Discovery Church Update
Church Schedule Update
September 13, 2020
1. Scriptural Encouragement 
2. Weekly Worship Update
3. Church Camp-out Invitation
4. Sunday School, Discovery Zone For Kids and Children's Church Updates
5. Available Bible Studies/Fellowship Opportunities

Scriptural Encouragement
If you've never read The Valley of Vision I highly recommend it. It's a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions. Of course, the language is a bit dated and it takes some effort but the effort is worth it. I was blessed today by this prayer on Contentment. I've updated the language to make it an easier read. Be blessed!

Heavenly Father, 
If I should suffer need, and go unclothed, and be in poverty, make my heart prize your love, know it, be constrained by it, though I be denied all blessings. It is thy mercy to afflict and try me with wants, for by these trials I see my sins, and desire severance from them. Let me willingly accept misery, sorrows, temptations, if I can thereby feel sin as the greatest evil, and be delivered from it with gratitude to you, acknowledging this as the highest testimony of your love. 
When your Son, Jesus, came into my soul instead of sin, he became more dear to me than sin had formerly been; his kind rule replaced sin's tyranny. Teach me to believe that if ever I would have sin subdued I must not only labor to overcome it, but must invite Christ to abide in the place of it, and he must become to me more than vile lust had been; that his sweetness, power, life may be there. 
Thus I must seek a grace from him contrary to sin, but must not claim it apart from himself. When I am afraid of evils to come, comfort me by showing me that in myself I am a dying, condemned wretch, but in Christ I am reconciled and live; that in myself I find insufficiency and no rest, but in Christ there is satisfaction and peace; that in myself I am feeble and unable to do good, but in Christ I have ability to do all things. 
Though now I have his graces in part, I shall shortly have them perfectly in that state where you will show yourself fully reconciled and alone sufficient, efficient, loving me completely, with sin abolished.
O Lord, hasten the day.

 - The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, p. 163

Weekly Worship
We praise God that we are able to continue to gather for worship on Sunday mornings. We are thankful for God's grace toward us during this season and we remain committed to practicing good common sense and giving one another freedom to act according to conscience when making decisions about church involvement. 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.   

*NURSERY is NOW AVAILABLE: This Sunday our nursery will be open and staffed during the morning worship service. Our volunteers will continue to abide by safe and sanitary procedures when caring for all the children in the nursery.
*CHILDREN'S CHURCH will resume on September 13th! 
 
Congregational Meeting about Seeking a Second Pastor RECAP
In case you missed our meeting about adding a second pastor to our ministry then you can read those notes and watch the video RECAP HERE. The next search team meeting will be focused on finalizing the job description so we can begin seeking applicants.

Teacher/Volunteer Enrichment Meeting RECAP
The video of our recent volunteer enrichment meeting can still be found HERE. It's not just for teachers and volunteers. Everyone can get something good out of it. 

Church Campout THIS WEEKEND! September 11-13
The church campout is this weekend! Even if you don't want to camp overnight come join us for fellowship throughout the weekend. There will be food to share, campfires to sit around, a time of worship, and lots of lake fun. DIRECTIONS please see attached map. We will be in the loop 285E-301E. Schedule please click here. Please note Wade Van Gerpen has offered to take anyone sailing Saturday, 1-5 PM. If interested contact him at (605) 661-6975.

Sunday School, Discovery Zone For Kids, and Children's Church Updates
We are happy to announce that we have a great group of teachers and volunteers ready to relaunch Sunday School, Discovery Zone For Kids classes and Children's church. Sunday School classes will resume on September 13th at 9:00AM. The adult class will be studying the book of JONAH in the Fellowship/Gathering Grounds Area (grades 7-12 welcome to join in or volunteer to help in other classes). Children's church will resume that same day during the worship service. Discovery Zone For Kids and Youth Group will begin again on September 16th at 6:30PM every Wednesday. 

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

Discovery Zone For Kids Class List
  • Age 4-Kindergarten "Promises" taught by Angie Maibaum and Robin Teichroew
  • Grades 1-3 "He Has Been Clearly Seen" taught by Peg Wittmeier
  • Grades 4-6 "How Majestic Is Your Name" taught by Taylor O'Bryan

Here are all the study/fellowship opportunities currently available through our church:
  • Monday Morning Men's Group (6:45 AM at Fryn' Pan)
  • Women's Praise and Gratitude Group, Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30PM at Betty Dahlerup's (2209 Burleigh #310)
  • Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study in 1 Corinthians 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 Bible Study On Ruth, Tuesdays at 5:30PM AND Thursdays @ 9:00AM at Discovery Church. Childcare is available for Thursdays only.

Pastor Cory

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