The Faith Alliance mission:
“To eliminate poverty in our community and by our actions demonstrate true Christian love.”
The Faith Alliance vision:
“To be the organization that coordinates the collaborative external activities of the West Chester/Liberty Township Christian Community to serve the needs of the community.
The Faith Alliance of Southwestern Ohio (DBA The Faith Alliance of West Chester and Liberty Township) was incorporated as a 501 c) 3 non-profit in 2011. Jay Shephard and Pastor Alan Landes were founding board members/presidents. The Faith Alliance currently has 19 church partner members and several other congregations and local organizations that partner with them.
Sue Mahlock is first Director of Outreach and only staff member. Sue also acts as our Crestview liaison to the Faith Alliance.
Faith Alliance Activities CPC Historically Supports
Participated every year since 2013
One of up to 22 congregations participating
CPC donates to the Faith Choice Pantry at Stepping Forward
Crestview collected the most ever in 2017 – over 3,200 pounds!
Dates: Usually first weekend of March
X Days Community Service – April (changed from June)
Participated since beginning in 2013 for four years.
Multiple projects to go BE THE EXTERNAL CHURCH: including work at local schools, One Way Farm for Children, Boys and Girls Club projects, visiting shut-ins and nursing homes, picking up highway trash, etc. Some of the elderly could not serve outside church so help with VBS was started.
In 2017, Faith Alliance is moving X Days to April and is offering at least ONE group project where churches and individual members can serve on each Saturday in April for Habitat for Humanity, putting finishing touches on a new home in Hamilton OR serving at their ReStore in Hamilton. Ages 14 and up are allowed to help. More projects will have to be done to accommodate more volunteers.
Coordinator = Sue will be sending out a Sign Up Genius for the Habitat and other projects can be signed up for after worship on Sunday’s, March 12 & 19.
Dates: Saturday, April 22, 2017 for Crestview. But all Saturdays in April are available this year.
Stepping Forward Tuesday Night Dinners – hosted by Faith Community UMC every Tuesday at 6pm
Crestview has supported by serving meals since 2011, usually 2-3 times per year.
First Signature Program of Faith Alliance Church Partners (now called Outreach Activity)
Participation in Stepping Forward, WC Presbyterian Community Suppers and/or Summer Lunch Ministry is a requirement of FA membership
Comprehensive program offers Life Skills classes, Social Service referrals, food pantry, mentorship, etc.
Started with 25 guests and now average over 190 guests at dinner each week
Only need to send 10-12 volunteers each time and bring meal to feed about 200
Coordinator – Renee Leuthold is new coordinator for 2017
Dates: CPC is scheduled for Tuesdays, May 2 and December 5, 2017
Summer Lunch Ministry– Monday through Friday all summer
Crestview prepared and served lunch to low-income kids in Gettysburg Mobile Home Community for about 9 years even before Faith Alliance existed.
Faith Alliance took over the coordination of program in 2012 as it grew to more Summer Lunch sites
Collaboration between BC Success program, and since 2015 Lakota Child Nutrition and Mission Possible
Currently 7 residential sites including Liberty Jr School where lunch is served and activities offered
Lakota converted Busses to Food Busses and started serving at sites in 2016.
Churches can now not worry about providing and preparing food but can concentrate on relationships and sharing God, fun and other activities with at-risk kids. HOWEVER, LUNCHES FOR ADULTS AND GROCERIES TO SEND HOME ON WEEKENDS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!
In 2016, the Summer Lunch program fed 1386 low-income Lakota children.
Coordinator – Denise Chambers
Dates: Summer schedule is May 30 – August 9, 2017; CPC normally chooses one or two weeks to serve.
Summer Lunch Literacy Ministry – 6 weeks in June-July
No direct CPC participation except for Volunteer leader, Denise Chambers.
3rd year of free, two days per week, summer reading program serving 1st through 2nd grade Lakota students who struggle with reading. Low-income children from 4 summer lunch sites including Lakota Lakes (previously Gettsyburg), Deer Run, Meadowridge, and North Pointe are served.
Denise Chambers, CPC – Literacy Program Advocate (without her would not happen!)
Sue Mahlock – Administrative Coordinator
Although no other volunteers from Crestview have been used and funding comes from grants, there may be possibilities to provide reading tutors, chaperones and/or book donations in future.
Dates: June 5 – July 14, 2017
Help a Child in Need Succeed Backpack Ministry – July
Crestview has participated since this began in 2014
Ministry in support of Reach Out Lakota’s Back to School Program
Crestview has sponsored 50 local Lakota children’s backpacks & whole school supply list each year.
In 2016, 10 of our churches provided 520 children’s school supplies which was more than 100% of those registered for help at ROL.
Coordinator – Sue Mahlock
Dates: July 16 & 23 distribute cards, collect on July 30, 2017
Sing Out Against Poverty Music Festival
Rodney and his CPC Praise Band were one of 5 church bands to perform at the 1st Annual Sing Out Against Poverty Festival in September of 2016 at The Square at Union Centre.
About 200 people attended the first event which offer free admission, food and fun for kids of all ages.
The music festival raised $4,000 to go toward FA Hunger and Education programs benefitting local programs of the Faith Alliance supporting the needy.
Member Church Bands to perform will apply in the spring (Travis is serving on committee).
The event raises awareness for the Faith Alliance and poverty in our community.
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Faith Alliance Annual Celebration
Crestview has hosted the first two Faith Alliance Annual Celebration Dinner Meetings in Sept/October. Coordinators: Sue Mahlock & Jay Shephard.
Karen Limoseth and her Presbyterian ladies assist in making and serving beverages and doing set up and breakdown in the Middle Sanctuary.
Date: Thursday, October 26, at 7pm in CPC Middle Sanctuary
For more information see the Faith Alliance Website