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					Harvest Baptist Fellowship
Volume 6, Issue 2

Merrillville, Indiana
May 2009

From the Pastor
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Cor 5:21
It is surprising to me how many believers go through their Christian life with little or no concern for reaching people with the gospel. At my last church, I remember one member, a leader in the church, commented that he really did not have a burden for the lost. He admitted that he had never thought of evangelism as an important aspect of his Christian faith. I am thankful that he was candidly honest about where he was. Unfortunately, this man is not an anomaly. His viewpoint is far too common and in many churches is the norm. Multiply that perspective by 100 church members and you have a partial answer for why a church is not effectively reaching their community for Christ. For Harvest to fulfill the Great Commission, it will require first that we its members share the heart of Jesus for the lost he came to save. We must share the heart of Jesus who wept for Jerusalem (Luke 18:41). We must follow the model of Paul whose heart was for the salvation of his fellow Jews (Rom 9:13; 10:1). We must be compelled by the love of Christ for a lost world and take on the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:14, 18). If we are not careful, evangelism will be merely something we talk about and list among other Christian duties but never actually do. As Russell Moore once quipped, we know we should evangelize in the same way we know we should floss. Until evangelism ceases to be a Christian virtue that we have not yet achieved and becomes the driving passion of our church and personal ministry, we will never fulfill the purpose God has set for us. To become an on-mission church, we must have a passion for the Great Commission – reaching persons with the gospel of Jesus Christ and leading them to a life of obedience to his commands. Jesus died for our sins to bring us to God (1 Pet 3:18). The gospel is the grand theme of Scripture. It should be our theme as well. Passion for on-mission Christianity comes from the Lord. Neither you nor I can create such a passion at Harvest, only God can. For that reason, the primary “methods” for creating this passion in our lives are prayer and the Word. Let me challenge you: in your personal devotion, pray and ask God to create this passion in you and in the lives of every Harvest member. At the same time, be intentional in praying for the lost, to pray for missions, to pray for unreached peoples, to pray that God would give us a burden for evangelism, to pray that God would raise up more laborers in His harvest. Pray and ask God to give YOU a burden for the lost and for his gospel. Pray and ask God for
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What’s Inside...
Chris’ Corner ······················ 2 Calendar of Events ·············· 4 Greeter Schedule ················ 4 Nursery Schedule··············· 4 Sound Board Schedule········ 4 Summer Sunday Night Schedule ····························· 2 Women’s Ministry ·············· 3

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Chris’ Corner
Dear Harvesters, Pastor Todd and I have been working very hard to provide a wonderful discipleship opportunity this summer during the evening service. Our desire is to give everyone a season of rest in May during the evening services after May 3rd. Please spend some time looking at the J-Term schedule for this summer and begin praying through which class you would like to be part of in June and July. If you would be willing to help with the children during either of the J-Terms please let me know. Pastor Chris

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opportunities to evangelize. Pray specifically for lost individuals. Set aside time to tell people about Jesus. Rejoice when people come to faith in Christ. Expect God to use us! My prayer is that Harvest will have a contagious passion for the gospel that saturates everything we do. God wants to use Harvest for His Kingdom! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Cor 5:18-21 NIV Blessings, Pastor Todd

Sunday Night Summer Calendar
May 3 Awana Award Ceremony 7 June Term 1 Handling Your Finances God’s Way Led by Clark Lykkegaard Term 1 Being An Effective Teacher Led by Kenny Wring Term 1 Spiritual Health Led by Pastor Chris July 5 No evening service 2 August Term 2 Spiritual Health or Community Follow-Up

10 No evening service

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Term 2 Handling Your Finances God’s Way Led by Clark Lykkegaard Term 2 Being An Effective Teacher Led by Kenny Wring Term 2 Book Study Led by Pastor Todd

9 Focused Prayer

17 No evening service

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16 Focused Prayer

24 No evening service

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Term 1 Book Study Led by Pastor Todd

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23 Focused Prayer

31 No evening service

30 Community Follow-Up

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Women’s Ministry
Ladies, You are Invited to a Baby Shower for the Women’s Center of Northwest Indiana Sunday, May 17th right after morning worship
Please RSVP to Arlene Wring — awring5750@aol.com/219.662.0094 Or Rachel Winchester—rachelkay71@gmail.com/219.365.6722 We will be serving a luncheon for all the women. We will play a game, learn about how our gifts will help young moms, enjoy the fellowship of one another, and have a time of prayer for the specific needs of the Women’s Center. Oh! And don’t forget we will get to “ooohhh” and “aaahhh” over all the sweet baby gifts that everyone brings! Needed Baby Items Wipes Bottles Diapers (sizes Newborn, 4 & 5) —(clients request Pampers, Luvs, or Huggies) Crib sheets Hooded towels Baby wash cloths Sleepers (sizes 0-3 mos.) Rattles Outfits (sizes 0-3 & 3-6 mos.) Socks Onesies (sizes 0-3 mos.) Pacifiers Swings High Chairs Strollers New Car Seats (state law prohibits them from accepting used car seats) —For larger items, find a friend and go in together!

