WC | July Newsletter 2019 JULY 2019 A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR SCOTT Church Family, We have been talking a lot lately about using the summer for rest and relationships. We are adjusting some rhythms at church to try and help accommodate those things, and I just want to encourage you, as you are adjusting rhythms this summer, to keep rest and relationships top of mind. The thought of slowing down and disrupting our regular rhythms can be intimidating. I think, if we’re honest, we all fear rest at some level; I know I do. What happens when I stop working, or what will I be faced with if I’m not distracting myself with the busyness of life? This summer provides an opportunity for all of us to seek answers to those questions. And to find great assurance that ultimately, resting in Him is the greatest work we will ever do. I am excited to see what the Lord will teach Amy and me while we are away on sabbatical. And God has made us for relationship. First and foremost with him, but he has also given us the gift of relationship with each other. While we don't have the regular rhythms of community groups or serving, would you consider making room in your schedule to invest deeper in a relationship? Have coffee or lunch with someone you’ve been wanting to get to know better. Invite a neighbor to dinner and find out what’s important to them. Let’s be intentional with our new rhythms this summer and see what the Lord will teach us. And as we approach the end of our ministry year and I reflect back, I am grateful for all the Lord has done in our midst. Thank you for your partnership in the gospel. Please join me in asking the Lord how he might be calling each of us to respond to our fiscal year end need. Thank you in advance for your faithfulness. Resting in Him, Pastor Scott “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) At The Journey, our prayer for the future of our church is that we would become more like the church in the book of Acts – a prayerful church, a sending church, and a generous church. Your generosity and willingness to go above and beyond your regular giving by June 30will allow us to finish this fiscal year well and start the next year prepared to do the work the Lord has called us to do. GIVE TODAY SUMMER AT THE JOURNEY We're in a new summer sermon series – looking at what it means to have a summer well spent. We're focusing on topics like rest, relationships, community, and more over the next month. Invite a friend to join you as we take time to pause, reflect on, and pray about what it looks like to reset and redeem our time! (Watch sermons from this series here.) In the spirit of rest and relationships, we're shaking things up at West County! During the month of July, service times will be shorter and from 9:30-10:30, we'll have a special time of fellowship each Sunday. Those attending 1st service are encouraged to hang around, and those attending 2nd service are encouraged to show up early! July 7 - popcorn/candy bar & board games July 14 - popsicles & ice breakers July 21 - Chex mix & yard games July 28 - smoothies & karaoke* Please note: During service, childcare will be available for Nursery Suite, Jr. Toddler, and Toddler rooms only. Get the whole family ready for worship with this Spotify playlist! One way we hope to lean into what it looks like to live an intentional lifestyle of rest and relationship is through community-building opportunities and experiences both at The Journey and across the St. Louis metro area. Here are some upcoming dates – mark your calendars! View a full list of summer opportunities here. FOUR WEEKS TO A GREAT MARRIAGE Save the Date August 10-September 21 Marriage is an important relationship, one that we believe reflects God’s unconditional love for humanity (Eph. 5) and is meant to be a lifelong covenant commitment between one man and one woman. Four Weeks to a Great Marriage consists of a series of four group classes. Couples are paired with a mentor couple who will walk through the program with them. The classes and mentoring are open to engaged and recently married couples. Learn more and register for our upcoming session! Journey worship leader and artist Russ Mohr’s album The Kingdom Sessions is now available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud! Or, if you’d like to download the audio files to sync to whatever music playing platform you use, visit thejourney.org/free-music on your desktop and download the entire album for FREE through the end of June. Theology at the Bottleworks is coming up on Wednesday, July 17, 6:30-8:30 at Schlafly Bottleworks. TATB is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most important issues of our times among a diversity of interesting people with all views. This month's topic is: Can we have a sane, civil, and intelligent discussion about abortion? We need the prayer support of our church family for this event. Theology at the Bottleworks is full almost every month, so space at this July session will be limited. We need your prayers for peace, for an atmosphere of loving our neighbor, and for representing Christ well. For those considering attending, please make civil and intelligent discussion your goals and be as willing to listen as you are to speak. Check out the podcast for Theology at the Bottleworks, intended to help Christians address current hot topics from a gospel perspective.