The Light Shone Bright at Harvest Festival 2017

In looking back at the Harvest Festival this year, I am blessed beyond words by the teamwork that took place this year by our Pastoral Staff. 

When I first saw the need for the church to step up and offer an alternative to young families on Halloween, it was when we had small children, and there was nothing good that came out of exposing our three and four year old children to the horror that was present at every function offered on Halloween. And it didn’t seem fair to hole up in our home, when it was so clear to me that Christians are not called to hide from the darkness, but to bring light to it, the Light of Christ.

And I didn’t want our kids to grow up thinking it wasn’t fun to be a Christian, when it’s so far from the truth. Jesus is irresistible!

So, creating an environment that welcomed young families to bring their littles to the church on Halloween became part of our mission in Children’s Ministries, and it has looked different over the years. 

But depositing Light on a very dark night, has always been the goal. 

This church has always opened its doors on Halloween, long before our family arrived in 2001. But something different happened this year. As this event got a little bigger each year, we began to offer more activities to keep the lines down, but with the growth came the need for more leadership. It has outgrown our department. So this year each Pastor took on a role in leading an area. It has become an “All Hands on Deck Event” with Christi Johns taking in the role as director. (Which is no small task, because directing Pastors is not a job for the feeble minded) 

But as a result, we were able to open our arms to our community in a powerful way, and our volunteers were cared for. It was just better! And with the help of you guys, our church family, Second Step Ministries and Jordan Crossing, we were able to staff an event that ministered to thousands of people. 

Families were able to hear the Gospel in a very creative way through the “Big Event” The Doors, because of the care that went into creating and planning it, thanks to Pastor Kurt and Pastor Jan. Well done!

A BIG Thank you to the whole Pastoral Team, it was a great first run, and I can’t wait to see what God does through all of your hard work! Thank you church, for those of you who gave your time, baked goods, donated candy, worked a booth, an inflatable, a trunk or treat, concessions, security, parking, set up or take Down, and the endless other tasks that went in to preparing for the masses! We did it together, and I can envision God blessing our efforts in ways that we can not see on this side of heaven. 

It is good to belong to the Church in Oroville, where God uses us through His Power. Though we are made of clay, His Spirit is a treasure that our community needs to see. And what better night for it to be on display than on Halloween night!

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

2 Corinthians 4:7-10 NIV

Shane Heldman