Big Fred's Bytes - Jan. 25, 2012

Big Fred Neal 1

I would like to thank you all for returning your data sheets so promptly.  It will be very helpful to have the updated information available to our staff as we work to serve you.  If you have not returned the green data sheet as of yet, please do so as soon as possible.  We will be undertaking the data entry soon and would like it to be complete.  Part of this effort will involve a few of the staff members contacting people that have not responded in any way to attempt to identify if they are still connected to our church and identify how we may serve them best.   Once this effort has been completed, the Elders will review any special situations related to church membership and share that information with you at our Spring Information Meeting.  If you have any questions regarding this effort, as always – just give me a call.

During this time, we hope to identify the best possible methods of communicating effectively with our church.  We will review input related to the effectiveness of the website and other communication tools as well.   In the meantime, for anyone who is not familiar with our online church directory and information data base; you are invited to go exploring.  {At the bottom of the “Home Page” of www.harvestpa.orgyou will find a hot button for “My Harvest” (This has also been referred to as CCB at times, but they are one in the same)}.  When you click it, you will be moved to the log in page asking for your user name and password.  Everyone is welcomed to enter this site; it contains user access levels that allow us to share enough information without sharing too much with everyone.  You can build out your individual and family profiles with information that will be very helpful.  Tammy, Debbie, or Marion in the church office will be glad to help get you answers to questions if you call the office or send them an email.

Some quick notes related to activities for your consideration:

  1.  Our ladies are gathering on Friday Jan 27th from 7 pm to 8:30 pm to send Jan Hart off with many hugs as they have moved to Michigan for a new job for Marty.  Bring a snack to share if you can or just stop in and enjoy the fellowship.
  2. Ladies are also invited to a women’s ministry event on Feb 4th at Kit from 6 pm to 9 pm.  The evening will be filled with fun, food, and a special surprise.  Sign up this weekend for the free event.  Call Mandy Reedy at 724-859-3463 with any questions.
  3. Blood Drive for the central blood bank will be at Harvest on Tuesday Jan 31st from noon till 6 pm.  Contact Lora Longcor at if you can donate.
  4. Special Olympics will be holding their bowl-a-thon for all special Olympians at Lee’s Lane in Vandergrift on Saturday February 11th starting at 1 pm.  If you can serve as a helper for a couple hours – you will be blessed beyond measure.  All helpers should arrive around noon for a briefing.
  5. Details will be out soon for a special men’s event that is open to the entire community.  On Feb 25th, we will be spending the day with some pretty cool guys who will share some of the challenges in their lives and how they overcame these difficulties.  Look to spend the day with Pittsburgh Steeler Jon Kolb, Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams, baseball star Sid Bream, Cleveland Indian pitcher Tom McGough, Penn State’s Leo Wisniewski who spent several years with the Indianapolis Colts and David DeMarco leading worship music.  Be sure to invite your friends too.  Ladies – what a great Valentine present this will make for your husband once you find out what some of these men will be sharing.

We are also looking to connect with anyone who has a special talent for graphics development or web site operations.  If you have a background in these areas and are willing to serve with your church, please contact me at  

Just an FYI for any ministry team hoping to share information with the church via any form of announcement:   We need to plan these a week or so in advance and will need final details by mid-week including any photos or video clips.  The tech team does a practice run every Thursday night for the Sunday Service and your files must be included in that effort to happen on Sunday.

2011 Giving Statements have been mailed and should be in your hands by now.  If you have not received yours or if you have questions related to it, contact me at the above email address or give me a call at 724-664-9962.