In-the-Know Monthly Newsletter
Last Month Recap
Wins for The Kingdom!
- Our cookouts have been an awesome opportunity to build relationships
- We have a huge percentage of our congregation that have taken the step to join a Connection Group
- Our Care Team Ministry has been walking through some difficult situations with a lot of people and really touching lives in a tangible way
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!
Calling all Prayer Warriors
- There are a lot of people in our church facing the loss of loved ones and other serious challenges. Please be in prayer for those who are suffering.
- Our Worship Pastor search team is continuing to seek to find the right person for our position. Pray as we interview and sort through candidates.
- Pray for the families and individuals in Stonecrest (the neighborhood next to the church) as we continue to reach out to them.
- Pray for our new Connection Groups and for people’s lives to be changed as they engage in community.
Have a prayer request? Join our Online Facebook Community to post it or contact our care ministry via email
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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The Power of Serving
– by Kent Wagner
Advancing the Kingdom by Living for God and Loving People
It was 2003, I was sitting in my office working on planning some event for my youth ministry when this 80 year old man walked in dressed head to toe in FUBU clothes that were way too baggy for him and a hip flat bill hat on. He came in and said, “Kent, I’m trying to connect with the teens in our church, but I’m just struggling.” See, at the time, I was the Student Ministry Director in charge of working with High Schoolers and overseeing our middle school director. Terry, this 80 year old man, had joined my team of volunteers and desperately was wanting to make a difference in the lives of the teens we served as a church. He had gone out and bought a whole new wardrobe, thus the FUBU and hat, and had been trying to connect with the teens by becoming like them. He had stopped in my office that day because he was struggling feeling like he wasn’t making much of a difference. Terry and I talked that day for quite awhile, and as I listened, I shared with him how those kids didn’t need him to be “like” them, but to be “with” them – to be present and to care about them. Terry changed his approach with the teens that day (although he didn’t change his wardrobe back – he still wore FUBU as long as I knew him) and took some of the pressure off of himself about having to make an immediate impact, and he started to see real success in ministry.
All these years later in ministry, I still am amazed at Terry. When everyone else was focused on retiring and living the easy life, Terry was giving his life away to these teens trying to make a difference with the time he had left. I’m amazed by the humility and character it took to Advance God’s Kingdom like this and to learn a whole new way of making a difference. Terry became one of my best, most committed ministry team members and a personal hero of mine – I want to be a Terry when I’m in my 80’s.
So, what was it that gave Terry the fire to give his life away like that?
Here are 3 things I saw in Terry that all of us can learn from:
- Terry saw the need and responded:
Terry got involved with our student ministry because of a plea I had made to our congregation for adults to get involved in the life of teenagers. It was uncomfortable and out of Terry’s wheelhouse. But Terry saw the need and asked the question, “if not me, then who?”
I think for a lot of us, we see the needs but we think, “well, surely there is someone else more qualified to fill that need than me.” or maybe we think some version of, “I know they need the help, but I just don’t have the time.” Trust me, I get it. Time is probably one of our most valuable commodities right now. Truth be told, Terry didn’t have the time either. At 80, he was still running his own business and had clientele constantly beating down his door. But terry understood he didn’t have to give everything, but just give what he had. Which leads us to point two…
- Terry gave what he had:
Terry wasn’t trying to be superman. Actually, when he started, he was pretty reserved about how much he was willing to give. He asked lots of questions about time requirements and what exactly I was asking of him (which are great questions to ask). But, as Terry got more involved, he moved from serving out of a sense of obligation to serving out of a sense of ownership in the ministry. He started connecting the dots on how the little things he was doing (even cleaning up after an event) was leading to kids coming to know Jesus. Terry never got up on a stage and spoke, never led worship, never ran the soundboard. Instead, Terry gave what he had – himself and his time. Terry would meet with students in small groups and listen to them talk about their day. He lead some discussion and most of all, he took the ministry serious and made it his.
I think there is a misconception that those who are in ministry or who seem to have a gift for it have some super power that enables them to give that time away and get so involved. It simply isn’t true. The only thing they have is a willingness to restructure their life in a way that allows them to serve and give. Terry lived that out in a way that challenged me personally.
- Terry had a teachable spirit:
This was a piece of Terry that still challenges me. When he walked into my office and asked my advice that day, I wasn’t the super wise (I joke, I joke) leader that I am today. I was in my twenties. Literally the age of some of his grandchildren. I was pretty arrogant and cocky at the time and thought I knew more than I really did. As I’ve grown older it has become apparent to me just how rare what Terry did was. He humbled himself and asked the questions that would make him better. He didn’t pretend to know what he was doing so he could impress me. He just said, “teach me,” and he actually digested and lived out the lessons we talked about. Terry had a teachable spirit.
