We love where we live!

We're incredibly blessed by the opportunity to partner with three amazing local organizations who are Doing Good! Throughout November, we'll be hosting a Food Drive to support The Pantry and a Diaper Drive to support YoungLives. We're also hosting a Blood Drive with Michigan Blood on Monday, November 20th. Look below for more details on how you can join us in showing the love of Jesus to our neighbors.  

Food Drive // The Pantry

Support our partnership with The Pantry by dropping off non-perishable food items at Encounter during November 1 - 22. 

These are the most needed items:

  • Canned meats [e.g. tuna, chicken]
  • Peanut butter
  • No sodium canned vegetables 
  • No sugar added canned fruit
  • Non-sugary cereal 
  • No or low sodium soup
  • Rice, quinoa, or legumes
  • Whole grain items [e.g. oatmeal]
  • Gluten-free items
  • Dish, laundry, or bar soap
  • Toilet paper

Diaper Drive // YoungLives

Support our partnership with our local chapter of YoungLives by dropping of items to support teen moms and their little ones at Encounter November 1 - 22. 

These are the items needed:

  • Newborn sized diapers [four children]
  • Size 2 diapers [three children]
  • Size 3 diapers [one child]
  • Size 4 diapers [two children]
  • Size 5 diapers [two children]
  • Pajamas size 0-3 months [four children]
  • Pajamas size 12 months [two children]
  • Pajamas size 24 months [two children]
  • Pajamas size 2T [two children]
  • Pajamas size 4T [two children] 
  • New Bibles [for the teen moms]

Blood Drive // Michigan Blood

Did you know someone needs blood every two seconds? Or that one pint of donated blood can save up to three lives?

Join us for a Blood Drive in partnership with Michigan Blood in the Upper Lobby at Encounter on Monday, November 20th from 1 - 7PM. All of the blood donated directly benefits our Kent County hospitals. Please click here to sign up for a donation appointment today! 

Special Thanksgiving promotion: If you make an appointment and donate blood at Encounter on Monday, November 20th, you'll receive a voucher for a free 10-12 lb. Open Acres or Spartan brand turkey from locally participating Spartan stores as a thanks for giving from Michigan Blood! Click here to register for a donation appointment today.