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UPDATE--OUR EASTER EGG HUNT SCHEDULED FOR THIS SUNDAY HAS BEEN RELOCATED FROM BERRY PARK TO EUREKA UMC.
Please see the details in the Children's Ministry section of this e-newsletter.
Who will you invite to join us on Easter Sunday?
Please pick up a few of our Easter invitation cards from the Welcome Desk to share with your friends and neighbors!
Save the date!
We will gather as a church on Sunday, April 28th at 11 am in the sanctuary to vote on the proposed name revision of the church. The Vision team has proposed this revision so that our church reflects our new vision and a new way that we are following God. The proposed name revision also provides greater flexibility as we identify and develop new places for new people that will likely not be located in Eureka.
The proposed name revision adds "The River at" to our current name, "Eureka United Methodist Church". The revision also drops "United Methodist Church" from our current name. The new, revised name that we will be voting on is "The River at Eureka".
Our leadership team chair person, Larry Baner will be facilitating the vote on April 28th. We do not expect this gathering to last more than 15-20 minutes.
All members of Eureka UMC are eligible to vote, including any of our youth who have been confirmed.
I will never forget what happened on January 10, 2016. That is the day that I met Dan. Some of you may remember Dan, but for those of you who do not, he is a big guy from Minnesota with an even bigger heart for serving and helping others. Dan showed up at church after our last service that Sunday, introduced himself as a disaster response team leader, and mentioned that he and his team were looking for a place to stay to begin helping with recovery from the record setting flood that had just occurred in our area. I asked Dan, "how long would you like to stay?" Expecting him to say he'd like to stay for a week, I was surprised when he said, "let's start with 30 days." Dan's vision and understanding of post flood recovery was much different than my (at that time) short term vision!
Later that afternoon, Dan asked if he could set up an office and sleeping quarters at the church. I said, "how about if you set up in my office. I can work out of one of the classrooms for a month." Dan settled in and began working earnestly, organizing teams, equipping volunteers, and securing funding to help families in our community recover from the floods. Dan ended up changing countless lives in his selfless service. Dan lived in my office until September of that year, a full NINE months!
Dan has been passionate about serving people following natural disasters since a very young age; it is his calling. During many of our conversations, Dan kept mentioning how awesome it is to be in a community where UMCOR has established a presence. In his opinion, UMCOR is among the best, if not the best, disaster relief organization that he is privileged to serve alongside. UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is present wherever people are hurting and recovering from natural disasters. Oftentimes, UMCOR is onsite and engaged in recovery and assistance before many other great organizations arrive onsite. One of the most amazing things about UMCOR is that 100% of what it receives goes directly to those in need. Not 99% or 80%, 100% goes to those in need. It is a highly efficient organization! UMCOR helped our community during our floods. UMCOR functions worldwide and is on the ground in Zimbabwe assisting families in the wake of Cyclone Idai and UMCOR is also on the ground assisting families following the devastating floods in the Midwest; Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and Missouri.
And Dan is right there beside them!
This Easter, our special Easter Offering, our above and beyond giving, will support the life changing ministries of UMCOR and will directly benefit families who have lost everything. I invite you to join my family and give generously this Easter during this special offering. You can give online through our website, through our mobile app, or through check or cash on Sunday; please be sure to note your gift as "Easter UMCOR".
Grace and peace,
The Road to Recovery--Recycling My Pain
This Sunday we will conclude our Lenten sermon series, The Road To Recovery. This Sunday we will look at the last step of recovery; Recycling My Pain.
We invite you to join us on Sunday as we praise God and remind ourselves of the promises found in Matthew 5:3-10 as we continue near the end of our journey through Lent along 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.
**We will be commissioning our Celebrate Recovery Leadership Team during both services on Sunday.
**Our JAM Children's Choir and the EUMC Chancel Choir will provide special music during the 9:45 am service.
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.
