It's officially mountain bike (MTB) season!
From the new parsonage, it's just under a mile to ride from the driveway to the southern end of the Declue MTB trail at Greensfelder County Park. I've enjoyed riding this trail during the warmer weather the past few days. People often ask me why I enjoy MTB so much, and my response is "it's the closest thing to tree skiing during the off season". It's great to be out in the woods, navigating the steep drops, the tight turns, weaving through the trees, and conquering the thigh burning climbs.
Yesterday, I stopped near one of the turns on the Declue MTB trail and it reminded me of what our church's journey has looked like over the past year or so. Our journey has closely resembled the tight turns, uphill climbs, quick adjustments in direction and speed, and the overall thrill of mountain biking.
It is a privilege to serve as your pastor. I recognize that there have been some significant changes recently. You have stepped up to adapt to these changes and to embrace the opportunities that we have been given to do exactly what Jesus commissioned us to do, "to make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." These changes, some of them more difficult than others, are having an positive impact on the families in our community. We have seen our Sunday morning worship service attendance increase very significantly over the past few months. I praise God for the lives that are being transformed as these wonderful new families connect to Jesus Christ through the local church.
This is indeed an exciting time in the life of Eureka UMC! Much like mountain biking, we must always be ready to make a quick adjustment and be positioned to pedal hard around or over an obstacle on the trail. As we do these things, we will not only grow stronger in our faith, but more importantly, God's Kingdom will grow as we reach new families in our community with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Grace and peace,
AN EXECUTIVE PASTOR HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO EUMC!
Please join us this Sunday morning as we introduce our newly appointed Executive Pastor, Rev. Suzanne Nicholson! Pastor Suzanne will be introduced during both worship services and is looking forward to meeting and visiting with the wonderful members and friends of Eureka UMC this Sunday morning.
We are adding another worship service on Easter!
Easter is the highest attended Sunday at Eureka UMC and in churches around the world. In order to ensure that we have enough space for our members and new guests, we are adding an Easter Sunrise Service at 7:00 am. Here is a complete listing our Easter services on Sunday, April 1, 2018:
7:00 am Easter Sunrise "Family" Service: This service will include modern Christian music led by our Praise Team. Jenny Babb will offer a special "Children's Moment" during the service. Pastor Tim will share the message, "Resurrection", from Mark 16:1-8
8:30 am Easter "Traditions" Service: This service will include traditional Christian hymns led by our Chancel Choir. Jenny Babb will offer a special "Children's Moment" during the service. Pastor Tim will share the message, "Resurrection", from Mark 16:1-8
9:45 am Easter "Family" Service: This service will include modern Christian music led by our Praise Team. Jenny Babb will offer a special "Children's Moment" during the service. Pastor Tim will share the message, "Resurrection", from Mark 16:1-8
9:45 am Easter "Family" Service Live Stream: Our 9:45 am service will be streaming live through our Facebook page via Facebook Live. If you will be travelling, be sure to join us online and 'comment' where you are joining us from!
We encourage families that normally attend the 9:45 am service to consider attending the 7:00 am Easter Sunrise "Family" Service on April 1st. This will provide additional space for our new families and guests to join us at the 9:45 am service. Also, please consider attending the 7:00 am service and serving at the 9:45 am service.
Who will you invite to one of our THREE EASTER SERVICES?
8 out of 10 people will say yes if you invite them to an Easter Service!
We will have Easter invite cards available at the Welcome Desk beginning on March 18th!
If you knew that you had just one week left to live, how would that shape your actions? How would you spend your time? With whom would you spend your time?
We will be exploring The Last Week of Jesus' life during Lent. We will look closely at his actions, where he went, and with whom he spent time with. We will consider what all of this meant 2,000 years ago and what it means to us today.
The Gospel of Mark will be our guide during this wonderful, day by day journey with Jesus, during this season of Lent. We will continue our Lenten journey this Sunday by exploring the events surrounding the last Thursday of Jesus' life with a message titled "Condemned" from Mark 14:53-65.
We offer three worship experiences on Sundays!
Our 9:45 am worship service includes modern Christian music led by our amazing praise team.
9:45 am Worship songs:
Mighty to Save
This is Amazing Grace
If you are travelling or staying at home with sick children, you can join us online at 9:45 am. This service will be streaming live via our Eureka United Methodist Church Facebook page and Facebook Live.
Our 8:30 am worship service includes traditional Christian hymns led by our wonderful choir.
8:30 am hymns:
172 My Jesus I Love Thee
614 For the Bread Which You Have Broken
174 His Name is Wonderful
Childcare (birth through 2 years old) is available during both worship services.
Our JAM (Jesus and Me) Children's Ministry, ages 3 years old through the 5th grade, meet each Sunday at 9:45 am
Our XP3 Youth (grades 6-12) meet on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.