I’ve done ministry for a long time now (literally since the 1900’s 🙂 ) and I’ve learned a lot since that conversation with Terry. But I’ve never forgotten the lessons I learned watching this 80 year old man serve, wearing his FUBU and giving his life away to some smelly teens.
How about you?
You may not know this, but since Covid hit way back in 2020, the regular conversation I have with every one of our ministry leaders is how their ministry struggles because so many ministry team members left and those positions have been hard to fill back up.
Just take a look at the list below…
- Kids Ministry (there are volunteers who are serving two Sundays a month – during the worship service – so that our kids can learn to love Jesus and live for Him. Some volunteers are serving every Sunday. The kids ministry needs at least 10 more volunteers to be fully staffed. “How do I know if I’m a fit?” Do you love kids? Do you see the need for the next generation to know and love God? Do you have one Sunday a month you could give to listening to and leading a few kids? Then you might be a great fit!)
- Production Ministry (our Production Team – sound, computer, lights, camera’s, etc. have been running on a pretty tight crew since we had to shut down in December of last year. Dean and his team do a great job making it look like there isn’t a shortage, but that’s literally because their hands never stop moving to make sure everything is covered. The production team needs 6 people to help fill out their ministry team. “How do I know if I’m a fit?” Do you enjoy techy kind of stuff? Do you have see things others don’t see? Do you enjoy listening to music? Do you like directing how things will go? Then you might be a great fit!)
- First Impressions (our Greeting Team is working hard to try and make sure everyone who walks through our door is greeted with a smile and has a cup of coffee put in their hand. But there are times where people are having to scramble from one area to another to cover for the lack of help. The first impression team could use 5 more for greeting/welcome desk and 5 more to help with the coffee ministry. “How do I know if I’m a fit?” Do you know how to shake a hand? Do you have the ability to smile? Do you enjoy making others smile? Then you might be a great fit!)
- Care Team Ministry (our Care Team ministry meets every week to pray over all the concerns in our church, to call and check on people who are in need, to visit those who are ill or grieving and to provide care for the hurting and broken. The Care Team is also in charge of the Barnabas Card ministry that sends cards to folks in need and prays over them. In a church our size, you can imagine, the need is huge. There are a tremendous amount of people who are grieving, struggling with health issues, or more. Likely, your life has been touched by this team at some point – even if you didn’t realize they were the ones doing it. The Care Team Ministry could use 8-10 more people interested in making a difference between the care/prayer ministry and our card making ministry. “How do I know if I’m a fit?” Do you have a heart for those who are hurting? Have you been through some serious tough times yourself? Do you pray when people express the need for prayer? Do you enjoy making crafts? If so, then you might be a great fit!
These are just a few of the areas in our church that are looking for a “Terry,” someone who will see the need, give what they have, and enter the opportunity with a teachable spirit.
Could YOU be the next “Terry?”
What is your next step? If you are interested in getting involved in one of these ministries, your next step is simple. Fill out the form below to get in touch with the leader of the ministry you would like more information from and start a dialogue like Terry did with me years ago. PS – the good news is, you don’t have to wear FUBU if you don’t want to 🙂 .
Take a Step Towards Being a Terry!
It’s Fall Y’all!
We have an easy and sweet way to BLESS Stone Crest our neighbors. We will be collecting bags of Halloween Candy from October 3rd- 17th to surprise our neighbors with a pumpkin drop to all 190 homes filled with candy!
All donations can be left in the candy drop boxes next to the coffee bar.
Thanks for partnering with us to BLESS Stone Crest!!
Ministry Opportunity Classifieds
Kids Ministry Opportunity!
people to help with the new generation of Christ followers. No experience necessary, all previous work backgrounds considered. Helpful skills include being able to talk, listen, and see. All work materials given to you, no hard labor. Ideal candidates have the guts to help kids learn what Jesus is all about while also having fun. Schedule is 1 hour, 1-2 Sundays per month.
HARMONY CARE TEAM HELP WANTED
Looking for 8 to 10 couples or individuals interested in the following areas:
- Visiting or calling shut-ins and praying with them.
- Calling or texting people who need encouragement and praying with and for them.
- Praying for/with people, families going through a life crisis
Making or learning to make cards and send them to those who need encouragement.
- Working the alter to assist those in need of prayer on Sunday mornings.
