Jesus Christ:  In the Beginning

We are excited to begin the new teaching series, Jesus Christ. When we look to answer the question Jesus asked: Who do you say that I am? – we need look no further than the Gospel of John to find the answer. With unashamed fervor, John (the beloved disciple) targets unbelievers with these words: “But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is …

The Church: Called Out and Called Together! ( Part Two)

Last Sunday I began a two-week message series, The Church: Called Out and Called Together! We talked about the challenge of God’s staggering call for Encounter Church to be the Body of Christ – experienced by those who believe alike and have one heart and one soul. Pastor Ted shared about the CARE Team at Encounter and the many ways that they are available to …

The Church: Called Out and Called Together!

The Church: Called Out and Called Together! We will be challenged again by God’s staggering call for Encounter Church to be the Body of Christ – experienced by those who believe alike and have one heart and one soul.  

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

We continue the celebration as we conclude the Advent series, Christmas Carols. Written as one of the great hymns for the advent season, O Come, O Come Emmanuel is ripe with anticipation, longing and hope. In the heart of the deep darkness of winter, the lyrics of this great hymn light a beacon of hope which points us back to …

O Come, All Ye Faithful

This Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, O Come, All Ye Faithful is the carol that we’ll explore.There is a sense of urgency to the Christmas carol, O Come, All Ye Faithful. Imagine a child, tugging at your hand, saying insistently, “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!” For who could stand by and wait when all we want to do …

O Holy Night

This week, on the Third Sunday of Advent, Pastor Ted will talk about the beloved carol, O Holy Night. Almost 1900 years after the Christmas miracle occurred in the small village of Bethlehem, a song was written describing this wondrous night. Come join us as we dive into the history and meaning behind the old hymn, O Holy Night.    

Away in a Manger

This Sunday, the Second Sunday of Advent, we’ll continue our look at the story behind Christmas Carols. No Christmas song is more loved than this tender children’s carol, “Away in a Manger.” With its simply worded expression of love for Jesus and trust in His faithful care, the carol appeals to young and old alike. Its pleasing melody and gentle message remind us of Jesus’ words teaching us that to ‘such as these’ belong the …

It’s a Wonderful Life

This Sunday, we’ll focus on Thanksgiving through a look at a character who is familiar to many.  The movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, tells the story of George Bailey, a struggling businessman with dreams of greater things. Bailey finds himself stuck in a situation that drives him to call on God for help. God sends Clarence, an angel second class, …

Missions Sunday

This Sunday, Missions Sunday, will be a time to reflect on and celebrate the work God has been doing through the local church and through ministries we partner with at home and abroad.Pastor Ryan will preach from 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, sharing the ways in which God has elected to use the “foolish things” of the world—namely, you and me—to make a …