Discovery Church Update
Church Schedule Update
October 24, 2021
In This Week's Update
  • The Gospel Centered Life
  • Wednesday Night Ministry: Bible Study, Discovery Zone, Revival Youth
  • Interested in Fostering or Adoption? Check This Out
  • New Men's Breakfast Challenge: Victory and Healing From Lust
  • Available Bible Studies/Fellowship Opportunities
  • Revival Highlight
  • MVCA Fall Banquet and Auction
This Sunday's Sermon and Song List
When you are headed for a potential fight or when you are in a quarrel, what is your goal? Do you think or act as if the most important thing is to win? Or do you think the most important thing is to avoid it altogether? As Christians, the gospel frees us to face potential conflicts but also to set aside our need to "win." This story from Genesis 13 is an example of how worship of the one true God frees us to kill our quarrels. Aside from that there are loads of lessons on how to make decisions, how to view your wealth, and what it looks like to trust God instead of your eyes. Ultimately, Abraham's example in this chapter is just a shadow of Christ, who laid down his rights because he trusted God to deliver Him and provide for Him. 

To get yourself ready to sing on Sunday you can start listening to the songs we'll be singing together:
  • Open Up the Heavens
  • Forever Reign
  • Jesus Paid It All
  • God of Wonders
We created a playlist on Youtube in case you want to start listening today. You can find that by clicking HERE.
How Can Christians Avoid Smartphone Addiction?
In the video linked below check out Pastor Joe Rigney (author of More Than A Battle) talking about how to avoid being addicted to your smartphone. He speaks to several themes in this extended clip: 1. Admitting there's a problem and that you're not alone. 2. Controlling Impulses. 3. Gaining a larger vision. 4. Valuing Godliness. 5. Counting the Cost. 6. The Joy of Freedom
Check it out by CLICKING HERE.
This Week in The Gospel Centered Life
Lesson 7: The Gospel Propels Outward
THIS WEEK'S BIG IDEA: The gospel is simultaneously at work in us and through us. Inwardly, our desires and motives are being changed as we repent and believe the gospel. As we experience Christ’s love in this way, we are compelled to engage those around us with the same kind of redemptive love. God’s grace brings renewal everywhere, in us and through us.  

Basic Overview of the Class: Lots of Christians talk about the gospel, but how many really understand the gospel and know how to apply it to their lives? Featuring nine self-contained lessons with discussion questions, articles, and practical exercises "The Gospel-Centered Life" helps us understand how the gospel shapes every aspect of life.
Interested in Fostering or Adoption? 
"South Dakota KIDS BELONG" is Coming to Discovery Church
November 21st 
SD Kids Belong is hosting a "Next Steps Event" at Discovery Church for anyone in or community interested in what they can do to help kids find loving homes. Even if you don't feel called to foster or adopt, you CAN still learn about some amazing ways to support those who do.

We empower leaders in government, faith based, business, and creative sectors to end the crisis for kids in foster care in South Dakota. Our state has around 1,500 children who are in the foster care system through no fault of their own. Of these children, on any given day nearly 70 are legally-free for adoption and are waiting for their forever family. The rest of the children need a loving, safe, and supportive foster family to care for them while they wait to go home to their biological families.

When children age-out of the system at 18 without a family, they are significantly more likely to experience homelessness, crisis pregnancy, unemployment, incarceration, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Trafficking.
COFFEE SHOP TREATS NEEDED + NEW HOURS
Starting this month the coffee shop will now be fully open Wednesday through Saturday. Thank you to all our generous volunteers! Also a big THANKS! to Robin Neth who has started making treats to serve. But let's not let Robin have all the fun! Contact the office for information about how you can bless the community by providing treats to serve in the coffee shop. 
DISCOVERY ZONE, REVIVAL YOUTH AND ADULT BIBLE STUDY HAVE BEGUN!
Schedule
5:45PM - Free Family Fellowship Meal- Everyone is welcome!
6:25PM - Worship and Prayer
6:35PM - Classes Begin!
7:30-7:45 - Dismiss

Pre K-K: Grapevine Studies: Stories in Genesis
1st-3rd: ABC'S Of God
4th-6th Grade: The Names of God
Revival Youth (7th-12th Grade): The Attributes of God
Adult Bible Study: 2 Corinthians - True Discipleship 
Sunday School Class List
  • Elementary & Junior Sunday School Class (4 years to 6th grade students)- "Answers in Genesis" in classrooms downstairs
  • Revival grades 7-12, taught by Pastor Brandon in the attic
  • Adults - The Gospel Centered Life in the Fellowship Hall
Men's Breakfast Returns THIS SATURDAY, October 23rd @ 8:00AM!
Hey guys, join us for the return of Men's breakfast where we'll be studying the subject of sexual purity. Discussions will revolve around Joe Rigney's incredibly helpful book, "More Than a Battle". Our times together in discussion will be especially designed to facilitate small groups of guys who want to dive deeper into the battle in between the monthly men's breakfast meetings. Contact Pastor Cory if you want a book. The book can also be purchased HERE.
Downtown Story Time Event, October 30th, 9:00-10:00AM

