Discovery Church Update
June 12, 2022
In This Week's Update
  • Sunday Sermon and Song List
  • Things Of The Earth: 5 Implications Part 3
  • Father/Son Camping Event- TONIGHT
  • S'mores for Jesus- Women's Ministry Event
  • Sunday Committee Meeting & Joint Sunday School
  • James- Women's Bible Study
  • Summer Zone: Wednesday Night Study
  • Sunday School and Small Group Opportunities
  • Church Calendar
  • How Can You Help?
  • Hy-Vee Gift Cards
  • New Sunday School Class
  • VBS Volunteers
This Sunday's Sermon and Song List
This week we conclude our series on 1 Timothy. Last week we talked about "Godliness and Greed" and now we conclude the series with "Godliness and Generosity". 1 Timothy reminds us that not only is godliness a heartfelt awe of God, it's also an awe that spills over into every part of our lives, including how generous we are with others. Paul spends a good share of this conclusion exalting in the splendor and "richness" of God - and he does it to motivate us to reflect his image in the way we give and show generosity to others. That's the kind of giving that honors God - cheerful gratitude to God for his generosity to us. Join us this Sunday as we follow Paul's example of exalting the Lord Jesus and gratefully responding to his generosity.

To get yourself ready to sing on Sunday you can start listening to the songs we'll be singing together:
  • Open Up The Heavens
  • At The Cross (Love Ran Red)
  • Cornerstone
  • God With Us
  • God So Loved
We created a playlist on Youtube in case you want to start listening today. You can find that by clicking HERE.
Things of the Earth: 5 Implications Part 3

Hey there Christian sibling, 

If your just tuning in here is a reminder of where we are at. A few weeks ago I did a sermon on 1 Timothy 4:1-5 and like all sermons it was incomplete because you can’t say everything about anything in a mere 20-30 minutes. So we are dealing with some follow up implication or question based on that sermon. The first question we asked was: How do we know if we are worshiping God or creation when we enjoy a created gift. We spend two weeks on that. Now it’s time to move on to the next question. 

Second question: How do we accept the gifts in light of the truth that they are temporary?

First , don’t build your life on them. Don’t hope in them. Don’t count on them. You have the benefit of knowing right from the beginning that you can’t keep any gift your given in this life. But that doesn’t mean you hold it loosely. Rather you use it for what it’s made for. Temporary gifts are meant to awaken us to eternal gifts. Temporary joy can’t fully satisfy, it like an appetizer that is meant to make us expectant for the main course (which is eternal life with God). C.S. Lewis said “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” And so we are. Creation digs deep channels in our souls that only God can fill. Created gifts are never quite enough. That’s why they’re addictive. So we don’t ask them to do what they can’t and spend most of our live’s disappointed with a few moments of sporadic contentment. Instead we enjoy them for what they are (appetizers)- and let them lead us to God.

Second, Temporary gifts create paths to understanding God. Creation is God’s theater -he made lions , lambs , rocks, oceans, wales, thunderstorms, bread, water , wine, plants, to be paths we can walk down to understand him. The fact that the gift is temporary is meant to underscore that it’s design is to point us to something other than itself. God created creation to be a universal touching point so that no matter what time or place we live in , we could understand God’s word. Jesus teaches us about God through pointing to animals , to farming , to house construction , to family relationships - every culture no matter how different they are will understand these things. Creation makes God’s teaching timeless.
Father/Son Camping Trip!
Our Father/Son camping trip is happening on June 10th and 11th for kids in 1st-6th grade. Jon and Lisa Story are hosting the event at their farm. Dads are encouraged to come but kids may be dropped off for the weekend as well.

The fun will start Friday at 3PM and end Saturday at 12:30PM. The weekend will include a mixture of nature exploration, devotionals, fishing, hiking, eating, and probably, since there will be a whole ton of men and boys, a lot of interesting smells. 
S'mores for Jesus
Thursday, June 16th at 6:30PM

All women are invited and encouraged to bring their daughters and granddaughters. We will hear a testimony and enjoy conversation all while roasting marshmallows by the fire. We will meet in the large shelter by the playground at Riverside Park. Please contact the office if you have questions.
Sunday Committee Meeting and Joint Sunday School
NEXT Sunday June 19th at 9:00AM
All Sunday morning youth volunteers are encouraged to attend. We will meet during the Sunday School hour, while the rest of our church family enjoys a special intergenerational Sunday School on Prayer lead by Pastor Cory. 
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: Continues this Wednesday, June 15th @ 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!
  • 6:30PM: 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
  • 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.
Safety Protocols Update
One thing we consider to be extremely important at our church is child safety. Since I’ve been here we have offered a training course for anyone who is interested in learning about the warning signs of abuse. If you're interested in taking the course contact the office. We also attempt to make sure each child activity and class has two volunteers involved. This is actually a very difficult thing to accomplish because we still, quite frankly, do not have enough volunteers to adequately cover all our ministries. It would be a significant service to the church if you would volunteer. Please contact the office for more information.

We also make sure that all of our volunteers have an up to date background check. As we endeavor to continue to care for our kids we want to do even more to keep them safe. One of the things we are going to do soon in the coming months is update our ‘check in/check out’ system for our youngest kids. To some degree this may seem over-board, but, as our church grows and new visitors come we will have more kids to keep track of and these will be kids whom we don’t immediately recognize as attached to a particular parent.

So to improve safety and to make visiting parents more comfortable we are going to add a check in/check out system for our youngest kids. More will be said on this but for now I will share one need we have. We need a new blue-tooth label printer. Something like a Brother QL-800 High-Speed Professional Label Printer. So before we buy one we wanted to ask the congregation, do you happen to have a Label Printer that you don’t use? If you do, and you would be willing to donate it for our use, that would be awesome. There will be more to come on this change in the future. 
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
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.
Vacation Bible School July 27th-29th
VBS will be July 27-29 from 5:30-8:00pm. We are in need of volunteers in the following areas:

Safety chaperons
Music team
Decorate and Set-Up
Skit drama team

If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities please let the office know.
Elder Meeting Minutes
To read the minutes from our most recent elder meeting, please click HERE.
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