Thoughts From Today

Happy Sunday!

What a great day at The Tree!

Thank you all who made today happen.  You are true servants for Jesus!

I wanted to share a revelation Steven Furtick brought out in a message recently from Elevation Church.  From The Message, John 2:1-11

waterintowineFrom Water to Wine

Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus and his disciples were guests also. When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, “They’re just about out of wine.”  Jesus said, “Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn’t my time. Don’t push me.” She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.”

Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim. “Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did.

When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!”

This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

This was the first miracle that Jesus performed.  The servants saw the miracle.  The guests at the wedding had no clue what had just happened.

When you serve … you get to see the miracles!

Thank you for your heart to serve … may you see the miracles of Jesus in and through your life!

State of The Volunteers

Volunteers ROCK at The Tree!











Volunteer Base Growth                                                            

  • April 1, 2009 –– 42
  • August 30, 2009 –– 118

Our Volunteer Opportunities include:

Guest Services

  • Greeting Team
  • Information Center Team
  • Usher Team
  • Parking Team – New to The Tree
  • Hospitality Team
  • Facility Cleaning Crew – New to The Tree

Secretarial and Office Team

  • Office Team – New to The Tree

Tree House Children’s Ministry

  • Tree House Nursery
  • Tree House Preschool
  • Tree House Kids
  • Tree House Greeters – New to The Tree                     

Straight Up Youth Ministry

  • Youth Leaders
  • Momentum Drama Team
  • Youth Worship Band

Missions and Outreach

  • Mission Team
  • Food Bank Ministry Team
  • Weekday Care Team
  • Card Care Team
  • Handyman Team – New to The Tree

Small Groups

  • Small Group Leader

Audio and Video Ministry

  • IT Team
  • Web Design & Development Team
  • Media Team

Prayer Ministry

  • Weekday Prayer Team
  • RPM Team
  • Prayer Volunteers for Website

Music Ministry

  • Praise Team

LIVING STONES – TLC Volunteers are building God’s Church here in Naples, one life at a time!

  • Michele Cole
  • Elayne Janku
  • John McDonough
  • Davin DeLong
  • Keith Crandell


Circle of Life

Circle of Life

Action Steps

Examine Your Relationship With Jesus

Do you know Jesus Christ in a personal way?  Is he your Lord and Savior?  If you have questions regarding this, please talk to one of the Pastors.

Attend a Newcomers Reception                                 

Meet Pastor Andrew and the staff. Hear the vision of The Tree

Fill Out a Ministry Interest Card

You will receive a call to discuss your interests, gifts and talents.  You will be plugged into a ministry opportunity that fits YOU!  “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)  If we are to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, walk His way, we need to have hearts to serve others.  There are numerous ministry opportunities listed in this handout. Check one out today!

Join a Small Group

Enjoy friendship and fellowship while connecting with others and to God. We have many small groups available here at The Tree.  Joining a small group may be the blessing you have been missing. Visit the Information Center for details.

Attend a Life Foundations Class – Connecting to the root or source   

8 week Bible study to learn the foundation of the Word.  Topics include:  The Bible, Believe  it or Not!, Who is Jesus?, Did Jesus have a Purpose in Coming?, Can God Accept Me?, How Can I Be Forgiven?, Gaining Eternal Assurance, Who, The Holy Spirit?, Knowing Your Enemy, Digging into the Bible, Communicating with God, Wisdom … What is it and How do We get it?, Pursuing Intimacy with God. Visit the Information Center for details.

Attend a S.H.A.P.E. Seminar

This seminar is two 2-hour sessions that will help you identify your spiritual gifts, your heart (passions), your abilities, your personality and your experiences. It will help to enable you to be more productive and purposeful with your life. Visit the Information Center for details.

Mentor Others

Once you have completed the Circle of Life, it’s time for you to be a mentor to others.  In The Gospel of Mark, Jesus tells us, “Therefore go and make  disciples of all nations.”  Help others complete the Circle of Life.


Where Are You  In Your Circle?

VBS 2009 – Crocodile Dock!



Vacation Bible School was held at The Tree, August 3-7, 2009.  This year’s theme was Crocodile Dock, Where Fearless Kids Shine God’s Light!






We had about 55-60 kids each night and 45-50 helpers. It was a full house!





There were water games!

























And Fun!!!








Thank you to all who made VBS such a success!

You Rock!


Living Stones

Davin at Hyres

Each month at The Tree we honor a volunteer who emplifies the heart of Jesus – through serving.  We give these volunteers our Living Stone award.

I Peter 2:4,5 says:  As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Here is our Living Stone for July, Davin DeLong!

Every person struggles to live a purpose driven life.  This ongoing challenge is often more apparent in young people.  So when we meet up with a young man who has dedicated his life to God, it is both refreshing and encouraging.   Davin DeLong is a young man who continues to make a most favorable impression on people in every walk of life; because of his word, his demeanor, his love, his faith and his integrity.   Most notably, Davin continues to surprise people with his creative abilities; including acting, juggling, and card tricks, which flow out of a very gifted and analytical mind.   Through his life and testimony Davin encourages us all, and especially the youth, to live by the mantra: “Don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young or inexperienced. Teach with your life”

Thank you Davin for being a Living Stone for Jesus!


4th of July Block Party


We had a wonderful opportunity to serve the community on the 4th of July.  Our Volunteers ROCKED!!   About 60 people spent the day sharing the love of Jesus with 300-400 members of our neighborhood.  We served about 400 hamburgers and 400 hot dogs, along with ice cream, watermelon and snow cones. 



IMG_0166There was face painting, clowns, and balloon animals. 









The firetruck came and hosed everyone down. 




IMG_0177A great time was had by all.








Thank you to all of you who made this 4th of July Servolution Event a reality!


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Welcome To Life At The Tree

When I told my boss at my Courier Company that I was leaving to begin working at my church he asked me an interesting question, “Is this what you want to do?”  And my answer to him was “YES!  …  more than anything!”  And he encouraged me to follow my dream.  So many people live out their lives, but never really live LIFE.

I am living out my dream at The Tree.  Some days it’s exhilarating … some day’s it’s challenging … but it’s never boring. 

I love connecting people to each other … and to JESUS!

I want to use this website to share with you the joy of serving …

Matthew 20:28  says:  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, …

If we are to be followers of Jesus … we need to follow his example! 

We are Living Stones … Building His Church … One Life at a Time!

Living Stone

It’s all because of Jesus …