December Newsletter

By Tower Grove on December 1st, 2019

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Advent is the time in the Church calendar when Christians focus on the coming of Jesus. Advent comes from a Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival.” And in the Advent season, Christians both look back at Jesus’ first coming in His humble birth and look forward to His second coming in powerful victory. With each of Jesus’ comings, Jesus makes a difference that blesses the world.
This season, we want to be a church that experiences how Jesus’ coming truly makes a difference. We can do this by giving generously beyond the walls of our church to meet the needs of our city. That is why I am inviting you to join us in A Gift For Our City. At each of our Christmas Eve services, we will be taking a special offering where 100% of what you give will go out to places of need in this area. You can learn more about these needs and how your giving can help by visiting our website.
As you look at the needs and pray for those in our city, let’s be moved to generosity to show others that Jesus has come and will come and that His coming makes all the difference! May it be our prayer that our generosity help restore dignity, peace, security, joy of relationship, and hope.
Happy Advent and Merry Christmas, Journey family!
Pastor John Chung

Sunday, December 15, 6:30 p.m.
The Journey Hanley Road

We invite you to come together with us as one church to install Curtis Gilbert as Senior Pastor at The Journey!

All are welcome to attend this short worship service to celebrate what the Lord is doing in our church.

The Details

  • There will be a reception in the church lobby immediately following the service.
  • Children are welcome to attend; however, childcare will not be provided.
  • Seating in the sanctuary will be first-come, first served. Doors open at 6 p.m. and overflow seating may be made available if necessary.
  • Parking at Hanley Road is limited; please consider carpooling or using public transportation.

Please let us know if you plan to attend by registering below!

Step into this Advent season with us through a 24-day devotional resource we’ve created for individuals and families! It’s a companion guide to our Advent sermon series, “He Stepped In,” including daily readings, stories, devotions, worship songs and more. Over the next few weeks, we invite you to go deeper with us as we consider the hope and healing available to us because of Jesus’ birth and presence. You can also access the devotional on The Journey St. Louis app!

Open Table is an opportunity to embody love and demonstrate hospitality within our church family and community. It allows both hosts and guests to connect over a holiday meal, encourages a continued mindset of open tables and open hearts, and is a way to faithfully live out being the family of God in obedience to our Savior, who commands us to embody love to those within the body of Christ and those outside the church.

We want you to know that no matter who you are or what season of life you are in, you have something to bring to the table and will be a blessing to those around you! 

Learn more and register now to be part of Open Table on Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day.

Friday, December 6, 6-9 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

Please come join us for a fun night of decorating the sanctuary, crafts for the kids, and hot chocolate, popcorn, and Christmas movies for all!

This year, we are collecting items for the Grace & Peace Fellowship Cold Weather Women's Shelter. Items requested are: 

  • women's socks
  • bar soap
  • vaseline
  • lightweight twin blankets

Everyone is welcome – no need to register!

Affordable Christmas is an empowering holiday event that offers a dignified way to help under-resourced parents provide a joyful Christmas for their children.

On Saturday, December 14, families can shop at drastically reduced prices at Mission St. Louis' Affordable Christmas Store, truly allowing them to provide Christmas for their families!


  • DONATE • Give money to our Giving Grid campaign and let us do the shopping for you!

  • PURCHASE TOYS • Make donations of new, unwrapped gifts and toys to our office or most Journey church services throughout November. Check out our wishlist as well as our Amazon wish list, Target wish list and Walmart wish list for this year’s event!

  • HOST A TOY DRIVE • Whether it is with your church, employer, or family and friends, YOU can make a huge difference in a family’s Christmas by gathering toys for Affordable Christmas. Contact Rachel to learn more.

  • VOLUNTEER • Many hands go into making Affordable Christmas possible year after year. There are many ways to volunteer, whether you are signing up with your community group or as an individual. Please contact Patrick for more information on volunteering.

  • REFER A FAMILY • Do you know a family that could benefit from Affordable Christmas? If so, refer them to Rachel.

With the generous contributions from donors and hundreds of volunteers helping with the event, Affordable Christmas has served more than 10,000 kids over the past 11 years!

Please click on an image below to find out more about these events and resources!
Check this section of our newsletter each month to find out about opportunities to get involved in our city and community!
REVIVAL SCHOOL Talent and Fashion Show
Saturday, December 14, 6-8 p.m.
Third Baptist Church
Johnson Hall
620 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Learn more

Job & Leadership Training
Our Winter 2020 JLT session will start on Jan 20th! We are always looking for more mentors. They can reach out to to sign up. Our meal sign up will also go out after the first of the year so people can be watching for that. We're also always looking for internship providers and partners to help rotate out some that don't have the capacity to do an internship each session.
Beyond School
We are always in need of a weekly academic mentors for Beyond School! Through the semester, 1 day a week (Monday-Thursday).

We could use some more drivers for English class on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (10:30-12:30).



12 || Newcomer Lunch
15 || Men's Bible Study starts
19 || Member's Meeting
21/22 || Women Bible Study starts
24 || Mom's Group Reception & Panel Discussion
26 || Spiritual Gifting Equip Class starts


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