February 1-3, 2019 we are heading the EPIC Forest Home Winter Camp. Hiking, Sky Trail, 2 Ziplines Mini-Golf, Game Room, Horseshoes, Crafts, Snow Run & Three Person Swing, Worship and hanging out with a great our youth group! Based on the verse from 1 Corinthians 15:57-58, "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move." This Winter we will Arise!
For more information head over to https://www.foresthome.org/
Baptism is a celebration of what God has done for you through the death of and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus. "We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life." Romans 6:4
Sunday, June 10 at 5pm at the home of Jason & Julie Carson. Bring a potluck item and celebrate what God has done and is doing. There will be a baptism class June 2. Please register if you are interested in being baptized.
Encounter Families will be at Forest Home, Week 9. Encounter has a matching funds agreement with Forest Home for a total of $500 off the cost of the trip. Call Ginger Williams, Family Camp Reservations Associate to make your reservation and tell her you are with Encounter Church .... 909.389.4468
Rest. Rejoice. Remember.
Instead of attending service this Sunday morning, focus on finding time to rest, rejoice and remember. “Rest” could be relaxing at home, going to the beach, biking to a park, visiting family or a brunch. Whatever you do that you fully enjoy and recharges your batteries. Next “Rejoice”. Whatever you do, be intentional and spend time with Jesus. Worship him as your king today. Finally, “remember” all he has done for you and in you.
We, as a church body, are intentionally resting from our routine service schedule. However, the way the bible tells us to rest is different than just “taking a day off”.
God has shown us the importance the resting in the first book of the bible!
And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when He rested from all His work of creation. (Genesis 2:3)
God told the Israelites to keep a day of rest each week and that it should “be kept holy”. This day was called the Sabbath. Keeping a day of rest was so important it was one of the top 10 laws God gave the Israelites, the Ten Commandments!
Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. (Exodus 20:8-10)
God knows we have hectic schedules, overwhelming workloads, deadlines at work/school, never-ending activities, and people that depend on our care in addition to living out Jesus’ greatest commandment to be a disciple and make disciples. Hard work is from the God. Working 24/7, we can become physically and mentally fatigued. But rest helps us step back and remember all that God has done for us. It puts the things we stress over in perspective and restores our souls for the week ahead. God knew we need it rest which is why set that example from the very beginning.
There are many ways in which we can find rest. However, as Christians, the only way to find complete rest is to find it in Jesus. But what does that mean?
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
We follow God’s instruction and example by intentionally resting from our work to avoid getting burnt out. However, only through Jesus can we find true, lasting rest. Work emails, soccer practice, personal goals, etc. are important, but when we put our focus on Jesus and eternity everything else falls in place behind. Please use this day to rest, meditate on Jesus, and refresh your soul.
Questions: Rest. Rejoice. Remember.
What are worldly things that I turn to when I feel overwhelmed or stressed instead of turning to rest in Jesus? (i.e. eating, watching TV, over working, skipping time with family/friends)
How can adjust my schedule to intentionally rest one day per week?
What distracts me from resting?
What is something I can do to find rest in Jesus?
How can I help others rest (family, friends, co-workers)?
What place do I find rest the most? (Jesus frequently went away from busy areas by himself and with his disciples to rest)
The Encounter Kids have been invited to Trick-or-Treat with the senior residents at Aegis of Laguna Niguel, Sunday, October 28 at 3:30pm. The senior residents will hand out candy to our kids. Come dressed in your costumes. 32170 Niguel Rd, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Invest in your marriage at the beautiful Carlsbad Inn in Carlsbad, CA. The cost of the retreat is $149 per couple until September 1 and will go up to $249 after September 1.
The marriage retreat is at the beautiful Carlsbad Inn in Carlsbad, CA. Additional nights are available at $159 (Plus Tax & Fees) for Thursday and or Saturday night on a first come, first serve basis and must be booked directly with Carlsbad Inn at (760) 434-7020. Tell them you are with Encounter Church. Meals are on your own. This year we welcome Pastor Chad Halliburton, Campus Pastor at Rock Harbor Mission Viejo, and his lovely wife Jenn as our speakers.
Groups start the week of September 9 and meet twice a month...
September 12, 26
October 10, 24
November 7, 14
This fall we will be diving launching a new series called Goliath Must Fall. Study guides will be available for $10/each.
You are invited to the table to build relationships with other men and women at Encounter. We value loving relationships and generous lives which means we do everything we can to encourage people to build community with one another. Together Groups are one of the best ways to connect here at Encounter. Together Groups meet twice a month in homes. They are key to fulfilling our vision to engage in loving relationships with one another and see radical transformation in our lives.
Your relationship with Jesus is the most important thing in your life. In Rooted, we will give you the practical tools to walk this out on a daily basis. Encounter God through daily devotions and prayer. Meet weekly with your group to build Loving Relationships. Experience Radical Transformation through serving, praying, and celebrating together. Lead the Generous Life that God has called you to. And live a Life on Mission that connects your passion with your purpose in our community.
September 2 - November 11
Groups will meets weekly
Celebration Potluck Dinner
Sunday, November 18, 6pm
Includes study guide
Books may be purchased Sundays at church or at the church office during the week. If you would like to purchase a book at church, please email email@example.com
WHAT: Encounter Church Fantasy Football
WHEN: LIVE DRAFT NIGHT: Sunday, August 26 @ 6:30pm
WHERE: Encounter Church Offices
*The NFL Season Begins September 6, 2018 and ends February 2019.
PLATFORM: ESPN.com Fantasy Football Leagues
HOW MUCH: $10* per person for Pizza Night + Trophy / Prizes
Let's celebrate the end of summer together as a family. We will be having a bonfire together at Doheny Beach. Burritos will be available at a suggested donation of $5/person, $20 per family. Parking is additional cost as well.
From the main entrance take the road over the bridge to the stop sign turn right. Pass the campground on the right hand side and drive straight into the South Beach day use area. We will be at one of those fire pits.
One of the great privileges we have is to bless the teachers at Philip Reilly. Every Monday we go out of our way to leave treats for the teachers.
Please bring a treat or little gift for 50 Staff Members on Sunday at church and set up on our table. If you need to put stuff in the fridge, let me know or leave a little sign on the table that lets the staff know. You can also bring in stuff on a Monday morning if it works best for you.
If you like to decorate the table and go all out feel free to, bit you are not obligated to. The staff will leave your decor there until the next Sunday for you to pick up.
I provided some pictures of some ideas if you like to make things and craft. Also, if you go to Pinterest and type in teacher gifts and snacks plenty of ideas will come up. There are many free printable online too.
If you are not the crafty type, don’y worry teachers love just about anything especially snacks.
Snack Ideas: (Be sure you provide paper goods if you don’t do individual servings)
Bagels and Cream cheese
July 17 - 20, 6 - 8:30pm
Cost is $25/child until June 1 and $50 after June 1
Ages 4 - Grade 5 (Incoming)
At Shipwrecked VBS, kids discover how Jesus rescues us through life’s storms. Shipwrecked is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Sciency-Fun Gizmos™, team-building games, cool Bible stories and songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life. (Since everything is hands-on, kids might get a little messy. Be sure to send them in play clothes and safe shoes.) Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life—something we call God Sightings. Get ready to hear that phrase a lot!
Parents, while the kids are having their fun, you get to enjoy 4 date nights in a row while you know your child(ren) are well taken care of and enjoying the best of times.
Parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to join us at Sail Away Sendoff on Friday, July 20 from 7:30 - 8:30pm to celebrate all we have learned for the week