Harvest Valley Church: We had a very good start to our first services as the gathered Church this past week. We had around 90 people total and we handled that easily with the two services. We assume more will come as people feel safe coming this week and the weeks to come. The services this week will be at 9 A.M. and then at 10:30 A.M. We have enough time in between services to sanitize the building, so we can move the late service up to 10:30 A. M. to make it a better option for most people who would like to come later. Our chair arrangement worked very well and we can potentially have double the attendance and not have any issues with social distancing. Thanks to every one who made this possible.
So here are the good reasons to feel safe as you come to services this week.
1. We have two entrances to come in with the doors wide open for you.
2. All the building we are using will have been completely sanitized with professional sanitizers.
3. Fellowship time exists after the service outside when you are dismissed.
4. Our chairs are spaced far enough apart to abide by the governor's directives.
5. We are purposely keeping the services to one hour or less so you can bring your whole family.
6. The nursery is open for mothers to take their infants back to. (We are not providing child care, however)
7. You can wear masks if you like, but it is not a requirement.
We also have a children's feature in our service each week. It was awesome to see so many young families come with their children the first week. Keep it up, our children are very important to us and we our doing our part to make the service helpful to the whole family.
We hope to see you this Sunday.
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Harvest Valley Family: Here is the rough plan for our gathered Church Services this Sunday. Because of the rules governing social distancing we are offering a service at 9 A.M. and another at 11 A. M. Matt Turman and Pastor Curt will give details on how these services will work on our "Hello Harvest" feature by Friday. The most room for attending a service looks like the 11 A.M. service at this time.
If you want to come to our parking lot and stay in your car and listen by radio, you can pick up our service on F.M. near the 104.9 frequency.
We will record the service and put it on line again, but that won't be available until Monday. We hope in the near future we will be able to "Live Stream" our services but that takes time to get the technology working.
So we will have options for this Sunday, and we are told things will get back to normal fairly soon as we go forward. So look for the "Hello Harvest" this week to get all the information. Sorry, we won't have coffee and donuts or children's Church. However, we will plan something in the service for children to interest them.
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Harvest Valley Family: Our governor has given the go ahead for Churches to begin meeting together for Worship after May 4th. The first Sunday that we can meet again will be Mothers Day, May 10th. There are social distancing rules that need to be followed along with some other restrictions. With this in mind we will offer two services during the time these are in place so we can place non-family members 6 feet apart. We will let everyone know the details about starting times for these two services and the other things we need to abide by in order to meet again. But this is the wonderful news we have been looking forward to.
There is some other good news coming as well. First the remodeling is coming along nicely. A painting team will be busy this Saturday doing some of the painting. Flooring has been ordered for the fireside room and will be here in a few weeks. The kitchen area is coming along nicely also with new flooring going down this week. It has been painted and the plumbers and electricians will be back in to do more this next week. Some money is now coming in toward our goal in order to complete the project.
It is also good news to see that our Church family has continued to support our Church's ministries with tithes and offerings even though we have not been meeting. Thank you all for giving sacrificially.
Philippians 4:19 says, "And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." It is so good to trust our Lord in these troubled times knowing that He is our hope and confidence. God protect and bless you all.
Harvest Family; I have talking a lot about the scattered Church lately as apposed to the gathered Church. The scattered Church is what we are all the time as we live out our life for Christ every day. But the Bible makes a big deal about Christians meeting together at least once a week. We are getting by doing on-line services, but it simply is not the same. The Lord wanted His Church to be healthy and strong and therefore He prescribed a formula for Church meetings. Acts 2:42 says, "They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." They were devoting themselves to meet together for teaching, fellowship, eating together and celebrating the Lord's supper and prayer. In verse 47 it says they were, "praising God and having favor with all the people, and God was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved." Out of these gatherings came Praise, unity and numerical growth. It is necessary that the Church meet together regularly in order for it to be strong and to see more people come to faith in Christ. We will never replace face to face gatherings with on-in line Church services. The on-line services have certainly been effective in keeping the Church connected and even reaching out beyond the Church. However, the Church still needs to gather together in order to carry on the critical functions of fellowship, corporal worship, prayer and teaching. I know I am missing the coming together as a Church, and it can't come to soon for me for us to be gathering together again. I encourage you to call someone in our Church family today just to encourage them. Even if no one is calling you, you can reach out to someone who needs your call. Looking forward to the days we can meet together again. Pastor Curt
We continue to exist as the scattered Church rather than the gathered Church these days. I trust you are all staying safe and are remembering to give each other a call from time to time just to encourage each other. It seems like most needs in our congregation are being cared for by the caring attention being given to your Church family by each of us doing little things for each other. However, if you know of needs that are not being met please call our Church office or send an e-mail to let us know.
The remodel project is coming along fairly well. Dry walling patch work takes a long time, but we are moving forward with things as the building is not being used at this time. Our elders have established a remodeling fund to help pay for some of the repair costs and new furnishings for this project. We have some of these funds committed, but there is still a need for additional special gifts. We will be doing a brief video on this need some time this week. If you desire to give a special gift toward this project, just indicate that it is for the building fund.
Money given to our general fund can be given through the mail, drop it off at the Church in the mornings and through online giving on our web page. Thanks so much for remembering to continue to support our ministries during this time. Isaiah 41:10 says, "Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Keep trusting our Lord for His provision for us during this time. Soon we will be able to be together again.
