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We are blessed to have a permanent home! Currently, we are renovating the building and grounds. Until we make the move, please join us for Sunday services at Harlan Rowe Middle School at 9:30 & 11 a.m.
We’re regularly updating our website to include the latest from our Building Advisory Committee. You can find the latest news here or through our monthly email newsletter, Discover Encounter. Send an email to sign up to receive the newsletter.
We’re also asking that you continue to pray for Encounter and what God would have us do in this space. There are vials of soil from the property available for you to pray over with the help of this Prayer Guide.
Building Advisory Committee Update - October 2019
If you are like us and you're consistently brimming with excitement to open the doors to our new home, the question you keep asking is, When? When can we begin? When are we going to move in? When?
This is what God has been teaching us about asking, When? We have learned that asking God when can be a delicate road that often leads to both discouragement and doubt. So, instead of asking When, we focus on asking HOW. How is God working through this process? How can we live today so we are open to His presence around us? How can we as a church focus solely on carrying out the mission each day so that when He places this tool called a building in our hands, we are ready to run with it. Asking these questions has brought great encouragement. Consistently aligning ourselves with His greater purpose has helped clarify our assignment. In addition, it has strengthened our belief in His perfect timing and allowed us to see that Living out the How will assuredly get us closer to our When.
The building team continues to meet with contractors and code enforcement officials to finalize the design plans. We are planning on scheduling some future workbees to help expedite the building process. If you are interested in helping, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be tasks for all ages and skill levels.
In Pursuit of the Mission,
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Eph 3:20
What we Have
God has led us to Freedom Road in Milan, where we have been blessed with a church building and the surrounding land that will not only serve our needs today, but for generations to come. We want the facility to be a source of light, hope and help in the community. We envision the building as a home for greater impact in God’s Kingdom, not the end goal itself. Over the next several months, we will be renovating the building to fit our unique needs.
Do we have obstacles in stepping into this pursuit? Absolutely! God has blessed us with a property with room to grow His vision. We’ve been saving diligently since 2013, and we were in a great position to make the purchase. But He’s not going to stop there; we need to room for the next generation. Our Family Ministry (for kids birth through high school) is doing amazing things in the lives of our kids. Our goal is to give them the room they need. The campaign goal remains at $500,000 over the next year and we’re a little over halfway there.
Pray boldly about: • how God can use you to see this vision accomplished;• what God wants to do in reaching those who don’t know him yet;• taking a big step of faith toward this God-sized vision which will change the landscape of our community
This is not a fundraiser but a faith raiser.The people of Encounter Church have designed a 34-day devotional journey. We encourage you all to follow. You will be amazed how God speaks to your heart. Come along on our 34-day spiritual journey.... click here.
Pray individually and as a family about how you may contribute to the campaign over the next two years. At the end of your spiritual journey, please complete the commitment card online or print one out and send it to the church office.