Elder Updates

Elder Update
January 2020

As Elders we want to make sure we are communicating to you the things heavy on our hearts as we seek the Lord together but also the victories and triumphs we get to celebrate as a church.

In Psalm 69 David says, “I will magnify him with thanksgiving!” In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 we are called to “give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you!”

Today we want to remind you of just a few of the blessings we saw in 2019:

For Missions:
Our church supporting and being a part of:

  • Children giving their lives to Christ through CEF’s summer program
  • Christine’s Place and Hope Pregnancy Center both supporting and counselling pregnant women, advocating for life and helping to facilitate adoptions if necessary;
  • Rugged Tree reaching into the Ojibwe First Nations in the Georgian Bay Area
  • Pastor Omar and the church in Mexico City continues to be used by God to reach more people
  • YFC in Ecuador (Abner and Aimee), The Door, and so much more!

For Benevolence:

  • At the Wood Bee we saw two large truck loads of wood cut and split for firewood for those who are in need
  • Short term assistance: food or gas bills, diapers, clothing, etc.
  • Medium assistance: helping with mortgage payments, car repairs, building repairs, etc.
  • Large assistance: helping families struggling with addiction, assisting with funeral costs, etc.

Here are a few more reasons for us to give thanks:

  • Our Huntsville campus launching
  • The new staff that came on board supporting the ministries
  • Gary Webster volunteering to fill the role of Executive Director
  • Harvest Mexico building a café to reach the lost for Christ
  • Pastor Matt’s health and strength returning/Pastor Bob’s health and strength returning
  • People coming to the Lord through Back of Beyond’s family fun day
  • Our largest Christmas Eve Service ever!
  • People being added to our church and accepting Jesus as their Lord and Saviour
  • And again, so much more!

For February 2020 there are 11 people signed up for baptism and are ready to share their testimony how Jesus brought them from death to life! Jesus teaches for his disciples to be baptized. If you haven’t been baptized as a believer, we encourage you to take this step of obedience and share your testimony to family, friends and your church family. You can contact Pastor Bob Galashan for more information. Click here for more information or to fill out the online baptismal application.

Parry Sound Update
Continue to pray for Parry Sound, who hope to launch in their new building this Easter! There is still much to do. Please contact Chris Somers if you have time and/or resources to help them get ready for launch.

Financial Update
Please click here to see our latest financial update.
1. Our budget shortfall was reduced from $167K to $33K in December 2019 – praise God!

  • Thank you so much for you generosity and partnership in seeing the mission of the gospel accomplished in Muskoka, Parry Sound and to the nations! Our monthly need is almost $100,000 and our December givings were $230,000 which resulted in our 2019 budget shortfall being reduced to $33,000
  • We met and exceeded our budget needs in Huntsville and Bracebridge and only fell short slightly in Parry Sound. Parry Sound has been a “mission church” since we launched it and we have, until this past year, been able to support it with the excess giving in Muskoka
  • Our 2020 budget needs to be realistic as our annual givings have dropped slightly each year since 2017. Unless giving increases we will need to find $100k in this year’s budget to be consistent with the savings we always need at the start of the year when giving seems to be down
  • Please join us in praying for the Lords direction for 2020 in leading the staff, Gary (our current Treasurer), Sandy (our Deacon of Finance) and the Executive Support Team as they prepare this year’s budget
  • Pray also for wisdom and God’s timing for future hires as we continue to rely on God for provision for our 3 church locations.

2. Construction Loans for $1.5M (short term loan of $400K and Mortgage of $1.1M) are now in place.

  • ONE Campaign pledges will pay for these two loans for 2020 and 2021, after which we will assess how we pay the balance, eg. probably one long term mortgage

Thank you for your partnership with us in the Gospel as we seek to lift high the name of Jesus, boldly proclaim his Word, pray fervently without ceasing, passionately worship Christ and courageously share the Gospel with those around us! We pray that the Lord will fill us with the joy of the Lord and with His Spirit as we head into 2020. May your name be magnified Lord Jesus as we give you thanks!

Together on this amazing mission,
The Elders of Harvest Church

– The Elders of Harvest Church –
Peter Gibson, Adam Cormier, Godfrey Wilkinson, Bob Galashan, Roger Samuel & Kaj Ballantyne

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