Word of the Week
January 10, 2019
From The Pastor

We're off and running!
I have been very excited about the way so many of you have embraced our church's challenge for this new year! My first CLASS 101 had 14 in attendance, Pastor Gary's Wednesday Night Prayer Group had 21 people united in fervent prayer, and so many of you have already signed up for our Gulf Central District's upcoming Learning Event!  I have also noticed a renewed sense of unity and a growing belief that we want to be a part of what God is doing at Harvester! As I have said many times before, I am so proud to be one of your pastors!
By the way, another CLASS 101 will be offered on Saturday, January 19 at 10am, and CLASS 201 will be offered on Saturday, January 26 at 10am. There will be other offerings for all four Discipleship Classes, so keep watching for your opportunity to take one, or all of these classes! If you would like to attend one of these, let me know the best time to schedule a class for you. You can contact me at revmckee@aol.com. 
As for the upcoming Learning Event, you will find more information below and exactly how to join with many of your Harvester family as we learn new ideas for reaching our community for Jesus Christ!
Thank you for all your prayers, encouragement and energy. I am so looking forward to seeing how God will continue to use us! Please remember that I love and pray for each of you!!
Pastor Russ


A Gulf Central Learning and Application Event 

Our District has challenged Harvester to have a minimum of 30 people attend this event. Let's rise to the challenge! 

  The Why, What & How with a Mid and Small Local Church focus. February 16, 2019 from 9am-3pm at Anona UMC, 13233 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL 33774. Just a few great sessions include: Reaching into your community-The power of Asset Mapping, Reaching children through growing School Partnerships, Digital & Websites for the novice, How to buy Technology smartly, Sharing the Gospel when you're scared to death, and Keeping our sanctuary safe in today's world. Child care is available. Spa nish translation provided. Register online at https://bit.ly/2seqAtV   


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

Well it was good to know that my sermon brought out some positive responses this past weekend.  As people were leaving, between 25-30 committed to me that they would be attending the district class on February 16th.  Remember we need 30 to meet the district challenge.  
60 would be great!
We held our Prayer for Harvester meeting last night and had 21 people show up to pray for our church, its leaders and the surrounding community.  Thank you God for leading us to pray for our wonderful church, all who attend here and for those that we will get to attend here.
Go and Make Disciples!
Pastor Gary


Children's Ministry

The new year brings with it new hope! I am praying for great things with our children's ministry this year. As the year begins, our children will learn how "People Welcome Jesus." My prayer is the children will welcome other children and will then share what they have learned about Jesus! Would you pray that prayer with me?
We will be collecting for Heifer International this month, so please feel free to buy some cookies and look at those darling smiles to help a great cause! I am going to save the money this year until Heifer offers a 3 for 1 match of giving and then we will triple the amount of animals purchased for families that so need the help.
We are already talking about VBS and of course there will be our Easter Egg Hunt before that.
Pastor Gary

"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   

Switch Rehearsal (Youth Worship Band) 
Sunday, January 13th 
4:00-5:15 pm
Open to all Middle School and Senior High students. For more information, contact Eric Halvorsen at Sillysamsings@yahoo.com 

Activate! Youth Group 
unday, January 13th 
5:30-7:00 pm
Open to all Middle School and Senior High students. For more information, contact Pastor Russ McKee at revmckee@aol.com 


Sisters In Spirit

January 12th (this Saturday)  Winter Jam at Amalie Arena. Great concert for youth and families. $15 admission at the door. Carpool will be leaving Harvester at 4pm.  Email Linda Smith if you want to be in the carpool johlinsha_3@msn.com 
January 26th Kumquat Festival in Dade City. Arts & Crafts, food, antique car show. Great family activity. No admission fee, but pay to park. Carpool leaving Harvester at 10am, email Linda Smith if you want to carpool.
January 27th (Sunday). Souper Bowl Sunday. Soup and Chili cook off at the church. Tasting starts at 10am. Need some planners to help with this.  Look for the sign up sheet on the SIS bulletin board.


