is planned for Lehigh Acres, January 23-25, 2015. Encounter is for middle/high school and college students. Lehigh Acres Pastor and District Youth Mission Coordinator, Pastor Eric Skelton will be leading the event.
The Southern Florida Encounter provides real mission service opportunities and is designed just for students. We will be working with the Lehigh Acres Community Services, Harry Chapin Food Bank, and the Salvation Army. We will doing a lot of service activities, including small home repairs, painting, working with a mobile food pantry, landscaping, and helping coordinate health screenings — all within a community containing close to 500 housing units. A special community evangelistic service is planned for late Saturday afternoon.
In addition to service in the community, our very special guest speaker will be inspiring and challenging our church and leaders of tomorrow. Our very special speaker is our very new District Superintendent, Pastor Brian Wilson. Pastor Wilson was born in Guatemala, Central America to missionary parents. In his first 16 years, he lived in Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica. After he and Joan married and completed their training, they spent 9 years as missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene in South America and Switzerland. His ministry passion is urban and transcultural mission work.
We really appreciate you staying for the entire event through the Sunday morning worship time. Registration begins Friday night at 5 p.m. with the program beginning at 8 p.m. Encounter should be completed by 11 a.m. Sunday morning.
The cost for Encounter is $55/person, if registered by January 5, 2015. The cost rises to $70/person after January 5. At least one adult chaperone is needed for each group and an adult chaperone is needed for every eight students. As in the past, everyone will be sleeping in church facilities. So everyone will need to bring proper bedding and/or sleeping bags (it can be cool or even cold in January). Showers will be provided off-premises.
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Here is what will be supplied for each participant: a place to sleep, specially designed Encounter T-shirt, Friday night pizza party, all meals on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday. Some of the cost is used for the expenses of the event.
We encourage online registration (at this website). A credit card is needed. All students and parents of students must complete and submit a medical release form (downloadable from this website). The medical release forms will either need to be mailed to Pastor Eric Skelton or scanned and emailed to him.
Pastor Skeltons email address is: email@example.com. His mailing address is: Pastor Eric Skelton, c/o Lehigh Acers Church of the Nazarene, 210 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres, FL 33936. His cell phone number is: 806-346-7327. If registration isnt done online, all checks will need to be sent to him, made payable to Southern Florida District.
Encounter provides an opportunity for young people to learn about mission service, be exposed to other Christian youth and improve their spiritual journey. Every church with youth, on the Southern Florida District, should be represented at this event.
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