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Day of Prayer & Fasting
As we start out this new year, many of you are trying to detox from foods or start to exercise or create new habits.
While all of these things are good, we need to know that we cannot do anything good apart from God and we want to seek God’s face for our own lives as well as our church. So we are calling for a DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING NEXT TUESDAY, JANUARY 22.
Despite that fact that fasting is often depicted in Scripture as going without food, there are many other ways to fast. At its core, fasting is intended to take our eyes off of our physical needs/desires and subsequently fix our attention on God. Temporarily giving up other things that we often depend on (like food, social media, caffeine, all technology) so that we refocus on our Creator and what He has for us. Every time our desire is to eat or turn our attention to one of these things, it is a call to pray!
The church will be open from 8am until 9pm so that you can come and pray in the building at any time and we will close out the day with corporate prayer and worship at 7pm – 8:15pm. (Childcare will be provided in the Harvest Kids area).
“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” (1 Chronicles 16:11)
Men of Harvest—it’s time to sign up for a weekend which is sure to change your walk with Christ!
Harvest Men’s Retreats are a lifechanging and challenging opportunity to grow as men together, becoming more of what God has called us to be in our homes, our workplaces, and in the world. You’ll be challenged by men who are walking the same journey you are, and have time to get to know other men you may only have a casual relationship with on Sunday mornings.
Signup today to join us at Camp Burton the weekend of February 8-10. The cost will be $80, and you can signup by clicking the link below!
Signups are open for our next Women’s Bible Study group, and we are excited to offer the ladies of Harvest an opportunity to dig into the Word of God together!
Our next Women’s study will be starting this Thursday, January 17th, and going through the book, Live Deeply: A Study in the Parables of Jesus by Lenya Heitzig and Penny Rose. The group will be meeting every Thursday morning at 9:15am for 10 weeks at the Painesville Twp. Community Center.
If you are interested in signing up for this Study, please click the link below to let our Women’s Ministry Leaders know you’ll be joining. (Note: you are responsible for purchasing your own copy of the book for this study.)
Sign up for Women’s Study
This past weekend, I had the privilege of heading to Circle C Ranch in Delevan, New York with a group of our High School Students for Snow Camp! Snow Camp was an amazing weekend of fun, games, and time for our students to connect with one another (and make some new friends as well).
It was also an incredibly challenging weekend, with exhortations by the Speakers to ‘Get Up’ and make an impact for the Lord in this world He’s given us. There are so many things that can distract us from that intense focus which the Lord desires for us to have in our pursuit of Him, and our students were reminded of the need to refocus very clearly this weekend.
Thank you so much to everyone who gave to the Special Offering to offset a portion of the cost for this trip—it was greatly appreciated by all the Students in attendance! Thank you to everyone who prayed for this weekend, the Lord did some convicting work in the hearts of many of our students (which will more than likely be seen as they ‘Grow Up’ & ‘Get Up’ for the Lord as adults).
While our students enjoyed this past weekend, it was also an incredibly heavy weekend for our Church family as we grieved together with two families who lost loved ones recently. We had two Memorial services this past weekend, both for women who had attended our Church regularly.
Please, be in prayer for Gail Sterle and her family as they continue to grieve the loss of her daughter, Brandy Ziemak. Also, be in prayer for the Peterson/Coleman family with the passing of Diane Peterson last week. Though we grieve with hope, the death of our dearly loved ones is still a dark valley to walk.
Lastly, I wanted to offer a personal thanks to everyone who stepped in to serve or provide for these families this past week. This tangible expression of the love of God is what makes walking this dark valley all the more comforting in the physical sense. Thank you for your gestures of kindness and many, many prayers for these families during this time.
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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