SUNDAYS

Coffee Connections    10:30am    Encore West

Come and have coffee and a treat, meet new friends, connect with friends, share a video and lively conversation! The video series beginning September 9 is by James MacDonald entitled, Think Differently. In this series he identifies strongholds, examines how they came to be, and offers believers a biblical path toward repentance and the renewing of their minds. Led by Lynn Huisinga & Kathy Krueger.

 

Forever Families    10:30am    Rm B

Forever Families is a group of people that come together who have been touched by adoption and/or foster care. Their goal is to have a safe place to support each other with conversation, prayer and sometimes just a listening ear. Forever Families meets the second Sunday of each month. Led by Dave & Tracy Dykshoorn.

 

GPS Life Journey    10:30am    Encore Middle

Discover and fulfill God’s purpose for your life! You will live more intentionally with better focus and greater significance. Discover your personality, strengths, abilities, experiences, spiritual gifts and passions. Develop your mission statement, personal vision/values and margins in your life. The next group starts on Sunday, September 16 at 10:30am at Encore. Maximum class size is limited to 10 (first-come, first-serve). Contact Pastor Bruce Schoeman (320-235-2529) or Lois Kasperson (320-212-3777) for more information.

 

Holy Ambition         10:30am      Rm A

God isn't looking for the brightest and the best. He is looking for people willing to live on the edge and long to see God's agenda fulfilled. In this series on Nehemiah 1-6, you'll hear how God uses ordinary people to accomplish  things and the six conditions God looks for in the lives of people He uses; a dislocated heart, broken spirit, radical faith, strategic plan, personal commitment, and a courageous soul.

 

Salt and Light    10:45am    Fireside Rm 

A 50+ adults (although all are welcome) group that enjoys gathering for Bible Study and sharing life together. There are also some community/mission projects, potlucks and picnics throughout the year! Come and enjoy a cup of coffee and a treat. You won't be disappointed! Led by Mark & Lori Aslesen.

 

TUESDAYS

Women's Bible Study   9:30am         Encore West
Dive into the book of Daniel using videos and study material from Beth Moore, Chuck Missler, Skip Heitzig and other Bible teachers.  Join us as we learn about how believers can develop integrity in a modern-day Babylon, and explore prophecies from the time of Daniel to the second coming of Christ.  Led by Jolene Schlegel. 

 

Pursuing Revival    6:30pm    Rm A

A place to gather together to pray for revival in our personal lives, our church, our community and our country. Men and women of all ages are welcome. Led by Connie Burns.

 

Agape AA    7:00pm    Rm B

Could drugs or alcohol be a problem in your life or even in the life of someone you know? If so, please join us Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to receive support and hear truth. Led by Todd Shubert.

 

WEDNESDAYS

Missionary Prayer & Quilting (Women)    9:30am    Encore West 

Ladies meet every Wednesday to fellowship with each other, pray for missionaries and make quilts for newborns and missions. Led by Bev Harvey.

 

Mustard Seed Moms (Single Moms)    6:00pm    Fireside Rm

This group is designed for single mothers agreeing that no single mom needs to walk alone! Bring your kids for dinner at 6:00pm, then join us for speakers, inspiration and fun with other single moms at 6:30pm. This fall’s focus will be a study by Sheila Walsh entitled, The Longing in Me. Please call the church office at 320-235-2529 by Tuesday noon to reserve a spot for the dinner. Led by Stephanie Vogel, Kate West & Rosa Gunderson.

 

Bible Focus    6:30pm    Encore West

On September 12 we will begin a study in Judges with Skip Heitzig. Fans of historical romance, military history, soap operas, conspiracy theories, spy novels, swashbuckling adventure, or political intrigue will find it all here in the book of Judges! But from a broader and deeper perspective, Judges is essentially the story of a deteriorating nation—and it serves as a sober warning against deterioration in our own nation and in our own personal lives. Led by Lynn Huisinga & Kathy Krueger.

 

Coffee Talk (Women)    6:30pm    Rm B

Join other ladies for a study using Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst. God wants us to live loved when we feel left out, lonely, and less than. This study is a beautiful reminder that you are destined for a love that can never be diminished, tarnished, shaken, or taken—a love that does not reject or uninvite. With Jesus you are always invited in to live loved. Led by Crystal Larson.

 

Financial Peace    6:30pm    Sanctuary

This is a nine-week class using Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace curriculum. Each week is a one-hour teaching by Dave Ramsey followed by small group discussions. Biblical and practical steps are presented on how to get rid of debt, save, budget, manage money and give. To register for the class go to http://www.fpu.com/1068225. (Cost for the materials is $109 and gives you one-year access to Financial Peace University.) Led by Jerrid Sebesta & Tim Mattern.

