A WORD FROM BRO. JOE
Hey Church Family,
While watching the news today, I was amazed at how ignorantly and flippantly people throw around the words liberty and freedom! It’s obvious they have no idea the price many Americans, throughout the past 244+ years, have paid for our freedom. They don’t have a clue what God’s Word says about the blessings and restraints He puts on genuine, joy-filled liberty in Christ. I find myself at times wanting to scream at the television, “Freedom does not give you the right to do everything you please; it gives you the liberty to do as you ought!” Frankly, I should never watch another minute of that kind of programming—it’s obviously not good for my blood-pressure—yet I feel responsible to know what’s going on in the world. Of course, whether or not any of us are getting a clear picture from the news media is definitely open for debate!
We’ve been studying the book of Philippians for the past four weeks and will continue for six more. In Philippians 4:8, Paul is directed by the Holy Spirit to write the following: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—mediate on these things.” Wow, following that command would pretty much eliminate 99% of a newscaster’s material, wouldn’t it?
Parents teach children about boundaries: moral, ethical, legal, courtesy, and safety boundaries. Boundaries are established because of man’s propensity to sin: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) Fortunately, the boundaries that surround what is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy are huge—seemingly limitless.
We can spend a lifetime pursuing things that are pleasing to God without running out of options. The danger is the heart: The heart wants to turn liberty into license. The heart says, “I’m free to do what I want!” But God says, “You’re free to do what I want.” And once we realize how big that freedom is, it’s hard to want anything more.
Don’t follow the world and confuse liberty in Christ with license for carnality. A lot of things are possible in life that are not edifying or wise (1 Corinthians 10:23). Our society is at war with itself! It’s a mess out there, in numerous locations, and it looks as though it might be visiting your/our neighborhood soon. Are you ready?
Every day it seems like I’m being asked the question, “What’s the world coming to?” What’s the world coming to? I’ll tell you. The world is coming to the day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord; to the Glory of God The Father! That’s what the world is coming to! And, you can bow now, or you will bow later. I pray Jesus is “Lord” of all who are reading this! I hope to see you this coming Sunday at 10AM.
Love always, Bro. Joe
Reminders for attending Sunday worship:
- We want to strongly advise those of you who have “symptoms” (fever over 100, cough or sore throat, shortness of breath, or have come into contact with anyone confirmed to have Covid 19 in the past 14 days) or are considered “at risk”, please stay home and live-stream;
- Those who don’t mind wearing masks, please do so (remember, masks protects others more than they protect you). Please be sensitive to those around you;
- As you enter the sanctuary you may pick up disposable communion elements and drop off your offering in the buckets;
- No gathering for refreshments in the Fellowship Hall;
- No community greeting time during the service;
- If you want to tithe online, the kiosk and ipad will be available;
- No persons coming to pray with those coming forward at the invitation time;
- Our pastors will not be at the exits when you’re leaving;
- Please dispose of communion elements in trash containers as you leave the sanctuary.
Here are the following ways you can join us online: Our church website: http://www.summitchurchkansas.com/media/. Our Services start at 10am. On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/summitchurchkansas. On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/summitchurchks. If you have any questions about live-streaming please email email@example.com.
Men2Men Breakfast: THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 8TH, 8:30-10:00 am, Fellowship Hall. Speaker will be Peter Abood.
ATTENTION WOMEN OF WORTH (WOW) LADIES: Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 12th, from 1:00-4:00 pm. WOW ladies will meet in the Fellowship Hall for a get-together.
Family Game Night: Friday, August 21st, 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a snack.
Wednesday Night Light Supper and Bible Study resumes Sept 9th.
Ladies Bible Study: Resuming September 10th at 9:30am. We will be studying Psalm 23 with Jennifer Rothschild. Books will be available.
Sunday Morning Refreshments and 2nd Sunday (food donations) resume Sept 13th.
UPCOMING BRANSON TRIP: Sign up by September 6th to go to Branson on October 8-10, 2020. You’ll be staying at the beautiful Grand Victorian, attending the Grand Jubilee and seeing “Noah” at Sight and Sound. If interested please contact Gary Crouse, 316-519-9042.
Resuming in the Fall: DivorceCare.
Honduras Mission Trip is postponed until April 2021.
Bible study classes at the church!
Sunday Mornings: 9:00-9:45:
Rm 103 David McMullin – “New Revelations in God’s Word”
Rm 105 Gary Crouse – “Jesus Calling”
Rm 106 Joan Hearne – “Authority of the Believer”
Rm 107 Keith Martin – “Book of John”
Kids Sunday School and Students Bible Study: 9:00-9:45.
Adult Worship and Summit Kids Church: 10:00-11:30
– “Online” Wednesday Night, 6:30-7:30 pm: Gary Crouse, “When God Speaks … I Am The Creator of All Things” Call him at 316-519-9042, firstname.lastname@example.org
– Keith Martin posts a new lesson from the study of John each week on his website and Facebook. The website and Facebook page are titled “The Master’s Class, Summit Church.” The link to the Master’s Class website is: http://www.maltym.podbean.com/. The link to the Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/themastersclass/?ref=bookmarks.
Kids Ministry is on the lookout for some extra hands! We are looking to find a few loving helpers for our preschool area as some of our regular volunteers are still unable to return to Summit Kids due to health conditions during the Corona Virus. If you would be willing to help us out on a temporary basis, just once a month … we would be so happy! Please contact Deb Henry at email@example.com if you would like to inquire!
“Like and follow” our Summit Kids on Facebook at Summit Kids ICT. Check out all the fun activities and outreaches we are involved in – you’ll be informed and blessed.
OFFERING AND TITHE: Can be given: (1) through our website, www.summitchurchkansas.com, (2) mailed to Summit Church, 10225 E. Kellogg Ave., Wichita, KS 67207, (3) dropped off in our “locked” mailbox slot, (4) dropped off at the church during “temporarily changed” office hours (Tu-Th 9-4pm), or (5) credit and debit cards can be called in to the finance office or call Phyllis Crouse direct at 316-734-8438. Our bank deposits are made once a week.
Have a prayer request? Our prayer warriors stand ready to pray for you. Call the church office, 316-676-3004, to have your request put on the prayer list.
Communion: We encourage you to participate in communion at home. If you don’t have the normal elements we use at church, any liquid (to represent His blood) and any piece of bread or cracker (to represent His body) will suffice.
CURRENT AND UPCOMING SERMON SERIES:
Pastor Joe and Pastor John: “Joyride”
Pastor Joe, “Fruit of the Spirit“, starting Sep 20th
Radio Outreach: “Summit’s Service” each Sunday, 10am on KNSS 1330 AM & 98.7 FM.
R E W A R D S: Thank you for your donations through the Dillon’s rewards program. For more info go to: www.dillons.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow, search Summit Church (QV127). For help call 620-669-3252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great Lord’s Day!
Summit Church, 10225 E. Kellogg Ave., Wichita, KS 67207