(Photo from Google images)
I owned my own construction business for about 15 years. During that time my crew and I built hundreds of decks, dozens of room additions, and completed countless basement, bathroom, and kitchen remodels. But of all of those projects there are a few that were really unique. One time a customer contacted me and indicated that the doors and windows in their family room addition were not working properly (this was a project by another contractor). This addition was built over an existing deck structure. I surveyed the situation and quickly realized that the problem was due to several piers (think mini foundations) that had failed. Areas of the structure had dropped between 1" to 3", enough to create the problems that the customer had complained about. This project required that my crew and I work under the room addition with very little clearance (just like the photo above). We had to raise the addition, provide temporary supports, excavate new pier holes, pour new concrete, and then install new support posts and beams. This project took about three weeks to complete. During the project, time seemed to move in slow motion. We would often think to ourselves, "why is it taking so long to complete this?"
The truth is, the only way to approach this project was in a 'slow and steady' pace because of the limitation of the space. Now here's the interesting thing. To the average person, this room addition did not look any different three weeks later. The hundreds of man hours of work was hidden from sight; no one could see all of the improvements that had taken place underneath this room addition.
In many ways, this reminds me of 2018 at Eureka UMC. We have been completing a lot of foundation work. We have been excavating and pouring new foundations. Teams have been tirelessly serving 'under the structure' of the church. For example, our Vision Team was named on January 31st and this team has met faithfully and consistently, most often multiple times each month, and for several hours each meeting. All of this because of their passion to discern God's unique vision for Eureka UMC. This has been an amazing journey and the team is excited to share this AMAZING new vision with the congregation beginning in late January 2019.
Our Celebrate Recovery Team formed in April 2018. They traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan for an intensive training conference. They have visited other churches who have started a Celebrate Recovery ministry. They have been meeting for months to seek God's direction, to discover new leaders, and are beginning the process of equipping and training these new leaders in order to launch this incredible and much needed ministry in April 2019. One. Full. Year. Without this strong foundation, the rest of the structure may be compromised.
And there are yet other teams (Congregational Care, Hospitality, Leadership Development, Discipleship Pathway, and the Family Room Worship team) that have been serving tirelessly in 2018 in order to 'shore up' the foundation at Eureka UMC in preparation for the amazing things that God desires to accomplish through us.
Preparing a foundation for a new structure takes time and effort. Installing a new foundation under an existing structure takes even more time and effort and the results of this important work are not always clearly or initially visible. All of this to say, to the members and friends of Eureka UMC, "thank you for your patience."
And a big thank you to the DOZENS of faithful team members and foundation builders. 2019 is going to be an amazing year!
Grace and peace,
"Stable of Love" (Some of our Mom's Day Out kids)
When you arrive on Sunday morning, or at any other time during the week, we want to encourage you to take a selfie, a family photo, or a group photo each week at the stable in our Commons Area. This Sunday, we are calling it the "Stable of Love". Capture a photo, post it on social media, 'check in' to Eureka UMC, and add a description if you'd like, and finally use this week's hashtag; #JesusIsLove. Let's flood our community with amazing images of our families and spread the message of LOVE! It was great to see DOZENS of your photos flooding social media this past week!
Next Sunday, the sign on the stable will change to JOY! We will continue this through out the month of December. We thank you in advance of being part of this fun way to share your faith!
December 9, #JesusIsLove
December 16, #JesusIsJoy
December 23, #JesusIsPeace
December 24, #JesusIsGodWithUs
This is the best time of the year to invite someone to church. The. Best. Time. It's not the only time; you can invite someone to church anytime! But there is something about Christmas that demonstrates people are much more likely to come if someone just invites them. One of the ways that you can invite people is by simply 'sharing' our weekly Faceook posts. During December, there will be a new, short video to share each week. Here is the link to this week's video:
Sharing is easy (it takes less than 1 second) and it is powerful. When you share, you reach people exponentially. When one person 'shares' a Eureka UMC post, it will reach on average, 150 people. Can we achieve 50 shares this week and each week during the month of December? We can EASILY 'share' our way to reaching 30,000 people with the Good News of Jesus Christ before Christmas Eve. To put it into perspective, we could reach the 30,000 people that live within 5 miles of Eureka UMC with a postcard. We could certainly do that...and it would cost us over $12,000.00. Or we can just share one post each week and reach 30,000 people and it will cost us nothing.
