Coronavirus Response

October 17, 2020

We are excited to announce to our ENCOUNTER family that we have the opportunity to meet back indoors on campus again! Starting October 25, join us for Sunday morning services at 9 am and 10:45 am in the auditorium. Seating will be limited to comply with state guidelines, so make sure to register early. Everyone coming indoors will be required to wear a face mask and have their temperature checked. Face masks will be required for the duration of the service, and we ask that you maintain a six-foot distance from those outside of your household.

Additionally, ENCOUNTER Kids will be providing limited outdoor children’s programming for toddlers through grade 6. Pre-registration is required and may fill quickly.

We don’t think that anyone should go through this difficult season alone! We encourage you to join one of the numerous small groups that have launched this fall. There are so many ways for you to safely get connected that works for your stage of life and schedule. Groups are meeting both on campus and online.

Our preschool is open, children will be on our patio for a Halloween event soon… we are so excited for the myriad of ways that we are gathering back on our campus again! Keep your eyes peeled for our exciting holiday plans coming in the months ahead. Christmas is not cancelled, and we can’t wait to celebrate our Savior!

Encouraging progress has been made on the pastoral transition front as well. We received a tremendous response to the search for a new lead pastor, and the elders have reviewed the candidates and advanced nine wonderful pastors for significantly deeper assessment. In the meantime, ENCOUNTER staff has made plans for a Membership Week, when membership classes will be held in person and through zoom. We desire everyone in our ENCOUNTER family to be able to vote on the final pastoral candidate, so we want to help you become a member!

Let’s keep pressing on during these challenging times by encouraging, praying for and supporting one another!

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. — Deuteronomy 31:8

UPDATES

IN-PERSON, INDOOR SUNDAY SERVICES

— Join us at our in person, INDOOR Sunday morning services at 9 am & 10:45 am.
— Seating will be limited, so register early! Face masks and temperature checks required to come in to the auditorium.
— Outdoor children’s programming will be available. Pre-registration is required!
— If registration for the indoor services fills up, or if you feel more comfortable worshipping with us outdoors, the service will be streamed to televisions on our patio. We invite you to bring a lawn chair, watch the service on campus, and socially distance from others around you.

STREAM OUR WEEKEND SERVICES

— Join us on our virtual patio as we stream and chat on Sundays at 9 am.
— If you missed the stream or are unable to stream, check out the video of the service.
— Having trouble streaming? Check out our tips and tricks!

ENCOUNTER KIDS ONLINE

— Provide an ENCOUNTER Kids experience from your home at our new online space! Find age appropriate video resources as well as print materials to help lead your kids in a lesson of hope, love, and faith in Jesus.

ENCOURAGEMENT

— Join a movement of ENCOUNTER followers lifting up our church, community and world in a digital, interactive prayer time in our ENCOUNTER Prayer Facebook group from 7 – 8 pm.

CARE

— We created a digital space to Share and Respond to Needs associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
— Watch Lindsey’s video on ways you can give or receive help during this time.
— To partner with ENCOUNTER as we respond to coronavirus related needs, please donate through the Care Fund, located on the dropdown on our PUSHPAY link.
— Check out Pastor Jack’s video on how to partner with us in caring for COVID-19 related needs.
— Join our digital space for ENCOUNTER Prayer

COMMUNITY UPDATES

Groups are launching online and safely in person this fall! Check out all the of the options and find one that fits for you!
All STUDENT YOUTH GROUPS meets each Wednesday night on ZOOM for games, a devotional, prayer and relational connection. Follow us on Instagram #whiteflagsocial to keep up with the group.
CELEBRATE RECOVERY small groups have started meeting on campus again. Contact us for more information: for men, email Buddy at bgluxton@yahoo.com; for women, email Daniella at free2be98@yahoo.com
PARKING LOT SALE, originally planned for this year, will be rescheduled for sometime next year.
ENCOUNTER PRESCHOOL is open with in-person instruction in the fall.