ENCOUNTER 2022


 

We look forward with great anticipation to even great things in 2022! As we announced on Vision Sunday, our goal for 2022 is to “Create Environments to Encounter God.”

To give online, simply select “Give Now” then “Encounter 2022”.

It is always God who brings the increase (see I Corinthians 3:7), but it is our goal as a church to create environments where people are ready to receive what God has for them. In order to seed the ground for this endeavor, we will be receiving a special Christmas offering!  This offering will be called “Encounter.”

 


 

The Encounter offering will be used to create three environments for people to encounter God as He transforms lives and eternal destinies.

Our three environments will be:

1. A New Cafe! 

After many years of faithful service, we have retired our bookstore in the main lobby. In its place we are excited to launch a new cafe! This space will be transformed into a gathering spot for people to connect before and after each service. This hospitality will be free to our community and staffed by volunteers. As we renovate this space, we will also update the main restrooms.

2. Local Missions!

The Helping Hand Rescue Mission is in need of refurbishment of their food storage and baby supplies area. They currently feed over 200 families per week, as well as provide diapers, formula and other supplies to young families. We want to join with them and improve this environment to further equip them to care for people and families in the Town of Huntington.

3. Digital Environments! 

Our digital environments are seeing more guests than ever before, and there is no sign of slowing down! It is time to renovate all of these spaces with improved functionality and new logos, colors, and designs. For most people, our online environments are a first impression. Currently, more than 300 individuals and families view our online services each week. This digital renovation would also include exterior and interior signage and other design elements on our campus.


Each “Encounter” environment has a different focus: whether it is for enhanced connection and fellowship in a new cafe, a local missional project that brings hope and help to our community, or furthering the reach of our church through our digital presence. All of these enhanced environments are aimed at pointing people to Christ and His love. Throughout December, we will be hearing the testimonies of people who have been impacted for Jesus through Island Christian Church.

As we seek to meet these goals in 2022, we estimate the budget for these projects at about $150,000. Would you pray about being a financial partner for this project? Building these environments extends above and beyond our normal operating budget. If God lays it on your heart, would you consider a special end-of-year gift to the Encounter campaign? 

We’re praying that 2022 is a year in which, together, we can accomplish what God has put on the hearts of our leaders on behalf of our church!


To give online, simply select “Give Now” then “Encounter 2022”.

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Check out these testimonies of how people encountered God at Island Christian Church!

The testimony of Maureen M.

I came to faith in Jesus, through many small steps, which led to my being baptized on 4/11/2021. I craved to know Jesus better. I needed more than what my current faith practice was giving me. It began with reading The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren in 2005. I read, “You are not an accident. Even before the universe was created, God had you in mind, and created you for a purpose.” I was shocked by these words. In an instant, I felt a lifetime of self-hatred and self-doubt, healed by the balm of God’s Word.

My introduction to Island Christian Church was through a member’s invitation to join Ladies Bible Study. I was inspired by the faith, and knowledge of the ladies. I was impressed by how the Bible was transformed into a Living Book. I attended a Starting Point class with Pastor Joe in January 2021, and started my journey to becoming baptized, and a member of Island Christian Church. I am a Christian now, and I feel God’s presence in my heart, in the world, and in my life.

The testimony of Albert G.

I came to faith in Christ at my darkest hour; I was broken scared and alone. I prayed to Jesus to free me from myself and my sinful life. I was living a double life one that was outwardly perfect but inwardly run by sin, ego and fear. I repented for my sinful ways asking Christ into my heart and immediately felt safe and at home. The mustard seed had been firmly planted. I was experiencing many new things and had a number of questions. I turned to Island Christian and joined a men’s group early in the summer and later that fall began the Starting Point series. As I connected with other Christians; deepening my knowledge and understanding of the word I truly felt my faith begin to grow. I still have much to learn and am so grateful for the fellowship and support of my Island Christian Church family. 

The testimony of Carineh M.

Approximately, eight months ago I was invited to witness a friend being baptized at Island Christian Church. I was a little hesitant but I went anyway. The minute I entered the service hall I felt an overwhelming sense of home. Minutes later as I settled into this new journey, I knew Island Christian was my home. I felt the love and presence of God and all the wonderfulness he selflessly gives. I realized I needed to turn to God, but I needed to in a different way than I was raised in. Island Christian Church is the door into the Lord’s house. My life changed and I never felt alone again. From the pastors to the attendees, I felt the love and support needed to fully be a child of God. Starting Point and Pastor Joe helped me realize that I was never the fatherless child I thought I was. My life had many struggles and was in constant survival mode ridden with anxieties and fears. Through prayer and belief in God, Island Christian guided me to a place of hope and faith that has calmed my anxieties. I learned to forgive myself and unburden all the pain associated with self-punishment. I also know I am forgiven by God through Jesus my Lord and Savior. I am excited to discover all that this church will continue to provide me to further my relationship with God. I am excited for the growth I will make with the guidance and support of the family I have found at Island Christian Church.

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