Thank you in advance for 'sharing' our way towards reaching 30,000 people on social media this Christmas Season!
LAST WEEK we reached 1800 people on social media
THIS WEEK we have reached 4700 people on social media
NEXT WEEK--let's see if we can reach 7500!
We invite you to join us for the second Sunday of Advent on December 9th! We will continue our current sermon series, "God With Us" and the emphasis will be on the LOVE that Jesus brings to our world and our lives. Pastor Tim will be preaching from John 3:16-17 on Sunday.
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
ADVENT, Sundays in December :
December 9, "God With Us: JOY"
December 16, "God With Us: PEACE"
December 23, "God With Us: LOVE"
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.
December 30 "The Wonder Years"
Have you ever wondered what Jesus' life was like during his 'middle school' years? We will explore a unique passage from Luke 2 that gives us the only glimpse that we have of Jesus during his youth.
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 6: "Making Decisions for Me" Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
January 13: "Making Decisions with Others" Proverbs 16:1-3 MSG
January 20: "Making Decisions With My Church" Matthew 28:16-20 NIV
Blue Christmas: When Christmas Hurts
For those looking for Comfort Hope and Wholeness
We all experience losses in life that leave us feeling anything but hopeful during this time of year. Christmas can be a time when many of us need the reassurance and comfort that God is with us no matter what. Perhaps you are grieving over the loss of a loved one, struggling with illness, or experiencing the loss of a job. You may wonder how you will get through the holidays. If you or someone you know, needs extra reassurance this season, I want to invite you to join us for A Blue Christmas Service: When Christmas Hurts. We will gather for worship in the sanctuary on Sunday December 16th at 6:30 p.m.
Proclamation Brass Christmas concert schedule:
Sunday, December 16th: Christmas carols between services and after the 9:45 service in the commons area.
Monday, December 17th: we will play at Marymount Manor, 313 Augustine Rd, Eureka from 7:00-8:00 pm in the activity room. As you know Jim Branscum is there and seeing that he and his wife were always big supporters of our group we wanted to bring some cheer to them this holiday season. Our concert will focus mainly on Christmas music but will also include some favorites.
The Christmas season doesn't begin in St. Louis without the Ambassadors of Harmony!
This December, the Ambassadors of Harmony chorus will once again rekindle the joy and magic of the holidays with its always popular Sounds of the Season concert.
Celebrate with the Ambassadors as the chorus puts on five heartwarming concerts filled with musical favorites that will get you in the spirit. The show has become a yearly tradition over the past three decades by combining comedy and the lighter side of popular holiday songs with classic carols and sacred music that tell the story of the season.
We invite you to join Sean Stewart, our choir director and a member of the Ambassadors of Harmony, on Sunday, December 9th at 7pm for this amazing performance. If you would like to attend, please contact choir member Carol Wellons at email@example.com for tickets. Transportation will be provided through the Eureka UMC bus.
With just a few weeks left in 2018, we ask you to please review your year-to-date giving statements that were mailed today (Thursday). We thank you for your generosity and ask you to prayerfully consider how you can help "close the gap" so that we can finish 2018 on a solid financial footing.
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
Join us for the first Genesis meeting of 2019 at 7 pm in the UTX room on the north side of the church on January 6. We will be using a process to reflect on 2018 and look ahead at how God may partner with us in reaching our goals for 2019. Genesis is a small group geared towards young adults wishing to deepen their relationship with Christ. All are welcome!
Are you among the 75% of Americans who shop online during the Christmas Season? It is incredible to think that a decade ago just a few of us did any shopping at all online!
Did you know that when you make online purchases through Amazon that you can also support amazing ministries at Eureka UMC? It's true! And it is very easy. When you are shopping, simple log onto Amazon Smile instead of Amazon. Same products. Same pricing. The only difference is that Amazon will make a donation to Eureka UMC! You shop, Amazon Gives!
Here is the unique link for Eureka UMC on Amazon Smile: smile.amazon.com/ch/43-1165397
If you order from Amazon Smile today or tomorrow (November 1st or 2nd), Amazon will contribute 10X their normal donation to Eureka UMC!
Please remember to shop through Amazon Smile during this Christmas season and for any and all purchases throughout the year!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 314/707-8733.