TIMES Harvest United Methodist Church | Volume 18, Issue 9 | October, 2015
Go. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age” (Matthew 28:19-20). I can’t get those words out of my head. As the launch team and other committed pioneers have spent the last year working towards the public launch of Harvest Bayshore on 10.11.15, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what it means to go. Jesus’ words to the disciples at the end of Matthew’s gospel are words for every disciple. The call to go out into God’s world, sharing the love of God is always upon us. This month Harvest lives into this command to go through the beginning of worship as Harvest Bayshore, through the idea of one church in two locations. The call to Bayshore is about being in mission in God’s world. The call to Bayshore is about welcoming and being welcomed by a new community, is about growing together in our faith, and is about serving the world, beginning in the Bayshore community. Together we’ll explore the community, make friends and neighbors, serve the Lee Middle School community, and dream of creative ways to offer the love of God to those around us. We will be challenged to be flexible enough to respond to the opportunities God presents us, that we might in fact be changed as we seek to offer others the change of life with God. Whether you worship at the Harvest Lakewood Ranch or Harvest Bayshore campus, God’s call to go extends to you! It’s a big mission, sometimes a frightening mission, but it’s always a life-giving mission to be about the work of making disciples! The invitation is yours: go welcome, go grow, go serve. Go into the world, rejoicing in the mission of God’s coming kingdom!
LAKEWOOD RANCH CAMPUS 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch
Thursday 6:48 PM sixfortyeight Worship Sunday 9 AM Traditional Worship Sunday 10:30 AM Contemporary Worship Sunday 5 PM Harvest Youth
BAYSHORE CAMPUS Beginning worship at Lee Middle School on 10.11.15! 4000 53rd Avenue West, Bradenton
Sunday 10:30 AM
WANT MORE? facebook.com/harvestumc
Rev. Jennifer Potter Harvest Bayshore Campus Pastor
welcometoharvest.org [email protected]
HARVEST TEAM Catherine Fluck Price Steve M. Price Co-Pastors
Jennifer Potter Bayshore Campus Pastor Brad Baten Interim Youth Ministry Associate Connie Campbell Children’s Minister Terry Cox Executive Assistant to the Pastors Janet Davis and Teresa O’Connell Accompanists at 9 AM Carin Doddroe Operations Administrative Assistant Dan Funk Comptroller Stacey Gadeken Discipleship Assistant Mike Kennedy Director of Discipleship Interim Director of Operations Dave Lewis Choral Music Director Callie McLeod Sprouts CDC Director Allison Merriot Director of Worship Arts Robert (Bob) Migliore Custodian Sarah Mitchell Communications Associate M.E. Reich Accompanist at 10:30 AM Catherine Sykes Youth and Children’s Ministry Administrative Assistant Michelle Weger Director of Communications Bayshore Worship Leader Dan Whissell Associate Worship Leader Brenda Wilson Nursery Ministry Coordinator Staff can be reached via email at [email protected]
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BAYSHORE COMMUNITY PICNIC
All of Harvest is invited to participate in our Harvest Bayshore Community Picnic on 10.3.15. We’ll have BBQ, yard games, and live music as we invite our neighbors to join us for a fun-filled day! Throughout the day, we’ll extend the invitation to join us for our first public worship service the following weekend. Bring your family and children and join us from 11 AM - 1 PM. Sign up to help volunteer or to attend at harvestbayshore.org/get-involved. More Info: Jennifer Potter | 941.907.7333 Harvest Bayshore Campus Pastor [email protected]
The Harvest community is invited to be in prayer for the public launch of Harvest Bayshore on 10.11.15. Pray for those who are giving of their time and service to make the public launch successful. Pray for the Bayshore community, that they would hear the invitation and respond. Pray for the Holy Spirit to be at work in us all as Harvest becomes one church in two locations.
TRUNK OR TREAT
Trunk or Treat is returning to Harvest Bayshore on October 31. We look forward to hosting the community once again on the grounds of Harvest Bayshore located at 5512 26th Street West.
