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Kids! Team Shirt Ordering Form

October 16th - November 5th, 2017


Kids! Team T has been voted on and can now be ordered through Sunday, November 5th. Estimated arrival for pick up will be Sunday, November 19th.

TShirt Info: 4.2 oz., 100% combed and ringspun cotton, side seams, retail fit, shoulder to shoulder taping, unisex sizing & tearaway label

Sizing: XS-4XL

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40+ Fall Potluck

October 21st, 2017

Join us for an incredible 40+ Fall Potluck on Saturday, October 21 at 5:30PM! We'll gather at Cal and Beth Rozeboom's home, located at 8711 Patterson in Caledonia, for dinner and a bonfire. Sign up to bring a specific dish on Sunday morning in the Cafe at Encounter or right here.

Don't forget the following: a comfy chair to sit in and/or blanket; your favorite beverage; and food to share: salad, dessert, or snacking food.

Questions? Contact Anne & Larry Dieleman at or 616-281-5741

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m3 [Men's Monday Morning] Gathering @ 6:15AM

October 23rd - December 18th, 2017

The Men's Monday Morning [M3] Gathering meets in the Cafe each Monday at 6:15AM at Encounter Church.

Guys of all ages gather for coffee, fellowship, and informal discussion of the message content from yesterday's worship experience.

For more information, contact Bob Alsum via email or cell (616) 218-2634.

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Present Over Perfect: Small Group for Women

October 23rd - November 6th, 2017


Women of all ages & life stages are invited to gather to share their reflections on "Present Over Perfect - Leaving Behind Frantic For A Simpler, More Soulful Way Of Living" by Shauna Niequist and connect together for a series of life-giving group discussions.

We'll kick off on Monday, October 2 at 7PM and meet weekly for six sessions. Gatherings will be held at Jes TenBrink's home [5938 Appleview St. Kentwood MI 49508.]

Questions? Contact Jes TenBrink at to learn more!

*Your registration for this small group includes a copy of "Present Over Perfect."

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Open Play ~ 2 Tuesdays a Month

October 24th - May 22nd, 2018

Friends & Neighbors, come hang out while the kids enjoy some fun in the Play Lobby.

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Seven Realities for Experiencing God: Group for All Ages

October 25th - January 24th, 2018


Adults of all ages and life stages are invited to engage in an impactful group study of "Seven Realities for Experiencing God" based on the best-selling book "Experiencing God" by Henry Blackaby. This group will help you learn how to know and do the will of God.

The group will kick-off on Wed., Oct. 11 at 6:30PM at Dan and Elizabeth Wierenga's home [7218 Brooklyn Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.] Gatherings will run from 6:30-8:30PM and include dinner!

Questions? Contact Dan via phone at (616) 308-3438 or email at

*Your registration for this small group includes a copy of "Seven Realities for Experiencing God."

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Thursday Morning Men's Bible Study @ Panera

October 26th - December 28th, 2017

Each Thursday morning at 6:45AM, men of all ages are invited to gather at Panera Bread, located at Kalamazoo & M-6, to read & discuss a passage of scripture together. Come when you can, come as you are!

For more information, contact Bob Navis at

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Coffee Plus for Women

October 26th - December 28th, 2017

Women of all ages, join us on Thursday mornings from 9:30-10:30AM in the Volunteer Lounge at Encounter for a time of coffee, devotions, and fellowship. Contact for more information.

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Deeper: Small Group for College Students

October 29th - December 3rd, 2017

College students... Connect with others for a deeper dive into Dirk's messages! This small group will meet weekly on Sunday mornings at 10:45AM in the Youth Room at Encounter for six sessions beginning Oct. 29.

Group members should attend the first worship experience [at 9:15AM] and will then gather together for a fun and engaging discussion on topics included in the message. There's no reading or homework - just a chance to connect together and grow to become more like Jesus.

Questions? Contact group leader Cameron Richman at

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Fall Fest: Chili Cookoff Registration

October 29th, 2017

Don't miss our 2nd Annual Fall Fest & Chili Cookoff on Sunday, October 29 from 5-7PM.

Whether you make delicious red, white, or vegetarian chili or new for this year... PIE - sign up & bring your best dish to compete for fun prizes!

Plan on lots of fall crafts, games, the bounce house & seasonal treats too!

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Forgotten God: Small Group for All Ages

October 31st - December 26th, 2017

Adults of all ages and life stages are invited to gather every other Tuesday evening at 6:30PM for dessert and discussion of the DVD study "Forgotten God" by Francis Chan.

The group will gather at Dan and Grace DeVette's home [3193 Reynoldsburg Dr SE, Kentwood] for seven sessions beginning Oct. 3rd. Don't miss out on the opportunity to engage in Pastor Francis Chan's compelling invitation to understand, embrace, and follow the Holy Spirit’s direction in our lives!

Contact Dan [] or Grace [] with any questions or to learn more!

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Small Group for Veterans

November 2nd - December 14th, 2017

Veterans of all ages and life stages, as well as military family members, are invited to connect every other week on Thursday evenings at 1900 [7PM] to discuss life experiences and veteran's issues. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, October 5 in the Volunteer Lounge at Encounter.

Everything discussed in the group is confidential. Often times only another veteran, or a close family member of a veteran, can relate to and understand what someone else has to share. We seek to provide one another with hope, encouragement, and camaraderie as we grow to become more like Jesus.

Questions? Contact group leader Aaron Cook at

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YOUTH Laser Tag

November 3rd, 2017


All students 6-12 grade are invited to join YOUTH as they head to laser tag with our friends Hillside Community Church and Kentwood Christian Church. We will meet at Encounter at 6pm and drive to laser tag as a group. Cost is $8 per student. It is going to be a blast!

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Kids! Focus Group

November 5th, 2017

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Monthly Book Club

November 7th - May 1st, 2018

Are you a reader or looking to become more of one? Everyone's invited to check out a new Book Club that will gather monthly on the first Tuesday at 7PM beginning September 5 at Encounter.

Anyone that is interested in reading intriguing books and discussing them is welcome...invite a friend! We'll start with "Room" by Emma Donoghue, which will be passed out in September & discussed in October

Email Kathy Boldenow at with any questions or for more info.

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Read Through the Bible in a Year Group

November 20th - September 17th, 2018

Have you ever thought about committing to read through the whole Bible? This group will provide accountability as we make a habit of reading four chapters of the Bible [about 20min] a day for a whole year independently. The group will gather to share what God is showing you twelve times throughout the year, on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:30PM.

We'll be going through the Bible chronologically, which is a little different than the book order in most Bibles. The first meeting is Monday, Oct 16 at 7:30PM at the VanEyk home [5496 W Heathwood Dr SE, Kentwood.]

Questions? Contact group leader Dirk VanEyk at

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Kids! Training/Celebration

December 17th, 2017

Twilight open play


January 4th - May 3rd, 2018

We are excited to offer twilight hours for Open Play beginning in January.