FREEDOM GROUPS

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Have you been living in bondage shackled by fear, worry, anxiety and financial stress? Do you feel strangled by depression, past failures and the thought that you are sinking further in the pit? Would you like to be unhandcuffed from these bondages?


     Freedom provides the path for a successful journey. No matter where you are in your faith journey, this course will challenge you to take a step toward truth—about God, about faith, and about yourself. 


     It is for freedom that Christ set us free. That’s what Paul wrote in Galatians 5:1 and Jesus Himself said that He came to the earth so that we may have life and have it to the full (John 10:10). Just imagine that: Life abundant.  Not barely surviving, but truly living. It means days filled with hope, joy and purpose. This is the kind of life God always intended for you to have.


     Did you know that God wants a relationship with you, and He sent his son, Jesus, to bridge the gap between earth and heaven so you could know Him.  The journey may not be easy, but it will be rewarding.  During this semester, you will be the one who decides how far you are willing to go to find freedom.  Here is a promise from Jeremiah 29:13: If you seek Him with your whole heart, you will find Him. 


Your pursuit of Freedom begins today!  Our expectations are high that you’ll receive all that God has for you!  We believe it is essential for EVERYONE in our church to travel the FREEDOM journey.


  • TUESDAY 11:00AM

    ENCOUNTER CHURCH

    NANCY BYRD

    (WOMEN ONLY)


  • MONDAY 6:30PM

    WALKER, LA

    CATHY AND BILL CLIFFORD


  • THURSDAY 7:00PM

    PRARIEVILLE

    SETH AND CHELSEA SZYMANSKI


  • TUESDAY 6:30PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS

    LAURA SIMON


  • THURSDAY 7:00PM

    ENCOUNTER CHURCH

    SHERRY HALE


  • FRIDAY 7:30

    ENCOUNTER CHURCH

    PAUL AND HELEN MURRAY

    (ENCOUNTER RECOVERY)


  • SUNDAY 9:00AM

    ENCOUNTER CLASSROOM

    CATHY CLIFFORD


  • SUNDAY 5:00PM

    PASTOR PHILIPS HOME

    PHILIP AND KELLY PIMLOTT


  • WEDNESDAY

    DENHAM SPRINGS

    CHRISTI AND BOB HAMBY

    (YOUTH ONLY)


  • MONDAY 7-8:30PM

    ENCOUNTER CHURCH

    RENE AND RENA LEBLANC

WOMEN'S GROUPS

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  • Breaking Bread - Cathy clifford

    Wednesday

    Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

    Location: 33826 Nancy Drive

    Walker, LA 70785

    Cost: none

    Childcare: none

    Limit: 15


    Give a person a piece of bread and you will feed them for a day; teach them to bake the bread and feed them for a lifetime.


    Each year I bake a variety of breads for family and friends. Every person has their favorites and in this small group, we will learn to make breads of various types such as: sour dough, Amish, ginger pumpkin, chocolate banana, strawberry, coconut and lemon poppyseed just to name a few. Join me as we break bread together with glad and sincere hearts. 


    At the end of the semester, we will celebrate with a tea party, including hats, breads and a few surprises.  


    Can’t wait to fellowship and break bread together.   


  • Coffee and talk - nancy winship

    Tuesdays 

    Time: 6-7:00 p.m.

    Location: Alexander’s Old Perkins Rd. (across from Blue Bayou)

    Cost: Coffee

    Childcare: none

     


             In today’s busy world, it is important to build

             relationships that encourage and support each

             other through life’s challenges.  That’s what this

             group is all about. 

             

             Come and join me for a nice cup of coffee and

             candid discussion about what God is doing in

             our lives. Can’t wait to see you there!


MEN'S GROUPS

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  • Breakfast & Chat - aronjay (dup) dupertis

    Thursday (Breakfast & Fellowship)

    Time: 6:30 - 7:30 am

    Location: I-HOP, 2260 Home Depot Dr.

    Denham Springs, LA  70726

    Cost: 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 talk (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!


Men’s and Women’s Groups

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  • bible and burgers

    Sunday 

    Time: 4:00-5:30 pm

    Location: 25825 Royal Birkdale Drive

    Denham Springs, LA 70726

    Cost: none

    Childcare: none



    We will cover some of the great characters
    from the Bible all the way from Genesis to
    Revelations. We will focus on one time
    frame each week with a video and lesson.
    Our main intent is to learn the stories with
    fellowship in our home and enjoy some
    delicious grilled burgers.

    Just bring yourself and your appetite.




  • bibliology, origins of the Bible - pastor pete moore

    Thursday 

    11:30 - 1 pm

    Encounter Church Classroom

    Cost: none

    Childcare: No

     

    This semester we will be looking in depth at the origins of the Bible. We will be learning about the history and background of the Book itself, but more importantly than that, we will be examining the validity and truthfulness of our belief that the Bible is truly the word of God.


    I believe that this study will give you more than just 'head knowledge', and that it will also strengthen your faith and belief in gods word.


    Looking forward to seeing you there.

  • social media for seniors and everyone else

    - dee howard

    Thursday (Men & Women Group)

    Time: 9:30-11 am

    Location: Classroom Encounter Church

    Cost: None

    Childcare: no

       We’ve all asked or have heard one of the following:

    • “I put the picture on Spacebook” (aka Facebook).  “What do you mean ‘I should have put it in the Instant Pan?’” (aka Instagram).  
    • “You say I should Tweet more (aka Twitter)? I don’t sing!”  
    • “Message you!?!?!  I don’t have time to go to Western Union!  
    • “How do I add the You Version App (or any App) to my flip phone?”  
    • “What language are you speaking (lol, ROFL, IDK, BTW, MCM, etc.)?
    • “Can you help me with this phone?”

