February Newsletter

By Metro East on February 1st, 2019


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ELDER UPDATE FROM CHAD: WHO MOVED MY CHEESE?
In 1988, Spencer Johnson wrote Who Moved My Cheese? It was a book about cheese. Well, more accurately, it was a book about change, but he eloquently used cheese as the primary vehicle to teach his main points about how we respond to change. The book specifically focused on organizational changes in business, but the practical applications of its lessons still resonate three decades later. There is a lot more to the story than what I’ll share with you today, so I’d encourage you to check it out someday if you have the time.
 
In the story, Johnson follows the lives of two humans, Hem and Haw, and two mice, Sniff and Scurry, as they wander a maze in search of cheese (because…cheese). One glorious day, all four find the pot-of-gold, and they begin to build and shape their routines and practices around their daily trips to partake in the cheese. Hem and Haw merely consume the cheese without much thought about why it’s there, who provided it, what happens when the cheese runs out, etc. They were simply being happy consumers of cheese. On the other hand, Sniff and Scurry enjoyed consuming the cheese like every good mouse does, but they were also being intentional and responsible with the cheese they were entrusted with – they were calculating the dwindling levels of cheese, and they were coming up with a plan of what to do when the cheese ran out. All four go about their cheese-centered lives.
 
One day, however, Sniff and Scurry return only to find that the cheese is gone. Being good mice, not too bothered with human emotions and having anticipated that this day would come, they set off on another adventure to find more cheese and they continue on with their lives without much disruption. When Hem and Haw return to find the cheese is gone, they lose their minds—they demand to know “who moved my cheese” but are too blinded by their own self-focus, comfort, consumption, and pride to recognize they were partially responsible for the dwindling levels of cheese. Their emotions are at an all-time high, blame and anger are running rampant, and they both only want to know “who moved my cheese;” they are resistant rather than accepting of the change and struggle to adjust to their new way of life. All the while, Sniff and Scurry adapt to the change, find a new stockpile of cheese, and live happily ever after. If life were only so simple!
 
Now there are a lot of “holes” to the story (Swiss cheese pun intended) that I’m not going to examine. My point is to simply draw parallels to the change we’re experiencing at The Journey and highlight the responsibility we all have to steward the change for the betterment of each other and the betterment of those who have yet to hear the good news of the gospel. I, for one, believe that change is a good thing but acknowledge that it isn’t always comfortable or without struggle. From the simple “cheese move” of reducing our Sunday gathering at Metro East to one service, to the more complicated “cheese move” of Pastor Curtis’s transition to the lead preaching pastor of The Journey—however we are impacted by the various changes at our church, we must first acknowledge that things are different and then make a conscious decision on how to respond. A fleshly response tempts us to resist, push back, read into things too deeply, consume, perhaps cast blame, etc. But a Spirit-filled response leads us to pray, discern, contribute, volunteer, invite, and continue to serve and lead in our church, neighborhoods, schools, and places of work. It’s not easy to do, but I believe the latter is the response God is calling us to pursue and is the response I am so encouraged to see being walked out by our church family!
 
As always, thanks for all you do!
 
Peace,
Chad
 
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
 
CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Black History Month offers us an opportunity to affirm and celebrate the history and stories of our brothers and sisters in Christ. We believe that Black History Month is an invitation to more: more diverse stories, more understanding, and ultimately more of GOD; and that Black History is OUR history. We acknowledge that the reason Black History Month exists is because of brokenness and sin, and in God's story, no voice is forgotten. Please join with us in praying for more of God this month. 

Read this article written by The Village Church in Texas about the importance of celebrating Black History Month and check out the resource table for more articles and resources for Black History Month. 

 
Sunday, February 17, 4 p.m.

In celebration of Black History Month, The Journey is excited to welcome the Community Gospel Choir to The Journey Hanley Road for a beautiful performance open to the St. Louis community.

Invite a friend and mark your calendar today!
Questions? Email infohr@thejourney.org.

 
LET US KNOW YOU'RE COMING!
 
This month, follow our Instagram Stories!
Throughout February, we'll be highlighting and recognizing the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history on our @thejourneystl Instagram Stories – be sure to follow along!  
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS & NEWS
Friends, we are excited to announce that we will be transitioning to one service, beginning February 3, at 10 a.m. We can't wait to celebrate together what God is doing in our church and in each person's life as one church each Sunday morning at one time.

We look forward to continuing our mission of being a diverse community centered on Jesus Christ, seeking to wholly enjoy His grace, faithfully embody His love for one another, and boldly engage our culture with His truth, from our neighborhoods to the nations. Join us right after service this Sunday as we celebrate with one of our favorite treats!

Hint: You doughnut want to miss out on this celebration! 

 
Sunday, February 17, 12-1 p.m.
Multipurpose Room

Come learn about upcoming short-term mission trip opportunities for the summer of 2019! We will go over details such as cost, dates, and trip content for each trip, as well as general deadlines and info required to be involved in any of our summer trips. Lunch will be provided! Children are welcome.

REGISTER
 
Sunday, February 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Join us for our all-church prayer in February! This is an informal event where we pray for personal, church, and global things going on in the world around us. Kids are welcome to participate! 

 

We are passionate about walking alongside your family and believe that everyone needs a safe place to belong where they can discover more about the hope that Jesus offers. Join us every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 12-2:30 p.m. for Journey Students!

 

SAVE THE DATE! Becoming a member of a church is a way that we identify with other people who have committed themselves to living as a follower of Jesus! Our Pathway to Membership classes will take place for five weeks: March 3-March 31 at 9 a.m.

Please contact Charlie MacIsaac if you have questions about membership.

 
February Song of the Month - Joy by VaShawn Mitchell
 
A MESSAGE FROM JOURNEY KIDS
Journey Kids Parents,

I am excited for Journey Metro East to move to ONE service in February! This will provide all of us, including the kiddos, with an opportunity to fellowship with new and old friends. 
 

In light of the transition, rooms may be fuller, so I encourage you to check your child(ren) in early. Also, until we increase the number of Team Members on The Journey Kids Team, some classes will remain combined, including Kindergarten-1st grade and 2nd-5th grade. Since the number of children in a classroom may max out, I want to make sure that five-year-olds who are not in Kindergarten remain in the four and five-year-old” classroom (previously Pre-K). If you have any questions and/or concerns during the transition to one service, please do not hesitate to reach out.
 
If you are not already a Journey Kids Team Member and would like to serve regularly, or as a reserve, or behind the scenes, please let me know!   
 
I look forward to our church celebrating with the Lord together!
 
NaHana Stogner
Director of Journey Kids Metro East
618-670-9581
 
JOIN US FOR A NEW SERMON SERIES!
STARTING | Sunday, February 10

How do we walk out 'the middle' of difficult and uncertain life experiences? How do we engage the Lord there? And what do we do with our fears? Next week, we’ll be launching into a brand new sermon series on the book of Joshua that will address questions like these and more.

Be sure to join us on the first week and receive your very own journal!

 
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