Connecting Hearts, Thriving Together, Overflowing into the World
To make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
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!
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, August 21st, is a testimony night!
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, August 18th
Pastor Tim will continue our current sermon series, "The River", on Sunday. This series will challenge us to discern where God is calling each of us to lead in God's church. During this series, Pastor Tim will also be sharing the work of the Leadership Development Team which has been meeting for the past eight months to discern and develop our new Leadership Development Pipeline (LDP). The three components of the LDP are Discover, Develop, and Deploy. Our focus this Sunday will be on Develop, based on 2 Timothy 2:2.
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
Childcare is available during both worship services for children birth through 2 years old.
**Communion Sunday at both services
8:30 am hymns
514 Stand Up For Jesus
451 Be Thou My Vision
400 Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
9:45 am worship songs
Your Grace is Enough
Christ in Me
Keep Making Me
Until The Whole World Hears
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"
August 18th, "Develop"
August 25th, "Deploy"
*We will be gathering at the Lord's Table each Sunday during The River sermon series.
We will begin a 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 1 "What Are You Seeking?" (Jenny Babb preaching)
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"
ACTs (55+ Adult Ministry) Old Fashioned Picnic
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 10 am – 4 pm at Lakewood Hills Park. Come enjoy BBQ burgers with all the trimmings!
We’ll also have washers, badminton, croquet, swimming, fishing, etc. See Betty Branscum for reservations and a map.
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 the-river.church for more information and to register.
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:
Ø Calling the church office at (636) 938-6377
Ø Fill in the prayer request card attached to the weekly worship bulletin.
Ø Through The River app or website (the-river.church)
Ø Contact a CCM on a Sunday morning or call the CCM phone at 636-386-6350
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
We are entering our third year of partnering with the Eureka Parks Department! We are grateful for the opportunity to connect with and to serve our community through this partnership! Eureka Days is just about a month away and there will be numerous opportunities to serve. We will be hosting the Kids Korner at Eureka Days on September 7th. Please Contact Jenny Babb at email@example.com to serve in this area. The Parks Department has asked if we can provide Parade Marshalls for the Eureka Days Parade. This team will be positioned along the parade route and assist in keeping the parade route clear. If you are interested in serving in this capacity please contact Pastor Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org. All of those who volunteer to serve will receive one of our new RIVER t shirts!
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 will be assigned to us soon, the weekend food packing event will occur October 16th -20th, 2019 at Good Shephard Lutheran Church in Manchester.
Our Leadership Team has determined that we need to expand our staff in order to fulfill our Mission and to live into the Vision God has given to us. This new position is a Youth Assistant. The person that fills this new role will work closely with Jenny Babb and Pastor Tim to continue to develop and implement a compelling youth ministry for students in grades 6-12. If you are interested in this new, part time position, please contact Pastor Tim at email@example.com. Pastor Tim and Jenny are scheduling interviews for early next week!
Children's Ministry News
Our theme for the month of August is OBEDIENCE and is based on 2 John 1:6, "And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment just as you have heard it from the beginning—you must walk in it." (NRSV)
Introducing the new name of our Children's Ministry...
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!