Elder Updates

Elder Update
March 2020

Good Afternoon Church family,
In case you missed this past Sunday or you were serving in Harvest Kids we want to let you know of some things that were announced as part of an Elders’ update. We have a lot going on and want to keep you up to speed with some new things coming our way as a church.

This summer Melissa Simmons moved from a key serving role in Harvest Kids at our Bracebridge location onto a staff role as the Harvest Kids Director. Just recently she decided to move back to a volunteer serving role. We are so thankful for the work she did over these past months rolling out new curriculum and keeping things moving forward as we seek more volunteers. We’re also very thankful for her serving as a volunteer again. 

Our Bracebridge location is blessed to have two of our key Huntsville leaders (Krista Brubacher and Natasha Ellis) move into a partnering staff role for our Bracebridge Harvest Kids. They will serve in this position while we prayerfully seek a more permanent solution.

Ryan Maxson has served faithfully as our Deacon of Missions and Hannah Maxson has served as one of our Worship Leaders. They have felt a call to full-time ministry (and Ryan even left his job this past year to pursue schooling) and were trusting that the Lord would open doors. It is a bittersweet time for us as a church as God has opened a door! Ryan has taken the position of Senior Pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in Huntsville. We are sad to lose them, but excited to see God’s leading and are cheering them on as they move into this new ministry opportunity. We will pray for and send them off on Sunday, March 29th

Peter and Beth Gibson are moving from our Huntsville location to our Bracebridge location so he can serve as an “elder on the ground in Bracebridge” while we continue to prayerfully seek out elders from Bracebridge. 

As Elders, we made a commitment to grow our prayer focus as a church. To help continue this we have asked Pastor Eric to take this on as part of his pastoral responsibilities. He is passionate to see our church grow in prayer and will give leadership to regular Harvest Prays nights, prayer before Sunday morning services and helping us grow a culture of prayer.

With overseeing two locations (you may notice that you don’t get to see him lead at your location every Sunday as he alternates his time) he would covet your prayers in this newly added area of leadership. 

Harvest Parry Sound will be leaving their mall location in 2 weeks to begin to meet at the new church location! Praise God for His provision for us to get out of the lease early without any penalties. As we begin to meet in the new building we are looking forward to an official public launch on Easter Sunday, April 12th
Harvest Parry Sound has been hard at work with multiple work nights and yet there is still much work to be done to finish the renovations in time. To make raising the necessary funds more simple than donating to the ONE Campaign (which covers all three locations) we have set up a separate specific Parry Sound Building Fund. 
If you click here you can give online or you can mark a cheque or envelope with PSBF to ensure the funds go directly to this project.

Finally, it was also announced this Sunday that Jon Fitter has stepped down as our Discipleship Pastor. You can read his letter to the church here. While this will be difficult for both our church family and the Fitter family we are praying that God continues to lead us and continues to show Himself faithful to Jon and Summer as He leads them forward for the next mission He has for them.

 Prior to Jon’s resignation, we gave Jon an extended vacation as a way of saying, ‘thank you’ for all the work he has poured into this past season and to give him and his family a time of rest. So, Jon will be away for the next 3 weeks but when he returns, we will be blessed to give them our love and thanks and prayers with a proper send-off!

The Executive Support Team (Gary Webster, Lisa McMurray, Sandy Jennings, Peter Gibson, Kaj Ballantyne) are meeting this week to begin to put together a strategic plan for this next season. It will include a short-term plan for Discipleship Ministries as well as a long-term plan for the next staff hire. We will also be including outside assistance in the search and hiring process.

Thank you for your active engagement at Harvest Church – we are blessed by your sacrificial partnership in the gospel to see God glorified in Muskoka, Parry Sound and to the nations. If you have questions or comments, send them to elders@myharvestchurch.ca. We would be happy to interact regarding these or any other items. Join us in praying for God to do in our church and in our lives all that He wants to accomplish, for His glory!

Together on this amazing mission,

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

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