Discovery Faith Community

Discovery Faith Community


Greetings to you all!
In celebration of Lanesboro's 150th Anniversary, the congregations of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and Discovery Faith Community will worship together at 11:00 a.m. on July 7 at the Sons of Norway Lodge. All are welcome! Potluck picnic follows at noon in Sylvan Park. Bring something to share, and your own plates, cups, utensils, and beverage.
Very excited about the "non-denominational" part ! See you the 15th! What is to be put in the buckets??? Money???
The 100+ Flood Bucket Challenge! Please join us in an effort to help flood victims by assembling cleaning buckets on October 15th as part of our official opening as Discovery Faith Community. Worship @ 10.30 followed by a complimentary lunch and bucket assembly. What you can do: Volunteer in bucket assembly on October 15th at around noon Make a monetary donation (each flood bucket has a $65 value) Make a donation of items from the list below. Items can be dropped of on weekdays from 11 am to 1 pm and Sundays from 10 - 12 at the church, or by making arrangements (call Andrea 507 696 5500) The flood buckets require the following items:  1 5-Gallon bucket with resealable lid (We already have 100 buckets donated!) o Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned o Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner o Advertisements on the outside are acceptable  Liquid laundry detergent o One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only  Liquid household cleaner o 12‐16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water o No spray cleaners  Dish soap o 16-28 oz. bottle, any brand  50 Clothespins  Clothesline o One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines o Cotton or plastic  7 Sponges o No cellulose sponges due to mold issues o Remove from packaging  24-Roll heavy-duty trash bags o 33-45 gallon sizes o Remove from the box  18 Cleaning wipes o Handi-wipes or reusable wipes o No terry cleaning towels o Remove from packaging  1 Can air freshener o Aerosol or pump  1 Insect-repellant spray o 6-14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover  2 Pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves o Should be durable enough for multiple uses o Remove from packaging  1 Pair work gloves o All Cotton o All Leather o Cotton with Leather Palm  5 Scouring pads o Remove from wrapper o No stainless steel, Brillo pads or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)  1 Scrub brush o Plastic or wood handle  5 Dust masks

Create spiritual introduction and growth for each person to decide their relationship with God. Join us Sunday mornings at 10:30am. An additional service is available every 2nd Sunday of the month at 5pm.

Mission: Tie fun, thought, love, and interaction together for meaningful Bible centered growth.

Operating as usual

[09/09/20]   Sunday, Sept. 13 6.30pm
Discovery Circle
Facilitated by Marilyn Loken
Topic: Discernment

[09/04/20]   This Sunday, September 6 at 6.30pm Brandt Roberts will facilitate Discovery Circle. Hope to see you at the Miehlisch backyard patio.

[08/31/20]   On Sunday Jane Peck included the St. Patrick’s Breastplate, prayer and hymn in our Circle time:

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.
I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.
Christ shield me today
Against wounding.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

[08/26/20]   Discovery Circle on August 30th, 6.30pm
Facilitator: Jane Peck "movement meditation"
Location: 27069 Cty 21, Miehlisch backyard

[08/21/20]   August 23rd, 6.30 pm Discovery Circle plus PIE and ice-cream 🍦 sundays. (Served with Coronavirus precautions)
Marilyn Loken will lead this time of discussion and fellowship. Her topic for the evening is Perspective vs Reality

[08/18/20]   Most likely everyone of us has experienced a drastic change in life. While we gladly accept the positive changes, we don't easily accept the negative ones. WHY do bad things happen to good people? Last Sunday Ed Taylor led a discussion on this topic.
What is God's role in suffering? What could God do to relieve suffering? Suffering tests our faith, and some walk away from their faith at these times and some find that their faith deepens as they find closeness and comfort from God.
If you like to be part of Circle discussions like these with topics varying each Sunday, join us at 6.30pm in the Miehlisch backyard.

August 23 is facilitated by Marilyn Loken

Thank you for these conversations about faith and the openness and safety of having these talks.

