WOMEN'S GROUPS

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  • Battlefield of the mind - nancy byrd

    Tu (Women’s Bible Study)

    11:00 – 12:30 pm

    Encounter Church (Classroom)

    Cost: No

    Childcare: No

     

     

    Ladies, are you worried, doubtful, confused, depressed, and angered with feelings of condemnation?  All of these are attacks on the mind.  If you suffer from negative thought, take heart!  Joyce Meyer "Battlefield of the Mind" can help overcome some of those things that plague you.  

     

    Come to our Bible study and learn how to gain control over you mind and find freedom and peace.  Recognize damaging thoughts and stop them from influencing your life.

     

    Be patient with yourself even when you make mistakes.

    Arm yourself with the Word of God, praise, prayer, and other powerful spiritual weapons.

     

    Don't surrender to misery another day.  Find out now how to achieve victory in the BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND.

  • Lord heal my hurts - cathy clifford

    Thursday (Bible Study)

    6:30-8:30 pm

    33826 Nancy Drive, Walker, LA

    Cost- Purchase of book $10-15

    We have some on hand.

    Childcare- none

     

    Everyone hurts.  The pain can run deep, the scars never seem to fade and memories torment us.  As a result, our growth is stunted, walk crippled and relationships infected. Will relief never come?

     

    Yes!  When you put yourself in the hands of Jehovah-Rapha, the GOD who heals!  No matter what you’ve done or has been done to you, He wants to be your refuge.  He loves you and is offering healing from your deepest wounds. 

     

    Discover how God can turn your sorrow into joy in this study. It prepares you as a minister to this hurting world around you.  The study is designed to guide YOU through the scripture that will set you free from your past and give you the power and hope to move forward into all God has created you to become.  

     

    We look forward to seeing you.



  • Captives for christ - laura simon

    Tuesday Nights (WomenBible Study)

    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    36026 Raleigh Drive,

    Denham Springs, LA

    Childcare: No

     

    Come gather for prayer and a bible study walk through the letters written by Paul during his first Roman imprisonment. The study will begin with an overview of the book of Acts and helpful biblical maps to get an account of Paul’s travels during his second missionary journey and the three churches he founded.  The study will focus on the three great letters written to the churches of Ephesus, Colosse, and Philippi, as well as a personal letter to his friend Philemon, all written during Paul’s captivity in Rome.  We will explore what being a CAPTIVE FOR CHRIST looks like according to the word of God.

    The agenda for the CAPTIVES FOR CHRIST Small Group Bible Study Fall semester:


                9/3, 9/10                 Review the Book of Acts

                9/17, 9/24, 10/1      Ephesians
                10/8, 10/15              Philippians
                10/22,10/29            Colossians
                11/15                        Philemon

                11/12                         Movie night “Paul”

                11/19                        Putting It All Together: 

     

            CAPTIVES FOR CHRIST Celebration

    The Bible study themes are based on the NLT application Bible and The Passion Translation Bible.


MEN'S GROUPS

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  • Breakfast & Chat - Kenneth Lott

    Monday

    6:30 – 7:30 am

    McDonald’s

    110 Rushing Rd. East

    Denham Springs, LA  70726

    Cost Your Breakfast

    Childcare - No

     

    What a great opportunity to start your week off right by meeting together with other guys to draw encouragement and support. This breakfast will be a ‘lower’ budget breakfast…but still a high yield return of fellowship and fun.

     

    There is definitely great strength we can draw from each other. We will mainly ‘hangout’ and talk (building relationships) while having breakfast (Dutch treat). We will also have a short devotion focused on ‘building’ your walk with god.

     

    I hope you can join us as it promises to be an awesome time together. Come and go when you need to for job demands.

     

    ALL men welcome!

     



  • Breakfast & Chat - Dup dupertuis

    Thursday (Breakfast & Fellowship)

    Time- 6:30-7:30am

    Location- I-Hop

    2260 Home Depot Dr

    Cost- Denham Springs, La 70726

    your breakfast

    Childcare- No


    What a great time on the way to work to stop and be encouraged by other guys who are facing the same ‘life’ demands that you are. There is definitely great strength we can get from each other.