SPROUTS IS BACK
Sprouts is back in session and going strong! There are 125 bright and happy faces coming through our doors each week, all sporting backpacks and a readiness to learn through play. It was a great first month! We are excited to announce that we are able to offer BOTH of our specials, Music and Spanish, on a weekly basis. Previously, these “specials” were offered every other week, but we are pleased to be able to incorporate them on a weekly basis this year so that our students have even more opportunities to learn and grow through music and foreign language. We are currently accepting names for our 2015-16 school year wait lists. The lists are filling up quickly, so if you or someone you know is interested in placing a child on one of our wait lists for any age group, you’ll want to contact Sprouts Director, Callie MacLeod, soon. You may call the Sprouts office and leave a voice mail or send an email to Callie. Please leave the following information: your full name, your child’s name and date of birth, a contact phone number and email address, and session preference. For 2 and 3 year olds you may choose Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Tuesday, Thursday. VPK for 4 year olds is 5 days a week. There is no fee or obligation to place your child on a wait list here at Sprouts. The registration process for the 2016-17 school year will begin in mid-February. At that time we will begin calling families on our lists until the classes are fully enrolled. Feel free to call us to check your child’s status on the wait list if you have not heard from us by March 1, 2016. More Info: Callie MacLeod | 941.907.7333 [email protected]
AUGUST VITAL SIGNS
WORSHIP ATTENDANCE 2015: 678 2014: 604
STAND DOWN Saturday, October 24 | 8 AM - 12 PM Manatee County Fair Grounds Harvest’s Ministry with Military is volunteering at Turning Points’ event, Stand Down, where veterans will have access to a hot breakfast, showers and hygiene items, haircuts, medical, dental and optical screenings, clothing, resume assistance, legal consultations, information about veterans’ services, and more. Reminder: if you are volunteering, please be at the Fairgrounds at 7:30 AM. Thank you for your support of Harvest’s Ministry with Military! More Info: Maureen Rasmussen | [email protected]
WE LIFT IN PRAYER We invite you to lift in prayer the following Harvest families: Diane Boatwright- Diane’s brother, Mitch Holley, passed away in August. Val and Dan Funk- Val’s father, Hubert Goodwin, passed away in September.
GRACIOUS GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYERS.
SMALL GROUPS 2015: 276 2014: 294
TITHES AND OFFERINGS 2015: $18,498 2014: $16,513
IMAGINE THE FUTURE 2015: $5,687 2014: $3,239
Numbers reflect weekly averages.
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HARVEST KIDS Growing in Faith: Yearly Milestones
LAKEWOOD RANCH CAMPUS
Passing on the faith from one generation to the next is at the heart of what Harvest is all about. Milestones of Faith events are ways to bring an awareness of the presence of God to families by pointing out God’s presence in some key events during our journey of faith. Milestones have four key components: • Naming the sacred and secular events that shape our identities and give us a sense of belonging to Jesus Christ. • Equipping families to model faith practices within their homes. • Blessing individuals and marking the occasion with a worship celebration. • Gifting a tangible item as a reminder of the event being celebrated and of God’s ongoing love. On Sunday, September 13, we gave new Bibles to 15 new Second Graders and then held an interactive class with the children and their parents to learn more about our Bibles and how to use them. On Sunday, October 25, during Sunday school, we will offer a special communion class for Third Graders and their parents, during each service. Explore what communion is and why we celebrate it here at Harvest and in Christian churches around the world. We will also bake bread and make communion cups together.
World Communion Sunday is celebrated on October 4. During worship, we will have a Family Worship Weekend and celebrate communion together as the whole Harvest family. On November 29 we will have our Hanging of the Greens service. This is a great family service as we decorate the Harvest Centre for Christmas. December 6 is the first Sunday in Advent and it is a Family Worship Weekend. Following that worships services, Harvest families are invited to eat lunch together and then go Christmas caroling at a local assisted-living facility.
