The River at Eureka News! (June 27th, 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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Technology is wonderful until it begins behaving badly. That is what happened in my life this past week. Space does not permit a full retelling of the iPhone saga, but throughout the ordeal I had the opportunity to reset my iPhone, plus the new one, plus that same new one that was defective, plus the one that is now working properly a total of eight times in the past week! The Apple Support advisor led me through the process which eventually ended with this displayed on my screen:


I was told to press "Erase iPhone" and then another screen appeared, "Are you sure that you want to erase the iPhone?" Truthfully, this made me nervous! I was about to reset my phone back to the original factory settings. All of my apps would be deleted, my contacts, my calendar, plus thousands of photos and videos. All of these items were backed up on the iCloud but that's for another blog post!

So there I was, one tap away from a full factory reset. I nervously tapped on the red Erase iPhone letters and the screen went blank. Several minutes later, the familiar Apple logo appeared and my phone was reset. In many ways, it was very freeing. My phone was given a new start. I began the process of reloading numerous apps. But there were many more apps that used to be important to me that I decided not to reload. Resets can be good!

This experience over this past week reminds me of what Jesus desires to do in our lives. He invites us to reset back to our original "factory settings". Our current settings are focused on 'us' and our factory settings are focused on God. Christ invites us to invite Him into our lives to begin and to continue the reset process. It is a journey! The apostle Paul describes it well in 2 Corinthians 5:17, " Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" Following Jesus is truly an exercise in resetting our lives.

Throughout the rest of the summer, we will be exploring what it looks like to follow Jesus, to be His deeply devoted disciples, and to initiate the reset that Christ desires in our lives. Over the next two Sundays, Jenny will be preaching a two week series titled "Unlearning Religion" from Matthew 7. Sometimes hitting the reset button requires us to 'unlearn' some things. Beginning on July 14th, I'll be preaching a four week series titled "Dust" based on Matthew 4:19. This series will lead us through all four stages of what it means to follow Jesus and to grow into deeply devoted disciples: Love, Learn, Live, and Lead. The sermon title is based on an ancient Jewish tradition that disciples should follow their Rabbi (Teacher) so closely that their clothes would be covered with the dust kicked up by their sandals as they walked the dusty roads of Israel.

This is going to be an exciting summer! Throughout this series we will also be sharing our New Discipleship Pathway and our new Leadership Development Pipeline, both nearly 12 months in the making!

I invite you and your family to join us on this journey and to 'reset' your lives. And to get dusty.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Tim

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Pastor Tim will be out of the office June 30-July 7. If you have a pastoral need or congregational care concern, please contact one of our Congregational Care Ministers (CCM's) through our new CCM cell number, 636-386-6350. They will be able to assist you and/or place you in contact with Rev. Len Krudop if needed.

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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 Wednesday, July 3rd, Brandi from Victory Fellowship CR in Pevely will be sharing her powerful testimony!

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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"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"

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.


**June 30th is our First Fifth Family Sunday! Children will be encouraged to join their families during the worship service. Several children will be serving during the 9:45 am service this Sunday!




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"

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There have been many wonderful things happening at Eureka UMC over the past 18 months! Here are some updates regarding some of our new ministries and our amazing teams.

Our Congregational Care Ministers continue to serve our congregation AND community in wonderful and amazing ways! Our team has engaged in 360 acts of congregational care since September 2018! This is wonderful and it is having a very positive impact on the lives of the people that they minister to whether it's through prayer, a hospital visit, serving communion to a homebound person, or sending an encouraging card to someone. We are also pleased to announce that we now have our own CCM cell phone that will be carried by one of our CCM's at all times. This new CCM phone number is 636-386-6350

Our Discipleship Pathway Team has been meeting since September and they are just about ready to roll out our new Discipleship Pathway for Eureka UMC! This has been an amazing process and it is wonderful to know that we will soon have a comprehensive pathway for people to continue to grow in their faith whether they are new to the faith or if they have been following Jesus for decades. This new pathway is centered around Matthew 4:19 and four key words: Love, Learn, Live, and Lead.

Our Leadership Development team has been developing a new Leadership Development Pipeline for Eureka UMC. This Pipeline will Discover, Develop, and Deploy new leaders to lead ministries, begin new ministries, and to create new places for new people.

We have formed a new River Launch Team. This team has been working (and will continue to work) towards adopting the new name of the church. This team is working on everything from rebuilding our website and app to updating interior and exterior signage around the church to preparing promotional items as we near the date of adopting the new name. This team includes members from our vision team, leadership team, staff, and other wonderful lay volunteers!

Our Celebrate Recovery Team has been together for 15 months now and they have just led our 9th Celebrate Recovery ministry night! This ministry is going very well and lives are being changed! We are excited about where God is leading this ministry, the team, and we are excited to see new leaders already emerging from this new ministry.

Our JAM Children's Ministry Team led another HUGE ministry outreach event this past Friday. We again partnered with the Eureka Parks Department and provided the enormously successful Kids Zone. We directly interacted with HUNDREDS of children and their families at this event which drew an estimated crowd of 3000 people.

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moMENtum Washers Tournament!

July 27, 2019.
9 am start time.
20$ per person/ 40$ per team.
BBQ lunch will be included.

Net proceeds to benefit our youth and children's ministries!

Trophies to the winners. They will be defended each year. Names of winners will be engraved on trophies! Double elimination format.
Bring your entire family and your friends!

RSVP on the moMENtum Facebook event page!



Save the date! August 4th is our next fundraising day at Raising Cane's. Our fist fundraising event at Raising Cane's was very successful last month! The store manager said it was one of the most successful fundraisers for them so far this year. Just by eating at Raising Cane's and mentioning that you are with Eureka United Methodist Church, they will donate 15% back to us. We just received a check from Raising Cane's for $217.00 to benefit our Celebrate Recovery ministry! Raising Cane's is located at

15698 Manchester Road in Ellisville.

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The Women of Worship (WOW) group invites you to participate in our annual backpack drive this summer! The backpack tree will be set up beginning the first week of July; simply select a tag and return the backpack by July 27th. This is a great ministry and it allows children to begin the school year with all of the necessary supplies that they need.


Children's Ministry News

Children's Ministry News

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.

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 the new CCM phone number at 636-386-6350

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