- The Care team meets weekly on Thursday morning at 9AM at the church, (attendance not required) and The Card Ministry Team meets every Wednesday morning from 10 to 2 at the church
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Devotional Thought: Rick Wilson
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 vide:
Reach Student Ministry
by Robby Frisone
Hi everyone! My name is Pastor Robby, and I am the student pastor here at Harmony. That means that I care for and minister to students from 6th to 12th grade and their families. I am so excited to be working with students in this age range. Where else can you share the gospel and watch a kid chug a Happy Meal that’s been liquified in a blender all in the same night? Student ministry is extremely rewarding, but it also comes with its own host of problems that the Christian Church has in the past struggled to overcome. The biggest one that I am concerned about addressing is the fact that when most high school students graduate, they end up graduating from their faith. Some of the most excited and on fire students end up giving their hearts and lives over to the Lord in their youth group but end up after graduation becoming lukewarm Christians at best or practical atheists at worse. This mainly happens because transitioning from a teenager into adulthood is tough. There’s so much that happens in a student’s life as they make this giant leap that oftentimes their faith doesn’t survive the transition. They’re so used to their youth ministry, with its high energy games, catered small groups, and deep relationships, that they fail to find those sorts of meaningful experiences in the church in adulthood. So, how do we change students from engaged teenagers into lifelong Christ followers?
The first step happens on Sunday morning. I have been asked numerous times by parents if we have some sort of programming for students that takes place on Sunday morning during the morning services. My answer has and always will be “no.” We intentionally do not schedule anything for students on Sunday morning to fight this very problem. For students to successfully transition their faith into adulthood, they need to learn how to engage with the church on Sunday morning. That is why we always encourage parents to bring their students in with them to service on Sunday morning. While the sermon may not always be totally relevant for students and you may be worried that your student doesn’t seem to be engaged with the sermon, I promise you it’s doing far more good for them than what I could do with them in another hour on a Sunday morning. It’s important that students start understanding how Sunday morning service for adults looks and what to expect. It’s also important that they begin to develop these habits of attending service. Most importantly, it’s essential that they see how you, their parents, interact with your faith on Sunday morning. As much as they may not want to, they are going to end up emulating your faith more than you realize.
The other reason we do not offer any youth programming on Sunday morning is to give students the opportunity to serve. There is practically no ministry here at Harmony that is inappropriate for a teenager to be involved in. In fact, most ministries would be ecstatic and welcoming to any teens who would like to serve. From the coffee ministry to the production booth to children’s ministry and even worship team, these are all great areas for your student to serve in. If you can serve with your students, then it’s even better. Remember, that showing your faith to your student is going to affect the way they form and shape their faith for the rest of their lives.
All of this is done in an effort to address this one problem, and we do that by making students understand that they are part of the church. Traditionally, churches have seen the youth ministry as building up the church of tomorrow. This is where they go wrong. The teens and preteens in REACH Student Ministry are not the church of tomorrow. They are the church of today! They are here, have responded to the call of Christ, and are ready to serve His church. Helping them realize this and the vital role they play as well as the high standard that is
expected of them, will help them realize how they can transition their faith into adulthood. By getting them involved in the church today, we help them navigate this very difficult and confusing time of their lives by showing them that they have a place where they belong. If you’re a parent, you can help by encouraging your student to serve, involving them in how you pay your tithe, talking to them about the sermon, and definitely getting them to church on Sunday morning. If you see any students on Sunday morning, I encourage you to approach them and talk to them as if they were any other adult at the church. Ask them about their week, what they thought about the sermon, or if you can pray for them. The goal is to make them feel like they belong in the “adult” side of church because they do! If you see a student serving, thank them for helping out and encourage them. By doing these things we can all work together to make sure that Harmony is not a church where students graduate out of their faith but a place where we turn students into lifelong Christ followers.
If you are a parent of a 6th-12th grader then we’d love to have them at REACH. We meet every Sunday evening from 6-8 pm out behind the church. First time guests get free pizza and a drink!
October Missions Information
As you know we have made a strong commitment to missions. Recently we were made aware of a special need of an organization called Natalie’s Sisters,
located in Lexington, Ky. Their mission is to help women caught in the lifestyle of “dance clubs” or “walking the streets” and show these ladies/girls that are often ignored, the love of Jesus. Unfortunately, they lost anticipated funding which made them critically short (over $47,000). Our missions team prayed and decided to make a special one-time donation of $2,000 to Natalie’s Sister to help them meet their need and goal! Here is a recent testimony from one of the girls helped by Natalie’s Sisters:
“A year ago I was that girl you convinced to go to (a healing program) after detox. That has changed my life tremendously. By the grace of God on June 23, 2021, I will have a life free of drugs and alcohol (for over a year!) Praise and glory be to God and all the wonderful people along the way who have helped me. I’m speaking for myself, but I’m sure a lot of the other girls that visit Natalie’s Sisters appreciate all the help and love you show us. Thank you for caring and all that you do. Love you guys so much.
We were shocked to learn that Natalie’s Sisters provides services for over 50 ladies per day in Lexington, Ky. Stories of impact like this are only possible because of your generosity, THANK YOU!
The missions team is currently evaluating additional missions for support and will be making final recommendations no later than this November. Please pray for God to guide the missions team by His Holy Spirit and give us wisdom to be the good stewards as we Advance the Kingdom by Living for God and Loving People. Again, Thank you! Ershal Harrison – Chair / David Burchfield – Co-Leader
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