March Newsletter

By Metro East on March 1st, 2019


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ELDER UPDATE FROM ANTHONY
Recently, I was able to watch the documentary on Fred Rogers life, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?. Through his show, Fred Rogers was a regular part of my childhood. I found myself surprised by the memories that surfaced as I watched the documentary. Watching the documentary gave me a new understanding of the underlying philosophy that guided Fred Rogers and his Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood television program. 
 
As I have continued to sit with what I learned in the documentary, I have become convinced that Fred Rogers had a ferocity about him. You may raise an eyebrow at that statement...as ferocity seems like the antonym of Fred Rogers' persona...but at his core was an unequivocal commitment to protecting the dignity of childhood. The message that he communicated since the inception of his show was love. He desired that all children would experience being loved as they were and not who they could or should be. He desired that childhood be honored and protected, not rushed or minimized. He desired that children be given a voice and that they be guided through life by the adults responsible for them. These messages of his program bore a stark contrast to other television shows of his time – many of which sought to benefit from the marketplace of children’s toys and games through advertising or spreading messages of ideals a child must obtain in order to experience love, affirmation, or acceptance.
 
It is amazing to me the parallels we can draw between Mr. Rogers and the gospel. The Bible paints a picture of Jesus as both a lion and a lamb. The story of Fred Rogers may prove helpful in seeing how the ferocity of a lion and softness of a lamb can coexist in one person.
 
As we face various trials, struggles, and the brokenness our world holds, we are invited to find rest in the truth that Jesus was described in Old Testament prophesy as a crouching lion (Genesis 49:9,10). This imagery leads us to experience a God who pursues us with such ferocity that He sent His Son to the cross so that we might experience His love and forgiveness. It is out of ferocity that Jesus pursues us, holds us, and will not let us go! Jesus pursues and loves us exactly as we are. Yet Jesus knew it would not be the ferocity of a lion, but rather the meekness of a lamb, slain on the cross, that would join us with Him as fellow heirs, as children of God. Jesus is both a lion and a lamb, both ferocious and meek. 
 
As we begin March, it is my prayer that we, as a church, can experience the ferocious pursuit of Jesus, experiencing how He loves us and how He protects our dignity as children of God. Experiencing this documentary of Fred Rogers was helpful to me as I consider my Savior as a lion and a lamb. Not that Mr. Rogers was perfect, but he did spend his life fighting for the dignity of children and creating space for childhood to exist with all its emotions, imagination, and complexities. He also spent his life engaging in warm, playful, and kind ways with the children and adults he came in contact with. In a fuller and more perfect way, our Savior pursues us with a ferocious love that meets us in the complexities of our lives and He invites us to find comfort and rest in His pursuit. 

In Him,
Anthony Hodges

 
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS & NEWS
 

We are passionate about walking alongside your family and believe that everyone needs a safe place to belong where they can discover more about the hope that Jesus offers. Join us every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 12-2:30 p.m. for Journey Students!

 

SAVE THE DATE! Becoming a member of a church is a way that we identify with other people who have committed themselves to living as a follower of Jesus! Our Pathway to Membership classes will take place for five weeks: March 10-April 7 at 8:45 a.m. Please contact Charlie MacIsaac if you have questions about membership.

 

Join us in the gym Sunday, March 31, for a family potluck right after the Family Sunday service. 

Dessert (Last Name A-I)
Side Dish (Last Name J-Q)
Salad/Bread (Last Name R-z)

 

You are a vital part of this church family -- please come to hear updates, meet new people, eat and learn about how we are seeking to enjoy grace, embody love and engage culture.

Lunch and limited childcare will be provided for those who register. Head over to the website to register. 

 

We believe the Bible clearly communicates baptism as a vital step of discipleship and obedience to Christ. The sacrament is a symbol of the washing away of the old self and commitment in front of fellow believers that you have been made new by Jesus and are committed to following him. 

Our next baptisms are on March 24th. Head over to the website to register. 

 
Friday and Saturday, April 5-6
Hosted by The Restore Network at The Journey Metro East 

The Empowered to Connect Conference features practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. The content is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care, and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, and therapists. 

REGISTER
 
Looking for somewhere to plug into the life of our church? The Journey Metro East'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.
 
Ideal applicants will be able to commit to a two-year master's degree, submit to coaching and supervision in ministry, and be an engaged member at a local church in St. Louis. The application deadline is April 1. Interested in applying? Contact us at info@threefourteen.org or check out the website, threefourteen.org.
 
A MESSAGE FROM JOURNEY KIDS
Dear Journey Kids families,
 
It’s been a JOY to see all of our children fellowship together during one service. Still, Journey Kids can always use additional volunteers to serve in various aspects of Journey Kids, please let me know if you are interested and we will find a place for you! Email nstogner@thejourney.org.
As we enter into spring, there are a few dates to keep in mind:

CHILD DEDICATIONS:
On Sunday, March 31, The Journey Metro East will hold child dedications during our 10 a.m. service. If you are interested in dedicating your child(ren), please register HERE.
To participate in the child dedication, you will need to complete the registration form, attend the child dedication class on March 24 after service, and email a photo of your child to NaHana at nstogner@thejourney.org.
 
FAMILY SUNDAY:
Join us for our first Family Sunday of 2019 on March 31! (Journey Kids will still be available for infants through 3-year-olds.) It’s our hope that through regularly including children in the life of our church, children will begin to build a greater picture of the purpose of our church and their place in the body of Christ.
 
Family Sunday is about the church worshiping together as a family: diverse in age, race, background, and stage of life, but united as children adopted into the family of God through the saving work of Jesus Christ. Hope to see you there!
 
Easter Egg Hunt (April 20):
Save the date for The Journey Metro East’s annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. It takes a team of volunteers to host an event that saw over 650 people come through on a rainy day last year. If you would like to be a part of the Easter Egg Hunt team, we have a place for you. Register HERE to volunteer.
 
If ever you have questions or concerns regarding Journey Kids, please reach out to me, I would love to hear from you!
 
Blessings,
 NaHana Stogner

 
 
March Song of the Month | O Worship the King by Chris Tomlin
 
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