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Christmas Eve

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On Christmas Eve, December 24th, we will be having services at at all of our campuses and we would love to have you join us!

UNIVERSITY - Service times: 4pm & 5:45pm (Childcare for pre-school kids at the 4pm service)

NAPLES - Service time: 5pm (Childcare for pre-school kids only)

GATEWAY - Service time: 5pm (Family service, no childcare)

If you’re interested in volunteering with Summit Kids or on our Host Team, please let your ministry leader know.

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Year End 2018

As we approach the end of the year we want to be intentional in the ways that we reflect back and consider all that the Lord has done in our midst.  And we want to be purposeful in our thanksgiving to God for all those wondrous things that He has done in and through our church. 

We have much to thank the Lord for and much to rejoice over! As we come to the close of this year, the Elders of Summit Church really desire your prayers in seeking the Lord’s grace to allow us to finish 2018 strong, granting us the ability to be postured well in 2019.  

The passage of Scripture that the Lord has been using to shape our thoughts regarding the end of 2018 and beginning of next year is Psalm 67:1-2.  The NIV states it this way:

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us— so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.” 

The psalmist is not shy in asking for God to bless them bountifully and why should he be? Our God is a good, good Father who delights in giving good things to His children. We want to imitate this prayerful posture. As we do so, it’s vital to observe that the heart in such a prayer is not for selfish gain or private ambition, it’s for a greater purpose beyond our own well-being. 

The psalmist asks for God’s blessing and favor so that he in turn would take that which God would entrust to him to be used for God’s gospel purposes.  And that’s our aim as well as we push towards the end of this year…“That Your Ways May Be Known”.

Our desire to finish out the budget year strongly is so that we can continue to do what we have  always sought to do - extend the mission of God way beyond the walls of our buildings for the sake of the gospel and for the glory of God. Would you join us in prayer, in participation and in expectancy that the Lord would hear our prayers, receive our offering and use it in such a fashion that His ways may be known? Thank you for your partnership in the gospel!

Orlando Cabrera & The Elders


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Peace on Earth - Advent 2018

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It’s no secret that we live in tumultuous times. But as Christ followers, we know the promise of peace is ours; peace with God, peace with others, peace no matter our circumstances. Peace on Earth, here and now. This Advent, we’ll consider what it means to have peace because of Christ and to be Spirit-empowered peace-makers.


Join us at one of our Christmas Eve Services on December 24th. Here are the details.

UNIVERSITY - Service times: 4pm & 5:45pm (Childcare for pre-school kids at the 4pm service)
NAPLES - Service time: 5pm (Childcare for pre-school kids only)
GATEWAY - Service time: 5pm (Family service, no childcare)

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Christmas Outreach 2018

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Through our school partnerships, we have the opportunity to extend our Gospel influence into our Circle of Accountability (COA) as we reach out to help families in need this Christmas season. There are several different ways you can help! First, you can provide Christmas gifts for needy children in our community by visiting the Christmas tree at your campus.

Secondly, you can volunteer on Thursday, December 13th to welcome and serve families as they pick up their gifts. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please email your campus contact:

University - Linda Ford at linda@summitlife.com

Gateway - Bethany McCleaf at bethany@summitlife.com

Naples - Wendy Caudill at wendy@summitlife.com


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Women's Gathering in Naples

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Join us on Saturday, November 17th from 9:00am-4:00pm for a day of teaching, food and fellowship. Billie Jauss, a member of our Summit family and author of Making Room: Doing Less So God Can Do More will be our speaker for the day. The cost will be $20 and will include Billie's book and food for the day. You may pay at church and receive your book ahead of time or you may pay at the door on November 17th. For questions or more information, email Jenny Lundquist at jenniferlundquist96@gmail.com.


WHEN: Saturday, November 17th at 9am

WHERE: Summit Church Naples Multipurpose Facility

2575 Northbrooke Plaza Drive
Suite 300
Naples, FL 34119

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

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From OPEN DOORS:

Each year, for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), Christians throughout the free world band together in solidarity with believers who live out their faith in the face of harassment, attacks, false imprisonment and even death.

