The River at Eureka News! (May 2nd, 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.

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Welcome to The River at Eureka!

“A United Methodist Church”

A big 'thank you' to our church leadership, vision team, and members that participated in the church vote this past Sunday after the last worship service. This meeting was very well attended, 98 adults plus a dozen or so children. This vote, based on a recommendation from our Vision Team, was to change the name of the church from Eureka United Methodist Church to The River at Eureka. During the meeting, Nelson Devenport proposed an amendment to include 'a United Methodist Church' to the proposed new name. His amendment also included the flexibility of the leadership to use all or part of the name when referring to the church. The amendment to the original motion was approved by 83% of those in attendance. Larry Baner, our Leadership Team chair then called for the vote to change the name of the church from Eureka United Methodist Church to The River at Eureka (a United Methodist Church). The votes were tallied by Wes Sir and Dave McNeel and the final results were: 82% in favor, 11% opposed, and 7% abstained.

 Over the next several months, our leadership team, vision team, and staff will work towards implementing the name change. We anticipate that this process to be complete near the end of the summer.

 “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” Jesus in John 7:37-38

Welcome to The River at Eureka!

   “A United Methodist Church”

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"If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters--yes, even their own life--such a person cannot be my disciple." Jesus

"And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell." Jesus

"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." Jesus

"Love your neighbor as yourself." Jesus

"But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!" Jesus


Now read these verses again, imagining that Jesus is speaking directly to you.

Do these teachings from Jesus make you uncomfortable?

See you on Sunday,
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. The lesson on May 8th will be "Powerless" with Cathy Westbury teaching. The following week, May 15th, Shane Laswell will be sharing his powerful testimony.

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 continues this Sunday, 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  six-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 continue this Sunday as we consider 1 Peter 2:4-9 through a sermon titled "Embrace the Discomfort".  Here's the big idea for this Sunday: The Christian life--especially when it comes to being part of a church community--is full of discomfort and awkwardness, but God uses these challenges to help us know Him better. How uncomfortable are we willing to be in order to know Jesus better?

 *This Sunday is also Communion Sunday. We will gather at the Lord's Table during both worship services.


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 continues 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.

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 acquire.

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

May Theme for JaM

 During the month of May, our children will be learning about PERSEVERANCE. Pushing through isn't always easy, but we can do it if we refuse to give up when life gets hard.  To make it through the mayhem, you need perseverance!  We will be reading from Hebrews, Acts, and Matthew, and our memory verse for May is  “But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak.” Isaiah 40:31, NIRV 

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.

Enjoy your week and we look forward to

seeing you Sunday morning!