January Newsletter

By Tower Grove on January 1st, 2020


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A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JOHN

Dear Tower Grove Family,

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

As I reflect on the month of December and we look to 2020, 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. Particularly, I have been blessed to see the number of Tower Grove members and attenders who gave of their time and treasures by serving at and donating to Mission St. Louis’ Affordable Christmas. By giving and serving alongside other churches, ministries, and donors, Tower Grove’s partnership with Mission St. Louis served 320 families and 1,100 kids through Affordable Christmas! 

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 learning our spiritual giftedness and the role that our giftings plays in missional outreach through our Sunday Equip Classes.

  • That we would seek to serve through our deep participation in Connect, Community, and City Groups as we love the neighborhoods we live, work, and play within as we see and meet the needs of those around us.

  • 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 that we would be people who look upward to see the generosity of God’s grace and mercy given to us, inward to assess areas where we need transformation and change, and outward to lovingly share the good news of Jesus through gospel proclamation and good works as we enter into this new year.  

In Christ,
Pastor John Chung

 
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

Get all your winter wiggles out with other Journey families. The school gymnasium will be open from 9:30-11:30 a.m. for your kids to play! NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED! This is a great opportunity to connect with other families in our church! Learn more

 
NEWCOMER LUNCH
Sunday, January 12, 12:30-2 p.m.
Reber Space
Our Newcomer Lunch is a fun way to learn more about The Journey Tower Grove!  Bring your questions and your appetite! Childcare is not available, so please bring your kiddos as well. LEARN MORE AND SIGN UP
 
MEN AND WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
Join our men's or women's Bible studies this spring for part 2 of a two-semester study of the book of Acts! We will use new material prepared by Journey staff members!
Learn more about our men's study OR learn more about our women's study here
 
TG MOMS GROUP JANUARY NIGHT OUT
Friday, January 24, 7 p.m.
We will enjoy a panel discussion with moms in various seasons of motherhood, from raising young children to young adults. Come with an array of questions, and leave with a greater sense of God's involvement and encouragement in every season of life! Register on our website!
 
MEMBER'S MEAL AND MEETING
Sunday, January 19, 12:30 p.m.
New Year, new idea ... we will provide the main dish and are asking you to bring either a side or dessert to share! Please register here or on the app! We need your lunch RSVP by January 15 so we can have an accurate count.
 
EQUIP CLASS - SPIRITUAL GIFTS
Sundays starting January 26 at 10:30 a.m.
What are spiritual gifts? Why are they important? What are they for? How do I know what my spiritual gifts are? Our Spiritual Gifts Equip Class will answer these questions and much more! Learn more and register online.
 
EXPOSE ST. LOUIS

In his vision sermon, Pastor Curtis challenged us as a congregation to learn our communities –

“We have to open our eyes and look. Where are the gaps where the 
glory of God is not fully seen and materialized? Let’s lean into those gaps.
When we see gaps we have to say, ‘Not on my watch’!” Your heart can’t beat
for that which you don’t know.”

Here at Tower Grove, we are taking a step of obedience by creating opportunities for us to "open your eyes and look.” Over the course of the next several months, we will offer an “expose” opportunity for us to learn together about gaps in our city. The last Friday of each month, at 7 p.m., we will bring in an expert from our community to help us learn about an area of brokenness that we might not otherwise recognize or understand.

This will be a place to listen, ponder, discuss, and learn with others in The Journey community.

Mark your calendars for the following dates:

January 31: Sex Trafficking in St. Louis, The Covering House

February 28: Housing Segregation In St. Louis, Faith and For the Sake of All

March 27: Immigrants and Refugees in St. Louis, Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates

April 24: Sexual Minorities in St. Louis, Revoice

May 29: Healthy and Education Disparities in St. Louis, Faith and For the Sake of All

 
PERSPECTIVES
It's a common assumption that if you are getting involved in missions, that means you're going overseas. Not necessarily! Perspectives encourages you to use what God has put in you to bless the world around you. Come check out the first two classes at no charge. You can find more information on our website!
 
MEMBERSHIP BOOTCAMP
Saturday, February 1, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Take a next step and join us for Membership Bootcamp! Lunch will be provided, and childcare is available for those who register. Sign up today!
 
GOSPEL CLASS FOR KIDS
Starting February 2, at 2 p.m.
Join us for a 3-session class (over 6 weeks) exploring what the gospel means! This class is designed for a 3rd-5th grader to attend WITH a parent or guardian. Learn more and register online!
 
ONGOING EVENTS & RESOURCES
Please click on an image below to find out more about these events and resources!
 
IN THE COMMUNITY, FOR THE COMMUNITY
Check this section of our newsletter each month to find out about opportunities to get involved in our city and community!
 
Immigrant & Refugee Women's Program
Contact: Christina Rumboldt, 314-771-1104, irwpstl.org

Mission: To increase the independence and reduce the isolation of immigrant and refugee women by teaching them basic English and practical living skills in the security of their own home

Volunteer needs: We need individuals sensitive to cultural differences with a desire to empower others. No teaching experience needed, just a caring heart, the ability to adapt and your own transportation for two, one-hour sessions per week.

 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

WHAT'S HAPPENING:  FEBRUARY

1 || Membership Bootcamp
2 || Gospel Class for Kids begins
10 || GriefShare begins
15 || Mr/Mrs Classes begin
22/23 || Child Dedications

 

 
 
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