January Newsletter

By Metro East on January 1st, 2020

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Dear Metro East Family,

I hope you and your family and friends enjoyed a wonderful Christmas!

As we look to 2020 and I reflect on the month of December, I’m grateful for how we experienced an Advent season through our “He Stepped In” sermon series, where we were reminded of the ways that God steps into the painful and broken parts of our lives and brings us hope and healing. We came face to face with the nature of our God – a real God who steps into real need. My prayer for you, as we’ve come to the close of this series, is that you have been able to tangibly experience the love, joy, peace, and hope that Advent reminds us Jesus offers!

At the beginning of our Advent series, we invited you to consider ways you could step into the need in the lives of others in response to the goodness and generosity of Jesus. I want to thank you for the ways you stepped in throughout this season – following along with us in our Advent devotional, sharing a meal with church family and friends through Open Table, stepping into the needs of our city through A Gift for Our City offering, and serving our Restore Network families at their annual Christmas Party. Whether you donated gifts, desserts, volunteered, or did all the above, you have displayed the incarnational love of Jesus this Advent. Thank you!

As we anticipate a new year, I want us to consider how we can look beyond this Advent season by continuing to be a people and a church that steps into places of need in our community through how we engage, serve, and give. 

  • That we would engage by committing to community whether through our community groups or men’s and women’s ministries. You are made for community, and I believe this is one of the most crucial steps you’ll take for your growth in the new year.

  • That we would seek to serve our community and its needs. I’m praying that the Lord gives eyes to see and a heart that is burdened for our city. Whether tutoring at Abe Lincoln, providing childcare for the Restore Network, or sharing the gospel with our neighbors, may we be a light on a hill.

  • That we would seek to be a generous people by each taking a step in giving of our resources both consistently and sacrificially to meet the needs of our church and community and to further learn what it means to be a people who grow in our trust and dependence on the Lord. 

One of the things I recognize is that in order for us to grow in these ways, we must first begin by posturing our hearts in prayer before God. So as we enter into January, we are going to place an emphasis on prayer and seek to grow as a church in what it means to trust the Lord in every area of our lives. I want to invite you today to begin to pray for your heart and our church in these ways – first that “our hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ” (Col 2:2) and that we continue to find ways as a church to “step into” the needs of our community as we enter into this new year.  

In Christ,
Pastor Charlie

Journey family! I’m incredibly grateful for your heart and generosity expressed on Christmas Eve. Together, we were able to give $96,285 away to organizations across our neighborhoods and communities that are committed to bringing restoration to St. Louis. Thank you for stepping in on behalf of our city! 

Know that each and every gift – regardless of the size – is deeply appreciated. We know that any gift, any step toward generosity, is an opportunity for the Lord to grow our faith and to use what we have given to bring hope and healing to those in need. My prayer is that the ways you have expressed generosity this season will have sparked in you a joy that comes from experiencing partnership with our God in the ways He uses your resources, hands, and hearts to transform the lives of others.

May we continue to be reminded as we enter 2020 of the goodness, kindness, and generosity of our God and persist in faithfulness as we respond to Him by taking more steps of love, sacrifice, and generosity in the year ahead.

Pastor Curtis


Sunday, January 26, 6:30 p.m.
The Journey Hanley Road

We had to reschedule our celebration service due to snow, but we're excited to come together as one church to install Curtis Gilbert as Senior Pastor at The Journey! Find all the details here on our website.

Please let us know if you plan to attend by registering below! (This is a brand-new registration! Please complete the sign up again, even if you registered for the December 15 date.)



As we enter into cold/flu season, please keep in mind our Journey Kids sick policy. Please, do not drop off children who have exhibited any of the following symptoms in the past 24 hours:

  • fever • excessive/colored nasal drainage • persistent coughing • diarrhea • vomiting
  • rash • any infection of the eye/nose/throat

The Family Room is available if needed. Thanks for helping us maintain a healthy environment for everyone! 


December 29th is Family Sunday! Journey Kids rooms will be open for infants through 3-year-olds. All 4-year-olds through 5th graders are invited to attend worship with their family.

Email NaHana Stogner if you have any questions! 


We believe the Bible clearly communicates baptism as a vital step of discipleship and obedience to Christ. The sacrament is a symbol of the washing away of the old self and commitment in front of fellow believers that you have been made new by Jesus and are committed to following him. Sign up below if you want to take this next step in your walk with the Lord! 

We would love for you to join us Sunday, January 5, for our all-church prayer night at 5:30 p.m. 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! 

Do you like to run or walk? Come on out to the 10th ANNIVERSARY Chiro-Med Winter Luau 5K & Main Street Mile in Belleville. There will be some attendance prizes just for showing up and running or walking. $500 will donated to the charity of choice for Team/Club with the most registered participants and volunteers. All Proceeds for the race will go to Special Olympics.    

Jesus invites us into His unstoppable plan to see all peoples praising Him, and He goes with us in power as His Holy Spirit equips us to make disciples of all nations! Please join us in asking God for a group of 10 people from across all Journey church locations to participate in our church's second-ever 9-month overseas missionary training group (it starts August 2020). Why? Because our church is trusting God to help us train and send 100 of our very own members to move overseas long-term in order to see Jesus worshipped in the places where He is hardly known – and may have never even been spoken of! But where are these places, and why is our church so intent on focusing on them?

One of the best possible ways to discover more about God's heart for the world, our church's desire to be a part of it, and the role that God is inviting you into is by participating in the Perspectives experience. This is not a "missions class," but a class on who God is, what He has been doing through time, and who and how people are worshipping Him! God will use it to re-shape even the way you read your Bible! There is a class beginning January 13 in O'Fallon, IL, and there are already some Metro East folks taking it. Please come to the first night of class (it's free) to learn more! Bonus! Scott Hickox, one of our very own Journey lead pastors, will be leading one of the classes! Jesus is worthy of more worship, so let's learn together about what He invites us into as His church to see Him lifted high!

January Song of the Month: "Jesus, Strong and Kind" | City Alight feat.        Colin Buchanan
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