South County January Newsletter *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* News and Events at The Journey South County View this email in your browser A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JASON Dear Journey South County 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, and stepping into the needs of our city through A Gift for Our City offering. I was also thrilled to see how we stepped in and ministered to refugees in our community during this Christmas season! Joani Akers of Oasis International emailed me recently to express her immense gratitude for our church’s participation in Christmas for Refugee Families. She wrote, “For a new church to buy gifts, bake dozens of cookies, and deliver them to refugees...wow, that is impressive!” Thank you for embodying love to our neighbors this season! 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 through participation in one of our women’s ministry’s Fountain Friday events or in our men’s discipleship group or through enrolling in the “Encountering the World of Islam” class. That we would seek to serve through volunteering at the Affton Christian Food Pantry or once a month serving as a Good Neighbor to refugee families. And 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 that the Lord would give us a greater vision of his heart for South County and to understand the specific ways he has called and equipped each of us to serve as we enter into this new year. In Christ, Pastor Jason THANK YOU FOR GIVING TO OUR CITY! 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 RESCHEDULED! SENIOR PASTOR INSTALLATION SERVICE 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.) I'LL BE THERE! UPCOMING EVENTS & NEWS Friday, January 17, 6:30 p.m. When is TULIP not a flower? When is a 3-pointer not a basketball shot? Find the answers to these questions and more at our Women’s Ministry crash course on Reformed theology. We’ll spend a couple hours munching on snacks and learning some lingo and history as we consider how big our God truly is. We hope you can join us, and if you do, was it predestined?! REGISTER AND LEARN MORE If you're new to our church or would like to get more connected, meet our church staff, and become more familiar with our church please join us Sunday, January 19 after the 10:00 A.M. service for lunch. Childcare is available, but you'll need to register by January 15. SIGN UP HERE! Friday, January 24, 5-9 P.M. We are hosting Parents' Night Out where parents can come and drop off their kiddos at church for an evening of fun, while they go and have some time to themselves! The kids will be loved on by other church attenders and play around with the kiddos they see each week on Sundays. Pizza and snacks will be served. The cost per family is $5 to cover the food. Please also sign up as a volunteer if you are interested in serving. SIGN ME UP! Rooftop Church 9217 Gravois Rd. 63123 Every Monday, January 20-April 6, 6- 9 p.m. Whether you know very little about Islam, or whether you have been interacting with Muslims for years, this course will help you go more in-depth, understanding Muslims better and growing in your effectiveness in sharing about Jesus with them. Learn more at the Encountering the World of Islam website. We are grateful to a number of South County members who are generously donating to help make this class accessible to those who would like to attend. Sign up soon and email Matt Clark if you have any questions. REGISTER AND LEARN MORE Whether you’re new to the church, or have been attending for years, the worship and tech ministry at The Journey South County would LOVE to have you on the team! If you’re gifted in singing, playing an instrument, or understanding technology, we have a place for you. Contact Corbin Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on being a part of leading our church in music and sound! If you are interested in membership at The Journey, please join us at our classes to learn more. We believe that Christian faith is about relationships - our relationship with God and our relationships with each other. Our Pathway to Membership class will take place on Saturday, February 1, from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Childcare is available upon request. Please request by Wednesday, January 29. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com. SIGN UP HERE! PRAYER GROUP Would you like to pray alongside others for the needs of the church? If you'd like to join and receive regular prayer requests, please email Laura, and she'll add you to the group! You'll receive emails when we have new prayer requests to share. Copyright © 2019 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. Copyright © 2019 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.