Word of the Week
December 6, 2018
From The Pastor
A Blue Christmas?
I was talking with someone yesterday who said, "I'm having a tough time getting into the Christmas Spirit. It shouldn't be this difficult. I know I have so many reasons to praise and thank God, but this year it's just tough." Can you identify with these feelings? I can, too. There is so much to celebrate, but I'm feeling a bit flat myself.
This morning I was reminded of Psalm 73:16-17a, "I tried to think this problem through, but it was too difficult for me until I went into Your Temple." As with the psalmist, I have often struggled alone. Nothing made sense - until I went to church! When I gather with my church family for worship, I am reminded of God's Word, and experience the love from God through so many wonderful people. I find so many questions get answered, and I am constantly filled with renewed hope!
If you are struggling right now, I want to invite you to join your church family for worship this Sunday! During the 9am service, the choir will perform a Christmas cantata, "Bethlehem Morning," as a part of a Christmas play that has been written by Delaine Holsopple. You will also notice several members of our church acting out the parts. It should be a great blessing! (By the way, there will be a second opportunity to see the play and hear the cantata Sunday evening at 6pm!) 
At our 11am worship service I will be continuing my series, "Emmanuel: God With Us." This week's sermon is especially for anyone who may be struggling during this Christmas season. If that's you, I hope you will make an effort to attend. If you know someone else who needs some encouragement, bring them, too!
This is a special time of year because of the birth of our Savior, and I look forward to celebrating it with you. Remember how much I love each of you, and am praying for you  always!
Pastor Russ


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From Pastor Gary
This second week of Advent centers on the love of God and how that love transforms us to love others.
As we prepare our hearts for the coming of our Lord, we prepare our homes for the arrival of family and friends. We imagine what it will be like to dine and visit with loved ones. We treasure thoughts of home-a place of safety and love.
Mary and Joseph had to leave home, just when they needed home the most. Their arduous journey to Bethlehem meant they were alone at a time when they most needed community. Yet God was present to Mary and Joseph in their wandering. They experienced God as Protector and Sustainer as they traveled to the unfamiliar surroundings of Bethlehem for the census.
God makes a promise through Jeremiah, and He keeps it in Bethlehem. Jesus is born, and nothing will ever be the same.
Go and Make Disciples!
Pastor Gary


Children's Ministry

This is the week!  A Day in Bethlehem takes place this Saturday from 9am-1:00pm.  I can't wait to see the faces of the children as they get a glimpse of what things might have been like in Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph arrive in time to deliver a baby whose name will never be forgotten.  We have over thirty five volunteers who are helping to make this day a very special one. We praise you God for your son and for always answering our needs!

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, December 9th  
4:00 -5:15 p.m.
Open to all Middle School and Senior High students. For more information, contact Eric Halvorsen at Sillysamsings@yahoo.com 

Activate! Youth Group
Sunday, December 9th

NO Youth Group THIS Week - Youth are serving desserts at the Christmas Cantata. Please arrive at 5:30pm 


Sisters in Spirit
Upcoming activities

December 7th - 
We will have a Tea Party and Sock Exchange THIS Friday, December 7th at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall. Each lady will bring in a pair of Christmas design knee socks stuffed with goodies (chocolates) and tied together with a bow. We will play a game resulting in the sock exchange. Maximum recommended expense is $10 per Sock gift.
December 8th - Church Street Christmas, Dade City

If you took a pink or blue angel tag, please return wrapped or bagged gifts to Harvester on Sunday, December 16 by 12pm. For more information, contact Carmen-Nydia Olmeda at zukta38@gmail.com  

The Breakfast Club 

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

Let's Do THIS!

