Word of the Week
February 7, 2019
From The Pastor

A couple of things...
First, this Sunday we will have the privilege of honoring our Scouts during the worship services. Troop 707 will be present during the 9am service, and Pack 323 will be at the 11am service. Both will begin the service by presenting the Colors and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. This will be a great time to celebrate all that our Scouts do in and for our church, so I hope you will be present and welcome and thank them this Sunday!
Also, we are in the process of creating a new sign for our church property. Many of you are familiar with the Harvester logo we have used on our ink pens, and letterhead for quite some time now. That logo will be on the new sign along with our service times. We are also adding, "Community Church" to the sign. We have done this for a few reasons. First, it is not to deny that we are a United Methodist Church. The sign will list our website as, harvesterumc.com, and there will be the cross and flame UMC symbol on the lower corner of the sign. Instead, we want people to recognize that we are intentionally here for the community. We want them to know this church is here for them! We have not "changed" the name of our church, but we are hoping to "re-brand" ourselves to let the community know something new is happening here!
Having noted the above, something new is certainly happening at Harvester and I am so glad to be a part of this process with you! May God continue to find us all faithful and excited about joining Him as we make disciples and reach this community for His glory! Remember that I love you!!

Pastor Russ

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From Pastor Gary

I plan to use this weeks WOW  as an  oppor tunity  to do a little teaching. Our sermon series is Don't Worry, Be Happy. Pastor Russ has been leading us through Matthew Chapter 5 as Jesus preaches his most famous sermon, The Sermon on the Mount. Jesus  begins by  giving his "Blessed Are" sermon, one we would call the Beatitudes. Luke also gives a version of the Beatitudes sermon, but if you look in Luke Chapter 6, you will notice that Luke only uses about half of what Matthew wrote about. Let's look at a couple of differences.
Matthew writes "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Luke writes, "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of heaven." 
Matthew also writes, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."  Luke wrote, "Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied."
Scholars believe that Matthew was speaking to the wealthy and even educated Jews. They are not in need of daily staples, but they are in need of some spiritual guidance or remembering who blesses them. Luke's audience is literally the poor. He wants them to know they will find their treasures in heaven. Matthew speaks to his audience about being hungry and thirsty for God, while Luke is teaching his people about being filled when they reach their home with God.
Matthew's audience most likely could read or they knew someone who could read to them. The poor that Luke is sharing with might not have someone to read to them and this could be one reason he shortened the amount of beatitudes that he shared with them.  
As Paul Harvey would say, "Now you know the rest of the story."
Go and Make Disciples!
Pastor Gary


Children's Ministry

This will be the last Sunday to help our children with their Heifer International Project.  Please donate this Sunday and help children and families in less fortunate countries!

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, February 10th   
4:00-5:15 pm
Open to all Middle School and Senior High students. For more information, contact Eric Halvorsen at Sillysamsings@yahoo.com 

Activate! Youth Group
Sunday, February 10th 
5:30-7:00 pm
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 

Movie Night
The Breakfast Club is hosting a Family Movie Night THIS Saturday, February 9th at 6:30pm in the Harvester Sanctuary.

Join us for a fun night, fun treats and a great movie! This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome, so bring a friend or two!  


Cookie Sale
for Heifer International

THIS Sunday, February 10th, our children will be selling cookies again to raise funds for Heifer International. 
They will have a table set up in the hallway as you leave to head home from service.  Our goal is to help as many families as we can with livestock.


Our Activate! Youth Group is sponsoring a Harvester & Friends Talent Show on Friday, February 22nd at 7pm in the Sanctuary. 

This is open to everyone! 
Whether you sing, dance, tell jokes or do something creative, we would love for you to share it with us. So start preparing for your four minutes of fame! The Youth Group will be providing refreshments and donations are encouraged. To participate in the talent show, register online at https://form.jotform.com/90224330442141 


A Gulf Central Learning and Application Event 

Our District has challenged Harvester to have a minimum of 30 people attend this event. Let's rise to the challenge! 

  The Why, What & How with a Mid and Small Local Church focus. February 16, 2019 from 9am-3pm at Anona UMC, 13233 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL 33774. Just a few great sessions include: Reaching into your community-The power of Asset Mapping, Reaching children through growing School Partnerships, Digital & Websites for the novice, How to buy Technology smartly, Sharing the Gospel when you're scared to death, and Keeping our sanctuary safe in today's world. Child care is available. Spa nish translation provided. Register online at https://bit.ly/2seqAtV    After filling out the registration form, click the bar that says "We will see you at the event" and then you will get an email confirmation. 
If you would like to Car Pool, sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway or just show up at Harvester on 2/16 at 7:45am and we will work out driving arrangements.


Prayer for Harvester 
Pastor Gary is leading a prayer group in praying for Harvester on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm in the Sanctuary. Last week we had 21 show up!! Let's keep it going! Everyone is welcome. Please join us.


New Bible Study

Beginning Tuesday, February 19th at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. Pastor Russ will be leading the study on the book "Irresistible" by Andy Stanley. Everyone is welcome.


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!    

Let's Do THIS!
HELP!  Kathy has moved. I could use another partner to help me. If you are interested, let me know. The MORE the MERRIER! It will be Spring in Florida very soon. I am looking forward to exploring more of our beautiful state and local venues. 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: Need a ride after dark? Please let Debbi know. We will gladly 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, write it on the request form on 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!
February 24 - Sunday night
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 10-14 Royal Caribbean's Mariner of The Seas / Jesus Freak Cruise
Sailing from port Canaveral Nassau-Bahamas, Coco Cay
Jesusfreakcruise.com for full details. Featuring DC Talk, Newsboys, toby mac, Kevin Max, John Christ, Mandisa, Ryan Stevenson, Aaron Cole, Heath Arthur, Formal night, 80's night & Luau night.



Thank you to Jerry Thompson and Keith Swan for adding shelving in the kitchen area. Everything looks much more organized.

Thank you to Tom Herrin for cleaning up the grounds by edging and clearing out the leaves and acorns in the parking lot. 

Thank you to George Alexander for helping out around the church with various projects. We appreciate 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!
The Breakfast Club 

***Reminder Breakfast Club S aturday, 
February 16th***
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, February 16th***

Confirmation Class 

Beginning Wednesday, March 13 in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30pm. Children who are mature 6th graders through adult are invited to participate in this 6 week intensive course. We will also attend the worship services of other religions and denominations. Those who complete the class and are ready, will be baptized if necessary and will join the church. Sign up on the bulletin board in the church hallway.  


Harvester's Online Lifetouch Pictorial Directory

If you are a member of Harvester, be on the lookout for an email invitation to our new Lifetouch Pictorial Directory on our website. You will need to set up a password to have access to the directory.

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 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.    


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


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 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, February 10

Sermon Series: 
Don't Worry, Be Happy!

This weeks message:
"You Get What You Give "
Scripture: Matthew 5:7

  Pastor Russell O. McKee lll

Youth Schedule

Sunday, February 10

Switch Rehearsal 
4:00 - 5:15 pm

Activate! Youth Group
5:30-7:00 pm

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