Breaking the Code: The hidden dynamics of church life!

It is not unusual to hear the following statement in a congregation, “The Church is Family.” The statement that you don’t often hear is, “What kind of family are we to be?” Next Sunday, Pastor John Reitz will lead us through the lens of scripture and family dynamics and try to break the code as to what kind of family …

Let The Little Ones Come!

Family of Faith. In this first message, we will look more closely at the ties that exist between our family of faith at home and our family of faith at church! Why is it that during our Child Dedication Ceremony we ask both the parents and the church family to make a covenant with each other? Because we’re a Family …

Serve One/Worship One (Week Two)

Last week in worship, we began a two-week message series: Serve One – Worship One! This is all about what the local church can be when everyone discovers their Spiritual gifts, their Heart (passions), their natural Abilities, their Personalities, their life Experiences (S.H.A.P.E.), and uses them to God’s honor and glory.  Spiritual Gifts Survey. This Sunday, Pastor Ryan concludes Serve One – Worship One.  As we continue to discover our …

Serve One / Worship One

Pastor Terry begins a two-week message series: Serve One – Worship One! This is all about what the local church can be when everyone discovers their Spiritual gifts, their Heart (passions), their natural Abilities, their Personalities, their life Experiences (S.H.A.P.E.), and uses them to God’s honor and glory.     

Easter Sunday – God So Loved the Word

We discover that while religion can be complicated, the Good News of Jesus Christ is simple, yet profound. “For God loved the world so much…that everyone who believes in Jesus will not perish but have eternal life!” The Gospel begins with God’s love, goes through the cross and the tomb, and for those who believe in Jesus, ends with eternal …

I AM the…True Vine

We heard it through the grapevine that next week Pastor Ryan will be looking at our last “I AM” saying, when Jesus says, “I Am the True Vine.” (John 15:1) Jesus is king of the strange metaphors, and this one is no exception! We’ll dive into the many OT passages that talk about the people of Israel as a vine, …

I AM…THE Way, THE Truth, THE Life

We look next week at another provocative “I AM” statement made by Jesus when He says, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) Christians and those still seeking struggle alike with Jesus’ claims of exclusivity. But Jesus does not offer multiple ways to God – He …

Unfinished Lifestyle

This Sunday we’ll shift gears as Pastor Terry shares an amazing update on what God has accomplished over the past two years through Encounter Church’s Unfinished Generosity Initiative! As we celebrate together, we will discover that everything we have learned has led us to embrace this Unfinished Lifestyle, and to propel us into the future, to the honor and glory of …

I AM the Resurrection and the Life

This Sunday when we discover that not only does Jesus have power over the physical aspects of life, but His power touches both death and the afterlife. Through the eyes of the disciple Thomas, we will discover anew Jesus’ claim:  “Anyone who believes in Me will live, even after dying.”    

I AM…the Good Shepherd

This Sunday, we will look at one of the most beautiful and powerful images of Jesus, when He claims: “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd sacrifices His life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) We will discover not only that sheep know the Shepherd’s voice, but the Shepherd knows His sheep, and desires an intimate relationship with them. The same relationship that God has with Jesus He wants that relationship with us.