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Confirmation 2016

September 30th - October 1st, 2016


Confirmation is an important milestone in a young person's life. The confirmation class will spend time together exploring the fundamentals of our faith during Sunday morning classes, on an overnight retreat, and through a service project. On Confirmation Sunday (November 6) students will have the opportunity to claim full church membership through a profession of faith.

This is an exciting opportunity and also a significant commitment. Students are expected to be prepared and participate fully in the retreat and in each of the classes listed below. Confirmation will be offered each school year to any students 7th grade or older.

This registration covers the entire confirmation experience (retreat, journal, personalized Bible, etc.). If the cost is a barrier to participation please contact Brad Baten at or 941.725.1362

*Parents meeting: This short, mandatory orientation will take place between worship services (10 AM) on Sunday, September 18.

*Confirmation classes: every Sunday morning from 9-10 AM at the Harvest Lakewood Ranch Campus on September 25 and October. 9, 16, 23, & 30

*2016 Confirmation Retreat: September 30- October 1 at Warren W. Willis Camp in Leesburg, FL. The cost for the retreat is $90 per youth, which includes transportation, meals, lodging and all materials for the retreat.

*Community Service: The confirmation class will participate in a community service project together on Nov. 5

*Confirmation Sunday: November 6 at the 9:00 or 10:30 AM worship service.

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Harvesters October "Spirit Voices From Old Manatee" by the Manatee County Historical Society

October 15th, 2016


Harvesters Will Hear “Spirit Voices From Old Manatee” in October

OK! So this is way early to be sending out publicity about the Harvesters October gathering. Read on and you will find out why.

Plans are being made for the Harvesters to attend the yearly production of the “Spirit Voices From Old Manatee” presented by the Manatee County Historical Commission. This is the sixth season for the production which is an outdoor living history production and cemetery tour featuring performances by costumed actors portraying early settlers interred in the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds. Through the characters you will hear riveting stories of early Manatee county that have evolved from archives, descendants, diaries, military logs, books and legends. The Harvesters will learn about the development of the area from 1840 to the turn of the century as the experience unfolds at the Old Settler’s House with a Victorian wake and continues by torch-light “on the other side” as the sun sets.

You will take a walk back in time as you join the Harvesters on the evening of Saturday, October 15th, for this entertaining history lesson at the Burying Grounds located at the Manatee Village Historical Park on SR 64 in Bradenton. Gates open at 6:30 PM with the show starting at 7:00 PM. Please note that this is an outdoor event which will require walking over tree roots and around headstones. Due to the outdoor/interactive nature of the performance, guests will need to sign a waiver before participating in the production. Cost for the tour is $20/person.

Here’s the deal for the early information. Demand for the tickets is great. The Commission will not do early sales (we checked!). All ticket sales are final and are sold on a first come, first serve basis so we have to be ready with a reservation number when ticket sales begin. Reservations are limited to 40 people.

If you would like to join the Harvesters on this gathering, please register early. We need your pre-paid non-refundable registration by Sept. 1st. While we will do our best to secure 40 reservations for Oct. 15th, tickets will be distributed to the Harvesters based on the date you registered.

Dinner reservations will be made prior to the performance at a restaurant in the area of the production. More information will follow at a later date.

To register please go to IF you have any questions, please contact Bob and Mary Stark at (231) 564-0677. Hope you will join the Harvesters on this adventure.

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Harvesters November Tour of Raymond James Stadium

November 10th, 2016


Harvesters Head to “Ray Jay” in November

For their November gathering the Harvesters will have the opportunity to tour Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Ray Jay as it is known by the local population is the home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you are a Bucs fan this is your big chance to see Raymond James up close and personal. The date and time for the tour is set for Thursday, Nov. 10th at 10:30 AM. Carpooling will be arranged for the gathering.

As tour guests, the Harvesters will have backstage access to many different aspects and workings of the stadium. This hour-long guided walking journey will includes a visit to the field, locker room, a private suite, and more. Due to ongoing renovations presently underway at the stadium tours may vary from what is listed. Come with the Harvesters to see Raymond James Stadium including the new renovations and be part of the action!

Cost for the tour is $5/person. Lunch will follow the tour at a restaurant in the Tampa area.

If you would like to be part of this gathering please go to and click on the registration link.

Questions? Please contact Bob and Mary Stark at (231) 564-0677.