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Christmas at the Princess


Christmas time is here! To celebrate we’re honored to be hosting a special holiday concert with the popular duo of Jubilant Sykes with world renowned guitarist Christopher Parkening, who will join the John Beasley Trio. The group will be playing a Christmas musical presentation of classic favorites and jazzy cool standards. Proceeds from this concert will directly benefit the Harvest Compassion Center, MSC’s local food and clothing bank. Tickets range from $25.00 to $100.00 dollars and will include free parking, as well as, 50% discount on ice skating & pictures with Santa at the Princess Resort.

The concert will be hosted at the Fairmont Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday, December 19th 1:30- 3:30. If you live in the Phoenix area you won’t want to miss this special afternoon that is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Purchase your tickets today!


Elijah’s Dark Days

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours (James 5:17, ESV).

Don’t you love the transparency with which God’s Word describes real men and women? On almost every page of Scripture you meet people “just like us.” Take Elijah—James 5:17 says that Elijah, God’s prophet, was “a man with a nature like ours.” We meet him at a point of real depression in 1 Kings, and from his life we see this truth: even the most godly people get down at times.

There are ways to guard against taking the full plunge into depression, but first, let’s get some bad advice out of the way:

Find a place by yourself. In 1 Kings 19, Elijah had just come off a major victory. He was physically exhausted and emotionally spent. He sat under a juniper tree—an almost lifeless, leafless shrub. So why was Elijah sitting under that tree? I’ll tell you—the dude wanted to be by himself. The fact is that depression can shut out something we need most—people who love us and want to support us.

Friend, those dark clouds are not going away as long as you are trying to do life on your own. Honestly consider the answers to these hard questions:

• Do you have fewer personal friends than you had a year ago?
• When you come home, do you often retreat away from your family?
• Are you skipping small group or avoiding getting into one?
• Is your worst nightmare to be trapped in a corner by someone who loves you and is asking what’s wrong?

If you want to invite depression, find a place by yourself.

Focus on the negative. Everyone faces negative and positive things in life. Look how Elijah focused on the negative: In 1 Kings 19:4, he had lost his grip on the truth. He basically says, “I am left alone. [No, he wasn’t.] I am no better than my fathers. I have accomplished nothing. I have wasted my whole life.” Hear this: No one accomplishes all they want to, but if you are serving Christ, pouring your life out for the glory of God as best you know how, you are accomplishing everything you need to. Practice letting God’s Word inform your emotions—not the other way around.

Forget God’s provision. Isn’t this the same guy who God fed for three years with just a loaf of bread and a jar of oil? Isn’t this the guy who won a major victory when God poured fire down from heaven, and the same guy who killed 450 false prophets and obliterated idolatry in front of the home crowd at high noon?! Elijah had seen a few miracles. It wasn’t like God had never come through for him. Don’t you want to say, “Hey, Elijah! God has never failed you, man! Why are you doubting Him?”

But we do the same thing. We forget God’s faithful provision and how good He has been to us. We forget who God is and how He never changes or fails.

Negative focus and short memory aside, Elijah was met by God in his depression, and he let God change him. Ask yourself whether you need to do the following:

1. Let God confront you. In verse 9, Elijah slept in a cave and God came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Then, in spite of Elijah’s lame excuses, the Lord ministered to him. I love that. God wasn’t angry or judgmental; He just ministered grace to him.
2. Let God reveal Himself to you. Watch how God showed Himself strong to Elijah. God told him to stand outside, “And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper” (1 Kings 19:11–12, ESV). That is sweet. Elijah had seen the wild stuff and it didn’t faze him anymore. But then God whispered to him, and Elijah got fired up.
3. Let God provide for you. After He revealed Himself to Elijah in a small gentle voice, God supernaturally sent food and rest. God will minister to you if you will receive His provision.
4. Immediately do what God says. God gave some specific instructions to Elijah in verses 15–17. Whatever God is saying you need to do, do it immediately.
5. Get involved with people again. After this, God sent Elijah back to civilization. What is it you need to do today to get back in the game? Ask God to give you the courage to meet and follow Him each day and He will renew your heart with hope.

• Which of these five areas do you most need to surrender to God?
• What step can you take today to move toward spiritual encouragement?

