Weekly Newsletter: Magnifying God by Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Preparing for Sunday | 
Romans 11:33-36

Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of your time in the Word.

Our schedule for Sunday can be seen below as we anticipate our time together in celebration of God's grace to Summit Woods over these past 25 years:

  • 8:30 am - Gathering: Thanking God for the Past
  • 9:45 am - Fellowship breakfast
  • 10:30 am - Gathering: Praise for the Present
  • 12:15 - Lunch - Kevin Hocker Memorial BBQ
  • 1:30 pm - Gathering: Confidence for the Future

The Latest News section of the Summit Woods website is the place to find our Preparing for Sunday posts. It is also a great resource for articles, baptism videos, important updates for members, and many other resources.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Amidst the mass of information swarming around us, take some initiative to think on things that will let your heart rest in Christ: Think on These Things - February 22, 2022

Financial Need and Online Giving

If you have need, please communicate that need to us directly, or if you become aware of a need by one of our members, please use the online form for making needs known. We will do our best to assess the best solution, including wise use of our benevolence fund.

Also, our website has more information for those who are interested in using an online option for their regular contributions to SWBC or for benevolent needs. If you are giving by check, please use an envelope (provided in back of pew) to help us in satisfying IRS records requirements. 

We, at Summit Woods Baptist Church, seek to spread the Gospel to all people, and find great conviction in the need to represent Christ as His ambassador at all times. Below you'll find updates regarding our partnerships with ministries that are devoted to gospel-driven local churches, gospel-driven service, and gospel-driven results.

Monthly Prayer Guide for Central Asia

Follow the link to a monthly prayer guide from the IMB. Or check out the specific prayer points for Central Asia here.

The Wednesday Night Meal Ministry is a support to the many other ministries conducted on Wednesday evenings. Our desire is to serve those who attend the Wednesday night activities, with a quality meal, and provide an atmosphere of joyful service and fellowship.

  • The meal is served from 5:00-6:00pm in the fellowship hall.
  • We ask that families and individuals register for a meal. If you haven't dined with us in the past, please call the church office by Monday, at noon, to make a reservation.

Menu - March 8

  • Breakfast Casserole
  • Biscuits and Gravy
  • Salad
  • Dessert

**Children up to 3 years of age are free. There is a charge of $2.00 per child ages 4-12, and those 13 through adult are charged $4.00 per person. A $15.00 maximum is charged for any family. Additional guests will be charged accordingly.

The Wednesday Night Meal Team looks forward to serving you!

Visit our website to meet the newest Summit Woods members. 

Third Annual Family Float Trip

Departure Date Sunday, July 16

Floating down the Niangua River on Monday. Some return home that evening, others stay until Tuesday.

More details to follow.

Hosted by Brown/House Growth Group. Any questions, please contact Brenda Bowers.

It’s a great time of fun, fellowship, singing and devotions and a great way to develop friendships with your church family! We’d love to have you join us!!!
  • Pray for Mark Gray with his active myeloma. He is currently on weekly chemo treatment through Aug 2023. He will be pursuing additional treatments in the near future. With Mark’s immune system compromised, he and Ann will be physically distancing, so seek ways to tangibly and intangibly encourage and care for them. Their trust is fully in the Lord and His sovereignty, praise God. Please pray for healing, being a positive witness for Christ to those they encounter along the way, and to glorify our sovereign God. 
  • Continue to pray for Stanton Gragg.  He is currently on hospice at home. He has asked for prayer specifically that his hope continues to remain strong in the Lord and the power of His might – and for his wife, Robyn, that strength is poured upon her as she continues to faithfully care for him. 
  • Pray for Babe and Lowene Darnell. They both are experiencing health issues that have kept them from attending regularly. Pray for endurance during this time, for healing, and they would be able to return to the fellowship (they very much desire this!
  • Dottie Roberts is currently unable to fellowship with our body due to covid concerns.  Please continue reaching out to her. Dottie faithfully watches our morning gathering online and seeks to keep up with the prayer requests within our of body.
  • Pray for Otis and Ann Sisson. Ann is experiencing dementia and Otis is caring for her.  Pray for endurance for both of them in this trial.  
  • Lori Roberts' mother was diagnosed with cancer in March 2022.  She had various procedures over the last year. Recently her mother’s health has declined quicker than anticipated. Her mom is currently hospice at home. Lori trusts in God and in His timing and is praying her mom does not suffer.  Continue to pray for them and reach out to Lori to encourage her.
  • Pray for the workers in South Asia as they bring the gospel to the unreached areas surrounding them.
  • Pray for the workers in Central Asia in their work in building up the church.

