May 12, 2020
Hi awesome Harvesters!!
The State of Alaska has entered Phase 2 of the Open Alaska Responsibly plan. So after lots of prayer and practical space assessments were made, we are excited to announce our church doors are back open!!
We will be having church in our building once again starting Sunday, May 17, at 10 am! Due to social distancing requirements, and to comply with State mandates regarding COVID:
1. We have limited seating available, so if you would like to attend church in person, you must RSVP to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people from your household that plan to attend by Thursday, May 14. To keep organized, RSVP's will not be taken via facebook, text, or phone call. If the response is greater than the number we can accommodate in one service, we will consider adding another service. That decision will be made Friday. (Note- only one service held.)
2. No kids services will be provided at this time, so please take that into consideration in your planning.
3. Please observe social distancing.
4. If you or a family member are sick or have a fever, you must stay home.
5. We will have hand sanitizer placed generously throughout the building for your convenience.
Due to poor internet at the church, we will post the message on YouTube and Facebook at 6 pm Sunday evening rather than a poor attempt at livestreaming.
For more details, please read Harvest's COVID-19 Mitigation Plan, linked below.
We are rejoicing we can see each other in-person and are believing that we will be able to resume regular services again in the near future! Please continue to pray for our state leadership to have wisdom as they plan for the full reopening of Alaska.
"I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord!" Psalm 122:1
Blessings on all of you!!
March 19, 2020
“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1, ESV). The Lord protects, preserves, supplies, and cares for us. He is the good Shepherd, and He loves His flock (John 10:11, 14). As one of his many under-shepherds, my goal is to emulate the Chief Shepherd and do my best to care for the local flock He has entrusted to me. Part of this care has to do with keeping each of you as safe as possible, especially during times of crisis. Therefore, I have decided, after much counsel and deliberation, to cancel on-campus meetings at Harvest till it is safe for us to gather together again. I do not do so lightly, but in conjunction with common-sense, wisdom, and the wishes of our government, which we are encouraged as believers to obey (Romans 13:1).
In place of on-campus meetings, we will provide live-streaming of Sunday services, complete with worship and a message. In addition, we may do a mid-week video update/message to keep you spiritually sustained and encouraged. Please know that Harvest is not defined by on-campus meetings. You and I are the Body of Christ. Harvest will continue to thrive, grow, and prosper; it will simply assume a different format for a time. We are a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle, holy and without blemish (Eph. 5:27)! Keep in mind that the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ, has promised—“And on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell [coronavirus] shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18, ESV).
Finally, I ask that you stay as connected to your church family as possible, for Harvest is truly a family. It is vital that we reach out to each other and keep each other in prayer. Consider sharing with fellow Harvesters sources of encouragement that the Lord brings to you. Take your natural and spiritual vitamins! Get plenty of sleep at night and rest in the Lord! Eat regular meals (chicken soup is always a winner) both natural and spiritual! And above all, remember this—
“Fear Not, Only Believe, You and Your Household Shall Be Well!”