Beach Banzai
to Jun 23

Beach Banzai

Beach Banzai is one of the coolest weeks of the EYG year for Grades 7 - 12. This trip is designed to build relationships. Hands down it is the best way to get connected to the youth group. We will head down to San Onofre State Beach for some fun in the sun. Make sure you buy some stock in sun tan lotion! We will be surfing, boogie boarding, and for those of you that don’t know how, we will teach you! Even if you’re not in the water, there will be plenty of hang time on the beach.

Depart: Friday, June 21 at 8:30am from Denny's on Alicia

Return: Sunday, June 23 at 12:30pm (At Philip Reilly)

Cost: $80 if register by June 1, $100 after June 1

Bring sack lunch for Friday's lunch and money for Pedro's on Sunday. Suggested amount $10.

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Vacation Bible School: Roar
to Jul 19

Vacation Bible School: Roar

July 16-19, 6 - 8:30pm
Ages 4 - Grade 6 (Incoming)

This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.

Parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to join us on Friday, July 19 from 7:30 - 8:30pm to celebrate all we have learned for the week

Registration will open May 15.

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Family Camp at Forest Home
to Aug 9

Family Camp at Forest Home

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

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Winter Camp
to Feb 3

Winter Camp

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!

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Sabbath Sunday
9:00 AM09:00

Sabbath Sunday

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)

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Marriage Retreat
to Oct 27

Marriage Retreat

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.

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