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Good morning everyone...
 
ITS FOOTBALL SEASON!!!!  HS, College and NFL Football have all begun! As a result, here are a few rules about your lead pastor that you all will need to know   over the next 5.5 months.

1. I am a huge Broncos fan. That will not change. No matter the outcome of there season or how many of you try to change that.

2. Do not try to contact me on Sunday afternoons, Sunday evenings, Monday nights and Thursday nights. Todd is on call during those times because he really has nothing   to cheer for as a Bengals fan. 

3. If for some reason you decide to text me during a game, it better be to ask me, "Did you see that!?!?" to which I will always reply, "What the heck do  you think?!?!"

4. All crises, accidents, health events and funerals should be scheduled during non-football times. Obviously, there is   nothing I can do.

5. If you are confused about my availability until February, please refer back to #2.

I expect to see you all on Sunday morning wearing your team's jersey... Everyone knows that if you are not in church on Sunday, wearing your team's   jersey, your team has no chance of winning! This is a proven truth and not just a silly superstition.  

This Sunday we will continue with our series In The Game. And while there may be some football and sports references made, I promise we will take   seriously what scripture has to say to us about living out the faith we say we have. NOTHING is more important than that... not even, dare I say, football.   

Toney Salva
Lead Pastor

* If you struggle with sarcasm and hyperbole I can provide a list of churches who never use it.

Congratulations!    
    
Blake Austin Shirley was born on Tuesday, August 29th. He weighed 7lbs 4oz. Mom and baby are doing great.  Congratulations to Tricia and Brian!  We are so happy for you! 
Journey Groups at Discovery            
   
Life is a journey full of highs, lows, and everything in-between. The Bible reminds us again and again, that we can't thrive without others going along with us, challenging us, supporting us, and empowering us toward our destination.  Journey Groups meet in homes with the purpose of developing relationships with others and with God.  Journey Groups will kick off the week of October 1st... if you are not in a group and are interested in getting involved or would like more information fill out the program insert on Sunday morning or contact Todd Ransom.
A Day to Remember (Special Needs Event) 
Sunday, September 24  *  5-7:30 PM     

Discovery is hosting a DAY to remember for our friends (ages 6-15) in the community with developmental, physical, or mental delays.  These friends are not yet old enough for our annual A NIGHT to Remember, but why should they miss out on the fun?!?!  This will be a FREE event at Fun Fore All in Cranberry.  Our guests will enjoy a huge four-story play area, arcade games, bumper boats, go-karts, a rock wall, putt-putt ... and so much MORE!  Visit our event page here for additional information, guest or volunteer registration will open this Sunday.
Shift Party @ BounceU (Grades 3-5)      
Friday, September 15  *  7 PM
Registration closes Thursday, Sept. 14           
      
Attention all 3rd-5th grade students!  We will be heading to BounceU on Friday evening.  We have the entire place to ourselves!  Visit here for more information and to register.  Cost is $20 per child for bouncing, pizza, and a drink.  Invite as many friends as you can!  Contact Travis  with questions.
Infertility Group Book Discussion
Friday, September 15  *  7 PM

     
You are welcome to join a few friends in the infertility support group for this one evening of dinner, conversation, and discussion about the book, "Barren Among the Fruitful" by author Amanda Hope Haley. Please be sure to read the book before we meet for discussion.  This book offers much practical and spiritual insight about navigating life, especially when initial plans don't happen. This group offers friendship, listening ears and a variety of experiences.  If you would like to join us, please contact Debbie Harrington.
Discovery Flag Football                             Saturdays, Beginning September 16  *  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.
Rachel Colona Baby Shower                             Saturday, September 23  *  10 AM
   
At Discovery we throw showers for first-time moms. If you know a mom who is expecting her first child, please let us know.  One such mom is, Rachel Colona  Please join us at the home of Kristen Gratton on Saturday, September 23rd.  Rachel is registered at Walmart.  To sign up to attend, please mark your "flap" on Sunday or if you have questions contact Andrea Walker.
Children's Pre-Baptism Class  
Sunday, October 1 & 8  *  9:30 AM
     
All 3rd-5th grade students, along with a parent, are invited to attend this two-week class on baptism.  The class, led by Stacie Salva,  will be an interactive time to help children understand what it means to follow Jesus and have a relationship with him.  It will be on Sunday mornings during the first service.  Booklets will be handed out prior to class.  If you would like to attend the class or have questions, please mark your "flap" on Sunday or contact Stacie.  

Man Camp 2017  
October 13 & 14
     
Register now for this year's Men's Retreat at Seneca Hills Camp! Seriously, put it in your calendar and register here right now! You're not going to want to miss this weekend full of things like Paintball, Video Games, Disc Golf, Pizza Bagels, Ultimate Frisbee, Campfires, Basketball, Wally Ball, Pizza Rolls, Racquet Ball, Hiking, Poker, Board Games, and simply hanging out... to name a few.  Not to mention, a challenge to be the man God has called you to be!  For more info contact Todd.  Oh, and invite a friend.

"Merge" Retreat for Young Adults
Saturday, October 21  *  9 AM
     
Merge is a one-day fall retreat for local young adults in Pittsburgh. It's an opportunity for young adults from different churches across Pittsburgh to gather for worship, teaching, prayer, and conversation.  This year we're focusing on the "Holy Ghost", an older phrase that is just unfamiliar enough to make us reconsider what we think we know about the Holy Spirit.  The early bird cost is $16 and includes meals for the entire day from breakfast to evening s'mores.  Go here for more information or to register.  Questions?  Contact Todd.  Space is limited, register early.

Discovery on Mission
  
One of the main goals of Journey Groups is to serve together to connect more and more people with Jesus.  Sometimes we say, we want to MOVE together.  While all Journey Groups engage in serving, this group is highly committed to consistently helping others throughout our community.  Each month 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 or if you have questions, please contact
Nick Ranjan . 
Infertility Support Group
      
Approximately 6-10% of married couples are infertile, meaning that they can't get or stay pregnant.  This statistic affects Christians and churchgoers, too. Infertility is lonely. If you find yourself in this group, we want you to know that you are loved and you are not alone.  Please consider joining our private group where frustration is met with friendship. If you think that you may benefit from hearing about similar experiences, sharing medical information, or being reminded that you are important apart from being someone's mom or dad, please contact Debbie Harrington or send her a private Facebook message.
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 f 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         
   
September
11        Ultimate Frisbee
14        Men's Morning BIble Study
15        Bounce U (Grades 3-5), Infertility Group Book
            Discussion/Dinner
16        Flag Football Begins, Power Recovery Visit
17        A Day to Remember Volunteer Training
23        Rachel Colona Baby Shower
24        A Day to Remember (Special Needs Event)

October
  1         Journey Groups Begin, Children's Pre-Baptism Class
13-14    Discovery Man Camp
21         Merge Retreat for Young Adults
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