Pastor’s Blog

Launch of Monthly Newsletter September 2020

We are happy to announce that Discover is launching a monthly newsletter starting in September.  The newsletter will include items from all our ministries, studies, classes, and general information about the church.  Just scroll to your areas of interest.  If you would like to receive this newsletter, you can sign up here: Monthly Newsletter Sign-Up

Blessings!

Pastors Bob and Gabe

State of Colorado Mask Mandate

Good afternoon, Discover family,

Yesterday, Governor Polis issued a statewide mask mandate, effective today, 7/17/2020.  As part of Arapahoe County, we are not covered by any current variances and fall under this statewide requirement. Please see the executive order here: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/sites/default/files/inline-files/D%202020%20138%20Mask%20Order.pdf

As always, we want you to be aware of developments and never caught by surprise when attending services.  Masks will be required inside unless you meet one of the exemptions listed in the executive order.  Children 10 and under do not have to wear a mask.  If you have any questions about this, please email info@discovercommunity.church, and we will respond ASAP.

We have masks available at church if you do not have one or have forgotten yours.  If you prefer not to attend while this mandate is in place, we will continue with online services at https://www.youtube.com/c/discovercommunitychurch.

We thank you for your continued grace and patience as we do everything in our power to ensure we have a place for people to come and worship, in person, every Sunday.

Pastors Bob and Gabe

 

Return to Gathering Letter: 6-7-2020

Our first weekend back was wonderful, and we had such a great time seeing people in person and worshiping together!!!  Several people requested that Pastor Bob share a letter he read before service, so here it is:

Return to Gathering Letter: 6-7-2020

We are so happy to be back together again!

There has been a LOT going on since we gathered last…

  • Covid-19 has brought out the best, and the worst in some people.
  • Nerves have become raw, and we see people lashing out at those who they deem to be the enemy.

As your Pastors, we have had to seek the Holy Spirit daily for guidance.

  • In a congregation like ours, there are people who are passionately on either end of the spectrum.

One of the biggest mistakes that we can make as individuals is to assume that everyone else thinks and believes as we do, and that if they don’t, it is our job to point out their error.

We are often blind to our biases and see the world around us through those biases.

  • Not all biases are bad: A bias toward loving the Lord Jesus is good.
  • A bias toward assuming the best in people is good.
  • A predisposition to love our neighbor in spite of our differences is good.
  • A bias toward helping those in need is good.
  • A righteous anger when we see evil and injustice in the world is good.

I personally admit that I have biases that I am completely blind to:

I grew up in a white suburban middle-class family

  • Parents still married after almost 60 years
  • Never went without what I needed.
  • Until I was an adult, I never even witnessed racism
  • Until I was an adult, I never witnessed poverty

Even now, when I do encounter those issues, it is through a lens that was formed by my upbringing.

  • It is virtually impossible for me to see life exactly as others see it.
  • I believe that every one of us has biases and blind spots that make it difficult to truly put ourselves in the shoes of others.

Here is what I know for sure: The cure for what ails this planet is found in the teaching of Jesus Christ!

That is why we MUST get our guidance from the Word of God, and not sources that have their own agenda.

The Bible is one source that you don’t have to question the motive of!

Look,

  • I love my God
  • I love my country
  • I love my family
  • I love my church family
  • I love serving the Lord
  • I’ll bet you all do too.

Why then does the outpouring of that love manifest itself in some not-so-loving ways at times?

  • Our biases can easily be manipulated by pride, emotion, and the Devil.

Let’s all promise to do our part to examine our biases daily, and make sure that they all reflect who we are called to be as followers of Jesus.

  • Remember, of all the laws given by God, Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, and He replied:
    • ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

EVERYTHING we do, everything we say, everything we post, should be able to pass this test.

  • More importantly, Jesus taught us that what was in your heart was even more critical than your actions!
  • 1 John 4:20 says “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”
    • Harsh words?
    • ..

