Well it’s May and that signals many things. Spring flowers, planting gardens, more daylight, and softball season are just a few. It also brings a time of celebration for many as they delight in the completion of High School, Tech School or College. We will be honoring those among us who have completed their course of education, so if you have a recent graduate in the family, please forward their name and information to Tammy in the Church Office as soon as possible. This year, we also will be graduating our first group of scholars from our own HCC Institute. We will share more with you on their success in the coming weeks.
Many of us do not realize how many groups of dedicated servants for Christ operate, largely behind the scenes, at Harvest. I would like to share with you a little information from a couple of these groups this month. Several of our brothers and sisters have been faithfully serving in our Jail Ministry. These men and women travel to the Armstrong County Jail each week and conduct services for the inmates. They have seen a substantial growth in the attendance at these weekly meetings over the last several months and have been part of helping these men and women grow in their understanding of Christ and find hope in their lives as they struggle to overcome many of the evils within our world. Please keep this team in your prayers and look for the opportunity to get to know some of our new friends as they are release from incarceration and join us in the ministries at Harvest. If you would like to serve with this team, please contact Steve and Terri Tack.
Another group of servants that fly under the spotlight are our Stephens Ministers. These men and women look to come alongside those in substantial need within our congregation and work with them over many months in growing in their relationship with Christ. They also have been willing to reach out to those hospitalized or homebound and share a smile and a prayer. If you know of anyone that may benefit from their visit, please contact Barb Bowser or forward their name to Debbie Baptiste at the Church Office and she will make sure that the information gets passed along as well as put on our prayer list.
In May of 2008, we asked several members of our church to serve in the role of Deacon (aka Team Leader). These men have been faithfully giving of their time and energy to help carry out the mission of Harvest over the last couple years, and we just want to thank them for their commitment to serve within the Body of Christ. Starting in June, we will be marking the beginning of the service of the next group of men and women. But for now, let us rejoice in the job well done for those that have been faithful to give of themselves over the last two years to help lead your church. Thank you to Tom Scherf, Don Thiele, Bill Kriley, Doug Shakley, Rich Bowser, Don Grywinski, Corey Grywinski, Dave Claypool, Dave Questiaux, and Jeff Dailey.
Do not forget to keep May 23rd marked on your calendar for our Church Information Meeting. We will share in a light lunch after second service in Kittanning and move into the meeting and communion quickly. I encourage you to set aside a few minutes to enjoy our fellowship and sharing of information. If you have a favorite dessert, please bring it. If you are on a strict diet that will not allow for dessert – don’t worry – I will make sure someone takes your place in that line.
Just a quick reminder that May will be our final month for Cobblestone, and we encourage you to share your thoughts (good or bad) with us regarding your experience on this networking site. We look forward to finding new ways for you to share information with each other. Till then, visit our website often and check your email for our updates.
If you have an opportunity, check out these links for information to enjoy some of our fellow member in their theater productions.