September Newsletter

By Metro East on September 1st, 2019


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A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR CHARLIE
Dear Metro East Family, 

You have a reason to rejoice today, a reason to believe the Lord is for you and with you, a reason to believe that God is sovereign despite whatever circumstance or challenge you’re facing, and a reason to walk in peace. What is that reason? You woke up. 

I’ve been reading through the Psalms this past month, and I was struck with this simple truth in Psalm 3:5. David says, “I lay down and slept: I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.” If you’re like me, going to sleep and waking up the next day doesn't typically lead me to worship or faith. So far, I’m about 12,000 for 12,000 on that, give or take a few nights, and what I usually want when I wake up is to go back to sleep. It’s commonplace for me. 

But for David, this was something miraculous. He was surrounded by thousands of enemies when he went to sleep that night before he wrote Psalm 3 and understood that he might not wake up the next day, let alone get a restful night of sleep. Yet the Lord provided both.

The good news is we’re not David. We probably don’t have thousands of enemies surrounding us, or a kingdom to lead, or a psalm to write. But we do have the same God, who designed us with the same needs, the same type of fragile body, and placed us in a world like David’s that we do not control.

David’s words revealed to me something about myself, so often when I’m troubled or anxious, I long for a sign or some great clarity and answer to my prayer. That happens sometimes but often it doesn’t. Instead God gives me his everyday grace. For David, it was a restful night of sleep. For others, it may be food on the table, a friend’s kind words, a moment alone with the Lord, or beautiful weather that makes one marvel at God’s creation. How he reminds you doesn’t really matter, the point is to remember the Lord is for you and he demonstrates that in hundreds of “little” ways every day. Do you have eyes to see it and a heart to believe it?

A good nap didn’t solve David’s problems (but sometimes it does); when he awoke, he saw that there were still “thousands of people who have set themselves against me” Ps 3:6. But he wasn’t afraid, because he knew who was for him. And he knew because he drew on the fresh grace and mercy for that day. If the Lord sustained his life that night, he could do it again in the day. 

So my encouragement to you is to look for those everyday examples of the Lord's grace and faithfulness to you. Write a new one down every day for a month. You may be surprised how those evidences that the Lord is for you compound into you trusting Him in big ways.

Blessings, 
Pastor Charlie

 
 
A MESSAGE FROM NAHANA
The Fall 2019 Journey Kids Team Building and Training has been postponed until after I come back from maternity leave. I will provide that date and registration page once I have an idea. I have many ideas, hopes, and dreams and want to do this well. I apologize for any inconvenience!  
 
Date: Friday, September 13, 2019
Time: 2-6 p.m. (or until all rooms are finished)

Coughs and runny noses season is upon us – especially as our kiddos head back to school.  Metro East family – let's join together to freshen up the Journey Kids rooms with some deep cleaning and organizing! Even if you can only stop by for 30 minutes or you can stay the whole time, it takes a community to do things like this!  

 

Family Sunday is September 29th
 

Children 3 and older will join their families in worship. (Journey Kids will be available for 2-year-olds and under.)

Check out this guide on worship: Helping your children understand the parts of a worship service.

 
Register HERE for Child Dedications!
 
UPCOMING EVENTS & NEWS
We would love for you to join us September 8th for our all-church prayer night at 5:30 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! 

*Note this is a week later from when we usually host our monthly prayer. 

 
Journey Kids at The Magic House
Sunday, September 22, 2019
6-8 p.m.

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!

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $3 each and children under the age of two are free. If you have questions or need a scholarship please contact NaHana.

Please Note: Parents/Guardians are responsible for their children. This is not a "drop-off" event. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Register
 

We are a community of flawed, imperfect people who show up each week because we recognize that we desperately need Jesus. If you are interested in membership at The Journey, please join us at our classes to learn more!

There will be five classes total, beginning on September 1st and ending on September 29th. Each one is on a Sunday morning from 8:30-9:30 a.m. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact infome@thejourney.org.

REGISTER
 
We had a huge success at our Connect Fair! Our raffle winners are Chris Hartman, Daniel Bertelsen, Bill Revis, and Marc Dontigney. See Corrinne for your prize! 
 

We believe the Bible clearly communicates baptism as a vital step of discipleship and obedience to Christ. The sacrament is a symbol of the washing away of the old self and commitment in front of fellow believers that you have been made new by Jesus and are committed to following him. 

Join us for the class right after service on September 29th. Our next baptisms are on October 6th.

REGISTER
 

Journey Metro East Women and Friends,

You are invited to join in for the fall Bible study: Even Better Than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible Changes Everything About Your Story. We will share in small group discussion and the teaching on video by experienced Bible teacher, Nancy Guthrie. She traces nine themes throughout the Bible, revealing God’s plan for the glory of eternity with Him. We hope to see you on September 10, at 7 p.m.

Who: Journey Metro East women

When: Tuesday evenings, September 10-November 12 from 7-8:15 p.m.

Cost: $15

Other info: We will not have childcare for this event.

Contact info: Melissa MacIsaac and Mary Ann Turner
Please email both Melissa and Mary Ann with your questions.

REGISTER
 
September Song of the Month | 56 by Red Rocks Worship
 
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