This is an interesting week to say the least! We have experienced some of the coldest temperatures this region has experienced in decades followed by forecasted 'spring like' weather this coming weekend. Many of you know that I am one of those people who actually enjoy the cold weather. Now, in full transparency, I also like warm weather, too. If the forecast holds, I may even drop the top on the Jeep this weekend! But back to the cold...
This has been a really good week for our local ski area, Hidden Valley. Our snowmaking crew has done an amazing job creating a tremendous amount of manmade snow on the slopes over the past few days. We have areas that are easily ten to fifteen feet deep! One of my roles as a patroller at Hidden Valley is to ensure that the slopes are safe for our customers. This week, that meant that my colleagues and I spent a lot of time digging out. Hours upon hours of digging out tower pads that protect customers should they lose control and slide into any of the dozens of lift towers or snow gun towers. Many of these tower pads were buried in snow up to 6' deep. One of the most important tools that we use when we are digging out, besides our shovels, is our patrol snowmobile. This is an incredible machine! And without it, our role would be much more difficult. Our crew was using this snowmobile on the slopes before we opened to the public on Thursday. It was used to haul us up and down the slopes, along with numerous shovels, large ice breakers, additional tower pads, and even drinking water.
As we were digging out along the Continental and Ice Man runs, I looked up the slope and captured this photo.
As I looked at this scene, my affinity for mechanical things began to survey this amazing snowmobile as a collection of thousands of intricate parts that are all connected to perform as one. I imagined what my colleagues and I would do if we had finished digging out a tower pad and looked up the hill to see this machine spread out across the snow in thousands of individual parts, no longer connected to each other. It would have been devastating! And those parts, no longer connected, would no longer be very useful for transporting ourselves and all of our equipment around the ski area. This would have certainly compromised our mission on Thursday. Thankfully, the components of the snowmobile had stayed connected!
God designed us, you and me, to be in connection. Connected to God. Connected to others. This is God's design and desire for us. Jesus, speaking to his disciples shortly before his death, reminds them (and us today), "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:5) God's Spirit moves most powerfully in our lives when we seek to strengthen and deepen our connection to God and our connection to others.
Over the past year, the members of the Vision Team have been led repeatedly by the Holy Spirit to the word "Connect". This is the first word of our new, unifying Vision for Eureka UMC, and we look forward to living into a deeper connection with God and with others so that we can fulfill Jesus' Mission to us; that is 'making new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." See you on Sunday!
Grace and peace,
There are several exciting things that have happened recently that we can celebrate!
This past week, I was approved by the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry to be an Associate Member of the Missouri Annual Conference. This has been a long and exciting journey that began in 2010 as I first began to discern my call to pastoral ministry. This eventually led to Licensing School, followed by pursuing my Course of Study classes at numerous seminaries around the Midwest from 2013-2017. I thank my wife, Sherri, my children, extended family members, friends, and the members of Eureka UMC who have encouraged me and prayed for me during these past several years along this journey.
Each year, we have to submit comprehensive reports to the Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church regarding all areas of ministry as a local church. I am excited to share that we experienced remarkable growth in 2018! We saw our average weekly worship attendance increase from 236 to 285, an increase of 21%. This is exciting to see that we are connecting with so many new families in our mission field!
Apportioned giving is simply funding our fair share of the regional and global ministries of the United Methodist Church. These funds provide resources for everything from starting new churches to providing clean water for families in developing countries and countless other ministries that seek to advance God's Kingdom. For many years, we had not been faithful in giving towards these important ministries. Over the past two years, we have been intentional about funding these ministries, and thanks to your generosity, we were able to pay $36,000.00 (or 71%) towards our apportioned giving in 2018! In 2019, we intend to meet 100% of our of apportioned giving of $45,506.00.
Grace and peace,
During our year of discernment, God kept leading our Vision Team to the word connect. The team has discerned that this is an important part of the new, unifying vision that God is calling us to live in to. Just as streams and creeks connect to form powerful rivers, God calls us to connect with Him and with each other to be his chosen means of grace in this world; the Church. What does it mean for us to be a church that values connection? What difference can it make in your life? What difference can in make in our community?
Pastor Tim will be preaching from John 15 on Sunday, and considering some biblical wisdom and insight regarding these important questions. We'd love for you to join us on Sunday morning as we begin this exciting journey!
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.
Watershed: A New Vision
We will begin a new sermon series that will cast the new vision for Eureka UMC.
February 3, "Watershed: Connect"
February 10, "Watershed: Thrive"
February 17, "Watershed: Overflow"
February 24, "Watershed: The River at Eureka"
March 3, "Watershed: A New Thing"
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!
**The Missouri Conference is currently offering a $50.00 early registration discount
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,
Hard to believe January is almost over!! Time moves so quickly sometimes….
This is the last week of the coat and purse drive (and hats, scarves, gloves). Many thanks for all the donations so far. I am certain we have at least 100 coats!!! After the second service on Sunday, February 3, we’ll be removing the items and the boxes so the donations can be delivered next week. Please get any and all donations to the Commons Area at EUMC by then.
Thank you again. We are such a generous church!
Have a wonderful week. Stay warm.
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.
THE CINDERELLA PROJECT
Can you help out young ladies in foster care again this year? Clothing vouchers do not cover formal dances. This is important to many young ladies. Let’s help those, even in dire situations, to feel like princesses. Even if for one night
Contact me directly and I’ll pick them up from you. Renee Smola 314-517-3177 or email@example.com.
Hot Coco with Pastors at 11 am:
February 3, March 3
Connect Class with Pastors at 11 am:
February 17, March 10
Eagle Lake Camp 2019!
July 29-August 2, 2019
Limited spots available. Sign up before January 31st and receive a $25 discount!
MIMI CAMP: Ages 3-5 yrs old. $100 for the week.
Registration available online at eurekaumc.org.