Letter to My Loved Ones: An End-of-Life Planning Workshop

January 11th, 2017

$0 - $5

Have you been asked to be the executor or health care advocate for a family member or friend? Are you worried about the burden your own passing may be on your loved ones? Does getting your affairs in order make you anxious because you don’t know where to start? Many of us on the Congregational Care Team share these concerns, so we are sponsoring a workshop on end-of-life issues. We are bringing in experts to guide us on various aspects pertaining to this topic and the goal is to have your plan in place by the end of the six weeks.

For more event details, click this link.

This workshop is for everyone in the community, regardless of age. Please invite a friend.

Winter retreat 2017

Winter Retreat 2017 Wingmann

January 13th - January 15th, 2017


Harvest Youth’s annual Winter Retreat will be at Riverside Retreat in LaBelle , Florida from Friday, January 13 to Sunday, January 15. We look forward to games, campfires and s’mores, warm fuzzies, worship, small groups, kayaking, and fellowship with friends. The activities and schedule are all planned by Harvest Youth leaders and staff.

The cost of the trip is $120. Scholarship funds are available, so please do not let cost prohibit you or your child from attending this trip. Contact Brad bbaten@welcometoharvest.org with any questions.

We are excited to see how God moves in the life of our ministry at this retreat this year!

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Harvesters January Big Cat Habitat

January 19th, 2017


It’s Tiger Tales and Lion Paws for the Harvesters in January

Mark Thursday, January 19 on your calendar as the Harvesters will take a short journey to Sarasota to visit the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary.

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is a non-profit large-animal rescue in eastern Sarasota county. It is an ever-growing safe haven for big cats, bears, and native wildlife. Founded in 1987 by Kay Rosaire, world-renowned educator and behaviorist, the Sanctuary is a permanent home for dozens of exotic animals, offers placement for animals in need, and works to educate the public about animal care and conservation.

Besides having a chance to explore the Sanctuary, the Harvesters will have the opportunity to enjoy two educational forums during the afternoon as Kay and her son Clayton present training demonstrations with their rescued big cats and other animals living at the Sanctuary. During the demonstrations, they gently encourage the cats to show off their magnificent natural behaviors. You will be enthralled and entertained by these majestic animals as they demonstrate their characteristic athletic ability and unique individual personalities. Comedic and informative, every demonstration discusses the importance of habitat preservation in the hopes of saving these amazing creatures from extinction in the wild.

The Sanctuary visit will begin at approximately 12:15 PM which will give the Harvesters time to explore the facility prior to the education forms which begin at 1:00 PM with Parrots in Paradise. At 2:00 PM the program continues with the Big Cat Encounter.

Please visit bigcathabitat.org for more info.

Admission cost is $18/person which includes the forums. All admission fees go directly to the care and feeding of the animals.

Prior to the Harvesters Sanctuary visit, 10:30 AM brunch reservations have been made at the Eggs-TRAordinary Café located on Cattlemen Road in Bee Ridge Square. The café has an extensive breakfast menu and a lunch menu as well. The cost of brunch will be on your own. To check out the café’s menu go to eggsordinarycafe.com.

To register for the Sanctuary visit please go to the church’s website: welcometoharvest.org/harvesters and click on the registration link for January. Registration deadline is Thursday, Jan 12. If you have any questions, please contact Bob and Mary Stark at (231) 564-0677.