    We will mainly ‘hangout’ and talking (building relationships) while having breakfast (Dutch treat…which means you pay for yourself). We will also have a short devotion focused on ‘building’ your relationship with God.


    It’s going to be a lot of fun….we really hope you can make it each Thursday morning (or as many as you can).


    If you can’t stay for the whole time…that’s fine. Come and go when you can.


    See you there!


  • Billiards group - billy mercer

    Wednesday

    6:00-7:30 pm

    Lagniappe Restaurant

    Hwy 16, Denham Springs, LA

    Cost $1.00 per game

    Food is available for purchase

    Childcare-none

     

    Come hang out with us for a time of fun, fellowship, encouragement and to build relationships.  In today’s busy world, there is a need to step back, take time to enjoy one another and have fun.  A short devotion will be shared with prayer for any needs you or your family might have. We are here to support you through prayer. Plan to meet us for a great time.  

     

    Our first meeting will be held on September 4th.  Feel free to bring a friend or family with you.  

     

    See you there! 

Men’s and Women’s Groups

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  • Intercessory worship - carey ann

    Tuesday (Book Study) 

    6:30-8:30 pm

    212 Hazelnut Street, Denham Springs, LA

    Cost: $12 includes book and workbook.

    Childcare - No

     

     

    Intercessory Worshipis a book by Dick Eastman.  This study will help you in your journey to learn how worship saturated prayers, rise like a fragrance before God’s throne.  This type of worship declares God’s glory and reign over all circumstances.

     

    If you have a heart to engage in worship, come experience life transforming intercessory worship as we walk through the book together.  


  • study of non-christian beliefs & theologies - pastor pete moore

    Thursday (Men and Women Bible study)

    11:00 am

    Encounter Church class room

    Cost: none

    Childcare: No

     

    Each week we will focus on a different religion, cult or doctrinal system to discover what they believe. We’ll examine why they believe it, and what they believe about God and Jesus Christ. 

     

    We will also look at how we can best communicate with those who have these beliefs. In this detailed study, we will focus on how to evangelize the true Gospel to them.  

  • cruisers for christ - billy and tara mercer

    Saturday (Men & Women Group)

    Once a month—dates coming

    9 am – til . . .depending on destination

    Various locations around the local area

    Cost – Your expenses (gas and food)

    Childcare - No

     

    How about being a ‘Cruiser for Christ?’

    Come on a ride and fellowship with us, as we see and discover this amazing land that God has created. 

     

    Our First fellowship ride will be to Amite down HWY 16 from Denham Springs. We plan on meeting up at the Watson Wal-Mart @ 9am on Saturday September 28th.

    We are open to hearing suggestions for future rides…so if anyone else has a place that they would like to ride next…we will consider planning to go to that destination.

     

    This is going to be such a fun time together. Couples or single riders are welcome.

  • Evangelism explosion - pastor philip and kelly pimlott

    Sunday

    5:30-7:00pm

    15087 West Lakefront Drive, 

    Gonzales, LA 70737

    Cost: Work book (around $15)

    Childcare: no

     

    Kelly and I are so excited to be able to teach a course called ‘Evangelism Explosion’this Fall semester. We believe you will find this to be one of the most challenging, exciting and rewarding ventures of your entire life. You will find that there is NO GREATER JOY you will experience as a Christian than that which is the result of leading someone to Christ.

     

    Have you ever been in that place where you either wanted to say something, or knew you needed to reach out…but you were afraid and didn’t know what to say? Then you are like so many others. Evangelism Explosion gives you the tools that will help build your confidence in order to being able to share the Gospel with someone else in the most practical manner.

     

    Over this semester you will learn a Gospel presentation that is clear and easy to remember, as well as important biblical principles about sharing the most meaningful message in the world! By the end of this course this material will help you learn to witness as a ‘way of life!’

