Discovery Church Update
Church Schedule Update
February 21, 2021
In This Week's Update
  • This Sunday's Sermon Info and Song List
  • New Sunday School Class
  • MASK REQUIRED Service Moving to Sunday Mornings at 9:00
  • Covenant Membership Class on February 28
  • Discovery Zone Spotlight
  • Candidate Weekend with Brandon Pedersen: February 20th, 21st
  • Women's Prayer Events
  • Available Bible Studies/Fellowship Opportunities
This Sunday's Sermon and Song List
This week Brandon Pedersen will be preaching as part of his candidate weekend. As we consider Brandon's call to Discovery as the Pastor of Family Ministry he'll be preaching to us from Ephesians 4. Be praying for Brandon as he labors to help us see the biblical vision for ministry to the whole family. 
 
Here are the songs we'll be singing together along with a link to a playlist so you can prepare yourself to sing out this Sunday:
  • Christ is Enough
  • It is Well
  • Christ be Magnified
  • God is Able
We created a playlist on Youtube in case you want to start listening today. You can find that by clicking HERE.
Before coming to church PLEASE REMEMBER:
  • If you are sick or experiencing any symptoms please do not come to church. Use caution and seek medical advice instead.
  • If you are in a high-risk category (e.g., compromised immune system, etc.) consult a medical professional that you trust to help make the right decision for you when it comes to public exposure. 
  • Don't feel pressured to be back in church or volunteering as usual if you're not ready. If you're wondering how to make a decision about when to get back into a church routine, seek advice from trusted brothers/sisters in Christ, wisdom from God's word, and listen to your conscience.
  • Remember that masks are available in the church building if you want one. We will not bind the conscience when it comes to masks but we are happy to provide them for any and all that would like one.      
New Sunday School Class: Getting to the Heart of Parenting
Even if you're not a parent yet, or even if you're still waiting for that first grandkid, this study can benefit you. Even if you think parenting will never be in your future, this might be a valuable tool in your belt that you can use to support other parents in the church. 
Here's the official description of the class:
"Parenting is hard, but there are few things in life that rise to this level of importance. God has chosen parents to be primary instruments in the shaping of a human soul. Join pastor and best-selling author Dr. Paul David Tripp on a 10 session journey through the Bible to discover a different and better way to parent. After laying down foundational parenting principles, Tripp covers specific application for children 0-5, 6-12, and 13-18."
This class begins this Sunday, February 14th, 9:00AM on the Gathering Grounds Side of the building. We request that all participants enter the building through the coffee shop entrances so that worship center entrances are reserved for participants of the mask required service. Thank you!
BONUS: CLICK HERE for a clip from the first session
*NURSERY and CHILDREN'S CHURCH NOW AVAILABLE! Both nursery and Children's Church volunteers will continue to abide by safe and sanitary procedures when caring for all the children in their care.
Women's Prayer Meetings
Prayer, prayer and more prayer. All women are encouraged to participate in our prayer times March 4 at 2:00 PM and/or March 18, Thursday, at 7:00 PM. We will meet in the Women's Ministry area and will dedicate our time to prayer for individuals, our church, our city and area, our state, and our nation. We plan to meet for prayer every first Thursday at 2:00 PM and third Thursdays at 7:00 PM throughout 2021. Please join us!
DISCOVERY ZONE SPOTLIGHT
Everyone is welcome to join us each Wednesday at 5:45 PM for pizza with classes that follow at 6:30!

Discovery Zone For Kids Class List
  • Age 4 taught by Angie Maibaum and Vicky O'Bryan
  • Grades K-2 "He Has Been Clearly Seen" taught by Peg Wittmeier
  • Grades 3-6 "How Majestic Is Your Name" taught by Taylor O'Bryan and Colin Reisner

Wednesday Night Adult Study: Hosea 
The adult class on Wednesday nights beginning an 8 Part Study in Hosea that will focus particularly on God's love for his people. "Hosea is about the love we all want, and the love we all need." God's words to his people in Hosea are "surprising, raw, emotional, at times uncomfortable, but always compelling." 

Grades 7-12: will continue to meet upstairs and study the adventures in the book of Judges. 

