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Week of December 16, 2018
Christmas Service Details
It’s almost that time, believe it or not! We are in the middle of Advent, awaiting the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior.
This leads up to one of the most important days on our Calendar—Christmas!
This year, our “Christmas Service” plan is to celebrate the birth of our Savior next Sunday, December 23rd during our 9am & 11am services! There will be NO Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services this year, so we look forward to celebrating with you next Sunday morning!
Special Christmas Season Offering
Christmas is one of the best times of year for Christians, as we ponder our God who came to Earth to save us from our sins. A selfless, self-sacrificial, eternally giving God would not let us perish in our sins but came to redeem us (buy us back) from the power of Satan and sin over our lives and our eternity. He has called us to imitate Him as His people—and this includes our generosity.
Each year, our Church offers special blessing to certain areas of need within the Church (or needs of those on mission for the name of Jesus Christ) by offering an opportunity to give above and beyond our regular tithes to demonstrate the desire to imitate our eternally generous God.
This year, our Special Christmas offering (running through the month of December), is going to be supporting Catie Smith & Devon Timm. Catie is a missionary to the Philippines, and a former member of our Church—and we want to show our continued support (as we have in years past) of the work she is doing there in the name of Jesus to reach the lost. Devon is a member of Harvest, and has been called to serve with YWAM in Texas—and is in need of support to continue her ministry there!
We are also looking to ensure that our VBS program for the Summer of 2019 will be offered free of charge to our community, so a portion of the Offering will be going toward funding the needs of VBS. This guarantees that this ministry which has blessed so many young children each summer is able to continue at full strength another year!
Lastly, we want to bless our High School students with opportunities to grow in their relationship with Jesus by making attendance of our Youth Retreat & Snow Camp weekends a more feasible fiscal reality. These weekends are life-altering and we want to make sure they are possible for many students by cutting the costs of attending (& hosting) these events. Thank you for your support in this!
We are so thankful for the grace of God and His generosity as we think of Christmas—and so thankful to be among a people who take His Word seriously and desire to imitate Him. Let’s show His level of generosity this Christmas, as we strive to see His love at work in blessing these needs through our open hands!
Harvest Youth Snow Camp (High School)
Signups are now for Snow Camp, a high school getaway weekend planned for the weekend of Jan. 11-13! This weekend provides our students with heart-stirring challenges in their walk with God, and great opportunities to connect with one another (far more than they can on a Saturday night). It is truly an inspirational weekend, which is why we are excited to bring it back for this year (ask Jonah Ullman about it if you want to hear more about how awesome it is…)!
The total cost for the trip is $150, with a $50 deposit due at signup. As a means of offsetting some of the cost, a portion of the Church’s Christmas offering is going to be donated to the students attending Snow Camp (along with our Youth Retreat which is coming up), so we will hopefully be able to provide a bit off the cost for the weekend.
If your student is interested in signing up for either of this incredible weekend event, please click the link below to sign them up!
This past Sunday, we continued our Advent season with an Advent Reading as we anticipate the arrival of our celebration of Jesus’ birth! These readings provide us with brief reminders to remember what’s truly important about the Christmas Holiday, and to focus our minds on the truth behind Christmas—the coming of Jesus!
Thank you to the Eveland family for reading this past Sunday, as we look to got to see some new ‘faces’ from the Church family up to read throughout the month of December! (The Eveland’s are new Members to Harvest…) We are so thankful for this opportunity to remember and await the birth of Jesus together on Sunday mornings, and we look forward to seeing you this Sunday morning.
Come and Be With Me
Also this Sunday, Pastor Randy continued his sermon series on the “Come” statements of Jesus with a message on “Come and Be With Me.” It was a great reminder to each of us of the necessity of a personal relationship with Jesus—and the valuable ‘gifts’ we receive we receive by entering a relationship with Him through faith!
It was also a great reminder of the blessing that God has known us from eternity past and chosen us to be in relationship with Him. God has loved us with an eternal love, and His giving of Himself through sending His Son to die for our sins is an outpouring of that love.
To close the service, we took time to reflect on Jesus’ love for us through partaking in Communion together. What a great time of fellowship on the deepest level, as we think together (and sing together) of what Jesus has done for us!
If you were not able to join us, you can listen to the Sermon online today!
Thanks for checking out Harvest Happenings! Come back next week to keep up on what God’s doing here at Harvest!Geary Lutz
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