April 14th "Recycling My Pain"
"This is Love" Sermon Series
April 21st "Love Wins" (Easter Sunday, see details below)
"Uncomfortable" Sermon Series begins May 5th
American culture is a culture of comfort. It is being sold to us everywhere we look. We are encouraged to do what we want, when we want, with whomever we want. If something is uncomfortable, we want to avoid it at all costs. The Christian faith, though, is just that: uncomfortable. This five-week series will help us to embrace, understand, and to see the beauty and hope in the challenging realities of being part of God's people.
April 28th, "The Uncomfortable Comforter" (Confirmation Sunday)
May 5th, "Embrace the Discomfort"
May 12th, "The Uncomfortable Family" *Mother's Day, Jenny Babb preaching
May 19th, "The Uncomfortable Cross"
May 26th, "Uncomfortable People"
June 2nd, "Countercultural Comfort"
Maundy Thursday Worship Service, Thursday, April 18th
You and your family are invited to experience the "Last Supper" that Jesus shared with his disciples before his betrayal, arrest, trial, and death. During this unique worship service, you will be invited to the table, to hear the conversations between Jesus and his disciples as members of our congregation step into these roles for a dramatic retelling of this powerful moment in Jesus' ministry. Music from our choir and our praise team will continue to tell the story as the conversation pauses around the table.
This mid week worship and communion service begins at 6:30 pm. Childcare will be provided.
EASTER AT EUREKA UMC
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 during all three worship services on Easter.
We have an amazing, laity led, CR Team preparing to launch our new Celebrate Recovery Ministry in just a few weeks. Celebrate Recovery will meet every Wednesday evening beginning on April 24th: Dinner 6-7 pm, Large Group Gathering (worship) 7-8 pm, Share Groups 8-9 pm.
Celebrate Recovery is also a great place to serve! If you are interested in being part of this amazing, life changing ministry, please contact the church office at email@example.com to be connected to one of our CR Team members.
Many people have asked what being part of Celebrate Recovery may look like. Our best response is to come and check it out on Wednesday's beginning on April 24th!
Children's Ministry News
April Theme for JaM
Our verse for April comes from John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Each week we will be learning about the great HOPE that we can have in Jesus. Reminder: there will be no JaM time during the Easter Service, but the nursery will remain open.
Eagle Lake Camp & Mini Camp
Eagle Lake- We are filling up quickly for Eagle Lake Camp. There are only about 40 spots currently open. If you have not registered your child, you are encouraged to do so right away! There are also 5 children on the waiting list for scholarships. If you can help in anyway, please contact Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mini Camp- We will be running a mini camp alongside Eagle Lake, July 29-Aug 2. The time frame is 9am-1pm, and children 3-5 are welcome. The cost for the camp is $100 for the week. We are currently half full, so please register right away if interested. Registration can be found on our website, eurekaumc.org
Easter Egg Hunt
Due to an unfavorable weather forecast, we have cancelled our community event at Berry Park. However, we will still be having the Easter Egg Hunt, for our Eureka UMC families and friends, inside the church. It will still be Sunday, April 14th. There will be crafts, prizes, snacks, face-painting, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny. We will have designated areas, for separate age groups, where we will be hiding 2000+ eggs. The event will still be from 1-3, with the actual hunt to start at 1:30. We encourage you to attend, and invite! It's going to be a great event no matter what!
Nursery worker needed- We are looking to hire an additional worker for the nursery. This position will entail assisting with nursery care 1-2 Sundays per month, from 8-11am, and also during our Celebrate Recovery Services on Wednesday evenings. Nursery workers must be over 18, and will be Safe Sanctuaries trained and certified before starting. Please contact Jenny at email@example.com for more information.
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.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. The discount code is: ILoveCamp19
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.
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 25 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.
Join us Tuesday, May 21 for a potluck. We will meet in the “Commons” area at 1 pm. RSVP to Betty Branscum (636/451-3025) if you’re coming.