EUMC News! (April 18th, 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.

Larry Baner, 2019 Eureka UMC Leadership Team

Maundy Thursday Worship Service:          TONIGHT, Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 pm

Easter Sunrise Service:                                 Sunday, April 21 at 7:00am

Traditional Easter Service:                          Sunday, April 21 at 8:30 am

Family Easter Service:                                 Sunday, April 21 at 9:45 am


Childcare is provided for all of these worship services.

There is no JAM children's ministry on Easter Sunday.

There will be a special children's moment during the three Easter Services.


Save the date!

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.

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Do you remember the first time your parents gave you the keys to the car? You didn't even care that it was a mini-van with the fake wood vinyl 'enhancement' on the side! You had the keys to a vehicle that could take you to White Castle where you could meet your friends and share a Crave Case and an ice cold Coca Cola. Up to this point in your life, this was perhaps the pinnacle or defining moment! But then the inevitable happened. The Crave Case was emptied, the ice had melted and you were left with a mysterious dilution in your cup, and you looked at your watch (or flip phone) and realized that it was time to return the family truckster to its dwelling place in the garage. You enjoy the 10 minute drive back home (and depending on when you were a teenager) were blaring the radio to your favorite Elvis (50's), Beatles (60's), Led Zeppelin (70's), Van Halen (80's),  Pearl Jam (90's),  or Linkin Park (00's).

Then you pulled into the garage over the oil stained parking spot reserved for the family mini-van. You bounded inside 10 minutes before curfew and handed the keys back to your parents.

Is this bringing back any memories?

(Dan just a few days after arriving at Eureka UMC in January 2016)

(Dan just a few days after arriving at Eureka UMC in January 2016)

You are probably now wondering, what does any of this have to do with anything at all in my life today? After all, if you are reading this, you likely have a key, or perhaps several keys, to vehicles that are at least one level up on the 'cool scale' from the old family mini-van or sedan.

So, on this Sunday, bring your family, your friends, and your neighbors to one of our Easter Services. And bring your keys.

To be continued...

  on Easter!


Grace and peace,

Pastor Tim


Special Easter Offering to benefit our Disaster Relief organization UMCOR

(This photo was captured last week in Pacific Junction, Iowa. Dan's right hand is showing the height of the flood waters)

(This photo was captured last week in Pacific Junction, Iowa. Dan's right hand is showing the height of the flood waters)

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".

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 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.

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 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.

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We have an amazing, laity led, CR Team preparing to launch our new Celebrate Recovery Ministry NEXT WEEK!. Celebrate Recovery will meet every Wednesday evening beginning on April 24th:

Dinner 6-7 pm (Commons Area),
Celebration Worship (Sanctuary) 7-8 pm,
Share Groups (various classrooms) 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 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!



"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"

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How Will You Measure Your Life?

In the final class of each semester, Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christenson asks his
students how they will apply the theories of business and organizations to their own lives to
ensure that:

  • they are happy and successful in their careers

  • their relationships are an enduring source of happiness

  • they live lives of integrity

Those discussions led to his best-selling book, “How Will You Measure Your Life?” This sermon series explores this same question. Drawing from biblical wisdom, it looks
at how what we choose and value has far greater impact on our lives than what we achieve and

June 9,    "By Who and How You Love", Jenny Babb preaching

June 16,  "By How and What You Give"

June 23,  "By Who and How You Serve"


We are excited to introduce moMENtum, our new men's ministry!

A core group of guys, headed up by our new leaders, Matt Krechel, Ryan Lewis, Casey Wood, and Todd Shelton, have been working hard to discern a new vision for this important ministry to the men in our community and our church.

 All guys are invited to the moMENtum kick off event on Saturday, June 1 beginning at 9:00 am at the Krechel family property. This 288 acre property is on the banks of the Big River and includes miles of off road trails, a skeet shooting range, multiple bbq grills, and much more! This will be a fun day of shooting, riding, and eating! The property is located about 30 minutes south of  Eureka near Morse Mill.

 Guys, you are welcome to bring your guns, your 4WD truck or SUV, trail bike, ATV, or side by side and your appetite! And if you don't have a gun or off road vehicle, no worries! There will be extra toys out there! There will also be plenty of clay targets and food!

 Be sure to 'like' the moMENtum Facebook page to stay up to date on upcoming events and opportunities to grow in your faith and to serve others in the name of Jesus Christ!



The new Eureka Elementary School is nearing completion and they have requested our help!

We have enjoyed an amazing relationship with the students and faculty at Eureka Elementary School for over a year now! We have several volunteers who serve at the school on a regular basis and we have provided THOUSANDS of snacks and breakfast items for underserved students.

The Library Staff at Eureka Elementary School has asked if we can provide some volunteers to help pack up the books at the existing school library beginning on Monday, May 6th at 8:30 am. Our task is to simply pack the books into boxes; this will not involve moving or lifting heavy boxes. If you are available and interested in helping at our partner school, please contact Kristen Bradley at Eureka Elementary School. She can be reached at 636-733-3154 or at Please remember to tell her that you will be serving from Eureka UMC.


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.  

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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 for more information.

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

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, 

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Youth Ministry News!

(photo of one of our high school students rappelling in Colorado in 2017)

(photo of one of our high school students rappelling in Colorado in 2017)

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  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


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Congregational Care Ministry Team

Karen Hughes, Sherri Schulte

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:

  • 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 (

  • Contact a CCM on a Sunday morning Or call CCM Sue Engsberg at 314 707 8733

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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 or 314/707-8733.

Have a fantastic week and we look forward to seeing you

EASTER Sunday!


Tim Schulte
Eureka United Methodist Church
215 North Central Avenue, Eureka MO 63025

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