West County November Newsletter
A Message from Pastor Scott
Dear Church Family,
Temperatures have dropped, the leaves are changing and it’s finally starting to feel like Fall! This Sunday, we will be wrapping up our current sermon series - Facing God. Each week we have focused on a different aspect of God's character and it has been my prayer that in doing so, we’ve been able to worship Him in new and deeper ways. If you’re willing to share, I’d love to hear what aspect of God’s character has impacted you the most - His Presence, Beauty, Justice, Power, Goodness, Joy or Greatness. I, personally, have found myself reflecting upon God’s goodness over the past several weeks. I’m thankful that regardless of how long we’ve known the Lord, He is always teaching us and revealing more of Himself to us.
Now that we’re in the month of November, we’re often more inclined to think about thankfulness and gratitude. I am thankful for the many ways God has sustained The Journey in the past and how He has raised up leaders to seek His will for our church. Beginning November 12th, we're going to start a three-week sermon series focused on where we believe God is leading us as a church. This is an exciting time for our church and I encourage you to make this series a priority as we talk more about who we are and who we aspire to be. Please pray that God unites us as a church as we move forward in the mission He has given us.
I am very thankful for you.
Christ is All,
Occasionally, the need arises in our church to find housing for someone who has fallen upon hard times. This can happen for many reasons, but one thing that remains true is that these requests are rather time-sensitive.
This usually results in a scramble of emails and phone calls as we seek to find a place that fits the need. In an effort to be more proactive in this type of hospitality, we are seeking to form a "First Contact" list of people who are able and potentially willing to host people in their home short term. We realize that hosting is complicated.
Please know that if you do sign up, there will be further training and support from The Journey, and that right now we are simply assessing willingness and availability from you all, our church congregation.
Please email Spencer Thomas to let us know you’re interested in serving the church in this way. After we have gathered folks who are interested, he will then reach out with more details. Thank you for your consideration!
Elder Spotlight: Cory Ball
Describe your job at WC:
I have the privilege of leading a fun and exciting volunteer team of men and women to walk alongside a younger generation in our church. Our volunteers have the opportunity to lead our students to Christ each week and to encourage them in their relationship with Him. My volunteers and I walk alongside parents and caretakers to partner in providing prayer, support, and wisdom when needed. And we create raving fans of the upcoming Journey Student generations. The Journey Kids children can't wait to enter Journey Students. We don't just disciple pre-teens and teens, but the entire family.
Tell us about your family:
I have been married to my awesome and hilarious wife for four years. We have a "fur-baby" as she would call him. His name is Buckeye, obviously named after THE Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks
Favorite restaurant in West County:
Peppe's Apt. 2 in Kirkwood
Describe your ideal Saturday:
My ideal Saturday would be the Saturday after Thanksgiving when the cold wind blows and the fallen leaves still rustle from place to place. My day would begin at 8am when I would gather with my wife and friends for some delicious homemade breakfast. Then at 9am we would watch the greatest sports documentary ever, Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry. This would set us up for The Game, The Rivalry, THE Ohio State Buckeyes vs. That School Up North which begins at 11am Central Time. Ohio State would beat Michigan by no less than 40 points before going for a two-point conversion on their last score as time runs out as a homage to the 1968 game when Ohio State's most famous coach, Woody Hayes, did the same. That year when asked why he went for a two-point conversion instead of a PAT with a current score of 50-14 as time ran out, he replied, "Because I couldn't go for three." The game would be catered with chicken wings and buckeye desserts.
Then Britt and I would hang out at a coffee shop for the rest of the afternoon, probably Kaldi's, discussing the anticipation of exciting future plans. Finally, the night would end with us joining our community group at one of our favorite St. Louis restaurants like Bailey's Range, Sanctuaria, The Shaved Duck, or Brasserie by Niche. As we are walking back to our cars, we would witness a bank robbery by men in inflatable T-Rex costumes. We would, of course, intervene in the situation by tackling the air-filled dinosaurs and calling the cops to come pick up these toothy helpless reptiles.
The day had my great wife, great friends, great food, a great win from the great Buckeyes, and a great adventure. Nothing more to want in a day. That's my idea of an ideal Saturday.
How can we, your church family, be praying for you?
You can be praying that I learn to love my wife better tomorrow than I do today, that I can inspire our church's young generation to trust Christ with their today, their tomorrows, and their eternity, and that my character will always supersede my talents, so that wherever God takes me, sin will not remove me prematurely.
Do you have any recent book recommendations?
To be challenged and inspired in your capacity, creativity, and whimsy to love others I would read Love Does by Bob Goff.
To be challenged to be a better leader today then you were yesterday I would read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell.
To be challenged in your movement of fulfilling the great commission as Christ commanded, I would read The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert E. Coleman.
To be challenged in your faith from the point of an Atheist questioning all religions, especially Christianity, I would read Letter To A Christian Nation by Sam Harris.
In years past, leading up to Christmas, The Journey West County has participated in Affordable Christmas through Mission St. Louis. This year, we are excited to expand our gift collection to support additional local ministries. During the month of November, we will have a table set up in the lobby. Please stop by the table to get more information about supporting Affordable Christmas, Los Vecinos, One Heart Family Ministries and other families local to the West County area. We’re excited to see how God will use our generosity to bless many this Christmas season!
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!
In the Community, For the Community
Don't forget to visit our website and check out upcoming events happening in Manchester and Ballwin. All of these events are things you can do with family, friends and even your community group! Get out there, meet our neighbors, make new friends and have some fun while being a light!