Tower Grove November Newsletter
A Message from Pastor Jeremy
Where is God leading us as a church? If you missed the sermon this weekend (it will be available online Monday), that's the question we've been asking the Lord over the past six months and we believe He has given us clear direction on who he wants us to aspire to be.
Our city awakened to and transformed by the love of Jesus Christ
We are a diverse spiritual community seeking to wholly enjoy God's grace, faithfully embody his love for one another, and boldly engage our culture, from our neighborhoods to the nations.
Please take a moment to watch the video above, and pray with us as we aim to live out our mission both personally and corporately.
Grace & Peace,
In the last two weeks, we've celebrated Baptisms, our Fall Festival, and Child Dedications!
Elder Highlight: William Davie
How long have you been an Elder?
About 2 years
How long have you been going to The Journey?
Favorite Book(besides the Bible):
How to Read the Bible for all it’s Worth by Gordon Fee
Describe your job/role at Tower Grove:
My wife, Estella, and I started off volunteering in the back of the house where we met hundreds of people and then we moved to become Community Group leaders. I now am in the choir/band where I play the tambourine with no formal training (with plans to get a cowbell) and this is because I want to be joyful in serving and bring joy to serving. I am also a service pastor on the weekends and an Elder, where I serve in varies capacities of care cases, work with the deacons, and help with life celebrations and marriages.
Tell us about your family:
I am married to Estella, who is a deacon here, and we have been married for 35 years now! We have two adult children who live out of town, Shawna and Deshone. The only thing I’ve done longer than be married is be in ministry, which is going on 40 years now (I started in college).
Describe your ideal Saturday?
Get up early, work out (playing racquetball or jogging) or walk in the park with my wife, then brunch, thrift shopping, working on a house project, and end the day with a Saturday evening date with my wife.
How can we, your church family, be praying for you and your family?
For continued spiritual growth in areas of weakness.
Volunteer Highlight: Erik Hansen, Worship Team, Drummer
How long have you been in this role?
I've been serving in this role for a little over five years.
What is your job or vocation outside of the church?
Outside of serving at The Journey, I am an Elementary Music Educator in the Kirkwood School District.
Why did you start serving in this role?
In the Spring of 2012, my wife and I were seeking a church and heard about the Journey through a friend. We visited a few times with our friends and spotted a mutual friend in the congregation — Russ Mohr. This was before he was the Worship Leader. The next week he was leading worship with Stephen Miller's band. He reached out to me and we met up to talk about joining the team. I was excited to get involved using my skill in music to serve the church and to become connected with some fellow musicians on the worship team. It has become its own sort of community group within the church since we spend so much time together each weekend.
Who has impacted your serving in this role?
Courtney Peebles has impacted my serving through his leadership as an elder. He models serving and worshiping with pure intentions. He also demonstrates an unsanitized version of walking out the Christian life. He has taught me that you don't have to have everything picture perfect at all times to be a Christian, during the week and during worship, and that pointing to Christ in our brokenness is often a more powerful witness. At the same time he models the tension between knowing there is grace when we come up short and still striving for excellence in everything we do.
How has serving in this role grown you in your relationship with God?
Being able to serve on the worship team has provided me with a community that I can grow closer with as we grow closer to God. An added benefit is that there are now so many song lyrics that speak God's truth floating around in my head. They bubble up as needed throughout the day to remind me of his promises. Even "studying" the songs for the upcoming weekend can be a worshipful experience.
It's the last call for our all-church surveys!
If you're over 18 and haven't taken our survey (even if a spouse or family member has), we want to hear from you so we can serve you better! Additionally, if you took our first survey, but have yet to take the followup survey, please take a moment to fill it out. We appreciate you taking the time to help us know you better!