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Good morning!

Do you tend to worry?  Maybe its a news story. A sick child. An unexpected bill. A phone call late at   night. Whatever the situation, do you dwell and mull it over endlessly?  

I can have some of those tendencies. I am always thinking, "What if?" I have been known to lay awake at night trying  to anticipate all potential scenarios, sometimes to the point of losing sleep.   

We all know what it's like to worry about something... it's a regular companion for many of us. As it turns out,   so are its close cousins: fear and anxiety.  A nxiety disorders are the most common mental health   issue in the United States. Approximately 18 percent of adults and eight percent of children and teenagers   have an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety, while related to worry, is different in that it's persistent, ongoing and broader in scope. While we   can usually work through our worries to find a solution... not so with anxiety. Anxiety is excessive worry   about multiple things, even when there isn't anything wrong. Anxiety can sometimes fill people with dread, fear and   apprehension. They anticipate the worst and are always wary and watching. It also expresses itself   physically. They feel tense and irritable. Their heart races. Their stomach feels sick, and they can't sleep.   Some who struggle with anxiety have panic attacks-which often feel like a heart attack-bringing on even   more anxiety.

Anxiety can take on a variety of forms. A person can be anxious about life in general or about specific things.  Some forms of anxiety bring on OCD like behaviors, such as checking, cleaning,   picking and counting. Whatever its shape, anxiety makes it difficult to function in relationships, work and the   responsibilities of daily life.    As a result, people sometimes can feel more anxious because no matter   how hard they try to let go of anxiety, it simply won't let go of them.

This Sunday we will be concluding our series Stranger Things with a look at Fear and Anxiety. I hope you will join us as we take as look at what the Bible has to say about hope for the anxious heart.
 
Toney Salva
Lead Pastor

Congratulations!

Hazel Mae & Isabelle Rose Slavinsky was born on Friday, November 3rd. Hazel weighed 6lbs 5oz and 19.75" long. Isabelle weighed 6lbs and 20" long. Mom and baby girls are doing well. Congrats to Jennifer, Vince, Simon, Ethan and Nora!  
Congratulations!

Baby Girl Colona was born on Tuesday, November 7th at 6:05 PM weighing 8lbs 3oz and 19 inches.  Mom and baby are doing well.  Congrats to Rachel!  
Discovery's HUGE Giving Goal!      
All through December    
     
As a church family Discovery has always been committed to being outwardly focused. At the end of the year we like to look for ways we can make a HUGE impact for the Kingdom of God. This year we want to focus our end of year giving on two priorities: International Missions and Local Church planting. Our goal this year is to bring in $100,000 in offering during the month of December to help further our work in El Salvador and to assist in launching One Church in the Chartiers Valley in March.  This year Discovery will contribute more than $200,000 to international missions and church planting!  Will you join us in meeting our HUGE giving goal?
Discovery's Claymation Christmas Series          
All through December
  
The Rankin Bass Claymation Specials from the 1960's through 80's are some of the most kitschy and confusing parts of the American Christmas tradition. Many of these stop motion animations have very odd storylines and very little redeeming value.  But they sure are fun and memorable!  At Discovery we like to say that we do not take ourselves very seriously... but we do take God very seriously. So what if we used these fun and nostalgic films this December to help us illustrate the infinitely more important and eternal purpose of Christmas.  For unto us a child was born in the city of David - a savior, who is Christ the Lord!   Join us all December long! 
Christmas Eve Services 
Sunday, December 24  *  4, 5 & 6 PM  
  
Discovery is offering three Christmas Eve services this year at 4, 5 and 6 PM.  Make sure that you check out one of these special services with your friends and family.  We will be providing children's programming for nursery and preschool children. Elementary and Junior High students are invited to attend the service with their families.  We WILL NOT have our regular 9:30 and 11AM services on Christmas Eve.
Ladies Night Out
Thursday, November 16  *  6:30 PM
     
It's that time again ladies.  Join us at 6:30 at Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia for Ladies Night Out.  As always, we will enjoy food, beverages, and some quality time with each other.  To sign up to attend, please mark your "flap" on Sunday or, if you have questions contact Tanisha Faber.
Discovery on Adventure (Singles) - Game Night    Saturday, November 18  *  8:00 PM
     
Friendships are discovered when we're walking the same path, living side by side. This group seeks to provide the adventures that create connections. We organize opportunities for singles around the ages 30-50 to have fun & build relationships. Mark your flap to participate, and if you have questions or would like more information, contact Deb Miller.
Serve This City (Grades 6-12)                             Saturday, November 18  *  8:30 AM 
   
We have a group of students that will be heading to World Vision to help serve this city by partnering with organizations right here that have a global impact.  We will prepare, sort, and pack donations. We will meet at 8:30 AM in Cranberry and return at 12:30 PM. Although this event is full you can be placed on waiting list by contacting Alex Scott.
Discovery on Mission
   
One of the main goals of Journey Groups is to serve together to connect more and more people with Jesus.  While all Journey Groups engage in serving, this group is highly committed to consistently helping others throughout our community.  Each visit we'll engage in different projects and objectives to serve others throughout the year in local missions each week.  If you would like to be a part of this group mark your "flap" on Sunday or if you have questions, please contact Nick Ranjan.
Discovery Unrestricted
Mondays  *  7 PM
 
We all have hurts, hang-ups, and habits that we wish we could shake. From battles with mental illness, addictions, difficult relationships, and other deep wounds, this is a group centered on authenticity, encouragement, and practical steps as we journey toward freedom, coping, and healing. For every aching heart needing to know Gods love and grace: this is for you.  This group meets every 2nd and 4th Monday each month and is led by Tanisha Faber and Mike Fullerton. To sign up, mark your "flap" on Sunday or contact Tanisha Faber.
Discovery Flag Football                             Saturdays  *  9 AM
     
Join us Saturday mornings for some casual but competitive Flag Football at Cranberry Community Park (behind Fun Fore All off Rt. 19; follow the signs for the dog parks).  We provide the footballs and flags, so just bring yourself, some water, and friends! (Cleats, if you have them, would probably come in handy.)  To sign up, visit here.  Questions?  Please contact Jon Spanik.
2018 Women's Retreat   
Save the Date  *  February 9-10, 2018
   
Mark your calendars and join other ladies from Discovery as we retreat from the hectic pace of life so we can refocus and deepen our relationships with each other and with God on Friday and Saturday, February 9 & 10.  Additional information and registration form will be available soon but until then be sure to mark the dates on your calendar.  You will not want to miss it! For questions please contact Todd Ransom.
Prayer Requests             
   
If you have a prayer request that you would like the prayer team to pray for,  please mark the 'flap' on Sunday or email your request. Let us know if you would like your request to remain anonymous.  If you would like to be added to the list of people who receives and prays for requests each week, please email us and we will add you to the prayer updates.
Dates at a Glance     

November 

12        Next Steps with Toney
13        Discovery Unrestricted
15        Women's Bible Study
16        Men's Morning Bible Study, Ladies Night Out, Worship
            Band Practice
18        Serve This City (Grades 6-12), Discovery On Mission,
            Power Recovery Visit, Discovery on Adventure, Mission
            Trip to El Salvador Begins
23        Thanksgiving
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