August Newsletter

By Hanley Road on August 1st, 2019


News and Events at The Journey Hanley Road
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ENJOY GRACE

A MESSAGE FROM AARON LAYTON

A few years back, I was asked to be the main speaker for a youth retreat. As I gathered feedback from youth pastors and leaders, they all thought my talks should center around rest. This opportunity allowed me to take a closer look at rest and particularly, the sabbath. I came away from that study and the week with a greater resolve to make rest and the sabbath a priority for myself and my family. However, practicing this has not been isolated to Sunday; I make it a priority every day. For instance, as a teacher, I began closing my computer at 4:00 in the afternoon and would not open it until the next morning. I do not check or send emails or answer anything work-related after 4:00 p.m. Yes, of course there are exceptions, and there are nights when I need to grade papers or finish an important email to a parent. But this has been the general rule I live by, and it has been life-giving.

As the summer winds down, I hope that we as a church family have found times to rest. The summer seems like a natural time to rest, and even if rest does not come naturally for some of us, the season makes us think about it. As the kids head back to school and we all settle into our regular routines, let us remember that rest should be part of our regular routine. 

God orders rest for his people through the Ten Commandments. The underlying idea regarding sabbath is that our lives ought to have a rhythm with time to work and time to rest. We need to intentionally have a work week but also protect that sacred time of rest and worship. Even on a daily level, it is good to sabbath, as much as possible. We have some time to say, "It's time to stop and rest." I encourage you to find that time, whether it's when you get off work, once you get home, or once you sit down for dinner. Whenever it is, it should be intentional, regular, and protected. Remember that honoring the Sabbath is a commandment and not a suggestion, and it is by God's good wisdom that we observe it. Strive every week and every day to honor the Sabbath. 

In Christ,
Aaron 

 
CULTIVATING THE GOSPEL IN THE NEXT GENERATION
A WORD FROM BRYCE
Journey Kids is a community serving together to cultivate the gospel in the next generation.
This is the mission statement of our Journey Kids ministry, and we take it seriously. We are committed to this mission, because kids need to hear the gospel from a variety of people in their lives. They need to see that the good news of the gospel is cherished by a diversity of people that are united by one thing above all else: the person of Jesus Christ.

We are praying that God would grow our Journey Kids team over the next few months. Have you considered partnering with Journey Kids or Students in our task of gospel cultivation? We have a variety of roles and opportunities available that vary in responsibility and frequency. Some of those roles are leading a JK Team, connecting with new families and team members, teaching a class, assisting a teacher, helping with administrative tasks at home/during the week, or coming in during the week to help prep the curriculum for the kids. If any of these things interest you at all, please email me at bvanderaa@thejourney.org and we can talk more about it. 

On Sunday, August 4, we will be “promoting” kids and students in our system to their next grade level. This may lead to kids moving rooms, or it may not. Parents, please try to come a little early that Sunday to see if your kids will be changing rooms. Contact Bryce if you have any questions. 
 
FALL SERMON SERIES
 
It’s in our human heart to be a part of something. And as God’s people, He has called us out by grace and unleashed us to the world to bring change through the gospel of Jesus – by being a part of the church. Pastor Curtis shares here a preview and vision for our upcoming fall sermon series on the church – its purposes, its people, and who it is through God’s eyes. We'll begin this new series on Sunday, September 8, at The Journey Hanley Road!
 
INCREASING CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Equip Classes are just around the corner! Beginning September 8, we will have two Equip Classes - Generous Justice and Core Christianity - to bolster your faith and empower your walk with the Lord. In order to make room for these classes (offered from 10-10:45 a.m.), we are changing the 9 a.m. service to 8:30 a.m. Registration for classes will be available on August 11
READ MORE ABOUT OUR CLASSES
 
Lost and Found
Throughout the next few weeks, we will be cleaning out our lost and found. Come pick up your items at one of the hightop tables in the lobby on a Sunday morning. We'll be donating everything that is not picked up.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS

For our second time in a row, Hanley Road is joining in for Pershing Elementary's after school Homework Club on Wednesday afternoons. Volunteers can help kids in the Math and Reading Homework Club. In addition, the school has given us the free space to introduce other subjects or skills to the kids. 

JOIN OUR INTEREST MEETING
 
Please click on an image below to find out more information about upcoming events!
 
On August 6th, Hanley Road is volunteering at University City's Back to School Rally! Let's embody love for our community and local schools.
SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER
Inn from the Storm is a local, faith-based non-profit committed to empowering previously incarcerated women through education, employment, and supportive services. The Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, August 25, at Ruth Park Golf Course in University City. For information on how to sign up, please contact their Director, Sandi Colquitt.
 
EMBODY LOVE
Our Hosts Team strives to create an atmosphere where people can connect with each other and ultimately Christ. Whether brewing coffee, preparing communion, or greeting, they bless our Sunday morning services with hospitality. We are always recruiting, but we have an especial need for volunteers in our 11 a.m. service. Please email Patrick for more information.

Support our families with newborns by providing them a meal. We have many families in need of our help! Sign up here

 
ENGAGE CULTURE
Theology at the Bottleworks is coming up on August 21, 6:30-8:30 at Schlafly Bottleworks. TATB is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most important issues of our times among a diversity of interesting people with all views. This month's topic is: “I Have the Need for Speed: Hurry and Speed in America Today." 

Tom Cruise uttered the above quote in the 1986 movie Top Gun, and it has since become an accurate description of some of the most important values in our culture today. Overnight delivery service, online everything, fast food, drive-through coffee and cleaners, doing anything to avoid a line or a wait for anything – these are markers of priorities that are affecting the way we live, play, and work. What causes the need for speed? Is this emphasis helpful or harmful? Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others.' 

Check out the Theology at the Bottleworks podcast. It encourages Christians to engage culture by addressing hot topics from a gospel perspective. 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR SEPTEMBER

September 8 | Equip Classes Launch and changed service times 
September 8 | Journey Students Ice Cream Social, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
September 11 | Pershing Elementary Homework Club re-launches
September 15 | Newcomer Lunch 
September 15 | Members' Meeting 
September 22 | Journey Kids Magic House Night

 
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