Posts with the category “m-note”

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M-Note 5.12.22
May 12th, 2022
This weekend, I will be finishing our current series No Filter: See the Real You. I have been talking about identity and how we see ourselves. One of the challenges in understanding our identity is th...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 5.5.22
May 5th, 2022
By Matt Miofsky May is always a month of transition and we see those transitions in nature and culture alike. Transition and change are double-edged swords. On the one hand, the uncertainty of these m...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 4.28.2022
April 28th, 2022
A few years ago, I preached a sermon series called Rest. It was all about the importance of the Sabbath – God’s command to rest as a way of staying healthy for the lives that God calls us to live. Rec...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 4.20.2022
April 20th, 2022
Thank you to everyone who worshiped with The Gathering this Easter. It was an incredible day to be together, celebrating Christ’s resurrection and talking about the purpose, possibility, and promise i...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 4.14.2022
April 14th, 2022
By Matt Miofsky It is easy to go through life but somehow feel like you are missing something. It happens when we are working hard but still have the sense that there has to be more. Or when we are do...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 4.1.2022
April 1st, 2022
A decade ago, The Gathering was growing rapidly, so we decided to take a leap of faith and try something new. We started a second location in downtown Clayton. We hired a person from within our church...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 3.24.2022
March 24th, 2022
Last week I had the honor of teaching and speaking to a group of Methodist pastors in Arkansas for two days in person! Last Friday and Saturday, I drove Carly and George down to Springfield to watch t...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 3.20.22
March 20th, 2022
When we started The Gathering 16 years ago, our vision was to create a Christian community that is compelling for new generations. Part of this vision was to identify and lift-up a younger generation ...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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Some Assembly Required
March 12th, 2022
by Matt Miofsky Recently, I ordered a couch online. Unlike the stores I went into, this couch wasn’t going to take months to arrive. It was also less expensive, and it came right to my door. Fast, con...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 3.1.22
March 1st, 2022
By Matt Miofsky March 1, 2022Gathering, Years ago, I was talking to a young man who told me that he didn’t like church because it sugar-coated life. For him, hope, love, faith – these were all nice id...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 2.15.2022
February 15th, 2022
By Matt Miofsky Tonight The Gathering is having a Commit Service at 7pm at our Clayton site and online. This is an opportunity to join The Gathering in membership, remember your baptism, or to be bapt...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 2.2.22
February 2nd, 2022
By Matt Miofsky Today, snow is in the forecast for St. Louis, a lot of snow. My kids were excited when they called school off early last night. I know many people can work from home or call in. But, m...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 1.26.2022
January 26th, 2022
By Matt Miofsky This weekend, I am finishing our series Loving People You Don’t Like. As I was reflecting on this series and how important it has been for me, I began to distill a few of the truths th...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 1.19.2022
January 19th, 2022
By Matt Miofsky The house next door to mine is being torn down to make room for a new one. They are currently digging out and pouring the foundation for the new structure, and it is taking a long time...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 1.12.2022
January 12th, 2022
By Matt Miofsky Seeing is believing. I think most of us carry around this idea. It is hard to believe in something you can’t quite see or that you don’t have evidence for. The church is sometimes hard...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 1.4.2022
January 4th, 2022
By Matt Miofsky The beginning of a new year is a natural time to take stock of life, where we are headed, and what changes we might want to make. It is healthy to take time to assess where you are and...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 12.21.2021
December 21st, 2021
by Matt Miofsky Recently, someone asked me what was more stressful to prepare for: Christmas or Easter? I don’t have a clear answer for that question, but Christmas always feels different. It is the o...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 12.14.2021
December 14th, 2021
by Matt Miofsky It is a season of Good News, and each weekend we have been talking about how the birth of Jesus is good news for us. Some of the best news of the season for me has been your presence i...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 12.1.2021
December 1st, 2021
by Matt Miofsky It has been said that Christians are not allowed to stop hoping. In a chaotic, uncertain, and sometimes hopeless world, we are called to be confident that God is at work. Hope doesn’t ...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 11.23.2021
November 23rd, 2021
By Matt Miofsky 1. It helps you be content. Gratitude helps cultivate contentment with what is already present in our life – materially, relationally, and spiritually. We live in a world where we are ...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 11.16.2021
November 16th, 2021
By Matt Miofsky Christmas is a season of good news, and with December right around the corner, I thought it was fitting to remember why Jesus is good news for us. So here are… 5 Reminders of Good News...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 11.9.2021
November 9th, 2021
