Word of the Week July 22, 2021
THIS Sunday, July 25, 2021
In Person Church and Live Streamed at the
10:00 AM Worship ONLY
Sermon Series:
This Weeks Message:
"We Made A Difference!"
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1

From The Pastor
A Special Celebration!
This Sunday we will have only ONE service at 10am as we celebrate all that God has been doing in the lives of our young people this week! A powerful group of volunteers have been tirelessly working to create an amazing space for our children to enjoy this year’s Vacation Bible School. So this will be a special worship service as our children share with us some of what they have learned throughout this week. I will also conclude our series, “Together...,” as we delight in how God continues to use us to make a difference for His glory!! I hope you will make every effort to attend this Sunday as we join with these children and their parents to worship what our Savior has been doing! And please remember how much I love and pray for all of you!!
Pastor Russ
Connect with Harvester
To see additional Harvester Information click on our website link  http://www.harvesterumc.com/
For Online Giving click the Harvester link above and look for online giving in the upper right-hand corner.

For those who use the Push Pay App, you will now need to call the toll free number (833) 398-2468 instead of texting 77977. Major wireless carriers are no longer supporting these short codes. Those of you who already registered your account for Text Giving using 77977 will not need to re-register with Harvester's new toll-free number (833) 398-2468.
From Pastor Gary

Monday kicked off our VBS in an unusual way. Sometime after 8:00 a.m., Sheila received a call from Sugar and Spice stating that none of the 35 children they were going to bring would be attending day one. What a surprise that was! We were geared up for 50 kids and now had only 15 from Harvester. The first line of my devotion on Monday read like this, "When facing impossible situations, I sometimes pray, Father, accomplish Your purposes in a way that leaves onlookers dumbfounded." What a great way of thinking about God's purpose in the situations he puts us in.

This week, we had a little girl tell her group leader, "Wow, this is the first time I have ever been in a church!" Harvester, we prayed that God would use us this week to affect the lives of 50 children and I pray this little girl had so much fun, she will want to go to church over and over. Another girl from Sugar and Spice said to me on Wednesday, "I had the best time today." God is blessing us over and over and He is using us to bless these little ones! Thank you, Lord Jesus, for allowing us the chance to change lives with the stories of your Word. Be with us the remainder of the week.

We had A/C problems on Monday and Tuesday and things got fixed on Tuesday afternoon. It was so cold in the sanctuary on Wednesday, it was snowing! If you don't believe me ask the kids!

Go and Make Disciples!
Pastor Gary
Children's Sunday School is during the 11am Worship
For Children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade!!!
Nursery is also available at both the 9am & 11am worship!
Don’t forget to check out our Facebook Family Page and our video lessons on YouTube.
Press Play: Get in the Mix
Confidence is learning to see yourself the way God sees you.

The real enemy is one we can’t see. Ask God to remind you that He has given you everything you need to stand strong. Share a tough situation you are facing now. Pray that God will help you give grace to the people you meet each day as you stand strong against the real enemy, using the truths you’ve discovered in God’s Word.

Take time as a family to memorize scripture: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6, NIV Remember to post a video of your child sharing their scripture reading on the Harvester Family Facebook Page. 
Sunday, July 25
Activate! Youth Group

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity."
1 Timothy 4:12

Harvester's Youth Group meets in person on Sunday evenings from 5:30-7pm in the Youth Room. It is open to all Middle School and High School Students. Come join the fun and weekly activities and don't forget to bring your face mask! For more information, contact Pastor Russ at revmckee@aol.com
Youth & Parents: Join our Instagram @harvesterstudents to keep in touch, and up to date on Activate Youth Group happenings!
Q & A Opportunity
You've got questions and we've got answers! If you're wondering what happened to the proposed split in our denomination or the future of the UM denomination in 2021, you will want to attend an informational meeting TODAY, Thursday, July 22 at 7pm in the Harvester Sanctuary.
Sisters in Spirit

Linda Smith

Sisters! Joint us for Game Night at Harvester!

Friday, August 13th at 7-9pm
Fellowship Hall

Join the Harvester Ladies and invite a friend for a night a fun, fellowship and games!

Feel free to bring a snack or dessert to share!
Harvester is now hiring for 2 positions!
Part time Children's Ministry Director
and a
Part time Youth Director

Send resume to:
Join The Praise Band!

Guitar players, drummers and vocalists are needed!! Anyone interested contact Phillip Brown at pbrown110@verizon.net or 813-777-3025. You do not have to be a member of Harvester to be in the band!

Our next Church Council Meeting will be held on Monday, July 26th at 6:30pm in Rooms 117 & 118.

Everyone is welcome to attend!
5th Sunday Combined Worship & Cook Out!
On Sunday, August 29th we will have a Combined Worship at 10am followed by a Cook Out! We will provide the Hot Dogs and Hamburgers. If you would like to bring a side dish, chips, dessert or a beverage, sign up on the bulletin board in the church hallway. We will be serving food in Rooms 117 & 118 and will have indoor seating in the Youth Room and Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome and invite a friend to join us! 

