Last Month Recap

Wins for The Kingdom!

  • We made a new hire for Worship Pastor – Anthony Bowman.  He, his wife, Grace, and their 3 kids, will be joining Harmony mid-January.
  • We have had some of the highest attendance in the past couple of years during December.
  • At Christmas Eve-Eve we deployed over $4,000 into the hands of our church to make a difference in our community and Advance the Kingdom by loving people!
  • Amber McKenzie, Lesley Tipton, & Christi Reel did an amazing job planning, organizing, and leading  our amazing Hometown Christmas!

Prayer Requests

Calling all Prayer Warriors

  • Pray for the lost to come to know Jesus this year
  • Pray for revival in our church and all churches in our area
  • Pray for our continued development of leaders in our church
  • Pray for those who will come to church this month as part of a resolution and that God would grab their hearts and minds so they might find salvation

 Have a prayer request?  Join our Online Facebook Community to post it or contact our care ministry via email

Ephesians 1:18-19

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength

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of every dollar given at Harmony goes straight to Missions, the rest goes to creating stories of Kingdom Impact in the lives of those you touch!

Because of Your heart for the Kingdom…

Last month YOU raised over $4,000 on Facebook on giving Tuesday.  At Christmas Eve-Eve we chose to be a living version of the gospel and give that money away through YOU.  Envelopes were given out with anywhere from $20-$100 and people were encouraged to find someone in need and give it to them (if they were in need themselves, we encouraged them to keep it for themselves.

What a joy to be a part of a church that is shockingly generous!

Pivotal Moments
– by Kent Wagner

Advancing the Kingdom by Living for God and Loving People

I love in movies when there is that one defining moment that changes everything.  The moment uncle Ben dies and tells Spiderman “with great power comes great responsibility,” or in Back to the Future when Doc is telling Marty about how the time traveling Delorean works and he tells him the story of inventing the flux capacitor (November 5th, 1955) and he sets the time traveling clock to that date before Marty accidentally hits 88 mph and travels to the 50’s to have to find his way back to the future.

I love those moments because they are pivotal.  They determine the entire rest of the story.  Without them, nothing else happens.

Knowing when you are at the crossroads of a pivotal moment is pretty important.  It takes wisdom and insight.  For the Christian, it takes prayer and discernment over what God is doing in the world.

Church, I just want you to know.  I believe Harmony is at a pivotal moment.  I have been praying for months now that God would raise up a revival in our midsts and I believe I’m starting to see some movement of the groundswell of that revival.  I’m excited and prepared for whatever God does.  But can I tell you clearly what I think will make this moment pivotal for Harmony?

I believe what will be pivotal as we look back on this time is our determination to reach the lost – not just fill seats.  I said a few weeks ago during second service that I have given my life to this work of the church.  I have given my life to the church because I really believe Jesus is the hope of the world!  I really believe that the whole world is in bondage apart from Christ – that they are slaves to sin and desperately in need of a savior.

Church; growing is exciting and good… but adding people to the Kingdom?  That’s worth throwing a party!  That’s opening the bubbly!  That’s cause to go crazy like you do when Kentucky stomps Duke!

Tell me when you see someone get baptized or come forward for prayer that it doesn’t do more for your heart than a hundred sermons or songs.  It’s because we ALL believe the Gospel and we ALL love to see people enter the Kingdom.

There are only a few prayers that Jesus prayed that YOU and I have a chance to help answer, one of them is, “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”  (Matthew 6:10).  You can answer this prayer by actually making your will subservient to God’s will.  By helping others come to know the Father and placing their will under His will.  Every time a person gives their life to Jesus – God’s Kingdom spreads.

Jesus said that Kingdom should spread like yeast through dough (Matthew 13:33)

It should grow like a mustard seed in a garden (Matthew 13:31)

It would be like an incalculably  expensive treasure you find in a field – you’d pay any price to buy that field to have the treasure (Matthew 13:44)

So, what if I’m right?  What if this is a pivotal moment?  You may be reading this thinking, “ok Kent, tie it all together, what are you saying?”  What I’m saying is that this January, as you are making decisions about who you want to be, why not embrace the mission of being a Kingdom Advancer.  Why not invite your friends to church who are far from God?  To start having spiritual conversations with them?  Why not BLESS your circle?

I’ll tell you, my prayer for this next year is that we would not see our baptismal settle down.  That God would start to move in me and in you to help lead people back home to Him.

