Wentzville Launch — by Guffey

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Over the past 6 months we have been working with an amazing group of people in Wentzville, some of them I have known for years, as a part of another church family and others I have just met. Either way I have enjoyed both reconnecting and connecting for the first time.

In the little time we have shared with all of them we have built that family feel and it is as though we have always known each other…. no greater feeling! They have such a serving heart and I know God is going to do some amazing things in the community of Wentzville through the wonderful people of this church.

111 W. Allen st. Wentzville, Mo, 63385   // Sat. @ 5P

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Christmas in July — by Guffey

Xmas in July

There seems to be a theme around this last part of July and tonight’s theme at our ‘Endless Summer’ competition at Youth sums it up… Christmas in July!

Like my previous post and Kory’s post have covered we were recently in New York for a missions trip, where we were able to bless countless people; both directly and indirectly.

But to night at Youth I had the opportunity to challenge our students with a few of my experiences while in New York. Since Christmas is about giving I challenged them to give of their selves and of their time this next week and go out of their way to bless someone they know or don’t know… I’m looking forward to asking them through out the week how it’s going.

Priceless — by Guffey

lower east sideSo as some of you may know I recently spent 8 days in New York, The Lower East Side of Manhattan to be more specific, and it was amazing.

I got to not only work beside but also live and share life with 13 of the most inspiring people I could have ever spent a week+ with… and sometimes up to 20, when the E.S.T kids stayed with us… who where also a great group of teens.

the group

I mean just look at these guys how could you not want to spend time with them.

Anyway.

I know the trip was for us to go and bless the lives of the people in New York, but this group of people really blessed me. By spending so much time with them I started to notice special qualities in them that I loved getting to see and even some of them I found myself, to be honest, jealous for.

To save the formalities, I’m jumping head first…

To watch and hear one of our Youth express such frustration to the fact that he had limited time to actually find a quiet place to sit and spend his daily time with God… DEVOTION

I watched that same youth pray before he ate… even snacks… COMMITMENT

I listened to numerous Youth pray with such…PASSION AND HEART

As one of the other leaders on the trip started praying at our Wednesday Night service I watched as every head rose up from our group hug/huddle of thankfulness and tears, with a smile from ear to ear and even laughter by the overwhelming amount of JOY that radiated out of her prayer, I couldn’t have asked for a better prayed to end such a moment… JOY

But most of all to watch these guys change attitudes and countenances everywhere they went, no matter how tired they where…. SERVICE

Service: the action of helping or doing work for someone.

Service that’s what this trip was about.. simple acts of service blessed so many people, even those who where just in the area when it happened. But for me getting to see all the behind the scenes work that made our group such a blessing to the N.Y.C. was a blessing in it self.

I wouldn’t have changed anything about this trip… except it felt like it ended too soon.

Blessed — by Guffey

Some of you may not know that I get the opportunity to help out with our amazing Journey Youth on Wednesday nights alongside our incredible Youth Pastors Jake and Kory, and their families, as well as, the best Youth Sponsors you could ever ask to work with.

This past week I had the privilege of heading off to youth camp with our students and it was amazing to get to spend time with them outside of our regular services here at journey, and actually getting time to really know them… What I found out isn’t anything new… Our Students are AWESOME! … Some, more than they acknowledge, and others not as much as they think they are, Just kidding… but seriously.

The camp focused more on each group growing closer together, which we did, and not so much on meeting and growing relationships with other groups. However, it was cool to watch our guys reach out and introduce themselves to almost everyone they passed.

Anyway, I am sure I could keep rambling but in closing I can’t wait to see what happens with our group as our new summer program gets into full swing, week one was amazing and a new dynamic is already in the air…. And also I am super excied to get to spend another week with some of our students when we take off on our New York Missions trip next month…. It’s going to be awesome!

There Is A Light — by Guffey

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The past few Wednesdays in Ignite, Jake has been doing a Q&A with our middle school students. The last question this past Wednesday, although previously written, was a very timely question “Why does God allow murder?”. We (Jake, Nancy and myself) as a panel collectively answered in short with “God has given us free will” meaning we always have a choice to make good or bad…

The students then brought up resent events such as the very recent Boston Bombing; the movie theater shooting; various school shootings and the everyday violence we hear on our local news.

“Why do things like this happen?” … “Why didn’t someone stop them” … “Why didn’t they reach out to anyone?”

These questions made me think of the quote I have on my bedroom wall:“Why blame the dark for being dark? It is far more helpful to ask why the light isn’t as bright as it could be.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith

With sharing this quote we were able throw out some challenges not only to the students but also ourselves.

“How many times have you past by someone in the halls that you knew was having a bad day and didn’t show them a friendly face?”

“How many times did you give in to your friends and make fun of someone?”

“How many opportunities to brighten someones day have you missed?”

So what about this Light?                                                                                                 Psalms 119.105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”John 8.12 … “He said, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in                    darkness, but will have the light of life.”

These two scriptures are just a few of the references identifying Jesus, the Bible and Christians as a light source. So you would think that if we have Gods word and it is a lamp that lights our path and we have made the decision to follow after God so we have the light of life with us… PEOPLE would see this light and be drawn to it… like a moth. But how often do we allow the people we’re around or the situation we’re in to dim our light, when we should be shining our light in the situation or on the people we are with to brighten their day or move the conversation/situation into a more positive one.

Jake used this to challenge our students while they are still in school to be a light to their friends and even their enemies. To not miss an opportunity to brighten someones day.  But I think even us as adults can use a reminder of this too.

The Journey App: Part II — by Guffey

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So here is a list of the features of the JC app:

1) You can not only listen to messages and bible verses, but you can also downloaded them via WiFi to listen to as you go without a data plan.
2) You Can follow along with a read the bible in a year plan (read or listen)                            3) Follow the along with the message via YouVersion. Which also allows you to keep your own notes right there and participate with the message in a new interactive way.                  4) There is a Digital Bulletin
5) Links to Facebook, Twitter, Our Website, Staff Blog, and also Mobile Giving.
6) You can even share messages on Facebook, Twitter or E-mail                                         7) There is going to be more features to come… and the best part is you don’t have to download any updates to get any of the new features.

If you don’t have the app yet, just click here!

The Journey App: Part I — by Guffey

comsubsplashthechurchappjourneychurchmo-244.png w124h124So, as you have heard many times now, “There is going to be a JOURNEY APP!”…      Well, there’s going to be a Journey app and it will be unveiled this weekend.

I’m sure you are asking “Why has it taken so long for the app to be available?”                 Well, aside form the initial design time we also had to go through the approval process with Apple, which takes 6 to 8 weeks; followed by more tweaking.

I don’t want to give too much away before we unveil it but here is a little peak at what you can do with the app…

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I will publish more about the app and its features… early next week.