EUMC News! (Dec 14th, 2018)

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Have you ever hit the pause button in your life, did a quick assessment, and thought to yourself, "did I forget something?"

 If you've been connected to Eureka UMC for a year or longer, you may be asking a similar question, 'did we forget something?"

For the past several decades, Eureka UMC, along with thousands of other churches around the country, have historically spent the month of November engaged in a generosity (or stewardship) campaign. This would often include a several letters from the pastor about giving, a sermon series about generosity, and the opportunity to complete a pledge card towards your financial commitment towards the ministries of Eureka UMC for the upcoming year. Based on the pledges, our church leadership would establish the budget for the upcoming year. So did we forget something this November?

Nope! We are simply approaching this important area of our faith a little differently this Winter. This begs the question, "why?"

We are in the process of (metaphorically) rearranging the seats on the bus. We are moving the budget out of the driver's seat and instead moving Vision to it's rightful place; in the driver's seat. The budget will still be on the bus, along with our Mission (to make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world), our new core values, and the new strategies to fulfill the new Vision to accomplish the Mission. Simply stated, the budget will not limit the Vision of what God has called us to do. Our new, unique, God given Vision will guide us as we establish the budget so that we can be successful with the Mission given to us by Jesus and continue to advance God's Kingdom.

During the next few months, we will be operating on a 'bridge budget'...this will help us continue into February as we begin to reveal this amazing, new Vision that our Vision Team has discerned over the past 10 months. If you made a pledge (a financial commitment) to the life changing ministries through Eureka UMC for 2018, we thank you! We encourage you to fulfill your commitment and to continue that level of financial commitment into the New Year. Beginning on January 26th, we will begin the exciting journey of sharing this compelling new Vision with the congregation and our community. Our 2019 generosity campaign will run concurrent with the Vision reveal.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Tim

 

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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 Joy". 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; #JesusIsJoy. Let's flood our community with amazing images of our families and spread the message of JOY! It was great to see DOZENS of your photos flooding social media this past week!

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!

 Upcoming hashtags:

December 9, #JesusIsLove

December 16, #JesusIsJoy

December 23, #JesusIsPeace

December 24, #JesusIsGodWithUs


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We invite you to join us for the third Sunday of Advent on December 16th! We will continue our current sermon series, "God With Us" and the emphasis will be on the JOY that Jesus brings to our world and our lives. Pastor Tim will be preaching from Luke 1:41-45 on Sunday.

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

**We will be celebrating the baptism of Samuel Krechel during the 9:45 am service this Sunday

**Our JAM Children's Ministry will be offering special music during the 9:45 am service this Sunday

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.


UPCOMING SERMONS

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ADVENT, Sundays in December :

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.

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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.


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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 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 


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We invite you to participate in a short survey as we prepare for our January sermon series, "Decisions: Burdens or Opportunities".

Your honest (and anonymous) input will be helpful as we prepare these upcoming sermons.

Please open this link to complete the four question survey:

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F6DYRG3


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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.


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!

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

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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.


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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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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!


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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

Please remember to shop through Amazon Smile during this Christmas season and for any and all purchases throughout the year!


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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.


News from Jenny Babb
Director of Family Ministries

Our children's ministry will be bringing some Christmas cheer to our 9:45 service this Sunday.  They will be singing some Christmas favorites during the offering.  Don't miss it!

Registration is up and running for Eagle Lake Camp 2019.  Camp will be running July 29-Aug 2, and there are limited spots available.  Sign up before January 31st for a $25 discount!

This month in JaM, our kids are learning about Compassion, and the amazing story of Christmas.  Our focus is on John 3:16.   January will find us reading from the book of Proverbs, and learning about Self Control, choosing to do the right thing even if we don't want to.  JaM meets each Sunday during the 9:45 service.


Have a fantastic week and

we look forward to seeing you on Sunday Morning!

 

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

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