October Newsletter

By Hanley Road on October 1st, 2018

News and Events at The Journey Hanley Road
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Hanley Road Family,

We have finally entered the time of the year when the days are getting shorter, temperatures are falling, and we bid farewell to the warm kiss of the summer sun until next year. We have reached the fall and are drawing nigh to winter. While this is the reality externally, for some, this season (and at times life in general), can be an analogy of the soul. The winter of the soul is a time when our hearts may be cast down, at times without reason. A downcast heart is by no means restricted to this time of the year and can strike us without warning. This was the case for the psalmist in Psalm 42:5a when the writer asks, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?” As the psalm progresses, the reader is privy to the wrestling of the songwriter who laments, “My tears have been my food day and night” (Psalm 42:3). 

One of the beautiful characteristics of the Scriptures is that through them, God encourages us to embrace the moments of our lives when our hearts may be downcast. We may encounter this winter of the soul for a variety of reasons. Maybe it is because of a broken relationship. Perhaps it is because of a family crisis. Maybe we are simply in a funk and are not completely sure why. Whatever the reason, the Scriptures encourage us to embrace the posture of our hearts and even give us the language to articulate our cries to God. 

And yet, we are not left to remain in the dark winter of the soul. We are reminded of the brightness of hope and joy that is found as we reflect on the faithfulness of God in our lives. After interrogating the posture of his own heart, the psalmist speaks to himself again and declares, “Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God” (Psalm 42:5b). Even in the winter moments of the soul, we can speak to our hearts and remind ourselves of God’s past faithfulness to us, in order to bring hope and resilience to our souls.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Carlos

It’s that time of year! Journey Students fall retreat at Lake Williamson is just around the corner. Our theme this fall is Relentless – we’ll be encountering Jesus as the relentless savior and king that He is in His pursuit of us. Register TODAY + find all the details on our website.

Sunday, October 21, 9 and 11 a.m. services

Child Dedication is a special time for parents and guardians to publicly announce their intention to raise their child(ren) in a way that teaches about God and honors Him. The Journey commits to support parents as they raise the next generation to love God.

After you have registered through the link below, please email a photo of your child to bvanderaa@thejourney.org.


Saturday, October 27, 7:30-10 a.m.

Join us at Castlewood State Park where Hanley Road elder Rich Pierce will lead us on a short hike up to a scenic overlook of the Meramec River and lead us in a short devotional. From there, we'll head back down to the shelter where Rich will teach us the art of making fire with nothing more than flint and steel. We'll follow that up with a breakfast cooked for us by Dustin Bitikofer. Please register so we know how much food to provide. If you have any questions please contact us.


Saturday, November 10, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Hanley Road is holding open auditions for the worship team on Saturday, November 10, in the Hanley Road sanctuary.

We hold auditions to increase the body and creativity of the worship ministry at The Journey Hanley Road. Bringing new people with different backgrounds, cultures, gifts, and experience to our team helps us do a better job of shepherding people toward holistic worship. 


Community groups meet each week, participate in fellowship, worship, prayer, study, and mission together. All are welcomed to join our community groups, regardless of where you are on your faith journey! GET CONNECTED



Sunday, October 21, 9 and 11 a.m.

Join us this weekend as Pastor Curtis Gilbert continues our fall sermon series Transformed from Luke 16:18 with a deeper look at God’s design for marriage and walking through relational conflict.

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