EUMC News! (Jan 17th, 2019)

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Watershed

The Eureka area is uniquely situated in the Meramec River Watershed. This area extends south and west along the I-44 corridor and also to the east where the Meramec River flows into the Mississippi River. All of the water originating from the springs and rainfall in this large watershed collect into creeks and streams which eventually flow and connect with the river. If you've lived in this area for just about any length of time, you have probably observed firsthand the effect that the river has along its course. Vegetation and wildlife thrive in and along the river. And at times, the river will overflow and reach far beyond its banks.

Our Vision Team was formed on January 31, 2018 and has met regularly, faithfully, and prayerfully over the past year to discern God's unique vision for Eureka UMC. This has been an amazing journey for everyone on the team, including me. The movement of the Holy Spirit has been powerful. It's through this movement of the Holy Spirit that the Vision Team was drawn to the imagery of a river. During this visioning process, we have been reminded of what this river represents in our area and also the prominence of rivers throughout the Bible. The Bible begins and ends with a river. "A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers... (Genesis 2:10) Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb." (Revelation 22:1) Even Jesus uses the imagery of a river to describe the life of a believer, "Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." (John 7:38)

So how has the Holy Spirit spoken into the Vision Team through the imagery of a river to discern this new vision for us? We can't wait to share this with you! I invite you and your family to be present on each Sunday beginning on January 27th through March 3rd as we (the Vision Team, Pastor Suzanne, and myself) share our journey and cast this amazing new vision with the members and friends of Eureka UMC through our next sermon series, Watershed: A New Vision.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Tim 

(Jeff making one of his first runs through the Texas Terrain Park five years ago)

Is there anything more wonderful than a group of people wearing Patriot jerseys? Just kidding! Please keep reading! We know that there are some amazing football fans connected to Eureka UMC! This Sunday, we invite you to wear your favorite sports jersey...NFL, MLB, NHL, Collegiate sports, high school, little league...whatever you have! The sermon this Sunday will include some famous words from Jesus (Matthew 28) and from legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi. Let's fill the sanctuary with sports jerseys this Sunday! All sports jerseys are welcome!


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Decisions. That has been our theme for the past few weeks, a theme that continues on this Sunday. This Sunday we are going to get a little more specific; we are going to explore how we make decisions as the Church, as the Body of Christ.

We invite you to join us on Sunday as Pastor Tim preaches this final sermon in our series about "Making Decisions as a Church". Pastor Tim will be preaching from Matthew 28:16-20.

We gather for two distinct expressions of worship on Sunday mornings at our 8:30 am and 9:45 am worship services

 Our JAM (Jesus and Me) Children's Ministry meets at 9:45 am for children ages 3 years old through the fifth grade. Childcare is available for children birth through 2 years old in our nursery during both worship service times on Sunday mornings.

 *We will be celebrating the baptism of Lucas Brown during the 9:45 am worship service.


UPCOMING SERMONS

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We will begin 2019 with a compelling sermon series, "Decisions: Burdens or Opportunities". We all face decisions in our lives:

"Where should I go to school?"
"Who should I marry?"
"Should I start a family?"
"What is my career path?"
"How do I care for my aging parents?"
"How do I handle end of life decisions?" 

We will explore how to approach these, and other decisions, through the lens of God's Word.

January 20: "Making Decisions With My Church" Matthew 28:16-20 NIV  (Pastor Tim)


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Watershed: A New Vision

 We will begin a new sermon series that will cast the new vision for Eureka UMC.

