October Newsletter

By Metro East on October 1st, 2019

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Well, it’s hard to believe another summer is behind us. One thing I’ve come to realize about myself is that I’m always eager for the next season by the time the current season winds down. To me, the beauty of God’s creation is most visible through the notable changes that come with each season. So…bring on autumn and bring on winter. I’m ready!

If you’ll recall from my February Elder Update, I talked a lot about change (“Who Moved my Cheese”). Well, if you’ve been watching the news lately, it would seem as there is a lot of change afoot in the “church” across our country. We’ve read about mega-church pastors who’ve renounced their faith, divorced their wives, or even made the irreversible decision to end their life. The media presents these stories from the perspective that there is something broken with the church and the people who attend it. If you’re anything like me, these stories can leave you broken-hearted, disappointed, or even discouraged.

But here’s the truth—the media is right (you read that correctly). There is something broken with the church today…us! The people. We’re broken and we’re what’s “wrong” with the church. Broken people attend church, broken people lead the church, and broken people even leave the church. But that’s hardly news. What the media doesn’t do is carry the message a step further to share what’s “right” with the church. And what’s right with the church is the good news of Jesus Christ. Christians might describe themselves as broken but we don’t define ourselves that way. We define ourselves based on the hope and joy we have in Christ and nothing else. You see, I might be “broken” but I’m not hopeless or defeated. I might be broken but that doesn’t define me.

So, as you saddle up for another seasonal change, I want to encourage you to embrace how Christ is working to be the change in your life. How do you define yourself…as broken or hopeful and joyful? I’d encourage you to embrace hope and joy through Christ, not free from struggle, but free from chains. Christ invites us to follow him, and his example is nothing but hope and joy. His example is what’s right with the church. Embrace it!


The Journey Board of Elders recently sent an email on an update about our Senior Pastor Search. Read the full communication below. 

Any questions you might have during the process can be emailed to pastoralinfo@thejourney.org.

Have you taken our congregational survey? Please share with us your connection to The Journey and what opportunities here help deepen your relationship with Jesus, the church, and engaging culture. 

(NOTE: If you already completed this survey in service or on the app, please do not submit a duplicate response. Thank you!)

Hi, Journey Kids Family!

I wanted to say HUGE THANK YOU to Jim Stamm, Melissa MacIsaac, and a couple of families from Classical Communications (moms, Lesley and Sarah) for taking the time to stop by on 9/13/19 for the Journey Kids Workday. They loved this church well, and we were able to clean most of the rooms! So, if you see them around, I encourage you to say thanks, too. 

I hope to have future workdays, so if you couldn’t make it, there will be opportunities! I would love to get to know and see more faces serve our church in this capacity. We share a space and should be proud to tend to it and see it well maintained, and hopefully free from germs.
Also, if you have a moment, check out this short article, “What Kids need Most” by Aaron Armstrong. It’s just a good reminder that we as adult believers should be guiding our children in His truth and that “no doctrine should be excluded from their understanding.” Their spiritual growth is just as important as their physical growth.
Thanks for partnering with Journey Kids! Feel Free to send Journey Kids Metro East an email if you have any questions, concerns, thoughts, or suggestions. I will be out on maternity leave until November, but Corrinne from our staff will get back to you in the meantime!
In Him,
NaHana Stogner
Director of Journey Kids


Welcome, Baby Kai!

We're thrilled to share that Nahana and Joe welcomed Kai Joseph Stogner on September 23 at 12:07 a.m. Kai measured 19.5 inches and weighed 6lbs. 7oz when he was born. Nahana and Kai are both doing well!

Congratulations to the Stogner family!


You Be You: In Search of the True Self

Three Fourteen Institute Fall Conference

Thursday & Friday, October 3 & 4, 7-9:30 p.m.

Three Fourteen Institute is hosting a speaking series on the topic of authenticity – four speakers will share on topics of identity, finding true self with counseling and the enneagram, cultural identity, and friendship. Join us for this two-night event at The Journey Tower Grove (Reber Space) – learn more about our speakers and register below!

We would love for you to join us Sunday October 6th for our all-church prayer night at 6 p.m. Come join us as we celebrate and pray with Hope Chapel on their 1 year anniversary as a church plant. 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! 

October 18-20

Join us for our 7th annual Journey Students Fall Retreat at a NEW location, Camp Mihaska in Bourbon, MO! The weekend will be a great opportunity for your student(s) to grow in relationship with the Lord and with other students and leaders from across our Journey locations. 

We have a discount code for the first 12 Metro East families that register: ME40.
Learn more about the weekend and register below!


Chili Cook-off

October 27, 5-7 p.m.
It’s baaaaack! Dust off your secret recipes and get ready to compete in the 7th Annual Journey ME Chili Cook-Off. Prizes include glory, bragging rights, and your name added to the champion trophy!

Find all the details and register below!

The Restore Network is now collecting donations of brand new winter pajamas in all children’s sizes for children in foster care in our county. You can bring your donations on Sunday mornings in October and place them in the Restore Network bin in the lobby! 
October Song of the Month | Nothing to Fear by Porter's Gate Feat. Audrey Assad
Yesterday during our Family Sunday service, we had four families dedicate their children! Please pray for them as they commit to raising their children in a way that teaches about God and honors Him!

From left to right: the Hodges family (Ella Mae), the Brown family (Maycee, Avelyn, and Rowan), the Stamm family (Abel), and the Harrison family (Laila). 

Those who lead well have first been led well by Jesus. Pastor Curtis explores the character qualities of elders within the church from 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, and 1 Peter 5. Watch the sermon from our series All the Saints.
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