Metro East November Newsletter

By Metro East on November 1st, 2018

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Hey, church! 

As I prepare to write these elder updates, I give a lot of thought about what to share. My mind usually wonders from topics that range from leadership, mentoring, equipping, processes, strategy, and structures (all of which fall under the umbrella of organizational design—the often overlooked sixth love language). But I never seem to get past my awe and gratitude for our members and regular attenders and how you live out the gospel so well. So, with that, let me go there once again with a posture of appreciation and gratitude for all you do for The Journey Metro East. 

You volunteer your time for the betterment of our community. You press pause on the busyness and stress of your own lives and intentionally enter into the busyness and stress of others’ lives in order to serve and love our brothers and sisters just as Jesus commanded. You show up on Sunday mornings to serve coffee (the seventh love language?). You serve the parents of Journey Kids by teaching their little ones about God’s love for us and how Jesus brings us back to the Father. You tithe to the church not to keep a score or hit an “obligatory” percentage but rather out of sacrifice and discipline to steward all that God has entrusted to you. You faithfully pray over the pastors, staff, volunteers, and their families because you know the weight they carry in ministry to us all. You make meals for new parents regardless of whether the baby was born to them, adopted, or placed in their foster care. You rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. You, simply put, live out the gospel in all you do. And I, simply put, am humbled by your example of faithful obedience. 

Thank you for serving and loving our church and thank you for the endurance you demonstrate day in and day out. I am encouraged in knowing that God’s people show up in a mighty way to remind us we serve a very mighty God. 



6th Annual Chili Cook-off

What an incredible chili cook-off we had this past Sunday! If you weren't there, please congratulate Pastor Charlie on his win. If you get a chance to ask Pastor Charlie, ask him about the chili he made during the staff meeting! 
Don't forget to turn your clocks back for that extra hour of sleep!

Church Members,

We want to personally invite you to celebrate with the staff all that the Lord is doing in our midst at our next Members Meeting on November 18, after the 11 a.m. service. We're going to have a Thanksgiving-style meal, hear updates from the staff, and have a lot of fun. If you're on the fence about attending, let me remind you of the reasons we have these meetings.

It is a great opportunity for fellowship! You'll be surrounded by like-minded people who have also entered into covenant membership with you. You'll also have opportunities to hear how the Lord is working in their life. You'll get to hear about evidences of grace in each other's lives and celebrate the Lord's faithfulness to this church.

We are so grateful to labor alongside all of you and look forward to spending time with you on the 18th!

Pastor Curtis



We know the holidays can be a hard time as it might bring up feelings of loneliness or loss. At The Journey, we are extending our definition of family – whether you have an open table or need a table to sit at. We want to encourage you to invite brothers and sisters into your family at your table for Thanksgiving and Christmas who would not have a place to go. If you are needing to go somewhere for the holidays, I would encourage you to sign up and enter into community with brothers and sisters from your church. 

Join us for our all-church prayer this Sunday, November 4, from 5:30-6:30 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! 

Our mission is to partner with your family to help your children love God more today than they did yesterday, be discipled in the love and truth of Jesus, and to trust Jesus with their today, tomorrow, and eternity.

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 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Check out the song of the month! 

Get to know NaHana, Our New Journey Kids Director

What are some things we should know about you?
My name, NaHana, translates into “Me One” in Korean, which I take to mean “only one” or “unique.” I graduated from Belleville East in 2000 and from Southwest Baptist University in 2004 with a double major in psychology and sociology and minor in communications. I have been married to Joe Stogner for four years and we have two children, Job, age three, and Esme, age one. I have a heart for cultures and see the value in them all. I enjoy traveling and especially love trying out the regional foods. I also enjoy a good cup of black coffee or craft beer and have an unfortunate sweet tooth (heads up to you bakers!). I have been attending The Journey since mid-2010, just before The Journey Metro East took off. 
What are you most excited about in your new position?
I’m excited to serve our children and families at The Journey Metro East and see the church transformed by the love of Jesus. I would love to meet with you whether you serve in Journey Kids, have children in Journey Kids, or have been attending The Journey for a while. 
What else should we know?
We still have a need for volunteers in various areas within Journey Kids, so if you feel led to serve in some capacity, please let me know. My email is


Sunday, November 4

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curtis continues our fall sermon series Transformed from Luke 20:19-26, “In God We Trust.”

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