But if your thoughts and actions aren’t passing this test, you need to repent, I need to repent, and continue to renew your mind to reflect that of your Lord and Savior!

The best way to do that is to seek guidance from the source!

We love and bless you all!

Pastor Bob

Sunday Services in person and online Update 6.4.2020

Good afternoon, Discover family!

Registration is open for Sunday service!  We are limited in capacity, so pre-registration is necessary to ensure you have a seat in the sanctuary.

Two of the updates we received today via the Faith Leader call with the governor are that we can accommodate up to 50% capacity in Kids and Youth rather than limiting to 10 per room.  Also, rather than making masks a requirement for the entirety of the service, the state is strongly recommending masks. See a full explanation of requirements and guidelines here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/worship-guidance

Here’s a video on what to expect when you arrive at Discover:

https://youtu.be/x_0dAXW1J5k

We know this seems like A LOT of rules and limitations.  We aren’t looking for perfection, we are primarily asking you to please be aware that not everyone who comes to church is on the same page with hugging, handshaking, mask-wearing, and distancing.  Please have grace for each other and be a welcoming force in what can seem like an unwelcoming world.  Let’s not get distracted by discontentment or dissatisfaction, but focus on how we can strengthen and encourage each other.

Any time we interact with anyone, there is a risk of exposure.  Attending church, for many, is a reasonable risk they are willing to take and we are doing everything we can to make it as safe as possible. But, if you are not ready to come back to the building yet, we will continue with live stream services so you can still interact with your church family that way.  The last thing any of us want is for someone to feel isolated.

Below is the direct link to register for Sunday services.  You can register for adult service seating, kids, and youth services.  If you have ANY questions at all, please email info@discovercommunity.church.  Also, if you have any trouble completing your registration, let us know at the same email and we will get you registered and respond with your confirmation.

https://discover.churchcenter.com/registrations

Blessings,

Pastors Bob and Gabe

 

June 7, 2020, Target Date!

We got the news that Arapahoe County will not be opening churches for groups larger than 10 per room this weekend. While we are extremely disappointed we won’t be able to add in-person services for this Sunday, we are optimistic about next Sunday, June 7th. In the meantime, we are using this time to continue to prepare to make our first Sunday back the best it can be!

Please expect a reservation system to ensure we keep service sizes within range.  We will continue to offer online services going forward so there is always an option when you are unable to attend in person, for whatever reason. We will post everything you need to know once we are given the guidelines for reopening by the state and our county.

As always, if you have any questions, please email info@discovercommunity.church and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Missing you, family!

Pastors Bob and Gabe

 

Mother’s Day Update and Return to Services Survey Results

Happy Monday, everyone!

Mother’s Day was a beautiful day, and we enjoyed the opportunity to see many of our treasured church family as they came to pick up our gift to Discover Moms.  A big “thank you” to Deanna at “Just a Little Something” for doing such an amazing job on the succulents and to Chrissy at “RiiZE” for the deal on jumbo chocolate chip cookies as our extra sweet treat!

Below is a link for you to see the results of the poll we put out last month asking for feedback on what people would like to see when we are back in the church building. We will use this info to help put together a strategy for when we start in-person services again. We hope to have an update on timing this week!!!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/stories/SM-LNQDW3KD/

Blessings!

Pastors Bob and Gabe

Return to Services Survey

Hi Discover family,

As Colorado starts reopening business, lifting restrictions, and allowing larger gatherings of people, we want to ensure we understand how our church family feels about the process. If you attend Discover, please consider taking this short, 10 question, survey, to help us navigate the next several weeks.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6LYTB2K

Blessings!

Pastors Bob and Gabe

4/22/20 Updates and Pantry Needs

Good evening!

While we are disappointed that we cannot yet meet in the church building as a group, we are excited about the series we’ve just started where we will study the twelve “minor” prophets.  We had a comment from a congregant about how she loves the culture of learning we are cultivating at Discover.  We love that you are all diving in and studying God’s word like never before!

