Pastor’s Blog

4.1.20 Palm Sunday, YouTube, Food Pantry, and more!

Hi everyone!

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and Pastor Craig will be delivering the message, so don’t miss it!  We will continue to be on both the Facebook Live and YouTube streaming platforms at 9 am and 11 am.  We’ve enjoyed seeing the interaction taking place in the chat area so keep it up! Also, Pastor Bob will be getting everyone up to speed on some fun things that will happen for Easter services to make it as interactive as possible.

A giant thank you to everyone who subscribed to our YouTube channel.  We were able to hit 100 subscribers in under a week and get our custom URL.  http://youtube.com/c/discovercommunitychurch

On our YouTube channel, we’ve created a playlist of all Pastor Bob’s 3-Minute Bible Bites so you can find them easily and watch any of the ones you’ve missed.

The church has been utilizing Zoom for Youth group on Wednesday evenings, women’s studies on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Men’s Fight Club.  To find out how to participate, please email Leah@discovercommunity.church regarding youth group, gabrielle@discovercommunity.church in regard to women’s studies, and Erik@discovercommunity.church about Men’s group.

There is a Women’s Zoom “Potluck” Brunch this Saturday 4/4 at 9:30 am, check the Women at DCC FB group for details.

We are so appreciative of all the wonderful donations made to the pantry this last week!  We have been able to continue to do drive through appointments for food as well as porch drops for those who have needed it.  If you or someone you know needs help with food, even if it is just a one-time thing, call us at 720-900-5383 and we will do whatever we can to help.  If you have someone who needs food, but they will not ask for help, contact us and we can figure something out.

Riize continues to offer “to go” coffee and tea from 8-3 Monday through Friday and 8-11 on Saturday.  Don’t forget to grab something delicious (like their Iced Almond Joy coffee–seriously!!!).

Blessings!

Pastors Bob and Gabe

 

 

3.28.20 YouTube Live Stream added, Food Donations

Hi Everyone!

We’ve added YouTube live streaming as an option in addition to Facebook Live for services this weekend at 9 am and 11 am.  You can interact via the chatbox on either platform so make sure to let us know that you are there! The links for each service our on the home page of the website http://www.discovercommunity.church

We are taking food pantry donations and have created a SignUp Genius to reflect our biggest needs and the specific times and dates we can accept donations.  All donations need to be brought to the back door of the church during these times so we can accept the donation without you having to come in the building and we can keep all social distancing protocols in place.  The link to the signup is here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040544ABAE29A46-food6

Kids, Nursery, and Youth will all have new content and messages on Sunday at 11 am.

As always, if you need help with food, someone to talk to, questions, or know of someone who needs help, please contact us at info@discovercommunity.church.

Blessings and “see you” on Sunday!

Pastors Bob and Gabe

 

 

3.26.20 Online Service Updates

Good evening, Discover!

Today the State of Colorado put a stay at home order in place.  We know that for some, this causes an additional layer of stress, anxiety, and isolation.  The language in the Updated Public Health Order published today does allow for churches to produce live stream services using a small crew and utilizing best practices for social distancing.  This is encouraging for us because we are committed to keeping you all connected and supported with worship, teaching, and access to your pastors.  Last weekend’s live stream went extremely well, but we did get feedback that those using IOS devices had issues accessing the live stream through the website interface.  Because of this, we are adding YouTube as a source for watching the weekend service.  If you use YouTube and would like to watch the weekend service that way, search for Discover Community Church and subscribe to our channel.  While you are there, check out Pastor Bob’s “3-Minute Bible Bites” series.

Blessings!!!

Pastors Bob and Gabe

3.24.20 Virtual Tours, Prayer Wall, and Bible Bites

Hi Everyone!

We pray you are all doing well and are connecting virtually with friends and family.  Please remember that if you need to connect with a Pastor you can email us info@discovercommunity.church or call/text 720-900-5383.  You do not have to go through this alone!

We have a new feature on our website, check out our new Prayer and Praise Wall: https://www.discovercommunity.church/prayer-praise-wall/

Pastor Bob is posting 3-Minute Bible Bites on IGTV and our Community at DCC group daily to keep us sharp and encouraged.  Make sure to check it out.

Our good friend, Lori, shared some fun virtual experiences you might want to try out and we’ll post some kid-specific ones in the DCC Kids Facebook group.

