What a great turn out we had at the Chili Cook Off this past Sunday evening! Although the numbers are not officially in, we estimate at least 150+ people enjoyed food, fun and fellowship! Not only did we have 21 different Chili’s entered into the contest but we also had 20 *awesome* Raffle Baskets that we gave away!
I don’t think anyone left hungry or empty handed!
And let me just say, chili cooking seems to be serious business and in many cases a family affair! We had at least a few families that every family member entered a Chili!
The winners of the Chili Cook Off were:
Men: Derick Monteith who won a $50 Dicks Sporting Goods Gift Card
Women: Liana Pilar Eggleston who won a Massage Gift Certificate
16 & Under: Maddie Christensen who won a Gift Card to Tiki Golf and Regal Cinemas
Thank you to all that came to eat, entered your Chili into the contest and who brought cans of food for the food pantry!
Make sure you keep an eye out for upcoming events! We have lots of fun things planned in the coming months!
Have a great rest of the week!
See you Sunday!
-Women’s Ministry Committee
Visitation vs Living in Full
Though my parents divorced after eleven years of marriage they fought with each other for many more years. One topic that came up frequently— visitation. I remember one such battle, they were going back and forth about weekends, mid-week visits, and the upcoming holidays which were hers and which were his.
In attempt to convey my perspective on the child distribution chart I remember my seven year old self standing up and exclaiming, “IT’S NOT his time or her time… It’s all MY time.”
[Pause and reflect on that last sentence for a moment.]
As an adult I get it. There is work time, school time, personal time, family time, church time, and the list goes on in a Western Culture steeped in segregation and compartmentalization. We must be accountable and productive with our hours (future post). As a Children’s Director I try to look at things from the children’s perspective , and I have to wonder if God feels like my seven year old self had. “It’s not your time then his time and her time… It’s all my time.”
He listens to us scrambling to figure out how to make our schedules work in harmony with our lives; perhaps, we even bring it to him in prayer. Are we willing to hear, “It’s not your time then his time and her time… It’s all my time.”
Here’s the point: If you are God’s child, stop giving God visitation rights. Start giving him what is actually already his: It’s all His time! The Bible tells us his Spirit dwells within us. [2,3] That means he is with us, a part of us regardless of it being work time, school time, home time, church time, drive time, tool time, or any other time. Stop giving visitation and start letting him be a part of you and everything you do. 
Children’s Director, Harvest Christian Church
Preceding thoughts occurred while listening to the sermon Garden City: Kavod
Being a “good listener” is not how I would describe myself. If I had to describe myself it would be more along the lines of “good talker.” Listening isn’t something that comes easily or naturally to me. On the other hand, my husband is a great listener – it is part of what makes him so perfect for me. I love to talk; he loves to listen. At first this appeared to be a perfect pairing but as time went on we realized that it wasn’t sustainable; I needed to learn how to listen and he needed to learn how to talk. Without growing and maturing ourselves our relationship may not have fared well.
Listening is such a simple concept, and yet I cannot overstate its importance. Listening is a skill we all need to grow and develop. Listening goes hand in hand with communication, both of which are vital to any lasting relationship. Think about it. How satisfied would you be if you were in a relationship and the other party never stopped talking and never listened to you? You may not feel like you’re actually in a relationship, or at least not actively taking part in one.
I want to be a good listener, even if my personality isn’t inclined towards being one. However, there is one thing that consistently seems to get in my way: time. There never seems to be enough time in a day, in a week, in a month, or in a year. Often I’ll ask myself, “where has the time gone?” I can recall a time in my life when it felt like all I had was time, and boredom was always lurking around the corner, but I can no longer remember what being bored feels like. Now all I feel is rushed.
