Word of the Week
August 8, 2019
From The Pastor

Some Positive Feedback!
After many months of rising to the District's challenge for Harvester, we have begun to hear some great feedback. As demanding as the challenges have been, I am excited that Harvester has met, and even exceeded the goals set for us! Our Council Chair, Skip Henk, has been sending in updates to the District about our progress, and I wanted to share a couple of their responses.
Beth Potter, who is responsible for the Gulf Central District's Congregational Vitality, shared after our six-month report:
 "Thanks for the update, Skip and company.  Sounds like there is a lot happening and some fruits for your labor.  Love that you are doing "follow-up" for folks asking for more information.  That is so critical and often neglected.  Bravo.  Are you seeing any trends with what you are doing-some events getting more "traction?"  We know that to bring a non-believer to Christ often takes as many as 30 "touch points"....Harvester is doing great in reaching into the community.  Keep up the great work for God!  Know that we are here as a support and resource if needed."
And then from our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Candace M. Lewis, when she was informed that we recently hired a new Children's Director and Youth Director:
 "This is great news to hear that this milestone was reached!!! We look forward to hearing how the District can partner with your new staff and get them connected with other Youth and Children's leaders in our District."
As your pastor I want to thank all of you for your constant prayers, generous giving, and ongoing efforts to the ministries and family that make Harvester who we are! May we continue to exceed all expectations as we reach our community and world for the sake of Jesus Christ! Remember that I love and pray for you!!

Pastor Russ


Connect with Harvester


To see additional Harvester Information click on this 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

As we get back in the groove of school starting again, we will take time this Sunday to pray for our schools, our students, our administrators, teachers and our Harvester Sunday School teachers.  In the midst of more shootings in our country this past week, we will pray for their safety and that they can just go to school and enjoy life like we did when we were kids.  
As I listened to the announcers on the JoyFM this week reliving the shootings of last week, they made the statement that the way to change all of this was to begin changing hearts.  One heart at a time being changed for Jesus sounds perfect to me.  Lord help this world to be a better place.  Use us to help it happen in any way you need us.  Amen
Go and Make Disciples!
Pastor Gary 


Children's Ministry

Did you know that the average parent has less than 1,000 weeks from the time their child is born until they move out? That means for those of us that serve in children's ministry we have less than 600 Sundays to share the love of Christ with our students before they're promoted.
Parents , next Sunday will be promotion Sunday for our children's ministry. An informational email will be sent about your child's classroom and new check-in system.
Harvester Family, please join us on Sunday to pray over our Sunday school and classroom teachers, students, staff and administrators as they begin their new school year. We will be praying during both services on Sunday. 

Kristina Nast 

"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   

No Switch Rehearsal (Youth Worship Band) 
Sunday,August 11th   
Open to all Middle School and Senior High students. For more information, contact Eric Halvorsen at Sillysamsings@yahoo.com 

Activate! Youth Group
Sunday, August 11th  
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Open to all Middle School and Senior High students. For more information, contact our new Youth Director Heather Gustafson at 813-230-0575 hlgustafson20@gmail.com 

Youth & Parents: Join our Instagram "@harvesterstudents" to keep in touch, and up to date on Activate Youth Group happenings!

Cuba Trip Meeting

Harvester will be hosting an informational meeting on Sunday, August 11 at 10am in the Youth Room for anyone interested in going on a mission trip to visit our sister churches in Cuba or for anyone wanting to learn more about our ministry in Cuba.  If you are interested in attending, please email Eloisa Garcia at caseysgrandma@tampabay.rr.com or just show up.


(Christian Life And Service Seminars)

CLASS 101 (Discovering Church Membership) Saturday, August 17, 10am-12pm

CLASS 201 (Discovering Spiritual Maturity) Saturday, August 17 12:30-2:30pm

CLASS 301 (Discovering My Ministry) Saturday, August 24 10am-12pm

CLASS 401 (Discovering My Mission) Saturday, August 24 12:30-2:30pm

CLASS's must be taken in order. If you are interested in attending, sign up on the bulletin board in the church hallway, email Pastor Russ at revmckee@aol.com or just show up!


October 19, 2019 
Evangelism and Outreach Craft Fair! 