Youth is continuing to utilize Zoom on Wednesday evenings for youth group and Instagram on Sundays for Youth service.  If you need more details on how those work, times, and how to get on the text distribution for youth, please email Leah@discovercommunity.church.

On Sundays, our Kids church has started a Zoom get together during services.  Make sure to email Erik@discovercommunity.church or Chrissy@discovercommunity.church for details and login info.

Pastor Lisa continues to post curriculum and craft updates in our “Discover Littles” group on Facebook, so if you have littles, make sure to join.

Our pantry is continuing to serve families every week.  We are receiving donations consistently from people inside and outside of our church.  Thank you to all who are continuing to participate as you can!  As we have more and more people using our pantry services, we will need to start filling limited volunteer positions–while still following all guidelines and rules currently in place.

If you are interested and comfortable helping with the pantry in May, please email gabrielle@discovercommunity.church. Times are Sunday 1-2 pm and Wednesday 12-3. You will need to use a face mask for the time being and we will limit it to two volunteers for each shift. You will be putting orders together, distributing them to drive through clients (all will have appointments), taking in donations from the drive-through, and putting them away.

Keep checking out all our social media platforms and this blog to stay in the loop as we continue to get creative to keep everyone connected!

Blessings!

Pastors Bob and Gabe

 

 

 

 

 

4.13.20 Updates at Discover, FindHelp.org link, Pet Pantry Help

Discover family,

We pray that you had an amazing Easter and were able to join us for services yesterday, either on Facebook or on our YouTube channel.  Amidst all the crazy things going on in the world right now, it was a gift to be able to share services and communion with friends and family near and far.

The food pantry is continuing to serve greater numbers than normal and we are so thankful for the faithful food donations that keep arriving and those who have made monetary gifts to help keep us moving forward–both in ministry and feeding those in need.  We also are gifted with rockstar volunteers who continue to porch drop pantry items to those who either have no transportation or are unable to leave home right now due to health concerns.  This includes families far outside our normal neighborhood boundaries, we are so thankful for all the steady help!

https://findhelp.org/  Is a link to help find food assistance (other than our pantry), help to pay bills, and other free or reduced-cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.coloradopetpantry.org/pet-food-bank-status-in-the-age-of-covid-19/ Is the link to a pantry specifically for pets.  This link takes you to the page that addresses the current procedures in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you need to speak to a pastor, for any reason, please email info@discovercommunity.church or text/call 720-900-5383.

Blessings and prayers for health and peace,

Pastors Bob and Gabe

4.8.20 Easter Services, Devotional Box, and other updates.

Good afternoon!

We have received great feedback in regard to the online services and have enjoyed seeing people invite friends and family from out of state to join us!  On Sunday we will have Easter services live streaming at our normal times of 9 am and 11 am on Facebook and on our YouTube channel, http://youtube.com/c/discovercommunitychurch.

As of this afternoon, we have given out almost all of the 100 devotional boxes we put together!  Between pickups last Sunday and Monday and deliveries made by staff, we are so excited to know so many of you are participating in this devotional with us.  We would love to see any photos you want to share on FB or Instagram of you and your family doing this together.  Each of the boxes included self-serve communion cups so that you can take communion with us on Sunday.  If you didn’t get a box, don’t be afraid to get creative and pull from what you have at home.  Each day we are posting all the devotional instructions and scriptures so everyone can follow along.

If you need to speak to a pastor, need food assistance, or anything else, please email info@discovercommunity.church, or text/call 720-900-5383.  Please leave a message if no one answers the phone!

Continue to connect in any way you can–like the “Howl for Healthcare Workers” that is happening each night at 8 pm.  We could hear it last night in Highlands Ranch.  It’s silly, but why not? Just walk out your door at 8 pm, and join in!  Check on your friends with a call, text, or email.  This is a great time to catch up with family and video chat.  If you aren’t sure how to do that, let us know and we will give you some “tech support.”

Blessings!

Pastors Bob and Gabe

 

 

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