September Newsletter

By Hanley Road on September 1st, 2019


News and Events at The Journey Hanley Road
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ENJOY GRACE

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR CARLOS SMITH

Growing Up

I couldn’t believe it. These little girls that were seemingly just newborns were putting on their uniforms for their first day of kindergarten. When they were born five years ago, I could almost hold them in one hand. Now they were preparing to cross one of the first major milestones of their lives.

While I still can’t believe how much my girls have grown and developed in the last few years, I also know what contributed to their growth. My wife and I have nourished and cared for Nia and Maia for the last five years. We seek to make sure that they eat a well-balanced diet that promotes health and well-being. With proper nourishment and care, barring any complications, it makes sense that the girls would progress from the vulnerability of infancy to starting kindergarten. Their progression, however, continues to be contingent upon their environment and proper nourishment.

Likewise, in our spiritual lives, there are environments that are conducive to our spiritual growth and development. One of these environments is Community Groups. In Community Groups, we have the opportunity to live out the words of the Apostle Paul when he wrote, “speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15 ESV). In the midst of community, we are able to speak the truth of the gospel to one another as we know others and are ourselves known. This relational intimacy allows us to apply the gospel to one another in ways that are personal, relevant, and impactful.

In addition to being in community, believers are equipped for spiritual growth and development through the faithful teaching of Scripture and biblical doctrine. Paul also says in Ephesians 4 that God gave us teachers of the word to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13). In order to provide more opportunities for spiritual growth and development, Hanley Road will offer two Equip Classes: Core Christianity and Generous Justice this fall and spring for 12-week sessions each semester. These courses are designed for people who are seeking to engage more deeply with Christian theology and love of neighbor, to the glory of God! For more info on these courses, go to The Journey St. Louis app or the website.

My prayer for you this fall is that you would find yourself in spaces that will nourish you as you grow in spiritual maturity. I wholeheartedly believe that Community Groups and Equip Classes provide contexts where you can continue to develop in your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.

In Christ,
Pastor Carlos

 
INCREASING CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Equip Classes begin on September 8th! We are offering two Equip Classes - Generous Justice and Core Christianity - to bolster your faith and empower your walk with the Lord. In order to make room for these classes (offered from 10-10:45 a.m.), we are changing the 9 a.m. service to 8:30 a.m. 
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Community Groups are smaller groups that meet once a week to study the Bible, pray, and just share life. They are a wonderful way to get connected to the church body and support one another consistently.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Join your Journey family for a fun night of exploring and adventure at The Magic House! We are coming together as one church at one of St. Louis' favorite places for an evening of fun and fellowship. All ages are welcome. 

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Please click on an image below to find out more information about upcoming events!
 

On September 29th (the same day as Child Dedications), we will also be celebrating Family Sunday by having our kiddos worship with us in service. Journey Kids will only be available for ages 3 and under that Sunday.

Ladies, join us for a Priscilla Shirer Bible Study on Gideon here at church. Led by Nancy Bubenik, this seven session study will explore God and His people, his love for them and His strength despite their weakness. Gideon’s story is about us—our lives, doubts, struggles, and possibilities as believers. From a state of fear, weakness, and insecurity, Gideon emerged as Israel's hero, filled with God's presence and His passion for deliverance. 

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EMBODY LOVE
Looking for somewhere to plug into the life of our church? The Journey Hanley Road's Production Team would love to help you do just that! Serving on the Production Team is a great way to connect to a broad community of volunteers and leaders in our church, while having quite a bit of fun! If you are interested in learning more contact us at  techteam@thejourney.org.
A WORD FROM BRYCE
Journey Kids is a community serving together to cultivate the gospel in the next generation.
This is the mission statement of our Journey Kids ministry, and we take it seriously. We are committed to this mission, because kids need to hear the gospel from a variety of people in their lives. They need to see that the good news of the gospel is cherished by a diversity of people that are united by one thing above all else: the person of Jesus Christ.

We are praying that God would grow our Journey Kids team over the next few months. Have you considered partnering with Journey Kids or Students in our task of gospel cultivation? We have a variety of roles and opportunities available that vary in responsibility and frequency. Some of those roles are leading a JK Team, connecting with new families and team members, teaching a class, assisting a teacher, helping with administrative tasks at home or during the week, or coming in during the week to help prep the curriculum for the kids. If any of these things interest you at all, please email me at bvanderaa@thejourney.org, and we can talk more about opportunities!

 
Our Hosts Team strives to create an atmosphere where people can connect with each other and ultimately Christ. Whether brewing coffee, preparing communion, or greeting, they bless our Sunday morning services with hospitality. We are always recruiting, and we have a particular need for volunteers at our Welcome Center. Please email Patrick for more information.

We have four families due for a newborn in September alone! Support our families with newborns by providing them a meal. Sign up here

 
ENGAGE CULTURE
Theology at the Bottleworks is coming up on Wednesday, September 18, 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 Root of All Evil? Wealth in America.
 

American households hold about $98 trillion of wealth, and money is clearly one of the greatest values in America. We’ll discuss the roles and responsibilities of individuals and corporations with wealth, from paying taxes to social and ethical responsibilities.  What should be done with wealth?  What is its purpose?  What are its costs?  And whose authority answers these questions? 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. 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR OCTOBER

October 6-27 | Membership classes every Sunday evening, 6:30-8:30
October 12 | Men's Ministry event: "Singleness, Dating, Marriage"
October 18-20 | Journey Students Fall Retreat
October 20 | Adventure in Missions
October 25-26 | Women's Ministry Fall Retreat 

 
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