May Newsletter

By Metro East on May 1st, 2019

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One More Word From Peter

Jesus never stopped transforming Peter until the day Peter saw Him face to face (Phi 1:6). and perhaps the greatest transformation that took place can be found at the end of 2 Peter 3:8-16. Fittingly, Peter has found himself and his church feeling like they’re in “the middle.” I think he has some helpful instruction as we wrap up our sermon series on Joshua this month.

Here, the formerly impulsive Peter is instructing an impatient church how to wait and trust the Lord. Remember it was Peter who couldn’t wait for his boat to be rowed to shore (even though it was only 100 yards out) and instead “threw himself” into the water to be with Jesus. Now he tells the church that even if they had to wait another 1,000 years to be with Jesus, it will feel as if it was just a day in the grand scheme of things.

For those of you who feel like they’re still in the middle with no end in sight, these can be hard words. Particularly because when one is in the middle there doesn’t seem to be anything to do. But Peter knows that’s not actually true, something eternally important happens in the middle, your sanctification. So Peter tells us in 3:14-15 to pursue holiness with intensity and focus while being at peace that if you are growing in holiness, you are in God’s will. This is how he fulfills and completes the good work he began you as he has promised, just as he did for Peter and every saint that has come before you.

But not only does He accomplish his work in you, there is an end to the middle, to every middle. The Lord will come, quickly and unexpectedly. And what will replace our ultimate middle is a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness itself dwells. So in light of that reality, in the confidence of the resurrection, let us be a people who “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.”

In Him,
Pastor Charlie

It’s getting close to that time of the year – SUMMER! Are you looking for a fun and easy way to serve the church this summer? Interested in how giving just a little bit of your time can meet a HUGE need for our church? If so, the Journey Kids Summer Team is for YOU!
The JK Summer team is a low commitment, practical way for you to meet a big need in our church. It’s a way to step in alongside our regular JK volunteers and show them you appreciate them. It’s a way to show the kiddos of our church that you value them. It’s a way to keep our classrooms open and show hospitality to our visiting families this summer. It’s a way to make a little time go a long way!
What does volunteering on the JK Summer Team mean for YOU?
  • Serve just three Sundays: one in June, one in July, and one in August
  • Receive a FREE t-shirt!
  • Lend a helping hand to our regular Journey Kids team who serves tirelessly!
  • Hang out with some seriously awesome, cute, and hilarious kiddos. Seriously.
  • Laugh A LOT. (See above.)
  • Share the gospel, sing, and pray with the most captive, unjudgemental audience ever. (Kids always love your singing — such a great confidence booster.)

Sign up now using this form and feel free to contact NaHana Stogner with any questions!


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Did you know? One of our ministries, Theology at the Bottleworks, has a podcast that features commentary on current culture and monthly discussion topics. Subscribe and listen in!

Join us Wednesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood for this month's discussion topic: What's Right and Wrong with Human Nature?



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!

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! 

Senior Accountant Audrey Van Deraa, Executive Pastor Tim Holley, and Preaching Pastor Curtis Gilbert, will be presenting our financial statement, the impact of our ministries in 2018-19, and a special message to members regarding next year! Please RSVP by May 15.

Registration to St. Louis United is officially closed, however, if you would like to volunteer and have not yet signed up, please email Kale, and he will help you find an available spot. See you on Saturday! 

GROW is a conference that is focused on the science of relationships, child development, strengthening the parent-child relationship. The next conference will be at The Journey Tower Grove on May 17 & 18. Last day to register is next week, May 13!

Our Journey West County location is hosting Right Now Media's Marriage Night simulcast! Learn more about the event and speakers, Francis and Lisa Chan, Les and Leslie Parrot, and Michael Jr. and register here!

*The cost is $30 per couple and covers your registration and light refreshments during the event.

May Song of the Month | Imagine by Russ Mohr

The Restore Network has made the decision to close the Resource Closet that has been located in our gym for the past four years. The Resource Closet was the first step in our ministry to serve foster families in St. Clair County and has existed to provide used clothing for foster children. Since that ministry began, The Restore Network has grown exponentially and has decided that the closet is no longer a necessary service.

The Restore Network will now have a new Resource Closet at First Baptist Church in O'Fallon. We will keep this closet stocked with NEW pajamas, socks, and underwear (in all kids sizes), diapers, and wipes. We also have a Shopping Team that will be using these donated items as well as shopping to provide new clothing to children when they come into foster care.

We are celebrating that this new step in our ministry means when a family receives a new placement, a member of the Restore Network team can show up at their door with brand new items for a child who has most likely come into their home with nothing.

So, how can you help? We will have a donation bin for The Restore Network set up in our lobby year-round. We will always be collecting these donations:

  • NEW Pajamas (all kids sizes)
  • NEW socks and underwear (all kids sizes)
  • Diapers and wipes

Also, for the month of May, we will be hosting a Diaper Drive for The Restore Network in honor of Mother’s Day. Please bring your diaper donations any Sunday throughout the month of May and drop them in The Restore Network bin located in our lobby.  

Thank you so much for supporting the work of The Restore Network and caring for the foster families in our area!

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