Virtual Yosemite: The Yosemite National Park virtual tour

Concerts/Music

Radio Garden. You can scroll the world globe and listen to radio stations from around the world!

The Met is live-streaming operas! The link leads you to the current schedule. Every day for the duration of the Met’s closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series will be made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 20 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 3:30 p.m. the following day.

Click on the links here for digital exhibits featuring five national parks, including Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, and Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida.

Have some fun, call a friend (try out video calling if you haven’t already), or write a letter,  We are truly better together–even six feet apart.

Blessings!

Pastors Bob and Gabe

3.22.20 Online Services and Pantry Drop Updates

Discover family!

Our first Sunday of online-only services went very well.  We had a few technical issues but the feedback we received was great.  The worship team did an amazing job bringing love and energy to the screen and we are so blessed to have them.  Pastor Bob shared that even though it was a challenge to teach to an empty room, he loved all the real-time feedback and comments from those of you who participated in the services live.  Jeremy continues to use his tech and creative gifts to try ideas to make the online experience better and better.

6TwelveDCC Youth had a live stream service on Instagram.  Great job, Pastors Craig and Leah!

Our DCC Kids and Littles posted videos and updates in each of their FB groups for the kiddos to stay engaged.  We are working on some other ways to share this content to those who aren’t on FB, please stay tuned. Pastors Erik, Chrissy, and Lisa appreciate your comments and shared photos.

Make sure to invite people to these groups if they have kids who may benefit.

After services today, we had six cars that took deliveries of groceries, donated bread from Panera, and some donated paper products to Wolhurst, Meadowood, and households in Englewood, Denver, and Highlands Ranch.  We will continue to do these drops for as long as we have food available.

Great day, everyone!  Get some rest, tomorrow is a fresh day.

Pastors Bob and Gabe

3.20.20 Updates and Letters to Assisted Living Facility

Hi Everyone!

This whole isolation thing has made me painfully aware of how much I love seeing everyone each weekend! I spent part of the day today calling, emailing, texting, and messaging with many of you, and it did my soul good! I’m so grateful for the technology that allows us to keep in touch.  Use this time to reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in a while.

We’ve had a request from an assisted living facility that is currently closed to visitors, please have your kids write to or draw pictures for the residents!  Send letters to Cherry Hills Assisted Living, Attention: Melia, 6325 S. University Blvd, Centennial, CO 80122.  Connecting with this facility is an excellent opportunity to reach out to some seniors who would love to get some mail.

If you’ve been on Facebook, you’ve seen Pastor Bob working on the stage and other “home” projects at church. He is using this time to prepare for when we are all back, worshipping together joyfully.  In the meantime, though, you will be able to at least see the updates via our live stream services on Sunday.

Watch the live stream at:
The service times are 9 am, and 11 am for Facebook Live, but the videos will remain up for you to access at any time.
That’s it for tonight, blessings to you all!
Pastors Bob and Gabe

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.19.2020 Updates, Dwell App, and Online Bible Studies

Hello Discover Family,

Here is the latest:

This weekend’s services: We are all prepared for our online-only services this Sunday at 9 am, and 11 am. Pastor Bob has been working on ideas to keep things exciting and interactive, so please help us by responding via comments during the message and letting us know you’re there.

Watch the live stream at:
The service times are 9 am, and 11 am for Facebook Live, but the videos will remain up for you to access at any time.
Something fun: The Dwell Listening App has generously made their product free to churches for 60 days (thank you, Danielle, for getting us that info).  You can listen to different translations of the Bible, choose different voices, and find plans to have read to you. There is no credit card to input and signup is through our personalized link:  https://dwellapp.io/signup/with/DiscoverCommunityChurch 
Bible Study: We are converting the Women’s 1&2 Chronicles Drop-In Studies to an online format through Zoom video meeting software.  If this is something you would like to be part of, please email gabrielle@discovercommunity.church for details or watch for the event on the Women at DCC Facebook group.
RiiZE:  The RiiZE Coffee shop has modified hours for takeout or coffee bean purchases only.  The current schedule is M-F 8 am-3 pm, Saturday 8 am-11 am, and closed on Sunday.
Food Pantry:  If you know someone who needs supplies, please contact gabrielle@discovercommunity.church on how to have them included in our Sunday pantry porch drop this Sunday between 2 pm and 6 pm, we need their info by Saturday end of the day.
Giving:  A huge thank you to all who have set up recurring giving with Discover.  This allows us to negotiate our budget and know what funds we can release into outreach and serving our community each week.  We understand this is a challenging time for everyone and are truly grateful for your faithfulness in supporting our ability to provide supplies, counseling, food, studies, activities for our kids, and keep Sunday services going.
Giving can be accomplished through the “Donate” link on our Facebook page, online at https://discover.churchcenter.com/giving, texting an amount to give to 84321 (it will then send you directions for a one time set up of your account), or mailing to Discover Community Church 8200 Southpark Circle Unit B, Littleton, CO 80120.
Blessings and prayers for health and peace,
All of us at Discover