Ladies Day Out to Shipshewana! Tuesday, June 30 Learn-A-Skill! Saturday, August 1 More Details to Follow!

HARVEST BAPTIST FELLOWSHIP
P.O. Box 11321 Merrillville, IN 46411-1321
www.HarvestBaptistFellowship.org

Financial Blessing
April 5 April 12 April 19 April 26 $4,040.45 $3,760.50 $1,677.50 $3,415.00

Worship Attendance
April 5 April 12 April 19 April 26 108 104 101 87

Calendar of Events
3-Adult Fellowship Groups, 9:30 a.m., Indiana Wesleyan Univ. bldg 3-Worship Service, 10:45 a.m., Indiana Wesleyan Univ. bldg 3-Worship Team meeting, after worship, Portillo’s (if needed) 3-S.N.A.C., 5:30 p.m., Indiana Wesleyan Univ. bldg 3-Awana Kids Club, 6:00 p.m., Indiana Wesleyan Univ. bldg 6-Strategy Team meeting, 7:00 p.m., Associational Office 8-Central Lake County HFG, 6:30 p.m., Benkert’s house 10-Mother’s Day 10-Adult Fellowship Groups, 9:30 a.m., Indiana Wesleyan Univ. bldg 10-Worship Service, 10:45 a.m., Indiana Wesleyan Univ. bldg 10-NO EVENING ACTIVITIES 13-Book Club, 7:00 p.m., Holtz’s house 14-Porter County HFG, 6:30 p.m., Hough’s house 15-South Lake County HFG, 6:15 p.m., Maxwell’s house 15-Parent’s Night Out, 6:00 p.m., TBA 15-19-Men’s Fishing Trip, Seymour, IN 17-Adult Fellowship Groups, 9:30 a.m., Indiana Wesleyan Univ. bldg 17-Worship Service, 10:45 a.m., Indiana Wesleyan Univ. bldg 17-Baby Shower for Women’s Center of NWI, after morning worship, Indiana Wesleyan Univ. bldg 17-NO EVENING ACTIVITIES 22-Central Lake County HFG, 6:30 p.m., Benkert’s house 24-Adult Fellowship Groups, 9:30 a.m., Indiana Wesleyan Univ. bldg 24-Worship Service, 10:45 a.m., Indiana Wesleyan Univ. bldg 24-NO EVENING ACTIVITIES 25-Memorial Day 27-Book Club, 7:00 p.m., Holtz’s house 28-Porter County HFG, 6:30 p.m., Hough’s house 29-South Lake County HFG, 6:15 p.m., Maxwell’s house 31-Adult Fellowship Groups, 9:30 a.m., Indiana Wesleyan Univ. bldg 31-Worship Service, 10:45 a.m., Indiana Wesleyan Univ. bldg 31-NO EVENING ACTIVITIES 6/3-Strategy Team meeting, 7:00 p.m., Associational Office 6/5-Central Lake County HFG, 6:30 p.m., Benkert’s house 6/7-Adult Fellowship Groups, 9:30 a..m., Indiana Wesleyan Univ. bldg 6/7-Worship Service, 10:45 a.m., Indiana Wesleyan Univ. bldg 6/7-Worship Team meeting, after worship, Portillo’s (if needed)

Nursery Schedule
May 3 May 10 May 17 May 24 May 31 June 7

9:30 a.m. Valerie Sheptock
Barb Baker Julie Hosch Kathy Worthington Cinda Hough Valerie Sheptock

May 3 May 10 May 17 May 24 May 31 June 7

10:45 a.m. Cheryl Denney & Dave Denney
Heidi Benkert & Ashley Benkert Becky Duncan & Emily Winchester Tammy Lykkegaard & Brenda Wester Rachel Winchester & Hannah Maxwell Dana Dixon & Hannah Dixon

Greeters
May 3 May 10 May 17 May 24 May 31 June 7 Dave & Dana Dixon Holtz Family Jon & Julie Wroughton Scott & Becky Duncan Buddy & Barb Baker Dave & Cheryl Denney

Sound Board
May 3 May 10 May 17 May 24 May 31 June 7 Brian Gulley Dave Denney Dave Denney Worship Team Brian Gulley Brian Gulley

Children’s Church
May 3 May 10 May 17 May 24 May 31 June 7 James H. or JJ Hosch Jerry W. or Tim M. Dave D. or Brian G. Eric W. or Jim F. James H. or JJ Hosch Bob C. or Pastor Chris


				
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