Word of the Week
May 16, 2019
From The Pastor

Many Thanks!
Kim and I would like to extended our sincerest appreciation to all of you who have prayed for, offered medical equipment, offered food, cards and well-wishes during Kim's recent foot surgery! So far she is doing very well with her parents here for the next week taking very good care of her. It means a lot to have such a loving, caring and praying church family surrounding our family during this time. Kim's recovery will be a slow process, which is no surprise considering the extensive surgery she had done! (By the way, I have pictures that were taken during the procedure if you want to see them! :) Please continue to pray for a quick and successful healing!
Thanks also to Pastor Gary for preaching this Sunday! He will be continuing our series, "Living in the Resurrection." I will return next week as we celebrate our graduates and military heroes on Memorial Day weekend! Thanks again for all you do, and remember how much I love you!
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

From Pastor Gary

A "BIG" thank you to everyone for the birthday cards and wishes. The singing of Happy Birthday in the second service was very "Mormon Tabernaclish." Friday (my official birthday) through Sunday will be spent doing home work (Due June 1) for my three classes coming up in July.  
Thanks again everyone, Harvester is a great place to celebrate life!
Go and Make Disciples!
Pastor Gary  


Children's Ministry

VBS Donations Needed!  

If you haven't noticed the yellow post-its outside of the sanctuary, I will turn the rolling board sideways on your way out.  We need everything from Used CD's to M&M's.  Please take one or more and bring back the item/s before June 9!  Thank you so much for your contributions. 
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,May 19th
Open to all Middle School and Senior High students. For more information, contact Eric Halvorsen at Sillysamsings@yahoo.com 

Activate! Youth Group
Sunday, May 19th
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) THIS Saturday, May 18, 10am-12pm

CLASS 201 (Discovering Spiritual Maturity) Saturday, June 1 10am-12pm

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!


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!!!  

We will be celebrating Harvester's High School and College Graduates on Sunday, May 26th at the 11am worship. If you or a member of your family are graduating this year, please forward a photo and provide the following information to the church office (harvesterumc@verizon.net) by May 19th: name of graduate, school graduating from, and degree.  

VBS Donations Needed

Stop by the rolling bulletin board outside of the sanctuary and take a yellow post it note or two! We need everything from used CD's to M&M's. Please bring back the item/s before June 9! Thank you so much for your contributions.    


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 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!

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. 

The Breakfast Club 

***Reminder Breakfast Club THIS S aturday, 
May 18th***
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 THIS Saturday, May 18th***


Cereal For Summer

When the school year ends, so do programs that feed thousands of children. Join us to help fight hunger this summer. You can give oatmeal, breakfast bars, cereal and more! Feeding Tampa Bay is partnering with News Channel 10, Publix, Sonny's BBQ and the Tampa Bay Lightning to help fight hunger!
Harvester has volunteered to be a community collection site now through THIS Sunday, May 19th. We will be collecting the food in the Youth Room. Thank you in advance for helping fight hunger!


Sisters In Spirit Events

May 19 - Armature Works Tampa Indie Flea 11am-3pm

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


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.


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 this weeks Ground Hogs Keith Swan, Simon FitzPatrick and Tom Herrin 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 George Alexander and Gary Holsopple for mounting the new TV in Fellowship Hall. It looks great!

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

Beginning on Thursday, May 23rd at 2pm in Fellowship Hall. Classes will be held every other week.

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, May 19

Message: "Without The Resurrection"

Scripture: Numbers 20:1-13

Youth Schedule

Sunday, May 19

  Switch Rehearsal 

Activate! Youth Group

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