[08/15/20]   Come tomorrow, Sunday August 16 at 6.30pm to participate in Ed Taylor's discussion on "why do bad things happen to good people"
Location: Outdoors in the Miehlisch backyard
Social distancing and masks greatly appreciated.
Have a wonderful weekend

[08/11/20]   Yes, it's Circle time tonight at 6.30pm
Don't be defiant...and join us
Eric Miehlisch is excited to share his thoughts and questions on DEFIANCE

[08/09/20]   It's just really wet in our backyard.. let's meet for Discovery Circle on Tuesday evening at 6.30pm instead.
Eric Miehlisch is taking us through 10 questions on defiance...
Any questions contact Andrea 5076965500

[08/07/20]   Defiance...what about it?
Eric Miehlisch will lead through 10 questions at Sunday's Circle
August 9th, 6.30pm
Location: Miehlisch backyard.

Tomorrow's Circle topic is "When Christians get it wrong" facilitated by Cheryl Lamon.
Meet Sundays at 6.30pm in Miehlisch's backyard.
Masks are required. However, during Circle discussion at 6ft distance masks can be removed to be heard. So far, everyone has been very conscientious about safety. Thank you for the effort.
Bonus: Swim, bond with donkeys, talk a walk through the meadow.

[07/27/20]   So it didn't rain yesterday... we were too cautious. Sorry.
However, today is going to be gorgeous.
6.30 pm Miehlisch patio
Sandy Webb on shocks & storms
Bonus: come 20 min early or stay late and take a short walk through the blooming field on a mowed path. Creation at it's best!

[07/26/20]   Circle rescheduled for tomorrow evening 6.30pm due to today's weather forecast.
Sandy Webb will lead on storms and shocks... please join us

[07/25/20]   Discovery Circle will meet on Sunday, July 26 at 6:30 on the patio at Andrea and Eric's house. Sandy Webb will lead the discussion; her topic is Storms and Shocks.

Come as you are, and bring a swimsuit if you want to stay for a dip after. Bug spray will be provided. Please bring a mask.

Check out our page (Discovery Faith Community) for topics and questions from past gatherings.

In case of rain, we will meet on the following Tuesday, the same place, same time.

Hope you can come.

[07/19/20]   Tonight at 6.30 pm is Sunday Discovery Circle. Brandt Roberts will lead the group. It's interactive, informal and outdoors. Though masks aren't required, they are certainly encouraged. Meet at the Miehlisch patio behind the garage.
Hope you can come. Have a great day.

[07/13/20]   Sunday Circle's Ten Questions on Compassion

1. What is the heaviest animal in the world? See answer way below...

“for there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.”
― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

2. Describe someone who is the least like you.

“It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

3. What is the first sign of civilization?

“A student once asked anthropologist Margaret Mead, “What is the earliest sign of civilization?” The student expected her to say a clay pot, a grinding stone, or maybe a weapon.
Margaret Mead thought for a moment, then she said, “A healed femur.”
A femur is the longest bone in the body, linking hip to knee. In societies without the benefits of modern medicine, it takes about six weeks of rest for a fractured femur to heal. A healed femur shows that someone cared for the injured person, did their hunting and gathering, stayed with them, and offered physical protection and human companionship until the injury could mend.
Mead explained that where the law of the jungle—the survival of the fittest—rules, no healed femurs are found. The first sign of civilization is compassion, seen in a healed femur.”

4. Have you ever been the recipient of an unexpected act of kindness?
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
- Aesop

5. What is the meaning of compassion?

6. List three examples of compassion

The meaning of compassion is to recognize the suffering of others and then take action to help. Compassion embodies a tangible expression of love for those who are suffering.

7. Name a biblical example of compassion

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." — Proverbs 31:8-9, NIV

"Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." — 1 John 3:18, NIV

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." — 1 Peter 4:10, NIV

"This is what the Lord Almighty said: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.'" — Zechariah 7:9-10, NIV

"Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind." — Philippians 2:1-2, NIV

8. What breaks your heart?

9. What have you done about it?

“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.”
― Andrew Boyd, Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe

10. What is the closest antonym for compassion?

Answer to 1.: Blue Whale, 200 t
10. Indifference

Join us next Sunday eve at 6.30pm in Miehlisch's backyard. Brandt Roberts will lead July 19th circle.