       Social Media is one of the biggest terms of the last

       decade!   What in the world does it mean?  Is social

       media a new newspaper that you need to subscribe to?

       We’ll discuss how using facets of social media can help

       you communicate with family and friends when we’re not

       eye-to-eye.  What are these strange acronyms or

       abbreviations that have now taken over the English

       language?


       We’ll look at some of the popular telephones and give

       information on accessing some of the most used

       features.

       This promises to be an easy to understand group where

       we’ll laugh at what we don’t know and enjoy the fact that

       we’re not alone!


  • painting class - dixie taylor

    Saturday 

    Location: 1-3:00 pm

    Location: Encounter Robot Room

    Cost $15.00

    Childcare: kid friendly



    YOU CAN DO IT!


           For our first class, I will lead you in a painting. 

           However, my goal is to equip you with the skills to

           paint on your own.  Won’t it be wonderful to paint

           from your own photographs?  We are going to work

           on 8X10 canvasses. 


          You are welcomed to bring your own supplies,

          brushes, paint and canvas to get started.  Later,

          you may need to purchase more canvases.  I will

          email a list of supplies to you once you sign up.


          Can’t wait to get started!  See you there!   


  • hour of power prayer - sherry hale

    Thursday

    Time - 6:00-7:00 PM

    Location- Encounter Church

    Cost - None

    Childcare: No, but children are welcome

     

    When we pray, GREAT THINGS WILL HAPPEN.


    Why not join 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.

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

Student Life

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  • Wave Youth - Bob & Christi Hamby

    Wednesday (Youth Group)

    Time: 6:45-8:10 pm

    Location: Hamby’s Home

    Denham Springs, La

    Cost: none

    Childcare: No


    Wave Youth, grades 6-12th will 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


  • 30U - Michael ali

    Thursday

    Time - 6:30-7:30pm

    Location - Encounter Church

    Cost - No

    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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  • 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!!!


  • Connect Plus Bible study - arnold and dee howard

    Wednesday (Men and Women)

    Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Location: Encounter Church (Classroom)

    Cost: None

    Childcare:  No


           If you were with us last semester, we’ll complete the

          last chapter of IITimothy before beginning this

         semester’s study.      


           Join us as we delve into I Samuel for a study of

           Hannah. Hannah, the mother of Samuel, was a

           great woman. Hannah’s adversity forms the

           backdrop for her Psalm of Praise, which has

           become a comfort and inspiration to saints down

           through the ages.  There is much to learn that we

           can apply to our lives.


           We’ll close out the semester with a study on the

           Book of Jonah!  From disobedience to

           repentance to anger to God’s kindness!


Faith & Fitness

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  • body of believers - adrian and dee brumfield

    Monday (Men and Women fitness group)

    Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

    Location: 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 Monday evening and have some fun with

    music and movement.  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’ll really want to be a part of this ‘Body of Believers!’                      Bring your own water and towel.  


     


Outreach Group

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  • michael charleville and tina egglesen

    Saturday  (Outreach Activities)

    1st &3rd, outreach 2nd & 4th fellowship

    Time:  Noon - 3:00

    Location- All around this local area

    Cost: None

    Childcare: We encourage you to participate as a family


    Has God been Speaking to you about sharing the love

    He has given you to others? Are you a willing vessel and

    don’t know where to begin? Already outreaching, but

    want to do more? 


    God has deposited gifts inside of you waiting for you to

    tap into...Come explore your purpose with us while

    sharing the love of Christ with others.   


    Join us in February, March and April 2020, as we partner

    together and serve people in our community with the love

    of Jesus. Through simple acts of kindness and meeting

    needs, the Gospel of Christ will be shared beyond our

    walls into the community.  


    Some of those opportunities will be the homeless, 

    adopting our neighborhood apartments, visit nursing

    homes and addiction centers just to name a few. If you

    know of any local opportunities, please feel free to share

    them with us. 


        Be a part of the 2020 movement.... building God's

                    Kingdom...KINGDOM MOVES!


RECOVERY GROUPS

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

    Friday (Recovery Group)

    Time: 6:30-8:30 Pm

    Location: Encounter Church

    Cost: none

    Childcare: Provided Free (0-Pre-School)


    Each Friday night we meet at 6:30 pm to help provide

    support and encouragement needed to see people’s lives healed and restored. No matter what you are struggling

    with we believe all are set free at the Cross –where

    God’s heart can heal yours.


    “Create in me a clean heart O God. Renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10


    Life altering decisions can be made, hearts changed, and

    lives transformed through the love of Christ.  It’s not a ‘program’ it is a relationship with Christ. We believe

    through Jesus we can all find complete freedom and that

    every ‘cycle can be broken’.


    ER Schedule:

    Doors open at 6:00 pm (snacks/coffee/fellowship)

    Main Session          6:30 pm-7:30 pm

    Break                      7:30 pm-7:40 pm

    Group Breakout      7:40 pm-8:30 pm


    Come find a home and a family with us whose goal is to

    create a place of safety and freedom. You’ll also find a

    place where people can feel safe to be themselves while discovering everything God desires for them to be. ER is

    a place where total freedom and deliverance happens. 

     

    ER--Where freedom is one heartbeat away!


finance groups

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  • DAVE RAMSEY FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY -

    ann couvillion

    Sunday (Men and Women)

    Time: 5:30-7:00pm

    Location: Encounter Church (Classroom)

    Cost $100 (NOTE- this money is not all due up front but can be made in payments over the 12-week course together.)

    Childcare: $5 for first child, $10 max per family


    What would your life be like if you had no payments? What if you had no credit card payments, no car payments, no home equity loan payments and 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?


    The lessons you 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.