An Interview with a Volunteer

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An Interview with a Volunteer

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Q: Hi Amy, thanks for sharing with us. Can you tell us where have you been doing recovery work? 
Amy: I have been going to Bonita and helping to clean up some 55+ communities. Specifically I have been to the Citrus Park Community and the Imperial Bonita Estates.

Q: What's it like there in those communities? 
It is hard to process what it is like. It is hard to imagine while driving around Fort Myers/Estero that a short 10 minute drive south has such sadness and destruction. The amount of trash (pieces of houses, pieces of trees, road signs, furniture, etc.), the smell and the piles of already collected and cleaned items is overwhelming at times. 

Q: What needs are you seeing? 
The greatest needs are moving large pieces of debris (both yard and house) to piles along the roads. The more people that come out and help the more we can serve and provide. Many of the residents have not yet returned because they cannot move items or clean items to even get into their homes. 

Q: What sorts of things have you and the team been doing to help meet those needs
I have been moving furniture, clearing debris, talking with the people who live in the community, and I have even had the opportunity to pray with them! 

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Q: What's one thing you would want people to know about? 
You are needed! Many times I don't do something because I have the idea in my head that there are plenty of people who will show up to volunteer, so it won't make a difference if I am there or not. That is absolutely not true! Those communities need as many people to help as possible. They need to come in contact with people who are there representing and being the Church. They need to be prayed with, listened to, and cared for. The more people representing Christ by volunteering, the more He is glorified! 
 

Q: What's been the reaction of the community to the volunteers? 
Every person who walks by or drives by (in their golf cart) stops and talks with us or thanks us. They are so grateful every time they see one of the volunteers. 
 

Q: How can we pray for these folks in our community who are experiencing such hurt?
That people see Jesus in it. That they don't give up, that they don't feel complete despair, that they don't think they are all alone in the recovery - but that they realize that we the Church are here for them, and most importantly that Jesus loves and cares for them.

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Naples Location Change

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Because Regal Cinemas sustained significant damage from Hurricane Irma, we are planning to meet at our multi-purpose facility (located at 2575 Northbrooke Plaza Dr. #300 Naples, FL 34119) for the next few weeks and don't expect to go back to Regal.

While we don’t have a final ‘move in’ date from Barron Collier High School, we’re excited to return to a newly renovated facility this fall!

We’re so thankful for you and for your understanding during this period of transition. We’re confident in all of this that God is good and that He has great plans for His church in this community. Thank you for carrying out the mission with us to make disciples that represent the gospel to every man, woman and child!

Please contact Aaron Lundquist at aaron@summitlife.com with any questions.

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Women's Ministry - University

All women are invited to participate in a new study this Fall, Discerning the Voice of God.

This study will be hosted at our University Campus and begins September 28th at 9:30am. Studies will be available for purchase, and childcare will be provided.

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Women's Ministry - Naples

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Join us beginning Thursday, September 28th at 6:30pm for a new study by Lauren Chandler, Steadfast Love. This will be a 14 week study and we'll be meeting at our Naples Multipurpose Facility located at:

2575 Northbrooke Plaza Dr. #300
Naples, FL 34119

 

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Gateway is Moving

We're rejoicing in God's provision of a new building in Gateway! Not for the sake of our name, but for the advancement of the gospel!

The first weekend service will take place on Sunday, August 13th at 10am.

The new facility is located at:
12941 Express Court
Fort Myers, FL 33913

While the venue has changed for our Gateway congregation, the mission to make disciples that represent the gospel to every man, woman and child, has not! We're praying that this place will be a launching pad into the Gateway community and beyond so that the gospel would go with us into the places we live, work and play.

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Financial Peace Class

Beginning Tuesday September 5th, we'll be offering Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace course, hosted at our new Gateway facility.

Learn to control your money, steward the resources God has bless you with and prepare for the future. Sign up by visiting this link.

Location:
Summit Gateway Campus
12941 Express Court
Fort Myers, FL 33913

When:
Begins September 5th and continues each Tuesday from 6:30pm-8:30pm
 

For more information, please contact Craig Leist at craigleist@gmail.com

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Worship Night

Join us on Sunday, August 13th at 6pm at our University Campus as we gather for a special, all-campus night of worship. We’ll celebrate who God is, praise him for his steadfast love and faithfulness, and seek after his heart for our community.

All are welcome. Childcare is provided for pre-school aged children.

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Divorce Care

DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone.

Summit is offering a 13-week program that starts September 19th and meets on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m and will be hosted at our Gateway Campus located at:

12941 Express Court
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Interested men should contact Rick Weber at webodespo@yahoo.com; women should contact Pamela Jolliff at pljtejnmo@yahoo.com.

 

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Fall Mission Trips

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FALL MISSION TRIPS

This fall we have two upcoming short-term mission trips; one in October and one in November. While these trips do serve our Xpansion partners, they are also eye-opening experiences for us as we see God's activity around the world and experience His invitation to join His mission. We'd love to have you join us for one of these life-changing trips! Here are the details:

TRIP ONE - HAITI
1.) We'll be visiting our long time Xpansion partner, Mission of Hope in Haiti on October 21st-28th. The trip will consist of helping in their medical clinic as well as helping with construction.

