July 9th - July 11th, 2018

$0 - $7

At Encounter, one of our values is that we do life together, in the good & in the bad. We also believe God uses broken people to fix broken people. This new group is for people struggling with the addiction of pornography in their lives and relationships. Through the power of Christ and the Word of God, we believe we can stand strong in the face of temptation. Together as a community, we believe that the Spirit will start to write a miracle story of healing in our lives.

Men will meet at 7PM every other Monday, location will vary by whoever is hosting.

Women will meet at 7pm every other Wednesday at Encounter Church in the Volunteer Lounge.

Registration fee includes the reading material that will be used for this group. There will be no registration deadline as the reading material isn't that intense, if you ever feel like you need support, feel free to join at any time.

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Backpacks for Refugees

July 31st - August 19th, 2018

$0 - $16

School Supplies Needed!

In Kentwood, there is a large population of refugee families and Encounter would like to bless them with school supplies this fall. We are partnering with Refugee Education Center, a local non-profit, to provide 39 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to children who came to the United States as refugees. Help us meet this goal by donating the supplies listed below, or by providing $16 to help us fill a backpack for a child. Donations can be brought to the Starting Point Desk on Sundays or dropped off to the church during office hours Monday-Thursday. Supplies are needed by August 19!

Help us love where we live by welcoming these children into our community!

-No. 2 pencils
-Pencil case
-Pencil sharpener
-Pens (blue or black ink)
-5 wide rule notebooks
-5 folders
-1 3-ring binder
-Glue sticks
-Index cards

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Find Your Encounter Serving Team

August 1st - September 5th, 2018

Serving is a great way to connect & grow. We have dozens of opportunities: brew coffee, greet guests, rock babies, lead worship, take photos, cook meals, & more!

Below you'll see a brief description of Encounter's serving teams. Take a look and let us know which one(s) you would like to learn more about. We would love for you to join one [or more] of our teams and use your time and talents to make an impact!

GREETING: Create an joy-filled & genuine first impression for guests
HOSPITALITY: Serve delicious treats [like cookies & bagels] to delight guests
BREW CREW: Set up, brew & replenish our complimentary coffee stations
BARISTAS: Prepare & serve complimentary lattes & specialty drinks to make guests feel at home
STARTING POINT: Welcome guests, answer questions & suggest next steps
USHERS: Kindly welcome & escort guests to their seats; collect the offering
EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Protect guests from potential crisis situations

PRODUCTION: Enhance the worship experience with sound, lights, photography & video
WORSHIP: Instrumentalists & vocalists who help us worship God musically

KIDS! (BIRTH - KINDERS): Provide a safe & nourishing space for little ones
KIDS! (1ST-5TH): Create fun opportunities for kids to learn about who God is
18.25: Partner with 18-25 year olds as they establish themselves in Christ

CARE: Bring comfort & cheer to our community via fresh meals, freezer meals, and/or respite care
SMALL GROUPS: Foster an environment for people to grow & belong together for 6-8 gatherings

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PCO 101

August 19th, 2018

Planning Center Online is a great tool that can be used to effectively & efficiently schedule our volunteers for Sunday mornings. It can also be intimidating if you've never used it! We want to equip & empower you to use this tool during a 45 minute training session led by Encounter Staff. There will be an ice cream social & plenty of time to ask questions!

Questions? Email curious@encounterchurch.org

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Double Header Movie Night

August 19th, 2018

We love where we live AND doing life together - invite your friends and neighbors to enjoy a movie (or two) together on the big screen. We provide the movie, snacks & theater fresh popcorn. You bring your own seating: bean & bag chairs work best.

Doors open at 3:55p, the first movie begins at 4:05p. The second movie will start promptly at 6:30p. Admission is FREE: consider donating a freezer meal to our Care Team's Freezer Meal Ministry


The Prodigal God Small Group

August 19th - September 2nd, 2018

$0 - $10

In this six-session study Bible study, pastor & bestselling author Tim Keller uses one of Jesus’ best-loved parables – the Prodigal Son – to illustrate the depth of God’s love & how his grace extends into some very unexpected places.

Taking you beyond the traditional focus on the wayward younger son, Keller helps you glean insights from each of the characters in Jesus' parable: the irreligious younger son, the moralistic elder son, & the Father who lavishes his love on both. Through this study you'll explore questions for group discussion & personal reflection that will help you experience the truths of Jesus' parable in your own life.

This group is open to people of any age & life stage & will meet every other Sunday evening in Gaines Township [near Kentwood.]

Questions? Contact group leaders Dan & Elizabeth Wierenga via email at deepw@msn.com

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m3 [Men's Monday Morning] Group

August 20th - September 10th, 2018

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

Guys of all ages gather for coffee & informal discussion of the Sunday message content from the day before. Didn't have a chance to attend a worship experience in person? You can always listen online here.

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

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The Quest - Small Group for Women

August 20th - September 3rd, 2018

$0 - $17

Curiosity is hardwired in humanity. We have this innate need to question & seek after what we don’t know or understand.

In this incredible 6-session Bible study by Beth Moore, we'll delve into Scripture to explore how God created us to seek after Him—a God who desires to be found & known. In this lifelong quest of faith, learn to develop your intimacy with Him & embrace the adventure that comes with living a life for God.

This group is open to women of all ages & stages & will meet every other Monday evening in the Kentwood area.

Questions? Contact leader Jes TenBrink via email at jstenbrink@gmail.com

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Read Through the Bible in a Year Group

August 20th - 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. We'll be going through the Bible chronologically, which is a little different than the book order in most Bibles.

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 at the VanEyk's home in Kentwood [5496 W Heathwood Dr SE.]

Questions? Contact group leader Dirk VanEyk at dirk@encounterchurch.org

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Coffee Plus for Women

August 23rd - September 13th, 2018

Women of all ages, join us on Thursday mornings at 9:30AM in the Volunteer Lounge at Encounter for a gathering including freshly brewed coffee, impactful devotions, and authentic community.

Questions? Contact Sandy Navis via email at sknavis88@yahoo.com

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Hang at Horrocks

September 2nd - December 2nd, 2018

Looking to meet others from Encounter, ask questions, or maybe discuss the Sunday message? Join us on the first Sunday of each month following the second worship experience at Horrocks, located at 4455 Breton Rd SE, in Kentwood.

This is a great opportunity to meet other people who attend Encounter for casual conversation over a free cup of coffee or lunch, if you wish. Come when you can and enjoy the casual atmosphere where you can ask questions and get to know more about our community.

Questions? Contact Jane & Jim Langeweg at janelangeweg@gmail.com

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Monthly Book Club

September 4th, 2018

Are you a reader or looking to become more of one?

Everyone's invited to check out the Book Club that will gather monthly on the first Tuesday at 7PM at Encounter to discuss a book we have read over the past month. Anyone that is interested in reading intriguing books and discussing them is welcome...invite a friend!

Email Kathy Boldenow at kboldenow@gmail.com with any questions or for more info.

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Partnership Class

September 30th - October 7th, 2018

Our two-session Partnership Class is a great way to learn more about Encounter, whether you've been around for months or years!

Join us on Sunday, September 30 at 12PM to learn more about Encounter's mission, values, history, beliefs, financials, and more. Join us on the following Sunday, October 7, to meet the Encounter staff and learn more about how you can better worship, connect, and grow here, as well as how we believe Biblical church membership best flourishes.

Lunch & childcare are provided for both sessions.

Questions? Contact Dirk VanEyk at dirk@encounterchurch.org