Tower Grove October Newsletter

By The Journey on October 1st, 2017


Journey Family, 

God is at work in our church, our city, our nation and around the world.  While it can be tempting to question that reality as we see brokenness all around us, especially the recent events in Las Vegas, remember that we serve an all-powerful God.  We worship a God who hears our prayers, invites our tears, and allows our questions. Let's continue to be a people who come together and ask God to comfort those who lost loved ones in this tragedy, heal those who were injured, and be near to those experiencing anxiety because of this event and many more.

In Him, 
Tim Holley 
Lead Pastor | The Journey Tower Grove 


What's Happening This Month


If you weren't with us this past weekend, we took a short online survey during our services. It's our goal to know our church family better, and this is one way that you can help us do that! Please take a moment and fill out the survey if you have yet to do so.

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LDR Conference 

On September 1st, we hosted one of the cities best and most influential training opportunities for minority leaders in St. Louis. The LDR conference drew pastors and church planters from all over the midwest. Thanks to you, Leadership Development Resource here in St. Louis said this year's conference was the largest and smoothest conference yet! Your contributions fed over 300 attenders who engaged in Spirit-led worship and learning.



Mercy Offering | This Weekend

The 11th annual Mission: St. Louis Mercy Offering is happening this weekend at all of our services. We have the opportunity as a church to be radically generous, knowing that our resources directed to Mission: St. Louis helps provide the healing our city needs. Make your gift in one of three ways:

1. Participate in the Mercy Offering at The Journey Tower Grove on October 7 & 8.
2. Mail your gift to Mission: St. Louis at 3108 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63107.
3. Make a gift online and write “Offering” in the Tribute line.







Fall Festival | Oct. 28

Save the Date for our Fall Festival on Saturday, October 28 from 9am-12pm as we come together and celebrate God's faithfulness to our church and community. Be sure to invite your friends and neighbors for food games, inflatables and a costume contest. We will additionally be collecting Affordable Christmas gifts for donation. 

Costume Prizes will be given out for: 

  • Best Kids & Adult Costumes
  • Best Family Theme
  • Best Group Theme

We'll be collecting candy for the event over the weekends of October 14th/15th and 21st/22nd in the church lobby and in Journey Kids. Fun size candy bars are appreciated!

If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Jeff Hutchings at



Kelly Wood 

Journey Kids 

"You don't need to know everything about the Bible to teach it! God will use the Holy Spirit to teach YOU while you teach the kids. The curriculum is great and there is support everywhere you look. It is so much fun!"

Serving Role: Journey Kids | Head of Preschool Dept., 9AM Service
Spiritual Gifts: Shepherding, Mercy, Hospitality 

Occupation: Teacher/Family Counselor at Central Institute for the Deaf

About: I grew up in South Florida and most of my family still lives there. I moved here for grad school six years ago and absolutely fell in love with St. Louis. It's hard being so far away, but it's nice because I am guaranteed a beach vacation every time I go to visit my family!

I have grown so much in my knowledge of the God because of this role.
Our curriculum views the bible as one big story and challenges kids to see Christ throughout the entire Bible. This has completely changed the way I personally study God's word and makes it easier to see gospel connections in my own life.

Who has impacted your serving in this role?
My team. Hands down. The community that we have challenges us to be better every week. We all have different strengths and experiences and backgrounds so we are always trying new ideas and supporting each other.



Miriam Hendrickson

Volunteer & Operations Coordinator

Miriam has been on staff at The Journey Tower Grove since 2011, serving in numerous capacities from Journey Kids to multiple weekend serving roles. We asked her a few questions so you could get to know her better!

Favorite Color: Green 

Favorite Movie: O Brother Where Art Thou 

Describe your job/role at Tower Grove.
My current job at TG is the Serving and Operations Coordinator. I work with our staff to manage and coordinate the processes and platforms of our church. I also get to help our congregants and members find a serving role and discover their spiritual gifts, which I love doing! I also oversee the TG church events like the Hanging of the Greens (coming again this December!). 

Tell us about your family. 
My family lives in Webster Groves. I am married to Matt Hendrickson and have three kids: Alby, Phoebe, and Emmett. We got a dog named Bella last Christmas, who was supposed to not shed. 

What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?
My husband and I love going to Taste in the CWE and I love to dance at club Vivia with my sisters, who live in St. Louis. My guilty pleasure food is White Castle, but I only get it when I'm not with Matt, since he can't stand it. 

Describe your ideal Saturday? 
My ideal Saturday (if I don't work) is breakfast with my family, great conversation about God and life with my friends over lunch, looking at something beautiful in the afternoon (nature, art, antiques), then a dinner date with hubby and dancing all night!

How can we, your church family, be praying for you? 
Please pray for my friends I grew up with and my extended family, to come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and savior. I know that when I get to heaven Jesus will be enough, but I hate thinking about eternity without those I love, who have yet to respond to the Lord's grace and mercy. 



This month, our Justice & Community Outreach Ministry will complete a small construction project to save a property in the Forest Park South East Neighborhood. The project will help alleviate the continuing municipal fines that could ultimately displace several families. 

Join us in helping bring justice to this marginalized community on Sat., October 14th. Meals will be provided and all skill sets are welcome! Please email Mike Milton if you'd like to volunteer, or for any questions:


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