THE CONGREGATIONAL CARE TEAM
Team Leader: Melinda Cerny
Our Mission: We demonstrate Christ’s love by caring for those in need in the congregation and community by providing: structure, support (spiritual, emotional and physical), resources, and training.
If you'd like to join a congregational care ministry or if you know of someone that needs care, contact the team coordinator or the church office at 941-907-7333.
Grief Support Group
Begins Wednesday, April 4
How do you understand grief when your heart is broken by the death of a loved one? To survive and live forward, those who grieve must find answers. Beyond the Broken Heart is a support group for those who are grieving the death of a loved one and are in need of a community to share the loneliness of grief. Scriptural wisdom will be used to explore the issues of grief and offer spiritual encouragement for a life of renewed hope and joy. The group will also offer coping strategies to guide the way back to fullness of life. If you are grieving the death of a loved one, please join us on the journey through grief.
Dates: April 4 – May 31
Time: 9:30-11 AM
Location: Harvest United Methodist Church
Cost: $13 for participant book
Registration: Sign up at Hospitality Hub 1 in the church lobby or click here:
For more information, contact the church office 941-907-7333.
CANCER Now What? Navigating the Journey
This five week course study is based on the book Cancer Now What? by Rev. Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D., and will address questions and concerns that arise for people receiving a diagnosis of cancer. Guest speakers will lead discussions about medical, emotional and spiritual issues, and will teach patients, their families and friends how to navigate this journey. Class meets on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. beginning May 2 and continuing through May 30. The cost for the class reading material is $20.
You can also sign up at Hospitality Hub 1. Deadline for registration is April 18. For more information, contact Sybil Porter at
or Sandra Petrucci at
Stephen Leaders: Amy Burling & Sybil Porter
We demonstrate Christ's love by providing high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis. Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Once a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.
People interested in becoming Stephen Ministers should consider the following guidelines:
Gifts – Do you have the gift of mercy or healing? Do you show compassion and give encouragement to those in need? Are you a good listener?
Commitment – As a Stephen Minister you will devote time and energy to the ministry and will have the opportunity to make a major difference in another person’s life.
Training – You will be fully trained before you are asked to provide care. You will learn about listening, maintaining appropriate boundaries, confidentiality and many other aspects of caregiving. After completing the initial training, there are periodic continuing education sessions which will help you stay current in your skills.
Support -- You will receive regular support, encouragement and guidance from your Stephen Leaders and fellow Stephen Ministers by participating in monthly supervision meetings. Your Stephen Leaders are also available to meet one-on-one with you if you require additional guidance in your caregiving relationship.
Prayer – Prayerfully seek God’s guidance as you consider becoming a Stephen Minister.
To discuss your interest in becoming a Stephen Minister, or if you would benefit from having a Stephen Minister walk with you through a difficult period, contact Amy Burling at
; 919.475.8692 or Sybil Porter at
; 412.965.9626. You may also wish to explore the Stephen Ministry website at: stephenministry.org.
Alcoholics Anonymous & Al-Anon
Harvest hosts support groups for those recovering from alcohol addiction and support for those who are impacted by friends and family suffering from addiction.
Every Wednesday at 11:30 AMEvery Thursday at 11:30 AMEvery Saturday at 4 PM
If you're contemplating a visit, please know that practically nobody looks forward to going to their first AA meeting. In most cases this is an occasion of extreme shame, dread and despair. Most people going to AA for the first time do so reluctantly; because they have promised someone else to go or because they have been directed to attend by a judge, an employer, a therapist or an addictions treatment program. Even first timers who go on their own are usually in an intensely ambivalent and negative state. Nobody wishes to require the help that is provided by AA, and as a result virtually everyone attending their first meeting wishes that they were someplace else doing something else.
It is an act of great courage to walk into an AA meeting for the first time. Please come and know you're welcome.
AA information is available at the Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Web Site.
Anyone curious about AA and contemplating going to their first meeting would benefit from reading the information available there, including the following:
Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Ministry
Team Coordinator: Judy Boehm
This ministry’s mission is to save lives of those who experience a cardiac arrest while at Harvest. For every minute that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the AED are not used, there’s 10% less chance of survival. The American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR AED classes are held twice a year for anybody 12 years of age and older. Individuals are taught how to perform CPR with an adult, child and infant, how to operate an AED, and how to save a victim who is choking. Harvest has an AED in a wall cabinet just at the entry to the administrative offices. It is checked weekly, monthly and yearly by a member of this team.
