The River at Eureka News! (May 30th, 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.


The Prize

It doesn't get much more exciting than this--the Blues are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs! And unless you've been walking this earth for the past half century, this is something that you have not yet seen in your lifetime.  And no one has ever seen the Blues

WIN a Stanley Cup playoff game until Wednesday evening. The team's journey this season has been nothing short of remarkable.

Hockey, along with all other sports, has memorable moments and hard fought contests that come down to a missed field goal, a walk off homerun in extra innings, or a penalty shot in overtime. Even in other competitions, such as track and field events or swimming, athletes have lost a race by hundredths of a second.

The Apostle Paul reminds us in his letter to the Corinthians, "Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize?" (1 Corinthians 9:24) Now this is true in sports. Only one person (or team) will win. Sometime in early June, either the Blues or the Bruins will obtain the prize--the coveted Stanley Cup. One team will have won, and let's be honest, the other team, no matter how good they are, will have lost.

Fortunately, this is not the case as a follower of Jesus Christ. Following Jesus isn't a race to be won. The race has already been won. Jesus died for us, and because He lives, we also live. There is one prize. It is Jesus.

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, said this, "You have one business on earth – to save souls."

So maybe we are in a race after all? Not to compete for a prize (already won--it is Jesus), but to see how many others we can "win" for Christ. 

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Tim

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Congratulations to our high school seniors,
the Class of 2019!

Isabelle Baugh         Madeline Baugh       Marshall Capestro  
Grayson Cheever Ethan Grayson         Emily Holtzmann     
Ashley Lingle            Ross Mikel Hayden Royer  
Cayden Schall          Anna Seep                Mia Shaw     
Delaney Starwalt     Brady Wood

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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 week, June 5th, Bob Onken, 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

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The Passion Painter returns to Eureka UMC on Wednesday, June 19th at 7:00 pm!

We invite you to join us for a special event featuring Andy Raines, the Passion Painter. God has gifted Andy with an amazing and powerful art ministry! Andy has been to Eureka in the past, but he has never shared his incredible testimony with us.

All are welcome to join us at our Wednesday evening Celebration Worship (part of our Celebrate Recovery Ministry) for this special evening of worship, the arts, and testimony. 

This Sunday


"Uncomfortable" Sermon Series concludes this Sunday, June 2nd.

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.

This Sunday we will consider the "Uncomfortable Mission".  Pastor Tim will be preaching from Acts 1:8.

**Communion will be served during both services on Sunday


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.


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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"


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"Unlearning Religion"

Jenny Babb will be preaching through this two week series that will focus on Jesus' teaching from the Sermon on the Mount. Half of learning something new is unlearning something old. We have to avoid wrong turns and follow the path laid out in scripture so that we can know the truth in God’s Word.

June 30, "Judge Not"

July 7, "Love Causes Change"


moMENtum, Guns, Trucks, and BBQ event is THIS SATURDAY!

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!


⁃ Krechel Property Directions 
⁃ From Eureka Mo take Hwy 109 south to Hwy W. Make a left and continue to House Springs MO and Hwy 30. Make a right. Continue on Hwy 30 south until you come to Hwy B. There will be a Mobil gas station on the right at the intersection. Make a left on Hwy B like your headed towards Hillsboro. About 5 miles down right before you go across the Big River make a right on Hwy EE in Morse Mill, MO. There will be a little USPS post office on your right. About 3.2 miles down on the left you will see an orange cone at the dirt driveway entrance on the left hand side. I will have a moMENtum sign at the entrance as well. Matt Krechel can be reached at 636-675-0666. He will have his phone (there is cell service at the property) if you have any other questions.


Our fundraising event at Raising Cane's on May 11th raised $214.07 for our Celebrate Recovery ministry! Thank you for your support!


Children's Ministry News

 During the month of June, our kids will be focusing on Galatians 5:22-23 “The fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy and peace. It is being patient, kind and good. It is being faithful and gentle and having control of oneself."  Each week we will be using Bible stories, games, and crafts to emphasize what God is doing is us to change the world around us. 

Eagle Lake Host Homes- Eagle Lake Counselors will be arriving on Saturday July 27th, and will be staying for 1 week.  While they are in town, they will need a place to stay.  Each year, we look for families that are willing to open their homes to these college age counselors that give so much of themselves to Eagle Lake Camp.  If you are interested in more information, please contact Jenny Babb. 

Eagle Lake Mini Camp- We are offering a Mini Camp for ages 3-5 on the same week of Eagle Lake Camp (July 29-Aug 2).  The time frame is 9am to 1pm, and the cost is $100 for the week.  There will be games, crafts, songs, outside play, and tons of fun!  Spots are limited, so reserve your child's spot right away at

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Youth Ministry News!

Summer Youth Outing- On Friday, June 28th, a group of our youth will being going on a day trip to Elephant Rocks State Park and Johnson's Shut-Ins.  We will leave Eureka UMC at 9 am and return at 4:30 pm.  This will be a free trip, just send your child with some money for lunch!  Spots are limited, so contact Jenny to reserve your child's spot!

(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

There are still a few spots for the ELEVATION Adventure Camp in COLORADO. Dates are June 30-July 7. Pastor Tim and Pastor Jeff Baker are co-leading this amazing camp is for high school students. There are just 40 spots available statewide for this amazing camp. Interested? Open the link below:  

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, Doug McVicar
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:

Ø  Calling the church office at (636) 938-6377
Ø  Fill in the prayer request card attached to the weekly worship bulletin.
Ø  Through our EUMC app or website (
Ø  Contact a CCM on a Sunday morning Or call CCM Sue Engsberg at 314 707 8733

Enjoy the remainder of your week and we look forward to seeing you Sunday morning!