     

    ‘He told them,’ The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore to send out workers into His harvest field.’(Luke 10:2) 

     

    Laborers needed!

  • growth track intensive - jim alise

    Saturday

    September 21st & November 2nd

    Time - 9:00-1:45pm

    Location- Encounter Church (Classroom)

    Cost - None

    Childcare: no

     

    During the fall we are offering what we have called ‘Growth Track INTENSIVE.’ You can take the whole Growth Track course in one day. For some of you it’s been a challenge to be here each Sunday for 4 weeks.  We’re making it easy for you.  You can take the whole course in one day!

    This is also an opportunity for those of you who are missing a week (or 2) that can come and complete the course. You can sign up just for the week that you are missing and be there for that class.

             Step One:    Connecting                    (9:00-10:00 am)

             Step Two:    Relationships                  (10:15-11:15 am)

             Step Three:  Identifying your Design (11:30-12:30 pm)

             Step Four:    Joining The Team          (12:45- 1:45 pm)

     

    We will have a 15 minute break between classes and have snacks available for you. 

     

    Check the class (week) you have missed and sign up to come and complete ‘Growth Track’ so you can begin your next step of serving on a ‘Dream Team’ here @your church!

Marriage AND Family Groups

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  • marriage on the rock - pastors alan and ann pimlott

    Sunday (Men and Women Marriage Group)

    5:30- 7:00 pm

    Encounter Church (Classroom)

    Cost- $14.95 for book

    Childcare- provided (0-6yrs) $5 per child $10 per family (max)

     

         We are so excited to be able to offer this incredible marriage course by Jimmy Evans. This course has helped thousands of couples recapture the intimacy and passion they believed was long removed from their marriage.


         We will embark on a journey that will drastically increase the intimacy in your relationship as we provide you with practical, Biblically-based guidelines, insightful discussions and life-changing applications on these subjects:


         The most important issue in marriage, 4 foundational laws of marriage, understanding and meeting your spouse’s needs, destructive husbands and wives, the power of positive communication, financial management in marriage, parents: past and present, raising great children as you build a great marriage, sexual fulfillment in marriage, foundation for successful blended families.


         It’s going to be an action-packed DVD discussion study ‘coupled’ with 49 years of marriage experience from Pastor’s Alan and Ann…make plans to be in this small group. Child-care is also provided. Your marriage is one of the best investments you can make in life.


    The bottom line is that none of us have a perfect marriage. The joy of marriage is learning how to become one and growing together with yourspouse as God intended…lets learn and grow together

  • christian relationships - rena and rene leblanc

    Wednesday (Book Discussion)

    6:00 – 7:30 pm

    Crossroads House Conference Room

    10377 Goodwood Blvd.

    Baton Rouge, LA

    Limit: 15

    Childcare provided: $5/child, $10 for 2 or more

     

    Our small group study starts on September 4th.   We will look at a biblical perspectives on christian dating, relationships and marriage. The study will include both men and women and shall be held in the conference room at our women’s house.

     

    We look forward to seeing you there for study and fellowship. 

Student Life

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  • Wave Youth - Bob & Christi Hamby

    Wednesday (Youth Group)

    6:45-8:10 pm

    Hamby’s Home

    Denham Springs, La

    Cost: none

    Childcare: No

     

    Wave Youth, grades 6-12thwill meet every Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 PM at The Hamby home (please email for address and directions.) We will hang out and fellowship, have dinner together (dinner is provided), Bible study, and break off into small groups.

    Please note that on the FIRST Wednesday we will meet at the church for our normal First Wednesday experience. Be there at 6:45 or come early to hang out.

    Please email Christi Hamby for any questions at:
    wave@encounterchurch.today

     

  • god and games - rich blattenberger and aaron searing

    Saturday

    5:30-8:30 p.m.

    Encounter Church (E-Kids Area)

    Cost- None

    Childcare- No

     

    Join us for an exciting small group full of fun, fellowship and competition! 

     

    G&G is for people who are passionate about God and playing games! Games can be such an awesome way to bring people of different backgrounds together! We will have card games, board games and will be setting up a switch on the projector!

