about developing unity. I believe that this is being accomplished every day in the spiritual realm. I have met a lot of people and developed some really great relationships working alongside other believers here, which makes me happy!"

Shelby Jordan (Worship Team, Service Host)

Shelby serves in several capacities at Shawnee Alliance Church, including service hosting and singing on the worship team.

"As service host, I welcome the congregation to the service, invite our visitors to connect with us, provide updates on what's happening in the church, and pray a blessing over the service and the offering.

"As a part of the worship team I am honored to share the glory of God with the congregation through music in corporate worship. It is an honor to serve alongside other people with the same desire to lead and experience worship.

"Serving in these roles has helped me grow as a person and spiritually as well! I love being able to share how great our God is through these roles!"

Heather Long (Baptism, Communion & StoryTellers)

"Hi! I’m Heather, one of the many, many volunteers it takes to keep Shawnee Alliance running. I am a married, empty-nester mom who has the privilege of helping with my grandchildren on an almost daily basis. According to the spiritual gift tests, my gifts are service, helps and giving. Maybe that explains why volunteering at Shawnee Alliance makes me so happy and fulfilled. Here’s what you may see me doing during the month.

"StoryTellers is an incredible opportunity for me to work alongside my daughter, granddaughter, and currently 9 other amazing students ages 9 to 17. StoryTellers is an ongoing small group that has existed in some form or other for about 20 years. Our goal is to teach young people that arts are created by God, and that arts have a place in worship. It is also a way to use their creative energy for the good of others and the Kingdom. We will be starting a devotional series on 'My Identity in Christ', and I look forward to seeing how God works through each StoryTeller’s life as they grasp the truth that they are created in the image of God and designed for a purpose. We are training them to be servant leaders, and we pray that as they graduate out of StoryTellers, they will hold fast to their creativity and passion and stand strong as leaders in the church as adults.

"Baptism Sundays are my favorite! I am the lady who provides your an “I Am New” T-shirt and hands you your towel as you come out of the water. The testimonies often bring me tears of joy as you share your incredible journey with God! You may even catch me “dancing” up the aisle with a mop in hand at the end of a baptism service!

"The first Sunday of the month, you will find me scurrying around with communion trays. My wonderful team of helpers make sure each row is served, and I'm thankful to Pastor Bridgett who coordinates all the serving volunteers, which enables me to put my energy toward using my 'hands on' gifts.

"So why do I do this? It’s simple. I love finding ways to use the gifts Holy Spirit has given me to further Papa’s work, even in the small things. In God’s mind, there are no insignificant jobs or insignificant people. I believe that everything I do brings glory to His Name and is for His purpose and that gives me unspeakable joy!

Karen Hager (Kids Min)

Karen is a wife, mother and grandma, and has been attending Shawnee Alliance since 1999. Her parents served by starting Good News Clubs in Paulding & Putnam County Schools as well as several Bible studies and small groups, and later followed God's calling into ministry. "One would say serving is in my blood, but I serve because I want to. I serve because I care, and because it is my responsibility as a believer. I serve because I know that God's Word is true.

"As I volunteer in Kids Min, I tell the stories from the Bible. I read scripture to them and use props to help me portray God's Word. I love bringing the Bible to life with props or acting out one of the Bible characters. I have even been known to dance and sing to illustrate that the people who walked alongside Jesus were just like us. My heart's desire is for kids to know God as their own; to serve and love the Lord all the days of their life!"

For several years now, Karen's ministry to children has extended beyond Kids Min to coaching an Upward Basketball Team. She has instilled those values in her family, and her children have followed in her footsteps and are a part of our Upward Basketball & Cheerleading program as well.

"Over these last 20+ years I have served the Lord at Shawnee Alliance Church wherever there is need. Where He sends, I will go!"

Serving Opportunities

Current Serving Opportunities

There are many opportunities to get more involved by serving together! Check out the list of volunteer opportunities below, or fill out a volunteer form at shawneealliance.com/volunteer and our staff would be glad to connect you in serving at Shawnee Alliance or in our community in a way that uses your gifts, talents and passions!

Food Drive

Our annual Food Drive begins September 1st! We have a tradition at Shawnee Alliance of donating over 2,000 lbs of non-perishable boxed and canned foods to the Food Pantry in Cridersville. This year, help us collect 2,500 lbs of food items for those in need!

The pantry is in need of: Hygiene items, soups, stews, pork & beans, tomato products (diced/crushed/sauces), noodles, pancake syrup, fruit, puddings, jello, cake/brownie mixes, juice, dry beans, rice, veggies and other shelf stable items. If you have questions regarding your donation, please stop by one of our tables in the lobbies or email Marcail Manuel at marcail864@hotmail.com.

To volunteer to help at the collection tables during services or for set-up/clean-up, please attend the volunteer meeting on August 29 at 10:30am in the Activity Center Lobby. (If unable to attend, please email Marcail Manuel at marcail864@hotmail.com.) Thank you!

