Word of the Week
June 6, 2019
From The Pastor

"I Can't Do It!"
Have you ever been afraid of something, and the more you think about it the more crippling it becomes? Like, with all the evil things happening in our world, it is so much easier to hide in our homes for fear that something "might" happen! We may know the percentages of it actually happening are extremely low, "But what if...!" Am I better off not going to the doctor's office when I know something may be a problem, for fear of having it confirmed? This kind of reality can really cause us to become paralyzed.
The problem for people of faith is that we know that we aren't meant to live in fear. Scriptures teach us that,  "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts our fear." (1 John 4:18), and  "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:7) We are  "more than conquerors through Him who loved us." (Romans 8:37) We are to live our lives in the bold confidence of Christ, and even when things don't happen the way we expect, we know God can bring good!
These are some of the things I've heard lately from my church family, and I want us to remember a few things. Many of you know that we are planning a trip to the Holy Land for next year. As much as some of us would love to see where Jesus lived and walked, many are so afraid of what "might" happen. I will tell you that I've been there and it has had a profound impact on my life. What "did" happen was far more life-changing than what "might" have happened. I went with all my fears, and I'm ready to go back! This Sunday at 4pm we will have an opportunity to hear from a travel group that will be organizing a trip scheduled for next year, and if you have any interest at all, I pray that you will show up and receive more information.
I will also tell you that we are about to begin a new series based on the content of the movie, "I Can Only Image." It is a powerful movie that expresses the potential of what the grace of Jesus Christ can do in anyone's life! This series will encourage us to draw closer to our Heavenly Father, and to share the same grace, forgiveness, and love to others as we have received ourselves. These messages have the power to transform lives for Jesus, and I hope you will not only attend, but be willing to bring others.
I know things can feel overwhelming at times, but we are never alone. God has given us His Spirit and one another, and when we are filled with His Spirit and surrounded by His family, we never need to feel defeated or afraid! May we draw closer to God and each other as we continue along life's journey! Remember - I pray for and love all of you, Harvester!
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


Children's Ministry

We are getting closer to our VBS week and some of the age groups already have a waiting list. We are not that far from having a full house. What a wonderful issue to have!  We are still in need of a couple of adult volunteers for the week. If you might be available, talk to Ruth Reilly or Deborah Aparicio.  

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,June 9th    
Open to all Middle School and Senior High students. For more information, contact Eric Halvorsen at Sillysamsings@yahoo.com 

Activate! Youth Group
Sunday, June 9th
Youth & Parents: Join our Instagram "HarvesterStudents" to keep in touch, and up to date on Activate Youth Group happenings!
Open to all Middle School and Senior High students. For more information, contact Pastor Russ McKee at revmckee@aol.com 


(Christian Life And Service Seminars)

CLASS 101 (Discovering Church Membership) Saturday, June 29, 10am-12pm

CLASS 201 (Discovering Spiritual Maturity) Saturday, June 29 12:30-2:30pm

CLASS 301 (Discovering My Ministry) Saturday, June 15 10am-12pm

CLASS 401 (Discovering My Mission) Saturday, June 15 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!

VBS Donations 

Thank you so much for your contributions.
The children are going to have a great week at VBS!!    


Vacation Bible School

To Mars and Beyond!  VBS registration has been opened for anyone here in the USA and to Mars and Beyond. If you have not registered your children/grandchildren, now is the time. We are already full in our Pre-K class and Kindergarten class (students in these grades are on a waiting list). Students in First-8th grade have a number of spots, but don't wait too long. We still need some adult volunteers for the week of June 24-28, too.  To volunteer to lead or help, contact Deborah Aparicio, Ruth Reilly or Pastor Gary.

To register children c lick the link below or copy and paste the URL into a browser and sign them up!


Harvester!  Come join the Sisters in Spirit for a craft party at  Two Sisters DIY in Lutz on THIS Saturday, June 8, at 10:00 am (they're at the apex where Dale Mabry joins US41).  The party is open to all members of our church and their friends and family.  