 January 27,  "Watershed: Focus"

February 3,  "Watershed: Connect"

February 10, "Watershed: Thrive"

February 17, "Watershed: Overflow"

February 24, "Watershed: The River at Eureka"

March 3, "Watershed: A New Thing"


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 It's that time of year again! And it looks like we will be receiving some snow over the weekend. We generally follow Rockwood School District regarding any weather related closures. If Rockwood closes, we will close and any activities planned at the church building will be canceled.  In the event of winter weather over the weekend, any closures at Eureka UMC will be announced through our mobile app (please download and accept notifications), our Facebook page, and our website. If you feel unsafe to travel to a worship service, please stay home and consider joining us online via Facebook live at 9:45 am on any Sunday morning. As of today (Thursday), we are planning to gather for both worship services on Sunday morning. Enjoy the snow and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!


(photo of one of our high school students rappelling in Colorado in 2017)

(photo of one of our high school students rappelling in Colorado in 2017)

I’m stoked to be co-leading the ELEVATION Adventure Camp in COLORADO through the Next Generation Ministries of the Missouri Conference this summer! This amazing camp is for high school students. There are just 40 spots available statewide for this amazing camp. Interested? Open the link below or contact Pastor Tim  at Tim.schulte@eurekaumc.org  Dates of the ELEVATION Adventure Camp is June 30-July 7, 2019. We do expect this camp to fill up quickly!
**The Missouri Conference is currently offering a $50.00 early registration discount

https://nextgencamps.org/camp/elevation/  


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Summer 2019 Youth Mission Trip

 We will again be partnering with Student Life Ministries this year for our Youth Mission Trip.  We will be staying at the Windermere Conference Center just outside of Lake of the Ozarks from June 10-14.  This will be a week full of worship, mission work, Bible study, and tons of fun!  It is open to grades 6-12.  For more information, contact Jenny Babb at jenny.babb@eurekaumc.org.  We will be having an information meeting on Feb 10th at 11 am in the Confirmation Room.  During this meeting, we will be discussing the specifics of the trip and answering any questions that the parents or students may have. 


Jennifer O’Connor, Karen Hughes, Sherri Schulte, Sue Engsberg, Tina Butler and Donna Valleroy

Jennifer O’Connor, Karen Hughes, Sherri Schulte, Sue Engsberg, Tina Butler and Donna Valleroy

CCM’s are lay ministers who serve alongside our pastors to provide care for our church family. You may contact us by:

  • Calling the church office at (636) 938-6377

  • Fill in the prayer request card attached to the weekly worship bulletin.

  • Through our EUMC app or website (eurekaumc.org)

  • Contact a CCM on a Sunday morning Or call CCM Sue Engsberg at 314 707 8733


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Purse and Coat Drive

 Jan. 13 - Feb. 3, EUMC is  hosting two drives for donations of gently used items —- coats and purses!  Please ensure donations are in good working condition.   No tears or broken zippers. 

With winter upon us, look through closets and drawers for coats that are collecting dust or have been outgrown so we can get them to families who need them to stay warm!  Hats, scarves and gloves will be accepted as well. 

Gently used purses will go a long way towards giving dignity and support to some women who don’t own any. We don’t want moms having to use coat pockets or plastic grocery bags to carry personal items. We can do better than that!

 Please place your donated items in the labeled boxes in the Commons Area at EUMC. All items will go to families in need via the St. Louis Crisis Nursery.


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Holy Land Tour, December 2-11, 2019 plus optional tour to Petra, Jordan December 11-14.

In just over one year, a group of 24 youth and adults from EUMC will be heading to the Holy Land for an amazing and life transforming experience. Do you want to walk where Jesus walked? Want to see historical places of the Bible? Now is the time. EUMC is joining the Conference of United Methodist on a tour of Israel with an optional extension to Jordan. Join Group Leaders Pastor Tim and Sue Engsberg on this marvelous Holy Land Tour.

If you are interested in securing your spot or if you have any questions, please contact Sue Engsberg at sue.engsberg@gmail.com or 314/707-8733.


Have a fantastic week and

we look forward to seeing you Sunday morning!

 

Tim Schulte
Pastor
Eureka United Methodist Church
215 North Central Avenue, Eureka MO 63025
www.eurekaumc.org

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