March 31, 2020A Letter from Pastor Doyle
We miss gathering together as a family of believers but so thankful for the opportunity to connect online. It is exciting to see the numbers continue to grow as MANY are joining the live weekend worship times. The time of communion is always special, and even more so now. It is something that unites us as believers, as well as brothers and sisters around the world.
As a church, we respect our government leaders and follow their guidelines. We will continue to meet online and not gather in groups of more than 10. Our offices are now closed, and most of the staff is now working from home. I am proud of our staff and the many volunteers who continue to work hard to “lead people to find and follow JESUS.” I love the daily broadcasts that are being provided on-line. Thank you for creatively finding new ways to minister and serve in these difficult times. Special shout-out to Nikomas for championing this effort! I am thankful for the effort being made to care for children, teens, and parents by the Next Gen team. The daily devotions, lessons to adults, seniors, CR groups, worship, and the abundance of prayers going up is evidence the church continues to keep our focus on Jesus. Be sure to check the daily schedule for opportunities on-line to stay connected and to grow during this time.
Easter is coming soon and is a reminder to us of new life and new beginnings. It is hard to go through the valleys and dark seasons of life. As a country and world we are in one of those times. Our Easter celebrations will be broadcast online and will be a time to remember the hope that we have because of the Resurrection of Jesus. When everything around us is uncertain, our hope in Jesus is certain.
Thank you for giving faithfully during this season. We appreciate that many are now giving through our new giving platform. If you have done so yet, I encourage you to set that up now. Jean and I give online and we really like it. Go to Messages on your phone. Send “HARVESTERCC” to 77977. You will get a note back and follow the directions. It is safe, secure, and easy. Or you can visit our Giving page. Or, if you prefer, you can mail a check to the church office (2950 Kings Crossing, St Charles, MO 63303). Thank you for continuing to give your tithe and offering. As some in our church are going through unemployment and insecurity in their work, I appreciate the extra gifts that some of us can give during this time to help meet ministry needs.
In John 14:1 Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God trust also in Me.”
We will get through this season and come out with a new normal. At this time, turn to Jesus like never before. Seek His will and direction for your life.
We love you care deeply for your well being. Reach out if we can encourage you, dear friends. God bless you.
March 16, 2020
Things are changing so fast these days! Thank you for your patience as we do our best to follow new recommendations from local agencies and the CDC. We have a few updates to our current plans. These restrictions are in place until May 11th (8 weeks) unless the CDC’s recommendations are reduced or extended. If you have a question, feel free to contact your Campus Pastor.
Changes for the next 8 WEEKS (May 11th):
- WORSHIP SERVICES // Weekend services will be online only (Sundays @ 10:45am & 4:30pm)
- ON-CAMPUS GATHERINGS // All on-campus gatherings are still suspended with the exception of the Food Pantry and Monday night Assistance Ministry.
- CELEBRATE RECOVERY // Due to the latest recommendations, Celebrate Recovery we will no longer be held on campus.
- OFF-CAMPUS GATHERINGS // Off-campus meetings/groups smaller than 50 people may continue to meet until CDC changes their recommendation.
While these changes are not ideal, they are creating unique opportunities for our church. For example: our first weekend of Online Only church reached 73% more people than a typical weekend! Thank you for inviting! We also saw a HUGE number of you use our online giving platform for the first time. Your generosity in these times is inspiring! And in the coming days our team will be rolling out some creative ways that you can still participate in the ministries you love and care for our city around us. We can’t wait to share them with you!
We love you and can’t wait to be back together. Until then, stay tuned at: harvesterchristian.org/updates
Harvester Christian Church Leadership Team
March 13, 2020
Out of concern for our city, Harvester Christian Church’s Coronavirus Response Team has made the decision to suspend this Sunday’s worship gatherings across all campuses. However, we would encourage you to join us Online at 10:45am and 4:30pm on Sunday. We will also suspend church sponsored programs and events effective immediately. The only exceptions for now are Celebrate Recovery, Food Pantry and Assistance Ministry so we can continue to care for our city. For questions on cancellations, feel free to contact your ministry leader or Campus Pastor.
