Word of the Week
February 18, 2021
From The Pastor
The Lenten season has begun...
Last night we started the Lenten season with our annual Ash Wednesday service. Pastor Gary and I provided ashes as people drove through our parking lot from 6-6:30pm. There were several who attended during that time. We then held a service at 7pm with many more in attendance in person and others watching online. It was a very somber occasion as we remembered the reality of our temporal nature, and our complete reliance on our eternal Savior.
This was also the introduction of our new sermon series, "There Is A Time...," based on the passage from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Throughout this Lenten season we will be examining some of the "seasons of life" most of us will face during our lives, and we will explore how we can learn and grow from the lessons God has for us during these times. 
I hope you will continue to worship with us during this series, and that it will cause you to reflect on what God may be teaching you. I also hope these lessons will be something you may be willing to share with others as we journey to the cross and resurrection in the weeks ahead. My prayers for you will be even more focused on your safety and edification, and I hope you will always know how much you are loved.
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.

From Pastor Gary
Last Friday, I underwent surgery on my right eye. They removed a cataract and implanted a lens that will allow me to see distant without the use of glasses. In another week, they will remove a cataract from my left eye and then I will have one eye for distance and one for close up and no glasses. Some of you may think, how will you focus? I am still in the determining stages of whether this will work or not. The doctor and I discuss that next week.
Jesus was preaching when the disciples asked what the crowd would do for lunch. He sent them to gather food and they came back with two fish and five loaves. The first thing Jesus did was lift them up and look to Heaven. He asked God to bless the food and as we know thousands were fed.
Do we spend too much time focusing on what is in front of our face and not what the future holds? Or, are we too focused on distant goals, that we forget what is right in front of us that needs attention? Why wouldn't we do what Jesus did and look up to the Father and let Him guide us to what he finds important for us? Each day we should look up and ask the Father what He needs from us that day. Then, we can focus on what is important and not let the things of life blur our vision.
Go and Make Disciples!

Pastor Gary


Children's Ministry

Super Fan: Cheer Each Other On.
Kindness is showing others they are valuable by how you treat them.
Ephesians 4:32

During meal time ask these questions to lead discussions. FOR KIDS: What are you the biggest fan of? FOR PARENTS: Who are you the biggest fan of?

Take time as a family to memorize scripture: "You are God's chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes. Don't be proud. Be gentle and patient." 
Colossians 3:12

Don't forget to check out our Facebook Family Page and our video lessons on YouTube.

"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   

Sunday, February 21st 
Activate! Youth Group 
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!

Cornerstone Family Ministries is hosting it's 41st annual Wonder Walk on Saturday, March 6 from 9:00-noon starting at Harvester UMC and walking north along Collier Parkway to Hale Road and back. 
All proceeds will go to support scholarships for disadvantaged preschool children attending the Rosa Valdez Early Learning Center and Lab School in Tampa. 
Our goal is to raise at least $4,464 which will pay for 2 scholarshipsIf you are interested in participating as a walker, sponsor or to create a basket for the online silent auction, contact Ruth Reilly at rreilly12@verizon.net
or 813-215-9227. If you're interested in making an online donation or to register as a walker go to the Cornerstone Family Ministries website and click on the Support our 41st Annual Wonder Walk button. https://cornerstonefamilyministries.org/ 


Hello Harvester! Thanks so much to those of you who have donated towards the shipping costs and ordered several packs of gloves from the Amazon list. You are truly awesome :)
Below is the link to our OCC List on Amazon.com.  It includes some of the deals I've mentioned in the last couple of weeks and some other items that I'm "watching" for when the price drops. Right now, the gloves, bandanas and band-aids are still the best deals.  
I added small sewing kits, bobbins of thread and safety pins to the list. I've already got 5x7 mesh bags that we can put a kit, a couple of bobbins and some safety pins in to make a larger sewing kit for the girls' boxes.
The flashlight deal I stumbled across a couple of weeks ago is still available on the Wal-Mart website -- 10 mini flashlights for $8.83, or 88 cents each. I found them in the Lutz Wal-Mart on an end-cap in sporting goods, but you can order these online for delivery or store pick-up. 
February's collection items are "Accessories" like hair bands, jewelry, watches, sunglasses, etc. There may still be some after-Valentine's Day deals at Wal-Mart, Walgreen's, CVS, etc., for mark-downs on a lot of these accessories, plus small stuffed animals are usually on clearance as well.  
Kohl's has 6-packs of their "Big-One" washcloths which are a nice size and good quality. Regular price is $9.99 and right now they're on sale for $4.99 which isn't bad but we can do better! If you have a Kohl's charge card, you get offers from time to time for $XX off your total order or even 10-30% off coupons and they can be combined. So here's what I did . . . I had 30% off and purchased multiple packs of these for $3.49 or 58 cents per washcloth.  That gave me $10 in Kohl's cash plus I had $5 off my total order, so the next day I ordered more packs for $4.99 but with the discounts, those ended up at 44 cents per washcloth. It's not quite as tricky as the quadratic formula in algebra but I'd be happy to help you through it if you get some of these offers from Kohl's.
Take-home bottles for "Spare Change for Children" are on our table in the hallway. Our packing party target is 90 boxes this year, so we'll need $810 ($9 x 90 boxes) to cover the processing fee for all of them. We have some left over from donations made after the boxes were sent off last year and what we've collected this year, but we still need to meet this goal if possible.  Please consider picking up a bottle, filling it with spare change, and bringing it back when you can.
If you have any questions, please email me at Harvester.OCC@gmail.comThanks for you continued support!
Janet Sass
OCC Project Leader

