Weekly Newsletter: Magnifying God by Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Preparing for Sunday | 
Titus 3:1-7

Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of your time in the Word.
Reminder, we will gather for our evening gathering at 5:00 pm this Sunday. Next Sunday will be our Growth Group gatherings.

Make plans to celebrate our 25th Anniversary on Sunday, March 5, 2023. More details will be announced soon as we anticipate a great day together!

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 - January 25, 2022

25th Anniversary Cookbook

Hello church family! This coming spring, SWBC will celebrate 25 years of ministry. To commemorate this occasion, we are going to create a church cookbook. Imagine all of our favorite recipes in ONE spot!

You can submit each recipe HERE, or you can grab a paper form to fill out from any of the following ladies: Angie Dubbert, Rachel Stouffer, Ann Gray, or Raylene Tormanen. There will be a beautifully decorated basket in the foyer to collect the paper forms in the weeks to come.

Remember, recipes CANNOT be copyrighted, so any online or other cookbook recipes you love in addition to your family recipes CAN and should be included.

Let any of the ladies listed above know if you have any questions! We will be collecting recipes until mid-February. So please submit all of your favorites! Please read the instructions carefully so we don’t have any formatting issues when we publish.

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.

9Marks Conference at Midwestern is a 2-day conference focused on the topic of Evangelism. Speakers include Jason Allen, Mark Dever, Brian McKanna, Zach Schlegel, Geoff Chang, Mack Stiles, and Brad Wheeler. For more information see their website.

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 - February 8

  • Pasta with meat sauce
  • Mixed vegetables
  • Green salad
  • Garlic bread
  • 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!!!
  • Congratulations to Josiah & Hannah Wharton who welcomed the birth of their newest, Titus. Mom and baby are doing well, praise God.
  • 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. 
  • Pray for Stanton Gragg who has another surgery coming up on February 6 to, Lord willing, reveal the cause to the issues he is experiencing. He asks 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 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.   
  • Katelyn Sundin’s brother and his family were in a bad car crash this week while traveling. Her brother is currently hospitalized. Pray for his healing and for his family in this challenging time – and for Katelyn as she looks to serve them all to the glory of God.
  • Lori Roberts' mother was diagnosed with cancer in March 2022.  She had various procedures over last year.  The tumor has now recurred for the third time.  She will attempt palliative chemo and radiation, though, sadly, it is expected she will only have a few months to live. Lori’s father is recovering recent heart attack and still is weak. Continue to pray for them all to trust the Lord through these trials.
  • 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:

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
February 5 - Evening Gathering
February 11 - Membership Matters
February 11 - GSM Chili Bowl 

February 16-18 - SWW Winter Conference
February 24-26 - GSM DNOW

March 5 - 25th Anniversary

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. Join us for a great time of encouraging fellowship each week. We are using the book, On Worship by H. B. Charles Jr. to guide our discussion. We encourage you to track down your own copy if you desire to participate. **We will resume January 4th.

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 (Jan 29)
     $ 10,711.00
Weekly Budget Needs
     $ 18,966.00
YTD Received
     $ 72,783.00
YTD Budget (wk 4)
     $ 96,830.00

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