Rushed to take care of my home, the dog, the car; rushed to take care of my toddler, keep her fed, clean, entertained, mentally stimulated; rushed to keep everything clean; rushed to get meals and snacks prepared and ready, I try to cook from scratch and not use pre-packaged goods but I’ll be perfectly honest – there’s not always time; rushed to get all my errands done in between nap times; rushed to get my work done; rushed, rushed, rushed. Excersie? I don’t have time for it. A night out? It is a rarity. Vacation? I have no idea when the next one will be, probably when my daughter is older.
What about prayer? I say lots of little prayers throughout the day. God is never too far from my mind. I thank Him when I miss all the red lights, and when everything seems to fall in place. I call out to him when I am hurting, when I am in pain, or when a loved one is sick. When I hear a siren I pray that He protects the people involved. I pray amidst all the noise of my life and the chaos of the world. But I don’t always make time for God, and just Him. I speak a lot, but how often do I really listen?
Our world is busy, it is rushed, and it is noisy. Somewhere, we need to find the time to be still. Time to let all the “rush” fall away. Time to stand before our Lord and listen to Him. I was told once, a long time ago, that if I felt far from God it wasn’t God who had moved away. He is steady, He is faithful, He is constant; the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. God waits on us to draw close to Him, He wants us to lay our burdens (our “rush”) on Him; He wants to renew our spirit. It is time to slow down and remember the relationship we have with our heavenly Father.
In 1 Kings chapter 19 we read about the prophet Elijah who was running for His life, all the other prophets had been slain, and he felt alone. God tells Elijah to stand on a mount “for the Lord is about to pass by.” Elijah experiences three forces, a great wind, an earthquake, and a fire. Yet, despite their great power, God was not in any of these forces. After the fire comes a voice, a still small voice (a better translation could be “sheer silence”). God was in the silence, that is how He revealed himself to Elijah. Silence is a powerful thing, it is when we are still and quiet that we can hear the voice of God. We need to start listening, and the first step towards listening is cutting out all of the noise, and laying down our “rush.” As important as it is for us to speak to God, it is equally important that we learn to listen to Him as well.
Preteen Ministries Director
A BIG THANK YOU…
….to all of the Harvest Christian Church congregation for helping donate to the Thanksgiving Basket Drive and The Christmas Giving Tree.
With your help, we were able to deliver 30 Thanksgiving Baskets to local families in need.
With your help, we were able to adopt 5 families and deliver 70 Christmas presents and 4 Christmas hams to several members of our church family.
With your help, we were able to pack 60 Homeless Care Packs that will be available to start distributing next week.
With your help, we were able to make 20 blankets that will be delivered to the homeless during an upcoming Night Strike event.
Without your help, these outreach opportunities would not be possible.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being the hands and feet of Jesus.
Harvest Care Ministries
Happy New Year Church!
It’s that wonderful first day of the New Year! We join athletic clubs, promise to watch less TV (starting tomorrow), once again pray with our children at bedtime. We commit to less fries and more asparagus, and promise to go to church more.
This is the time of year where our good intentions find flight! Our disciplined self pops it’s happy head out of the hole like a groundhog; looks around and starts embracing the healthy, active, and spiritual lifestyle we know we are capable of.
A new year, a new beginning…nothing wrong with that.
Don’t be discouraged when that groundhog discovers that donuts are better than broccoli, and all that time we were going to set aside for meaningful things gets eaten up with that new subscription to Netflix. Pretty soon the groundhog is back in his hole, wearing his pajamas, and binge watching “Agents of Shield.”
Oh well, someone lazy once said “set your goals low and you will hit them every time.”
That’s a pretty sad outlook. I would rather start “reading through the Bible in a year” every January and only make it to Leviticus than to have never tried at all. “The best way to never fail is to never try.” Now that’s a good saying!
So go ahead, set some good goals . . . the kind that actually bless other people. Do your best, and keep trying.
To quote the famous philosopher Hulk Hogan (google him if you have no idea what I’m talking about)…
“Say your prayers and eat your vitamins.”
That about sums it up, except as the preacher, I think we should all go to church every Sunday too…and it just so happens that there is a service in 2 days! Have a great New Year, and we will see you Sunday!