The River at Eureka News! (July 19th, 2019)

Our Vision:

Connecting Hearts, Thriving Together, Overflowing into the World

Our Mission:

To make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


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COMING ON AUGUST 11TH!

 

 "Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” -Jesus in John 7:38 ESV-

 

L-R: Pastor Tim, Jody Fagan, Linas Reed, Mike Cockson (CR Ministry Team Leader)

L-R: Pastor Tim, Jody Fagan, Linas Reed, Mike Cockson (CR Ministry Team Leader)

Please join us in congratulating Jody Fagan and Linas Reed who both received the sacrament of baptism on July 17 during our Celebrate Recovery worship service!


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1859

Our nation was at the brink of war. North versus South. The Methodist Episcopal Church had split 15 years earlier, in 1844, over the issue of slavery. It is during this time that Rev. John Wesley Browning was appointed to start a new Methodist church in this area. He was appointed to serve the Allenton Charge and began three new churches in 1859. These three Methodist Churches included Franklin (now known as Pacific UMC), Pond (now known as Bethel UMC) and Eureka (us).

There was a vision to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to this area, to create New Places for New People. Rev. John Wesley Browning lived into that vision and gathered a handful of people into a stone house on the Wallach Farm (near Hwy W and FF) for worship services 160 years ago. A new church was planted and Rev. Wesley could have probably never imagined that in 2019 that fledgling congregation would grow to nearly 800 members and an average weekly worship attendance of nearly 350 people in a structure over 30,000 square feet in size!

Much has happened since our humble beginnings as a house church 160 years ago. There have been over 8000 Sundays, Christmas Eve and Easter have been celebrate 159 times, there have been well over 10,000 sermons preached, thousands of baptisms, hundreds of weddings, hundreds of youth have been confirmed, and countless lives transformed by the Holy Spirit in this Methodist Church.

During this time, 56 lead pastors (Methodist Episcopal South, Methodist Episcopal, and United Methodist) have been appointed by Bishops to serve this amazing congregation. I am privileged to serve as the 57th lead pastor at this charge. I, like all of the previous pastors, are appointed by our Bishop; my new appointment year began on July 1st.

Methodism and Wesleyan theology have an incredible legacy in our community; a legacy that has, is, and will continue to reach people with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Nearly every day, someone asks me if we will still be a United Methodist Church after we adopt our new name. The answer to this question is a resounding "yes". the Vision Team and our Leadership Team (and your pastor) have no intention of ceasing to be a United Methodist Church. Changing the name of the church to The River at Eureka is the recommendation of our Vision Team after an intense season of nearly 12 months steeped in prayer and discernment. In early September 2018, our Vision Team met (the team began meeting for 2-3 hours every two weeks the month before) and over half of the team reported that they had developed a deep conviction during their prayer and discernment that God was calling us to follow him in a new way, a way that characterized the movement of a river. The name change is a response to the movement of God's Holy Spirit. The River at Eureka represents our new Vision, is relevant in our mission field, and contains deep theological significance.

Are we still a United Methodist Church? Yes. We are part of the Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. I (and future pastors) serve under appointment by a United Methodist Bishop and our polity (church governance) is determined by the United Methodist Book of Discipline. Our worship services and the sacraments of baptism and communion are ordered in accordance with the United Methodist Book of Worship. This year we are on track to fully fund ($45,506) our apportioned giving to the worldwide ministries of the United Methodist Church. This will be the first year in a decade where we will pay 100% of our apportioned giving--Thank You!

Yes we are a United Methodist Church. We teach, preach, worship, serve, and experience our faith through the distinct Wesleyan theology. We are United Methodists!

Whether we are known as Eureka Episcopal South, Henrietta Brown Memorial Methodist Episcopal (now that's a mouthful and that was our legal name until just about 6 years ago), Eureka United Methodist Church, or The River at Eureka--we are Methodists!

Privileged to serve as your 57th pastor,

 Pastor Tim

 


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Celebrate Recovery (CR) meets EVERY Wednesday, no exceptions. We do not cancel for holidays or inclement weather. Each Wednesday, our Celebration Worship service alternates between a teaching and a testimony. Next Wednesday, July 24th, is Testimony Night. Rob, from Victory CR, will be sharing his powerful testimony of transformation and freedom.

Wednesday's at Celebrate Recovery

6:00-6:30pm   Dinner in the Commons (first time CR guests eat free, after that $5 per plate)

7:00-8:00pm   Celebration Worship in the sanctuary

8:00-9:00pm  Open Share Groups

                                    Newcomers 101                      For 1st time CR guests

                                    Women's Addiction                Addiction, alcoholism, etc.

                                    Women's Mixed Issues          Grief, pain, divorce, codependency, etc.

                                    Men's Addiction                     Addiction, alcoholism, etc.

                                    Men's Mixed Issues                Grief, pain, divorce, codependency, etc.

