EUMC News! (April 26th, 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.


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 will change the name of the church from Eureka United Methodist Church to 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. This vote will be conducted similar to a church or charge conference (although it is neither). You must be present to vote. All participants will simply be asked to raise their hand to approve the name revision, to vote against the name revision, or to abstain from voting.

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The Office

It is Friday morning and I just returned from S.W.A.T (a student led ministry) at Eureka High School. If you are a student or a parent of a student at the high school, you are well aware of all of the significant changes happening there. Parking spots that were once there are gone, entry doors into the school are blocked by construction, and even numerous office doors are no longer where they used to be. This has all happened in just the few months since I was last at the high school!

This morning I entered the building through the Visitor entrance and prepared to make an immediate right into the office to check in. That office is GONE! I was met with a large expanse of plywood up against what used to be the office that I have stepped into for several years. I looked ahead to this enormous corridor and saw what looked like an office set up against the wall. This is no ordinary corridor; it is enormous. It must be at least 20' wide and 500' long (or longer). I approached the 'office', checked in through the computer system, and then began a conversation with the secretary.

I began, "wow, they have made some significant changes to your office! It looks like you have the largest office on campus now."

"Yes," she answered, "this has been my new office for a few months now. And yes, I now have the biggest office!"

She continued to share how making this move from her formerly familiar and comfortable office was somewhat of an adjustment. The former office had a door which opened to the large corridor that was closed most of the time. It also had filing cabinets, numerous family photos, and other items which personalized the space. But now her office was over 10,000 square feet with little more than a desk, a phone, and a computer, and at times populated with hundreds, if not thousands of students, faculty, and staff.

As she was sharing all of this, I was really intrigued by what she said next. "Tim, I have realized something since moving into the corridor. I was missing so much! I used to view everything through the glass partition and now there are no obstructions. I see everyone and hear everything and I love it!"

She left the comfort of her familiar office surroundings and has experienced wonderful and new things in her life. Things that she had been entirely missing.

So, are you comfortable in your life? Are you comfortable in your faith?

What might you be missing at the expense of remaining comfortable?

For the next several weeks, we are going to be considering the blessing of being Uncomfortable.

See you on Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Tim

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Our new Celebrate Recovery ministry launched this past Wednesday! It was very well received and we welcomed 50 people on the first night!

Celebrate Recovery (CR) meets EVERY Wednesday, no exceptions. We do not cancel for holidays or inclement weather. This Wednesday, May 1st, will be our first Testimony night. These are extremely powerful.

You and you're family are encouraged to be part of this life changing ministry. All of us have some hurt, habit, or hang up that is preventing us from experiencing the full and abundant life (John 10:10) Jesus offers us.

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


There is something wonderful that happens before, between and after the worship services. It's the sight of toddlers running around and dropping donut crumbs on the floor. It's new guests being welcomed by members and engaged in conversations about life, careers, kids, and faith. It's an older couple, married for over fifty years, imparting wisdom to a young couple just celebrating their first year of marriage.

These and many other conversations often occur each Sunday morning in our Commons area--the area where coffee flows generously and the donuts, fruit, and other snacks are abundant.

Like all ministries in the church, this hospitality ministry is fully led by several amazing servants! Many of them serve just one half (early morning or late morning) Sunday per month. If you would like to be part of creating the environment where conversations and relationships flourish, please contact our Hospitality Director, Lisa Koltun at


This Sunday


"Uncomfortable" Sermon Series begins this Sunday, April 28th

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.

We begin this Sunday as we explore John 14:15-16 and a sermon titled "The Uncomfortable Comforter". Jesus promised us to send the Comforter (aka Holy Spirit, Counselor, Advocate), but why would we need a Comforter if we are already comfortable?

This Sunday is also Confirmation Sunday! During the 9:45 am service, we will baptize two of our youth and Confirm a total of eight youth!

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.




"Uncomfortable" Sermon Series begins April 28th

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.  

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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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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