SAVE THE DATE!!!! FALL FESTIVAL Fundraiser. Have you saved the date yet? Is it in your calendar? ALL of your calendars? October 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We need you here on that day to buy hotdogs and hamburgers from Scott Sutton and the Youth. We need you here that day to purchase the wonderful items that Harvester's crafters have donated. Our crafts and vendors are sure to please! We need you to enter a pumpkin in the pumpkin carving contest!!! (and to vote on your favorite pumpkin).   How about some delicious goodies from the bake sale? Harvester has some awesome cooks! Sounds like a fun day....right? Save the date so you won't miss it.
   * Crafters...we are seeking your donations. Thank you to those who have donated already! Whether you donate one item or many items, we will be grateful for each one. Bring it on!!!!
   * Vendors...we are seeking vendors....if you want to sell your wares, or if you know someone who has crafts to sell, contact Cindy Thompson or Delaine Holsopple asap!!!
   * Bakers...get those cookbooks out! Or granny's favorite recipe. Let's keep the dentists in business!
   * Basket-raffle...we can't wait to see the creative baskets that you'll bring in. Harvester members have unlimited creativity!! Starting this week, sign up sheets are posted in the hallway.   We are ready to accept your donations (except for bake sale items, of course) any time you are ready.
The Missions team is so excited about the Fall Festival fundraiser...we are thanking God for you and all that you do to make this a success.


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.

Join the Ground Hog Team

It's mowing season and we need volunteers to help mow our grounds. If you are interested in helping to keep our grounds looking good, contact Gary Evans at 813-505-5870 or sign up on the bulletin board in the church hallway. Training will be provided. 


Sisters in Spirit 
Beach Retreat
Ladies, please join us for our Annual Fall Beach Retreat at the BridgeWalk Resort on Anna Maria Island.
Retreat dates are September 20, 21 & 22. The cost is $65 per night (Friday & Saturday nights) and you can stay one night or two. We will car pool due to limited parking. If you are interested in joining us, sign up on the SIS bulletin board in the church hallway or contact Debbie Young at 813-514-7738 or Linda Smith for more information at  johlinsha_3@msn.com .  Deposits for the trip are due now. You can pay for half of the retreat now and the other half the week of the retreat.


Sisters In Spirit Events

August 16 - Tea & Social 7pm Fellowship Hall
September 20-22 - Ladies Retreat to Anna Maria Island
October 12 - Corn Maze & Craft show at Sweetfields Farm   http://sweetfieldsfarm.com/index.php/events/fall-maze/
November 8 - Tea & Social & Pack College/Military Boxes
December 6 - Tea & Sock Exchange
December - Trip to La Grange Georgia to visit Biblical History Center  http://biblicalhistorycenter.com/
December 21 - Church Street Christmas in Dade City


New Harvester T-shirts!!!

 We will start T-shirt presales this Sunday. Stop by the table in the church hallway and check out the sample T-shirts. Any questions, see Jennifer Backhus 


Jane Leighton was a former member of Harvester and went to be with the Lord on July 25th. She was a very talented lady and played the piano at our 9am service a couple of years ago before she and her husband Dave moved to Port Richey.
Jane's memorial service will be on Thursday, August 22nd at 11am at St. Marks Presbyterian Chruch at 7922 SR52, Hudson, FL 34667. Sympathy cards can be sent to Dave Leighton, 11325 Versailles Lane, Port Richey, FL 34668

The Breakfast Club 

***Reminder Breakfast Club S aturday, 
August 17th***
It's like Saturday Detention... with breakfast
Please consider yourself invited to the Breakfast Club. We meet at Harvester and start serving around 8:30 am. We will have a full breakfast and great conversation. We meet the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. 
 It's like Saturday Detention... with breakfast
***Reminder Breakfast Club Saturday, August 17***


New Ladies Bible Study 

Starting Tuesday, August 20th at 6:30pm. We will be studying "The Book of Ruth" by Bianca Juarez Olthoff. 
Walk the journey of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz and discover the devoted love of God and His transformative power in our lives. Anyone interested, contact Jennifer Backhus at jennufrx@yahoo.com 


Ushers & Greeters Needed

We are looking for four people to serve as ushers & greeters at the 9am service. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information about the position, contact our new 9am Coordinators, Lloyd & Claire Evans at 813-991-4523 or or email them at d0naldduck9@yahoo.com .


Communion Servers Needed

We are putting together a group of people who would be willing to help serve communion on the first Sunday of each month. There are also special services throughout the year where communion will need to be served. We currently need four servers at both the 9am & 11am services. Contact Kim McKee if you would like to service or if you have any questions at mckee.kimberlyp@gmail.com


Prayer for Harvester 
Pastor Gary is leading a prayer group in praying for Harvester the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30-7:30pm in the Sanctuary. Everyone is welcome. Please join us.
For those who are unable to make it to the Wednesday prayer group, I am asking that you set a recurring alarm on your phone for a time and day of your choice to take time to pray specifically for your church and God's will to be done at Harvester! The more we talk to God about what He wants from us, the faster we can begin working on it. Thank you everyone for helping us to bombard Heaven with our requests! 


