January 20, 2023 | Elder Update

Dear Harvest Family,

God is so very good.  It has been a very busy and exciting couple of months since our last update and after our first elder meeting of 2023 this past week, we would like to share some important updates.

First of all, we have approved the budget for 2023.  We would like to thank the members of the finance team for all of the time, effort, and prayer that went into the 2023 budget. We are thankful for their work and trust that God will provide all we need in this upcoming year.  

This week’s meeting marked the transition of an elder position as Kent Jaeger has rolled off of the board while Kevin Boldog will join us.  We spent time during our meeting this week praying for both Kent and Kevin, reflecting on all that God has done while committing what lies ahead to Him. Please join us in thanking Kent for more than three years of faithful service as an elder of Harvest. He will be missed, but we know that God has brought us Kevin in His perfect timing.

We thank you for your prayers for us and for Kevin while he was going through the nomination process and we ask that you would join us in prayer again as we begin the process with two new potential elders this coming week.

We are very excited to have our town hall meetings on the calendar. Mark your calendars for these dates and locations.

Sunday, February 5, Elgin after the 11:00 AM gathering
Sunday, February 5, North Shore, 6:00 PM
Sunday, February 12, Chicago Cathedral after the 11:00 AM gathering

Sunday, March 5, Crystal Lake after the 11:00 AM gathering
Sunday, March 12, Aurora after the 10:00 AM gathering
Sunday, March 19, Rolling Meadows after the 11:00 AM gathering

The staff has some very exciting news to share with you all and will be available to answer any questions you may have. This is a great chance for us to be together and to hear all that God is doing at Harvest.

Finally, we wanted to share a truly amazing God at work story regarding the year-end giving at Harvest. Two weeks ago, Pastor Jeff Bucknam took a moment before he began to preach to summarize how giving finished for 2022. He shared with the church family that through the generosity of the people at HBC, we received most of what was needed for 2022, falling short by approximately $180K.  Pastor Jeff then said, “The Lord has given us exactly the amount of money we need as a church. He knows ahead of time.” 

Fast forward to this week’s elder board meeting and our preliminary year-end financial report for 2022 and it was shared our December spending was less than was budgeted. 

How much less?  $180k.  Only God! 

We want to thank Pastor Jeff for how he leads us from such a strong position of faith in our great God. We want to thank the people of Harvest who continue to show their love for our God and give from what He has given them because He has given us so much. But mainly we thank our God, who time and time again fulfills His promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us, that He loves His Church, and that He will provide what we need.  

—The Elders of Harvest Bible Chapel