The Harvest

Our Key Verse.


The view from our pavilion at the Easter Sunrise Service.

Harvest View Church

Phase 1 in our building campaign.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Why join a life group?

Why join a life group?  Good question, right? I mean we all have busy schedules and with summer right around the corner things only get busier. So we decided to ask a few people to share a little bit about life groups, staring with Cynthia Kodavanti. Check out what she had to say below or listen on our pocast from Sunday at

April 21st marks the 2 year anniversary of me first walking through the doors of Harvest View Church.  The first time I walked through those doors, I didn’t really believe in all this Jesus stuff.  I kind of believed in God, but I didn’t really know what to think about him.  I had a lot questions.  My lack of faith was not due to a lack of education.  I had grown up in church and I was even baptized in my early teens, but I went through some very rebellious years and just lost my way.  Even after I grew up and settled down, I just couldn’t seem to let Jesus back into my life.  I had lots of friends and family that believed in Jesus, but he just seemed like a fairy tale to me.  I would go to church with my family for holidays and special occasions, but I just didn’t get it.  
So I found myself 2 years ago searching for answers and I knew it was time to try something different.  The only reason I even knew this little church existed was because Derrick had been my son Vijay’s t-ball coach a couple of years prior.  I didn’t know Derrick as a pastor, I just knew him as a t-ball coach.  I did a little internet research before coming here and I was interested in trying out this “Life Change” triangle, which consists of Worship, Bible Study, and Service.  I joined a Life Group pretty early on, within my first month at Harvest View, and I just couldn’t imagine my journey without them.  They have been an immense source of gentle, loving guidance and support.  Me finding my faith and accepting Jesus was kind of like a Chinese finger trap.  The more I tugged and pulled and tried to figure it all out, the more frustrated and trapped and hopeless I felt.  But once I was able to relax and just let Jesus in, it was just the most freeing experience.  His love is so pure, it’s overwhelming, it’s life changing.  
This triangle stuff isn’t something the leaders of our church made up, it’s what Jesus called us to do.  He wants us to worship God and to study on his word and his ways, he wants us to serve others.  When his disciples started arguing about who was greatest among them, Jesus told them, “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.  For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  (Mark 10: 43-45)
My Life Group means the world to me, they are more than a study group, they are family.  We eat together, we study together, we pray together, we work together, we play together, we cry together, we celebrate get the picture.  Sunday morning worship is great, Paul and the band do an amazing job leading us in praise and Derrick and Austin do a wonderful job delivering spirit led messages.  But this is only one side of the triangle.  For the full experience, you need to work the whole triangle and a life group can help you do that.  I want to encourage you all to find a life group to join or start your own.  My life group meets in the church office on Wednesday nights, there are also groups meeting Sunday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday nights.
If you have school aged children, the Wednesday night group is a great one to try as there are activities going on in the main building for K-college aged kids.  In the Wednesday night group, we spend the first hour or so sharing a meal and catching up with everyone, then we have an hour or so of study and discussion time.  Every third week we meet at Joel and Mary Reed’s house to help stock shelves at Jesus’ Helping Hands.  Please feel free to come up and talk to me after services if you have any questions.  You can also visit the church website to see meeting times and contact information for the Life Groups.         

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Doing Life Together

That’s the tagline for our life groups here at HVC. I mean isn’t life in general kind of like bungee jumping, go cart racing, or going to the bathroom (if you’re a girl)? You know, it’s better with a wingman or a group of people! Get the group girl bathroom trip thing now? Anyways. If you aren’t involved in a life group, trust me, you should check one out. They’re all listed on our website under the Life Group tab. Best of all… we know what southerners love… most of our life groups share a meal together when they meet!  It’s a win win win. Cool people to hang with, good food, and great Bible study!

Monday, June 2, 2014


Well, if you’ve read very many of these little articles you’ve probably noticed that I like to look up definitions of words. But it’s interesting isn’t it? We use words all the time and yes of course we know the meaning but sometimes seeing it in print again can make on think. So here we go with another definition. “A scholar, sometimes applied to the followers of John the Baptist (Matt.9:14), and of the Pharisees (22:16), but principally to the followers of Christ. A disciple of Christ is one who: 1 believes his doctrine, 2 rests on his sacrifice, 3 imbibes his spirit, and 4 imitates his example (Matt. 10:24; Luke 14:26, 27, 32; John 6:69).” Take a minute. Read that again. Which part stands out to you? For me it’s the “rests in his sacrifice and imitates his example” parts. In Derrick’s sermon series he’s talking about how the disciples were just average ordinary guys. And it’s even in the definition. They weren’t perfect. They didn’t have it all together. They had to rest in his sacrifice and imitate his example too! Cool huh?

Jessica, Creative Ministries
-June Newsletter Excerpt- 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Prayers For Mommy

I just wanted to share how God continues to work in our lives. He reminds me daily of our many blessings. Sunday night Collin climbed in the bed with me and said "Mommy we need to pray for my Mommy in Uganda" I replied ok what do we pray about? His reply was "we need o pray for her leg it is hurt" . I just assumed he was talking about Sarah's polio so we prayed for her legs. You see this is different than our normal night time prayers. It usually goes like this Me: Sweet Dreams Say Your Prayers... Then we pray for EVERYTHING and Everyone ... This time Collin did not wait for our normal sweet dreams say your prayers.. He specifically wanted to pray for his Mommy's Leg. I truly believe God spoke into the heart of my son. I was at work on Monday and got a FB message from Nakigudde Sarah just saying hello. When I replied I went to her FB page.. Sarah was hit by a car Saturday and her leg is injured. I am not sure why these things amaze me because we serve a powerful and mighty God. Some may say he was talking about what we always pray for but I know the difference in his urgency to pray for his mommy's leg. I believe God speaks to each of us daily we just have to become like a child and have the faith to know and believe what we can't see. I have copied Sarah's prayer request to this post along with her post praising God after she was hit by a car. She did not complain but praised God... WOW.. PLEASE PRAY FOR SARAH COLLIN'S MOMMY IN UGANDA !

Nakigudde Sarah
Oh christ jesus you are worthy to be praised,i thank you God for protecting me after i was hit by a car,thank you so much because you shielded my leg and my life from breaking with the blood of jesus.i pray that you take away the leg pain i am experiencing now my God in jesus name,thank you God i pray this believing through your almight name of christ jesus amen!.

Nakigudde, Sarah
Hello brothers and sisters in christ continue praying for me so that my leg recovers soon because the swelling is increasing,thanks alot God bless you all.

~Sara, Children's Ministries

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Ebenezer Scrooge?

Here I Raise My Ebenezer Here by Thy great help I’ve come. I know what you’re thinking and no that’s not a reference to the iconic character Ebenezer Scrooge.  That phrase actually comes from a much cooler story (Sorry Mr. Dickens). Check out 1 Samuel 7; you at least know part of the story. The Israelites are under the attack of the Philistines, and they are in fear for the lives. Sound familiar? The people come to Samuel (you know the prophet who anointed  King Saul and King David) asking him to pray, God hears their prayers, and they win the battle. So at that point, Samuel had what we might today call a “come to Jesus meeting” with the people of Israel. Verse 12 says,  Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us’” Wow! What a simple yet monumental revelation (pun intended). How many times do we get caught up in our circumstances and forget all God has brought us through in the past? Where do you need to raise your Ebenezer?

~Jessica, Creative Ministries