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Clear From the Beginning

When Kathryn and her husband decided to make Summit their church home, they knew it would be all or nothing. This was going to be their community, their family, or they weren’t going to be here at all. The path to finding that was clear to Kathryn from the beginning; she wanted to serve, and she wanted to serve with students.

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Never Meant To Be Private

I was following Jesus and I knew it and the people close to me knew it and anyone who asked me could know it, too. But that gnawing feeling, the voice in the back of my head that kept getting louder, the obvious pull toward baptism… Those things didn’t go away. 

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For What God Had Already Done

Waiting on the bus for my first trip to Surge at Southwind, I had no idea what to expect. My excitement and anticipation for the weekend was shared by many of the 6th grade students I lead, some who had never spent more than one night away from home. One of those first-timers took a seat next to me, neither of us knowing how great of an impact the weekend would have on each of our lives.

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Planting My Feet

A commitment is an investment. It's a promise. It's a lot of really big and really beautiful words. It's saying "Hey, I know you're not perfect, but I see something really good in you, and I'm choosing to get behind that—to love it, to pursue it and to fight for it.”

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StoriesLexi CiullaVision
Taking Ownership

The country of Malawi is not one that crosses headlines often in the United States. Nor is it one that typically arises in conversation. In fact, when it does, it’s often alongside statistics citing low levels of development, high levels of corruption, or the prevalence of HIV/AIDS. And while I certainly won’t deny the existence of these things, with great enthusiasm I can say that is not the entire story of Malawi.

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For Any Her

When I first heard the news this summer that Summit was going to be offering a speaker series specifically for women, I got excited. And then I became very curious. “For Her” is the third speaker series that Summit has offered in the last year or so, but this one felt unique to me in that the targeted audience was pretty broad and I suspected pretty diverse. The title said it all...it was simply for her. Any her. Me her. You her. Anyone who could be the answer to the question, “Her?”

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StoriesReagan Perkins
Opening The Doors

Starting (or joining) a Connect group can be awkward at first. You are thrown into a room with people you may not know, people who may be very different from you. But if you commit to sticking with it, I believe God will bless you in ways you can’t even imagine. 

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God's Plan For Marriage

My wife and I had read many, many books and articles on the subject of child-rearing. We had talked to our own parents, and other seasoned parents, because after all, this is a life in our hands that we had total responsibility for! We took it seriously. Her health and well-being depended on it, and though I would definitely say we had no clue what we were in for, I can say we were better prepared for parenting our kids than we were for the sacred covenant we entered into just five years prior.

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Brought Together

It’s not at all a secret that growing up is rough. If you’ve already managed to survive your teenage years, you know that it’s a chunk of your life that was challenging, awkward, and at times just flat out brutal. And unfortunately you probably have the pictures of you and your frosted tips to prove it.

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Far From Done

About a year ago, one week before the carpets were laid in the Lake Mary Campus’ building, the congregation joined together to praise God for where he had brought them, to look toward to what they hoped he would do in the future, and to leave a meaningful mark on their campus.

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To Take Part In

Sitting on the floor in a circle, holding coffee cups and wearing their volunteer shirts, the elementary small group leaders at our Waterford 11 a.m. service had gathered for their weekly team meeting. I casually made a suggestion that was met with great enthusiasm— a goodbye book for the Rapp family. As we discussed the details that morning, Ezekiel Rapp came bounding into the room, early as usual and too excited to wait. He tapped the shoulders of Ms. Sierra, his special-needs-buddy, and his small group leaders. He was eager to play.

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In An Unexpected Place

Shortly after the You are Here Singles Seminar a few months ago, Teaching Minister Zach Van Dyke approached me and told me he and his wife Kelly had an idea for a singles group they wanted me to be a part of. I was excited that my pastor and my friends were starting something like this, but wasn't initially convinced that it would be a place I would stick around in for a while. 

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In Communion With

This past year, my family struggled to be committed to our Connect group. We were trying to sell our house, with a new baby, a 3-year-old, and a kindergartener who often took our entire family out with sickness. We had unexpected work meetings, out of town guests, and an 8U softball schedule that plagued our presence on any given week..

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The Road To Zamboria: So Much More Than Sides

When I sat down with with two of the creative team members of The Road to Zamboria musical, there was something in their demeanors that stood out to me. Co-director, Darling Heldt, and co-writer, Michael Murray, were understandably excited about the new musical and it’s return to the Fringe Festival. But what made an impression on me was how truly thoughtful and intentional they both were.

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StoriesKari Freeman
The Road To Zamboria: An Ongoing Story

“Why are there signs up promoting The Fringe?” I overhead the question asked somewhat urgently the first Sunday that Summit’s production of The Road to Zamboria had audition posters hanging up around the church. From the same team that produced the largely successful The Prodigal Musical last year, comes this tale based on the Biblical parable of “The Good Samaritan”, the signs announced.

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Team Summer: Even Further

Summit has been my church home since 2012. After about a year of regularly attending service, I began to feel the pull to dig in, connect, and serve. Just before the summer season, at the beginning of a service, Deanna McLellan came on stage and spoke about how they would love to welcome new volunteers for Team Summer. I turned to my husband Dan and said “I want to do that!”.

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Anticipating What's To Come

niceSERVE is one of my favorite things to do as a part of Summit— I love having a chance to serve the local community with our whole church. Since Summit is such a large church, meeting at multiple locations at multiple times across Orlando, this is such a great opportunity for all who call Summit our church home to come together at our campuses and serve our communities!

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