Tower Grove June Newsletter

By Tower Grove on June 1st, 2018


Tower Grove Family,
If you did not know, June marks the end of our ministry calendar year. Over the course of the past 11 months, God has given our church a renewed vision and mission. We desire to see our city awakened to and transformed by the love of Jesus. As a diverse community centered on Jesus, we seek to wholly enjoy his grace, faithfully embody his love for one another, and boldly engage culture with the truth from our neighborhoods to the nations. 

We have experienced some significant movements to fulfill that mission, in the hopes that the vision will be realized. This should give us reason to celebrate God’s faithfulness and thankfulness for his love. Yet, we have not arrived. In fact, God has so much more in store for us and for this city so that there will be continued wakefulness and transformation.

If you are a member, would you, please, register for our upcoming member’s meeting? Here, we will recap the year and share about the upcoming year’s ministry. If you are not a member, we want to invite you to join in commitment to this church at our July 7 membership class. If you are new to our church, please join us for the Newcomer Lunch on June 24. We also want to invite our community, as we also enter into the last month of our fiscal year, to please consider going above and beyond with a generous fiscal year-end gift by June 30.
We thank you for being a part of our church this year, and we look forward to the coming ministry year together! God bless!
Pastor John 

We've created an email address for you to reach out to Jeremy and Amy Bedenbaugh with words of encouragement. You can email them at Please keep their family in your prayers!
This month, we celebrated several baptisms and enjoyed food, fun, and fellowship with our amazing volunteers at our serving celebration!
What is your job or vocation outside of the church?
I am fortunate enough to be in the Community Relations department for the St. Louis Cardinals. I've always wanted to be in the big leagues, I just always hoped I'd be on the field....
What are your spiritual gifts?
I pride myself on talking to anyone and everyone. I love making new friends and believe that the more people I meet, the more I am in awe of their Creator. 

Tell me something about your family.
One interesting fact about my family is that my grandfather served in World War II. He was a ball turret gunner in the 8th Air Force. His plane was actually gunned down, and he was able to parachute down just beyond enemy territory in Dinant, Belgium. It's mind-boggling to think about how lucky he was to survive and how fortunate I am to live to tell the tale.

Why did you start serving in this role?
When I went through membership class, I was inspired by The Journey's mission to get the body of the church involved in all that God is doing. I've always longed for a church that encourages members to get involved beyond just attending a Sunday morning service. The day my girlfriend and I were introduced as members at the 9 a.m., John Chung and company had us hit the ground running with Journey Kids at 11 a.m. 

Who has impacted you while serving in this role?
Kerry Knuckey has been instrumental in my involvement. She humbly helps us all learn to become better stewards of God's love to these children. And anyone that has to depend on volunteers like she does is worthy of praise.

Can you tell me about a moment you remember really seeing God’s presence?
I am always inspired by the presence of God in the lives of the children in Journey Kids. Their ability to retain information and share the gospel is so enjoyable for me. I love hearing their perspective on Jesus and what He means to them. I think we can all learn from their simplified relationship with Him. In our wild world, it's great to be reminded that we're here to love God and His people. Plain and simple.

How has serving in this role grown you?
Serving in this role with Journey Kids has really inspired me to love kids more purposefully. The Journey does such a great job of viewing this time with children as an opportunity to share the gospel. It isn't simply a time to babysit while the parents benefit from hearing the Word of God. Instead, the Journey Kids team has carefully and strategically planned an approach to help the children of our church develop their relationship with Christ. 

What would you like people to know about serving in this role?
These kids all deserve to know just how much they are loved and cared for by their Heavenly Father. Although we fall short of reflecting His perfect love, we can offer them our time and attention. We've all been cared for throughout our lives by adults that have shown us glimpses of what God's heart looks like, and this is the perfect opportunity to do the same for the future leaders of our church.

In April, Linda started as Tower Grove's full-time church administrator. Linda has been a member of TG for a few years and has many years of experience working as a job developer, coordinator, and administrator in various roles. We are excited to have her as a part of the team!

Where did you work before coming to The Journey?
I was working as a job developer and community outreach person at a nonprofit based in St. Charles. I connected with employers in the St. Louis metro area about jobs they had available to advocate for clients who would be a good fit. I also networked with social service agencies to understand their services for potential referrals.

Can you describe your role at The Journey?
As the church administrator, I am the first person people tend to see and speak with at The Journey Tower Grove. I gather information about the needs of that person to better serve both them and the person/ministry they are trying to contact. Along with providing administrative support for the lead pastor and other ministries at Tower Grove, I also help create and update the church newsletter and website.

Tell us a little about your family:
My husband, Mark, and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary this November. We have two children –Jenny and her family live here in town with our three grandsons. Bryan and his wife live in Napa, California.

We’ve lived in St. Louis since 1985, and I consider it my hometown.

Favorite food:
Love Mexican and seafood

Favorite sports team:
St. Louis Cardinals!

What’s the last book you read:
The Renewing of the Mind Project by Barb Raveling

If you could visit anywhere in the world that you’ve never been, where would you go:
New York City

We are excited to announce that Sabrine Rhodes will be joining our staff as the Director of Cultural Engagement. As a church, we want to continue to pursue intentional steps toward aligning our staffing with our mission, and this position was created with that goal in mind. We believe it will be a significant step in further defining how we will engage our city. In this newly formed role, Sabrine will be working with Journey leadership to devise a vision and strategy for cultural engagement within The Journey 

and the broader St. Louis area. Sabrine will begin by focusing primarily on Tower Grove but will also be serving on the Staff Leadership Team, as she will eventually partner with all of our local churches to help align our mission and vision to the strategy of cultural engagement.

Sabrine, her husband Stephen, and their four kids have been long-time Journey members at Tower Grove. Sabrine has served in many volunteer leadership roles throughout her time at The Journey, and we are thrilled to have her now join our staff. Most recently, Sabrine worked at Central Christian School as the Director of Admissions and School Culture. Sabrine’s first day on staff will be on Monday, June 4.

Awakened and Appointed Sermon
As we say in our mission statement, we want to see the gospel spread "from our neighborhoods to the nations." This past month, Scott Hickox, lead pastor of The Journey West County preached on Luke 10 and shared a compelling vision for The Journey International. We want to encourage you to carve out some time to listen to this powerful sermon and pray about how God might be calling you to partner with us.
One Gift at a Time
The story of The Journey has been one of God using His people over and over again to provide, and we are asking you to prayerfully consider giving above and beyond your normal giving with a generous fiscal year end gift by June 30. Partner with us today!

The Newcomer's Lunch is more than a free lunch! It's also a great way to meet the staff team at The Journey Tower Grove, become more familiar with the church, and hear about ways you can get connected. So whether you've been with us for a few days or several months, you're invited to join us June 24, following the 11 a.m. service. Lunch will be served in the Reber Space.


We believe that Christian faith is about relationships. It is about our relationship with God and our relationships with each other.

Becoming a member of a church is a way that we identify with other people who have committed themselves to living as a follower of Jesus. It is a way of saying, “This is who I am and this is what matters to me.”

Thank you for considering this next step to becoming a member at The Journey. This class will be on Saturday, July 7, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., and will be held in Reber Space. Lunch will be provided, and childcare is available for those who register online.