Metro East Metro East May Newsletter Journey Family, I want to start out by saying thank you for the fantastic participation in the congregational meeting last week! It was such a blessing to see you all there. As we continue to have more time to process the leadership changes that are happening at The Journey, I would like to take a few moments to reiterate the changes. During our congregational meeting there was a question asked along the lines of “so why are these changes significant to us?" The more I have thought about that question, the more I think it is such a good one! These changes will be felt differently by the various stakeholders in our church, whether that be our Metro East staff, our ministry teams, or our Sunday morning attenders. And it is in these changes that there will be alignment of our ministries across our various churches. We will experience this alignment in the fact that our ministry leaders will have more space for discipleship rather than creating ministries in duplicate or one might say “rather than reinventing the wheel.” The changes taking place can be summarized into three areas. First, our board of elders, composed primarily of lay elders, will remain responsible for the legal and financial oversight of our church. They will remain responsible for guarding the teaching of the church and stewarding our vision, but they will not be directly involved in managing day-to-day operations. The second area is re-identifying Pastor Jeremy's role as senior pastor and the addition of the executive and preaching pastor positions. For most of us at The Journey Metro East, this change is one that will affect us the most. Pastor Curtis will be assuming dual roles as Metro East lead pastor and preaching pastor of The Journey. And third, Pastors Jeremy, Tim, and Curtis—along with local lead pastors—will serve as members of a staff leadership team compromised of men and women responsible for developing and implementing annual strategic plans and managing day-to-day operations across The Journey. As we consider how each of these changes will affect us at the Metro East, I find myself with hope and anticipation that these structural changes will continue to propel our church towards health. This includes both how we care for each other as a church family but also in how were are able to engage those within our community with the hope of the gospel. With saying this, I realize that the response to these changes will vary. As we walk through these changes I ask that you reach out to Chad, Curtis, or I with concerns or questions you have with these changes. We understand that this transition will elicit a variety of emotions (it has for me personally) and we want to honor and create space for that. And lastly, I ask that you join us in praying for our church as we seek to love each other well as we navigate this next season. In His grace, Anthony May All-Church Prayer We would love for you to join us the first Sunday of every month for our all-church prayer night. 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! Join us Friday, June 1! We will be having our summer kickoff event from 6-10 p.m. at the church! Starting in June-July, we will not be having our normal students gatherings on Sunday nights. Instead, let's hang out during lunch on Tuesdays from 11:30a.m.-2 p.m. Bring your own lunch! Don't Forget! We will be going to one service at 10 a.m. starting May 20 until July 29. 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! Journey Kids is looking for a few good men and women to be a part of our team this summer! We are halfway to meeting our goal of adding 30 volunteers to our summer team. Can you help us meet our goal? 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 kids 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! So, what does volunteering on The Journey Kids Summer Team mean for YOU? * Serve just THREE Sundays: 1 in June, 1 in July, and 1 in August * Receive a FREE t-shirt! * Lend a helping hand to our regular Journey Kids team who serve tirelessly! * Hang out with some seriously awesome, cute, and hilarious kiddos * Laugh A LOT (See above) * UNLIMITED GOLDFISH (or animal crackers, if that’s more your thing) For more information email Jess Stamm at firstname.lastname@example.org SIGN UP HERE Check out Katie's Song of the month HERE! At The Journey Metro East, we care deeply for children and families and love to make space to enter into family life and equip parents. We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Karis House Community Counseling Center to provide a series of events called “Family Growth Hours." Join us for an hour of learning and discussion! Parents will have the opportunity to learn about a specific area of child development and implementable strategies for strengthening relationships with their kids. During this time, kids are invited to participate in a Guided Play Hour, in which they will be introduced to a variety of activities related to social and emotional skill building. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. On Thursday, May 17, our topic will be "Cultivating Calm." There are so many variables that can lead to or interrupt our ability to be present in a moment. Sometimes our bodies are tired or lethargic, and at other times, our bodies are overflowing with energy. On either end of the spectrum, it's difficult to be able to engage in learning, relationship, and play. Come learn strategies that can help children and adults cultivate calm! Registration is required before Tuesday, May 15. REGISTER HERE We have two upcoming events for Restore Network foster families and are in need of volunteer help. If you do not yet have a completed background clearance with us, complete one HERE! At each of the events/dates below, volunteers will arrive at 5:30 p.m. There will be opportunities to hold babies, play with toddlers, and supervise pizza and open gym/activities or a movie night with the older kids. All events are located at The Journey Metro East. Foster Parent Support Group Friday, May 11, 6-8 p.m. Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner Thursday, May 24, 6-8 p.m. Parent Support Group Friday, June 8, 6-8 p.m.