Sunday School We hope you will make Sunday School and church an important part of your family’s week. Be on the look out for the special events and classes that help your family grow in their faith. Harvest Kids Sunday School is growing and we would love for you to be a part of that excitement. If you would like to serve as a teacher, shepherd, or substitute for Harvest Kids Sunday School please contact Catherine Sykes at [email protected]
We would love to have you!
HARVEST KIDS SPOTLIGHT Sydney Nolin is a fifth grader and part of Harvest Kids.
She was one of the kids who was a part of Music and Drama Camp this summer. During camp, kids are divided into groups by which group is acting or singing or dancing together. It turned out that the group Sydney was in was all kids going into Kindergarten or first grade. Sydney never complained about not being with her friends or being the only one her age in that group. In fact, she was a great leader, helping the younger kids learn their parts and dances. For the performance, she sang a beautiful solo while the younger kids danced. I asked her about that experience and this is what she shared:
“It turned out to be fun, but at first I was nervous to be the only older one. God gave me courage and I know the little kids were looking up to me. Afterwards people told me how proud they were of me and they made me feel good. I’m glad I got to do that and that God helped me.”
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS OCTOBER 4
8:15 and 11:45 AM
9 and 10:30 AM
Family Mission Trip to Miami Information Meeting Come to room E110 to find out more about the Family Mission Trip to Miami. You will hear from other families who have taken this trip before to help you decide if this is the year for your family to do missions together.
Communion Class for Third Graders and parents during Sunday School.
NOVEMBER 29 6:30 PM
Hanging of the Greens service in the Harvest Centre
DECEMBER 6 9 and 10:30 AM 2013 Family Mission Trip to Miami
9 and 10:30 AM Family Worship Weekend We invite children to stay in worship, so that families have the opportunity to grow and worship together.
Family Worship Weekend
More Info: Connie Campbell | 941.907.7333 [email protected]
Speaking role auditions for “The Not So Silent Night” Harvest Kids will be presenting “The Not So Silent Night” on December 11. There are plenty of parts for anyone who would like to be involved. We have speaking and non-speaking roles. For speaking roles, auditions will be at 2 PM on Sunday, October 4 in room E104. Rehearsals will be on Sundays from 2-4 PM. We will be using a block rehearsal schedule, so no child will have to rehearse every week. If your child is interested in participating please email Connie Campbell.
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HARVEST YOUTH STAFF UPDATE Harvest Youth Ministry was blessed by Krista Mulhollen’s ministry over the last year. Recently Krista transitioned to a ministry position at a different church with a schedule that allows her to spend more time with her husband and three children. We are grateful for her time at Harvest and will keep Krista, her family, and her ministry in our prayers. As Harvest is searching for a new full-time Youth Minister, Co-Pastor Steve Price will be providing leadership. Steve has been involved with the youth ministry at Harvest from the very beginning and has lots of exciting plans for this fall.
YOUTH MEETS AT THE
LAKEWOOD RANCH CAMPUS
SUNDAYS AT 5 PM
Brad Baten recently joined the staff as the part-time Interim Youth Ministry Associate. Brad will work alongside Steve in leading the youth ministry during this time of transition. Steve, Brad, and all of the adult leaders are looking forward to an awesome fall. More Info: hyfive.org Steve Price | [email protected]
Brad Baten | [email protected]
GAME NIGHT AND ICE CREAM PARTY Invite your friends Sunday, October 4 for an awesome night. We are looking forward to all of our favorite games, a lip sync battle, and an ice cream sundae bar. This is going to be a night that you won’t want to miss.
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Come join us on Sunday, November 1 from 5-7:30 PM for Harvest Youth’s annual Halloween costume party! Wear the most creative and outrageous costume you have and wow all of your friends. There will be a costume contest, pumpkin carving, and of course, lots of candy.
