Many of you have probably already heard about the tragic event that occurred on Sunday, February 17th at our sister church, Manchester UMC. An individual visiting their church, took his own life in one of the bathrooms. Unfortunately, there are a great many people who have been touched in one way or another by the devastating losses surrounding suicide. Our thoughts and prayers first and foremost need to be focused on the family and friends of the victim. A tragedy like this should impress upon all of us the importance of ongoing compassion and empathy for all.
Having said all of this, I am sure some of you may wonder about our own preparedness in the event of an emergency. As is the case for many things that happen at the church, there is a lot happening “behind the scenes.” For those of you may be unaware, we have a team of dedicated individuals who serve on our VSST (Volunteer Security and Safety Team). This team has been in place since 2017. This team is responsible for developing and implementing a plan of action in the event of an emergency. They give a lot of thought to potential problems and they work in advance to make sure that we can be as prepared as possible.
Members of the team attended a special training session hosted by the Eureka Police Department and the FBI a few weeks ago. Members of the team recently met with the Eureka Fire Marshal, Rich Pallarito, to determine best practices for evacuation in the event of an emergency. And the team met again last Sunday to continue conversations around conducting a full evacuation drill on a Sunday morning.
In the coming months, we hope to install a AED machine as well as signage throughout the building that indicates evacuation routes. I write this to encourage you all that we have a dedicated team thinking about these things, but the best tool we have is still YOU. Please remain attentive and report anything that seems out of the ordinary. Our main job will always be to invite, welcome and include; as well as protect. In a hurting and complicated world, our church must remain a safe space.
There have been many questions and conversations regarding the recent General Conference meeting held in St. Louis last week. Please remember that Pastor Tim will be leading "Special General Conference Q & A" on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019
6:00am-8:30am "Ashes to Go" Join Pastor Tim at St Louis Bread Company in Eureka for a complimentary cup of coffee, a brief prayer, and the imposition of ashes on your wrist or forehead. This may be a great option on your way to work or as you are on your way to drop your children off to school.
6:00pm-6:25pm, "Ashes to Go" This will be a great option for busy families with young children; just stop by the church for a brief prayer with your family and the imposition of ashes on your forehead or wrist.
6:30 pm "Ash Wednesday Worship Service". We invite you and your family to join us for a special mid week worship service with music led by our praise team and our choir. The service will conclude with the imposition of ashes on your forehead or wrist.
Sunday, March 10, 2019
This week marks the beginning of a two week Generosity Campaign. You should have received a letter this week which includes some amazing celebrations from 2018, some exciting new things that God is calling us to pursue in 2019, and some important details about our 2019, vision inspired budget. We ask that you prayerfully discern how God is calling you and your family to impact the lives of children, youth, adults, and families in our community through your generous financial support of existing and new ministries at Eureka UMC. Please return your commitment card to church on or before March 17th. The card can be placed in the offering trays during the service or returned to the church office by mail. If you prefer, you can also complete an online commitment through our website (www.eurekaumc.org) or through our mobile app.
The ACTS Group will be meeting on Tuesday, March 12th at 1:00 pm in the Commons. If you'd like more information, or to RSVP to this event, please contact Betty Branscum at 636-402-8035.
The Road to Recovery Sermon Series
We invite you on a journey through the season of Lent as we discover the only hope for our recovery from sin, death, addiction, despair, fears, doubt, hurts, habits, and hangups: Jesus Christ.
March 10th "The First Step to Freedom"
March 17th "Where to Get Help When You Hurt"
March 24th "Letting Go and Coming Clean"
March 31st "Making Changes and Repairing Relationships"
April 7th, "Maintaining Momentum"
April 14th "Recycling My Pain"
We will again be offering THREE worship services on Easter! We will be retelling the Good News of the resurrection of Jesus Christ through inspiring music and a sermon titled "This is Love".
All three Easter worship services will be on Sunday, April 21st
7:00 am "Sunrise Service" with music led by our praise team
8:30 am Traditional Service with music led by our choir
9:45 am Contemporary Service with music led by our praise team.
There will be no JAM (Jesus and Me) children's ministry on Easter Sunday.
Our nursery will be open during all three worship services for children ages birth through two years old.
Our Family Room Worship Site will be open for families with young children at 9:45 am
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.
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. There will also be conversations about the proposed name change of the church from Eureka United Methodist Church to The River @ Eureka. 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
Live Stream Video Equipment Update
Over the past two years we have made some advances in our live streaming services. We began with a retired I phone. Last year, we received a special gift from a family that allowed us to purchase a Livestream (MEVO) camera, an I pad to control it, and funding for a mini mix board to import the sound from the soundboard into our video live stream on Sunday mornings.
Our online church community continues to grow. For many families, they will join us online for months before they ever attend a worship service onsite on a Sunday morning. It is also a great option for families who cannot be present due to an illness or travel plans. We also recently 'soft launched' our new Family Room Worship Site which relies heavily on the live stream to accommodate the growing number of families that connect through this new site.
We have determined that to best serve our growing online church community and our growing Family Room Worship Site families that we need to upgrade our video production platform. Our existing MEVO Livestream camera will continue to be used as a secondary camera. In order to provide excellence in worship, we believe that a high quality 'tilt, pan, zoom' digital camera designed for professional live streaming applications will be the most beneficial. This will also require the Livestream video editing hardware and software. This plan also includes hardwiring the two flat screens in the Commons Area plus the four new flat screens in the Family Room Worship Site so that whatever is happening in the sanctuary is being directly transmitted "in house" in 1080 HD video. We have a family that has also generously given us 18 very high quality, commercial grade, ceiling mounted speakers to replace our existing speakers and to provide new speakers in the Family Room Worship Site. The total cost for all of this will be $12,000.00 for materials and labor. Two families have already donated $1000.00 each towards this project, leaving us with $10,000.00 more to go. We believe it is important to have this new technology installed within the next few weeks so that we can be fully operational by Easter Sunday. If you would like to contribute to this important ministry, please contact Pastor Tim at email@example.com
We had planned to introduce and commission our leadership teams during both worship services on Sunday, February 10th; the day of the ice storm. The teams will be introduced and commissioned during a worship service in March. Here are our leadership team members:
Larry Baner (chair, PPR chair, Trustee chair)
Susan Dudley (PPR)
Andy Smola (Trustee)
Lisa Koltun (Finance)
Doug McVicar (Lay Leader)
Sally Lippman (PPR)
Jeff Simmons (Trustee)
Carol Wellons (Finance)
Todd Shelton (Finance)
Amanda Oldenberg (Finance)
Doug Stallman (Lay Member, Trustee)
Amber Wood (PPR)
Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development
Pastor Tim Schulte (Chair)
Larry Baner (Vice Chair)
Doug McVicar (Lay Leader)
ELEVATION Adventure Camp
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
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.