Quick updates 3.18.20

It’s been a busy day at Discover.  We made a large pickup from the Food Bank of the Rockies for our pantry and were able to get a chest freezer to accommodate the larger load at the church.  Right after our pick-up though, we received a call that the food bank is suspending agency partner orders for the time being while they focus on some of the larger distributors.  While it is disappointing for us, we understand that they have to do what is most efficient and services the greatest amount of people safely.  Fortunately, the pickup we did today was a decent size and we are working on a distribution list of people in need in our surrounding neighborhood so we can perform a front porch drop distribution on Sunday as well as accommodate other clients who contact us for appointments. From this point, until they reinstate regular ordering at the food bank, we will rely more heavily on local donations.  We will let you know more as we move forward.

Pastor Bob has been working with our tech and worship teams to make sure things go smoothly for this weekend’s live stream only services.  Littles, Kids, and Youth will post in their various social media groups things to keep our kids engaged, including curriculum and lessons for the weekend so make sure to check those out.

As always, if you ever have any questions on how to find groups, live stream services, or need pantry assistance, please just email gabrielle@discovercommunity.church.

Blessings and see you tomorrow!

Pastors Bob and Gabe Oldfield

A Letter from your Pastors at Discover 3.17.2020

Hello, Discover Family,
Pastor Bob has spoken with our Board members and after much prayer and discussion, we have decided that it makes sense to jump in on the “15 Days to Slow the Spread” campaign that the White House has published. We cherish you and this amazing church family and we take your safety and well-being as stewardship gifted from God.
These are our next steps:
*We will do online live stream only services for the next two weeks (3/22 and 3/29). These can be watched at:
The service times, for now, will remain at 9 am and 11 am for online streaming but the videos will remain up for you to access at any time.
*We will continue to assess the situation daily and pray that there is enough positive movement to ease the recommended restrictions quickly. The goal is to get back to regular services as soon as possible!
We will personally update the Pastor’s blog daily at www.discovercommunity.church with information as it becomes available.
*If you have Facebook, you will be able to interact with us in real-time during worship and the message. Help us to stay connected and not be emotionally isolated during this time. Invite others to jump in and “go to” church with you from their homes.
*We will temporarily suspend all meetings and studies held at church, stay in touch with your ministry leaders because the decision on this will be considered each week.
*We are continuing food pantry services but by appointment only (or delivery if needed) and will utilize pre-bagging so that clients can come to the back door and get their groceries without entering the building or the pantry area. These services can be used by anyone in need–even if it is just a one time request. We don’t have paper products, but we are continuing to do pick-ups of food from Food Bank of the Rockies and we are continuing to ask for donations of shelf-stable foods (cans, dry goods, paper goods if you have them).
*Let the ministries that you volunteer in know your ideas for keeping everyone connected, be creative!
All our love and blessings,
Your family at Discover
Pastors Bob and Gabe (Lead Pastors), Cameron (Worship), Pastor Craig and Leah (Youth), Pastors Erik and Chrissy (Kids), Pastor Lisa (Nursery) and Jeremy ( A/V and Tech)

COVID-19 UPDATES for DISCOVER COMMUNITY CHURCH

3/17/2020:

For the time being, we will utilize the Pastor’s Blog to give you updates about any changes to services, groups, outreaches, and pantry services.  Please continue to check back often as this is a fluid situation, and we are continually assessing how to best proceed.

We will post later today with some specifics regarding the schedule for this week and next.

Blessings!

Your family at Discover

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