Harvester is headed to The Holy Land! 

If you are interested in going on the November 2020 Tour and would like more information and testimonials from people who have gone on the tour, go to the EO website's Gallery section: http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/gallery/holyland-photos#eotours and select the first video on the left. We also have brochures available on the table outside the sanctuary. For more information or questions, contact Gigi Taylor at nurse@ceciliasworld.com.  


Roof Campaign Update
from Debbi Isom

We are at the halfway mark for the roof campaign. Our goal is to raise $23,000 over 3 years to pay for a new roof on the original building. $52 per year or $1 per Sunday each year per member will reach the goal. Thanks be to God we met the goal the first year! The year to date total is $3,782.90 which means we are close to halfway to our goal of $7,700 for this year. Thanks to everyone who has given thus far. We are hopeful we will meet our goal again this year.



Thank you to this weeks Ground Hogs Tom Herrin, Simon FitzPatrick, Elvis Goddard and Keith Swan for keeping the grounds mowed and looking beautiful. The weather has been hot and rainy and we appreciate all of you!

Thank you to George Alexander and Lloyd Evans for helping with various work projects around the church and grounds. We appreciate all you do!

Thank you to everyone helping in the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings! We appreciate you making coffee, setting up snacks and cleaning up after the 11am worship! You are all wonderful servants.

Thank you to Joanie Einemann for helping out in the church office each week. You are a blessing!

Congregational Care For Our Harvester Family
Our Congregational Care Team is up and running!  Deborah Alexander (813-994-2538) and Sandi Newby (813-996-2825) are co-chairing the team. 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. 

1 st  & 2 nd  Corinthians
This practical and relevant course deals with church problems in a city plagued by immorality. It applies God's answers to similar problems faced by present-day Christians seeking to advance God's kingdom in their societies.
                        Registration is now open for the                           
2019 / 2020 Bible Study
Beginning September 5, 2019
Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Offering excellent Nursery, Preschool,
and  Homeschool  Ministries
Harvester Community Church
2432 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes
Pan Ayers (760)-315-0347  rplayers@sbcglobal.net   
 register @   www.tampanorth.cbsclass.org
 information @  www.communitybiblestudy.org


CSS Volunteers Needed!!!  

Volunteers are needed at Christian Social Services anytime Tuesday through Saturday from 10am - 4pm. Come for an hour or stay longer! No experience or special ability needed, just a willingness to help! It's a great place for youth to get credit for school (youth younger than 15 yrs. old must be accompanied by an adult.) Call or email Llurah Utt with questions, concerns or just show up at CSS ask for Tina and she'll be SO HAPPY to get you started. You will be a blessing and YOU WILL BE BLESSED! Llurah - (813) 996-6926 or  thriftygirls2@yahoo.com   

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


God has a purpose for your pain, a reason for your struggle, and a reward for your faithfulness. Trust Him and don't give up!

Submitted by Deborah Alexander


Join Larry Young and the prayer group on Friday mornings at 10:00 am in Room 38

There are so many needs in our church and beyond that must be covered in prayer. If this is something that you would love to participate in, then just show up or contact Larry Young at  813-846-4342.

You can also text your prayer concern to the prayer chain at 81 3-846-4342 or contact the church office.

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 are always accepting donations of  Christian books (non fiction or fiction) and are happy to add them to the 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.


To All The Men at Harvester
We are meeting at 8:00 am every Tuesday at Panera Bread 
at the corner of SR 54 and Livingston Rd.
813-846-4342  cell
Church Office Hours

Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 3:30 pm. 

Worship Times &
Sunday School



Sunday Mornings


9:00 a.m.

Traditional Worship

Nursery available


11:00 a.m.

Contemporary Worship


11:00 a.m.


Children's Worship Hour

Middle School Sunday School 


5th Sundays Combined Worship at 10:00 a.m. followed by a luncheon 


Upcoming Message

Sunday, August 11

"On The Journey Together!"

Scripture: Ephesians 4:11-16

Pastor Russell O. McKee lll

Youth Schedule

Sunday, August 11

No Switch Rehearsal
this week

Activate! Youth Group
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Church Contact

(813) 948-2311

Web Site

Russell O. McKee lll

Family Ministries Pastor
Gary Hallam

Worship & Creative Arts
Phillip Brown

Office Administrator
Sheila Fitzgerald
Nursery Coordinator
Christina Monette

Director of Children's Ministry
Kristina Nast

Director of Youth Ministry
Heather Gustafson