Discovery Church Update

February 9, 2024

In This Week's Update

  • Sunday's Sermon and Song List
  • Membership Class
  • Sunday School
  • 32 Random Thoughts
  • Small Group Opportunities
  • New Church App
  • Hy-Vee Gift Cards
  • Living Free Jail Ministry
  • Wednesday Activities
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Baby Bottle Boomerang
  • Yankton Area Women's Connection

This Sunday's Sermon and Song List

This week our brother Jackson Geraets from River Community Church will bring the word from Revelation 7. Jackson is on the cusp of completing the Timothy Pastoral Apprenticeship and is considering church planting somewhere in the region. I'm grateful that Jackson is coming and enabling me to have some time off to be refreshed and recharged. Revelation 7 is a beautiful picture of the Old Covenant people of God and New Covenant people of God worshipping as one people in Christ. Revelation is packed with rich symbols that help us process and enjoy incredible truths about an amazing, infinite and holy God. Chapter 7 is one of those rich passages as it uses both Old Testament images and New Testament images to describe one people of God enduring trials, persecutions and troubles with a true and profound hope of freedom and glory in the presence of the risen Savior. Come ready to receive the Lord's encouragement!

To get yourself ready to sing on Sunday you can start listening to the songs we'll be singing together:

  • God So Loved
  • Sing To The King
  • The Wonder Of Your Cross
  • Holy Forever
  • This Is Amazing Grace

We created a playlist on Youtube in case you want to start listening today. You can find that by clicking HERE.

Membership Class

If you are interested in becoming a member of Discovery Church, we encourage you to attend our membership class. Classes will be held on February 11th directly following the worship service. Contact Pastor Cory or the office for more information.

Adult Sunday School

This Sunday we'll continue our Sunday School Class designed to walk us through the book of Exodus. If you don't like mirrors held up to the contents of your heart then Exodus can be an uncomfortable book. Ancient Israel continually forgot the goodness of God and longed to return to their chains in Egypt. And we can often be just like them. But, if you enjoy seeing the enduring faithfulness of God and His amazing grace on display then Exodus is a "can't miss" kind of story. As always, we'll make an extra effort to consider how Exodus points forward to Jesus Himself so that we don't forget the ultimate picture of God's faithfulness in the gospel! Join us Sunday morning at 9!

"32 Random Thoughts"

You may not know Tim Challies but he's made a name for himself as a very discerning Christian author. I became aware of him when a few of his book reviews were recommended to me. I found his thoughts to be very wise and thick with a concern to keep God and His gospel at the center of everything. He blogs at and has authored several books. Recently he wrote "32 Random Thoughts" about the local church. As usual, I thought they were insightful and worth a read. So I'm going to roll those out here in the next 8 newsletters (I may provide some additional commentary if I think it's necessary). If you don't want to wait for all 32 you can read them all right here. Here are random thoughts 29-32:

29. When you are on vacation or otherwise far from home in a country that does not speak English, make it a point to visit a church. In all likelihood, there is someone in the church who speaks English and who can help you get settled. You will be surprised and encouraged by how much you can still participate and how much you can still benefit even when you barely understand a word. Worship is a universal language. 

30. When visiting a church that is not your own, do your best to attend as an observer rather than a judge. Some elements may appear strange or even wrong, but if you pay close attention and ask good questions, you may find that each element makes sense within the context of that church.

31. As soon as a worship service ends, make it your goal to meet someone you have never met or to spend time with someone you barely know. You can catch up with your close friends later. The first two minutes matter most.

32. The older you get and the more your children move away from your home, city, and church, the more you will treasure sitting in church with your family. So learn to enjoy it while your children are young, rather than dread it or complain about it. These are the good ol’ days and the time will come when you will find yourself wishing they would return. 

Did You Know About These Different Small Group Opportunities?

Here are all the study/fellowship opportunities currently available through our church:

  • Monday Evening Men's Group - 7:00PM at Dave Hofer's Home
  • Wednesday Night Discovery Zone and Small Groups 5:45PM
  • Women's Friday Afternoon Study at 1:00PM - Ephesians
  • Saturday Morning Men's Group- Please contact the office for dates, times, and locations.

Questions? Contact the church office at (605) 689-2211.

Get Connected With Our New App

The new and free Church Center App allows our members and attenders to access a few handy features that will keep us all "in the loop".

Downloading the app on your smartphone allows you to access the church calendar of events and our directory. You can sign up for events or groups through the app as well.

While we encourage folks to save their giving for the worship service, as an act of worship, the app also has an electronic giving option in the event that you can't be in worship.

Church Center is provided by a service that is officially replacing Church Community Builder (CCB) so, it's important that you check your e-mail for an invitation to join Church Center so that you can view the directory and other features in the app. Your invitations were sent out in July. Be sure to check you spam or junk folder as the email came from Planning Center not the office. As always, reach out to the office if you have any questions. Thank you!

Did You Know You Can Give To The Church By Purchasing Hy-vee Gift Cards?

Discovery Church receives 5% back on all gift cards purchased from the church. You can purchase your $50 or $100 gift cards on Sundays from Jeff and Dawn Herron (Fellowship Hall) or weekdays from the office. There is no limit on how many you can purchase. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the church office. 

Living Free Jail Ministry

Every Thursday 2 volunteers from Discovery lead a group of incarcerated women through Stepping Into Freedom.

Each attendee receives a work book and a Bible.

Please be in prayer for our volunteers and the women they meet each week. May their hearts be open to receive the gospel.

If you would like to donate towards the cost of the workbooks or Bibles, you may put donations in with the offering, but please mark it as jail ministry. There are envelopes in the brown offering box located on the east wall by the sound booth if you are giving cash.

If you have any questions please contact Peg, Brenda, or the office.

Wednesday Night Activities!

This week will be small groups. Next week will be Discovery Zone. If you are interested in joining a small group please contact the office to get connected with one.

Men's Breakfast

All men of Discovery are invited to attend the men's breakfast on Saturday, February 17th at 8:00AM. They will enjoy fellowship, God's Word, and of course a hearty breakfast.

Baby Bottle Boomerang

Yankton Area Women's Connction Event

Elder Meeting Minutes

To read the minutes from our most recent elder meeting, please click HERE.

Pastor Cory

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