Elder Updates

ELDER UPDATE

April 2021

What a season it has been.

As elders, we have been seeking the Lord in prayer and His Word for how to navigate the choppy waters of changing health restrictions and life with COVID19.

Scripture calls us in Hebrews 10:25 to "not neglect meeting together" and our hearts have been encouraged to see that, in a season where the "normal" gathering has been interrupted out of a concern for the wellbeing of our community, our church has not "neglected" (disregarded, ignored, forgotten) the gathering. In fact, Hebrews 10:24 gives us one of the reasons we gather - "to stir up one another to love and good works." And Harvest has been doing great in this time of a limited large group gathering to continue to stir each other up by:

- meeting in smaller groups
- reaching out to each other (phone calls, FaceTime, texts, drop-ins, etc)
- serving each other and serving with each other
- living out the “one anothers” of Scripture
- not forgetting those who are isolated or wandering
- and more!

We have seen our church take up the "10-10 Challenge" of connecting with 10 people in our church family and 10 people who don't know Jesus and the testimonies coming in were so encouraging (including salvation!).

This pandemic has increased a lot of stress on families and people. Our pastors, elders, deacons, directors, key leaders and so many more have been hard at work seeking to meet the growing needs. Thank you so much for not just being a church full of spectators but instead being people who fully participate in the work of being a church! We continue to pray for and reach out to people who are feeling isolated and scattered.

We have seen our church rally to those in need as our Care Teams have been coming alongside so many people with meals, financial assistance, practical help, counselling, visits, etc.

We have seen our church being active in supporting local businesses — even to the point of so generously helping one business owner at risk of losing her business that she responded:

"People that I have never met,
have reached out to me and helped
in more ways than I can even begin to thank them for.
I may not believe in God.
But apparently, He believes in me.

While we are doing our best to serve God in the midst of different lockdowns and restrictions we have also been active to implore our government officials to consider church an "essential service". Here is a letter we sent during the last lockdown.

There is much happening at Harvest and much to be thankful for as we look forward with anticipation for what God has for us in the days ahead. We send out these updates as a way to regularly keep you updated. If you have any questions after reading this latest Elder Update, please reach out to us at elders@myharvestchurch.ca

We continue to call out to the Lord with hearts filled with both dependence (humbly knowing that outside of God’s work we have nothing) and expectation (faithfully knowing that God can and will do the miraculous).

Together on this amazing mission,

The Elders of Harvest Church


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