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Student Camp 2019

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This Summer we are excited to announce that we will be putting on our own Summer Camp from June 28th-July 2nd! We will be partnering with Riverside Church at Lake Swan Camp and Retreat Center in Melrose, Florida. We are so excited to dig deeper into God's Word together and talk about "Breaking Down Walls.” We can’t wait to see you all there! 

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Good Friday 2019

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This year, we will be holding a special, reflective Good Friday service at each one of our campuses at 7pm on April 19th. This will be a time of reflection, scripture reading, meditation and song, as we fix our attention on the death of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Childcare will be provided for pre-school aged children only. Older children are welcome to attend the service with their family.

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Sports Camp 2019

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REGISTRATION OPENS APRIL 1ST!


Our Summit Sports Camp is an excellent way for us to share the good news of Jesus Christ with kids both inside and outside of our church community. Feel free to invite friends!

TIMES & LOCATIONS:

WEEK 1:

June 3rd - 7th  |  9am-12:45pm
University Campus
19601 Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy
Fort Myers, FL 33913

WEEK 2:

June 10th - 14th  |  9am-12:45pm
Gateway Campus
12941 Express Court
Fort Myers, FL 33913

WHO:

For kids who will be entering grades K - 6th for 2019/2020 year. 

WHAT:

Each day consists of sports, large-group rallies, huddle groups and snacks. There are multiple sports to choose from and campers participate in one sport for the entire camp. 

COST:

$50 per child


CHOOSE YOUR WEEK!

BE SURE TO SIGN UP EARLY AS SPACE IS LIMITED!

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Easter Service Times

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With much joy and anticipation, we are looking forward to celebrating Easter with you on the weekend of April 20th and 21st. Below you find a list of service times for each of our campuses. As you make your Easter plans, consider inviting friends, family members, or co-workers to come with you. It’s our desire that every man, woman and child in SWFL have repeated opportunities to see, hear and respond to the good news that Jesus is alive!


SERVICE TIMES & LOCATIONS

*Note that these service times may differ from normal weekend services. If you are looking for regular weekend times, please visit here.

UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
19601 Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Good Friday Service (April 19th) at 7pm
Saturday (April 20th) at 6PM
Sunday (April 21st) at 8AM, 9:30AM, 11:15AM

GATEWAY CAMPUS
12941 Express Court, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Good Friday Service (April 19th) at 7pm
Sunday (April 21st) at 9AM and 11AM

NAPLES CAMPUS
BARRON COLLIER HIGH SCHOOL
5600 Cougar Dr, Naples, FL 34109
Good Friday Service (April 19th) at 7pm
Sunday (April 21st) at 10AM

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Human Trafficking Awareness Run

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Do you want to help in the fight against human trafficking?  

On Saturday, April 6th, Christy’s Cause will be hosting a 5K run/walk to raise funds and bring awareness to SWFL. Christy’s Cause, Inc. is an organization in Estero that is working to eradicate trafficking through education, public awareness, restoration projects, and justice initiatives. The more knowledgeable we become on the issues of trafficking, the more powerful we become in fighting against this evil, in Jesus’ name. Register to run or volunteer by clicking here.

When: Saturday, April 6th at 7:30am

Where: Living Waters Church - 22100 S. Tamiami Trail Estero, FL

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Xpansion Focus - Ireland

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God is moving in a mighty way in Irish Schools through the faithfulness of our Xpansion partners, Foundation in Christ Ministries. They have seen thousands of kids coming to faith in Christ through a character-based curriculum that allows them to share the gospel with children all throughout the Emerald Isle. As well as their primary focus of ministry in schools, they also have a counseling ministry with 3 full-time staff members. Ireland has one of the highest rates of mental health illness in Europe with some 18.5 per cent of the Irish population recorded as having a mental health disorder. 

Come pray for this move of God to continue and learn how you can help Foundation in Christ Ministries reach their goal of sharing the gospel with Every Child in Ireland. 

WHEN: Sunday evening, March 31st at 6pm

WHERE: University Campus

VISIT FOUNDATION IN CHRIST MINISTRIES

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2019 Mission Trips

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Are you interested in joining us in advancing God’s kingdom around the world in 2019? We would love to have you be a part of one of our short-term mission trip teams! We’ll have more trips available in the Fall, but here are the first two of the year!

To get all the details, email Xpansion@summitlife.com

TRIP 2 - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

July 13 – 20, 2019
Love Serves, International
Dominican Republic
Construction and Evangelistic Outreach

TRIP 1 - HAITI

May 24 – 31, 2019
Haiti Bible Mission
Jeremie, Haiti
Medical and Construction Trip



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Core Essentials

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Pray for our Summit Kids team! The last few weeks we’ve been teaching character education at a number of our School Partners, building stronger relationships with our educators and the faculty. Pray for increased gospel influence. Pray for strength and creativity as we continue to teach these children throughout the Winter/Spring semester!

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Worship Night

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All campuses are invited to join us for our next worship night on Sunday, February 24th at 6pm. It will be held at the University Campus and we’ll be joined by special guest, Nathan Jess. 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

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Our weekly Thursday morning gatherings are kicking back off on January 17th at 9:30am at our University Campus! We will be studying Melissa Kruger’s book, Contentment. Childcare is provided. Email Katie@summitlife.com with any questions.

Additionally, we are hosting a special day of teaching, food and fellowship at our Naples Multipurpose Facility on Saturday January 26th. This event begins at 9am and will feature author Billie Jauss as our guest speaker. For information, or to register visit this link.

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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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