You can register through the Facebook event  https://www.facebook.com/events/2350269718368754/?__mref=mb  or through their website  https://twosistersdiy.com/collections/parties-and-workshops/products/06-08-saturday-10am-private-workshop-for-harvester-s-sisters-in-spirit?fbclid=IwAR09dtd35_ZIMrYcUH_Ck_f818wWZ2dAwe_BknuJARpxZJq0BgyUBeHZAR8 .  Cost of the workshop depends on the project you choose, prices range from about $30 to $100. When you register, please select the event first to add to your cart, then select the project before you check out. If you have any questions, please contact Janet Sass at jasass@hotmail.com or 813-598-1783.  Hope to see you there!

Harvester is headed to the Holy Land! 

If you are interested in going to the Holy Land in 2020, pick up an information packet in the church hallway this Sunday and/or contact Gigi Taylor at nurse@ceciliasworld.com.  We will have the tour representative, Jim Rosenberg speak at Harvester on Sunday, June 9th at 4pm in the Sanctuary. Everyone is invited to join us!

5th Sunday Combined Worship & Cook Out 

On Sunday, June 30th we will have a Combined Worship/VBS Celebration at 10am followed by a Cook Out with a water slide and games!! 

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. Everyone is welcome so invite a friend to join us!    

I Can Only Imagine Movie & Bible Study 

We are about to embark on a new sermon series on Father's Day, centered around the movie "I Can Only Imagine." As a result we have a couple opportunities to view the movie, Friday, June 7 at 7pm and Saturday, June 15 at 7pm. There will be small group material for those who want to participate in the study.

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 again 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 Events

THIS June 8 - Crafting at two Sisters   https://twosistersdiy.com/
July - Beach Trip - Sand Sculptures
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

The Breakfast Club 

***Reminder Breakfast Club S aturday, 
June 15th***
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, June 15th***


Congregational Care For Our Harvester Family
If you know anyone who has been, or is sick, or might need some encouragement, would you please call the church office or myself (Pastor Gary) and let us know how we can help? We need to be aware of those that are in need of a call, a card, or someone to visit them. We have been told people are upset no one has visited them or they haven't heard from anyone. When we check around, no one even knew they were ill. 
With our Congregational Care Team getting a fresh start under the leadership of Deborah Alexander, we truly want to do all we can for those who need the help of our church family.  Deborah's number is 813-994-2538. 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 number 813-948-2311 anytime day or night for things that do not 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 office hours are 8am-3:30pm Monday through Thursday.    


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! 


The Pink Flamingo is Flying!

This is a fundraiser for our youth group. The Pink Flamingo has begun its journey through our Harvester Family. If you find the "bird" on your lawn, you are encouraged to take an envelope from the coffee can on its back and make a donation of any amount to our youth the very next Sunday. Inside the can you will also find a list of names and addresses of our Harvester Family. Make sure your name is crossed out (so you don't get it again!), and then decide whose home you will plant the bird next! If you get caught by the family while you are in the process, you will need to pay a $5 fine in their name, and then take it to another home where you will hopefully not get caught again! This is obviously meant to be a fun activity for our church as our youth seek to defray the cost of this year's summer camps and conferences. Thank you for your support!!!  


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!    



Thank you to Denny Johnson for waxing the floors in the Children's Wing! They look nice and shiny!

Linda Smith would like to thank everyone for all the prayers and cards sent to John. He greatly appreciates your love!

Thank you to this weeks Ground Hogs Denny Johnson, Bruce Kitchen and Ron Ford for keeping the grounds mowed and looking beautiful. We appreciate all of you!

Thank you to Lloyd Evans, Denny Johnson and George Alexander for helping out with various projects around the church. Thanks for 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!
Knitting Class

Classes will be held every other Thursday at 2pm in the Fellowship Hall.  See Kathy Griggs for details.

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, June 9

Sermon Series:
Grace Comes First

"All Together"

Scripture: Matthew 9:9-13

Youth Schedule

Sunday, June 9

  Switch Rehearsal 
4:00-5:15 p.m.

 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