I want to leave you with a story Jesus told about these kind of pivotal moments.  This is Luke 15:11-32 from the Message version:

The Story of the Lost Son

11-12 Then he said, “There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, ‘Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’

12-16 “So the father divided the property between them. It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to feel it. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corn-cobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.

17-20 “That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’ He got right up and went home to his father.

20-21 “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’

22-24 “But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a prize-winning heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.

25-27 “All this time his older son was out in the field. When the day’s work was done he came in. As he approached the house, he heard the music and dancing. Calling over one of the houseboys, he asked what was going on. He told him, ‘Your brother came home. Your father has ordered a feast—barbecued beef!—because he has him home safe and sound.’

28-30 “The older brother stomped off in an angry sulk and refused to join in. His father came out and tried to talk to him, but he wouldn’t listen. The son said, ‘Look how many years I’ve stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends? Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!’

31-32 “His father said, ‘Son, you don’t understand. You’re with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours—but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and he’s alive! He was lost, and he’s found!’”

 

Serving Jesus,

Kent A Wagner

Kent A. Wagner

 

Harmony Has Space to Lease

You’ve likely never seen just how big Harmony really is!  Did you know we have up to 12,000 square feet of undeveloped area as well as 10,000 square feet of Dock space available for lease?

If you know of a business looking for space, do us a favor and pass Harmony along.  Have them contact David for more info (502) 863-9830.

By getting this space leased, we can unleash more dollars for ministry to Advance the Kingdom!

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Text2Give

SEE HOW IT WORKS: Text $1 to (859) 459-0316, afterward text “refund” (no quotes) to get a refund.
In the future simply save the Text2Give number on your phone and text any amount (add ‘weekly’, ‘biweekly’, ‘monthly’, or ‘yearly’ for a recurring gift).

CommandDescription
$50Donates $50 to to Harmony. You can type any amount; the dollar sign is optional (e.g. $50 and 50 both work).
give $50Same as above.
giveYou will receive a response asking “how much you’d like to give”.
$50 missionsDonates $50 to the missions fund. You can also give to the building fund this way (example: $50 building)
$50 weeklySets up a recurring gift of $50 each week. Frequency options are ‘weekly’, ‘biweekly’, ‘monthly’, and ‘yearly’.
$50 missions weeklySets up a recurring gift of $50 each week to the missions fund. Frequency options are ‘weekly’, ‘biweekly’, ‘monthly’, and ‘yearly’.
refundRefunds the previously given contribution. This command can only create a refund within 24 hours of giving the gift. If the previously given contribution started a recurring gift, the recurrence will also be canceled.
updateAllows a donor to update their payment method or recurring gift.  You will receive a response with a link where you can make these changes. Please note: You can only update recurring gifts via text when the recurring gift was established via text giving.
unlinkUnlinks a your phone from the text-to-give system. If you want to set-up two recurring gifts from two different methods, using “unlink” will allow the donor to set-up a secondary recurring gift from an additional method.
commandsProvides the user with a list of the available generic text commands (will not include the unique specific keywords you have set up for your church)

HCC Financial Update

The Past 12 Weeks at a glance

by David Burchfield

For the last 12 weeks our giving is about 83% of plan which is increased giving compared to November, partially due to donations on Facebook on giving Tuesday, thank you! We are continuing to monitor finances and will limit our spend of planned ministry expenses where we can.

We have received a total of $6,054 over the past 9 weeks (when we 1st set up) from our new Facebook method of giving (Facebook does not charge any fees). We hope you find this method of giving useful. Just use the “Donate” button on our Facebook site and those contributions come straight to Harmony (note there is an approximate 16 day delay in receiving funds from Facebook processes).

Please keep this in mind when giving we have the following options to give, so please use whatever works best for you:
1) Giving easily using Breeze
     a. online at my.harmonychurch.cc/give
     b. by text for example text “$50” to 859-459-0316 to give $50
2) Direct ACH (automatically withdraw from your bank)
3) Physical check placed in giving boxes or mailed to Harmony
4) Cash placed in giving boxes
5) Facebook “Donate” button on Harmony’s Facebook page.

Thank you for your help in transitioning to Breeze from PushPay. Now that we have everyone off of PushPay giving, we will begin saving $4,200 per year in fees that we were paying to PushPay.
Breeze is super simple to give for example $100, just text $100 to 859-459-0316 or click on “give” online If you haven’t tried it, please pray and ask God what he would have you give.

Be sure to check out the TV at the Generosity station in the lobby to see the latest information.

If you have any questions about giving options or the financial processes of the church, don’t hesitate to reach out to me and I will be glad to answer. Thank you again for your generosity!

-David Burchfield.