Father God, I confess that I am prone to negative thoughts and ingratitude for all You’ve already done for me. Help me to get quiet before You. I invite You to do Your convicting work in my heart, and I ask You to show me the steps I need to take. I trust You and I praise You for Your goodness and faithfulness. Please take my hand and be the lifter of my head. In the mighty name of Jesus, amen.


Random ACTS of KINDNESS DO Happen!

waterLast month when a HCC Volunteer was shopping at Costco to purchase several cases of bottled water for our guests at the Harvest Compassion Center the man in the front of the line noticed her. This man noticed a lady buying LOTS of water and as his curiosity grew, he leaned over and asked the volunteer, “What’s all the water for?” The HCC volunteer smiled and replied, “I’m buying water for the Harvest Compassion Center.” The man replied, “The who? What’s that?” The HCC Volunteer continued to tell her new friend in line all about the HCC, and what they do and how they feed and clothe the hungry.

As the man finished paying for his own Costco load, he turned and looked at the cashier and said, “I’m going to pay for all that water also, please.” The cashier returned a look to the man, almost saying with her eyes, “Are you sure?”

After the man purchased all the water for the HCC, they walked to the exit, and then headed to the HCC volunteer’s car so he could get a HCC postcard with more information. As the car was loaded the HCC Volunteer turned to the man and said, “May I at least have your name so I can thank you?” The man replied, “My name’s not important, just God bless you all for the work you’re doing!”


Lost Dutchman Marathon Races

Save-the-Date Sunday, February 14, 2016

Team HCC will be ready to race again in next year’s Lost Dutchman Marathon Races, this coming Sunday, February 14, 2016. This year’s races will be held at Gold Canyon and Apache Junction, Arizona. Races start at 7am and will include a race for everyone: Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k Race, 8k Trail Race and a 1 mile Fun Run/Walk.

If you’re a serious runner, start your training now for those 26.2 miles and be sure to register. When you register, please enter our Team and Discount Code: HCC16

Then, please email Nicolee Thompson so she can get your team page up and you can start raising support for the Harvest Compassion Center!

Become a FEED 1 Partner Today!!

1 Bag. 1 Family. 1 Mission.

It’s November and time to launch our FEED 1 Fall Campaign! FEED 1 is MSC’s new monthly donor outreach campaign ensuring that the Harvest Compassion Center will be able to be continue to serve the families in the Valley for years to come with FREE food, hygiene, baby and clothing items!

What is FEED 1? Signing up as a FEED 1 Partner, you are committing to FEED 1 family a month with a $28.00 dollar donation. Each month your $28.00 dollar donation will ensure that one HCC Family will be fed and clothed!

What is the Goal of FEED 1? MSC’s goal with FEED 1 is to reach new partners who will help the HCC to stay fully stocked year round. MSC has a goal of signing up 1,000 FEED 1 Partners! So please tell a friend!

How do I Sign-Up? Follow the link here, choose how many families you’d like to FEED each month, then create an account and in one minute you’ll be registered as our Newest FEED 1 Partner!

Every month MSC’s eblast will track our FEED 1 campaign, take a look each month to see how God is blessing our efforts and how many new FEED 1 Partners have joined!




Sweet Home Chicago

On September 27, Team MSC took to the streets of beautiful Chicago for the running of the 18th Annual Chicago Half Marathon & 5k!  Team MSC brought out our largest team ever, 46 runners came out to race, some running the half, others running/walking the 5k.  Even though other teams had much larger groups present, Team MSC had some rock stars out on the course!  A big congrats to Steve Bland, who ran the half marathon in 1:20 which earned him an 11th overall finish out of 8,188 runners, winning his age group!  Congrats to Phil Devol who ran the half in 1:45 and won his age group.  Many other runners placed in their respective age groups, and best news, no injuries to report!

Not only did Team MSC show up in a BIG way this year in Chicago, Harvest Christian Academy under the leadership of David Lockwood showed up too!  Over 80 kid volunteers bused down from the suburbs from HCA to volunteer for the race.  This group of students did an outstanding job!  Not only did they catch a bus at 4am they continued to work gear check, aid stations and the finish line for all 12,000 runners.  A big thank you to all volunteers who worked the race, maintained Team MSC’s tent and made the morning run smoothly!

