The River at Eureka News! (June 12th, 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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"Better than Kohls Cash"

If you are a devoted shopper like me, then you can appreciate a good sale. Let's be honest, would you rather pay full price or half price for the same item?

I'll always remember what happened after the youth Colorado Mission Trip in 2013. I returned from that trip exhausted and with a trash bag full of laundry. This bag contained work clothes, summer clothes, some of my favorite t-shirts, and even some of my favorite North Face and Columbia apparel. A few days later, trash day rolls around and I see this big bag of 'trash' in our laundry room, so I take that bag out to the curb. I thought nothing of it until a few days later when I am packing to spend the next four weeks in Kansas City for my first year of Course of Study. The turnaround time between the mission trip and the Kansas City trip was less than a week. I began packing for the month and could find nothing. I asked my lovely wife, Sherri, "is the laundry from the trip almost finished?"

She answered, "it was finished a few days ago. Are you looking for something?"

"Yes", I answered, "I am actually looking for everything."

Then it dawned on me. I had discarded nearly every article of summer clothing that I owned. Sherri and I headed over to Kohls and we began to purchase an entire summer wardrobe. To this day, it is the largest single purchase we have ever made at Kohls. If you've shopped there before, then you know how the check out procedure works. "You have just saved $412.00 and here is $50.00 in Kohls cash."

I'm not sure how they can offer such discounts AND give us Kohls cash when we leave! But I'm not complaining! I love the opportunity to save money when I do go shopping.

Why all of this talk about saving money and Kohls cash and half price sales? Because this week, and for the next few days (until Monday), the Conference is offering the Elevation Camp for high school students for half price! And for those of you who have already registered and paid, you will be receiving a refund! I am part of our Conference Next Generation Team and we have found a way to significantly reduce the expense of this amazing trip by renting a few vans instead of hiring a rather expensive motor coach service. These savings are being passed on to our youth and families throughout the Conference.

So, if you are a high school student, or know a high school student, who would like to spend a week at Elevation Camp in Divide, Colorado, please let me know. The registration deadline this Monday, June 17th. The dates of the camp are June 30 through July 7. The camp departs from Eureka UMC. The week at camp will include amazing worship, awesome leadership development, and incredible outdoor adventure including white water rafting, mountain climbing and rappelling, hiking, and even extended periods of rest from our hectic schedules. The cost for this camp is now half price, just $250.00. Please contact me at if you would like to register. Having raised three teenagers, I believe most of us will agree that sending them to camp at this price will be cheaper than keeping them home!

Their lives will be changed through this amazing experience! And this is better than Kohls cash!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Tim

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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 19th, The Passion Painter (Andy Raines) will be sharing his amazing gift of painting and 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


"How Will You Measure Your Life?" Sermon Series continues this Sunday, June 16.

(see description below in "upcoming sermons")

 Pastor Tim will be preaching this Sunday from Matthew 25:14-19, a sermon titled "By How and What You Give".


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


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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 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"



Jesus lived in a world where being a disciple, following and learning from a Rabbi (Teacher), meant following so closely that the disciple would be covered with the dust of the Rabbi. With each foot step of the Rabbi, the dust would cling to the disciple. We are still called to be disciples, to follow Jesus closely, to be covered in His dust. The "Dust" sermon series will challenge us to follow Jesus more closely as we also share the new discipleship pathway that our amazing team has been discerning and creating over the past nine months.

July 14, "Love"

July 21, "Learn"

July 28, "Live"

August 4, "Lead"


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. 

Summer Youth Outing- On Friday, June 21st, 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!

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

Eagle Lake Volunteers Needed!  There will be many opportunities to serve during the week of Eagle Lake Camp. There are opportunities to serve as a host home, you can help serve lunch, help with the check in/checkout process, or assist with our mini-camp.  If you are available to help in any way, please contact Jenny at

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5th Family Sunday- There are only a few months each year that have 5 Sundays.  We have decided to make these rare occasions an opportunity for inter-generational worship during the 9:45 am worship service!  Our JaM children's ministry will not be open on the 5th Sundays of the month. Instead, we invite the children to participate in the regular worship service, where they will be assisting with greeting, helping the ushers, and leading songs.  The nursery be open for children ages birth through two years old. Our first 5th Family Sunday will be on June 30th.

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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

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:  

This camp is now HALF PRICE, reduced to $250.00 per camper! The deadline for registration is on Monday, June 17th

*Those that have already registered will be receiving a refund for the difference.

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


Let’s go BLUES!!!


Have a great week and we look forward to seeing you Sunday morning!