Dear Harvest Family & Friends,
I have an electrical problem in my truck and can’t figure out the source. Something is draining the battery. Every time I use it I have to connect the battery cable, and then remember to disconnect it when I’m done…which with my distracted synaptic sagacity means the battery dies a lot. (Speaking of dying, the sermon this Sunday has a “you’re going to die” theme (Hebrews 9: 15-28) which some parents might prefer their children avoid). Anyway, electrical problems are annoying. And yet, whatever. Lots of stuff isn’t going like we want it. I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 which tells us what matters as “first importance: Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, and he was raised on the third day…”. That’s a battery that won’t drain. Here’s hoping we have godly perspective in these days. And here’s a few things I’d like you to know:
On May 10 we start a series on Marriage, called Fault Lines, which deals with the top four marriage stressors. This is very strategic as marriages are under new stress. And, Harvest is teaming up with Communio (where Pastor Eric Hutch now serves) to improve marriages in our city and lower the divorce rate around the nation — it's working too! One of the ways we are partnering is by providing a really cool "virtual" date night. Follow this virtual date night link and you'll be provided with great recipes for dinner/dessert, fun conversation starters to help re-engage with each other and a comedy special to watch together (as your hands touch in the popcorn bowl).
Good news! We’ve hired a youth pastor! Chad Landram hails from Laurel, Mississippi (think Pastor Joe, but a thicker accent). Pastor Chad has been leading youth ministry for nearly two decades and brings a high level of heart and talent to our team. He will be working virtually from Mississippi (connecting with students, parents, volunteers, virtual teaching, etc.) for some weeks until they find a home in Billings and the Covid-19 crisis stabilizes. Chad is married to Brinkley and they have three young children: Carter (8), Carsyn (7), and Carrington (1). We are blessed and excited to have him join the team. Please pray for their transition and ministry ahead.
Here's a cool one! Anybody been frustrated with connecting with church online?? There are so many options and so many buttons and so many apps and so many frozen screens and so many … you get the point. So aggravating! Well, we have a solution. We are starting a new ministry of tech warriors that will come to your house (safely of course) and help you make sure you can join us online, seamlessly, every Sunday. You might need a checklist or a different app or a different platform or even some new equipment. We can help with all of it. So, if you would like to volunteer on that team please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like some help with your technology so you can join us for church after just a couple clicks, let us know at email@example.com.
As always, if you need anything, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you at Church Online this Sunday for a battery re-charge.