The Meridian District is going to be hopping on October 30th and this provides us yet another sweet opportunity to serve our community and get solid stories into the hands of local kids. As it turned out, when we did this for the Riverboat Days Parade we didn't get a lot of attention. BUT, this one will be different because people will be hanging out downtown all day long. Our story time last year for this event was packed! We'll serve hot chocolate and coffee, read some great, God-honoring stories to our guests, and give away a bunch of book prizes! Please contact the office to sign up and help us:
- Set up and clean up
- Serve Hot Chocolate and Coffee
- Read stories
- Greet guests at the door and help them get registered for the prize drawing
- Be friendly face for the glory of Jesus 
Here are all the study/fellowship opportunities currently available through our church:
  • Monday Morning Men's Group (6:45 AM at Fryn' Pan)
  • Men's Thursday Noon Bible Study will meet in the Fellowship Hall to discuss the upcoming Sunday sermon. Bring a lunch if you would like.
  • Women's Thursday morning study, 9:00 AM in the Women's Ministry Area will be studying "Eyewitness The Acts Series". Child care available for Thursday mornings. Questions? Contact the church office at (605) 689-2211.
  • Women's Tuesday night study, "Everyday Theology" is from 5:30-7:00 PM. If you are in need of a book please contact the office.
Food & Fellowship
November 13th at 9:00am
The Women's Ministry Team invites the ladies of Discovery to attend a morning of baking and fellowship. We will be baking 4 of our favorite recipes to help stock the treat shelves for Gathering Grounds. If you have any questions, please contact the office.
Grief Share Surviving the Holidays Seminar
November 14th at 6:00PM
After a tumultuous year of so much grief, loss, and isolation, this year’s holiday season will be especially difficult for the bereaved. The isolating effects of the pandemic have complicated the grieving process for many bereaved people, and they’re heading into the holiday season feeling especially alone without their loved one. This is why Surviving the Holidays is needed now more than ever.

Discovery will host a seminar to help those in our community that struggle with loss over the holiday season. The 2 hour seminar will be taught by Neal and Kerri Dodge on Sunday, November 14th at 6:00PM. Each participant will receive a personal copy of the Grief Share Holiday Survival Guide of their own to keep. To reserve your spot, please call the church office (605)689-2211.
Can you help?
Pathways Shelter for the Homeless is in need of some donations. For this first time in quite a while, Pathways is running low on a few items at their Donation Center. If you have any of these and are ready to part with them, please contact their Donation Specialist Beth at 605-212-9556. Please click HERE to view a larger image of the donation list.
Revival Highlight
Hey Christians siblings, 

I wanted to share a quick update about 7th-12th grade Revival on Wednesday Nights. First, if your kids aren’t involved, they are invited! Second, I love Revival. We are having some deep conversations about who God is and what that means for us as his people. So far this semester we have been reading through the scriptures to explore the attributes of God. We have already covered attributes such as: God’s blessedness, aseity, infinity, and incomprehensibility. We have also covered the grief of God, and over the next three weeks we will be covering the grace, mercy, and patience of God. Having worked in college ministry for twelve years, I can truly say that I am blessed to be part of a church that takes the responsibility of equipping their children seriously. With God’s help it is my prayer that our kids will have a foundation, deeper and stronger than what is often built in American churches. Please pray with me that our children would have genuine faith, abounding love, and wisdom far beyond their years when it comes time for them to be launched from Discovery and into the workforce or the university. - Pastor Brandon

Thank you to Pastor Brandon, Ryan Lammers, and Lisa Story for teaching this energetic class! Pray for Brandon, Ryan, and Lisa this week as they work so hard and so faithfully to show Christ to our youth!
Missouri Valley Christian Academy's
Annual Fall Banquet and Auction
Friday November 5th at 5:00pm

Enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship at MVCA's Annual Fall Banquet & Auction. The evening will include a banquet (free-will), silent auction, farmer's market, dessert dash, and ends with the live auction. Click HERE for more information.
Elder Meeting Minutes
To read the minutes from our most recent elder meeting, please click HERE.
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