Sunday, June 25th

Hello Parents!

It has been an active summer so far!! We started our summer programming, we had over 50 students volunteer for VBS, our Tuesday bible study at 2pm has been awesome, and we sent out a student team to Guatemala! There are so many opportunities that your student can be a part of this 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 Chad Daugherty (865) 748-6298.

Here is the Summer Schedule for Middle School:

  • June 21st (TONIGHT!!)| Life Size Game Night: Fun times playing classic games, only BIGGER!
  • June 28th | 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 Summer programming – 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 Luis Ruiz. CELL: (863) 899-4761

  • June 21st (TONIGHT!!) | MONTANEZ HOUSE: Full size basketball court, Frisbee, and corn hole! The address is 3602 Pinedale Drive, Lakeland, FL 33811
  • June 28th | 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

GUATEMALA STUDENT MISSION TRIP: Please keep our Guatemala student team in your prayers as they come back in a couple of days!
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!

Luis Ruiz | High School Pastor
Colossians 1:28-29


Dear parents,
We just finished our series focusing on four different questions Jesus asked in the Gospels. In this final lesson, we explored John 9:1-38, where Jesus healed a young man who was born blind. This miracle of Jesus actually created a measure of trouble for the young man as he was looked down upon by his friends, abandoned by his family, and kicked out of his religious community—all because his sight was restored!
The beautiful end of the story shows Jesus meeting him at a time of need and bringing things back into focus with an on-target question: “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” There’s a lot going on in this passage, but one truth is clear: Despite what’s happening in the lives of our students, Jesus wants to know if they believe in him.
This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around these questions:
•           What has Jesus given you a vision to do or to be?
•           Do you ever struggle with your identity as a follower of Jesus?
•           What are some similarities between physical blindness and spiritual blindness? What are some differences?
•           What can we do as a family to make sure we’re constantly answering the question about whether we believe in Jesus?
Thanks for all your continued prayers for our students and our ministry. Have a blessed week!