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A milestone observance in honor of four decades of ministry, called ReEnvision Weekend, is scheduled for March 16 and 17 at Harvest Christian Fellowship.
According to a news release made available to the ASSIST News Service, it will feature performances and messages by well known musical artists and speakers in the Christian community.
Over the past forty years, Harvest Christian Fellowship has grown into one of the largest churches in America. With locations in Riverside, Corona and Orange County, Harvest, led by Pastor Greg Laurie, has ministered to millions of people through weekly services, radio and television programs, and worldwide evangelistic outreach events.
"Looking back," said Laurie in the news release, "I can see God's hand at work from the very beginning. It has always been a part of God's plan for us to know Him and make Him known."
As the church observes its 40th anniversary, it will look ahead at what the future may hold.
According to the news release, ReEnvision Weekend will begin with a "Reflecting on the Past" concert on March 16 at 6 P.M. in Riverside.
This will be a celebration of the musical history of Harvest, featuring performances by Marty Goetz, Crystal Lewis, Benny Hester, the Maranatha! Praise Band, and more.
In "Preparing for the Future," on Sun. March 17, Pastor Bob Coy will share a message on reaching forward to the things ahead, with a musical guest appearance by Phil Wickham.
Service times are at 7:30 A.M., 9:30 A.M. and 11:30 A.M. in Riverside and at 9:30 A.M. and 11:30 A.M. in Orange County.
The ReEnvision Weekend will conclude on March 17, with a 5:00 P.M. service in Riverside, starting at 7:00 P.M. in Orange County, with a special message by Laurie, concert by Phil Wickham, and a first look at the trailer for Harvest's new documentary film, "Hope for Hurting Hearts."
According to the news release, in 1973, a nineteen-year-old Laurie started a home Bible study in Riverside, California, with no other purpose than to know God and make Him known. Forty years later, Laurie's purpose hasn't changed but his ministry has grown tremendously.
Today, Harvest Christian Fellowship is a church of some 15,000 people and houses more than 80 ministries.
In 1990, Laurie began holding large-scale public evangelistic events called Harvest Crusades. More than 4.5 million people have attended Harvest Crusades in stadiums and arenas across the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Laurie is the featured speaker of the nationally syndicated radio program, A New Beginning. He is also featured in a weekly television program called GregLaurie.tv.
In 2012, an unprecedented event, known as the first "Harvest America," brought 306,000 Americans-200,000 in 2,400 host locations across the country and 37,000 in Angel Stadium of Anaheim, plus another 69,000 online participants- together on one night, August 26, to hear Greg Laurie deliver a life-changing message.
"As far as we can determine, it was one of the largest single-day presentations of the gospel in U.S. history," said John Collins, executive director of Harvest Crusades.
The 2013 Harvest Crusades are scheduled for Aug. 23-25 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, CA, followed by the second Harvest America, Sept. 28-29, from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.
For more information go to www.harvest.org.
SOURCE: ASSIST News Service