SG's Summer Directory

Check out ALL 20 groups that are available to you and your family this Summer. There really is something for everyone...and if you don't see your 'thing' maybe you need to consider HOSTING a SG in the future. For more information about hosting


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  • Hiking

    Laura Simon-Host


    Time: 10 am

    Location: Various places to be announced

    Cost: none

    Bring the entire family as we venture off into the wonders of nature. Hiking is a fantastic family adventure for the young and older. There is nothing like being in God’s creation! Join me June 12th, 19th, July 3rd, July 10th for Serve Day and July 17th as we discover the beauty of the countryside. Cannot wait to see you there! 

  • Study of Non-Christian Beliefs

    Pastor Pete Moore


    11:30 AM

    Zoom Meeting

    Cost: None

    Each week we will focus on a different religion, cult or doctrinal system to discover what they believe. We will 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. 

    All study notes included and will be emailed to you. 


  • Golf Group

    Pastor Philip Pimlott

    Time: Tuesday nights 5 pm till dark

    Location: Brec’s City Park Course

    We are so excited once again this Summer to offer our golfing small group for BOTH men and women. We plan to meet on Tuesdays from 5pm till dark (playing twilight golf). We realize you may not be able to make it on time each week…but you will be able to join us on the current hole we’re on and play through with us.

    We are planning to meet at Brec’s City Park Course but may also play some of the other Brec courses over the summer. We will also play on a Saturday at the end of the semester a match play competition with prizes, then eat lunch together after.

    It’s going to be a great opportunity for you to get out and enjoy the outdoors while having a great time of fun and fellowship together. Whether you’re a novice or pro…you’re more than welcome to join us.

    The cost for super-twilight (5pm) is $8 walking and $14 riding. We can’t wait to play some golf this summer with you!

  • Do It For Me - Owner Trained Service Dogs  

    Dixie Taylor


    Time: 2-3 pm

    Location: Encounter Church (Outside grassy area)

    Join us as we teach you to train your service dogs. We start with basic obedience and move on to the more specialized skills such as Public Access Training.  Beginner Class is at 1:00 every Sunday in the church parking lot.  Advanced class is at 2:00.   We ask that you start in the beginner class then move up.  You must commit to training your dog every day.   We will teach YOU how to train your dog.   We suggest you have a pinch collar for your dog, a hard cloth leash, and cut up hot dogs as training treats.   Instruction is provided free of charge.

  • The Faithful

    Cathy Clifford


    Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

    Clifford Home

    Cost: None

    Join us for a study into the lives of the apostles and the price they paid as followers of Christ. This is an exciting study based on the Bible and historical facts written by Josephus. In our Small Group, we will have a time of fellowship, read sections of the Bible, review history and have a great time of discussion. It is sure to be an adventure. Hope to see you there.

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  • Hour of Power Prayer

    Sherry Hale, Host


    Time: 6:30-7:30 pm

    Location: Encounter Church Sanctuary

    Cost: None

    Childcare: Kid friendly environment

    Why not join with us each week for an hour of power as we take time out of our busy lives to pray,. It is 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 plan to be with us weekly!


    Cathy Clifford


    Time: 9:00 am

    Location: Encounter Classroom

    Cost: none

    Join me as we die into scripture that will help believers grow in their knowledge of Christ and what He has purposed for them. It is a journey through basic Christian fundamentals that will help establish your ‘identity’ in Christ. The Bible clearly states that we are not to be ignorant to satan’s devices and schemes. 

    Join me as we walk through the parable of the soils over these next few weeks! Can’t wait to see you there! 

  • Proverbs Bible Study

    Arnold and Dee Howard, Host


    Time: 10:30 am–12:00 pm

    Location: Encounter Church Classroom

    Cost: None

    Childcare: None

    Proverbs was Israel’s textbook for the classroom of life. While Psalms stressed a walk before God, Proverbs emphasizes a walk before others.

    In our current day-to-day experiences, nothing can be more important than guidance as we connect with our family, our neighbors, our co-workers, and others that we meet. Proverbs lends info on:

    • Attaining wisdom and discipline
    • Understanding words of insight
    • Attaining wise behavior to do what is right
    • Knowledge and discretion to the young

    Let the wise listen and add to their learning and let the discerning get guidance. Join us as we learn how to apply the wisdom of Proverbs to our daily interactions in 2021.

  • Inductive Bible Study

    Merle Reece

    Tuesday (Women Bible Study)

    Time: 6:30 pm 

    Reece home/Face Time available

    Cost: None

    Childcare: no

    Join me for an inductive Bible study…Answering questions with Scripture…through the Book of John:  Who is God: the father, Son, & Spirit, Book of Ephesians: How to be a child of God,

    Book of Galatians: How to walk in the Spirit. 

  • Ladies Create

    Lindsey Vindel, Host


    Time: 9:30-10:30 am

    Location: Encounter Church Café

    Cost:  Supplies for projects

    God graces us with creative abilities! He is the CREATOR GOD and we are made in His image! Throughout scripture we se and hear all about creation. Join me for an exciting time together of fellowship and to discovering our own God given creativity while making projects. Pinterest ideas welcomed!