BONUS: Here's a YOUTUBE Link to some of the songs the kids will be singing in our opening assembly time this year!
Sunday School Class List
  • Ages 4-Grade 3 "Answers In Genesis" taught by Brenda Vermeier and Mary Neal
  • Grades 4-6 "Answers In Genesis" taught by Julie Steffen and Roxie Pier
  • Adults - "Shield of Faith" (grades 7-12 welcome to attend or to select another class to help out)
Mask Required Service Sunday Morning at 9:00AM
 Teaching Series for this service will be: End-Times Basics 

 Here's what to expect, during this hour in our Worship Center
  • We will require anyone who intends to remain in the worship center to wear a mask during this hour
  • We will ask those who attend this hour to please enter the worship center through the South or North doors (not the coffee shop entrances).
  • We also ask that those who will attend our usual Sunday school class on the Gathering Grounds side use the Coffee Shop entrances. 
  • We'll evaluate each month whether or not to continue with this format

Here's what we'll be studying in our "End Times Basics" Series
  • Week 2: Resurrection
  • Week 3: Hell and Judgment
  • Week 4: New Heaven and Earth
Covenant Membership Class on February 28th, @ 9:00AM
Ever wondered what the big deal is with membership? Does the Bible even say anything about it? What does it look like to belong to the church? What does my church teach and believe? All these questions are answered in our covenant membership class. If you've ever thought about joining Discovery, or just want to know more about the Biblical picture for life together in a church we highly encourage you to attend this two-part class. It starts at 9:00AM in the Women's Ministry area located in the South East Part of the building (behind the coffee shop).  
Pastor of Family Ministry Candidate: Brandon Pedersen
We are pleased to report that our search team has extended an invitation to Brandon Pedersen to be our candidate for our Pastor of Family Ministry Pastor. Our team believes that Brandon is the man that God is calling to this position and couldn't be more excited to get you more acquainted with him. 
Candidating Schedule
Saturday, February 20th
9:00 AM—Meet with Sunday school teachers (nursery to 6th grade) & Children’s Church Leaders 
10:30 AM— Meet with Discovery Zone Teachers and Volunteers
1:00 PM—Parents Q&A
 
3:30 PM - Meeting with Elders and Board of Directors
 
*All Meetings from 9:00 to 3:30 will take place in the Worship Center
 
5:00 PM—All Church Pizza Night—Come and meet Pastor Brandon and family:
  • Informal fellowship time
  • Brandon shares his testimony, call to ministry
  • Open Q&A time 
  • Any middle and high school students who attend will get time with Brandon after supper
 
Sunday, February 21st
9:00 AM—Sunday School - Brandon shares with and takes questions from youth (grades 7-12) 
10:30 AM—Worship Service with Pastor Brandon preaching
 
Noon Meal [Sandwiches, chips, drinks, etc. provided]
 
1:00 PM Q&A time. 3X5 cards will be provided for questions. Please submit your question(s) on the 3x5 card provided and hand it to any of the members of the search team:
Pastor Cory, Dave Hofer, Jeff Herron, Taylor O’Bryan, Mary Holdahl, Peg Wittmeier, Dan Mason
 
Sunday, February 28th
Immediately following the worship service will be a congregational meeting. There will be discussion and a possible vote on a recommendation from the Pastor Search Team to extend a call to Brandon Pedersen as Pastor of Family Ministry at Discovery Church. 
 
According to our Constitution only covenant members may vote. If you are a covenant member at Discovery Church and are unable to attend the February 28th congregational meeting you may vote prior to February 28th via absentee ballot available at the church office. Ballots can also be mailed by request.
 
We are inviting this man to come, meet the church, and be examined by the congregation so that we can make our final decision about calling him to this position. We are planning a candidating weekend to take place on FEBRUARY 20th and 21st. Please see HERE for complete itinerary for the process.
Here are all the study/fellowship opportunities currently available through our church:
  • Monday Morning Men's Group (6:45 AM at Fryn' Pan)
  • Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study in Hosea at 6:30PM at Discovery Church. Childcare available. Zoom will also continue to be available.
  • Men's Thursday Noon Bible Study (In-person at Discovery Church - bring a lunch if you like).
  • Women's Thursday morning at 9:00 AM will meet this week. We will be discussing day 3-5, Session 4 of "Everyday Theology by Mary Wiley. Child care available. The women's Tuesday night will continue at 5:30 PM using "Everyday Theology by Mary Wiley. Questions? Contact the church office at (605) 689-2211.
Elder Meeting Minutes
To read the minutes from our most recent elder meeting, please click HERE.
Pastor Cory

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