Sunday, July 2nd

Hello Parents!

We hope you all are having a fantastic summer so far! Time is flying by and it has definitely been an active one here in the student ministry.  However, there is still so much more to come!!!  With the remaining weeks of summer, please take a moment and be still before the Lord in prayer.  Pray for the church and the student ministry, asking for the Spirit of God to continue to move during these weeks of summer.

Here are some things coming up that you should know about!


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Lori Bellar - 6th
Ron Nipper - 9th
Katie Beach - 10th
Angie Bush 15th

SUMMER PROGRAMMING: As summer is upon us and our student ministry wants to make sure you are aware of our adjusted summer programming for Wednesday night’s beginning June 7th. MIDDLE SCHOOL will be having theme nights at the church and HIGH SCHOOL will be having in home fellowships. Make sure your students don’t miss out on all the action going on Wednesday nights this summer! Please know that parents and small group leaders alike are more than welcome and encouraged to come and be a part of these times!

MIDDLE SCHOOL: On Wednesday nights from 6 to 8 pm we will have a blast playing games, hanging out, and learning about the attributes of God in a devotional time. Our midweek summer events are geared towards middle schoolers and their friends to provide a fun and exciting experience, centered on Jesus. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Chad Daugherty at (865) 748-6298.

Summer Schedule for Middle School:

  • June 28th (TONIGHT!!) | Wacky Tacky Prom Night: Come dressed up in your wackiest and tackiest prom outfit and see if you will be crowned tacky prom queen and king!
  • July 5th | Cavity Night: THERE WILL BE A CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN! Bring your favorite bag of candy to share! 
  • July 12th | Game Show Night: We will play some super fun and hilarious games!
  • July 19th | LEGO Batman Movie Night: We will be watching a movie in our own movie theater!

HIGH SCHOOL: We will be meeting at different houses throughout the summer. We will have food, fun, and fellowship! A different student/leader will share a devotional each week and we will even have worship for a few of the nights. We want to provide a minimally structured night where high school students can hang out, build relationships, and dig into the Word! If you have any questions, contact Pastor Luis Ruiz at (863) 899-4761.
Summer Schedule for High School:

  • June 28th (TONIGHT!!) | 2 INFINITY (FREE): In order to jump for free, YOU MUST REGISTER AT THE WELCOME DESK AND FILL OUT THE 2 INFINITY WAIVER by 6/21 (the week before we are out there). We will meet at 2 Infinity at 6:00pm sharp. We will jump for 2 hours!
  • July 5th | BEACH HOUSE: We will have food, Frisbee, football, and board games!
  • July 12th | MONTANEZ HOUSE: Full size basketball court, Frisbee, and corn hole! The address is 3602 Pinedale Drive, Lakeland, FL 33811
  • July 19th | ANTLEY HOUSE: There will be football, Frisbee, food, and board games. Feel free to bring a bathing suit and your own towel because there is also a pool. Guys, no speedos (because no one wants to see that). Girls, modest one piece.

We will be holding a summer Bible study Tuesday afternoons at 2pm here at the church.  We will be meeting in the student worship room 460 and we will go until 3:30pm.  Your students can join others as we open up and dig in to God’s Word.  Don’t miss out on this fun time of fellowship and spiritual growth!
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BIBLE STUDY: Sunday evenings 6/18 – 7/9 from 6:30 – 8pm. at the home of Katie Beach. 2618 High Ridge Dr Lakeland 33812: gate code: 1838 If you have any questions, Katie’s number is 817-368-9818


  • WHEN: July 8-15
  • MEETING: Sunday, July 2nd @ the Ruiz house! 5316 Ray Place, 33813 6-8pm!
  • 5th PAYMENT of $175 due July 2nd at the meeting.
  • INFO: contact us at

 VERTICAL STUDENT CAMP: July 23-28 in Odensville, Alabama!
The price for camp is $350 and your $50 non-refundable deposit is due at registration. Balances need to be paid in full by the July 16th Parent meeting.
Details and online registration can be found at
The non-refundable Registration deposit of $50 can be made online. Deposits and any other payments can be made by phone at 863-682-0163 ext 318 or at the Warehouse desk.


  • There is a new medical form that will need to be signed by all going to Vertical 2017.
  • As well if your student is senior and has turned 18 years old, they will need to fill out a new Mall Students waiver that is to be signed by them.

What an absolute blessing it is to be able to partner with you! You are loved deeply and appreciated. If you have any questions, we’re here for you!

Chad Daugherty | Middle School Pastor
(865) 748-6298
Colossians 1:28-29


Dear parents,
We are launching a new series focusing on the theme “No Regrets.” Each week, students are exploring Scripture for practical ways to move past their past.
In this first lesson, we will explore Philippians 3:12-21, where Paul recommends “forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” Before we can forget the past, we need to deal with it. We will look at asking for forgiveness, forgiving others, and learning from our past. All this helps us press on toward our goal of spending eternity with Jesus in heaven.
This week, find some time with your teenager—at the dinner table or in the car—to discuss this lesson further. Feel free to use these questions to get the conversation started:

  • How is forgiveness related to forgetting the past?
  • What’s in your past that you’d like to forget?
  • Whose past have you learned lessons from? How has this helped you?

Thanks for all your prayers for our students and our ministry. Have an amazing week!