December Newsletter

By Hanley Road on December 1st, 2019

News and Events at The Journey Hanley Road
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He Stepped In

Recently, the family and I went to Kansas City for the weekend to enjoy some of the family fun spots in the city. While we were in KC, we were able to spend ample time in the pool and in water activities. During our time in the water, in spite of having life vests, goggles, and floatation devices, my daughter Nia was scared to get away from the steps of the pool. Even though her brother and sister were doggy paddling all over the water, she couldn’t bring herself to get away from safety. That is, until daddy stepped in the water with her. Even though I had given her everything that she needed to ensure her safety, there was something about my presence in the water with her that gave her a new courage and confidence to venture out and enjoy the water.

This Advent season at The Journey, we will be reflecting on the reality that 2,000 years ago, Jesus stepped into our human experience. Christ eschewed the celestial worship of heaven and descended to dwell among His lowly creation. John 1:14 tells us, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” A richer translation of the word “dwelt” is “tabernacled.” This word points back to the Exodus, in which the Lord’s presence was tangibly manifested through the Shekinah glory of the Tabernacle, as Yahweh dwelled in the midst of Israel. In Christ, Yahweh Himself pitched His tent amongst humanity. He stepped in.

During the month of December, we will be walking through a sermon series entitled, “He Stepped In,” and we will examine four different ways in which Christ stepped into our human experience. During this season, I encourage you to reflect on the ways in which Christ has stepped into your story in the past and to also think of ways in which you need Jesus to step into your story right now.

Just as my presence in the water with Nia brought her courage and comfort, we can draw comfort from knowing that Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, has stepped into our human condition. Jesus not only stepped in so that he could die for our sins, but so that he could identify with our pains, hurts, disappointments, trials, and temptations. Hebrews 4:15-16 reminds us, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” When we are in need, we can boldly step up to the throne of grace, because Jesus stepped in.

In Christ,
Pastor Carlos


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. 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!

As Christmas approaches, Hanley Road wants to cultivate opportunities where folks can share a meal. Open Table is a chance to sign up to host or join a holiday meal. Every person, crafted in the image of God, can bring a lot to the table - and we need each other in order to experience the community we long for. If you'd like to open up your home or join a meal for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, please fill out our form below before December 15th. You can read more about Open Table by clicking the red button below!


Jesus calls us to fellowship with those in need (Luke 14:12-14). This upcoming Christmas, we have the opportunity to serve a meal at the Grace & Peace Winter Shelter. This is a shelter for homeless women just eleven minutes east of our church. We are inviting folks to sign up to cook, serve, and share a holiday meal at the shelter (Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas breakfast). Families and individuals are welcome!

This Christmas, our Hanley Road church family is supporting families in need at Pershing Elementary by purchasing clothes, necessities, and gifts. If you signed up to support a family, please make sure to drop off your gifts in the church office by December 8th! (The church office is right across from the sanctuary.) We encourage everyone to be prayerful that the Lord's blessing and protection would be on these families from Pershing.
Family Sundays This December
On December 1st and December 29th, we will be having Family Sundays! This means that all young ones ages four and older are welcome to join us in normal Sunday worship service. There will be childcare available for children ages three and under. 
If you love to sing and worship, we would love to have you join our choir! Our choir joins the normal Sunday worship team to sing once a month. For this Christmas, our choir will perform at both services on December 22nd, and we will have rehearsal on December 18th. Everyone is welcome to join (kids will need an accompanying adult), and there is no audition. Please email our Worship Director Jason Magers, if you are interested or for more information.

You and your family are invited to Hanley Road's Christmas Eve service. In this Advent season at The Journey, we are considering how Jesus stepped in. He stepped into our humanity and experiences. He became acquainted with our grief and sorrow. Because of this great truth, the hope and joy He brings into the world becomes even more beautiful.
Childcare will be available for ages 3 and under. 


Save the date for some upcoming events at Hanley Road. Click on the images below to find out more about each event!

We have several meal trains opened for families with newborns! And you don't have to be a chef to help out! Whether you're dropping off a homemade meal or sending a restaurant gift card, these families are truly grateful. Sign up for a date here. If you are expecting a little one of your own, email, so we can get a meal train set up for you in time!
Every Sunday, our Hosts Team seeks to cultivate an atmosphere where people feel welcomed and are better able to connect to Christ. Our 8:30 and 11 a.m. teams are always open to new team members! If you're interested in embodying love for your church family through this opportunity, we invite you to begin a conversation with one of our Hosts leaders, Patrick.
Theology at the Bottleworks is coming up on Wednesday, December 18th, from 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: #December.

It seems December is the most …. controversial time of the year. From annual legal battles over decorations in public places, to the tidal wave of marketing and holiday music and family events and feelings good and bad, December is the most upsetting time of the year for many. We’ll explore the holiday season, the role of holidays in America, and the basic ideals of celebration. Come on out to 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.



January 5 | Confronting Christianity book study begins 
January 18 | Women's Ministry R&R "Rest in Him"
January 26 | Newcomers Lunch
January 31-February 1 | GROW Conference

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