Ushers & Greeters Needed

 Volunteers are needed at the 9am in person church service on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in serving, contact coordinators Lloyd and Claire Evans at 813-991-4523 or email them at d0naldduck9@yahoo.com or nunclaire@yahoo.


Church Historian needed for 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.


The 2021 Altar Flower Chart is on a bulletin board in the church hallway. You can sign up in memory or in honor of someone. You can also contact the church office and we can sign up for you. We get our beautiful flower arrangements from Publix each week and the cost is $25. Those providing flowers are encouraged to take them home after worship to enjoy.

Students in Transition 
(SIT Food Bags)

We are currently packing food bags each week for the children at Marlow Elementary who are at risk of going hungry over the weekends. 
We are collecting individual pudding cups, pop tarts, fruit cups, applesauce, cheese & crackers, peanut butter & crackers, cereal bars, crackers, small canned chicken with pop tops and Vienna Sausage. (Individual peanut butter cups are not needed at this time.)

Thank you for your support!


Prayer for Harvester 
We will be meeting through Zoom
Contact Pastor Gary if you would like to join 
this group at ghallam517@aol.com 
Pastor Gary is leading a prayer group in praying for Harvester every Thursday evening at 6:00 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

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

Watch our Sermon's Live on Sunday mornings 
You can watch even WITHOUT your own facebook account!

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. 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 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 for your faithful giving!
Attendance, Tithes and Offerings

In Person Attendance Sunday, February 14........36
Online Views Sunday, February 14........................197
         Operating Received Sunday, February 14..............$5,648.00
            Operating Received Year to Date...........................$42,490.15
            Operating Year to Date Budget..............................$59,217.27


Thank you to all our "Ground Hogs," Denny Johnson, Bruce Kitchen, Bob Cursey  and Tom Herrin as they continue to trim up all the bushes along the tree line on the church property. It is a big job and we appreciate all your hard work!

Thank you to Joanie Einemann and Eloisa Garcia for packing up the SIT bags each week that go to the children in need at Marlow Elementary. We appreciate your time and effort!

Thank you to Joanie Einemann for helping out in the Church Office each week. You are truly a blessing!

Thank you to Gail Herrin, Jerry Rowan and Nancy Taylor for all the time and effort you put in at Beverly Sheffield's former residence sorting, cleaning and packing things up. It's a really big job and we are thankful for your servant hearts.

Thank you to everyone that donates food for our weekly SIT Bags (Student's In Transition food bags.) The children greatly appreciate them. 

Thank you to George Alexander for carrying out various work projects around the church and grounds. We appreciate all you do!
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.


Congregational Care For 
Our Harvester Family
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. 


Like us on Facebook!!
Harvester has several new 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.

Church Library 

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. 
Harvester APP
You can now download the Harvester App  through the App Store for either Apple or Google! Search: HarvesterUMC
With our App you can:
View previous sermons
See our church calendar
Find out more information about HUMC
Submit a prayer request
Make a donation
Read the Bible
Receive updates about Harvester
And so much more!
Be sure to turn your notifications on to receive messages from the church.

Worship Times &
Sunday School



Sunday Mornings


9:00 a.m. On Campus 

Worship &

Live Streaming


Nursery is not available 

at this time.



Upcoming Message

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021

In Person Church and 
Live Streaming at 9am 

Sermon Series: 
"There Is A Time...,"

Message: "Seasons Of Life

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1

Pastor Russell McKee III

Youth Schedule

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021
 Activate! Youth Group
5:30 - 7:00 PM

Church Contact

(813) 948-2311

Web Site

Russell O. McKee lll

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