Stay in the know on further decisions by visiting harvesterchristian.org/updates.
We may not see you face-to-face this weekend, BUT we hope you’ll join us online to worship! If you’ve never joined us online, I think you’ll find it very engaging! Here’s what you can expect:
1. Attend at www.HarvesterChristian.org/LIVE
Our online services start at 10:45AM and 4:30PM on Sunday. Log in a few minutes early so you can type in your name (or family name!) and be ready to chat with us! There will be worship, a message, prayer, scripture reading, communion and offering…all LIVE!
2. Prepare Communion before you log in.
Come prepared to take communion! Before the stream starts, grab some bread and juice and be ready to spend time remembering Jesus’ message of hope. We’ll direct you on when to take it.
3. Give Online
Your gifts bless people all around this world. Though we may not be gathering you can still give. You can give by texting “HARVESTERCC” to 77977 or by visiting harvesterchristian.org/give or mail a check to 2950 Kings Crossing, St. Charles MO 63303.
4. Invite, Invite, Invite!
This is a great opportunity to invite friends and family to join you online. While people are hunkered down, share hope with them! Before each service our Facebook page will share a post about our online service. When you see it, share it like crazy. Screenshot it, post it, email it or text it. Join us online, but don’t come alone!
The most spoken commandment in the Bible is “Do not fear!” Satan thinks he can use fear to stop us from loving God, loving people and gathering as the Church. We may show more caution, but we’re not going to stop. Thank you for loving God and for your continued love for our church, city and world.
If you have questions about what is or isn’t happening feel free to contact your ministry leader or Campus pastor.
March 12, 2020
(Note: Please see our latest update)
Because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and because our Elders and Staff are committed to your health and safety, you’ll notice a few precautionary changes at Harvester Christian Church in the coming days:
1. Cleaning and Disinfecting
Our facilities team is being vigilant about cleaning surfaces, doorknobs, and handrails all around the church including bringing in additional staff to assist with deep cleaning. You’ll also notice hand sanitizer stations throughout the building.
2. Communion & Offering
Starting this week, you’ll notice that communion & offering will look a little different. Instead of bread in the center tray during communion, it will be in a second cup stacked under your juice cup and available at tables, rather than being passed. Also, instead of passing offering bags, we encourage you to use the Offering Boxes by the Worship Center entrances or to give online at harvesterchristian.org/give.
3. If you’re sick, worship with us from home.
Whether you’re attending or scheduled to serve, it’s ok to miss church if you are feeling sick. In fact, it might be one of the most caring things you can do! The CDC even recommends that if you are an older adult or have underlying health concerns to stay home. If you do stay home, I would encourage you to join us at our Online Campus at the 10:45am or 4:30pm service. Simply log onto harvesterchristian.org/online and click “Watch Now” to join in.
4. We have suspended church sponsored travel outside of the St. Louis Region.
Out of an abundance of caution, we have suspended all church-sponsored travel outside of the St. Louis region for the next 30-45 days. This includes mission trips, conferences, and events led by Harvester staff and ministries.
As of right now, there are no cancellations to any weekly programming that happens on our campuses.
Our leadership is continually monitoring the situation in order to make the wisest decisions for our community. We will keep this page up-to-date with further decisions related to the Coronavirus.
While our in-person gatherings have been suspended you can access our weekend services, kids ministry programming, and adult ministry curriculum on our ONLINE CAMPUS page:VISIT ONLINE CAMPUS
Thank you for your continued generosity. Your regular gifts, even when you’re not physically present, keeps essential ministries & programs possible all around our city and world. There are 2 great ways to give when you’re away:
- Give Online
- Text “HARVESTERCC” to 77977
We have assembled a response team comprised of Elders, Staff and Healthcare professionals who will make and communicate future changes based on wisdom informed by prayer, CDC recommendations, and local agencies.