9:00-9:30         CR Cafe in the Commons; donuts, coffee, and fellowship

*Complimentary childcare is available from 6:30-9:00pm


UPCOMING SERMONS

This Sunday, July 21st

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"Dust"

 Pastor Tim will begin a new sermon series on Sunday titled "Dust". This series will focus on the teachings of Jesus from Matthew 4:19 and what it means to be a disciple, a follower, of Jesus. During the four weeks of this series, Pastor Tim will also be sharing the four principle components of the new Discipleship Pathway developed by the Discipleship Pathway team over the past 10 months.


This Sunday, we will consider the second component of discipleship that Jesus teaches from Matthew 4:19, "...follow me...", an invitation to LEARN.

 Worship Service times are at 8:30 am and 9:45 am

JAM Children's Ministry gathers at 9:45 am (children ages 3 through the 5th grade)

Our new Family Room Worship Site gathers at 9:45 am

Childcare is available during both worship services for children birth through 2 years old.


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"Dust"

Jesus lived in a world where being a disciple, following and learning from a Rabbi (Teacher), meant following so closely that the disciple would be covered with the dust of the Rabbi. With each foot step of the Rabbi, the dust would cling to the disciple. We are still called to be disciples, to follow Jesus closely, to be covered in His dust. The "Dust" sermon series will challenge us to follow Jesus more closely as we also share the new discipleship pathway that our amazing team has been discerning and creating over the past nine months.

July 21, "Learn"

July 28, "Live"

August 4, "Lead"

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"The River"

 Rivers are significant in our region and very significant in God's Word. Jesus reminds us what a life in him looks like, " Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:38 ESV)

 Rivers connect, life thrives along rivers, and at times rivers overflow and change the landscape around them. During this three week series, we will dive deep into God's Word, recall the new vision God is calling us to live into, and be challenged to answer the unique call God has placed on each of our lives.

August 11th, "Discover" (this is the launch date of The River at Eureka)

August 18th, "Develop"

August 25th, "Deploy"

*We will be gathering at the Lord's Table each Sunday during The River sermon series.


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moMENtum Washers Tournament!

July 27, 2019.
9 am start time.
20$ per person/ 40$ per team.
BBQ lunch will be included.

Net proceeds to benefit our youth and children's ministries!

Trophies to the winners. They will be defended each year. Names of winners will be engraved on trophies! Double elimination format.
Bring your entire family and your friends!

RSVP on the moMENtum Facebook event page!

 


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YARD SIGNS: Have you noticed these signs in front of EUMC?  There are 3 different messages: 1) You Matter 2) You Are Not Alone and 3) You Are Worthy of Love.  The back of each sign has the message “Don’t Give Up”.  Everyone feels broken or insecure at some point in their lives.  Sometimes it is at some point in their day or their week.  It could be a feeling of hurt or a feeling of “I don’t belong”, “I am not good enough”, or “something’s wrong with me”.   I donated these signs to EUMC and have purchased many more.  If you are interested in helping spread hope, truth and love to a world thirsty for it, this may be an easy way to do that.  I am subsidizing part of the cost of these, currently providing 1 sign for $7 or 3 signs for $15.   Feel free to put friends, neighbors and business owners in touch with me if you believe they might have an interest in being a part of this.  Remember to check with a HOA board member before putting up signs in common areas of your neighborhood.

Karen Hughes
kdhughes1@charter.net


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Save the date! August 4th is our next fundraising day at Raising Cane's. Our fist fundraising event at Raising Cane's was very successful last month! The store manager said it was one of the most successful fundraisers for them so far this year. Just by eating at Raising Cane's and mentioning that you are with Eureka United Methodist Church, they will donate 15% back to us. We just received a check from Raising Cane's for $217.00 to benefit our Celebrate Recovery ministry! Raising Cane's is located at:

15698 Manchester Road in Ellisville.


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The Women of Worship (WOW) group invites you to participate in our annual backpack drive this summer! The backpack tree will be set up beginning the first week of July; simply select a tag and return the backpack by July 21st. This is a great ministry and it allows children to begin the school year with all of the necessary supplies that they need.


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Children's Ministry News

Children's Ministry News

 EAGLE LAKE CAMP WEEK IS ALMOST HERE!

This is an exciting week for our community and church! A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has graciously given of their time, opened up their homes as host families, donated supplies and/or food, and who will be serving at the Camp in any capacity!


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Blessing of the Backpacks on August 11th!

We encourage all families to bring their children and their backpacks to church on Sunday, August 11th for our annual "Blessing of the Backpacks". There will be a special time during both worship services for students (and faculty and staff) to come forward and receive prayer before we begin the 2019/2020 school year.


Congregational Care Ministry Team

Karen Hughes, Sherri Schulte, Doug McVicar
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:

Ø  Calling the church office at (636) 938-6377
Ø  Fill in the prayer request card attached to the weekly worship bulletin.
Ø  Through our EUMC app or website (eurekaumc.org)
Ø  Contact a CCM on a Sunday morning Or call the new CCM phone number at 636-386-6350


Have a great week and we look forward to seeing you Sunday morning!