EUMC News! (Feb 7th, 2019)

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"Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers." Genesis 2:9-17

I am the daughter of a farmer. I grew up on a 500 acre farm in Robertsville, where my parents still live, and my father still farms. I don’t think it’s about the financial gain anymore, I believe he farms for the sheer enjoyment of growing. I read once that if you were raised on a farm, you were born with dirt in your shoes. Once you get dirt in your shoes, you can never get it out. My father passed his love for dirt down to me, and like him, if it is above 50 degrees out, you can find me digging a hole and putting a seed in it. But as any farmer or gardener knows, planting the seed is only the first step of the battle. Planting that seed is a commitment, an understanding that it will be a long and emotional road ahead. Because we find ourselves at the mercy of things that we can’t really control. My parents’ home sits on a bluff, overlooking the fields below, bordered by the Meramec River. As a child, I would watch my father stoically looking out over those fields. Praying for rain to come, praying for rain to stop, praying for the cold night to pass us by, praying that it wouldn’t get as hot as predicted. He would stand alongside the river after a big rain, trying to predict how high the water would come. He would stand beside the river during a drought, as if trying somehow to will the water into his fields. All he wanted was those seeds to grow, to thrive.

God started life in the Garden of Eden, alongside a river. I believe He too, the first farmer, takes great pride in watching His seeds grow. He wants to create a perfect environment for them to thrive. And I believe that is what God is doing here at Eureka UMC. He is giving us everything we need. And we are standing on fertile soil. I envision God, like my father on earth, standing over his land, waiting and watching, willing those seeds to take root, to rise up out of the dirt, and bloom beautifully. How can we thrive at Eureka UMC? What can we do to honor the fertile soil that God has planted us in? What does it look like to share a vision that makes thriving a priority? I invite you to get some dirt in your shoes. Because once you get it in there, you’ll never get it out.

See you on Sunday!

Jenny Babb, Director of Family Ministries


(Jeff making one of his first runs through the Texas Terrain Park five years ago)

During our year of discernment, God kept leading our Vision Team to the word thrive. The team has discerned that this is an important part of the new, unifying vision that God is calling us to live in to. But what does it mean to thrive?

Pastor Tim will be preaching from Ezekiel 47 on Sunday, and considering some biblical wisdom and insight regarding this important question. 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


UPCOMING SERMONS

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Watershed: A New Vision

We will begin a new sermon series that will cast the new vision for Eureka UMC.

February 10,    "Watershed: Thrive"

February 17,    "Watershed: Overflow"

February 24,    "Watershed: The River at Eureka"

March 3,          "Watershed: A New Thing"


This is truly an exciting time at Eureka UMC! We are casting our new, unique vision for Eureka UMC for 2019 and beyond. This has been the result of a year of prayer and discernment from our Vision Team as they listened and responded to the promptings of God's Holy Spirit.

We began on Sunday, January 27th and considered how a paddle board represents the Mission of the church and the rudder represents God's Vision for Eureka UMC. 

Last Sunday, February 3rd, we explored what it means to be a church that connects; connects people to Jesus and connects people to others. We unpacked the words of Jesus from John 15:1-5 and how Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. The Vision Team feels strongly that God desires us to be a church that lives into this new vision of connecting people. Because we value connection and relationships, our new Discipleship Pathway Team is creating a system of discipleship where people can grow in their connection with Christ and with each other. This will happen through small groups. Some of these groups will look similar to groups that are already meeting such as Sunday School and onsite/offsite small groups. We will also be launching transformative groups, very similar to early Methodism's Class Meetings and/or Band Meetings. These type of groups provide amazing opportunities to grow deeper in our connection to Christ and to others. We will also be developing affinity groups. These type of groups will gather around a common interest, such as Jeeps :), gardening, or even gathering around a pitcher of craft beer at the new Melvin's Brewery for an informal discussion about faith, AKA "Theology on Tap". These offsite groups will provide unique opportunities to connect with people who may, for whatever reason, step into a church building.

VISION TOWN HALL MEETINGS

We have scheduled three 'town hall' type meetings after our Watershed Vision Series has ended. These meetings will be led by members of our Vision Team and facilitated by our pastors. These meetings will provide a space to ask questions and to gain clarity around this new vision for Eureka UMC and what it means for you, what it means for us (as the church), and what it means for our community. Please choose the meeting that best fits into your schedule:

Monday, March 4th at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Sunday, March 10th at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary

Thursday, March 14th at 7:00 pm in the Family Room Worship Site

 


(photo of one of our high school students rappelling in Colorado in 2017)

(photo of one of our high school students rappelling in Colorado in 2017)

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!
**The Missouri Conference is currently offering a $50.00 early registration discount

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


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 jenny.babb@eurekaumc.org.  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. 

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Youth Mission Camp- There will be an informational meeting at 11 am on Feb 10th in the Confirmation Room for those interested in attending our Youth Mission Camp. We are partnering again with Student Life from June 10-14. We will be travelling to Windermere Conference Center. Windermere offers a picturesque retreat along the banks of the Lake of the Ozarks. Free time options such as the water park and lake activities ensure that your kids will enjoy the outdoors all week long. Windermere's outstanding facilities include various indoor and outdoor settings perfect for group Bible study or personal time with God.  Kids will be participating in a mission project each day within the community.


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Eagle Lake Camp- We are excited to announce that Eagle Lake Camp will be back in 2019! The camp dates are July 29-Aug 2, 2019 for ages 6-12. The cost for the camp will be $200 for the entire week, which includes lunch. Visit eurekaumc.org to register.

Registration is open for Mini Camp! This camp will be available the same week as Eagle Lake Camp, July 29-Aug 2nd, and runs each day from 9 am-1pm.  We invite your children ages 3-5 to join us for a week of games, crafts, songs and FUN!  Cost is $100 for the week, limited spots available. Visit eurekaumc.org to register.


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JaM children's ministry- This month in JaM (Jesus and Me) time, our kids are learning about SERVICE. We are focusing on Mark 9:35, Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all."

Through Bible lesson, games, and crafts, we will be learning the importance of serving others. JaM time takes place during the 9:45 service and is for PreK-5th grade. If you would like more information, or for volunteer opportunities, contact Jenny at jenny.babb@eurekaumc.org.


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JaM children's ministry- This month in JaM (Jesus and Me) time, our kids are learning about SERVICE. We are focusing on Mark 9:35, Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all."

Through Bible lesson, games, and crafts, we will be learning the importance of serving others. JaM time takes place during the 9:45 service and is for PreK-5th grade. If you would like more information, or for volunteer opportunities, contact Jenny at jenny.babb@eurekaumc.org.


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"A Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church takes place February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The Commission was authorized to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and to explore options to strengthen church unity." umc.org

This special session of the General Conference will likely gain attention from regional and even national news organizations. Pastor Tim will be leading "Special General Conference Q & A" on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.


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


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.

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Hot Coco with Pastors at 11 am:

     February 3, March 3

 

Connect Class with Pastors at 11 am:

     February 17, March 10

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Have an amazing weekend and

we look forward to seeing you Sunday morning!

 

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

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