EUMC News! (Dec 21st, 2018)

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CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP TIMES

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24TH

3pm 5pm 8pm

We are excited to partner with the ongoing recovery efforts in Puerto Rico through our Christmas Offering. During any of our three Christmas Eve services, you can make an additional gift towards this ongoing work. Your financial gift will provide building materials towards the rebuilding of the Methodist Church on the small island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. This church is a huge asset to this small island community; providing, among other things, one of the few medical centers available to the island residents. To learn more, please open the link below.

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(Stock photo)

 On December 17th, our Proclamation Brass performed for the residents at Marymount Manor in Eureka. The brass did an amazing job sharing a wide variety of songs that evening! Everything from traditional Christmas songs to "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond. It was a packed house and many of the residents were singing and clapping to the music.

 In the midst of all of this great music, something beautiful happened. One of the band members stood up and announced the next song and said, "if you feel like, please dance."

 The music started and people began to clap their hands. An elderly couple sitting in the middle of the room, however, did not clap. The wife leaned over to her husband, who was confined to a wheel chair, and whispered something into his ear. Out of his feeble body, he slowly nodded his head in agreement with whatever his wife had asked him. She stood up and put her hands on his shoulders and began to dance. She leaned in, and held him tight, and they danced. They danced like there was no one else in the room. Her feet moved to the music and the wheels on his chair moved with her. They danced. It was beautiful. And there was not a dry eye in the room.

 During this dance, it seemed like time stood still. Nothing else mattered. At this moment, this was the most important thing happening in the world. And for those of us that were there, we didn't miss it.

 My prayer is that Christmas will be like this for you and your family. Even if it's for a brief moment, that time will stand still. That for a moment nothing else will matter. And that you won't miss it.

 God With Us.

Amen.

Pastor Tim


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(Members of our Praise Team paused for a photo op during rehearsal)

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

 We will continue this throughout the month of December, including during all three of our Christmas Eve Services. 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 fourth Sunday of Advent on December 23rd! We will continue our current sermon series, "God With Us" and the emphasis will be on the PEACE that Jesus brings to our world and our lives. Pastor Tim will be preaching from Luke 2:8-14 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


UPCOMING SERMONS

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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


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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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/  


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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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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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 on Sunday Morning!

 

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

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