February 2020 Newsletter

By Tower Grove on February 1st, 2020


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A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JOHN

Dear Tower Grove Family,

In July 2019, our church made a significant change to the worship service times at Tower Grove. We had hoped to better distribute attendance between our services and at Journey Kids. Simply put, it did not work as we had hoped. And so, we went back to the drawing board and spent much time hearing from members of our church location. Through our collective wisdom, we believe we have found a better solution that grows Tower Grove’s ability to live out the vision and mission of The Journey and accommodate the needs of the church.

Therefore, starting the weekend of February 29-March 1, 2020, we will be making the following changes to the service times at The Journey Tower Grove:

  • Saturday night services will close. The final Saturday evening service will be on February 22, 2020. 
  • New Sunday service times will be at 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. 

We believe that these times will help have a better distribution of worshippers in the sanctuary and Journey Kids. In addition, we believe these changes will help us connect more closely as one church, create space for fellowship, and allow serving teams to connect, plan, and pray. 

We recognize that change can be challenging and, initially, raise levels of discomfort. We also recognize that change does not necessarily guarantee the outcomes we hope for. Yet, we are learners in this together. I ask for your partnership and patience as we seek to grow as a church in how we enjoy grace, embody love, and engage culture. If you’d like more details about the driving factors for these changes and how decisions were made, you can find a FAQ here

Thank you for being an active part in bringing change to our church so that together, as The Journey Tower Grove, we can exist to see our city awakened and transformed by the love of Jesus!

In Christ,
Pastor John

 

Black History Month

As we enter into this month, our desire is to Remind ourselves by learning about the past, considering its meaning, and reflecting on its impact; to Rejoice through celebration, honor, and worship; and to Respond by asking ourselves how what we now know should inform our choices today and tomorrow. Visit our website for specific ways to learn, celebrate, and engage with us!

 
Greetings from The Journey Board! We wish everyone a very happy, healthy 2020.
We have launched a new webpage that the Board hopes will provide better communication to all our Journey churches. You can find it here. We will post communications and other items of interest on the page as needed. We will also provide an archive of our older communications and board minutes.

Our goal in doing this is to better communicate with you and provide as much ongoing information and transparency to our congregations as possible.

Grace and peace,
Jeff Fox, on behalf of The Board of Elders

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
GOSPEL CLASS FOR KIDS
Starting February 2, at 2 p.m.
Join us for a 3-session class (over 6 weeks) exploring what the gospel means! This class is designed for a 3rd-5th grader to attend WITH a parent or guardian. Learn more and register!
 

MOMS OPEN GYM
Saturdays, February 1 & March 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Get all your winter wiggles out with other Journey families. The school gymnasium will be open from 9:30-11:30 a.m. for your kids to play! NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED! This is a great opportunity to connect with other families in our church! Learn more

 

TG MOMS VALENTINE'S PARTY
Friday, February 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
There will be coffee, juice, pastries, and fruit to enjoy as well as some games and crafts for the kids. Come for the entire time or pop in for 30 minutes. We look forward to seeing you!

RSVP: Please, if possible, RSVP by Wednesday the 5th for yourself and your kids. When registering please select "both" and select your kids names that will be attending.

 
Register your kid(s) for our Journey Kids Choir!
 

Saturdays, February 15, 19, March 14 & 28

The Journey's premarital ministry is hosting the spring session of Four Weeks to a Great Marriage this month at The Journey Tower Grove! The session consists of a series of four group classes. Couples are paired with a mentor couple who will walk through the program with them. The classes and mentoring are open to engaged and recently married couples. Learn more and register for our upcoming session!

 
Sign up for our next Child Dedications by clicking the image above!
 

Help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend.

GriefShare is a weekly seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life after losing a loved one. Our group is led by caring people who have experienced grief and want to help you through the difficult days ahead.  More information

 
EXPOSE ST. LOUIS

“Your heart can’t beat for that which you don’t know.”

If you’ve lived in St. Louis 10 month or 10 years, you have undoubtedly wondered why St. Louis is so geographically segregated along racial lines. Come learn history, data, and stories that will help you see our city more clearly. Come ask questions, listen, discuss, and consider how to respond. Register today!

 
ONGOING EVENTS & RESOURCES
Please click on an image below to find out more about these events and resources!
 
IN THE COMMUNITY, FOR THE COMMUNITY
Check this section of our newsletter each month to find out about opportunities to get involved in our city and community!

Young Life Prayer Requests:

  • Our city. You have placed us in a beautiful, complex, and messy city. God, we ask that You bless the leaders of St. Louis, give them wisdom and insight as they make decisions on behalf of so many. We ask that You fill St. Louis leaders, school administrators, staff, and teachers with compassion and a fierce sense of protection for St. Louis youth. Make St. Louis a place where youth are treasured, valued, loved, protected, and provided for. Help us to dream BIG for what You have for them – not just that they stay out of trouble or survive, but that they live fully into their giftedness from You.
  • Our Students. We ask that you draw these students to Yourself, that they know their value and identity as Your children. God, protect them physically, emotionally, and mentally as they navigate life as teenagers. We ask that You continue to bring new students into our path, that we can serve and love them in Your name.
  • Our Leaders. God, we ask that You strengthen and sustain the leaders You have so graciously provided us with. Bless their relationships with students and grant them wisdom and grace in the year ahead. Lord, please provide the leaders we need to serve the students You have put in our midst. Give us eyes to see the adults You are calling to this ministry.
  • Our Finances. Your financial provision for our area is humbling and we thank You for ALL You have blessed us with. Thank You for our monthly giving campaign, for the generous donor providing the match and for the individuals who have taken on the challenge to give monthly. We ask for Your continued provision as we prepare for the coming year. Lord, we ask that our supporters experience joy, connection, encouragement through their investment in this ministry.
  • Our Staff and Board. Thank you for the talented staff You have put in our area. We praise You for how clearly You have gifted them to be your hands and feet. Sustain them Lord, give them patience, diligence, focus, and joy in their work. We ask that you allow them to see fruit from the hard work that they do.
  • YoungLives. What a blessing that we get to serve young moms in our city and walk with them through a season of life that is so beautiful and mess, joyful and stressful all at the same time. Thank You for the donor who recently provided iPads for two of our moms so they can finish their GEDs. We ask for Your hand of protection over the moms who will deliver babies in the coming year, especially Jayda who is due January 22nd. Grant them smooth deliveries and quick healing.

Mission St. Louis - JLT Winter Meals Program
We are embarking on our 2020 Winter Session of the Job & Leadership Training program and are looking for meals to feed our students and volunteers. The JLT program consists of 8 weeks of weekly classes, mentorship and internships. During classes, students learn professional development, job skills, financial literacy as well lessons on manhood and character building. Students also receive a vast array of community resources and intern at local businesses which (pending performance) turn into livable, wage-permanent positions after graduation. Every day they are with us, we feed them: Monday and Thursday we provide them with dinner and on Wednesday mornings we provide them with breakfast.

Oasis International
If you would like to make a donation to help Oasis International serve our refugees, you can find requested items on this Amazon link.

Oasis is also celebrating International Women's Day by offering refugee women a spa day on March 12 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. They need volunteers and resources of all kinds. Please contact Joni for more information.
 
 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

WHAT'S HAPPENING:  MARCH

7 || IF: Gathering
14 || Pray for The Lou
15 || No Journey Students
27 || Expose St Louis
29 || Journey Students Parent/Leader Fellowship

 

 
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