July Newsletter *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* News and Events at The Journey South County View this email in your browser Dear South County Family, It is hard to believe that in a few days June will be over and we will be entering into July. As you know from our summer series, we have been challenged to reflect on our rhythms of rest and relationships. For us at South County this will mean we ask a few specific questions: Are we being intentional about creating rhythms of rest in our personal and church life? Do we see the value and importance of community groups? Where are we bringing healing to the brokenness of our city? Refugee work? On Sundays, this will look like: Shorter services with services being much different from anything we've ever done before. Our entire worship experience will be designed to engage the whole family, including 15-20 minute sermons and more music. Childcare for only infants and toddlers Times to gather after services to enjoy a treat and fellowship with your church family. We'll start on July 7 with some freeze pops! Each week different elements of worship will be discussed in more detail to help children in their understanding of worship. Sermon listening guides will be available for children to use in service. The end of June also marks the end of our fiscal year, and as I think back over the last year, I am grateful to God for once again blessing South County with 12 new members, opportunities to serve our local schools and neighborhood, partnering with our sister churches in Affton for a Good Friday service, great men and women Bible studies, and growth in Journey Kids. This is our journey. God has brought us to where we are today, and we look with excitement, hope, and trust to the future we believe He is calling us to. But this call will require continued generosity in all of us. All of our hands, our prayers, and our resources. Please ask God to show you the blessings of a generous heart and join us in giving a fiscal year-end gift. Pastor Jason At The Journey, our prayer for the future of our church is that we would become more like the church in the book of Acts – a prayerful church, a sending church, and a generous church. 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. GIVE TODAY SUMMER AT THE JOURNEY 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. FOUR WEEKS TO A GREAT MARRIAGE 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! PRODUCTION TEAM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Looking for somewhere to plug into the life of our church? The Journey South County's Production Team would love to help you do just that! Serving on the Production Team is a great way to connect to a broad community of volunteers and leaders in our church, while having quite a bit of fun! Watch this short video for more information on how to get involved. 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. 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. UPCOMING EVENTS & NEWS If you're interested in membership at The Journey South County, join us for this class hosted at The Journey Hanley Road on Saturday, July 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please RSVP here. We believe the Bible clearly portrays baptism as a vital step of discipleship and obedience to Christ. It is a symbol of the washing away of the old self and a commitment in front of fellow believers that you have been made new by Jesus and are committed to following him. We are having baptisms during our Sunday, July 14 service. f you have questions about baptism send us an email. Come celebrate with us as we "Picnic in the Park" on Sunday, July 28. Join us at Sylvan Springs Park from noon to 3 p.m. We have the Artillery and Cavalry Shelters reserved which are near the corner of Boundary Road and Sherman Avenue. We'll have access to lots of parking, on-site bathrooms, and an amazing playground. Please RSVP and bring a side, salad, or dessert as we'll be providing hamburgers and hot dogs. We are hosting a 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 other kiddos they see each week on Sundays. Pizza and snacks will be served. The cost per family is $5 to cover the food. This event will take place on Saturday, August 17, from 4-8 p.m. Please also sign up as a volunteer if you are interested in serving. At this time, this event is only available to folks that attend the Journey South County. RSVP 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. 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.