[07/10/20]   Missed the last gathering? Here is the info to contemplate on by yourself or with family and friends.
July 5, 2020
Another Look at Change

In one episode of the Netflix series “The Crown”, Queen Elizabeth confronts her failure to experience strong feelings in times of great sorrow and great joy. This episode is a case study of personal change.

On October 21, 1966 the village of Aberfan in Wales experienced a catastrophic disaster when the tip of a coal mine collapsed at 9:15 on a weekday morning. The tip suddenly slid downhill as a slurry.

The main building hit was Pantglas Junior School, where lessons had just begun; 5 teachers and 109 children were killed in the school.

Queen Elizabeth signed a letter of condolence, but refused to visit the village, stating that “The Crown does not appear on such occasions”. She clearly believed that by appearing, she would distract attention from the victims. Other members of her family were moved to visit and attend the mass funeral. The Prime Minister entreated her to go to Aberfan, but she said she would not go to “put on a show”.

Public criticism of her decision finally motivated her to make an uncomfortable visit several days after the funeral.

The days that followed were a time of personal introspection for the Queen. In a weekly visit with the Prime Minister, she confided about her deficiencies as a human being. She reminisced about her lack of emotion at the birth of her four children, and when people close to her had died. She compared herself unfavorably to people who cry with anguish or joy at these times.

The Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, comforts her, saying people do not want their leaders to display epic emotions, they want them to be non-anxious and calm.

He doesn’t chastise her for not making a prompt visit to the village, but his past entreaties to do so emphasize his belief that a leader should ‘show up’.

Queen Elizabeth is said to count her failure to promptly visit the village as her greatest regret as monarch. Since then she has returned to Aberfan more times than any other destination.

The tragedy at Aberfan and the Queen’s willingness to be transparent with the Prime Minister changed the Queen from the inside out.

Can you relate, in any way to the Queen’s initial response to the Prime Minister’s request that she pay a visit to the village?

Can you recall an experience that changed you from the inside out?

When have you experienced the power of simply ‘showing up’?

How could you ‘show up’ to make a difference in the issues of today?

[07/10/20]   Discovery Circle will meet on Sunday, July 12 at 6:30 on the patio at Andrea and Eric's house. Marilyn Loken will be with us. Marilyn's topic is Compassion and she will have 10 questions for us - Duane Benson style.

Come as you are, and bring a swimsuit if you want to stay for a dip after. Bug spray will be provided. Please bring a mask.

Check out our page (Discovery Faith Community) for topics and questions from past gatherings.

In case of rain, we will meet on the following Tuesday, same place, same time.

Hope you can come.

[07/05/20]   Reminder: Discovery Circle tonight at 6.30pm
Another look at CHANGE.
Also offered to follow Circle: pool, 90 F, bring your own towel. ?? 507.696.5500

[07/01/20]   Last Sunday's topic was CHANGE. This coming Sunday, July 5 @ 6.30 pm we will pick up the same topic with additional questions. These were the questions we discussed on June 28:
1. Small change: Would you rather have one million dollars today or a penny a day for 30 days, doubled each day?
2. Which is the one thing that has changed for or in you (physically, mentally, or spiritually) in the last 3 months?
3. Would you consider it a positive or negative change?
4. Do you want to hang on to this change or get back to the old?
5. How long does a change in behavior take to become an automatic habit? Days, years?
6. Do your beliefs help or hinder your progress in behavior adjustment
7. In which way are you most likely to make change possible for current issues ( for example: Racism, Environment, Pandemic, Inequality)
o Monetary
o Active outreach (forums, demonstrations, marches)
o Personally with policy makers
o Spiritual/Prayer

8. Do the limitations due to the pandemic feel like grief?

9. Do you miss church at a physical location for services and fellowship?
If yes, why is your faith in need of “real” interaction?