  • Women’s Poolside Fellowship

    Shelia Castile


    Time: 7:00-8:30 pm

    Castile Home

    Join me for a short devotional, time of prayer and poolside fellowship basking in the beauty of our awesome God’s creation. It is sure to be a fun time! Can’t wait to see you there!


    Nancy Byrd, Host


    Time: 11am-12:30 pm

    Location: Encounter Church Classroom

    Cost: $12.00 Book of Amazon

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

    YES!! When you put yourself in the hand of Jehovah-Rapha, the GOD who heals! No matter what you have done or what has been done to you. He wants to be your REFUGE! Jesus loves you and offers healing for your deepest wounds. 

    Join us and discover how God can turn your sorrow into joy in LORD HEAL MY HURTS. As we journey through the scriptures, you will see you can be free from past hurts by the power of GOD. With these truths, you will be able to share with others the healing power of JESUS! 

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  • God’s Providence

    Joyce Talbert, Hostess


    Time: 11:00 am- 12:00 pm

    Encounter Church

    Childcare: none

    What is Providence? In this summer session we will discuss the providence of God throughout the scriptures, in the Old and New Testament. I will show you the biblical difference between God’s sovereignty and providence. How believing in “fate” rather than providence is foolish. How the providence of God is still working and moving in our lifetime today. You will see God’s providence in your life during the good times and bad times. How God takes everything in the natural world both good and evil for His purpose, His will and for His glory. And finally, we will see His providence for eternity. 

    Subject Lessons:

    What Is Providence, Providence over Nature

    Providence over Satan and Demons

    Providence over Kings and Nations

    Providence over Life and Death and Sin

    Providence over Christian Living and                                                                       

    The Final Achievements of Providence  


  • Men’s Groups


    Raymond Castile, Host

    Thursday 7-8:30 pm

    Location: Castile home

    Cost: Materials will be provided

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful to learn what the Bible says about being a man of God? Let us lock arms and learn what God’s word has to say about becoming a mighty soldier for Christ. 

  • Encounter Youth Small Group + PARENTS

    Ages 6-12th grade

    Locations: various

    Times: various

    We are planning something really exciting for BOTH our Encounter youth and Parents this Summer. We want them to come and be involved together at various ‘POP UP’ times and locations around town this summer.

    We are planning on having 4 Summer events at different times and locations that we will inform you of the week before. ALL cost for these events will be covered by the church…so plan to have all the fun you can this summer for free.

    Here are some examples of what we plan to do- Trampoline park, Beach volley ball, Main Event, Pool party (maybe more…..who knows…you can even make suggestions.)

    It’s REALLY important you sign up so we can keep you posted on where the next ‘POP UP’ event is going to happen…AND parents you are welcome to join with us too. We think it will be great to have fun together this summer.

    The first ‘POP UP’ event will happen Wednesday June 9th (details to follow). Sign up today for the best Summer SG happening for youth and parents.

  • Encounter EKIDS--Get ready for some Fun!

      TIME: 11:00am - 2:00pm  (@ the church)

    Saturday DATES:

    June 12th; June 26th; July 10th; and July 17th

    It’s going to be a BLAST!

    *Movies, Games, Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Cupcakes, Prizes*

    Guardian/Parent to drop off 10:45a and pick up at 2:00p

  • SUMBIS Intensive-Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

    Arnold and Dee Howard, Host

    Saturday: July 10, 2021, must pre-register by 6:15-21

    Time: 9 am-4 pm

    Location: Encounter Church Dream Team Room

    Cost: $65.00 per couple ($35 assessment fee $30 workbooks)

    Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS for short) has become the gold standard for helping todays engaged and newlywed couples enjoy lifelong love. If you’re engaged, this is where you start. Preparing for a strong and passionate marriage is one of the most important things you’ll ever do. If you’re already started your marriage, give it a boost by renewing the joys that brought you together.

    You will:

    • Uncover the misbeliefs of marriage
    • Learn to communicate with instant understanding
    • Discover the secret to resolving conflict
    • Master the skills of money management and
    • Many other various topics that will help prepare for life-long love

  • ER (Encounter Recovery

    Laura Simon and the ER Dream Team

    Friday (Recovery Group)

    Time: 6:30-8:30 pm, Doors open at 6:00 pm

    Location: Encounter Church

    Cost: none

    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’.

    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!

  • Outreach Group 2020  

    David Laurie

    Saturday (Outreach Activities) 1st &3rd  

    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 reaching out, 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 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.  

    Be a part of the 2021 movement.... building God's

    Kingdom...KINGDOM MOVES!

  • Outreach--SERVE DAY 2021

    David & Kayce Laurie

    Saturday, July 10th

    Time: 9:00 am til Noon

    Location: All around this local area

    Cost: None

    Childcare: We encourage you to participate as a family

    On July 10th, 2021, we will partner as we link arms to serve folks 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 community. 

    We will look 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 2021 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. 

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