Word of the Week
January 7, 2021
From The Pastor
Jesus IS the Answer!
If you're like me, you are still trying to fully understand the events of yesterday. I've had texts from some who are wondering what is going on in our nation - from the continuation of the pandemic problems to the escalation of political unrest. Each day seems to unfold dynamic changes, and few of them seem good. 
As easy as it is to point fingers and encourage the divide, as your pastor I want to remind you that the people of God with His help are the answer! We are called to pray for one another, be peacemakers, and to love one another as Jesus has loved us, and to place our trust in our Savior, not our politicians. Please pray for our country, and be a part of the solution so that through us the divide might be healed. As always, I love and pray for all of you.
Pastor Russ


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From Pastor Gary
It's time for a new year.  2020 Review - Things were not really bothering me with the whole COVID 19. There were things that we liked doing, we just didn't do as much. Wearing a mask was a pain, but it didn't keep me from getting around. I know that it was horrible for some families and I understand that. We had to change how we do services and how we get together (I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss our 5th Sunday potlucks). But, we adapted and kept moving.
The racism situation in America did bother me. I pray that our country will soon act civil to each other no matter the color of our skin, the age of the people or their religious beliefs. I wish we could all just get along, but that is something I have wanted for years. It wasn't just a 2020 situation, it is one that has gone on way before I was born.
The truly hardest part of 2020 for me was watching the failing health of my dad and his wife Daisy. Retirement is a time when we think we will all quit work and live "It's A Wonderful Life." One fall, one accident, one serious illness, one loss of a job, you name it, and our lives can change in a heartbeat. Let me make it clear, you don't have to be retired for these things to happen. As Pastor Russ shared with us, we need to "Get Ready!"  
I have been so blessed since I was assigned to Harvester and become a part of a loving family. A family that reaches out and brings meals, or places a call when you need to vent or cry. People send you cards or an email and tell you how sorry they are feeling for you. These all mean a tremendous amount.
It's time for a new year. 2021 Preview - I will say that I hope we can move forward in this new year and continue to love each other and continue to find new ways to bring Jesus to each other and to our community. Maybe you have heard the new sermon series making its way around called "Moving Forward." If you haven't heard about it, do some research.  We need to move forward with God's plans for us this year. Let's do it!
Psalm 105:4 says, "Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always." Now, Go and Make Disciples!
Pastor Gary


Children's Ministry

Rules for Life: Play Well. Finish Strong.
Love God. Love Others. Greatest Commandment Matthew 22:36-40
Pick one thing that you usually do for your child in the morning and let them take charge and be responsible for it. Making sure they have everything for school? Encourage them to prepare the night before and have their bag ready. Making lunch? Teach them to do this and again, work on it the night before. Tell them that you trust they can do this!
Take time as a family to memorize scripture: "Suppose you can be trusted with something very little. Then you can also be trusted with something very large." Luke 16:10a
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, January 10th 
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!

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.


Florida Conference
Lay Servant Ministries Classes
The following two courses are scheduled:
#1 - The Basic Course
Online via Zoom - January 19- February 16, 2021
Five Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Instructor: Rod Groom
This class is the required first step for those wanting to become a lay servant, lay speaker or a lay minister. It is also a good first step for many laity to begin or pursue a closer relationship with the Lord. The core lay ministries are caring, leading, and communicating. We can all find a calling in one or more of these areas of ministry. This class will familiarize you with these areas of ministry and give you a chance to explore each one. Many journeys of deepening faith and service in ministry have begun with this class. Enjoy and be open to God's call upon your life!
Course fee: $25.00 to be paid at time of registration. Please have a Bible, notebook and pen convenient next to your computer. It is recommended that for class work, you use a Windows or Mac computer, and download the free Zoom software in advance. You must complete all sessions to receive course credit. Materials: Please purchase and read the book prior to class. The book is entitled Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participant's Book. You may purchase it at Cokesbury or Amazon.

#2 - The ADVANCED Course
Accountable Discipleship: Living in the Household of God.
Online via Zoom - March 9 - April 6, 2021
Five Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Instructor: Rod Groom
This course may be taken by anyone interested in living as a follower of Jesus Christ in loving accountability with others. For those who have taken the Basic Course and wish to become a lay servant, lay speaker or lay minister, it may be taken as an Advanced Course for certification or recertification. Accountable Discipleship is how disciples of Jesus Christ live in God's household. It is the living of God's "household rules" in their daily lives. When asked, Jesus told us that these rules can be summarized as loving God and loving our neighbors. Looking at our biblical and Wesleyan heritage, the author shows us how we can meet the challenge of personal discipleship in loving connection with others, whether in Covenant Discipleship groups, Emmaus Reunion groups, cell groups or other small groups in the church.

Course fee: $25.00 to be paid at time of registration. Please have a Bible, notebook and pen convenient next to your computer. It is recommended that for class work, you use a Windows or Mac computer, and download the free Zoom software in advance.  You must complete all sessions to receive course credit. Materials: Please purchase and read the book prior to class. The book is entitled Accountable Discipleship: Living in God's Household, by Steven Manskar. You may purchase it at Cokesbury or Upper Room Books.

Click below to register for the BASIC COURSE. 
Credit card payment will be required upon registration.
Deadline for registration is 1/11/2021.
Credit card payment will be required upon registration.
Deadline for registration is 3/1/2021.
Contact Rod Groom for any questions you may have at: rod.groom@icloud.com.

We are preparing our 
2021 Offering Envelopes

Many in our congregation are giving online but if you would still like to receive a box of 2021 Offering Envelopes, we will gladly get you a box. Please email us at harvesterumc@verizon.net if you would like us to add you to our order.  


Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be at Harvester on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
Ultrasound screenings to identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.
Register online TODAY at www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle  or call 1-866-229-0469 to receive your discount and preferred appointment time.  


OCC Shoebox Update!

Shoeboxes are currently being processed at the regional distribution centers, so any time now we should be able to see where our boxes have gone.  You can use the following link to the Follow Your Box Look-Up Tool:
If you don't see it yet, please keep checking. Just remember to let me know where they go so we can update our map in the hallway, thanks!
Janet Sass
OCC Project Leader


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.

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!

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.


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, January 3.........36
Online Views Sunday, January 3.........................229
         Operating Received Sunday, January 3..................$12,353.00
            Operating Received Year to Date.........................$12,353.00
            Operating Year to Date Budget..........................$8,459.61


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 Denny Johnson, George Alexander and Lloyd Evans for helping with various work projects around the church and grounds. We appreciate all of you!
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, January 10, 2021

In Person Church and 
Live Streaming at 9am 

Sermon Series: 
"Moving Forward"

"Just Get Ready..." Part 2

Scripture: Joshua 1:1-11   

Pastor Russell O. McKee III

Youth Schedule

Sunday, January 10, 2021
 Activate! Youth Group

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