After a season of conversation, evaluation, discernment and prayer, the Monthly Mission Dinners will end following the last Mission Dinner meal on Monday, October 15, 2018. We are so grateful for the leadership the Mission Dinner Team has provided during the last seven years and all those who have participated. These monthly meals have provided wonderful opportunities for members and friends of Eureka UMC to truly be the hands and feet of Christ. God has used these monthly Mission Dinners to help countless persons find encouragement and a connection to the family of God. We are exploring new ways to build on this legacy and to meet the changing needs of our community so that we may continue to be faithful in making news disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world!
We invite everyone that has ever prepared meals, served, donated desserts, and assisted with set up or clean up for the Mission Dinners to join us for a special celebration of ministry during either worship service on Sunday, October 14th.
A message from our Bishop, Rev. Bob Farr
Let the Outsiders In (from the Missouri Methodists, October 2018)
In Acts 15, we find the Apostle Paul, Barnabas, and other apostles and church leaders at a church board meeting at the Jerusalem Church. They were advocating for their outreach mission when some of the regular members started objecting and demanding that new people act and conform to all of their standards and rituals. It is a fascinating story that sounds like some of the meetings I’ve been in over the course of my ministry.
It’s easy to get hung up on all the reasons why new people and places should look, think and behave just like the existing people and places. It’s easy to worry about how our folks who are already in church; will react. It’s easy to worry about keeping or retaining those we already know. It’s easy to think too much time is being spent worrying about getting new people. It’s human nature for those who are already Christians to think, “What about us? We are already here!”
Peter very clearly answered these questions. “Friends, you well know that from early on God made it plain that he wanted the outsiders to hear the message of the good news and embrace it” (v. 7). It’s not that Peter didn’t care about those already in the church, but he knew the mission of the church is to reach those who do not know Jesus.
It’s also interesting that those already at the church in Jerusalem wanted the new people to act, think and look like themselves.
Peter responded to them. “So why are you now trying to out god-God; loading these new believers down with rules that crushed our ancestors and crushed us, too?” (v. 10).
James breaks the silence of the board members and said, “So here is my decision: We are not going to unnecessarily burden new Jewish people who turn to the master” (v. 19).
We in the Missouri Conference are focused on our vision, “to relentlessly lead our churches to become outwardly focused and spiritually centered Christ followers.” And we are implementing our priorities; one of which is “New Places for New People.” We believe every church can make a difference in some way. It is a fact that new people will think, act and behave differently than us. But, scripture says that it is O.K. as long as they turn to the master.
Friends, if we don’t find a way to reach new people, more diverse people, younger people, we are not going to stay in business. John Wesley once said that, “we have but one business on earth; that is saving souls, and saving souls alone!”
What are you personally doing to reach the outsiders? What is your church doing to create new places for new people in your community?
Unless we invest in this priority, we will just keep doing the same old, same old and getting the same old results! The Apostle James was present at the first church board meeting when he summed it up like this, “God at the very outset made sure that radical outsiders were included” (v. 14).
Is that your church? Or, are we hoping that they look just like us?
Bishop Bob Farr
of the United Methodist Church
We invite you to join us on Sunday as we continue our October series, "A Life That Leads...#follow"
Jesus invites us into an amazing relationship and on an incredible journey. A journey that will lead us into the deep waters of faith as we follow Jesus. This Sunday we will explore one of the most amazing gifts God has given us, the gift of PRAYER.
*We will also be celebrating the ministry of the Mission Dinner during both 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.
During October, our sermon series will explore what it looks like to live "A Life that Leads".
In order to lead, we must first follow Jesus. We will be considering some of the basic practices of the Christian faith and how they can transform us towards the likeness of Christ.
October 14, "Prayer" Pastor Suzanne preaching
October 21, "Worship" Pastor Tim preaching
October 28, "A Heart for Giving" Pastor Tim preaching
During November, we will explore the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
November 4, "Better" Pastor Tim preaching
November 11, "Stronger" Pastor Suzanne preaching
November 18, "Greater" Pastor Tim preaching
November 25, "Under the Influence" Jenny Babb preaching
Eureka UMC will be hosting one of two Charge Conferences for the Gateway Central District on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00am-noon in Fellowship Hall.
Registration now open for Confirmation 2019. If you have a youth in grades 6-12, and you would like to register them for Confirmation, you may do so at eurekaumc.org. Classes will begin in October and take place during the 9:45 service on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays of the month. Confirmation will take place in April 2019. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
WOW ANNUAL SOUP LUNCHEON!
WOW (Women of Worship) is having their Annual Soup Luncheon on October 21.
We’re looking for help in making and bringing crockpots of soup and desserts. 100% of the proceeds go towards adopting families for Christmas. Questions? SIGN UP HERE.
Please contact Renee Smola (email@example.com) or Karen Hughes (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you in advance for your consideration.
3rd Annual Craft Fair at Eureka UMC
Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, 9 am—3 pm
Proceeds support Mission Guatemala
Trunk or TREAT IS October 28!
Trunk or Treat, Sunday, October 28/1-3 pm at EUMC lower south parking lot.
Games, crafts, and CANDY! If you are able to volunteer to help, or host a trunk, please contact Jenny Babb at email@example.com. Thank you!
Clean out your closets- the fall rummage sale is coming November 1-3 and will be located in the church basement. Donations will be accepted beginning October 29th. Information on large item donation pickups will be shared shortly. Volunteering to help with sale during prep, clean up or during the actual sale is a great way to make money for your mission account. SIGN UP HERE. Please contact Amber Wood if you have questions-
firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-387-0300.
Holy Land Tour, December 2-11, 2019 plus optional tour to Petra, Jordan December 11-14.
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.
This trip is filling up quickly! We currently have 24 people registered for this trip! If you are interested in securing your spot or if you have any questions, please contact Sue Engsberg at email@example.com or 314/707-8733.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
We are excited to announce our Christmas Eve Worship Service Schedule for
Monday, December 24th!
3:00 pm Christmas Eve Service with music led by our praise team
5:00 pm Christmas Eve Service with music led by our praise team
8:00 pm Christmas Eve Service with music led by our choir.
Upcoming opportunities to Connect, Grow, or Serve through EUMC
Save the Date:
Register to serve through links on our website or mobile app today! This is an awesome opportunity to serve as an individual, as a family, or as a group. We encourage people who serve to help offset the cost of the thousands of meals that you will prepare during your shift to make a suggested financial gift of $25.00 (or more). More information is available online or you can visit the Welcome Desk on Sunday morning.
Feed My Starving Children pack
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Saturday, October 13
12:15-2:30 pm or 7-9:30 pm
Don’t have time to volunteer? You can still help by donating towards the cost of food.
CLICK HERE TO DONATE. Please mark donations with “Feed My Children”.