Skiing in Texas
Over the years my nephew, Jeff, has developed a passion for skiing. And he is more than a skier, he is an extreme skier and loves to spend time in the terrain parks hitting the rails and landing back flips off the jumps. Skiing with him reminds me of the fearlessness of youth! Now is when you expect me to say that he lives in Colorado or Utah or Montana or some other Western State with access to great mountain terrain and excellent snow conditions. Nope!
His family lives near Houston and he is now a senior at Seven Lakes High School. A quick Google search will reveal that there are absolutely no ski areas in Texas!
So, how has he mastered skiing at such a high level with no access to a ski area? The answer is quite simple. He had a vision of skiing in his own backyard, year-round, even during the hot and humid summer days of South Texas.
Five years ago he and his family were determined to allow him to pursue his passion and to realize this vision. They did some research and discovered M-Snow, a synthetic material that mimics the qualities of snow. It is manufactured from recycled highway construction barrels, of all things. My brother arranged for me to come down and spend a few days building a small ski hill, ramp, and numerous terrain park features in their backyard. After numerous trips to the local Home Depot and dozens of hours of labor, Jeff descended this ski hill in his backyard and this Texas Terrain Park was open! For the next several years, it wasn’t uncommon for Jeff to spend hours each day making countless runs on this backyard terrain park! His vision had been realized!
Did you notice that in order for Jeff to fulfill this vision, that he couldn’t do it alone. His parents needed to embrace the vision. Resources had to be acquired and the “funcle” with an affinity for skiing and carpentry experience needed to be in Texas for a week. Realizing his vision, any vision, requires sacrifice and teamwork.
A vision has a way of bringing people together around a common goal or mission. For nearly the past 12 months, our amazing Vision Team has been meeting, praying, and discerning God's unique vision for Eureka UMC. The Vision Team, Pastor Suzanne, and myself are excited about sharing this new vision with everyone on Sunday mornings beginning January 27th. Perhaps one of the most exciting things about this new vision is that it includes you! Each of us will have a unique opportunity to be co-workers with Christ to advance God's Kingdom and to realize this new vision!
Back to Texas. Jeff has a new vision. He has entered the competition for "Mr. Seven Lakes" at his high school. And what does he plan to do to demonstrate a talent? He plans to move this 45 foot long ski hill onto the stage at the high school next month and ski inside the high school! My brother and I spent a full day re-engineering this terrain park set up to make it movable during our short trip to Texas last week. I will keep you updated on this new vision for the Texas Terrain Park!
Grace and peace,
Decisions. Have you ever considered how many decisions we make in a day, a week, or over the course of a year? Many of these decisions are somewhat inconsequential, "should we eat at Joe Boccardi's or at O'Dell's?" But some decisions are significant and can change the course of our lives. So how do we approach these type of decisions, particularly in a group setting? What does God's Word say about making these decisions?
We invite you to join us on Sunday as our Director of Family Ministries, Jenny Babb, shares a message from Proverbs 11:14 about making decision with other people.
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
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 13: "Making Decisions with Others" Proverbs 16:1-3 MSG
January 20: "Making Decisions With My Church" Matthew 28:16-20 NIV
It's that time of year again! And it looks like we will be receiving some snow over the weekend. We generally follow Rockwood School District regarding any weather related closures. If Rockwood closes, we will close and any activities planned at the church building will be canceled. In the event of winter weather over the weekend, any closures at Eureka UMC will be announced through our mobile app (please download and accept notifications), our Facebook page, and our website. If you feel unsafe to travel to a worship service, please stay home and consider joining us online via Facebook live at 9:45 am on any Sunday morning. As of today (Thursday), we are planning to gather for both worship services on Sunday morning. Enjoy the snow and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
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.firstname.lastname@example.org Dates of the ELEVATION Adventure Camp is June 30-July 7, 2019. We do expect this camp to fill up quickly!
Summer 2019 Youth Mission Trip
We will again be partnering with Student Life Ministries this year for our Youth Mission Trip. We will be staying at the Windermere Conference Center just outside of Lake of the Ozarks from June 10-14. This will be a week full of worship, mission work, Bible study, and tons of fun! It is open to grades 6-12. For more information, contact Jenny Babb at email@example.com. We will be having an information meeting on Feb 10th at 11 am in the Confirmation Room. During this meeting, we will be discussing the specifics of the trip and answering any questions that the parents or students may have.
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
Purse and Coat Drive
Jan. 13 - Feb. 3, EUMC is hosting two drives for donations of gently used items —- coats and purses! Please ensure donations are in good working condition. No tears or broken zippers.
With winter upon us, look through closets and drawers for coats that are collecting dust or have been outgrown so we can get them to families who need them to stay warm! Hats, scarves and gloves will be accepted as well.
Gently used purses will go a long way towards giving dignity and support to some women who don’t own any. We don’t want moms having to use coat pockets or plastic grocery bags to carry personal items. We can do better than that!
Please place your donated items in the labeled boxes in the Commons Area at EUMC. All items will go to families in need via the St. Louis Crisis Nursery.
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.