Harvest Valley Family: Our opportunity for celebrating the Resurrection will be in two ways this year. First, we will again have our on-line service at 9:30 A.M. There will be some special features for this time. We are all felling bad that we can't meet together for this special day, however, every Sunday is really a celebration of the Resurrection in that Sunday is the first day of the weak, the day Christ rose from dead.
We have also been invited to join with Mitchell Berean Church as they are having a Drive in service. They will have parking people to help you park. Everyone will be told how to dial in the service on the FM frequency. There will be a service at 9 A.M. and again at 11 A.M. I will have a small part in the service along with Brittli Wallace who will be helping with the worship. The forecast is for cold weather, but it will be fine as we can see the raised outside plate form from our cars and can hear it the broadcast on our car radio at the same time. So you can do one or the other of these services or you can take in both. Our service is on our web page, You tube and face book and it can be viewed anytime from 9:30 on.
Our elders want to thank those of you who have been faithfully supporting our ministry through your giving during these hard times. Some of you have dropped your gift off at the Church. Others have mailed your gift in through the mail and others are using the on line giving option at our Church web page.
Our progress on our remodel of the fireside room is coming along with a little progress each week. We will be sending out some information soon on how to give a special gift to help with this project.
Psalm 27:1 says, "The Lord is my light and my salvation, Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life, Whom shall I shall I be afraid?" Be sure to call with any needs you are aware of. God bless you and protect you.
Hello Harvest Family: As the scattered Church instead of the gathered Church these days we see how God is using our Church to spread the good news and to show the Love of Christ to our contacts we all have. God is always at work and He desires us to join Him in that work. Jesus said in Mark 16:15 , "And He told them, 'You are to go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere'. (LB)
So many of you have shared our first two services with others and as a result it has gone out to many more people than our normal Church Services. Instead of a message going out to 150 or so it has gone out to 10 times that many. Keep on sharing these services and we will keep trying to make them as meaningful as we can.
This Sunday I will be leading us in doing communion as we normally do the first Sunday of the month. If you can prepare by having crackers or bread and juice so we can all partake together it can still be very meaningful. Our scattered Church can still be breaking bread together in this way. Thanks for remembering to give your offerings faithfully to support our ministry. March giving was very good considering we were missing meeting together for two of those Sundays. Some have stopped by with their offering, others gave on line at our web sight and others mailed their gifts to us. Thanks Church for being faithful in this way. When we can come together again as a Church I hope we can make that our "Rally Sunday". Perhaps we can have a really big celebration of coming together again. Perhaps we can have a barbecue and pot luck dinner after our celebration service and games for the family and kids. Just a special time of appreciating each other and the benefits of being the gathered Church again. So many of you have mentioned how you have missed the fellowship of the Church. Let's pray that this pandemic will end soon. But in the mean team stay safe by following the guidelines set our by our Governor and our President. If you have any needs please let us know so these needs can be cared for. "May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26 Pastor Curt
Harvest Valley Family: I want to begin by thanking you all for sharing our on-line service with so many others. Our service went out to many more people then would have normally heard it because you took the time to share it with others. I heard there was something like 1600 views and over 70 comments about the service. Just keep praying that the Lord will use it to reach lost and hurting people. We will do the same thing this week with having our service on our web page and face book. I will be speaking from Psalm 46 this week. God seems to use troubled times to give the gospel a greater voice.
With the Church closed down for awhile, we have had some people come in and begin our remodeling project for the fire side room. It is a big project, but we have some wonderful volunteers to do much of this work. If you are interested in giving a special gift to help with this project, please indicate it is for the fireside room remodel project.
Again if you know of needs in our congregation that you cannot meet, let us know so we can try to meet those needs. Keep praying and loving people. John 15:12 "This is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you."
Harvest Valley Family: We will have a service for you tomorrow on our web page at Harvest Valley Church and also on Face book. Be sure to tune in at 9:30 A.M. for some inspirational music and a message on "God's Perfect Peace." This service will remain on these sites for some time in the future. You can share it with others and tell others about it. This way it will have a greater impact.
We are the church even though not gathered these weeks, but we are still the Church. Keep praying and encouraging each other. Look for opportunities to be a help or encouragement to others. With God's help we will get through this incredible time and when we do we will appreciate meeting together again. We will in fact appreciate our services more because we will have missed them so much. Stay safe and lets stay strong in our witness for our Lord.
Harvest Valley Family: Much is changing about this Corona Virus crisis we all are facing. Every day we hear new things and we wonder what will happen to our country. All this news can truly depress us and make us fearful. The Bible assures us that our Great Lord never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Numbers 23:19 says, "God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? James 1:17 says, Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Isiah 40:8 says, The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. We need to claim His unchanging promises in these hard times.
I will be giving a message on "How to have God's Perfect Peace" for this Sunday. It will be on our Web Page at Harvest Valley Church and we also plan to have it posted on face book. Can I encourage you to be in prayer that God will use this in a powerful way. You can help by telling others to listen to it as well. You can share it if you are on face book. It can go out to hundreds of people in this way. Instead of this message being given to 150 people, it can go out to hundreds with your help. Pray that God will send it to the many fearful and hurting people who need to know how they can have God's Perfect Peace in the midst of this great storm. Thanks in advance for doing this. I plan to do the same.
In Christ's powerful name.
Pastor Curt has served as a Church Planter, a local Pastor, and as a lead Pastor, serving mostly Nebraska Churches. He has been doing interim ministry since 2012, and he and Fay make their home in Scottsbluff. He received his schooling from Grace University and has completed some graduate studies with Moody in Chicago.