November 15: Harvest Youth Family Thanksgiving Dinner December 20: Christmas Campfire January 22 – 24: Winter Retreat at Camp Wingmann
Y D O B any ? e r e h t up
October Message Series Is Anybody Up There?: A Message Series on Prayer Prayer. It’s one of the most basic and yet most mystifying components of faith. For some, it happens as naturally as breathing. For others, it hardly ever happens because it seems so unnatural. At some point, anyone who spends time praying at all finds themselves facing doubts and questions. Join us in October for a series that explores some of the most often-asked questions.
10.8 | 10.11
10.15 | 10.18
10.22 | 10.25
10.29 | 11.1 (All Saints Day)
“Does It Really Make a Difference?”
“How Should I Talk to God?”
“Why Should God Care about My Prayers?”
“What If I’m Not Getting an Answer?”
Psalm 139: 13-18, 23-24
Job 38-42 (selected verses)
Rev. Catherine Fluck Price
Rev. Catherine Fluck Price
Rev. Steve Price
Rev. Steve Price
HARVESTERS Harvesters to Visit ECHO Farm On October 24, the Harvesters will have a unique opportunity to tour ECHO Farm in North Fort Myers. “ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) is a global Christian organization that equips people with agricultural resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve lives of the poor.” ECHO provides training, technical documentation, research, and seeds to help improve efficiency, productivity and nutritional diversity in sustainable agriculture with a focus on smallholder farmers in the developing world. The Harvesters’ visit will include an ECHO’s Global Farm Tour, a guided, walking tour of the most creative working farm you have ever experienced. During the tour you will experience seven settings of the Global Farm and taste tropical leaves while you explore rain-forest habitats, stop at a simulated rural school and witness urban gardening techniques that allow gardens on rooftops.
people total are available for those who are not able to walk the distance. Walking paths are gravel and shells, so wheelchairs will need to have wider wheels to navigate on the tour. Following the tour you will be able to enjoy a box lunch provided by the “Horsin’ Around Deli”. Cost for the tour and lunch is $18/person. Carpooling will be arranged for this gathering. We think you will find this to be one of the most interesting and educational outings we have done as Harvesters. Please register online by October 14. More Info: Bob Stark | 231.564.0677 [email protected]
The tour will begin at 10:30 AM and last 1.5-2 hours. The walking tour is approximately 1 mile in length with benches along the way. Golf carts accommodating 14
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BE INFORMED CPR/AED Training
Caregiver Training Program
Become a Harvest Lifesaver! The frequency of public-initiated CardioPulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) with use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has been increasing over recent years. A recent study showed that when the public performed resuscitation prior to the arrival of the EMS, survival was more than doubled and the victim had an improved chance of good neurological outcome. Wouldn’t you like to join those who know how to perform these life-giving skills? The American Heart Association instrutor will be Harvest member, Judy Boehm, RN. Classes are limited to 8 persons each and will be held in W201 at the Lakewood Ranch Campus. The cost of the course is $30 per person, or $45 for a couple who share the reading materials. After signing up, you will be contacted to pick up a packet of reading materials. Training is open to anyone 12 years of age and older. You might just be the one available to resuscitate a Harvest member and save a life. Most heart arrests occur in the home, so be ready to help those you love. Sign up at Hospitality Hub 1 at the Lakewood Ranch Campus.
Are you currently caring for a relative, neighbor or friend? Do you think you might be called upon to care for someone in the future? Harvests Congregational Care team is offering a Caregiver’s Training program that will cover all aspects of caregiving, and will include physical, emotional and spiritual care. Planning for the future and how to utilize community resources will also be presented. These classes are free and open to anyone in the community and will be facilitated by Cathy Emmett, PhD, ARNP, ACHPN.