     

    All ages are welcome and please feel free to bring a game to share! We will meet Saturday evenings from 5:30 until 8:30, all ages are welcome! Bring your friends and family to enjoy a great time of fellowship!

    No food


  • 30U - Michael and julia ali

    Thursday

    Time - 6:30-8:30pm

    Location - The Ali House

    Cost - Yes (depending on activity)

    Childcare - No


    30U is a community of young adults (18-30)@ Encounter Church.


    30U is an environment that focuses on the importance of fellowship, growing relationships and to simply have fun with people in a similar stage of life. Above all, you gain a family of friends that will encourage and challenge you as we do life together!


    This semester we will be diving into a new video bible study series, to help challenge us and push us through our current seasons of life.


    If you are 18-30 years old reading this- no matter your story, background or situation…you are invited to be a part of this young adult community.


    This small group semester is going to be awesome!


Connect Plus (50+ years old)

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  • Bible Study (Age 50+) - 1st and 2nd timothy

    Arnold & Dee Howard

    Wednesday (Men and Women Bible Study)

    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Encounter Church (Classroom)

    Cost: None

    Childcare:  No

     

        Have you ever wondered, what is at the heart of the ministry of the church? How should women participate in the church? How important is the preaching ministry of the church, and what should the church’s preaching look like? How much diversity should we allow in the teaching and preaching ministry of the church? What is the church’s responsibility to the poor? What type of leadership should the church have? Who should occupy positions of leadership? What should the worship of the church entail?

     

        The questions of today are not all that different from the questions the church wrestled with in the middle of the first century. And the good news is, Scripture has answers to these questions. In particular, the apostle Paul deals with these issues as he writes his two letters to his friend and coworker, Timothy. He may not treat them as exhaustively as we might like. He may not give specific answers to all of our modern questions. But he gives us guidance in I and II Timothy in wrestling with many of the problems and struggles that face the church today.



  • MONTHLY Connect Plus (AGE 50+) – Pastor Alan & Ann PIMLOTT, Arnold & Dee HOWARD, Nancy BYRD

    Last Thursday Of The Month

    (Men and Women group)

    6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Encounter Church (Classroom)

    Cost: none

    Childcare: no


    Come out on the last Thursday of each month for a great time together.  There will always be plenty of food (bring a casserole if you'd like),fun and fellowship.   Guest speakers, door prizes, and a time of singing together await you.

    Invite your friends and bring them along! They'll thank you!!!


PRAYER

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  • Hour of Power - Sherry Hale

    Thursday (Men’s and Women’s prayer)

    6:00 - 7:00 PM

    Encounter Church (Sanctuary)

    Cost - None

    Childcare - No, but a kid friendly environment

     

    When we pray, 

    GREAT THINGS WILL HAPPEN!   

     

    Why not join with us each week for an hour of power as we take time out from our busy lives to pray.  It's a great opportunity to 'quiet' your life and to hear from God. Each week we will have a short devotion on Prayer to help encourage you in your Prayer Life.

     

    Make plans to be with us weekly from 6-7 p.m.  

     

    It's a kid friendly environment too!

     


  • rise and shine prayer - glory riggins and leslie hollier

    Wednesday

    6:45AM - 7:30AM

    1543 Del-plaza Dr., Suite 3  

    Baton Rouge, LA 70815

     

     

    Come and join us on Wednesday mornings as we start the day in a workplace setting with a time of worship and prayer!  

     

    Our focus will be on ushering in God's presence through worship, and praying both privately and as a group. As we bring our needs to God, we will join in agreement and stand in the gap for one another. 

     

    All are welcome! 

    Just be sure to B.YO.C. (Bring your own coffee!!) 

Faith & Fitness

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  • body of believers - adrian and dee brumfield

    Tuesday (Men and Women fitness group)

    6:30-7:45 p.m. 

