West County December Newsletter DECEMBER 2018 A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR SCOTT Church Family, What a great night we had at our first-ever community Thanksgiving dinner! Over 400 people gathered around tables to share a meal. Because someone had the courage to invite him, a man came to our dinner who admitted it was the first time he had ever been in a church! In addition, I know over 70 people who do not attend our church came to the event, and we had the opportunity to show them the love of Jesus. Thanks to all who came for making this night such a tremendous success. And as it always does, Thanksgiving leads right into Christmas, and it seems to happen faster and faster each year. Lights are being hung, trees are going up, shopping is in full swing (or at least will be soon for the last-minute folks!), and we’ve just begun a four-week Advent sermon series. Seven-hundred years before the birth of Christ, Isaiah prophesied and described Jesus as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. This Advent, we’ll look at each of those descriptions. And to help us dive deeper throughout the month of December, we’ve created an advent guide filled with devotions, Scripture readings, and more. This Sunday, we will be handing out a limited quantity of these printed guides. Spend some time this Advent season thinking about these amazing titles of Jesus. Which ones are easiest for you to understand, and which ones are more difficult? Would you ask God to help grow your understanding and deepen your knowledge of Jesus? He is the reason we celebrate at Christmas. O come, let us adore Him! Pastor Scott We have an early Christmas present for you! The Journey has partnered with Right NowMedia to expand your options for discipleship content via video! Grab a warm drink and complete your profile so you can begin browsing through this extensive library. We are excited to share that we have hired Jessica Burmaster to serve as the new Journey Kids Admin. Jessica joined our staff team on Tuesday, November 6. She is married to Zach and mama to Anne and Levi. Jessica and her family have attended The Journey for 6 years, and both Zach and Jessica have faithfully served in Journey Kids for many years. Jessica is looking forward to seeing the work the Lord is doing in the lives of kids, families, and volunteers as she works more closely with them. Please be in prayer for Jessica and her family during this season of transition. Specifically, you can be praying for a smooth transition for Jessica, as she has never worked away from her children. We are excited for the joy, faithfulness, and experience that Jessica will bring to Journey Kids. In the past, Jessica worked on staff in the preschool ministry at The Crossing in Columbia, MO. We already love Jessica and know you will as well! You will hear more from Jessica in the coming weeks. If you see her around West County, give her a hug or high-five and welcome her to the team! Sunday, December 23 JK at 8:30 & 10:30 services for 0-3-year-olds only Christmas Eve Services Childcare at 2:30 & 4 services for 0-3-year-olds only Sunday, December 30 JK at 8:30 & 10:30 services for 0-3-year-olds only Discipleship: All of us who have been around Christianity for a while know discipleship is important. Yet the word stirs diverse responses. Among some, it evokes a passionate rally cry, ‘To the ends of the earth!’ To others, it points to a set of activities. For many of us, it also surfaces insecurities. We might not have a clear way to describe discipleship. Or we might not have confidence we are doing it well. This lack of clarity and confidence can hinder us. Some of us may even feel a bit of shame or guilt just reading this. But we know He doesn’t want us to live there! So let’s ask two questions and offer a few constructive suggestions. What is discipleship? Here is one basic description of discipleship: 'Truly following Jesus…and becoming like Him…while helping others…multiply the same lifestyle.’ There is much more that could be said. But this description captures the broad strokes Christian discipleship. Try it on and see if it fits—and feel free to tailor it to better fit you. How am I doing as a disciple? Here are three diagnostic discipleship questions that line up with our church’s mission: Am I currently enjoying God’s grace given in Jesus? Am I loving people God has given me well, especially those in closer relationships? Am I communicating in both word and deed the grace of God, especially to those disconnected from Christ and church? Suggested steps: Spend a bit of time this week reflecting on these questions. Take 20 minutes with God + 20 minutes with a friend. Honestly answer the questions without commending or condemning yourself. Then let God and your friend help you hear what is being revealed. The Journey Collective has recently written, recorded, and is now releasing an original song in support of this year's Advent sermon series. This season, as we seek to celebrate and behold the glory of God that is fully displayed in the person of Jesus, our Emmanuel, we hope this song will be a blessing to you and our entire church family! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SONG Many of you have expressed that you would like to be more aware of life updates that happen within our church family here at The Journey West County. Our monthly newsletter is a great way to make this happen! We are now collecting information from members and attenders about births and deaths that happen within our church body. Any attender can notify staff by emailing infoWC@thejourney.org about a birth or death in their immediate family, and we will include this information in the upcoming newsletter. If a member passes away and the family would like our members to be notified, we will send a member email within 48 hours of the death. Please know that what happens in this church is because God works through your gifts, and your generosity. Would you pray about going above and beyond your regular giving and give a generous year-end gift to The Journey? GIVE TODAY Copyright © 2018 The Journey, All rights reserved. You attended The Journey.