You will learn: • How to do Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on an adult, child, and infant • How to use Harvest’s new Automated External Defibrillator (AED) • How to save a person who is choking Sunday, October 4 | 12:30 - 4:30 PM Saturday, October 10 | 9 AM - 1 PM Contact: Judy Boehm | 941.870.2259
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This program consists of 8 hours of training and will be offered on two consecutive Saturdays in W205 at the Lakewood Ranch campus: October 24 and October 31 | 12 - 4 PM Samples of Topics: “Consulting with doctors concerning medication management, emergencies, skin care, pain and other symptom management” “Caregiver legal and financial issues” “Palliative Care and Hospice” “Emotional and Spiritual Aspects of Caregiving” “Community Resources” If you have questions about this program or would like to register, please contact Cathy Emmett at [email protected]
You may also sign up at Hospitality Hub 1 at the Lakewood Ranch campus. Participants in this program may also be interested in a three-part series on aging that will be presented beginning in November at Harvest. Part 1 will be an informational session entitled Medicare 101 on November 7, presented by Nina Willingham (more info below).
Medicare 101 Medicare 101 provides free and unbiased Medicare counseling to empower you make the best decisions for your individual needs. Current and prospective beneficiaries, their caregivers, and family are encouraged to attend this educational presentation. The opportunity to freely make changes to your Medicare coverage runs from October 15 - December 7. This session will will be at the Lakewood Ranch campus on November 7 from 10 – 11:30 AM Don’t miss this opportunity to come and get your questions answered!
WOMEN’S MINISTRY Women’s Book Club
If you like to read, join the Harvest Women’s Book Club. Topics range from best sellers to books by Christian authors. There are two opportunities to meet to discuss the same book each month. Both are on the third Monday of the month. All women are welcome. The selection October 19 is Shadows Over Paradise by Isabel Wolff. See below for more information.
Girlfriends Gathering Girlfriends Gathering is intentional fellowship events designed to help women connect and make new friendships. Events are open to all women, so invite your girlfriends and join in the fun. There are several NEW events scheduled in October and are listed below. GATHERING FOR YOGA First and third Wednesday each month | 11 AM - 12 PM Room W201, Harvest Lakewood Ranch Campus Bring your yoga mat and strap (if you have one) GATHERING TO WALK Every Monday | 8:30 AM UTC (University Town Center) Meet at Customer Service between Cheesecake Factory and Seasons 52 GATHERING FOR A COOKING DEMONSTRATION – NEW! Join Chef Chris Kohatsu and be inspired for the next time you decide to have your friends over. Bring an item from your pantry and Chris will help you find new ways to incorporate it into your cooking. Tuesday, October 13 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM 10118 Cherry Hills Avenue Circle, Bradenton Home of Alicia Chalmers Fee of $12 must be prepaid by registering online GATHERING FOR BREAKFAST Every second Wednesday | 9 AM October 14, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery 6023 14th Street West, Bradenton | Near Harvest Bayshore GATHERING FOR A CREATIVE CARD WORKSHOP – NEW! Have fun making 10 different greeting cards while learning new card making techniques. Thursday, October 15 | 10 AM - 1 PM Harvest Lakewood Ranch Campus Fee of $22 must be prepaid by registering online
GATHERING TO READ Harvest Book Club third Monday of each month October 19 selection is Shadows over Paradise by Isabel Wolff 11 AM - NEW! Room W206, Harvest Lakewood Ranch Campus Includes a salad lunch Carolyn Elaison | 941.755.0525 Debbie Lewis | 314.221.0276 7 PM 11210 Rivers Bluff Circle, Bradenton Home of Nancy Reed Nancy Reed | 941.752.7434 More Info: welcometoharvest.com/bookclub GATHERING FOR LUNCH Every fourth Thursday | 11:30 AM October 22 | Scrambled 1857 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton GATHERING FOR GAME NIGHT – NEW! Join us for a social game called Bunco, involving 100% luck and no skill! Thursday, November 4 | 7 – 9 PM 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd | Lakewood Ranch Town Hall
Please RSVP at: welcometoharvest.org/girlfriends Invite your girlfriends and neighbors! If you have any questions, would like to help plan activities or have suggestions for our 2016 calendar, please contact us! More Info: [email protected]
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