by Matt Miofsky The Gathering has always been a church that is OPEN to new ministries that reach new people - to a future that looks different than our present. We could continue to do what we are cur...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 11.3.2021
November 3rd, 2021
by Matt Miofsky The author of Ecclesiastes writes, Also, one can be overpowered, but two together can put up resistance. A three-ply cord doesn't easily snap. (Eccl. 4.12) Tradition teaches that these...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 10.26.2021
October 26th, 2021
Have You Arrived ❓  Saturday, my daughter Carly turned 16. For this milestone birthday, we celebrated by taking her and 5 friends out to a special dinner. We ate, laughed, blew out candles, and enjoye...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 10.16.2021
October 15th, 2021
When’s the last time you felt God revealing something new, big or exciting to you? Often we miss out on the new things of God because we’ve allowed our heart to become calloused. Check out these 7 Sig...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 10.8,2021
October 8th, 2021
Do you believe that God can do miracles in your life?This is a hard question for me. At a deep level, I want to believe this. I do believe it. But day-to-day, it is really hard to remain open to the i...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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M-Note 10.1.2021
October 1st, 2021
Nearly 10 years ago, I had the opportunity to interview former U.S. Senator from Missouri, John Danforth for a sermon I was preaching on faith and politics. He had written a book in 2006 on the topic,...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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A Little Grace Goes A Long Way // M-Note 5.21.21
May 21st, 2021
This past week has felt strange for me. With new CDC guidelines, every place I go I am wondering what I should be doing. In most settings, I have been wearing my mask, partly out of habit, and partly ...  Read More
by Amy Sanders
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COVID Protocol Update // M-Note 5.18.21
May 18th, 2021
Last week, the CDC released updated guidelines for fully-vaccinated people which no longer require masks or social distancing (except in certain situations). This was prompted by evolving scientific e...  Read More
by Amy Sanders
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Something Worth Celebrating // M-Note 4.16.2021
April 16th, 2021
April 16, 2021I am a big believer in celebrating wins in our life. We are often moving so fast that we don’t take time to stop, look around, express gratitude, and celebrate what is good. There is a l...  Read More
by Mike DePope
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New Beginnings // M-Note 4.10.2021
April 10th, 2021
Easter always has me thinking about beginnings and endings. You’ve heard the now cliché, “when one door closes another one opens”. It may be overused, but it is the essence of Easter. That the death o...  Read More
by Dave Merrill
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Good Friday // M-Note 4.2.2021
April 2nd, 2021
God can wring life from even the darkest tomb. It is strange to call a day when Jesus died good. But, today is Good Friday. Why? Because through Jesus’ unjust suffering and death, God began a work of ...  Read More
by Amy Sanders
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Approaching Holy Week // M-Note 3.26.2021
March 26th, 2021
“Jesus’ death is not the end of the story; it is the beginning” This past week, my family left town for a few days to spend some time together. It was restorative for me and a gift to be outdoors and ...  Read More
by Amy Sanders
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Something New // M-Note 3.19.2021
March 19th, 2021
“We aren’t returning to something old, we are beginning something new” On April 11th (the Sunday after Easter), The Gathering will be launching in-person worship at each of our three physical sites. F...  Read More
by Amy Sanders
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Hope Is A Good Thing // M-Note 3.12.2021
March 12th, 2021
“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing.” In case you don’t recognize it, it’s a line from Shawshank Redemption. It is one of those movies that anytime I see it on tv, I have to stop and just watc...  Read More
by Amy Sanders
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Easter Announcement // M-Note 2.27.2021
March 4th, 2021
“The darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn.” Those words were written by a English author and historian Thomas Fuller. I don’t know what was happening in his life or his world, at the ...  Read More
by Amy Sanders
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Unlikely Friends and Partnerships // M-Note 2.5.2021
February 6th, 2021
This morning, I met a friend for coffee. Normally, this sort of thing would happen over Zoom, but he is moving away, so this was my last chance to see him and say goodbye. He and his wife have been in...  Read More
by Amy Sanders
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Transitions // M-Note 1.22.2021
January 22nd, 2021
Type your new text here. Gathering,It is a season of transitions. Of course, the most obvious one occurred Wednesday when we transitioned leadership in Washington, D.C. But, our government is not the ...  Read More
by Amy Sanders
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It's Christmas Eve! // M-Note 12.24.2020
December 24th, 2020
Gathering,It is Christmas Eve, and I am not rushing around. I am not putting on a tie or preparing for 14 services. Instead, I am praying for you, and eager to worship alongside you. I am going to mis...  Read More
by Amy Sanders
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The Legacy of Jack Harbison // M-Note 12.4.2020
December 18th, 2020
Gathering,Ten years ago, The Gathering had one site, was packed with three services, and was trying to figure out how to continue to welcome new people.  We began exploring the idea of a second site. ...  Read More
by Amy Sanders

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