March 2020 Newsletter

By Hanley Road on March 1st, 2020


News and Events at The Journey Hanley Road
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A MESSAGE FROM BRYCE VAN DERAA

Lent is here. Some of us enjoy the Christian calendar and lean in to its rhythms. Others of us don’t, and it feels like a chore. Whatever your disposition, I want to offer to you some thoughts on the core of Lent. Often times, we focus on the practices of Lent; but it's more important to understand its core: Good Friday and Easter. 

Lent itself is a gospel season. It's an opportunity to look into the the person and work of Christ with fresh eyes, so that we can worship and be changed. Pastor Rusty Maple was our interim pastor a couple of years ago, and during Lent, he kept on saying one thing in regards to Jesus and his death and resurrection: “Look and keep looking.” That is what Lent is about. It is a time to take a prolonged look at the cross and at the tomb. We should take a long, hard look at the events surrounding Jesus' death: his last meal with his friends, his fear in the garden, the repeated denial of a friend, the beating, the nakedness, the shame, the wrath poured out, the loss, the hopelessness, and knowing that your mother is seeing it all. We should take a good, hard look at the events surrounding the resurrection: the astonishment, the confusion, the joy, the doubt, the faith, and the worship.

We look and keep looking, because our souls are dependent upon these events. Our reconciliation with God, our justification before God, our union in Christ, our sanctification by the Spirit, and our promise of eternal life are all dependent upon these events.

Whatever you need to do to be able to regularly, prayerfully look and keep looking at the glory of Christ this season, I encourage you to dive into that. It may be fasting; it may be reading a book; it may be both, and it may be neither, but let’s together fix our eyes upon Jesus; because when we look at him, the things of the world become very dim.

In Christ,
Bryce

 
ENGAGING OUR COMMUNITY
Hanley Road will be hosting an Easter bash for our UCity community on April 4th at Heman Park. This will be a day of fun for kids and families. We'll be hosting games, activities (hopefully a balloon artist!), and various family booths. We will also be hosting age-specific Easter egg hunts, and we're planning to grill out and serve lunch to all who come. In essence, we are growing upon what we've done in past years, and to do so, we need Hanley Road to show up strong to serve! Click the button below to find out more about volunteering.
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Lend Me Your Ear Productions is a Christian fine arts company that seeks to honor God through the art of storytelling. They are putting on the play "Adventures of Peter Rabbit and His Friends" at Hanley Road on June 19-20. Proceeds will benefit thriVe – a Christ-centered organization that helps empower women to make life-affirming, healthy decisions about sex, pregnancy, and relationships. 

The production company is looking for actors and volunteers to make this production possible! Anyone ages 13 and up can audition for the play. Auditions will take place on April 25th (2-5 p.m.) at The Pillar Foundation (15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO 63011). You can find more information on their Facebook page "Lend Me Your Ear Productions" or by emailing their director at lmyetheater@gmail.com
 
Hanley Road is excited to keep partnering with Grace and Peace Winter Shelter, as they shelter homeless women in our area. By signing up to cook and serve a meal, we can step into the needs of these ladies in a very real way! We are still looking for volunteers to serve on March 14th.
 
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Theology at the Bottleworks is a monthly public discussion that takes up the important issues of our times. It is our attempt to bring people of all views and perspectives, religious and irreligious, together to discuss the important topics and themes of our times. Our goals are to foster respect, learn from each other, and make our city a better place – one conversation at a time. We'll be meeting on Wednesday, March 18th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. 

Join us at TATB this month for the topic: “Comfort – it’s what we all want; is it what we need?” We want it in our clothes. Our relationships. Our food. Our lifestyle. Comfort and ease seem to be some of the most important values in American culture today. We’ll talk about why, and whether these values are leading us to be better people and our society a better society. Come on out to have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'.

 
Last year, Hanley Road wrote encouraging notes to students at Pershing Elementary before they faced their spring standardized testing. We are doing this again! We'll be doing a churchwide writing blitz on Sunday morning, March 29th. If you'd be interested in helping facilitate our letter writing tables or organize the letters, please email infohr@thejourney.org.
 
 
COMING TOGETHER

Ladies, you are invited to our next Rest & Reset! We'll be meeting at the home of one of our members for a potluck and night of teaching, prayer, and worship. We find our theme in 2 Corinthians 4:7. The AMP translation reads: "But we have this precious treasure [the good news about salvation] in [unworthy] earthen vessels [of human frailty], so that the grandeur and surpassing greatness of the power will be [shown to be] from God [His sufficiency] and not from ourselves." Click the button to learn more and register!

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Last year, Hanley Road sent missionary Jenny Stogsdill to the field in Spain. She works as a missionary writer for a media center, where she writes stories for missionaries and for the underground church in North Africa. Jenny would love your prayers! She has also experienced a budget shortfall and is needing our support. Please consider giving a one-time or recurring gift to keep Jenny on the field. To learn more, contact Jenny. (Please do not share this video about Jenny without permission for security reasons.)

 
Very often, we can connect with folks over the very tangible things in life - like a meal! We have several meal trains opened for families with newborns. You don't have to be a chef to help out! Whether you're dropping off a homemade meal or sending a restaurant gift card, these families are truly grateful. Sign up for a date here. If you are expecting a little one of your own, email infohr@thejourney.org, so we can get a meal train set up for you in time!
 
Get Yourself Out is a group across The Journey of those who want to meet others and build community. We're mostly in our 20s, 30s, and 40s. We have social events on a consistent basis all throughout the city!
Read more about our outing at Recess on March 22nd by clicking HERE.
 
 
OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE
The Hosts seek to create an inviting environment for people to meet Jesus and connect with each other. Entrance greeters, coffee connectors, and communion set-up folks are just some of the roles that we can take for granted every Sunday, but this team is essential for embodying love for our church. If you're interested in learning more about this team, please email Patrick Arthur.
 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR APRIL

April 4 | Easter Bash
April 10 | Good Friday
April 12 | Easter Services
April 19 | Baptisms
April 19 | Meet and Greet
April 19, 26, May 3 | "From the Neighborhood to the Nations: a Missions & Evangelism Experience"

 
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