This year, we stand together in lifting up those who follow Jesus in North Korea, the country that has ranked #1 on the Open Doors World Watch List for 17 consecutive years indicating that it is the most difficult place in the world to be a Christian.

Pray with us for our brothers and sisters in Christ who face persecution for their faith in their every day lives.

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Orphan Sunday

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On November 11th, the Church will be recognizing Orphan Sunday.  It is a day that churches all around the world take time to pray for vulnerable children.  Here at Summit, we spend time each year on Orphan Sunday acknowledging the plight of the orphan and praying for children who are marginalized and in dire situations.  We do this both in the weekend services and in a Sunday evening worship service.  

We, as the church, have the privilege of being entrusted with the call to care.  Not only does this call allow us as believers to step out and grow in faith, but it also puts the gospel on display for a world that is desperate to see true hope and love.  Because of the extravagant way that the Lord has loved us, we are compelled to care and we are sustained as we respond.   

As the church, it’s important for us to be aware of and engage with the need.  Here are just a few numbers to give you an idea of our current situation: 

Globally

• 140 million children estimated to be orphans

 In the United States

• There are approximately 427,910 children in foster care

• There are 111,820 children in foster care waiting to be adopted.

• The average age of a child waiting to be adopted is 7 years, 6 months.

• Every year more than 20,000 children age out of foster care, without families.

In Florida

• There are 24,390 children in foster care.

• About 791 of these children are available for adoption.

In Southwest Florida

• There are 569 children in foster care just in Lee and Collier counties.

• Because of the lack of court appointed volunteers who represent the best interest of the child (Guardian ad Litems), only 63% of the children in the system in SWFL have this very necessary aspect of care.

 

Number of caring adults it takes to make a life-long difference for a child - 1

 

These many needs provide the Church with an amazing opportunity to step into difficult and hopeless situations and bring the light of Christ.  At Summit, we partner with some great ministries that are actively engaged in helping to relieve the suffering of vulnerable children.  Several of our partners will be with us at each of the weekend services, as well at the evening Every Child Initiative Worship service.  They will be sharing about opportunities to get involved and answering questions. We hope to see you there.

November 11, 2018, 6-8pm at our University Campus

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Things to pray for:

Orphans in impoverished countries

Orphans whose births are unrecorded and therefore remain uncounted

Children who have been forced into militias

Children who are victims of human trafficking- globally, domestically, and locally

Children who are in the foster system

Children who are waiting in orphanages

Children who are unborn and face an uncertain future

Children who are forced into child labor

Ministries who are on the front lines of orphan care

Individuals and families who care for the vulnerable

For more about the Every Child Initiative at Summit, visit us at www.everychildswfl.com 

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Volunteer Appreciation Night

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Hey Volunteers, we are incredibly grateful for your faithful service to this body every week! We would love to celebrate you with a fun night of games, dinner, and prizes! This year's theme is the hit game show, "Let's Make a Deal." Please watch this clip if you're not familiar with the show: https://youtu.be/t3y1Y57iKwA

If you'd like to participate for a chance to win prizes, you must show up in costume (luckily this event is only two days after Halloween). Childcare (5th grade and below) and dinner from Mission BBQ will be provided for you and your spouse. Please RSVP and let us know if you're coming!

Can't wait to see you there!

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Worship Night - Naples Campus

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All campuses are invited to come join us for our next worship night on Sunday, October 7th at 6:00pm hosted at the Naples Multipurpose Facility located at:

2575 Northbrooke Plaza Drive
Bldg. 300
Naples, FL 34119.

We'll worship God, celebrate his faithfulness and pray for greater gospel impact in our communities! Childcare is provided for infants.

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Women's Ministry Fall Semester

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This week (September 17th-21st) we’re launching Women’s Ministry studies! If you’re interested in being a part, you’ll find the information below!

UNIVERSITY CAMPUS (open to everyone)
Join us beginning Thursday, September 20th as we launch a study based on Titus 2 written by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth entitled Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together. We’ll meet each Thursday morning this semester from 9:30am-11:30am. Women from all campuses are welcome. Childcare and breakfast are included.