 

Life Languages (Wednesdays 10/24-11/14)    6:30pm    Encore Middle

This 4-week class teaches how character-centered communication can create success! Understanding this principal will empower you to communicate efficiently, productively and effectively. This may be the single most important life skill we all need to learn. This in-depth communication analysis includes many other insightful tools to enable you to communicate more effectively. It will benefit you in your marriage, your family, your career and every other relationship. Based on the giftings of the Father from Romans 12, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can communicate in a way that is God honoring. This class will be Wednesdays, October 24 & 31 and November 7 & 14. Led by Randy & Lynn Huisinga.

 

Men’s Bullpen    6:30pm    Rm A

Through a series of videos, discussions, prayer and fellowship, we will work to become the strong men God created us to be. It’s about changing lives; not only ours, but also those around us. Led by Randy Huisinga & Mike O’Brien.

 

One-Minute Witness (Wednesdays 9/12-10/10)    6:30pm    Encore Middle

In this 5-week class you will learn from the team that went to the Dominican Republic how to prepare and share your one-minute witness. You have seen others in church live and on the screen during services, now you can prepare and share one of your own. This class will be September 12, 19 & 26 and October 3 & 10. Led by Pastor Bruce & the DR Team.

 

Perspectives on Islam    6:30pm    Encore East

Islam & Christianity: A Study of the Messenger, Message and Mission of the Qur’an and the Bible—Is the god of Islam, Allah, just another name for the same God that Jews and Christians worship? Did the biblical prophets and patriarchs of the Old Testament,orship the same god as Muslims? Is the Allah of the Qur’an compatible with and the same as the God of the Old and New Testament scriptures of the Jews and Christians? This Study Guide is an effort to closely compare the ministry of Jesus and the message of the New Testament to that of Muhammad and the message of the Qur’an. This class will be led by James F. Gauss, Ph.D., author of the highly endorsed book, Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast.

 

Wednesday Prayer    6:30pm    Choir Rm

In Luke 18:1, Jesus told His disciples a parable and encouraged them that they should “always pray and not give up.” Persistent prayer is vital for Christians as we face many situations in life. We will begin each night with a short devotional and then we will pray for our pastors, leaders and other needs in the body of Christ. Led by Char Dykstra & Jan VanEps.

 

THURSDAYS

Senior Luncheon    11:45am    Various Locations

The third Thursday of each month at 11:45am, seniors meet at a local restaurant and enjoy lunch together! If you are single and over 50 or have a spouse in a permanent care facility, please contact Lynn at 320-295-9682 so we can add your name to our mailing list. You will get an invite each month with locations and information. Lunch is paid for on your own. Led by Lynn Huisinga.

 

Dinner & a Movie    6:00pm    Enclore West

Share a meal with new and known friends at a sit-down dinner served at 6:00pm, followed by a full-length movie and ending with dessert. Dinner & a Movies are held the last Thursday night in Sept/Nov/Jan/March/May/July. Reservations are required and the cost if $5 per person to offset the cost of food. Call Lynn at 320-295-9682.

 

God’s ER Freed From All Things    6:00pm    Encore West

Forgiveness, or the lack thereof, is at the root of many issues in life and is manifested in many different ways which can include spiritual oppression, wrong emotions and physical problems. God’s ER leads people through the process of forgiveness and how to be free from everything that is not of the character of Christ. Led by Mike O’Brien.

 

Sanctuary Choir    6:30pm    Choir Rm

As followers of Christ, “worship” is the first purpose of our lives and the sanctuary choir recognizes and embraces this truth!  Each Thursday evening from 6:30– 8:00pm we come together to prepare music for Sunday services that will enhance the worship experience and encourage the body of Christ. Our rehearsals are great opportunities for fellowship, ministry and fun! This year we are opening choir participation to everyone 9th grade and older—no experience necessary. If you would like to connect with others who love music and desire to worship God in Spirit and in truth, please join us! Childcare is provided if needed by calling the church office. Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 6th! Led by Cindy Kerstetter.

 

Agape AA    7:00pm    Rm B

Could drugs or alcohol be a problem in your life or even the life of someone you know? If so, please join us Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to receive support and hear truth. Led by Todd Shubert.

 

SATURDAYS

Saturday Morning Men    8:00am    Rm B

This is a time to help men grow strong. It is a time of fellowship, encouragement and a deeper understanding of how to become godly men. Our goal is to use these things to impact our lives, our families, our church and the world around us. Join us for this time together. It might be early for a Saturday morning, but it is worth it, and…we have coffee and donuts! Led by Randy Huisinga & Gary Crowe.

 

Sisters Stories of Grace    9:00am    Encore West

Come the second Saturday of each month September–May for a morning of girltime, God time and inspiration. It will be a chance to hear stories from women in the community whose lives were transformed by the love of Jesus. All ladies welcome! Led by Jan Van Eps.

 

Agape AA    7:00pm    Rm B

Could drugs or alcohol be a problem in your life or even the life of someone you know? If so, please join us Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to receive support and hear truth. Led by Todd Shubert.