Receiving and Delivering and the Lord's Supper (A Good Friday Reflection)

Receiving and Delivering and the Lord's Supper (A Good Friday Reflection)

"Tonight churches all over the world gather to celebrate “Good Friday.” I’m not sure it was that good of a day originally, a just man was betrayed, tortured and executed while being innocent. And yet, without the death of that man, you and I have no hope, so I guess it was a good Friday after all, if not for Jesus, at least for you and I. And you might wonder: what’s the point of going to church on a Friday?"

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

This year our church will observe Ash Wednesday for the first time. In the Church calendar, Ash Wednesday kicks off Lent, the period of 40 days leading up to Easter when the Church prepares to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection by entering a time of fasting and repentance. Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of marking people’s foreheads with the sign of the cross with ashes.

Ruins

Ruins

Pastor Joel continues his thoughts while on his trip to Israel.

One of the things that have surprised me the most during this trip is how many of the historical sites we visit, from ancient buildings to the churches that were built later on to commemorate certain events, are second and third iterations. First time I noticed this was when we visited the site of the village of Capernaum.

Tourist Trap

Tourist Trap

Pastor Joel continues his thoughts while on his trip to Israel.

If you’ve been keeping up, I’m in the middle of a sort of pilgrimage across the Holy Land. I’m trying to blog some of the thoughts and insights that this trip is generating in my mind and heart. Today I want to talk about an experience I had at the Mount of Beatitudes a couple of days ago.

He Was Here

He Was Here

Pastor Joel continues his thoughts while on his trip to Israel.

So as I posted yesterday. I’m currently on a sort of pilgrimage through the Holy Land, and while I’m terrible at journaling, I’m trying to write some blog posts about my experience here. Not necessarily from the perspective of what cool sights we see each day, but more from the perspective of what insights and thoughts being here inspires.

The Rain Is Coming: On Thanksgiving and the Holy Land

The Rain Is Coming: On Thanksgiving and the Holy Land

Pastor Joel shares some of his thoughts while on a mission trip to Israel.

As some of you know, I’m currently on a tour of the Holy Land. And today, which was day 2 but really our first day of traveling in Israel, I sensed that I needed to blog through some of my experiences. If anything else for my own sake to try and remember what God is speaking to me. I don’t like journaling, but blogging feels like the closest thing to it I can do.

Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive

Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive

This year we once again had the privilege of organizing and providing 130 baskets of food for the families of Park Morton. We love our community and it has been an honor to be able to serve our neighbors and friends, the way God calls us to.

Encounter Kids

Encounter Kids

This is going to be an exciting year for families and kids at Encounter Church!

We are offering a kid friendly program every Sunday morning during the sermon time for kids ages 3-3rd grade. We will be using The Gospel Project curriculum and beginning in THE beginning with Genesis and the Creation Story.

We're Moving!

We're Moving!

A couple of months ago we moved from the location we launched at, the GALA Theatre, to a temporary location for the summer, El Tio Tex-Mex Grill. El Tio has been great to us the last couple of months (can’t really complain when the room starts smelling like Tex Mex food, it’s the aroma of Heaven!). But now, after a couple of months of looking, I am so excited to announce we have finally found a new home!