Performing at Harvester on Sunday, August 29th following our Combined Worship / Cookout. Join us in the Sanctuary at noon for this special treat! TOMCATZ-BAND is Tampa Bay's premier jazz / electric swing horn band. They have a classy, yet edgy sound that can best be described as: retro, hip, hot jive, and high energy. Don’t miss out on this fun and free event! Invite friends and neighbors!
(Christian Life And Service Seminars)
CLASS 101 (Discovering Church Membership) TBA

CLASS 201 (Discovering Spiritual Maturity) TBA

CLASS 301 (Discovering My Ministry) TBA 

CLASS 401 (Discovering My Mission) TBA

Remember that each CLASS must be taken in order (i.e., you must take 101 before 201, and take both 101 and 201 before taking 301, etc.). Childcare is provided upon request.
If you are interested in taking: 

CLASS 101, CLASS 201, CLASS 301 or CLASS 401 email Pastor Russ at revmckee@aol.com and he will schedule a class time and date that is convenient for you.  

Harvester ladies gather at the church on Thursdays at 11:30am to enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant.

Just show up or contact Joan Heiden at earlonpearl@hotmail.com for more information.
It's Mowing Season Again At Harvester!!!
Join the Ground Hogs and help keep our property mowed, edged and looking good! No experience needed and training is provided!

We are in need of someone who can do the edging and blowing either on Thursday mornings or on Saturday morning.

If you are interested or want more information, contact Elvis Goddard at 813-220-2464 or Denny Johnson at 813-431-7939.
Family Dinner Night at Pizza Villa
Any questions contact
Earl & Joan Heiden at
Come out and enjoy the food, fellowship and fun!

Everyone is welcome to join us at the Pizza Villa Restaurant in Land O Lakes the second Saturday of each month. We can't wait to see you all there!
Worship with us Sunday mornings at our 9am Traditional Service or at 11am for our Contemporary Service.

No reservations are required!
Volunteer at Christian Social Services
Christian Social Services Thrift Store and food pantry are open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. They are now able to accept food and other donations. Donors need to call CSS first at 813-995-0088 and check with Tina to be sure the items can be received. 
Harvester Helpers can volunteer the last Saturday of each month from 10am to 12pm. No experience needed, just show up!
Adult Sunday School
The Adult Sunday School Class is on Sunday mornings at 10:15am in Rooms 117 & 118.

We are studying A guide To James, "Growing In The Christian Life." Larry Young will facilitate the class.

Any questions, email Larry at dayoung3@verizon.net
Janet Sass
OCC Project Leader

If you have any questions, please email Janet at Harvester.OCC@gmail.com.  

Thanks for you continued support!
Hello Harvester!  More Spare Change bottles this week with more than $50 inside puts us over our $810 goal for shipping! But please don't stop dropping that change into the bottles and bringing them in when they're full as every additional $9 we collect is another box that can bring a child closer to Jesus!  The collection bottles will be back on our table in the main hallway after VBS is over.  When you bring back your filled bottles, just hand them to me on Sunday morning or leave them in the plastic shoebox on the table, or you could leave it on the back counter in the church office.  

Going along with the idea that we'll probably pack more than 90 boxes at our party, Mom and I used the rest of the "pencil pack supplies" to fill more and we now have about 97 full packs. We ran short of lip balm, pencil sharpeners, and pens, so I've added those to our Amazon wish list as high priority items. Both 60- and 144-count boxes of pens have been added since they're both on sale and calculate out to be less than 10 cents per pen. The price was lower earlier this week (less than 9 cents), so I hope some of you can jump on these discounted pens before the price goes up further!

We received more than 40 t-shirts in the last week!  For our target 10-14 age group, Adult-sized Small and Medium shirts are probably best, although Youth XL are pretty close to the Adult Small. Hobby Lobby's regular price for shirts is $2.99 and they're very high-quality Gildan. There's a 10-pak on our Amazon list which works out to about $3.00 per shirt; colors aren't critical and the price varies a bit between colors. Buying the 10-pack on your own is a bit pricey, so I'd be happy to collect a few dollars from you if you want to go in with other Harvester folks on this deal. Let me know if this is an option and I'll make it happen.

Here's the link to our OCC List on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2MJIXAPCEKFDL?ref_=wl_share

If you're not an Amazon-er or are still hesitant to go shopping, please let me know and I'd be happy to do so for you. Just send me an email at Harvester.OCC@gmail.com or text to 813-598-1783 and we can work out the details.

It should be no surprise that the items for August are school supplies. Our pencil paks are in good shape as mentioned above. Wal-Mart has the Cra-Z-Art 12-pack of colored pencils for only 50 cents each. If you happen to be in Wal-Mart, please pick up a couple of packs for the shoeboxes. We have 40 so far!
Ushers & Greeters Needed
Volunteers are needed at the 11am service on Sunday mornings.

