The River at Eureka News! (Nov 9th, 2019)


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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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Our new website (the-river.church) and mobile app are all organized around our new Discipleship Pathway (see image above). Our weekly E-Newsletter is also going to be organized around the Discipleship Pathway! Love, Learn, Live, and Lead!

What is your next step along the Discipleship Pathway?


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This is an exciting and, at the same time, critical time for The River at Eureka. We have visions for new ministries to expand our impact in our community. However, our current indebtedness is a barrier to our ability to do so. Our Leadership Team voted unanimously in October that we enter into a capital campaign in the Spring of 2020 to address both needs: reduce debt and provide seed money for new ministries. More information about this new capital campaign will be released over the next several weeks.


LOVE

Splashing!

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We are focusing on GENEROSITY during the month of November and this past Sunday, everyone was encouraged to 'splash' someone with extravagant, financial generosity in our community. If each of us 'splash' at least one person each week, we can surpass our goal of 1000 'splashes' in November. We have heard some great stories already about people 'splashing' our neighbors around our community! If you missed the services on Sunday, here is a quick recap of what this 'splashing' is all about:

1. Begin by picking up several of our "splash" cards at our Welcome Desk or at the display near the back of the sanctuary.

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2. "Splash" someone with extravagant, financial generosity in our community. Here are a few examples of what a "splash" may look like:

When you tip a server at an area restaurant, instead of leaving the standard 15%-20% tip, leave an extravagant tip of 30% or more and leave one of the cards on the table.

Next time you are in a drive through line, let the attendant know that you would like to pay for the order of the car behind you. This requires some faith, it may be a van full of youth soccer players! Pay for their meal and ask the attendant to simply give them one of your "splash" cards.

3. When you visit The River on Sunday, drop a ping pong ball into our "Splash Box" in the hallway outside the back of the sanctuary. Our goal for November is to 'splash' 1000 people and fill the "Splash Box".

So why are we doing this? It's simple. This initiative reminds us of the importance of being generous as God is generous towards us and it is also a great outreach into our community.

Who have you 'splashed' this week?


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One of the key components of the new Vision discerned by our Vision Team is advancing God's Kingdom through multiplication and creating New Places for New People. We are excited to announce a new 'offsite' worship service at Victorian Gardens beginning on Thursday, November 21st. This new worship service will meet each week at 10 am in the chapel at Victorian Gardens. This new worship service will be patterned after our current 8:30 am Sunday morning service. This also creates a wonderful opportunity to serve! If you are interested in being part of this exciting new ministry in our community, please contact our Lay Leader, Cathy Westbury at westburycathy@gmail.com


UPCOMING SERMONS


This Sunday, November 3rd

"Family"

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It's almost here, the dawn of a new decade! During the month of November, we are going to be looking ahead towards 2020 with an intentional focus on being prepared spiritually and financially to ensure that we can positively impact our families, our community, and God's Kingdom. In November, each of us will be challenged to take a step of faith towards our generosity towards the ministries of The River; ministries that seek to strengthen and grow our families, our community, and God's Kingdom as we continue to live into our new vision, "Connecting Hearts, Thriving Together, Overflowing into our World".

Our emphasis this Sunday will be about cultivating generosity in our families. Pastor Tim will be preaching from 1 Timothy 6:17-19 (MSG). What would our families and communities look like if we raised our children and grandchildren to be generous with their gifts, talents, and resources?

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

X-Stream Kid's Ministry gathers at 9:45 am (children ages 3 years old-5th grade)

Our Family Room Worship Site gathers at 9:45 am

Live Stream begins at 9:45 am

Childcare is available in the nursery for children birth through 10 years old during the 8:30 am worship service.

Childcare is available in the nursery for children birth through 2 years old during the 9:45 am worship service.

**We will be celebrating a baptism during the 9:45 am worship service

8:30 am hymns

Rejoice Ye Pure In Heart UMH 160

Faith Of Our Fathers UMH 710

Surely The Presence Of The Lord UMH 328

9:45 am Worship Songs

Every Act of Love

House of God Forever

The River

Build My Life

All the People Said Amen


Next Wednesday, November 13th

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CR meets EVERY Wednesday, no exceptions. We do not cancel for holidays or inclement weather. This coming Wednesday, is a TESTIMONY night. We are excited to welcome our special guest speaker, Doreen Page, who will be sharing her powerful testimony with our CR!

 

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; snacks, coffee, and fellowship

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


 

 
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2020:Focused

It's almost here, the dawn of a new decade! During the month of November, we are going to be looking ahead towards 2020 with an intentional focus on being prepared spiritually and financially to ensure that we can positively impact our families, our community, and God's Kingdom. In November, each of us will be challenged to take a step of faith towards our generosity to the ministries of The River; ministries that seek to strengthen and grow our families, our community, and God's Kingdom as we continue to live into our new vision, "Connecting Hearts, Thriving Together, Overflowing into our World".

