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The Legacy of Faith

Through the years of my growing up and into my adult life it seemed that my mother and I were often at cross purposes. We were polar opposites in personality. She could not understand my strong-willed, survivor drive, and I certainly could not understand her tendency to just let life happen.

Even with all our differences, I have always had a sense of gratitude for the legacy that she left – a legacy of faith.

It was Mom who taught us about Jesus, who made sure we were in church every Sunday. It was Mom who stopped what she was doing to answer my questions and lead me to ask Jesus into my heart and life when I was nine. It was Mom who prayed for me as I rebelled and walked my own way.

Volunteer Spotlight

Several years ago, seven college students piled into a 5-seater jalopy and set out to visit a church. The rest is history. Now almost every Sunday during the school year, students from University of Puget Sound fill several rows of chairs for worship at Discovery.

The faces change from year to year, but one of those first students still comes almost every week. Those who have met Lindsey Roberts don’t quickly forget her smiling face and friendly greeting.

Lindsey was a freshman when she started coming to Discovery, and it didn’t take long for her to look around for a place she could serve. Three years ago, she started with the Levite team, helping with set-up, and she continues to serve on that team throughout the school year.

Last year Lindsey started volunteering on Wednesday mornings to mentor middle-school kids at Giaudrone, helping to lead the Homework Club. There weren’t many students, but Lindsey enjoyed building relationships with those who did come and was exciting to watch them grow. She challenged one girl to go for two whole weeks without being sent to the office, and celebrated with her when she reached that goal.

When Does Christmas Come?

Each year there is that moment when the Christmas season becomes real to me. It may be when I see that the Christmas decorations have been hung on the street lights, or I happen across a children’s choir singing in the mall, or when I hear a special Christmas carol.

I have always loved Christmas – this celebration of Emmanuel, God with us. However, the past few years have been different. It seems as if the cares of life have dimmed the brightness of the lights and the joy.

This year, especially I was not ready for this season. It has been a difficult year.

Discovery Volunteer Spotlight: Welcome to Discovery!

Do you remember the first time you came to Discovery?  Did you know anyone?  Maybe you were a little apprehensive, wondering whether you would be accepted.  Did someone welcome you?

Every week new people walk through the doors to join us. Often the first person to speak to them is someone from the greeting team who hands them a service folder. Or, if they have children with them, it may be someone at the children’s sign in table.

Quite often, the person who greets them with a friendly smile is Heather Neal.

Discovery Volunteer Spotlight: Praise Him With Loud Symbols!

There are a number of Psalms that praise God, but perhaps none is as exuberant as Psalm 150. It is a glorious finale to the book of Psalms as it instructs us to praise God with a variety of instruments, including percussion.

Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150:5-6

Every Sunday the skilled musicians on Discovery’s Worship Team lead us in praise and worship. We can barely see the drummer at the back of the stage, but we hear the drums and cymbals as we praise. Every other week the drummer hidden back there is Martha Lentz.

Discovery Volunteer Spotlight: Hospitality

Fresh brewed coffee! For some among us it is a necessary start to the day. For others, it is a pleasant smell as we enter a room. So as people come into Discovery on Sunday mornings, many are pleased to find coffee and pastries to greet them. But that table at the back of the room offers so much more than just a pick-me-up and a snack.

It is a place where you will find someone to greet you with a friendly smile, a place where you can pause and visit, a place that makes you feel welcome. It is an important part of making Discovery a warm and friendly church, and it is the people who serve at that table each Sunday who make it all work.

One of those people is Roxanne Roy, someone who is fairly new at Discovery. Roxanne is shy and she hesitated when Barb first asked her to help at the table. However, she tried it and found that she loves it. Setting up the table and preparing the coffee and goodies keeps her so busy forgets to be shy! Instead, she is simply enjoying meeting and talking to people and seeing the smiles on their faces.

What am I thankful for?

iStock_000010355993_MediumWhat is Thanksgiving like at your house? In many homes, as in so many others, is it a custom for each person at the table to share what he or she is thankful for?

Often the things mentioned are family, a good job, living in a free country, or material blessings (home, car, enough to eat). Often we take those things for granted, so it is good to stop and give thanks for them.

But is that all that I am thankful for?  What if those things are missing from my life?  Would I still be thankful?  What do I do if I don’t “feel” thankful?

Discovery Volunteer Spotlight: The Sound Board

Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
                     Psalm 150:3-6


Sound is a important element of our worship!

In the Old Testament we read about David appointing musicians to lead in worship and the Psalms are filled with encouragement to sing and shout praises to our God.

The music in our services today is different than those worship services of long ago. Although we still sometimes use a tambourine, when was the last time you saw a lute or harp? Our stringed instruments now are electronic, the keyboard is electronic as well, and the folks on the worship team use microphones so that everyone can hear clearly.

All of those electronics are controlled by a sound board and require the expertise of a “sound man,” something those worshipers of long ago could not have dreamed of. The sound man sits at the back of the room and keeps everything sounding like it is supposed to. We usually don’t pay a lot of attention to that critical person back there, unless something goes wrong.

Discovery Volunteer Spotlight: Kids Kingdom

smiths-finalI want to be Superman! How many little boys have aspired to that goal through the years? When Ken Smith was five that was his desire and he tried a lot of things to prove his strength, including trying to lift his mom’s car.

Ken’s wife Diane had other goals. She wanted to be a teacher. In the second grade Diane and a friend convinced other kids to stay inside during recess so they could play school! Diane and her friend were the teachers.

Discovery Volunteer Spotlight – Church in a Box

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I once heard someone refer to Discovery as a church in a box. It sounded odd, but it’s true. When we walk into Giaudrone middle school on Sunday mornings, it is a welcoming place with many of the details that you would find in a church building… the sign-in table for Kids Kingdom, the Connection table, the sound system, the projection screens, and much more.  Some weeks there is even a baptistery.

Most of us don’t think a lot about how a middle school is transformed into a place of worship for a few hours on Sunday morning and then back again, but every week, one of three teams, we call them Levites, shows up with a trailer full of equipment to Giaudrone and sets up the space where we meet. When church is over, another team will pack it all up and return it to storage.

Like those who serve in other ways, the men and women on the Levite teams are using the abilities, skills and talents that God has given them to serve Him. Each one of them is important.

One of those people is Max Burke, who acts as team lead for Levite team B and is the general go-to person for anything related to set up.