The River at Eureka News! (Sept 13th, 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.


Our new website ( 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!


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Celebrate Recovery (CR) meets EVERY Wednesday, no exceptions. We do not cancel for holidays or inclement weather. This Wednesday, Cathy Hinklin, the CR State Representative for Southeast Missouri will be sharing her powerful testimony!

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


This Sunday, September 15th


God Is Trustworthy!

When have you had to truly trust someone...with your life? What does it mean to truly trust God...with your life?

Pastor Tim will continue our current sermon series, "The Good and Beautiful God", as we consider if "God is Trustworthy". We will be looking at the teachings of Jesus from Matthew 26:36-44 this Sunday. Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane, just hours before his arrest and crucifixion. This passage reveals the fullness of Christ's humanity and divinity; and in His darkest hour we see Jesus fully trusting God. How does this speak to our own narratives about trusting God? Let's find out together on Sunday!

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 through the 5th grade)

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

Live Stream begins at 9:45 am

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


**We will be celebrating two baptisms at the 9:45 am service on Sunday.


8:30 am hymns

UMH 143 On Eagle's Wings

UMH 462 Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus

UMH 467 Trust and Obey


9:45 am worship songs

Love the Lord

Voice of Truth

The River

Trust in Jesus

All the People Said Amen


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We will continue our new sermon series in September, "The Good and Beautiful God". This series, based on the book by James Bryan Smith, will challenge us to fall in love with the God Jesus knows.


September 8             "God is Good"

September 15           "God is Trustworthy"

September 22           "God is Generous"

September 29           "God is Love"

October 6                  "God is Holy"

October 13                "God is Self Sacrificing"

October 20                "God Transforms"

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13th Annual moMENtum Golf Scramble set for September 15th!

All are invited to this fun afternoon of golf at Aberdeen Golf Club in Eureka! Sign in an lunch will begin at 10:45 am until 1:00 pm and the Golf Scramble will begin at 1:00 pm.

This is a great event with wonderful prizes, great food and friends, and the proceeds will benefit our life changing Celebrate Recovery Ministry!

Please visit for more information and to register.

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Proclamation Brass Concert on Sunday, October 6th

Proclamation Brass Concert on Sunday, October 6th at 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary. This is a benefit concert with all proceeds going to Feed My Starving Children.

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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 (

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

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Monday, September 23rd at 6:30 pm

You are invited to join Pastor Tim for the "State of the Church" meeting on Monday, September 23rd at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary. This meeting will include updates from our HCI process, updates on new places for new people, and a Q&A session. All are welcome to attend.


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New Life Groups are now forming!

During the Summer, Pastor Tim and his wife, Sherri, led a Turbo Group and mentored and equipped this amazing group of new Life Group Leaders. These new leaders are in the process of organizing their own new Life Groups. Meet our new Life Group Leaders (L-R):

David and Jenny Babb           or

Bill and Christy Sommer        or

Blake and Stephanie Fischer or

Todd and Meaghan Shelton or

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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. Pastor Tim will be leading our first ever River's Edge beginning on Sunday, September 8th from 11:00-11:35 am. Childcare will be available. The River's Edge will meet four times for one hour (on Sunday's immediately following the last worship service) during the Fall. This is a great place to learn about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and how we live out our faith as Christians in the United Methodist tradition. During our last gathering, you will meet your Connect Coach; they will help you CONNECT at The River, so that you may THRIVE as a child of God, in order that God's love may OVERFLOW in and through your life. Though not required, those that complete the River's Edge will also have the option to become a member of the church.

Are you ready to come to the River's Edge? Please contact Pastor Tim at


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The River at Eureka has a strong tradition of confirmation spanning many decades. During the Confirmation journey, students grades 6-12 will have to opportunity to ask questions, deepen their faith, and to ultimately profess their faith in Jesus Christ. There will be a Confirmation Parent Meeting on Sunday, September 29th at 11:00 am in Room 207. For more information, please contact Jenny Babb at



Eureka Elementary School Partnership

We are excited to enter our third school year partnership with Eureka Elementary School! This year, we will be expanding our partnership to include more opportunities to serve and to make a difference in the lives of these amazing students and the staff.

If you'd like to be part of this fun and amazing ministry, please plan to attend one of two Volunteer Orientations scheduled at Eureka Elementary School on Wednesday, September 4th at 9:15 am or 6:00 pm. Also, just a reminder that the NEW Eureka Elementary is located in the Arbors of Rockwood subdivision! Need more information? Please contact our team leader, Sue Richmond at

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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:

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Save The Date!

This Fall, we will be partnering with dozens of other churches to pack nearly one million meals for children in need all over the world. These meals change and save lives! Our Guatemala mission teams have seen children eating these nutritious meals!

Our shifts are as follows and will be at Good Shephard Lutheran Church in Manchester.

Meal Packing Shift 1                       October 19th from 12:15-2:30 pm
Meal Packing Shift 2 (Youth)         October 19th from 7:00-9:00 pm


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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


During the past two years, I have made a commitment to the leadership of The River (and myself) to meet at least 1000 new people each year and to invite at least one new person/family to church each week. This has not only been exciting, but it has resulted in dozens of new people coming to Christ and finding a connection at The River! As we continue to live into our new Vision with a strong emphasis on multiplication, I am seeking to multiply my efforts by equipping others to do the same. With as few as 10 people, the engage team can meet 10,000 new people in our mission field and invite hundreds of new people to The River in 2020! I have recently began training and equipping two other individuals who are committed to meeting 10 new people per week which means the effects of this ministry has already been multiplied 100%. Maybe God is calling you to be part of this exciting new ministry? If you'd like to learn more about being part of engage, please contact me at

Let's connect with 10,000 people in 2020!

Pastor Tim

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October 19th, 10am-noon, Fenton UMC

The charge conference is the basic governing body of each United Methodist local church and is composed of all members of the Leadership Team. All members of the charge conference must be members of the local church. The charge conference must meet at least once per year. The charge conference directs the work of the church and gives general oversight to the Leadership Team, reviews and evaluates the vision, mission, and ministry of the church, sets salaries for the pastor and staff, elects the members of Leadership Team (based on nominations for the Nominations and Leadership Development Team), and recommends candidates for ordained ministry.


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WOW (Women of Worship) will hold their Annual Soup Luncheon on Sunday, November 10th. All proceeds will be used to adopt families for Christmas. Online registration to provide a soup will be available soon. Questions? Contact Renee Smola at

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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!

  Introducing the new name of our Children's Ministry...

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We are excited to adopt a new name, X-Stream Kid's, for our Children's Ministry! This new name aligns with our church's new vision and the upcoming name change to The River at Eureka on August 11th.


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