HR | June Newsletter

By Hanley Road on June 1st, 2019

News and Events at The Journey Hanley Road
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"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1 

We experience the world in seasons. In the autumn, we observe the beauty of slowly dying leaves as they change from lively green to the yellows and oranges of the autumn bouquet. In the winter, we experience what seems to be the hibernation of nature underneath the blanket of cold, snow, and ice. In the springtime, we experience the new life of plants, trees, and flowers, as nature awakens from its winter slumber and begin to flourish again. Each of these seasons are necessary and bring their own unique beauty to the world.

Each of us probably have our favorite season that we would prefer year round. Yet, as much as we love our favorite seasons, it would not be good if we were stuck in only one. It would be catastrophic if we had only the cold and ice of the winter, without the blossoming of the spring. The world would be a desert if we only had the warmth and long days of the summer. Being stuck in one season would not foster life and beauty, but rather imbalance and desolation.

While we recognize the detriment of nature only having one season, some of us live our lives in only one season, and for many, that one season is busyness. It is easy to find ourselves with an overcrowded calendar, unrelenting schedule, and demands that never seem to stop. When we get stuck in a perpetual season of busyness, rather than flourishing, we find ourselves languishing.

This is not God’s design for His people. He does not intend for us to be in a constant state of activity. Indeed, even God Himself rested in order to model for us the importance of balance and rhythms in life (cf. Genesis 2:1-3). Even in the incarnation, Jesus would retreat to rest and rejuvenate from the rigors of ministry (cf. Mark 6:31). And the Lord admonishes Martha for being too busy to take time to sit at His feet and hear the word of God (cf. Luke 10:38-42).

As a church, we want to to encourage our people not to get stuck in the season of busyness, but to enjoy seasons of rest and rejuvenation as well. At The Journey during the month of June, we will be preaching a sermon series on the importance of rhythms of rest and rejuvenation in the life of believers. During the month of July, we will also be modeling rhythms of rest and fellowship by taking a different approach to our services. In July, our services will be streamlined, with fellowship opportunities built in, so that our people can connect with one another. We will also be hosting a joint picnic with Kol Rinah on June 23, as well as a number of Community Barbecues throughout the summer. Our hope is that during this summer at The Journey, we foster an environment where the people of God can enjoy a season of rest and rejuvenation together in the presence of the Lord. 

Pastor Carlos

We're launching into a new summer sermon series this week – looking at what it means to have a summer well spent. We'll focus on topics like rest, relationships, community, and more over the next couple of months. We're excited to see you this weekend as we dive into this new series!
One way we hope to lean into what it looks like to live an intentional lifestyle of rest and relationship is through community-building opportunities and experiences both at The Journey and across the St. Louis metro area. Here are two upcoming dates for the month of June – mark your calendars! View a full list of summer opportunities here.
Kingdom Sessions Release Concert | June 7, 8 p.m.
Tower Grove Worship Leader Russ Mohr is debuting "The Kingdom Sessions" album on June 7 at The Ready Room! The record explores themes of faith, community, justice, love, forgiveness, and reconciliation – celebrating what is good and beautiful in humanity while confronting and lamenting what is broken, all while looking with hope to a better future. Check The Journey St. Louis app for more info, to learn how to receive a free download from June 14-30, and to purchase tickets to the show!

Alethea Film Screening | June 21, 7-9:30 p.m.
The Journey is partnering with the Alethea Project, a new documentary screening series taking place in large evangelical churches across the United States. It seeks to use nonfiction film as a means to encourage productive, civil dialogue around difficult social topics, model bridge-building between churches and secular arts organizations, and grow appreciation for the art and craft of nonfiction film. We'll screen The Interrupters at The Journey Hanley Road in June! Stay after the film for a moderated discussion. Register today.

Journey July
July at Hanley Road will be a time for us to simplify our services, events, and offerings to give rest to volunteers, especially those serving in Journey Kids. Our services during this month will be slightly shorter with worship that will engage the whole family. We will be having limited Journey Kids (ages 3 and under) during this month. 

For all sermons from our In the Middle series, visit our Sermon page!

Wednesdays, June 19 & 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Pastor Carlos and Rabbi Noah invite you to a two-session study of select Psalms, considered through a Christian and Jewish lens. If you need childcare, we ask that you request this within the registration by June 9.

Beginning September 8, Hanley Road will be changing its service times to 8:30 and 11 a.m. This change allows us to increase opportunities for Christian education by offering Equip Classes here at Hanley Road.

Here's an inside look into the worship at Journey Kids every week. Routinely, the preschooler and toddler class have song time before lesson and craft. We're excited for the seeds of the gospel planted and sown this past year in Journey Kids!


Sunday, June 23, 4 p.m.
Come gather with the Hanley Road and Kol Rinah congregations as we share a meal and enjoy summer together! You're cordially invited to a joint picnic at Villa Park in Olivette (9301 Villa Ave. W, Olivette, MO 63132). Please bring your own dinner for you and your family. If you have any fun yard or outdoor games, please bring those to share! Villa Park is equipped with a drinking fountain, multi-use fields, a pavilion, picnic tables, a playground, and restrooms.


Interested in meeting new people at The Journey Hanley Road? Join us at one of our Community BBQs for some food, fun, and fellowship! If it works for your schedule, we encourage you to attend one of the BBQs near your part of St. Louis.

From June 16th - July 7th, Hanley Road will be collecting school supplies for UCity's upcoming Back to School Rally. Come join us in embodying love to our neighbors!


Save the date July 13th for our Membership Bootcamp Class here at Hanley Road. Join us for an intensive session that condenses our normal four-week session into one Saturday.


On any given Sunday morning, our Hosts team strives to create an environment where people can better connect with each other, and ultimately, Jesus. With hospitality and engagement, Hosts hope to make people who attend our services feel welcomed, safe, and loved.

Due to people moving or transitioning roles in our church, we have a large need for more Hosts team members. We have the greatest need for folks to join our 11 a.m. team, for those who are willing to plug into more logistical roles (brewing coffee, preparing the communion table) at both the 9 and 11 a.m. service, and for those interested in staffing our Welcome Center (at both services).

Learn more about this ministry, or reach out to one of our Sunday morning leaders, Patrick Arthur, if you're interested in joining our team!

Looking for somewhere to plug into the life of our church? The Journey Hanley Road's Production Team would love to help you do just that! Serving on the Production Team is a great way to connect to a broad community of volunteers and leaders in our church, while having quite a bit of fun! If you are interested in learning more contact us at
Support our families with newborns by providing them a meal. We have several families in need of our help and plenty of dates available. Sign up today! 
With lots of meetings and meals, Hanley Road seeks out sitters on a regular basis. If you would like apply to be one of our sitters, please access the link below. If you have any questions, please email Ellen.
Theology at the Bottleworks is coming up on Wednesday, June 19, 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: Safe and Secure.
According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, safety and security are second only to our physiological needs for food and water. Can we be safe in a world where dangers and seemingly endless reports of mass shootings, online hackers, or other threats abound? What does it mean to feel safe and secure? Are "safe spaces" safe? Do security guards protect our sense of security? What is our responsibility for the physical, emotional, and psychological safety of others? Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'. 

Check out the podcast for Theology at the Bottleworks, intended to help Christians address current hot topics from a gospel perspective.



July 7 | Last Day to Donate School Supplies for Back to School Rally
July 13 | Membership Bootcamp 
July 19 | Summer BBQ
July 28 | Summer BBQ

As we head into the end of our fiscal year this month, please join us in praying about going above and beyond with a generous fiscal year-end gift by June 30.
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