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Coffee Plus for Women

December 14th - December 28th, 2017

Women of all ages, join us on Thursday mornings from 9:30-10:30AM in the Volunteer Lounge at Encounter for a time of coffee, devotions, and fellowship. Contact for more information.

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Small Group for Veterans

December 14th, 2017

Veterans of all ages and life stages, as well as military family members, are invited to connect every other week on Thursday evenings at 1900 [7PM] to discuss life experiences and veteran's issues. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, October 5 in the Volunteer Lounge at Encounter.

Everything discussed in the group is confidential. Often times only another veteran, or a close family member of a veteran, can relate to and understand what someone else has to share. We seek to provide one another with hope, encouragement, and camaraderie as we grow to become more like Jesus.

Questions? Contact group leader Aaron Cook at

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YOUTH Christmas Party

December 17th, 2017

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m3 [Men's Monday Morning] Gathering @ 6:15AM

December 18th, 2017

The Men's Monday Morning [M3] Gathering meets in the Cafe each Monday at 6:15AM at Encounter Church.

Guys of all ages gather for coffee, fellowship, and informal discussion of the message content from yesterday's worship experience.

For more information, contact Bob Alsum via email or cell (616) 218-2634.

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Read Through the Bible in a Year Group

December 18th - September 17th, 2018

Have you ever thought about committing to read through the whole Bible? This group will provide accountability as we make a habit of reading four chapters of the Bible [about 20min] a day for a whole year independently. The group will gather to share what God is showing you twelve times throughout the year, on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:30PM.

We'll be going through the Bible chronologically, which is a little different than the book order in most Bibles. The first meeting is Monday, Oct 16 at 7:30PM at the VanEyk home [5496 W Heathwood Dr SE, Kentwood.]

Questions? Contact group leader Dirk VanEyk at

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Thursday Morning Men's Bible Study @ Panera

December 21st - December 28th, 2017

Each Thursday morning at 6:45AM, men of all ages are invited to gather at Panera Bread, located at Kalamazoo & M-6, to read & discuss a passage of scripture together. Come when you can, come as you are!

For more information, contact Bob Navis at

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Parent's Night Out

December 29th, 2017


Welcome back to our 3rd annual Parent's Night Out! Encounter Church opens up our Kids! spaces to offer discounted childcare, allowing parents an evening of doing life together! Children will need a sack lunch, water bottle & pajamas. Evening popcorn snack will be provided to children 2yrs+. Details: registration is required, $5 fee applies to each child registered, registration fee is non refundable, space is limited for safety & all caregivers have been screened,

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Monthly Book Club

January 2nd - May 1st, 2018

Are you a reader or looking to become more of one? Everyone's invited to check out a new Book Club that will gather monthly on the first Tuesday at 7PM beginning September 5 at Encounter.

Anyone that is interested in reading intriguing books and discussing them is welcome...invite a friend! We'll start with "Room" by Emma Donoghue, which will be passed out in September & discussed in October

Email Kathy Boldenow at with any questions or for more info.

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January 4th - May 3rd, 2018

We are excited to offer twilight hours for Open Play beginning in January.

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Open Play

January 9th - May 8th, 2018

Friends & Neighbors, come hang out while the kids enjoy some fun in the Play Lobby. Please check dates and times for when our Play Lobby is open.