Discovery Church Update
May 15, 2022
In This Week's Update
  • Sunday Sermon and Song List
  • The Things of Earth
  • James- Women's Bible Study
  • Summer Zone: Wednesday Night Study
  • Sunday School and Small Group Opportunities
  • Church Calendar
  • Church Directory
  • Hy-Vee Gift Cards
  • New Sunday School Class
This Sunday's Sermon and Song List
This week we will be digging into 1 Timothy 4:1-5 in the hope that we will be freed to be more joyful and more thankful people as we receive God's good creation and make it holy through the word of God and prayer. I've noticed through the years a strange phenomenon among some Christians. After being Christians for a while, or having grown up as Christians, often, they don't know what the world is for, they don't understand how puppies and clouds, and friendship and ice cream shakes and jobs and chores are to be enjoyed. Often Christians start to devalue the things of the earth (which grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace). Yet, the opposite should also be true. Christians should enjoy the things of the earth more than anyone because we know the one who made them and He has told us why he created it all. 

To get yourself ready to sing on Sunday you can start listening to the songs we'll be singing together:
  • Our God
  • Mighty To Save
  • The Same Love
  • Battle Belongs
  • Forever
We created a playlist on Youtube in case you want to start listening today. You can find that by clicking HERE.
The Things of Earth

This week instead of an article I am giving you a link to an in depth series on the subject. It's a 10-part lecture on why God created the earth and the things of the earth and how we as Christians are called to enjoy those things and worship God by enjoying them. If you are excited about this topic or something from the message this week strikes a cord I highly recommend making this series a part of your devotional life over the next couple weeks. 

To view the article click HERE.
Women's Bible Study!
Understand that works don’t save us, rather good works follow true faith as our beliefs and actions line up with each other.

James had a unique earthly relationship with Jesus, but his letter clarifies what the Christian life should look like for us all. The Book of James is filled with practical wisdom for Christians, calling us to live out genuine faith through good works, but it is also rooted in rich theology. Perhaps more than any other book in the New Testament, James emphasizes the application of Christian belief.

This 13-session study examines the core message of James: the relationship between faith and works. In our own ability, we cannot stand in the face of adversity. Without faith we could never find the strength to trust God. We would never be able to see above the trials we meet and to keep our eyes focused on the King while counting our trials as joy. This is the essence of James. We don’t work to be saved; we work because we are saved. Faith apart from works can never be sustained.

This study will be offered on Thursday mornings at 9:00am. Childcare is provided. Books are $15. If you have any questions please contact the church office.
SUMMER ZONE: Launching Wednesday, May 25th @ 6:00PM
We're excited to announce Summer Zone! Summer Zone is for the whole family and all ages are welcome!

Here's the plan for each week:
  • 6:00PM: Gather for a focused time of teaching - our study will be on Temptation and we'll be drawing from various Scriptures as well as C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters to be wiser about fighting temptation. Be praying for the pastors as they finish up writing this curriculum!
  • 6:20PM: Break for fellowship over snacks - we'll be encouraging any willing participants to team up and bring a snack to share each week. We'll let the kids get their snacks first because immediately following this quick break they'll go downstairs for a supervised activity.
  • 6:30PM: Adults (and interested High Schoolers) form discussion groups around the teaching for the night. Children will go downstairs for a supervised activity (Week One: A Lego Building Challenge!)
  • 7:00-7:15PM: Wrap up and dismiss. Of course, everyone is welcome to stay at this point, but the formal plans for the night are wrapped up at this point for the sake of our childcare volunteers.

Ways YOU can contribute to the success of Summer Zone are:
  • Team up with a friend one week to bring a snack to share 
  • Team up with a parent or other volunteer to provide a fun activity for the kids to do together (Lego challenges, special games, etc.)
  • Come prepared to discuss the teaching each week and say things that encourage others in their Christian walk
  • Linger afterward to help tidy up - we want to leave the building just like we found it!
  • Pray for really fruitful conversations and spiritual encouragement
Sunday School Class List
  • Combined Sunday School Class (4 years to 6th grade students)- Torch Lighters- in classrooms downstairs
  • Revival grades 7-12, taught by Pastor Brandon in the attic
  • Adults - Church Basics in the Fellowship Hall
Did You Know About These Different Small Group Opportunities?
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 Book Club- 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at Karen Schoenfelder's home, 302 Valley Drive, 1:30-2:30pm. They are reading Job- A Man of Heroic Endurance. Questions? Contact Karen at 605-653-0133 or Kathy at 605-660-1985.
  • Monday Evening Men's Group - 7:00PM at Discovery
  • Wednesday Evening College Bible Study, The Gospel Centered-Life, 8:00PM at Discovery
  • Women's Thursday morning study will meet in the Women's Ministry area at 9:00 AM. They will be studying Matt Chandler's teaching on the book of James. Child care will be provided.
  • Men's Thursday Noon Bible Study: Pack a lunch and discuss the upcoming sermon
Questions? Contact the church office at (605) 689-2211.
What is happening?

If you would like to stay current on what is happening here at Discovery, please be sure to check out our monthly calendar in Church Community Builder. You can access the calendar by clicking HERE. Church Community Builder is our online church directory. In order to view the information in the directory, you will need to register for access. To begin the quick and easy registration process, please visit our website, and click on the Get Connected tab. To keep this information secure, once you register the office will send you an authorization code to complete the registration process. This prevents random people trying to access our information.
Church Directory Pictures
Discovery is putting together a new updated church directory! We will have an area set up along the east wall in the Sanctuary specifically to take your pictures from 10:00-10:30am and after the service. Pictures will be taken the next 2 weeks, May 15 & 22nd. If you are not available to get you or your families pictures taken during one of those times and you would like to be included in the directory, please contact the office.

Thank you to Marlene Gellerman and Carol Romkema for getting the directory going!
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 purchase. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the church office.
New Sunday School Class
Starts this Sunday at 9:00AM
Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels
Christianity could be defined as a “cold case”: it makes a claim about an event from the distant past for which there is little forensic evidence. In Cold-Case Christianity, J. Warner Wallace uses his nationally recognized skills as a homicide detective to look at the evidence and eyewitnesses behind Christian beliefs. Including gripping stories from his career and the visual techniques he developed in the courtroom, Wallace uses illustration to examine the powerful evidence that validates the claims of Christianity. A unique apologetic that speaks to readers’ intense interest in detective stories, Cold-Case Christianity inspires readers to have confidence in Christ as it prepares them to articulate the case for Christianity.
Elder Meeting Minutes
To read the minutes from our most recent elder meeting, please click HERE.
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