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March News

In “Love Incorruptible,” Pastor J.D. opens up Ephesians, a book that shows us how God’s eternal plans impact our darkest hours. The strength that we need to overcome opposition, obstacles, and spiritual oppression is found in the incorruptible love of God toward us … and the unchanging purposes of God for us. summitrdu.com/messages

Night of Worship and Prayer
Monday, March 20, 6:30-8 p.m., Brier Creek Campus
Join us as we start the Easter season and continue our Year of Disciple-making by focusing our hearts on prayer and worshiping as one church in one location. Childcare is available by RSVP only at summitrdu.com/nowp.

Small Groups
Around the Summit we say that discipleship happens in relationships. That’s why, during this Year of Disciple-making, it’s important that you’re in a small group! Find your group by filling out the Small Group Information Request at summitrdu.com/smallgroups, or talk with your campus pastor.

Addictions Intensive Seminars
Monday, March 6-Friday, March 10, 6:30-9 p.m.
Topics include: Substance Abuse, Codependency, Sexual Addiction, Betrayal of Sexual Sin, Gaining a Healthy Relationship with Food. Learn more and RSVP at summitrdu.com/addiction.

Young Pros Spring Retreat
March 31-April 2, New Bern, NC
Join other young professionals in their 20s to mid-30s as we get out of town for the weekend, grow in our relationship with Christ, and build community with each other! To learn more, go to summitrdu.com/ypretreat.

Financial Peace University
Wednesdays, March 1-April 26, North Raleigh Campus
Don’t let debt hinder your ability to be generous and ready to share (1 Timothy 6:17-19)! FPU teaches biblically-based principles for managing money so that you can take control of your finances and steward them for the kingdom. Find more information and sign up at summitrdu.com/fpu.

Stewardship Digest
The stewardship ministry has a bi-weekly digest designed to help you stay up-to-date on class offerings, articles, and resources. Subscribe today at summitrdu.com/stewardship

 

The Compassion Experience
March 17-20, Brier Creek and Blue Ridge Campuses
During this interactive tour, you will experience the daily life of a child in the developing world. You’ll also have the opportunity to help change the life of a child living in poverty through sponsorship. You can register for a tour time and sign up to volunteer at summitrdu.com/compassion.

Compassion Weekend
March 18-19, During all weekend services
We believe child sponsorship through Compassion International is one of the most strategic ways to end child poverty, particularly when it is integrated into a holistic approach to child development which is rooted in the gospel and implemented by the local church. Join us to learn more about how to sponsor a child through Compassion. Last year more than 450 new sponsors brought our total active sponsorships as a church to more than 850. This year we are praying for 750 new sponsors!

Orphan Care Coffee Nights
This is your chance to ask questions in a casual setting and meet others involved in foster care and adoption. For more information and to RSVP, go to summitrdu.com/coffeenights.

Parent Commissioning
April 1-2
During this event, we pray over parents and commit to partner with them as they build a gospel-centered home. Go to summitrdu.com/pc to register for required orientation during March at your campus. 

Purity Commitment Night
Friday, March 17, 6:30-8 p.m., Brier Creek Campus
At this worship celebration, our middle and high school students covenant with God, parents, and our student ministries team to see the beauty of Christ in such a way that it compels them to live a life of purity through him. To learn more, go to summitrdu.com/students.

Elevate Summer Camp
July 14-18, Ocoee Ridge, TN
Registration is now open! Visit summitrdu.com/summercamp to register.

GoNow Initiative for College Students
GoNow is a growing movement of Summit college students who are committing their summers, semesters, or two years after college to serve with one of our local, national, or international church plants. This summer we’re commissioning more than 200 students to leverage their lives for the gospel through GoNow.

Starting Point helps you connect to The Summit Church by providing information about membership, serving, small groups, and baptism, while answering any questions you may have. RSVP at summitrdu.com/startingpoint.

Upcoming Dates:
Alamance County Campus: March 12
Blue Ridge Campus: March 11, April 8
Brier Creek Campus: March 11, April 8
Cary Campus: March 12, April 9
Chapel Hill Campus: March 12, April 9
Downtown Durham Campus: March 13, April 10
North Durham Campus: March 12, April 9
North Raleigh Campus: March 11, April 8

Nick and Emilee first heard about Compassion in 2013 during a weekend service at the Summit. At the time, they had three sons under 4 and thought that sponsoring a child would be a practical way for their children to engage in global missions. They chose a 4-year-old boy from El Salvador closest in age to their oldest child and loved that the gospel was being shared with the children at the Compassion student center. As a family, they began writing letters and sending pictures and, when a letter would come in the mail from their sponsored child, they would read and talk about it together.

Last year, Nick and Emilee started sponsoring another boy who is close in age to their second oldest. With the hopes that they might one day be able to visit El Salvador, they purposefully picked a location close to their other sponsored child to make seeing both boys more feasible. All of Nick and Emilee’s kids have become more intentional in this ministry by coloring pictures, making crafts, and sending notes to the boys. Pictures of their sponsored children hang in their home; their names come up in conversation as though they are family. They even have their own popsicle stick added to the family’s “prayer jar.”

The natural next step seemed to be to meet their sponsored children in person, so Nick and Emilee decided that instead of going on a typical vacation this year, they would take their now-family of seven to El Salvador to meet the boys the first week of March. As part of a visit coordinated with the Compassion staff, the family will have the opportunity to be immersed in the boys’ culture and really see how they live on a daily basis. It also allows them to build on the relationships they have with the boys by meeting their families, hugging them, playing with them, visiting their student center, and praying with them.

Nick and Emilee have been learning the past few years that it isn’t about them or what they can do for their sponsored children. It’s about how God can work in and through their obedience in the small steps to draw others to himself. They are excited to see how this trip impacts their family’s perspective and know that through Compassion, their children are witnessing a tangible example of the gospel and how eternally life changing it can be.

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