This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it- Psalm 118:24
I think that we can finally say, “Spring is in the air.” Last night I could hear the frogs croaking for the first time since last fall. When I woke up this morning, the sun was shining, the sky was blue, the birds were singing. I can see the tops of the daffodils and hyacinths and tulips, pushing their way through the dirt, reaching for the light. Change is happening in front of our eyes.
Eureka UMC is experiencing a Spring season as well. We are looking forward to the days ahead. We are watching as the seeds that we planted long ago are starting to break ground. What kind of beautiful flowers will they turn into? How are they going to change our landscape?
At my house, spring is also a time of hard work. The yard will need mulched, the garden will need tilled, the fruit trees will need pruned. The days will end in dirty knees, broken finger nails, and aching muscles. There are spring storms on the horizon, and there are days when we feel like our hard work gets washed away with the rains. But those rains are necessary, those strong winds shake lose the branches that are weak, and the thunder and lightning remind us that God is in control, and that He’s working in the Spring too.
What I appreciate the most about this time of year is the sense of accomplishment. At the end of the day, as we tend to our sore backs, our eyes will sparkle. And every new flower that blooms will remind us that God is smiling on us. He might need us to till the soil, to plant the seeds, but the end result, the beauty of that flower, that’s all Him. Let us not be scared to do the hard work. Let us not be scared to get dirty. Let us not be scared of the storms that will inevitably come. Let us trust that what we plant in faith, will sprout with His promise.
This week marks the end of a two week Generosity Campaign. You should have received a letter two weeks ago 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 Road to Recovery--Where to get Help When You Hurt
This Sunday we will continue our new Lenten sermon series, The Road To Recovery. We began last Sunday with the first step in recovery, to realize that we are not God and that we are powerless to change apart from God's grace. This Sunday we will look at the next step, to earnestly seek and believe that God exists and that he can help us when we hurt.
We invite you to join us on Sunday as we praise God and consider Hebrews 11:6 in light of our faith and as part of our journey through Lent and the Road to Recovery.
We gather for two unique expression of worship on Sunday mornings. Our 8:30 service includes traditional hymns led by our choir and our 9:45 am service includes modern Christian music led by our praise team.
Our JAM (Jesus and Me) Children's Ministry meets at 9:45 am for children ages 3 years old through the 5th grade. Childcare is also available in our nursery for children two years old and under.
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"
"This is Love" Sermon Series
April 21st "Love Wins" (Easter Sunday, see details below)
April 28th, "A Love That Makes All Things New" (Confirmation Sunday)
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:
Thursday, March 14th at 7:00 pm in the Family Room Worship Site
Our CR Team members are preparing for our new Celebrate Recovery Ministry through an intensive season of training and shadowing another Celebrate Recovery Ministry. Please pray for our team and the individuals and families whose lives will be transformed through this amazing recovery ministry!
As we continue to prepare to launch Celebrate Recovery, we are pleased to announce that Eureka UMC has been awarded a $3000 New Places/New People Grant from the Missouri Conference for the launch of this new ministry!
Clean out your closets- the spring rummage sale is scheduled for April 11, 12 and 13th and will be located in the church basement. Donations will be accepted beginning April 8th. Volunteering to help with the sale during set up, clean up or during the actual sale is a great way to make money for your mission trip account. Please contact Amber Wood if you have questions, a large item that needs picked up or if you are able to volunteer. The more volunteers the better! Amber Wood can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-387-0300
Live Stream Video Equipment Update
*The Methodist Men have just pledged a $1000.00 matching grant! If you are led to make a special gift towards this upgrade, it will be matched up to $1000.00.
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. Three families have already donated $1000.00 each, another family has donated $500.00 towards this project, and we have $4000.00 left from the Congregational Excellence Grant that will be used towards this upgrade, leaving us with $4500.00 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
Newly Expanded Woodward Library and Resource Center
As a memorial to Pastor Barry Woodward, who died in 1998 while serving the Eureka United Methodist Church, the Woodward family established a small library at the church. Pastor Woodward “loved books” so a church library was a fitting way to honor him. In the late 90’s Eureka had a very small public library, so a church library which offered religious reference books and both fiction and non-fiction books was a welcome addition. The Methodist Women spearheaded the efforts to establish and maintain the library. It was housed in the room across from the church office where the Kelly Sunday School class meets now. Church members donated books which were cataloged and shelved by Methodist Women volunteers. Special recognition goes to Betty Branscum, Diane Bitsch, Alice Baker, Jenny Weatherly, Esther Bodart and Gillian Woodward (deceased) who generously gave their time to establish a fully functional library. The Woodward family donated oak book shelves and a large oak conference table and chairs. Many church-goers would stop at the library on Sunday morning to get a new supply of books and return the ones they had borrowed.
When the church addition was built, the library was given a special new location on the lower level. It was positioned directly in front of the large double doors with several large windows. The books and shelves were moved, thanks to Jim Branscum and Ken Baker, to the new area. Today, the Eureka community has access to a large public library with plans to add a new library at the Arbors of Rockwood. This called for a re-assessment of our library needs. We are happy to announce that the library will be expanded to become the Woodward Library/Resource Center to meet the demands of our growing congregation. Our new Vision calls us to increase the number of people participating in small groups which will necessitate adding more study materials. The library shelves will be moved upstairs to the room across from the Seekers classroom. The religious reference books and Bible study materials will be placed in the Library. The fiction and non-fiction books have been donated, sold or recycled. The room on the lower level will be designated as the Resource Center and will be used as meeting space for small groups, ministry teams, and activities.
Children's Ministry News
The month of March will focus on Individuality. Our verse for the month comes from Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. We were made in the image of God, to love God and to love others in a unique way. As we learn about individuality, we'll discover who we are meant to be. A Parent Cue handout is available at the Parent Resource Desk, which will include the Scripture lesson for each week and ways that you can talk to your kids at home.
Eagle Lake Camp
Spots are filling up quickly for Eagle Lake Camp. Each year, we are able to offer scholarships to families that can not afford this amazing camp. If you are interested in sponsoring a child with a full or partial scholarship, please contact Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Egg Hunt
Mark your calendars for April 14th! We will be hosting our annual Easter Egg Hunt from 1-3 at Berry Park. All are welcome to attend this free event and there will be games, snacks, face painting and crafts. If you are available to help, we are currently looking for 8-10 volunteers. This is a great opportunity for youth!
Youth Ministry News!
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.email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 314/707-8733.
The Prayer Breakfast for Greater St. Louis has a rich history and is a long-standing tradition in St. Louis. This is a special time for our community to come together for a common purpose – to ask God to guide our leaders and help them make decisions that honor Him. The Prayer Breakfast has been a life-changing event for many, as we present a message of hope – one that we believe to be the best news in life.
We are excited to present special guest Chad Robichaux, a dynamic speaker with a warrior’s testimony of victory in Christ through personal challenge and struggle. His story is sure to be inspiring.
Your support and participation will help make this event a rousing success and a continuing tradition in the St. Louis community. We look forward to seeing you at America’s Center on April 17th! Invite friends and colleagues to join us.
Reserve your table today!
Ballroom doors open 7 AM – program begins 7:30 AM.
District Conversation with Bishop Bob Farr
On Saturday, March 23rd, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm, Bishop Farr will cover what happened at GC2019, what did not happen and what it could mean for local churches in Missouri. These sessions are open to all clergy and laity in the annual conference.
This District Conversation will take place at Arlington UMC, 3770 McKelvey Rd, Bridgeton, MO 63044