Port Byron, IL

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On August 19-20, I had the privilege of sharing in the ministry of Port Byron First UMC.  The weekend event included a youth ministry gathering on Friday night and a family ministry concert on Saturday night.  One unique thing about … Continued

Thoughts on weekend events and reaching middle school students!


Here are some of my basic convictions about reaching middle school students at weekend events.  My first thought is that discipleship formation definantly has to come from the constant, geographically close connection and relationship of a church and family. This … Continued

Gifts of 2011 Harvest Team

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I was amazed at the way gifts were played out during the summer ministry. I always believe that the Lord sends the right people for the right seasons. I am grateful that he assembled this team for 2011.  It was … Continued

From Bonnie

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After five days of training with Kim, James, Tyler, and Max, we played Bounce (a basketball game) like old friends, cheering one another on and laughing at the tiniest jokes. Now the Harvest Summer 2011 team has been leading music … Continued

36 hours…

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We have just kicked off the second half of the summer by converging in Bloomington, IL on Saturday.  James came up from Metropolis, connected with Kim and Tyler in Troy and picked up Bonnie in Farmersville on the way to … Continued

A Great Weekend

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This past weekend with Harvest was really fun.  We finished Epworth Jr. Camp on Friday afternoon.  It was a tremendous week of ministry with kids, high school counselors (CITs) and adults.  We loved being a part of it.  On Friday … Continued

So Far, So Good.

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So far, so good! The Harvest 2011 Summer Ministry Team is off to a great start. We’ve been rehearsing music and developing other ministry components.  Each person on this year’s team is gifted in different ways and it’s a reminder … Continued

Get Students to Church Camp!

Summer is coming and now is the time to get the students in your congregation to attend summer church camp. Here are 5 reasons why it is so important: 1) Students need time away to hear the voice of God – Schedules are … Continued

The Road

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The last two weekends, Harvest has had the privilege of serving in three different places.  It was great leading worship and speaking at Shiloh UMC.  I was glad to have Matt Renfro, Steve Stanko, Ryan Kennett and Bonnie Pocklington join … Continued

$15 to go to camp…

Typically, adult leaders and volunteers register and pay to attend camp with their students.  It’s quite a sacrifice – pay to hang around with kids, work hard, sleep little and go 17 hours a day.  But toward the end of … Continued

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