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Sunday Sentiments

Posted by Meredith Griffin on August 9, 2009

Wow! That is a fitting description of the service this morning at Harvest Christian Fellowship. We are all grateful for God’s moving among us this morning.

It began with the praise team energetically leading us in song. Their leading quickly morphed into spontaneous singing, worship, and praise that no one wanted to see come to an end. We continued the major thought from last week regarding how we relate to one another, this week dealing specifically with laying aside the old self and putting on the new self (Ephesians 4:22-5:2).

The put the exclamation point at the end of a great service by leading six persons to join the church today, with two of those making the initial decision to give their lives to Christ. That’s why we do what we do…we are celebrating two more into the kingdom of God. It was truly a great day. Thanks to all of the great Harvest volunteers!

Stay blessed.

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Sunday Sentiments

Posted by Meredith Griffin on November 30, 2008

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Thanksgiving Sunday at Harvest Christian Fellowship. That means lots of friends, family, and praise. Here are a few highlights of this morning service, for those of you who missed it.

  • Our drama ministry (yet to be named) debuted this morning with a skit showing ways that our faith can influence others during this time of economic crisis. Well done to the entire team, and our “actors”. We all look forward to seeing how God will use this ministry to spread the gospel.
  • I got to speak to at least one of our college freshman, home for break! Its always exciting to hear what is going on in the lives of these young adults as they study and live out the gospel on campuses across the nation. I pray that all of our college students press strong to the end of the semester, running all the way through the tape. We look forward to seeing you at Winter break.
  • Preparations are now in full swing for the church’s 2nd anniversary! The team met with Pastor Doris after service this morning, and the excitement is growing. Spread the word to all that you know, to come join us in January. More details to follow.
  • Bro. Duane Dillard was pumped this morning, as he led us in praise and worship. We got to see yet another glimpse into the future of our growing worship ministry. Can’t wait for what lies ahead.
  • The Men’s Fellowship leaders finalized plans to have the men of Harvest hit the neighborhoods in our area with invitations to our Sunday services. Don’t want to spoil it, but I believe the men should expect a call or correspondence this week. Take some time out, and support what the men are going to be doing.
  • Beginning this Wednesday, and every Wednesday in December, we will be having a prayer service in lieu of Bible Study. Come out with friends and family, as we spend time in prayer to our Lord for the balance of the year.

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Sunday Sentiments

Posted by Meredith Griffin on September 21, 2008

We knew today was going to filled with excitement, but it was better than anticipated. Our new Director of Music began serving this morning, and praise and worship was anointed. It was clear to see how the members of the choir were be led by the Spirit of the Lord, as they led us in worship and singing. Bro. Duane Dillard and his wife are a great couple, committed to the work of the Lord, and we are blessed to have them serving alongside us at Harvest. We can only see greater things coming from this point.

I was able to share with the congregation and visitors a bit of information that I have be excitedly holding since Tuesday of this past week; Harvest Christian Fellowship is now an official member of the Chesapeake District of The Wesleyan Church, and the ministries of Harvest Christian Fellowship and New Hope Wesleyan Church have been merged. We are now officially one church, named Harvest Christian Fellowship. Now we press forward in fulfilling the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment. We believe that we are truly agents of the Lord, transforming the world one relationship at a time.

We have been asked by many what this relationship with The Wesleyan Church means for Harvest Christian Fellowship. It means that we are an integral part of a team that is committed to glorifying God, and winning the lost for Jesus Christ. It means that we no longer stand alone in the fulfillment of our mission, but are immediately connected to resources that will aid in our doing what we have been called to do. As it pertains to worship, fellowship, outreach, and our other core values, we will still be distinctly Harvest.

The members of Harvest Christian Fellowship are still excitedly responding to our recent sermon series and inviting those persons in their circles of influence to come and worship with us on Sunday. This morning’s service was again attended by a number of first-time visitors, all relatives of current members of Harvest. Keep doing what we have been called to do!

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Just What the Spirit Ordered

Posted by Meredith Griffin on September 7, 2008

What a day today! This ministry has been through some trying times lately, and today was a much needed time of refreshing. Everyone seemed energized for our first official combined service, both Harvest Christian Fellowship and New Hope Wesleyan.

Many ministry members and workers were full of energy and excitement as we prepared for our inaugural 10 a.m. worship service. Let me say that God didn’t disappoint! Praise and worship was extremely effective at ushering in the presence of the Lord. The music was great. Just one more Sunday before our new director of worship begins.

We completed our six week sermon series on The Essentials for Maximum Impact, a series gleaned from the Hybels/Mittleburg book, Becoming A Contagious Christian. True to form, several members were already putting the teaching into action, inviting neighbors and co-workers to service. We ended our fellowship together celebrating the Lord’s Supper. The Spirit of the Lord was with us today.

It never ceases to amaze me how on time God is. Just when you are called by Him to make a series of ministry and life-altering decisions, He confirms that you are in His will with days like today. The Lord never promised that the narrow way was the easy way, but He did promise that we need not walk it alone. To God be the glory!

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An Exciting Sunday Ahead

Posted by Meredith Griffin on September 3, 2008

This Sunday will be an exciting one in the life of Harvest Christian Fellowship and New Hope Wesleyan Church, as we combine our worship services together at 10a.m. There is no doubt that God has moved upon the hearts of the members of these two churches from different Christian traditions to join together in an effort to fulfill the great commission and commandment. What a time it will be!

Harvest Christian Fellowship is a twenty month old independent church plant, spawned from the Baptist and neo-pentecostal traditions. New Hope Wesleyan is an established church in the evangelical holiness tradition of John Wesley. What began as an arrangement to share a building, has become a covenant to fulfill Christ’s mission together.

Our first official service as one (we actually began worshipping together in August) will be shared around the Lord’s Supper. How great is that! We will begin our journey together around the table that unites us as believers; the table that exemplifies for us all the grace imparted to us through the sacrificial death of our Lord. I can’t wait to preach on Sunday! More details to follow.

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