Watch for the announcement of classes in the Harvest weekly e-news. You may also contact Judy Boehm at
Team Coordinators: Debbie Lewis & Gracie Lutes
This ministry's mission is to demonstrate Christ's love by sending out birthday, anniversary, sympathy and get well cards to members of the Harvest family. This team's responsibilities include: praying for the individual receiving the card, writing a sentiment on the card, attaching address labels and postage, and posting the cards.
Individuals wishing to serve as a member of this team can contact Grace Lutes at 941.378.2071;
or Debbie Lewis at 314.221.0276;
Cooks Who Care Ministry
Team Coordinator: Terry Cox
This ministry's mission is to demonstrate Christ's love by providing meals to individuals who are unable to cook for themselves due to a recent surgery, serious illness, the birth of a child,or other challenging times.
The team leader’s responsibility is to determine the family’s needs, set up a Meal Train on line (which includes dietary restrictions), and provide that information in an email or prayer request. If you know of a need or have any questions, contact Terry Cox at 941-907-7333 or
Individuals who are interested in volunteering to cook for a family can have their name added to the call list (you are always free to choose when to serve) or you can contact Terry Cox at
; 941-907-7333 when you see an email request for cooks.
Prayer Team Ministry
This ministry's mission is to
The team's responsibilities are simply to meet and pray. While prayer warriors are certainly welcome, anyone can join this team as long as they have the availability to meet on Monday mornings and the willingness to pray.
Silent Angel Ministry
Facility Host: Harold McDade
Reception Coordinators: Cissie Angelo & Jean Case
This team assists the pastors and staff of Harvest whenever there is a funeral or memorial service being held at the church. There are two aspects to this ministry – facility preparation and reception services.
The Facility Host is responsible for the facility set-up aspect and assists with the process of setting up the altar and worship appointments, greeting attendees, gathering signatures in the guest book and passing out service bulletins.
Reception Coordinators are responsible for reception services, which entails coordinating with the church staff and family, soliciting donations of food from Harvest parishioners or coordinating with a caterer if the family so chooses. Members of the team arrange the tables, set out the food and beverages, and accommodate the family.
Detailed instructions for Facility Host and Funeral Reception Coordinators are found in Funeral/Memorial Service Guidelines and Procedures (Revised 4/2013). Individuals willing to cook/bake should contact Cissie Angelo at 941.751.9779;
or Jean Case at 941.359.8316;
. To help with worship space setup or hosting for these last minute receptions, contact Harold McDade at
Staying In Touch Notes
Team Coordinator: Nancy Reed
This ministry’s mission is to send handwritten notes to those individuals who have not been in worship for six weeks. When someone has missed twelve weeks, a follow-up note is also sent. Notes let people know they are missed by the Harvest Family, show concern if there is an issue or prayer need and serve as an invitation to contact the church or one of the pastors.
This team consists of one coordinator and ten note writers. Contact Nancy Reed at 941.752.7434;
if you’d like to serve on this team.
Team Coordinators: Sandra Petrucci & Randy Robinson
This ministry's mission is to demonstrate Christ's love by visiting with individuals who are homebound or in skilled care facilities, assisted living facilities, or short term physical rehabilitation situations. A friendly and caring visitation team member visits anyone with a family member or acquaintance who fits these criteria with a regular visit. Primary caregivers also receive a welcome break to run errands or just rest and relax while someone else is visiting with their loved one.
Anyone with a heart for this type of ministry and who is able to visit an individual at least once every two weeks is invited to join the team. Training is provided. Anyone aware of someone who would benefit by visitation should contact Randy Robinson at 907-4253;
or Sandra Petrucci at 727-0578;
Hospital Visitation Ministry
This ministry's mission is to demonstrate Christ's love by visiting with members of the Harvest family who are hospitalized and is carried out primarily by Harvest's pastoral staff. If you know of someone who attends Harvest and is in need of a hospital visit, contact Terry Cox at
ADDITIONAL CARE EVENTS
The team also offers a variety of other events on a rotating basis both within the church and as an outreach to the community. Some of these events include:
- Caregiver Training Seminar
- Grief Support
- Advance Directives in Florida Discussion
- End-of-Life Planning Workshop