NAPLES CAMPUS
We are offering several different options for women to gather and grow in their Intimacy with God. If you are looking for information on what studies are offered and when, please contact Wendy@summitlife.com

TO JOIN US FOR ONE OF OUR MONTHLY EVENING GATHERINGS, CLICK HERE.

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Community Groups

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Living in community isn’t something we do; it’s something that is meant to be central to the very essence of who are. To know and be known. After all, as Christ’s people, he made us alive together!

Even a quick glimpse at the early church reveals the ‘togetherness’ of God’s people as the Holy Spirit stirs an explosion of praise and worship, feasting, word-centered teaching, radical generosity and missional living! Holistic discipleship to Jesus is happening within this Spirit-filled community.

Likewise at Summit, a primary place we live out our discipleship to Jesus is in the context of our gospel-centered Community Groups. It’s here we grow in Christ as we demonstrate our 5 discipleship outcomes and express our love and care for one another!

Community Groups are open to all, team-led, word-based and focused on our values; with everything geared toward multiplying disciples and seeing the gospel saturate our communities!

To be a part of a Community Group, simply stop by the Connection Center at your campus and pick up a list of Groups in your area, or, you can email your campus contact.

UNIVERSITY CAMPUS - Ashlyn@summitlife.com
NAPLES CAMPUS - Wendy@summitlife.com
GATEWAY CAMPUS - Bethany@summitlife.com


Acts 2 / Colossians 3:12-17 / Ephesians 2:4-10 / Galatians 5:22-25 / Colossians 2:6-7

Our Discipleship Outcomes
Intimacy with God / Fruit of the Spirit / Stewardship of Life / Personal Mission / Grace Story

Our Distinctive Values
God-Glorifying / Gospel-Centered / Missionally-Driven / Disciple-Making

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Jesus is Better

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Originally written to recent converts to Christianity from Judaism, the book of Hebrews is a written sermon that reminds its readers that Jesus is the fulfillment of the old covenant and the new and better way. Today, this message still rings true. Even though we are often tempted to look elsewhere for satisfaction, worth, or fulfillment, we hear the writer of Hebrews remind us, “Jesus is better.”

We're excited to see how God uses this series to shape us as we study the book of Hebrews this Fall!

Here's a helpful video for understanding the overarching themes that are found in Hebrews!

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Serve Our Schools

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SERVE OUR SCHOOLS

Each year, we have the God-given opportunity to serve the schools and students within our Circles of Accountability (COA) by providing uniforms, backpacks and school supplies.  Please join us in multiplying our gospel influence as we tangibly represent the love of Christ to our partner schools and the students in our communities. Not only does this simple act of love imitate Christ's generosity, but it also provides us with opportunities to proclaim the message of the gospel through a variety of ways as we build relationships with the administrations and teachers.

To participate, simple pick up a supply list from the table at your campus this weekend! Thank you!

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Sports Camp Week 2 Photo Gallery

Tons of fun teaching kids about Jesus! A huge thank you to all of our volunteers!

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Sports Camp Week 1 Photo Gallery

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Sports Camp Week 1 Photo Gallery

We had such a great Week 1 of Sports Camp, declaring the good news of Jesus to 400 campers! A huge thank you to our coaches and volunteers! We can't do it without you. 

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Summer Series

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Summer Series

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SUMMER SERIES - LOVE ONE ANOTHER

What distinguishes Christian community from other relationships? The way we love, encourage and care for each other is a reflection of the way that Jesus ministers to us. In our Summer series, Love One Another, we’ll look to the words of Scripture, and ask the Lord to strengthen our community as He empowers us to love one another, and reflect His love to a watching world.

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Sports Camp Volunteers

Wow! Our 2018 Sports Camps filled up fast! And now we need your help in teaching these kids about the love of Jesus!

Want to volunteer with us to make a difference in a child's life this summer? We need coaches, coordinators, small group leaders and more!

Find out how you can help by visiting one of our registration sites!

 

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