Dear Harvest Family,
After our Elder Board meeting this past week, we wanted to share a couple of things with you all. Thank you for your care and interest in us and in Harvest Bible Chapel.
Believing firmly in the power of prayer, we thank God for answered prayers and ask you to join us as we continue to lift things up to Him. We praise God that He continues to hear us as we rely upon Him to meet our needs as a church. As we call out to Him, He faithfully provides. Join us in praising our great God!
At the same time, we continue to ask you to join us in praying for interviews taking place this week with prospective elders. We are praying for godly men, as described in Titus 1:6–9, that are prayerfully considering stepping into eldership in the near future. For more details on the Elders, visit the Our Elders page on this website. Over the next six months, nearly half of us will transition off the Elder Board and be replaced by new men called by God to serve our church in this way. With Thanksgiving and Christmas ahead of us, this past week marked our final elder meeting of 2022.
As we look ahead to the Christmas celebrations of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we want to publicly express our thankfulness. We are thankful for a powerful, big God who continues to lead His church through the ups and downs in spite of our limitations. We are thankful for the people of Harvest who pour themselves out in worship, who love God’s Word, who serve those around them, and who build one another up in biblical community. We are thankful for the HBC staff that God has used in a mighty way to serve the people of Harvest with strength, energy, and focus that can only come from our God. We are hopeful for the future of Harvest and the promises of our God, that He will protect His church and that if we trust in Him with all of our heart, and lean not on our own understanding, He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
This verse was shared as part of the devotional at our Elder meeting this past week. We move forward with this in mind: that our God has a plan for us, that we have been called to be faithful, and that He will take care of the rest.
—The Elders of Harvest Bible Chapel