Class 101 & 201

Pastor Russ will be hosting Class 101 on Saturday, January 19th at 10am and Class 201 is on Saturday, January 26th at 10am. Both classes will be held in the Youth Room. The Classes must be taken in consecutive order. If you are interested in becoming a member of Harvester then plan to attend Class 101. You can email Pastor Russ at revmckee@aol.com, or sign up on the bulletin board in the church hallway or just show up!


Prayer for Harvester 
Pastor Gary is leading a prayer group in praying for Harvester on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm in the Sanctuary. Last week we had 21 show up!! Let's keep it going! Everyone is welcome. Please join us.


Roof Campaign Update
from Debbi Isom

First year down and 2 to go! WOW! Praise be to God! We met the first year goal of $7,700 and slightly exceeded it so we are off to a super start for 2019! The weekly goal is $1 each Sunday per member. That's $52 a year. Some pay the whole year at once while others pay weekly or monthly. Either way it all adds up to the goal. Check out the model on the table outside the sanctuary to see the progress. Each post-it note roof tile equates to $100 raised for the new roof. We are so grateful to everyone for making the first year a success! The body of Christ at Harvester is doing great things to grow God's kingdom. Amen!    

Let's Do THIS
Here is the update for upcoming events for the Brothers and Sisters of Christ at HUMC!  Let's get out in the community and spread the light and love of Jesus!   To add an event, fill out the insert in the bulletin and turn it in at the Let's Do THIS! Bulletin Board  OR Contact Debbi Isom (813) 787-3535 if you have an event you would like us to help you get started!   
    • January
    • 13  -  Winter Jam Christian Concert $15 at the door - Tampa
    • 26 - Dade City Kumquat Festival 9AM - 5PM
    • February 24
      • Toby Mac Hits DEEP Tour at Amalie Arena
      • Cost $18 and up via ticket master 
    • March 22 - SWITCHFOOT Concert
      • Friday at The Ritz Ybor, Tampa  
      • Cost $35 - $48 at Ticketmaster   -  can try for group rate? 
    • March or April
    • Sunken Gardens - St. Petersburg, FL
    • $10 adults, $8 Seniors (62+) $4 Children (2-11) 
    • June
      • Jesus Freak Cruise -  jesusfreakcruise.com  for full details
      • June 10-14 Royal Caribbean's mariner of the seas sailing from port Canaveral Nassau-Bahamas coco cay
      • DC Talk, Newsboys, toby mac, kevin Max, John Christ, Mandisa, Ryan Stevenson, Aaron Cole, Heath Arthur,
      • Formal night, 80's night, luau night


Thank you to Elvis Goddard and Simon Fitzpatrick for mowing and weeding the front flower beds this week! Our church grounds look beautiful. 

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!
The Breakfast Club 

***Reminder Breakfast Club S aturday, 
January 19 th***
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, January 19th***


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

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 (813) 948-2311 or harvesterumc@verizon.net.

Our 2019 Study
Red Sea to the Jordan River
The story of God's faithfulness in delivering the Israelites to freedom and the trustworthy foundation He provides for our lives still today.
9:30-11:30 a.m. 
Offering excellent Nursery, Preschool and 
Homeschool Ministries
Harvester UMC
For more information or to register: 
Pan Ayers (760) 315-0347  payers.0347@gmail.com 


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   

Cancer Support Group

Cancer patients and/or family members are welcome to attend the cancer support group at First UMC of Land O Lakes the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. You can contact the facilitator, Jennifer Barolo who is a nurse specialist trained in this field at 727-255-9424 or just show up.    


Lap Robes Available

Feeling chilly in the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings? We have a bunch of lap robes and they are available in the back of the Sanctuary on the table next to the sound booth. Feel free to borrow one and put it back in the basket at the end of service. We will have them available each week.

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.


Ministry Teams


If your Ministry Team would like to have an announcement in the WOW, please submit one to the church office via email, by noon on Wednesdays to harvesterumc@verizon.net  



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 


Upcoming Message

Sunday, January 13

Sermon Series: 
Don't Worry, Be Happy

This weeks message:
"Do You Realize It? "
Scripture: Matthew 5:3

  Pastor Russell O. McKee lll

Youth Schedule

Sunday, January 13

Switch Rehearsal 
4:00 - 5:15 pm

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

Office Administrator
Sheila Fitzgerald
Nursery Coordinator
Christina Monette