Here is the update for upcoming events for the Brothers and Sisters of Christ at HUMC!  Please keep those suggestions coming. Carpool and riding arrangement sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board.  NOTE: If you do not like to drive after dark and need a ride to and from your home please let Debbi know. I will gladly help arrange your transportation.
Remember all ideas are welcome - 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! Harvester - A place to thrive!   
    • December 8 - Dade city Christmas Stroll 
      •  from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
      • Shopping, Santa, Holiday Festivities
    • December 22 - Church Street Christmas in Dade City (with Sisters in Spirit)
      • Evening event - see sign up on SIS Board 
    • 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

New Advent Study

The Adult Sunday School is doing an Advent Study called "The Living Nativity." Be prepared to celebrate the birth of Christ this year as we learn about the first living nativity created by Saint Francis of Assisi eight centuries ago. We have a book for you! Class meets in rooms 117 & 118 at 10.10 a.m. and is facilitated by Deborah Alexander. Please join us!


A Day In Bethlehem

Last chance to register your children!!!

The Children's Ministry Team will be hosting "A Day In Bethlehem" on Saturday, December 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This event is for children K-5 th grade. In a way it is like a one day VBS. 

The children will experience the City Gates, the stable, the bakery, the fisher's pier, the spice shoppe, the toy shoppe, the census taker's office and a wool trader. We are going to feed the kids lunch this year too. We have extended the day by an hour this year to allow parents a chance to get some Christmas shopping done if they so choose. 


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

Christmas Cantata

The Choir will be performing a special drama presentation "Bethlehem Morning" written by Delaine Holsopple on Sunday, December 9th at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The Youth will be serving desserts and refreshments at 6:00 p.m.

Town Hall Meeting

Next Sunday, December 16th we will have a Town Hall Meeting with our District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis, Pastors from Bay Hope UMC and the Pastor of their Westchase campus at 2 pm in the sanctuary. Everyone is invited.

Prayer for Harvester 

Pastor Russ and Pastor Gary will be leading a prayer group in praying for Harvester on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm beginning on December 12th in the Adult Sunday School Rooms 117 & 118.  Everyone is welcome. Please join us.


The Metropolitan Donation Tent will be opening on November 12 
and we are now recruiting volunteers to work at Metropolitan 
Collection Donation Tent located at Keystone Community Church 
located at 21010 State Road 54, Lutz, FL 33558. 
(at the corner of US 41 and State Road 54) 
Signing up for a shift very easy:  
Phone Heather Estevens our Scheduling Chief at 325-556-9132 
And Heather will handle everything. 
Don't miss your chance to be the hands and feet of Christ. 
Christmas Tent Open Dates: 
* December 10 thru December 23, 2018 
* Two 3 hours shifts: 10 AM to 1 PM 
1 PM to 4 PM 
* Open 10 AM to 4 PM week days 
* Open Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM 
* Closes Sunday 12/23/2018 at 1 PM. 

Frank and Debra Gossett at KCC 
Metropolitan Tent Coordinators   


Rejoice!  Renew! Re-roof!

Our original roof is 17 years old and the average lifespan in Florida is 20 years, so we are looking to replace it by 2021. Together as one body in Christ, we can work together and raise the funds ($23,100.00) over the next 3 years. If each member puts in $1.00 each week we would reach our goal. You can also pay $52.00 for the entire year! 
Each Post-It Note is symbolic of a roof tile on the model in the church hallway for every $100.00 given to the Roof Fund. Thanks for participating!



Thank you to George Alexander, Shawn Smith and Denny Johnson for all the extra work and projects you do around the church and grounds. You guys are the best!

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 your ongoing help in the church office. You are such a blessing helping out each week.


Toys are to be taken to Land O'Lakes Church of God, 
8337 Land O'Lakes Blvd on  Monday, December 17th, 9:30 - noon

Toy Sorting starts: Thursday, Dec.20th, 10am-?
Continuing as needed:  Friday, Dec. 21st, 10am -?

Toys will be distributed to families on Saturday, 
Dec. 22nd, 9am -11am

Please come join the fun any of these days.  
For more information contact Carmen-Nydia Olmeda.
Thank you for helping Christian Social Services bless 
these needy families.
Merry Christmas to you all.  God bless you!

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 2018/2019 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 8:00 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, December 9

This weeks message:
"Emmanuel God With Us "
Scripture: Luke 4:14-22

  Pastor Russell O. McKee lll

Youth Schedule

Sunday, December 9
Youth will be serving at the Christmas Cantata
arrive at 5:30pm

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