If you are interested in serving, contact Gail Herrin at 813-909-7644 or agherrin47@gmail.com
Thank you for your faithful giving!
Attendance, Tithes and Offerings

In Person Attendance Sunday, July 18.............114
Online Views Sunday, July 18............................188
     Operating Received Sunday, July 18......................$5,003.01
      Operating Received Year to Date..............................$215,121.77
      Operating Year to Date Budget..................................$245,328.69

Watch our Sermon's Live on
Sunday mornings 
No Facebook account? No problem! Click the link below and watch our Sermon's live on Harvester's Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. for our Traditional Service or at 11 a.m. for our Contemporary Worship on Sunday mornings or tune in later to watch the video. 

Just click the link the link above and it will take you directly to the Harvester facebook page. To the left of the screen, click on "Videos". Then it will take you to our most recent sermon's. When you click on the most recent video, in the bottom right corner on the video screen, there is another volume button. Make sure it is all the way up. 
Virtual Attendance Pad
Now on the
Harvester Web Site!
Help us to still keep track of our attendance at the 9am & 11am live streaming service.  
Just click the link and it will take you to the Harvester web site
Scroll down a little bit and click on the purple tab that say "Let Us Know You Were There" 
Then type in your name and information then hit "Send" ! It's just that easy!
If you have any trouble at all, email harvesterumc@verizon.net or call 813-948-2311.
Thank you to our Groundhogs, Elvis Goddard, Keith Swan, Tom Herrin, Denny Johnson, Bob Cursey, Randy Ayers, Skip Henk, Bruce Kitchen and Ken Lemanowicz for mowing and edging our church grounds! They look beautiful and we appreciate all your time and hard work!

Thank you to Randy and Pan Ayers for providing and maintaining the lovely flowers at our main entrance each week.

Thank you to Joanie Einemann for helping out in the Church Office each week. You are truly a blessing!
Prayer for Harvester 
Contact Pastor Gary if you would like to join the group at ghallam517@aol.com 
Pastor Gary is leading a prayer group in praying for Harvester every Thursday evening at 6:15 p.m. on Zoom. Everyone is welcome. Please join us. 
Here is the Zoom information you need. If you need help, please call Pastor Gary at 813-727-5556 and he will get you set up. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6141448568?pwd=Q0RkeXFZelhRdmtONy9mb3k2eXpIdz09
Meeting ID: 614 144 8568
Password: 164573
Church Historian Needed at Harvester
Are you organized and creative, interested in our church's history, have the ability to gather information from various resources and have a servant heart? Then Church Historian could be the position for you!
We are seeking a volunteer to help to continue to maintain our church records by documenting, collecting and preserving materials from our activities, events, milestones and anniversaries! Much of the information is already provided to you through our weekly email newsletter the WOW and bulletin.

Collecting the information and coupling it with materials and/or photos would be all you need to be successful. If you are interested or would like more information, contact the church office at 813-948-2311 or harvesterumc@verizon.net or contact Cindy Kitchen at kitchen.family@verizon.net.
Our Congregational Care Team leaders are Deborah Alexander (813-994-2538) and co-chair Sandi Newby (813-996-2825). If it is an emergency and you need someone immediately, call or text Pastor Gary at 813-727-5556. Please feel free to call the church 813-948-2311 anytime day or night for things that don't need immediate attention. As soon as someone is in the office, they will return your call or forward your message to the appropriate person. The church office hours are 8:00 am - 3:30 pm Monday through Thursday. 

Our Church Library is available for everyone to use! Stop by and check out some materials and feel free to borrow what you like! We have a really nice collection. 
Church Contact Information
(813) 948-2311

Web Site

Russell O. McKee III

 Family Ministries Pastor
Gary Hallam

Worship & Creative Arts
Phillip Brown

Administrative Assistant
Sheila Fitzgerald
Nursery Coordinator
Christina Monette

Director of Children's Ministry
Kristina Nast
Church Office Hours

Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 3:30 pm. Contact Sheila at 813-948-2311 or email harvesterumc@verizon.net with any questions, concerns or needs.  

As you all know, I mostly work from home but do keep some office hours at church. If you should need to get into the church for any reason, feel free to contact me and I can get there quickly. The best way to contact me is my cell 813-857-2602.

Room Availability At Harvester  
Any Ministry Team, Bible Study Group or anyone needing to reserve a room, multiple rooms or the church property, please contact Sheila in the church office to confirm availability and to schedule your meeting and/or event at harvesterumc@verizon.net or (813) 948-2311

Like us on Facebook!!
Harvester has several groups on Facebook, so check them out!
Harvester Women - Sisters in Spirit 

Harvester Youth - Activate

Harvester Kids - Children's Ministry  ***this is a closed group - meaning that only members will be able to see the information in it for the safety of our children -- but all you have to do to be a part of it is request to join -- there are 3 questions (are you a member/regular attendee of Harvester?, What Harvester Children's activities have you/do you plan to attend? What ages are your children? Once the admin approves it, you will have access to the pages.
Harvester APP
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