January Newsletter *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* News and Events at The Journey South County View this email in your browser A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JASON Journey South County Family, As we begin a new year, I want to encourage you to pick out a reading plan to engage your Bible. After a decade of research, LifeWay stated two things about Christian maturity: 1) Bible engagement is the number one spiritual discipline for growth, and 2) Bible engagement affects every other discipline. People who engage the Bible give more, go more, and evangelize more. Now that should not surprise us, but it should remind us of the importance and value of faithful Bible reading. Do you have a Bible reading plan for 2019? I realize that a Bible reading plan can become a checklist, but for many of us, a plan keeps us accountable and focused. Remember the Bible reading plan is just a tool. The aim is communion with the Lord, not a checkmark on that day. To be honest, there are many days where I don’t accomplish all I set out to read. Sometimes that means I fall behind in my reading plan or I just skip those days. I don’t berate myself over empty checkboxes. Instead, I am reminded that I am saved by God’s grace – not checkmarks. You can click on this link to find several helpful Bible reading plans. Last year, I enjoyed going through the Five Day Bible Reading Plan. Find a plan that fits your schedule and engage the Word. Walking through His Word with you, Pastor Jason We believe God works through you, your gifts, and your generosity. To our Journey family and friends who give faithfully and for those of you who went above and beyond with a year-end gift, THANK YOU! BE A PART OF THE STORY Four Weeks to a Great Marriage is a class offered by The Journey's premarital ministry that’s designed to help you prepare for a marriage that will flourish! Our spring session begins on February 9 at The Journey Tower Grove. LEARN MORE + REGISTER PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY COPE24 is a child advocacy non-profit that The Journey South County has supported for the last several years. This year, they will be working on a reality-based documentary project that will subject ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). This project will include professional talent role-play, personal testimonies, and professional commentary. COPE24 is currently looking to interview adults who may have experienced family dysfunction in their childhood. This dysfunction would include any combination of the following adversities: Child abuse: physical, emotional, or sexual Child neglect: physical, emotional (ex. lack of food, lack of educational support, lack of medical care, verbal, etc.) Family dysfunction: growing up in a home where your parents suffered from mental health issues, drug or alcohol addictions, domestic violence, divorce or a parent was missing due to incarceration If you would like to know more about this project, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please briefly share a piece of your story. Sending an email doesn't commit you to participate in the video project, it is just exploratory. If you would like to visit their website, you can view trailers of past video projects. UPCOMING EVENTS & NEWS Kids, pack up your blankets and join us for a fun evening to watch Disney's version of the Rapunzel story, Tangled. Adults, don't count yourselves out, this movie will entertain you as well! Pizza can be purchased for dinner. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Families, join us on Friday, January 11! Doors open at 5:30, and the movie will start promptly at 6:15. REGISTER Sunday, January 20 12-1:30 p.m. Are you new to The Journey South County and would like to know more about our church? Join us for lunch! READ MORE AND REGISTER If the beginning and the end of God's story has already been written, where are we? How do we live in this time between the Garden of Eden and the glory to come when Christ returns? Bible study mornings will start promptly at 8 a.m. with a video for the first half, then discussion for the last half hour. Register today and join us! READ MORE Seeking God’s Heart Join us for a six-week men’s Bible study on the spiritual disciplines practiced by King David. The Bible calls David a man after God’s own heart, and in the New Testament alone, David is referred to 59 times. We’ll look at topics like surrender, humility, worship, prayer, and more. Come explore with us how we, too, can humbly seek God’s heart and be the men Christ redeemed us to be. We meet Mondays beginning January 21, from 7-8 p.m. at The Journey South County. REGISTER HERE VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHT We wanted to share a special thank you for a few ladies who have served our church faithfully since South County launched about 5 and a half years ago. You can find Cindy Fox, Dianne Cavender, and Janet Kleinbach making coffee and setting up snacks for volunteers and getting things ready for communion. You can also find Leigh Chapman and Sarah Crowe setting things up to welcome new people through our doors and doing a lot of behind the scenes tasks to make Sundays run smoothly. Thank you, ladies, for your servant hearts and the love you show to the church through your actions! PRAYER GROUP Would you like to pray alongside others for the needs of the church? We are starting a new prayer group, and we'd like to invite you to be a part! If you'd like to join and receive regular prayer requests, please email Laura, and she'll add you to the group. JOIN US FOR A NEW SERMON SERIES! Let's start our new year by connecting with the mission of The Journey! Join us each Sunday as we explore our identity in Jesus from 1 Peter 2, and let's learn together how we can personally live out our mission. Mark your calendar for Sunday, January 13, as we kick off this new sermon series! And be sure to join us this Sunday as Pastor Jason kicks off the new year with a sermon on the benefits of Bible engagement and prayer! Copyright © 2018 The Journey South County, All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: 6915 Weber Road, St. Louis, MO 63123 Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.