March 2020 Newsletter

By Metro East on March 1st, 2020

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We are now in the Lenten season, which is a time for us to face our mortality as we await to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. It is an invitation to linger in the reality that the world is broken, our bodies will fail, and we will return to dust. It's not the most joyful of seasons on our church calendar, but it is so very important. Because the longer we look into those painful realities, the more homesick our heart grows for Jesus and for all things to be made right.

One way the Lord has given us to express those longings is through prayer, specifically persistent prayer. Prayer that is persistent serves as a tangible way to experience all those things that Lent is designed to remind us of. Jesus told us that we are a people that should “ask, seek, and knock,” and He encouraged us to continue to do so until we have our answer. Why?

  • Ask – We ask because we do not have. Whether it be provision, health, safety, or the salvation of a loved one, or any other thing that we do not have. Why do we ask? Because the world is broken, these things will not be true when Jesus makes them whole again

  • Seek – Prayer teaches us to see God more fully, for who He is, how He loves us, and what He’s doing around us. Right now in this world, we can see Him thanks to Jesus (2 Cor. 3:16-18) but not fully as we will. We must first pass through death to be with Him where He is, before we see Him face to face. Prayer makes the portrait clearer and prepares the heart to behold the fullness of His beauty.

  • Knock – While it's true that we will die, the Lord in His kindness has not resigned us to futility and purposelessness. And sometimes He makes us be the answer to what we’re asking in prayer. You may be dust, but you are glorious, redeemed, and purposed dust.

About 7 weeks ago, I invited you to pray persistently for a loved one until Easter. If you have not done it, I encourage you to start now. If you have been praying and are still awaiting an answer I urge you to continue. The Lord is doing much through it, maybe most importantly of all, preparing your heart and eyes to see, love, and know Him.

Praying with and for you,
Pastor Charlie


GROW is coming to The Journey Metro East on Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd. 

Additional details to follow.

Saturday, April 4th, The Journey Metro East will host our Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

I would love to get a planning team together to plan for success. Please

email me if you are interested and are full of any ideas for our Easter Egg Hunt 2020!  

Be on the look out for the day-of volunteer registration & candy donation request. 

If you are looking for a place to serve at The Journey Metro East, please consider a place in Journey Kids. 
Praise the Lord! we are consistently seeing our rooms grow each week.  Unfortunately, there are times we are unable to make space for ALL children because we are limited in the number of people serving.  We may have to close rooms in the future as well.
Contact me if you are ready to serve or simply have questions.

Metro East students meet the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 12-2 p.m. at The Journey Metro East.

For questions, or more info, email Charlie MacIsaac.


GYO (Get Yourself Out) is a group at The Journey and is a way to make connections outside of regular services in a social setting. The GYO group focuses on bringing people in their 20s, 30s and 40s together who want to get out and get connected. This group welcomes everyone and is open to church members and non-church members alike. The principles or characteristics of this group are: 1) Provide a welcoming environment for all to connect and enjoy each other's company 2) To connect with other believers and to engage culture together 3) To foster friendships and provide a place of belonging 4) To provide a place of connection for new people who want to experience community in a casual setting.

Join us in reading United. We are excited to continue the conversation of diversity in the Church. We will begin March 12th and will meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m. until we finish the book. For questions email Katie Noland.
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Join in the worship this Easter by singing in the choir! All are welcome to sing on stage with us and celebrate Jesus' resurrection! The rehearsal dates and times are listed in this registration. I ask that you only commit to the choir if you can make 2 or more of the rehearsals. You have the option to sing at both services or just one if you are serving on another team or have plans with your family. Please indicate which services you can sing at. Email Katie for any questions. 

In an effort to pray for the nations, please visit Prayercast. This is an incredible resource that equips us to pray specifically for every nation of the world, including powerful video footage and a prayer by a believer from that nation! We encourage you to pick a country and commit to praying for the people for the month of March. In the words of Oswald Chambers, "Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work." Amen! 
Kids entering foster care generally come to their foster homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Help us restore dignity by stocking our Restore Network Resource Closet with brand new spring and summer pajamas! We'll be collecting all baby and children sizes for boys and girls throughout the month of March.  The items can be dropped off in the Restore Network bin in the lobby right next to the family room. 

Whether you are a new believer or have grown up in the church, this study gives us a simple approach to creating habits and disciplines that will help us realign our lives and strengthen our faith. With specific and tangible ideas, we will learn how to better listen to God’s voice, speak to Him in prayer, and join together with His people as the church. We are excited to learn and grow together!

March Song of the Month: "The More I Seek You" | Gateway Worship 
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