West County West County November Newsletter A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR SCOTT Church Family, It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only weeks away and many storefront displays show us that Christmas is not far behind! I’m not sure how the holiday season always seems to sneak up on me. As I reflect on all that God has done in our church over the past year, I can’t help but be filled with thankfulness. I am thankful for the ways you have loved and cared for one another. I am thankful for so many who faithfully serve our church. I am thankful for lives that have been transformed by the gospel. I am thankful for stories of redemption. And I am thankful for each of you! For some time, I have been burdened that, as a church, we need to be more engaged with our community. God has called us to care about those outside our walls. Unbeknownst to me, people in our church were talking and praying about a Thanksgiving event that would include our community. I love how God works! As a result of their planning, next Sunday, November 18, we will be hosting our first ever Community Thanksgiving Dinner. I can’t remember if I’ve ever been this excited about an event at our church! To gather as a church family with people from our community while sharing a meal together is such a beautiful embodiment and expression of our mission statement as we seek to embody love and engage culture. I would love for our entire church to come. If you haven’t done so, would you RSVP today? And would you invite someone? Throughout the Bible and in every culture, sharing a meal together communicates a desire to grow in relationship. What an opportunity we have to get to know each other better and also to show our community that we care about them. I hope to see you on the 18th and will be praying that God uses this meal to draw us all closer to one another and to Himself. By His grace and for His glory, Pastor Scott DEACON MINISTRY Deacons within our church seek to care for others on a one-on-one, long-term basis. They are commissioned by the elders to be spiritual and practical companions to those who face complex needs or are in crisis. Nominations are now open for new deacons! A deacon candidate at The Journey may be nominated in one of two ways: A member may nominate his or herself. A member may be nominated for deacon by another member. To nominate yourself (if you are a church member) or another member, please fill out our very brief nomination form here. GIFTS GALORE The Journey West County is partnering with several ministries to bless local children (newborns-teens) with Christmas gifts this holiday season. On Sunday mornings throughout November, you can bring any unwrapped gift (approximately $25) with you to church or we've created an online registration for specific foster children and their special requests. Based on the list below, you'll see that we're hoping to collect a large number of gifts this year! Mission: St. Louis Los Vecinos Together4Kids Mission Gate Prison Ministry One Heart Family Ministries Let's make this Christmas a special one and really show these families some love! For more information, click the appropriate image below.