10. And a bit of NFL history: What change happened for Duane Benson between 1973 and 1974?

Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
“The purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. How much am I doing about anger, attachment, hatred, pride, and jealousy? These are the things we must check in our daily lives.” (Dalai Lama)
“When you stop trying to change others and work on changing yourself, your world changes for the better.”(Buddha Teachings)

Hope you can come! If weather is questionable, we will post changes here before Sunday evening. Happy 4th of July!

[06/28/20]   We are on for tonight's Discovery Circle at 6.30 pm. Radar says we are ok weather wise. See you in a bit

[06/25/20]   You are invited to the weekly Discovery Circle on Sunday June 28 at 6.30pm (rain date Tuesday 6.30pm)
This is held again outdoors at Miehlisch's backyard (directions: from Lanesboro, go up the County 8 hill,drive 1.5 miles, take right, drive 1.5 miles until you hit the turkey mailbox, take left into driveway, seek us out by going to the left around the garage.
Come as you are, however, masks are encouraged
Topic: Change (10 questions in the spirit of Duane Benson!). Discussion, Joys/Concerns, Prayer
This will be informal, social, and we'll try our best to keep 6 ft between us.
Hope you can join us! Have pleasant summer days!

[06/23/20]   Tuesday's Discovery Circle topic: Changes in yourself and your relationships as a result of sheltering during the pandemic and the possibility of permanent behavior adjustments in your life, environment, nature and belief.
Meet in Miehlisch's backyard at 6pm Tuesday evening.

[06/19/20]   Discovery Circle on Tuesday, June 23 at 6pm.
Sunday services at Discovery will resume eventually, but until then, we want to keep our connection alive as a community. The safest way to do this is email, but for some of us, that isn't enough. For those who feel comfortable with getting together in person, we are offering a weekly Discovery Circle on the patio in Andrea and Eric's backyard.
The format will be informal - we'll check in with each other, share joys and concerns and reflect on a question. Bring a mask, if you like. Chairs will be placed at a safe social distance.

Dates and times vary due to weather. Discovery Circle will meet from 6 to 7 pm on Tuesday, June 23. Come as you are. Bring your own beverage and food if you like.

P.S. the Miehlisch's address is 27069 County 21 - take Highway 8 to County 21; continue past the turn off for Eagle Bluff. Watch for the driveway on the left with a white mailbox in the shape of a turkey!

The first Discovery Circle was held this afternoon with beautiful weather and Marilyn Loken reflecting on Peace and Justice. Thank you to all participants.

The Grove United Methodist Church

Happy Mother's Day! Start your day off tomorrow with worship at 9am. We will get a glimpse into the window of people living in isolation and celebrate Mother's Day. Stick around the internet for The Planting Project's online gathering at 10am.

[04/02/20]   Can you make masks?
Do you have elastic band?
Yes to either? Drop off at Cheryl's Fabric Garden

[03/15/20]   Our Sunday services will be canceled until Easter Sunday to be in compliance with our social responsibility to stop the spread of COVID19.
Instead join us anytime via an email conversation. This way we can stay connected even at a safe distance. Stay safe and healthy and enjoy the opportunity to have a bit more time being at home.
You can also post here or on messenger.

[03/14/20]   Everyone is welcome to attend the service at Discovery on Sunday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m. We are a lay-led congregation, each of us seeking to deepen our covenant with God. Join us for an interactive worship hour with fellowship before and after the service. A potluck will follow the service. Please bring a dish to share.

This Sunday, we welcome Ed Taylor, a frequent contributor to Discovery's Spiritual Journey series. Ed has modeled for us what it means to be a lay-lead congregation. His topic this week is "Why Our Understanding of Good Friday and Easter are Important."


[02/27/20]   Sunday March 1 10.30am Rev. Bruce Bartel
Bruce's topic is Christian Behavior, and Communion will be served.
Potluck is rescheduled for March 15 since the Senior class is hosting their pancake breakfast fundraiser from 9 to 1 at the school cafeteria

Discovery Faith Community

Please join us each Sunday at 10:30 for a time of worship and discussion. We are a Christian church that is lay led so our members take on all the responsibilities of the operation of the our community. Our services are interactive, fun and inspirational. We invite you with open hearts and loving kindness. See you next Sunday.

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