MEMBERSHIP AT HARVEST: JANUARY 27
We believe that from the earliest followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, believers have identified with and committed themselves to a particular local body. In light of this understanding, Harvest Decatur affirms the value of formal membership. To get an informed sense of who we are, attend Membership@Harvest, an evening where our Pastors and Elders will fill you in on our vision, history, leadership, and values that are most important to us. The next class is Saturday, January 27 from 5-8 pm. Sign up to attend on the Friendship Register or in the Fellowship Hall.
MEMBERSHIP AT HARVEST: JANUARY 27
Rejoice with us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior at a special worship service on Sunday, December 24 at 10 am. (Please note the later time.) This will be a one-hour family service. Harvest Kids will not meet this day, so that all may participate in this service.
Join us on Wednesday, December 6, for a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the birth of Christ with the singing of Handel's Messiah and other Christmas songs, performed by 50 students and leaders from the Czech Republic. These students and leaders are here by the arrangement of Pastor Michael Sust, HBC St. Louis. Come for the concert, and consider providing lodging for one night and breakfast Thursday morning for two or more of the students. Reserve your tickets (free, but limited) and the number
IDEAS FOR THE ADVENT SEASON
IDEAS FOR THE ADVENT SEASON
Today begins the observance of Advent. Observing Advent with our families helps remind us and our children that the greatest gift is not the one under our tree. It’s the one deposited in our life through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as given to us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
If you’re not already, we encourage you to begin an Advent journey with your family. Make haste toward the “baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12) Build the excitement and awe of the Creator taking on the form of the created to redeem fallen man and call His own for His glory.
Here are some Advent resources to help your family get started:
• Good News of Great Joy - Daily Reading for Advent, by John Piper (http://dwynrhh6bluza.cloudfront.net/resources/documents/5544/DG_Advent_eBook-2013.pdf?1384881563)
• Focus On The Family: Celebrate Advent
• Christmas Devotionals: Dallas Theological Seminary: http://christmas.dts.edu
Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child begins in just three weeks! Our church will again be a drop-off location. There are a wide variety of opportunities for YOU to get involved:
1. VOLUNTEER to fill a time slot during Collection Week, November 13-20. This is a great way for our children to Work for Christ! Bring them and let them be involved.
2. BRING REFRESHMENTS for volunteers, and those dropping off boxes during Collection Week. (Sign up in Fellowship Hall.)
3. LOAD BOXES into a trailer for transport to the collection center in Springfield on Sunday, November 19 at 4 pm.
4. PACK & PRAY: Come to the church on Monday, November 13 at 6 pm to “PACK & PRAY!” Bring the whole family, and a snack to share. This year Harvest Decatur has budgeted to provide funds for shipping up to 50 boxes that are assembled at Pack & Pray. Together we’ll pack boxes and pray over all the boxes before they go out to recipients.
Three options are offered for participation in PACK & PRAY:
Option 1: Pack a box with your family and bring it to Pack ‘n’ Pray
Option 2: Donate items to pack and come to Pack ‘n’ Pray (Choose from lists in Fellowship Hall)
Option 3: Donate cash and come to Pack ‘n’ Pray (Write your check to Harvest Decatur with “OCC” on the memo line
>> FIND OUT MORE or sign up for volunteer opportunities in the Fellowship Hall TODAY!
Saturday, November 11 is our annual fall outdoor work day.
Come at 8 am with rakes, leaf blowers, tarps, work gloves
and cheerful hearts as we work together to care for our facility
grounds. If you need to come later, feel free to pack a lunch
and keep working!
A baby dedication has been re-scheduled for Sunday, October
29, during the worship service. This ceremony is open to
parents (of children under 2) who wish to publicly commit to
the call of raising their children according to the principles of
God’s Word. Contact Pastor Tony or indicate your interest on
the Friendship Register if you would like to be included in the
All Harvest Women (and little women) are invited to gather at the church next Saturday, October 28, 10am-12pm, to bless Vanessa and celebrate her upcoming marriage to Caleb Kelson. A light brunch will be served. Vanessa and Caleb are registered at Kohl's and Target. Please RSVP to Nicky Alworth.
Ladies, age 18 and up, join us for another fun event on Saturday, September 16, from 10 am to 12:30 pm, at the church. Challenge your skills at a table game competition, and then enjoy a “super” yummy lunch bar, plus a devotion on “Finishing” from our own Theresa Miller. Bring a friend or two.! RSVP on the Friendship Register this Sunday at church, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Group families AND anyone interested in plugging into a Small Group this fall are invited to a gathering on Labor Day, September 4, in the Vernon backyard, 1357 Spitler Park Drive, Mt. Zion. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, condiments, beverages and tableware will be provided. Potluck dishes will be coordinated within Small Groups. Games and a time of worship will round out our evening. (Please bring lawn chairs and blankets.) Small Group members, please RSVP to your leaders. Those not currently in a Small Group, please RSVP on the Friendship Register or to Michael or Shelley Vernon.
“On September 3, Pastor Tony will begin a new sermon series in Proverbs called ‘Fool Proof.’ God has given us wisdom to counter the foolish mindsets and habits that permeate this world. Have you accessed this wisdom? Are you hungry for something other than the status-quo foolishness in our world? If so, join us for this series to learn more about a biblical wisdom that can foolproof your life.” Watch the video https://wetransfer.com/downloads/1b70bdb8c6ab2c3bae44aa72f7c978db20170823140300/31751a
Ladies, college age & up, come to the church Friday, July 28, 6-8 pm, for some crafting and an ice cream sundae bar. Come hear one of our ladies share what God has placed on her heart concerning His refining process in our lives. Bring a friend. RSVP on the Friendship Register on Sunday or in the Fellowship Hall to help us plan supply quantities. If you would like to sign up via email, email@example.com