In general, it will not be our policy to cancel our Sunday Morning Gathering at 10:30 am. Equipping Class and Sunday School, which depend on a greater number of volunteers, may be cancelled. The decision to cancel Equipping classes or Sunday school (or the main service, in the case of truly dangerous weather conditions) will be made by 6:00 AM on Sunday morning.

Cancellations or revisions to the schedule will be communicated via email, Remind text messaging, facebook, twitter, and the website. Please check these sources prior to traveling.

Please use caution when making a decision to travel in inclement weather.

If you need to request meals for yourself or someone else in the body in need, please email the team.

For more information on how to be involved in the Meal Ministry and to register to volunteer; see our website.

Remind is a helpful way for us to communicate more effectively and efficiently with our members!  Click HERE for instructions to register and receive text message reminders regarding winter weather changes, event changes, or ministry cancellations.  If you don't have text messaging, you can also sign up to receive the same reminders via email.

Ministry Opportunities

Please pray for and consider serving others in the following areas of local outreach and ministry:

Collegiate Impact: Bible studies and evangelism via a network of gospel-centered, disciple-making college ministries reaching students on campuses in Kansas City. Contact Drew Engle for more info.

Lee’s Summit Medical Center:  Serve as a volunteer. Contact Bret Capranica or Stephen Satterfield (Chaplain and Volunteer Coordinator at Lee’s Summit Medical Center) for more information.

Addington Place: Weekly Bible study and services at this senior care facility. Contact Charlie Brown for more information.

Solstice Senior Living:  Weekly Sunday service from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Service includes singing and a short devotional followed by conversation at this senior care facility. Contact Bret Capranica for more information and to become involved.

Capitol Commission:  A discipleship and evangelistic ministry to state legislators and staff. Contact John Battaglia. For more information visit

Central Baptist Church:  A sister church in Kansas City pastored by Samuel Nelson (sent out from SWBC). Contact Samuel at (816) 446-4614 for ways to pray and serve.

Eleos Coffee House:  A local outreach to Kansas City. Contact Dan Smith at  For more information visit

City Union Mission:  Willingness to share the gospel at the Community Assistance Center. Contact Bret Capranica for more information.

Resource Health:  Pregnancy resource center (formerly Rachel House). Contact the office for more information and to volunteer.

Princeton Senior Living: An assisted and independent living center bible study on Tuesdays at 1:30pm. Contact Brad Babcock for more info. 


Calendar of Events
March 5 - 25th Anniversary
March 24-26 - SWBC Weekender
March 29 - No Wednesday Evening Activities
April 7 - Good Friday Gathering, 7:00 pm
April 9 - Resurrection Sunday
June 4 - Church-wide Picnic


Each Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm, we will spend extended time in group discussion, prayer, sharing testimonies, and fellowship in smaller mens and women's groups. Our current study is discussing a chapter a week of Rosaria Butterfield's book, The Gospel Comes with a House Key. We encourage you to track down your own copy if you desire to participate.

Men of the Word:
Developing men to know and live according to God's Word. Join Bret Capranica Tuesday mornings from 6:00 to 7:30 am at SWBC as he works through Essential Christian Doctrine: A Handbook on Biblical Truth by John MacArthur. For more info visit our website.

2022 Year-end financial giving statements are available to print through inFellowship. You can find more information about this online resource on our website. Printed statements are also available by contacting the office.

2023 Financial Update

Weekly Offering (Feb 26)
     $ 18,348.00
Weekly Budget Needs
     $ 18,966.00
YTD Received
     $ 155,142.00
YTD Budget (wk 8)
     $ 172,694.00

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