The Past 12 Weeks At a Glance

  • Avg. weekly giving is $9,559 which is up from the December Report of $8,644.   

  • This is 94.6% of critical needs, which is up from the December Report of 89.15%. 

  • It is 83.2% of full ministry need, which is up from the December Report of 78.3%.

  • Avg. weekly live attendance is 299 which is down from 307 from the December Report.

  • Total baptisms year to date is 11, same as the December Report.

*This amount DOES NOT reflect income from facility rentals (which was typically included in numbers on our Sunday morning slides).  It is offering only.

**These percentages DO include facility rental income.

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Devotional Thought:  Rich Reel

Each month one of the elders from our leadership team provides a little devotional encouragement for you.  Take a few minutes to be encouraged by this video:

Ministry Corner: 
Harmony Care Team

by Joel & Connie Shiflet

 The Harmony Care Team consists of two groups, the Pastoral Care Team and the Barnabas Card Ministry Team.  The teams work to make contacts with individuals who are struggling with any life issues and come along side with prayer and support.  The year 2021 began as a challenge to the Pastoral Care Team as direct contact with people was sometimes impossible due to the pandemic.  The team had to change the strategy by contacts made almost exclusively by phone, text and email.  The Pastoral Care Team still completed, since May 2021, 337 contacts with individuals who were encouraged and prayed with.  The Barnabas Card Ministry made additional contacts by sending out 1,594 hand crafted cards of encouragement since April of 2021. These contacts include church members, family, relatives or friends of members. 

Members of the teams consist of all walks of life.  As an example, Jerry Owens is retired but has been with the Pastoral Care Team since it was formed.  He makes many calls and is always ready to go to the emergency room to sit with an individual or family and pray.  Another member to the Pastoral Care Team is Judy Giannasio who works during the day selling Real Estate and is still able to make contacts even with a busy schedule.  I asked her why she does it.  She stated that it is such a blessing for her to talk with people she contacts and pray with them.  She feels blessed.  Then there is Laura Branca.  She has a job at H&R Block and she participates in the Pastoral Care Team and the Barnabas Card Ministry Team.  Anyone can help in these ministries.  If you can use a phone, textemail, or write an encouraging note and have a heart for people in need, you can work in one or both of Harmony Care Team groups.  If you work during the daytime and are unable to meet with the teams, no problem.  We make almost all communication by mail, emailTelegram or text.  We would be excited to share Blessings with you. 

 The Pastoral Care Team meets weekly on Thursday morning at 9AM at the church, (attendance not required) 

 The Barnabas Card Ministry Team meets every Wednesday morning from 10 to 2 at the church 

 If any of these opportunities sound interesting or exciting to you, call Joel Shiflet at 513-720-2989 or email to [email protected] or Connie Shiflet at 513-720-2988 or email to [email protected] 

Get it on your calendar!

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December Missions Information

to reach the world…

 

Our missions team finalized our mission support plans in December. We will be updating our missions
wall in the lobby with the missions we are now supporting by end of January. Please stop by for more
information!
Last month we announced that we would be supporting Brian and Mary Beth Stubenrauch with Globe
International, that do mission work in Thailand. Brian spoke about the need to reach the lost right here
at Harmony on Sunday, January 2nd. He said our monthly support fully funded their needs on the mission field for the 1st
time in the 20 years. They are scheduled to return back to Thailand February 1st in a new area of
Thailand where there is a great need to share the gospel. Please keep the Stubenrauch’s in your
prayers.

From our missions reserve fund we sent a donation of $5,000 to support those devastated by the
massive tornado destruction in Western KY. We will be providing reports in the future of the impact of
those funds.

While the EF1 tornado that hit Stamping Ground (about a week earlier than the ones in Western KY) was
limited mostly to Parker’s Mobile Home Park and surrounding areas, there were several families that lost
their homes. We were made aware of one family with 3 small children that had been sleeping in their
car. We discovered that the Red Cross would be able to provide housing in January, but that was
17 days away. Once this was made known to our missions team, we allocated money from the mission
reserve to put the family up in a hotel for approximately 17 days, where breakfast was included. The
hotel generously gave us a discounted rate to help this family. When the mom was told that the people
of Harmony were paying to put them in the hotel, she got very emotional and couldn’t believe that people
that didn’t know her and her family would do that. She was so thankful.

We are able to help meet our church mission of “Advancing the Kingdom, by Living for God and Loving
People” through your generous donations so we can respond in a time of need. Again, Thank you!
Ershal Harrison – Chair / David Burchfield – Co-Chair

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