A Last Supper and Gethsemane (Mark 14:12-71)
The Crucifixion of Jesus (Mark 15:1-41)
Easter Sunday: Resurrection (Mark 16:1-8)
"MORE" answers the questions: What do you do with envy?
This 3 week series explores the teachings of John Wesley on the topic of finances. He teaches us to save more, earn more, and to give more.
April 8 "What is the More?"
April 15 "Save More"
April 22 "Earn More"
Upcoming opportunities to Connect, Grow, or Serve through EUMC
The sanctuary will be open from 6 am until 3 pm on Friday, March 30th for a self guided "Good Friday" experience.
This unique experience will include several 'rest' stations complete with devotions, a sacred space for reflection, and the
opportunity to remember your baptism and 'dying and being raised with Christ'.
We are bringing Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University to Eureka UMC!
Classes will meet Sunday morning @ 11 am in 7th grade classroom, beginning April 8th for a 9 week course. More information and sign up on our website at eurekaumc.org or contact David Babb through the Connections Desk Sunday morning.
YOUTH CATALYST SESSION: For youth, parents of youth, or those interested in working with youth (5-12 grade), join us on Sunday, April 22nd at 11 am for our first Catalyst session. We will meet in the UTX area for a listening and planning session targeted towards our new youth ministry. This will be a time to come together, explore possibilities, invite new ideas, and build excitement towards things to come.
We want YOU to be a part of our explosive new youth ministry, please let me know you are coming! Jenny.firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, we’ll see you there!
Calling all men! You are invited to join our Men's Breakfast and Bible Study on Thursday mornings at Denny's in Eureka. We meet from 6:30 am until 7:30 am, enjoy a great breakfast and go deeper into God's Word by exploring the Bible passage that will be part of next Sunday's sermon. Interested?
Contact Pastor Tim (he leads this study) at email@example.com
ACTS (Active Christians Together Sharing)
A senior group having fun and enjoying each others company. Join us Tuesday, March 20 at Noon/EUMC commons for a potluck. Bring meat, vegetable, salad or dessert. We’ll have a program presented by Jeanie Myers.
Please contact Betty Branscum (636.451.3025) if you are coming and what you’ll be sharing with the group. Hope to see you there!
Women's Bible Study Series
Come join us for a women's bible study. The bible study will meet ONCE a MONTH, on the third Sunday from 5-7pm.
The bible study will be on “The Best Yes” By Lysa Terkeurst.
In The Best Yes, let Lysa TerKeurst help you discern the option that shapes all your other choices. Having trouble deciding which situations deserve a "yay" and which a "nay?" Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul? Offering Scripture-laced insights on effective decision-making, she encourages you to be honest, imaginative, focused, trusting, and humble as you discover the role God most wants you to play.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Eureka UMC to Tour Israel and Biblical sites.
Tour will be in early November 2019. Interested? Contact Sue Engsberg at 314/707-8733 or by email at email@example.com. Plenty of time to save for the trip. Feel the Bible come alive with this tour!
YOUTH SUMMER MISSION TRIP TO GEORGIA!
Save the dates for our Summer Youth Mission Trip. This year we will be going to Lookout Mountain, GA June 7-11.
Cost for this trip is $400, more information on our website or contact Jenny Babb, Director of Family Ministries.
Register online at Eurekaumc.org.
Eagle Lake camp - registration is now open for Eagle Lake Camp. The dates are July 23rd Thru the 27th. Receive $25 off for early registration! More information available on the website.
Mini camp - have a little one that is too young for Eagle Lake? Register them for our mini camp! Also running July 23rd through the 27th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for ages 3 to 5. Register online, spots are limited.
Start saving your items to donate to our Rummage Sale the week of April 22-28th! Proceeds benefit Youth Mission Trips.
Interested in helping with the sale to earn money for youth events? Contact Tina Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Eureka United Methodist Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.
Register online TODAY at www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!
EUMC pack dates in 2018 will be Wednesday October 10 through Sunday, October 14.
This Lenten season we challenge you to work as a family to save starving children’s lives!
You will be supporting the Feed My Starving Children 2018 MobilePack. Pack #1810-094AU
Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit organization committed to feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. The meals are shipped to food distribution partners who distribute them to children in greatest need around the world.
For more information please go to mpstl.org
How Your Family Can Help Feed A Hungry Child
1. Place a bowl, jar, or fun container on your kitchen table.
2. At every meal each family member places a quarter in the bowl. Each quarter provides more than one full meal for a child!
3. Continue to do this throughout Lent.
4. At Easter - count your quarters and write a check to Feed My Starving Children Pack #1810-094AU
5. Celebrate the fact that YOU helped save many children’s lives!
6. At $2.00 per day for the 40 days of Lent (total $80) your family will provide enough meals to feed one child for a full year.
Questions about this event may be directed to Patty Stevens at email@example.com. Thank you!