From The Pastor
What? Moving into the fall season?!
It's still hard for me to fathom how long we have been on "lock-down!" As we have entered September it's as if the entire 2020 year has flashed by while we have been in a socially distanced hibernation. For many of us it has indeed been an extremely stressful and challenging year. As we enter a new season with many of the same uncertainties for what lies ahead, I want us to cling to some specific things we can know are always certain.
This week I will begin a new series called, "Refocusing On What Matters Most." It will encourage us to focus on those things we do have control over, as well as to remember the One who is ultimately in control of all that we face. I've been working on my sermon notes for two weeks (Don't worry those of you who need to be done by 10am!), and hope you will be either in attendance or watching online this Sunday.
Since it looks like we will continue with the safety protocols for the remainder of this year, we are also looking at new and creative ways to celebrate our church family, Advent, and even Christmas Eve. All of this is in hopes that the Harvester family stays strong and as connected as possible as we move through this time together. May God bless you, and please know that I pray for and love you all!!
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From Pastor Gary
I hope you are all having a peaceful week. I continue getting messages about the sermon on Sunday and am glad a number of you enjoyed it. The following URL is from a blog I used to find the 9 ways to find inner peace. It actually has 15, but I had to keep the sermon short.
I mentioned in the sermon that there are ways that Christians use to relax. I have chosen only a few:
1. Read Scripture or a devotion that contains scripture every day. Spend time with God every day and some days, do it all day! Charles Stanley says three things can bring you peace: Focus on God. Trust Him. Meditate on His Word.
2. Pray!!! Communicate with God. The more you spend time with Him, the closer you get to Him. When there is a closeness, everything you say and do goes through Him first. I pray for the day that I get to that point. One of the links I read about how to experience peace this week said: 10 Things Mentally Strong People Give Up to Gain Inner Peace 1. Engaging with toxic People. (Finding Christian people that you can be with is such a great way to bring peace into your life.)
3. Another way to experience peace is music. Music is one of the most important parts of my life. I like all kinds of music, but Contemporary Christian is my favorite. The song I shared I was listening to while going through the Smokies was Sandy Patti singing, "Was It a Morning Like This?" The most relaxing CD I have ever owned or listened to is "Sanctuary" by Twila Paris. Music can bring peace to you when you need it most.
4. You can also find peace in Christian movies, listening to Podcasts or reading blogs. I wanted to mention on Sunday to look at the scriptures I sent out for sermon notes. Do some research and find out what was going on at the time the verse was written and get an understanding of why it might have been used. I hope some of the information I gave you over this past week will give you some peace. If not, try Psalm 104:5.
God and Make Disciples!
Peace, Pastor Gary
We are so excited to announce our first YouTube channel for our children!!
Check it out this Sunday morning for our video message and worship!! Don't forget devotionals and tons of resources on your Parent Cue App.
Parents please check for an email regarding monthly craft bags. Those crafts will go along with our video messages each week.
We're here for you and we are covering your families in prayer.
God Bless, Kristina
"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, September 13
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 email@example.com.
Youth & Parents: Join our Instagram @harvesterstudents to keep in touch, and up to date on Activate Youth Group happenings!
Friday, October 9th
If you are willing and able to help us offload the pumpkins, we would appreciate the help!!
Help Sell Pumpkins!
Volunteers are needed to help sell pumpkins from October 9th to October 31st. Each shift is two hours and children & youth must be accompanied by an adult. Each Youth needs to sign up two times. The proceeds will help offset the cost of the Youth Summer Conferences.
The sign up sheets are on the rolling board in the church hallway. You can also call the church office to sign up and see what dates & times are available. Just call 813-948-2311.
We are getting ready to order 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 order you a box. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like us to add you to our order.
Operation Christmas Child
Our Harvester Family is awesome! We had additional "spare change" this week that put us over the $450 needed to process our packing party boxes. Wahoo! Thank you all so much for helping us reach this goal. Any additional change we receive will be used to purchase needed items for the party boxes.
It was mentioned to me that some of our Harvester members might not be willing or able to get out to shop for items for the boxes. If you still want to help but aren't comfortable shopping, please let me know and I can shop for you, either online or socially-distanced and face-mask-protected in the stores. Contact me via email at email@example.com or text me at 813-598-1783 and we can work this out between us.
Remember that our target group this year is 10-14 with the hope that we can pack 25 for each gender. Traditionally this is the most under-served age group so every box helps!
I'm hoping to have our packing party on a Sunday in Late October or early November outside the Youth entrance. We'll have the items spread out on tables for you to select for your box or boxes, so we'll be able to keep our distance from each other and still get them done. More info on this as details are finalized.
We'll have boxes available at the beginning of October for you to pack individually. I'll let you know where and when they'll be available for pick up as soon as we get it figured out.