    Wave Youth Room (Encounter Church)

    Cost: none

    Childcare: No, but a kid friendly environment

     

    God cares about your body as we read in His Word- ‘For you were bought at a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.’ (I Cor. 6:20)

     

    Join us each Tuesday evening and get a full-body strength and cardio workout. This 12 week small group session will include cardio conditioning and core work using only your bodyweight.

     

    Whether you’ve been working out for years, or this is your first attempt at exercising, we have something for everyone.

     

    From music, the messages we share during workouts, to the weekly motivational texts you’ll receive, our goal is to always point you back to God and believe that partnering with Him is the only way any of us can find true physical and spiritual health.

     

    You really need to be a part of this ‘Body of Believers!’ Bring your own water and towel. 

     


Outreach Group

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  • Serve Day ’19 - Rene & Rena LeBlanc

    Saturday  September 28

    Time:  9:00-Noon

    Location- All around this local area

    Cost: None

    Childcare: We encourage you to participate as a family

     

    On September 28, 2019, we will partner as we link arms to serve people everywhere with the love of Jesus through simple acts of kindness.

     

    No matter who you are, where you are, what you have – we want you to be part of making a huge difference in the world and our local community.

     

    We will be looking for local ‘outreach’ opportunities (if you know any, please let us know) so we can put teams together and take the ‘Gospel’ to the streets through finding a need and filling it!

     

    In years past we have poured concrete, built stairs and handicap ramps, painted houses, cleaned up yards, visited nursing homes, handed out waters….(to mention a few of our outreaches)

     

    We want 2019 to be OFF THE CHARTS as we spread the love of Jesus in practical ways to our community. Please sign up (with your family) to make this a massive success.

RECOVERY GROUPS

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  • E.R. (Encounter recovery) - E.R. Dream Team (Laura Simon)

    Friday

    6:30-8:30 Pm

    Encounter Church

    Cost: none

    Childcare: Provided Free (0-Pre-School)

     

    We would like for you to come to the ER where freedom is just one heart beat way. If you’re bloody, broken and lost…help is here and walk-ins are welcome.

     

    Every week we open the doors to help those who have hurts, habits and hang-ups to discover the freedom and healing available in Christ. If you are currently attending other support groups (such as AA) and are looking for something ‘deeper’, the ER is the place to be!  We’re NOT just another program; we’re All about leading people into a relationship with Jesus.

     

    We begin the evening with snacks and coffee (free of charge), this is a great way to connect with other people. We have video Praise and Worship, message and prayer time. Following the main session we have groups. We break into gender and age specific (need specific) groups so we can go ‘deeper’ and allow people to share/talk about what they are dealing with. These groups usually follow the subject of the materials taught in the main session that night.

     

    We would love to welcome you Home to your place of freedom and healing @the ER. Come expecting God to change your life from the inside out! We KNOW WE CAN’T DO THAT…but He can!

finance groups

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  • DAVE RAMSEY FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY -

    EVETTE MILES

    Sunday

    5:30-7:00pm

    Encounter Church (Classroom)

    Cost $100

    Childcare: $5.00 per child up to a maximum of $10.00 per family per weekly session.

     

    What would your life be like if you had no payments? No credit card payments. No car payments. No home equity loan payments. NOT even a house payment.

     

    How much could you save and invest? How much could you blow and just have fun with? How much could you give? What if every dollar you brought home represented an opportunity for the future instead of an obligation to the past?

     

    What kind of difference would it make to your family, your community, or your church if you were completely 100% debt free?

     

    What you will learn in FPU (Financial Peace University) isn’t just about saving money or getting out of debt or building up a healthy retirement….but it’s about living and giving the way God designed you to. FPU gives you the one thing the average American family is missing for their money- a plan.

     

    We can provide the ‘what’and the ‘how,’ but there’s something you must bring if you want this to work- you’ve got to bring your ’WHY.’

     

    This is going to be an awesome life-changing journey together. Please don’t be put off by the cost…but look at it as making an investment into your future. The cost includes your own complete FPU package with all the tools and material you need.

     

    (Please NOTE- this money is not all due up front, but can be made in payments over the 12-week course together)