The Faith Alliance mission is “to eliminate poverty in our community and by our actions demonstrate true Christian love.”
Crestview has been active in the Faith Alliance activities since 2011 when they incorporated as a 501©3
Jay Shephard and Pastor Alan Landes were founding board members/presidents.
Faith Alliance currently has 19 church partner members and several other churches and local organizations they partner with.
Sue Mahlock is first Director of Outreach and only staff member.
Russ Turner was the FA Liaison from Crestview. Sue is current CPC liaison to FA.
FA Membership Cost = $0. There is no required Church partner membership fee, however, we rely upon churches and private donations and some grants to continue our mission work. 11 churches gave between $200 and $5,000 donations in 2016, but any size donation or love offering is appreciated!
Faith Alliance Activities CPC Historically Supports
Feed our Neighbors in Need Food Drive – every March
Participated 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
One of up to 22 partner congregations participating
Crestview collected a total of close to 8,000 out of a total of 100,000 lbs. groceries
Coordinators – Sue Mahlock and Jeff LaPrete, Ali Boger and youth group will assist
CPC Cost = $0, members donate
Dates: Give out grocery bags/flyers Feb. 19 & 26 show video, collection March 5, 2017
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 so that will be easy but if we do any additional X Days projects, she needs another coordinator as she already coordinates the Family Promise for Crestview.
Dates: Saturdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 (29 is optional). A SignUp Genius link is available now. We blocked April 22 is blocked for 10 to do home build and to bring the lunch for 20. Individuals can sign up for any date.
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
CPC Cost = $0 this year as members donated, but in past years they have spent several hundred dollars
Dates: CPC is scheduled to provide/serve dinner 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.
In 2016, the Summer Lunch program fed 1386 low-income Lakota children.
Coordinator – Denise Chambers
Cost= $0 this year due to Food Bus. Use to have a budget to buy food and also some activities.
Dates: May 30 – August 11, 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 3rd grade Lakota students who struggle with reading. Low-income children from 4 summer lunch sites including Gettsyburg 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 and/or book donations in future.
Cost to churches = 0, program funded by grants
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
Cost = $0
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 individuals.
Church Bands to perform will apply in the spring (Travis is serving on committee).
The event raised awareness for the Faith Alliance and all the churches and missions it represents.
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, kitchen coordinator.
Karen Limoseth and her Presbyterian ladies assist in making and serving beverages and doing set up and breakdown in the Middle Sanctuary.
Cost = Almost $0, just some coffee and lemonade and facility donated
Date: Thursday, October 26, at 7pm in CPC Middle Sanctuary