Here's an easy idea: I've assembled some "clothes line kits" using emptied plastic Crystal Light drink packet containers. Each kit includes 12 clothespins and about 20 feet of paracord. If you're interested in making some of these for our party, let me know and I can share the pictures, containers, and kit labels with you. Dollar Tree has packs of 36 wooden clothespins for $1.00 (in-store and online) and I have a load of paracord left over from Spencer's Scouting days that I can share as well.
I'm taking part in a virtual Project Leader webinar this Saturday and I'll be sure to share any more info that I get with you next week. Thanks again for your support!
OCC Project Leader
Christian Social Services /
Christian Social Services will open their store and food pantry for the time being, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Harvester Helpers can resume volunteering the last Saturday of each month from 10am to 12pm (unless things change again.) As always CSS is closed the last Saturday of November and December. They are currently able to accept food donations only. No other donations are being accepted at this time.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or nunclaire@yahoo.
Join the Ground Hogs!
Our mowing team is in need of two more volunteers interested in mowing our church grounds. We currently have two teams that rotate mowing weeks. If we add two more people then we would have three mowing teams and could rotate the teams every third week! Anyone interested in helping can contact Simon FitzPatrick at 203-554-4010 or contact the church office at 813-948-2311
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 email@example.com or (813) 948-2311
Lay Servants as
Christian Transformational Leaders
An Advanced Course in Lay Servant Ministries
Facilitated by Rod Groom, Conference Director
Tuesday Evenings, September 22nd - October 27th
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Register and pay
Deadline to register is 9/13/2020
This course will be conducted via Zoom. Participation on online discussion boards will be a requirement of this class. Please buy and read the Participant's Book prior to the first class. It is available in Print, Kindle and ePub formats through the Upper Room, Cokesbury and Amazon.
The mission of the United Methodist Church is to "make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." Where will these leaders come from, and how will they lead movements of hope into a transformed vision of the world? This study will provide lay servants and others with scriptural foundations of Christian transformational leadership, as well as organizational effectiveness principles. The goal is to offer a framework to understand how we can be Christian transformational leaders in their churches, at work and in the world.
Cost $25.00, payable to the Florida Annual Conference. CLICK HERE to register and pay.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 813-948-2311.
Thank you for your faithful giving!
Attendance, Tithes and Offerings
Online Views Sunday, September 6....................402
Operating Received Sunday, September 6.........$8,016.00
Operating Received Year to Date.......................$292,121.67
Operating Year to Date Budget..........................$304,545.96
Prayer for Harvester
We will be meeting through Zoom
Contact Pastor Gary if you would like to join
Pastor Gary is leading a prayer group in praying for Harvester every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Everyone is welcome. Please join us.
Meeting ID: 614 144 8568
Thank you to Joanie Einemann for helping out around the church with various projects. We appreciate your time and effort!
Thank you to our Ground Hogs, Simon FitzPatrick, Tom Herrin, Denny Johnson, Randy Ayers, Bruce Kitchen, Ron Ford and Keith Swan for keeping our grounds mowed and looking terrific! We appreciate all of you!
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!
Harvester's 25th Anniversary begins December 2020! We will celebrate next year when we get a vaccine and it is safe to all be back together!
Our Daring Faith Team is working on special events and needs your help. We would like to collect pictures and "memories" from our church members from their time with Harvester - please think about any special, funny, touching moments you have had at Harvester or because of Harvester and share them by emailing to email@example.com. We would also like to do some short video member interviews where members can talk about an experience with Harvester that can be compiled with others.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to participate. We would love a variety of content - Harvester helping you come to Christ (anyone take Pastor Gary's Evangelism class or Class 401?), memories of getting married/baptized, funny memories, memories of meeting lifetime friends, etc.
| | The Prayer Group will NOT be meeting on Friday mornings until further notice. With the rise of Covid cases, we are trying to keep everyone safe.
Contact Larry Young and the prayer chain at 813-846-4342 if you have a prayer concern. We can all stay connected and pray for each other.
Church Office Hours
Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 3:30 pm. Contact Sheila at 813-948-2311 or email email@example.com 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.
Women of Faith
(Cancelled until further notice)
Women of Faith meet on the first Monday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the adult Sunday School Rooms 117 & 118.
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.
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.
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 &
9:00 a.m. On Campus
Nursery is not available
at this time.
Sunday, September 13
In Person Church and
Live Streaming at 9am
"Refocusing On What
Scripture: Revelation 2:2, 4-5
Pastor Russell O. McKee lll
Sunday, September 13
Activate! Youth Group
Russell O. McKee lll
Family Ministries Pastor
Worship & Creative Arts
Director of Children's Ministry