A huge thanks to our prayer and support team. We’re grateful for your partnership as we continue to serve in this kingdom work through Harvest Ministry. We just finished a great summer, have had several one-night events this past month and this weekend, and we’re leading worship for Living The Adventure Mission Banquet. Don’t forget, if you’re part of our support team, receive text updates by texting SOWER to 618-243-7476. You can also text PRAY or HARVEST to that same number! Join all three groups if you would like.
A few bullet points and snapshot updates:
We kicked off the ShoutCo! Puppet Crew, just before Covid and only did one event in 2020. Since this Spring, ShoutCo! Crew has done several events, including the Light Kids Conferences, VBS events, Summer Camp, and most recently, the first-ever stand-alone event, where Harvest as a whole wasn’t there already. It was great! Thanks to Ruby Price for her leadership and creativity with the scripts and planning. And thanks to Courtney Bettis, Loren Fear, Suzanne Price and Marissa Story for their leadership in the ministry! And of course, thanks to all the team members who have served. The next event is at Friedens Church in Troy, IL in October.
RECENT HARVEST EVENTS
The last three weekends, we had the opportunity to serve in worship ministry at First UMC in Vandalia, IL; Outdoor Worship Night in Oblong and an Outdoor Worship Night at the Federated Church in Carlinville, IL. The teams included: Ryan Froidcoeur, Audrey Cheetham, Tim Price, Deborah Thorp, Rebecca Thorp, Daniel Tatjenhorts, Josh Case, Caroline Stewart, Elizabeth West, Ruby Price, Justin Hart, Hannah Thorp, and Dan Yarger.
SUMMER MINISTRY 2022
The 27th summer of Harvest was a huge blessing! We’re grateful for the way God worked through our team to serve. We led worship for camps, churches, and ministry events. We had lots of time for fun, games, prayer, ministry, worship, and devotions. We heard lots of sermons, drove lots of miles and we’re praising God for the dent we made in sharing the love of Christ with students and children all over the state. We’re so grateful for those who support the ministry and the summer is a huge outcome of your support.
On September 10, our team is reuniting to debrief the summer ministry and officially celebrate as a team. Covid sort of brought an abrupt end to our ministry this summer at the end of the last camp, so we’re looking forward to this day of team ministry closure.
We’re praying for and preparing for the MINISTRY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE on September 17 and the FALL RALLY on October 29.
The Ministry Leadership Conference will be in Troy, IL on September 17 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and is for worship leaders, worship tech team members, youth workers, kids ministry leaders, and hospitality teams! Pastors/churches: bring or send your leaders to this one-day training event!
The Fall Rally is for students in 6th-12th grade and it’s going to be an awesome day!
VINTAGE HARVEST SONG
We just recently uncovered a little-known Harvest Recording from 2006. We were asked to write and record a song for the Illinois Great Rivers UMC Annual Conference and we just ran across the song again and loaded it on YouTube. Listen to By Faith In You.
And if you haven’t before, make sure you add Harvest Songs to your playlists!