July Newsletter

By Metro East on July 1st, 2019

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Metro East Family,

I think back over the last year, and I am grateful to God for his faithfulness once again using Metro East to advance his Kingdom. In the last year,

  • We had several hundred visitors come through our doors during our annual Block Party and Easter Egg Hunt.
  • We donated thousands of diapers and school supplies to The Restore Network.
  • We’re sending 6 more members and attenders to Japan this summer.
  • Not to mention all the exciting things that we’ve continued to see God do in our day to day lives as we celebrated new members, new professions of faith in Jesus, and new callings for our staff.

And as I look ahead, I am excited for the future! 

Our prayer for the future of our church today is that we would become more and more like the church in the book of Acts: a prayerful church, a sending church, and a generous church through sacrificial giving. But this will require our hands, our prayers, and our resources.

Your generosity and willingness to go above and beyond your regular giving this month will allow us to finish this fiscal year well and start the next year prepared to do the work the Lord has called us to do. 

Please ask God to show you the blessings of a generous heart and join us in giving a fiscal year-end gift by this Sunday, June 30.

In Him,
Pastor Charlie

We're in a new summer sermon series – looking at what it means to have a summer well spent. We're focusing on topics like rest, relationships, community, and more over the next month. Invite a friend to join you as we take time to pause, reflect on, and pray about what it looks like to reset and redeem our time! (Watch sermons from this series here.)
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 some upcoming dates – mark your calendars! View a full list of summer opportunities here.
Friends! This could potentially be the most important update of Journey July! Tell everyone you know we are taking a break from brewing arguably the best drink in existence. In an effort to slow down and rest for the month of July, the Brew Crew will be taking the month off. See you in August.  
Journey July
July at Metro East 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. 
Your generosity and willingness to go above and beyond your regular giving by June 30 will allow us to finish this fiscal year well and start the next year prepared to do the work the Lord has called us to do. 
Over the past three years, Charlie has served our church through the roles of Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Interim Lead Pastor. The installation that took place Sunday, June 23, marks the end of a 6-month selection process for Charlie and is an outflow of a confirmed calling for both Pastor Charlie and for our church.

During the years that Charlie has been on staff at Metro East, we have seen and experienced many changes at our location as well as at The Journey as a whole. Charlie’s faithful leadership, care, and presence at our church over these years adds to the anticipation we feel for the years to come and for how God will lead and grow us as His disciples under Charlie’s leadership.

Metro East Elders, 
Chad, Anthony, and Curtis


Save the Date
August 10-September 21

Marriage is an important relationship, one that we believe reflects God’s unconditional love for humanity (Eph. 5) and is meant to be a lifelong covenant commitment between one man and one woman. Four Weeks to a Great Marriage consists of a series of four group classes. Couples are paired with a mentor couple who will walk through the program with them. The classes and mentoring are open to engaged and recently married couples.

Learn more and register for our upcoming session!

Journey Kids July
We look forward to having the Journey Kids from the 4/5-year-old room through 5th grade join us in service through the month of July! There is still Journey Kids for the infant through three-year-old rooms. Check out this link for more details.
Adults, consider checking out a couple of articles discussing children in church worship and children as our neighbors to help engage with our younger church participants. As the Journey Kids mission states, we are a community serving together to cultivate the gospel in the next generation.
Let the Children Worship in Church by Jason Helopoulos 
Your Child Is Your Neighbor by Jen Wilkin
Journey Kids Promotion Sunday is August 4! 
Children starting grades Kindergarten through 5th in the fall of 2019 will start in the corresponding grade level in Journey Kids on Sunday, August 4. Any child four-years-old and younger will move up to the next room the Sunday following the week of his/her birthday. If a child turns five during the 2019-20 school year but not in Kindergarten, they will remain in the 4/5-year-old room. Reach out to NaHana if you have additional questions.
We would love for you to join us the first Sunday of every month 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! 
If you are interested in pursuing membership at The Journey, this is the class for you! On Saturday, July 13, we'll be meeting together for a one-day intensive membership session that includes all the material that is normally covered in our four-week class. All Journey attenders are welcome to come. NOTE: This will take place at the Journey Hanley Road. 

Summer's here and school is out! Journey Students at The Journey Metro East will take a short break from meeting over the summer. Questions? Email us

Theology at the Bottleworks is coming up on Wednesday, July 17, 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: Can we have a sane, civil, and intelligent discussion about abortion?
We need the prayer support of our church family for this event. Theology at the Bottleworks is full almost every month, so space at this July session will be limited. We need your prayers for peace, for an atmosphere of loving our neighbor, and for representing Christ well. For those considering attending, please make civil and intelligent discussion your goals and be as willing to listen as you are to speak.

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


Journey worship leader and artist Russ Mohr’s album The Kingdom Sessions is now available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud

Or, if you’d like to download the audio files to sync to whatever music playing platform you use, visit thejourney.org/free-music on your desktop and download the entire album for FREE through the end of June.

July Song of the Month | What Love Is by Waving not Drowning
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