A Message From Terry
As we look back over the last 100 years of our church’s history, there are too many demonstrations of the power and love of God to count. God is using our church as a catalyst for the gospel message to reach hundreds, here in the greater Palmyra area, and around the world…like we’ve never seen before in the life of our church. Unfinished is a two-year journey that has the potential to be a Defining Moment in the life of Encounter Church, and a Defining Moment for each of us as Christ-followers. This is the largest step we’ve ever taken, and we want to take it together as one church body.
We ask that you prayerfully join us on this Unfinished journey. No one has ever regretted giving to God. Let’s together agree that God, who began His good work in us, will continue to work in and through us to finish the mission on the day when Jesus returns!
Partnering with you, Terry and Carol Anne
As we engage in our next season of generosity, Unfinished, we’re praying and asking God for:
Our PRIMARY goal:
that 100% of the people in our church would experience a life-changing encounter with God as it relates to their walk with Him and their generosity.
Our Secondary goal:
to raise $3.6 M in generosity to be celebrated over the next two years in order to further the mission to call all people to be devoted followers of Jesus.
Encounter Church exists for one purpose: to call all people to become devoted followers of Jesus. We believe God has increased our influence for the sole purpose of continuing that mission. As we continue to grow, we are devoted to maintaining that momentum while making sure our existing ministries remain alive and healthy.
Beyond Our Walls
We are committed to making more room for the people God is bringing our way. God has taken a dirty, dilapidated old grocery store and turned it into something valuable – a place where people have surrendered to Jesus. Our building is a picture of the Gospel, taking something old and unfinished, and making it new and beautiful.
Beyond Our Borders
It is not simply enough for us to ask God to transform our church family and community. We want to do our part in reaching beyond our borders. Therefore we seek to provide education and awareness of missions; to provide opportunities to connect with local, regional, and global missions; to provide partnerships for missional initiatives; and to provide significant financial support for missions. Our desire is to be a conduit of God’s blessing both locally and globally.
Beyond Ourselves – $1.3m
This is our general ministry budget, but it is anything but general. These funds are used to further the life-changing ministries of Encounter Church that allow us to engage people on their journey to be devoted followers of Jesus. God has used the people of Encounter to do amazing things for His Kingdom and we know He wants to do more. It is essential that we maintain and grow what God has entrusted us with.
Did you know… During the past 7 years we celebrate:
- BAPTISM – over 100 individuals have been baptized
- VOLUNTEERS – currently over 275 individuals are serving on a team
- GROWTH GROUPS – over 300 individuals have participated in a group
- NEW GUESTS – over 1000 individuals have attended for the first time
Beyond Our Walls – $2.1m
Growth brings growing pains and we feel the squeeze as we meet in our lobby. We want to take the next step and complete our new auditorium, finish our lobby, add additional meeting space, and increase our parking. It is our desire to have this facility seen as a center to serve as both a gift to the community and a great place for weekend and weekday ministry.
Did you know… The final renovations will include:
- 560 seat auditorium
- Finished lobby space
- Additional space for Worship Arts
- Additional space for Prayer / Adult Ministry
- 200+ parking spaces
Beyond Our Borders – $0.2m
We are committed not only to growing our local church, but to growing THE CHURCH. It is evident God is moving, and we are committed to keeping up with the pace of the Spirit. Our vision for Encounter Missions is to see every follower of Jesus sharing the Gospel – every person transformed. We plan on doing this is by continuing to expand our support of current partnerships, and explore new missional partnerships. Our commitment to carrying out this mission of Jesus has already lead us to tithe out of our expanded generosity, and now we are going to take it to the next level.
Do you know… All of our current partnerships
- Everyday Missions – Caring Cupboard, Operation Christmas Child, Angel Tree, North Star Initiative, Bethesda Mission, Paxton Ministries, Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Center
- Short-Term Missions – Champions in Action, Youth Works
- Long-Term Missions – Japan, Guam, Spain, Mozambique, London, Ukraine, Pakistan, YWAM
- Future Mission opportunities include Learning Trips to Africa, Spain, Pakistan, Buffalo, NY, and New Mexico!
This type of giving is potentially confusing to people who either don’t have a baseline for their “usual giving” or who aren’t able to really celebrate the total giving they are engaging in at Encounter in one single number. We believe that it is all ONE MISSION that we’re on – the mission to call people into an encounter with Jesus Christ.
The UNFINISHED initiative will last for two years. In those two years, every gift that is given to Encounter Church will go to Unfinished – to help us faithfully trust God beyond our borders, walls and ourselves.
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Take a Step.
As you pray and discern how God would ask you to give during this time, use this gift chart as a discipleship tool. Allow it to be something that inspires and challenges you towards greater generosity for Christ’s Kingdom as we all engage in this Unfinished initiative together.