October Newsletter

By Hanley Road on October 1st, 2019

News and Events at The Journey Hanley Road
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All the Saints: Running the Race Together

It was a typical hot and humid day in Cozumel, Mexico, on September 18, 2016. On this day, the ITU Triathlon World Series was in full swing and the favorites, Jonny and Alistair Brownlee, were in the lead. These world-renowned ironmen from the UK had won gold in several triathlons around the world and this one was shaping up to be another notch under their collective belt.

Throughout the race, the Brownlee Brothers held the lead. During the last 700 meters of the race, it appeared certain that Jonny Brownlee would finish in first place, with his brother Alistair taking second place. Suddenly, Jonny began to weave all over the road and become confused and dazed. He was having a heat stroke. While another racer whizzed past Jonny, seizing the moment to take the gold from the Briton superstar, Alistair did something amazing: he came up behind his brother, put him over his shoulder, and helped guide him to the finish line, causing him to finish second and take the silver medal. Alistair could have easily run up, took gold, and then came back to help his brother. Alistair’s primary concern, however, wasn’t a medal or notoriety: it was making sure his brother was okay and making sure he finished the race.

Brothers and sisters, this story is a beautiful illustration of the Christian life and who we, the Church, are to be for one another. Life is hard. Even for those who may externally look like wonderful Christians, with great careers and the perfect family, something unexpected may cause them to stumble in the Christian race. At any moment, any of us may stumble, fall, or even be in danger of dropping out of the race altogether. It is in those moments that we need brothers and sisters in Christ who can carry us to the finish line. We need brothers and sisters in the Lord with whom we can be open, honest, and transparent. We need fellow Christians who know our struggles and issues and who can speak the gospel to us in difficult times. 

In Hebrews 12:1, we are reminded, “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” The writer didn’t say, “Run the race that is set before you,” but instead uses the plural. This is OUR race. We are in it together. As we continue to learn more about the Church through our sermon series, “All the Saints,” don’t forget to look out for a brother or sister who might be struggling to make it to the finish line. Maybe they are in your community group or Equip Class. Maybe they serve in a ministry with you. Wherever you may see fellow believers faltering, don’t hesitate to help them. We are in this together. We are the saints.

In Christ,
Pastor Carlos

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!)


On October 6th, we gladly installed Milton Mitchell and Aaron Layton as new elders.

Since our family's call to St. Louis from Los Angeles, I have come to intimately understand and tightly fasten my heart and life to Paul's words in Romans 11:36, "For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen." I long to serve God through my abiding love for my best friend and wife, Angie, and our babies, Lea and Benjamin, together with God's sacred bride, His church. My heart is for the proclamation of the Word of God, as well as the cultivating of the family unit for His glory. – Milton Mitchell
My family and I have been a part of The Journey for over 10 years. We started at The Journey in January 2009 at the Hanley Road location. Later, I served as a service pastor at the Tower Grove location for a few years. I most recently served as an elder at the West County location for six years. My wife, Gretchen, and I have full confidence that the Lord has called us, in this season of ministry and life, to now serve the church at Hanley Road. Gretchen and I have been married for 25 years and have two adult children, Caleb and Kalei. – Aaron Layton
Emily Riske was installed as deacon before the church on September 29th. 

A Note from Emily:

I have been attending Hanley Road for six years. I have been cared for in a variety of ways in the past several years, so I am really excited to be on the deacon team. I am looking forward to fall, because I love to see the leaves change and go hiking with my dog!


Deacons are men and women within the church who provide spiritual and physical care to the body of Christ, with a humble and gracious heart, serving out of a mature faith in Jesus. Our current deacon team is led by elder Rich Pierce. If you know a member of The Journey Hanley Road you would recommend for this role, please nominate them to be invited into our spring training.

If you love to sing and worship, we would love to have you join our choir! Our choir will join the normal Sunday worship team once a month beginning this October. Everyone is welcome to join (Kids are more than welcome, but an adult will need to join them in the choir). There is no audition required, but we ask that you attend rehearsal on the Wednesday before the choir is scheduled to sing. On that Sunday, we also ask that you serve both services. 

If you are interested in joining or would like more information please email Worship Director, Jason Magers.


Ladies, our fall retreat is just around the corner! Our weekend is themed "To Know and Be Known," as we consider how we are created in His image, chosen for community, and commissioned into the Kingdom. If you haven't gotten the chance, and you plan to spend the night, please fill out the registration by October 10th

Please click on an image below to find out more information about upcoming events!
Save the Date for an upcoming Q&A here at Hanley Road! This Q&A event is hosted by Hanley Road's Women's Ministry, but it is open to everyone. During our time together, we will be moving through a series of questions that pertain to how gender and gender roles play out in the church. Our panel will consist of Pastor Carlos Smith and hopefully another woman in ministry. We want to seek clarity about these issues and hopefully break down the barriers that keep people from being a part of church community. READ MORE AND REGISTER
We have five new meal trains opened for families with newborns! And you don't have to be a chef to help out! Whether you're dropping off a homemade meal or sending a restaurant gift card, these families are truly grateful. Sign up for a date here
Are you interested in hearing more about where you could serve in the church but not really sure where to start? We encourage you to fill out this initial form to begin the conversation about opportunities here at Hanley Road.
Theology at the Bottleworks is coming up on Wednesday, October 16, from 6:30-8:30 at Schlafly Bottleworks. TATB is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most important issues of our times among a diversity of interesting people with all views. This month's topic is: The What, Why, and How of America's Opioid Crisis.

America's rate of opioid-related deaths has been rising since the 1990s; on an average day, 130 Americans die by opioid overdose.  In what ways has the narrative surrounding the opioid crisis been similar or different from that of other drugs in America?  What is causing this crisis, and who bears responsibility for it? How should the country, and we as individuals, move forward to both save lives in the near term and address the root issues causing opioid addiction in the long term? Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others.' 

Check out the Theology at the Bottleworks podcast. It encourages Christians to engage culture by addressing hot topics from a gospel perspective. 

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.


November 3 | Baptism Sunday, both services
November 9 | Gender and Gender Roles: a Q&A, 4-6 p.m.

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