Tower Grove March Newsletter

By Tower Grove on March 21st, 2018

News and Events at The Journey Tower Grove
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Tower Grove Family,

It’s hard to believe that Easter is less than three weeks away. As we look forward to engaging our neighbors at our community Easter egg hunt, and as we anticipate preparing our homes for family and friends, I want to encourage us not to neglect the preparation of our hearts for Easter weekend.

As the Church, we place special significance on Easter and the implications it has for us. We remember Christ’s death for the redemption and restoration of our relationship with God, and we celebrate his resurrection and power over sin and death. His life means we have certain hope of life with him for eternity. This is the good news and hope of Easter!

It gives us reason to celebrate in the midst of our life circumstances, whatever they may be, and, I hope, it will impact the way we approach Easter weekend as a church community.

As we welcome our neighbors to join us at one of our five Easter services, let’s encourage each other to share the reason for our hope and celebration with visitors – whether through a smile, a conversation, or an invitation to join us again.

We have an incredible opportunity to be the church for our neighbors and for one another this Easter, and I look forward to entering into that opportunity with you and celebrating together.

Pastor Tim


I’m writing to share with you that Miriam Hendrickson has made a decision to transition off of staff at Tower Grove to pursue work outside of vocational ministry. Miriam came on staff in 2010 as a part-time Journey Kids administrator and, over the years, has taken on more responsibility while serving most recently as the Volunteer and Operations Coordinator.

If you know Miriam and have spent any time with her, then you know she is someone that does her work with joy, passion, and conviction. Loving people has always been at the center of how she has worked, and she is someone who has modeled for all of us what it looks like to see the uniqueness in each person and demonstrate the love of God to them.  

In her role, Miriam has been responsible for a lot of behind the scenes work, but one of the intentional ways she has led us well has been in helping people within our church discover their spiritual gifts and creating a culture of seeing people flourish in their gifting as they serve the church. I know that there are many of you that have benefited from Miriam’s personal encouragement and the ways that she has helped guide you through learning what it means to serve. Miriam has always had an Ephesians 4 vision of equipping people in our church to use their gifts for the kingdom of God, and I know that her legacy of this work will extend far beyond her time on staff at The Journey. There are many of you who faithfully serve this church and are flourishing in your gifting as a result of the time and investment that Miriam has made in you and the ministries that you are a part of.

Miriam’s final day on staff will be Friday, April 6. Miriam and her family plan to worship at a church they grew up in, and I would encourage you to pray for Miriam, Matt, Alby, Phoebe, and Emmett in this time of transition. We want to extend our gratitude to Miriam, and we will have an opportunity to celebrate her in the coming weeks and hope you will find an opportunity to offer your encouragement to her.  

What is the Board of Directors?  
The Board is the legally responsible entity for The Journey. We gather bi-weekly to help guide the church through challenges and toward opportunities God is putting before us. Our work encompasses everything from evaluating and responding to requested changes in spending, staffing, and ministry support to how to best help a little boy whose foot got burned on a playground. We work closely with staff and with the Finance Board to see and set new direction and make a budget that fits our mission.

How is the Board of Directors staffed? 
The Board of Directors is comprised of staff leaders and lay elders. It will always include The Journey’s Lead Pastor, and lay elders are added with the goal of providing gifts of discernment and direction found in elders with demonstrated love for Christ’s bride and who are called to servant-leadership. According to our bylaws, the President and Treasurer of the Board must be lay elders. Lay elder candidates are usually recognized in all elder meetings, then are recommended by their local pastors and elder teams and vetted by the current Board. The group needs to be small enough to work together effectively, while providing disparate experiences and views within our shared mission and vision.  

Who are the current members?  
Steve Brewer: Secretary, Director of Ministry Support and Tower Grove elder
Jeremy Bedenbaugh: Lead Pastor, The Journey
Rich Pierce: Board President and Hanley Road elder
Joel Steele: Board Treasurer and Tower Grove elder; liaison to Finance Committee
Josh Jaworowski: Board lay member and West County elder
Brent Thies: Board lay member and West County elder; liaison to Finance Committee

Recently Transitioned Off:
Tim Yeadon: Board President, 2013-2017
Josiah Cox: Board Treasurer, 2009-2013, 2015-2017

Areas for Growth:
We long to grow in diversity of our leadership and in experience in engaging culture.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. We are privileged to share the abundant life we have in Jesus with our whole Journey family!

Rich Pierce, President


Wednesdays in April
9-11 a.m.

We are excited to announce our moms group will be gathering every Wednesday morning in April for rich teaching and fellowship aimed at sharing biblical, grace-filled perspectives specifically applicable to your role as a wife and mother. Cost is $10 for registration, plus $5 per child for childcare. This cost covers all four weeks. Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 28.

For more information and to register, visit our website.

Thursday, April 12
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Newcomer Dinner at The Journey is a great first step to connect with the life of the church.
We’ll share our history, vision, and the ways you can plug in beyond Sunday services. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet pastors, staff, and attenders just like you in a casual setting over a free meal. Visit our website to sign up!

April 28 and 29

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. Visit our website to learn more and register to be baptized. 

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