TRIP TWO - MEXICO
2.) We'll also be taking a trip to one of our newer partners, Living Hope International in Puebla, Mexico. We'll have a chance to love on some of the orphans there and help them maintain their facilities, as well do some outreach into the surrounding community. That trip will take place on November 4th-11th.

For full details including costs, please contact xpansion@summitlife.com.

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Prayer Night for our Educators

Are you a parent or grandparent of school-aged children? Are you a teacher or faculty member at a local school? You’re invited to come pray with us for the upcoming school year! Join us at our University Campus on Sunday evening, August 6th at 6:30pm as we pray for our teachers, educators, and school administrations, as they influence thousands of children in our community. We’ll be downstairs in the Multipurpose room and would love to have you join us. If you need childcare, please RSVP to fm@summitlife.com

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Summit Students - 6th Grade Welcome Dinner

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Our Summit Students at the University Campus would like to invite all upcoming 6th grade students and their parents to a welcome dinner on Sunday, August 6th at 6pm! We'll discuss the transition from elementary to middle school, students will have the opportunity to meet their small group leaders, and we'll help answer any questions or concerns you might have.

RSVP by clicking below.

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Midsummer Women's Gathering

All ladies are invited to join us on Monday evening, July 31st at 6:15pm at our University Campus for a light dinner and dessert as we take some time to study Philippians 3 together. Desiree Mortensen and Diane Stinziano will be teaching and we’ll also spend some time worshipping the Lord together. Come fellowship with us! Childcare is only available upon request and you may contact Desiree@summitlife.com about arranging that.

Please RSVP below so we can plan accordingly!

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Project Backpack 2017!

Each year we have the opportunity to continue to multiply our gospel influence to every man, woman and child in our Circles of Accountability (COA) by partnering with the schools in our community to bless students and families who are in need! 

By providing backpacks filled with school supplies and other needed items, we are tangibly expressing the love of Christ love to our community! Simply visit the table at your campus to participate!

Please contact Linda Ford at Linda@summitlife.com with any questions!

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Gateway's new facility

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Gateway's new facility

If you're a part of Summit Church, you're invited to come walk through our new facility in Gateway on Sunday, June 25th at 5pm.

The new building is located at:

12941 EXPRESS CT FORT MYERS 33913

We'll gather for a time of worship and prayer as we ask God to turn this simple building of concrete and steel into a launching pad for ministry into our communities, in order that every man, woman and child would have repeated opportunities to respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ!

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Recovery - Intimacy with God

During the month of June, Recovery will be walking through one of Summit’s Discipleship Outcomes “Intimacy with God”.

We will begin by looking at what the Bible says about our need for Intimacy with God and then what some hinderances can be. On June 15th we have invited Chris Minot to speak about Codependency or the “Fear of Man”; one of our greatest obstacles in trusting God.

Join us at 7pm on Thursday nights at at the University Campus and be encouraged and strengthened in this community of help, healing and hope. If you have any questions please email us at Recovery@summitlife.com.

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Summit Students Summer Camp

The goal of Summit Student camp is to glorify God by making disciples who represent the Gospel to every student.

"Journey" is a four-day experience aimed at bringing us to a deeper level of following Jesus.

Will you join us? All the details are available at our Camp Registration page.

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Naples Congregation Summer Location

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Naples Congregation Summer Location

This summer, Barron Collier High School will be undergoing comprehensive renovations to their auditorium, creating a new, modern facility. While construction is under way, we have partnered with Regal Cinemas to temporarily relocate our Naples congregation's Sunday gatherings to their facility located at:

6006 Hollywood Drive Naples, FL 34109

Ultimately, this will be very beneficial to our congregation to return to a newly updated facility in the fall, even as we continue to search for a permanent location to build.

Details:

• Our first Sunday at Regal Cinemas will be May 21st.

• We will return to BCHS as soon as renovations are complete. Estimated to be back in September.

• Questions? Email Aaron Lundquist at aaron@summitlife.com

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Gateway Summer Schedule

MOVING TO 1 SERVICE AT OUR GATEWAY CONGREGATION

We have some big news for the summer that we want to share so that you can be in the know. Beginning the first weekend of June, on Sunday the 4th, in preparation for moving into our new, larger facility in a few months, we’ve decided to consolidate to 1 singular weekend service at 10am on Sunday mornings at our Gateway congregation.

This will enable us our Gateway staff to prepare the volunteer teams of our various ministries and begin our scheduling rhythms in order to make the transition to that new facility.

We think this move to one weekend service will also help catalyze what God is doing in midst of that congregation as we all are able to gather as a church family together.

Again, this begins on June 4th and then immediately following that 10am service we will share a BBQ lunch together!

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Spiritual Warfare

During the month of May, Recovery will be walking through the idea of “Spiritual Warfare” and what the Bible says we are called to as Christians in this journey.

On Thursday, May 4th, we will discuss our spiritual reality as a part of God’s larger story and we will culminate this series in a time of prayer and worship on May 25th.

Join us at 7pm on Thursday nights at at the University Campus and be encouraged and strengthened in this community of help, healing and hope. If you have any questions please email us at Recovery@summitlife.com.

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