Why did we all come together as a team?  Why did so many people dedicate this morning to charity?  Why did runners train for months to conquer their first half marathon?  To raise funding for Mitchell Swaback Projects and the Harvest Compassion Center!  This is our largest fundraiser of the year and our team didn’t disappoint!  TOTAL RAISED….. Drum roll please…. $98,000.00!  What a blessing each and every dollar is!  Gifts large and small came in one by one, to make an impact in the lives of others, all while spreading the love of the Lord.

The sweetest donation may have been from a 10-year-old girl, who donated all of her earnings from hosting a lemonade stand.  She sent in her $10.00 donation with a note attached, “I have raised this money by donations and lemonade stands. Have Fun and God Bless.”  Proving once again every single penny counts and NO donation is too small!  “You shall surely give him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him: because that for this thing the Lord your God shall bless you in all your works and in all that you put your hand to,” Deuteronomy 15:10.

Once again congrats to all Team MSC runners, walkers, supporters and volunteers!  Thank you for SHOWING UP to make a difference in the lives of others!

Check out the photos! We captured some great shots of team members finishing!!!


Meet Max Trapp

Max isn’t your typical 8th grader; he isn’t solely concerned about the latest and greatest, got-to-have-it fad or school drama that most teenagers focus on.   Max is one of the most mature 8th graders who have walked into the Harvest Compassion Center that we have ever met.  Max got involved with the HCC almost a year ago as he was looking around at charities where he could volunteer and earn service hours for school.  In his search, he found the HCC.  Max starting volunteering with his mom almost monthly and really had no fear jumping right into the mix of things at the center.  He didn’t hesitate to meet and greet guests, start up conversations with strangers, or shy away from serving those who came in.  Through his time at the HCC he has engaged with all of our guests and says it has truly opened his eyes to the needs of others right here in his own community.  “Some clients that come in are barely getting by and I didn’t know that until I began serving at the HCC,” said Max.  “The clients I serve are really nice and really appreciate the assistance that we’re able to give them.”

Max also has very mature faith in the Lord; he knows that his service to the HCC is showing the love of Christ to others.  He understands that we’ve been placed here in this community to meet the needs of others and has a great time doing it at the HCC.  “I was hoping to connect with people by volunteering, instead of just making something, sending it off, and never seeing who it helps. Volunteering at the HCC is a cool experience, to help the less fortunate and make their day a little bit better,” replied Max.

Not only do we appreciate all that Max does by serving and spreading the word of the HCC to others, he even went above and beyond his own service hours and sacrificed his own needs.  Max recently turned 13 years-old, a huge birthday for anyone now entering their teen years.  Many of us can remember exactly what we did for our 13th birthday, what party we threw, fun trip we got to take, or awesome present that finally came.  Not for Max.  Yes, he had the party, however he asked his friends and family to donate canned food or hygiene items that he would donate to the HCC instead of bringing him a present.   “The response I got from my friends when I asked for the donations instead of gifts was shock at first, but then they said it was a cool idea!  They were all really generous and I’m glad all of us did this together,” commented Max.

We told you Max wasn’t your typical 13 year-old!  What a wonderful surprise it was to see Max show up with lots of product to stock our shelves with, and all by making a simple request to others while taking the focus off him.  Max was able to whole heartedly make that request, because he sees the need first hand, he’s in the HCC monthly meeting his neighbors who depend on the HCC to help them get by.

We applaud you Max for the many hours you’ve spend serving others and your generous heart that continues to reach many.


Run Chicago

Team MSC is back again to run the 20th Annual Chicago Half Marathon & 5k this coming September 25, 2016.  We are in the process of building our team, and we NEED YOU!  MSC is once again partnering with Harvest Christian Academy in Elgin, Illinois for this event.

Email Nicolee as soon as you register to be added to Team MSC’s roster!  Remember, you can take on the Half Marathon or just come out and walk the 5k race, each will help MSC and HCA continue to impact an impact in the lives of others!  Don’t sit back and watch others, get involved in making a difference today!

Any questions, email Nicolee.

Chicago Half Marathon / 5K

Lost Dutchman Continues To Give!

All of us at the Harvest Compassion Center are truly grateful once again to the race directors of the Lost Dutchman Marathon Races in Apache Junction, Arizona. This month the board awarded the Harvest Compassion Center a check totaling $1000.00 for our involvement and participation in last February’s event. The HCC has partnered with the Lost Dutchman races for the past two years, this year Team HCC had over 60 participants and raised a total of over $50,000 for the HCC! Receiving this donation from the race is an added blessing that we are so thankful for!