5Q

5Q provides free pizza, pop and games for Middle Schoolers after each Shawnee home football game in the Activity Center. Volunteers are always needed! If you're interested in helping with food and drinks, snack shack, check-ins, outdoor supervision or cleanup, please register at shawneealliance.com/events. Dates are Fridays Sept 3, Sept 17, Oct 1, and Oct 22. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Josh at josh@shawneealliance.com.

Centershot Archery

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 weeks from Sept. 13-Nov. 1 and again 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.

Upcoming Serving Opportunities

Operation Christmas Child: Water for Kids

Beginning September 1, please consider donating to the purchase of personal water filtration systems to be included in every Operation Christmas Child box being sent out from Shawnee Alliance Church!

  • $16 provides 100,000 gallons of fresh water to a child/family
  • Our goal is to provide 250 Sawyer mini water filtration systems
  • Filters will be added to Operation Christmas Child (OCC) boxes as they are turned in, on a first come, first filled basis. We will collect OCC boxes from Oct. 31-Nov. 21.

Please visit shawneealliance.com/donate or mark your offering envelope to donate to "OCC Water for Kids" between Sept. 1-Nov. 1! Thank you!

Trunk-N-Treat

Trunk-N-Treat is Wednesday, October 27 at 6:30pm. Volunteers are always needed for decorating and serving candy at their trunks, serving food, parking, cleanup, and more. More info coming soon!

Upward Basketball & Cheerleading

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading registration will open in October for both participants and volunteers. Many volunteers are needed including coaches, referees, food and snack shack servers, check-in, cleanup, and more!

Ongoing Serving Opportunities

Faith Track & Discovering Spiritual Gifts

If you're interested in learning more about using your spiritual gifts and talents to serve others, please join us at the next Faith Track! In a small group setting, we'll learn more about Shawnee Alliance, develop connections, and become more aware of our spiritual gifts and serving opportunities. The next Faith Track will be on Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm from Sept. 8-29. You can sign up now at shawneealliance.com/groups!

Remember, you can reach out to our staff at any time by filling out a connect card at the bottom of our website!

Fall Prayer Focus

September's prayer focus is on our local schools. We are praying for the students, staff teachers, and administrators, recognizing that last-minute challenges will likely arise.

Various scripture cards are available in our church lobbies. Please join us in praying God's Word over our schools, from elementary through higher education.

If you prefer to pray in a group, please find our prayer groups 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.)

  • Thursday, August 26 -  Colossians 3
  • Friday, August 27 - Acts 4
  • Saturday, August 28 - Romans 4
  • Sunday, August 29 - 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
  • Monday, August 30 - Psalm 46
  • Tuesday, August 31 - Proverbs 28
  • Wednesday, September 1 - James 4
  • Thursday, September 2 - Acts 9:14-26
  • Friday, September 3 - 1 Peter 1
  • Saturday, September 4 - Matthew 25:31-46
  • Sunday, September 5 - 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
  • Monday, September 6 - 1 Peter 2
  • Tuesday, September 7 - Galatians 3:23-29; 1 Corinthians 12:26-27
  • Wednesday, September 8 - 1 John 3
  • Thursday, September 9 - Hebrews 12
  • Friday, September 10 - Colossians 1
  • Saturday, September 11 - Colossians 2
  • Sunday, September 12 - Luke 3:21-22
  • Monday, September 13 - Matthew 11
  • Tuesday, September 14 - 2 Corinthians 1
  • Wednesday, September 15 - Psalm 34
  • Thursday, September 16 - John 14
  • Friday, September 17 - 1 Corinthians 15:50-57; Philippians 1:21-23
  • Saturday, September 18 - Psalm 56
  • Sunday, September 19 - Exodus 20:8-11; Genesis 2:2-3
  • Monday, September 20 - Isaiah 43
  • Tuesday, September 21 - Psalm 112
  • Wednesday, September 22 - Revelation 21
  • Thursday, September 23 - 1 Thessalonians 4

Giving at Shawnee Alliance

Thank you to all who donated backpacks, school supplies, and funds used to purchase additional supplies for our annual Blessing of the Backpacks event!

These 135 backpacks were packed with love and necessary school supplies and then prayed over before being distributed on Sunday, August 8. Numerous families were touched by the outpouring of God's people. We were even able to assist a local school with greatly needed supplies that will help in their particular situation.

This ministry continues to grow and is a transforming light in our community. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus!

Thank you for giving to the ministries of Shawnee Alliance Church. Through your generosity, we continue to see life transformation happen in our church, community and around the world through missions!

3 Ways to Give:

1. Text the amount to 84321

2. Online at shawneealliance.com/donate

3. Church Center Appdownload today

Thank you for your generosity!

Thank you 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!