Church Schedule Update
September 6, 2020
1. Scriptural Encouragement
2. Weekly Worship Update
3. Congregational Meeting RECAP
4. Upcoming Teacher/Volunteer Meeting RECAP
5. Packing for Pathways - Women's Event
6. Water Game Night for Discovery Kids on September 9th @ 6:30 PM
7. Church Camp-out Invitation
8. Sunday School, Discovery Zone and Children's Church Updates
9. Available Bible Studies/Fellowship Opportunities (New Women's Study Coming Soon)
Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as
you find.’ And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they
found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
This parable of the wedding feast is one in a series of parables that confront Israel's rejection of Jesus as the Messiah. In each one there is a call to repent and believe. In each one those who are called refuse to come. In each one there is final judgment for the rejection and unbelief. If you're not careful when you're reading, it could be quite discouraging. If you know anything about how knowledgeable and religious the Pharisees were you might be tempted to ask, "Is anyone going to make it into the kingdom of heaven? Will anyone be saved?"
Maybe you are asking the same thing as you look around the world today. Christianity is formally persecuted in over 50 countries in the world. Some say our own country is currently experiencing it's most turbulent years since just before the Civil War. Hate, irrationality, poverty, disease and panic seem to be everywhere. You might very well ask if anything good can come from this. Will anyone be saved?
As I was reading Matthew 22 this week I was feeling the weight of seeing how Jesus and his disciples were being consistently rejected - the weight of knowing that Jesus and his disciples are still rejected and persecuted today. But then I was struck by the last part of v. 10: "So the wedding hall was filled with guests." Filled. It was full. Then I remembered Revelation 19:6-8, "Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, 'Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure' - for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints."
This tells us God's call is effective. The sheep will hear the voice of their shepherd and that flock will add up to a multitude from every tribe, tongue and nation. There are good things coming!
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.
Teacher/Volunteer Enrichment Meeting RECAP
Also, if you didn't get a chance to get in our teacher/volunteer enrichment time you can also watch the recorded video we did HERE. It's not just for teachers and volunteers. Everyone can get something good out of it.
Packing for Pathways, Tuesday, September 8 at 7:00 PM. Calling ALL women. Jesse Bailey, Director of Pathways Shelter for the Homeless guest speaker. Invite a friend.
Water Game Night for Discovery Kids (age 4-grade 6) on September 9th @ 6:30 PM - Adult Fellowship Time Included
All Discovery kids are welcome to close out the Summer with a night of fun water games! Kids are welcome to bring a change of clothes. There will also be a short devotional time and Ice-cream to enjoy. Adults are welcome to stay for fellowship and discussion time.
Church Campout is Scheduled for September 11-13
Our annual church campout is scheduled and spots are ready to be filled! There will be a sign-up sheet at the church. For more information you can contact Jon Story or the church office. It's going to be a great time to enjoy one another's company, share food, watch a movie, sit around campfires, and enjoy God's creation. Consider joining us for this sweet time of fellowship.
Sunday School, Discovery Zone, 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 (age 4- grade 6) classes and Children's church. Sunday School classes will resume on September 13th at 9:00AM. Children's church will resume that same day during the worship service. Discovery Zone and Youth Group will begin again on September 16th at 6:30 PM every Wednesday. More details coming soon!
Available Bible Studies/Fellowship Opportunities
Women's Bible Study on Ruth
The women of Discovery continue to meet on Thursday mornings at 9:00AM for their new study on the book of Ruth. It's not too late to get in on the study and childcare is available.
September 8th at 5:30PM the women of Discovery will begin a study of the book of Ruth. We will use the same material used in the Thursday morning study. Please come to the 215 Walnut entrance and Kathy Kirby will show you where the study will be held. Child care is available by request. If you will need child care, please contact the church office at (605) 668-2211.
Praise and Gratitude Women's Group will begin Tuesday, September 15, 1:00-2:30 PM at Betty Dahlerup 2209 Burleigh #310, Yankton, SD 57078, (605) 665-5253. Questions? Contact Lita Stucky (605) 661-0562.
Here are all the Bible studies currently available through our church:
- Monday Morning Men's Group (6:45 AM at Fryn' Pan)
- Men's Thursday Noon Bible Study (In-person at Discovery Church - bring a lunch if you like)
- Women's Bible Study On Ruth, Thursdays @ 9:00 AM at Discovery Church Childcare is available.
Wednesday Night Bible Study in 1 Corinthians starts SEPTEMBER 16th at 6:30PM at Discovery Church. Childcare available. Zoom will also continue to be available.
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