November 3   "Community"
November 10  "Family"
November 17  "Kingdom"
November 24  "Gratitude"     

 

 
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The Cast of Christmas

 This Advent season, we are going to explore the birth of Jesus from the perspective of those who spoke of His birth hundreds or even thousands of years before it happened and from the perspective of those who were there. We invite you and your family to be part of this wonderful journey towards Christmas!

December 1                 Prophets: Preparation and Expectation
December 8                 Angels: Proclamation
December 15               Shepherds: Hope and Joy
December 22               Magi: Adoration and Worship
December 24               Jesus: Christ the Savior is Born

                                    3pm and 5pm Family Services with music led by the Praise Team

                                    8pm Traditional Service with music led by the Chancel Choir


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Congregational Care Ministry (CCM) Team

 Karen Hughes, Sherri Schulte, Doug McVicar,

Sue Engsberg, Tina Butler, and Donna Valleroy

 

CCM’s are lay ministers who serve alongside our pastor 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 The River app or website (the-river.church)

  •  Contact a CCM on a Sunday morning or call the CCM phone at 636-386-6350


LEARN

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The River's Edge

The River's Edge is a gathering of people who have been attending The River for several weeks, months, or maybe even several years and are ready to take the next step in their faith and connection in the church. Our next session of The River's Edge will begin on January 12, 2020. If you are interested in being part of this next session, please contact Pastor Tim at tim.schulte@the-river.church


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Our next session of Financial Peace University will begin on January 19th. Registration is now open on our website at the-river.church

David Babb will be leading Financial Peace University. If you have any specific questions, you can contact David at dbabb1692@gmail.com


LIVE

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Auditions for Midnight Prayer, our in house Praise Band will be happening soon!

Our Praise Band, Midnight Prayer, is seeking additional team members to expand their ministry. They lead worship on Sunday mornings and/or Wednesday evenings and also participate in larger community and concert events. Midnight Prayer has opened for national touring artists Seventh Day Slumber, Stellar Kart, Mark Christopher Lawrence and others! They have also been mentored by Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Chris Sligh.

If you'd like to be considered for an upcoming audition, please contact our Praise Band leader, Scott, at scott.springman@the-river.church


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Did you know that we serve a full meal at Celebrate Recovery every Wednesday night? Each week, a different family or group of friends prepare and serve a meal to the amazing CR leadership and participants in this growing and life changing (and life saving) ministry. This is an incredible opportunity to serve! For more information and/or to register, please open the link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084dacae2ea7f58-celebrate


LEAD

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We are preparing to launch our second leadership training for our growing Celebrate Recovery Ministry! If you are interested in being part of this next group of new leaders, please contact our CR leadership development trainer, Cathy Westbury, at westburycathy@gmail.com


 
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Children's Ministry News

Our X-Stream Kids (three years old through the 5th grade) meet every Sunday at 9:45 am. Please arrive a few minutes early in order to check your kids in through our secure KidCheck system. See you on Sunday!

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XStream Kids- During November, we will be focusing on Romans 12:10, "Love one another deeply. Honor others more than yourselves." Through Bible study and activities, we will be leaning what it means to HONOR others, and how we should treat them the way that we would like to be treated. For a detailed look at the lessons, as well as great ways to engage your children on this topic, grab a Parent Cue handout at the Parent Resource desk!


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CHRISTMAS PLAY! We are excited to announce that our XStream Kids, together with the Confirmation Class and The River’s Choir, will be presenting a Christmas Play and Musical. Stay tuned for date/time. If you are interested in helping, please contact jenny.babb@the-river.church


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SAVE THE DATE!

 Eagle Lake Camp is coming back again!  Save the date this summer for July 27-31, 2020.  Registration should open by December 1st.  Last year, we filled the camp and had a waiting list. There will be an early registration discount!!


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Catalyst will meet on Sunday, November 3rd from 6pm to 7:30pm.Youth (12-18) AND parents are welcome to join!   Food, Fun and Drinks provided for an hour and a half of ADVENTURE as we discover and enrich our faith. If you would like to attend or would like more information, email Andrew at andrew.smola@the-river.church.

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2020 YOUTH SUMMER MISSION TRIP TO ESTES PARK, COLORADO!

We will be attending another amazing Student Life Camp in ESTES PARK, COLORADO! The dates will be June 7th-June 13! We are still working out the details of our mission projects but the Student Life Camp is set. Anyone interested in attending (including adult leaders) can email Andrew at andrew.smola@the-river.church.


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