WC | August Newsletter 2019 AUGUST 2019 A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR SLADE Church Family, While I am still getting to know many of you, it has been a joy to serve as one of your elders for the past year and a half. And as Pastor Scott stepped away for a much-deserved sabbatical at the beginning of this month, it has been an honor to step in to help support our West County staff. God is clearly at work here at The Journey and we have much to anticipate! First, we trust that Scott and Amy are resting well, and we eagerly anticipate their return in just a few short weeks. While they have been away, we have seen great things come from Journey July! Worshipping together as a family of believers and enjoying fellowship with one another has been a welcomed change of pace. We anticipate more regularly creating these times throughout the coming year. We also recently kicked off a new ministry year and plan to officially celebrate during our annual Launch event which is being held Sunday, August 18. Make note that this year, we’re holding Launch at Schroeder Park. Several new things, like pool time and a great concert, are in the works so mark your calendars and extend an invite to a friend. I’m confident this is sure to be a wonderful event! And lastly, we are grateful for many of you who recently went through our Membership Bootcamp. It’s encouraging to see those within our body seeking next steps in their faith and pursuing a more committed relationship not only with our Father but also with the church. As schedules begin to ramp up in the coming weeks, I want to leave you with the following Scripture. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 Let us prayerfully ask the Lord to guide our steps over the coming weeks and months. He will renew our strength! In Him, Pastor Slade, Elder FALL SERMON SERIES It’s in our human heart to be a part of something. And as God’s people, He has called us out by grace and unleashed us to the world to bring change through the gospel of Jesus – by being a part of the church. Pastor Curtis shares here a preview and vision for our upcoming fall sermon series on the church – its purposes, its people, and who it is through God’s eyes. We'll begin this new series on Sunday, September 8, at The Journey West County! UPCOMING EVENTS & UPDATES This Sunday ends our School Supply Drive, and it's tax-free weekend! While you're out shopping, grab a few items from this list and help families in our church and our community. You don't want to miss Launch - this year at Schroeder Park! There will be food, fellowship, swimming, face-painting, even a band! It's sure to be a blast for all ages so bring the whole family and your neighbor! Please register everyone attending! We are continuing to make progress with our BEYOND campaign as we look ahead to improving spaces for the next generation. Our architect and general contractor are working together to more specifically finalize building plans and obtain bids from subcontractors. We are on target to have more detailed plans by this fall. As we get further along in the project, needs may arise for skilled workers (construction, drywall finishing, painting, landscape). If you are willing to volunteer your skills, please take a moment to share some details with us. And in the meantime, let's all continue to pray for the children who will learn more about the love of our Father in these new, refreshed spaces.