Connecting Hearts, Thriving Together, Overflowing into the World
To make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
COMING ON AUGUST 11TH!
"Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” -Jesus in John 7:38 ESV-
During our year long visioning process, numerous passages of scripture repeatedly arose during times of prayer and discernment among the members of the Vision Team. This not only happened when the team was together--it also happened when team members were separated by thousands of miles! The Holy Spirit was not deterred by distance.
One of the numerous passages that became a recurring theme in our prayer lives is from the 47th chapter of Ezekiel. This chapter is often referred to as the "vision of the river of life". I encourage you to take a few moments to read Ezekiel 47:1-12 sometime today.
During this vision, the Lord leads Ezekiel into and through this river of life. When he returns to the riverbank, the Lord begins to explain to Ezekiel what he has just experienced:
"Wherever the river flows, life will flourish—great schools of fish—because the river is turning the salt sea into fresh water. Where the river flows, life abounds." Ezekiel 47:9
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, had this to say in his notes (Wesley Explanatory Notes Bible Commentary) about Ezekiel's 47:9:
"...thrive, and multiply in the virtue of the healing streams. Thus is the fruitfulness of the grace of God in the church set forth."
What is this river of life? It represents the presence, power, and love of God in the person of the Holy Spirit. As people connect to this river, they will thrive as children of God, and through them, the love of God will multiply and overflow into the world around them. This image describes the church being the church. It is this image that has been repeatedly impressed upon the hearts of the vision team.
Remember what Jesus said in John 7:38 (see the top of this newsletter). The river of life is not something outside of us. It is the life of God within us—so where The River flows everything will live. The Holy Spirit-filled people of God are The River of life. What does this mean? Everywhere the people of God go everything will live.
While this may sound simple, it is not easy. It’s not as simple as showing up. No, this is about releasing the floodgates and allowing The River to flow. It is not about waiting at the riverbank; it is an invitation to be The River.
Overflowing into the world.
Grace and peace,
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 31st, is our Teaching Night. Doug Stallman, one of our CR Leaders, will be teaching the message that evening.
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
This Sunday, July 28st
Pastor Tim will continue our new sermon series on Sunday titled "Dust". This series focuses on the teachings of Jesus from Matthew 4:19 and what it means to be a disciple, a follower, of Jesus. During the four weeks of this series, Pastor Tim will also be sharing the four principle components of the new Discipleship Pathway developed by the Discipleship Pathway team over the past 10 months based on this passage of scripture. These four principles are LOVE, LEARN, LIVE, and LEAD.
This Sunday, we will consider the second component of discipleship that Jesus teaches from Matthew 4:19, "...I will make...", an invitation to LIVE out our faith.
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.
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 28, "Live"
August 4, "Lead"
Rivers are significant in our region and very significant in God's Word. Jesus reminds us what a life in him looks like, " Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:38 ESV)
Rivers connect, life thrives along rivers, and at times rivers overflow and change the landscape around them. During this three week series, we will dive deep into God's Word, recall the new vision God is calling us to live into, and be challenged to answer the unique call God has placed on each of our lives.
August 11th, "Discover" (this is the launch date of The River at Eureka)
August 18th, "Develop"
August 25th, "Deploy"
*We will be gathering at the Lord's Table each Sunday during The River sermon series.
moMENtum Washers Tournament is THIS SATURDAY at Kircher Park!
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!
2019 Holy Land Tour Team Meeting is set for Tuesday, August 13th at 7:00 pm in Room 303.
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.
Part Time Youth Assistant
Our Leadership Team approved the creation of a new staff position--Youth Assistant! We are looking for the right person to join our staff so that we can provide a thriving youth ministry in our community. This new person will serve closely with our Director of Family Ministries, Jenny Babb. If you are interested in learning more or to apply for this new position, please contact pastor Tim at email@example.com.
YARD SIGNS: Have you noticed these signs in front of EUMC? There are 3 different messages: 1) You Matter 2) You Are Not Alone and 3) You Are Worthy of Love. The back of each sign has the message “Don’t Give Up”. Everyone feels broken or insecure at some point in their lives. Sometimes it is at some point in their day or their week. It could be a feeling of hurt or a feeling of “I don’t belong”, “I am not good enough”, or “something’s wrong with me”. I donated these signs to EUMC and have purchased many more. If you are interested in helping spread hope, truth and love to a world thirsty for it, this may be an easy way to do that. I am subsidizing part of the cost of these, currently providing 1 sign for $7 or 3 signs for $15. Feel free to put friends, neighbors and business owners in touch with me if you believe they might have an interest in being a part of this. Remember to check with a HOA board member before putting up signs in common areas of your neighborhood.
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 28th. 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 CAMP WEEK IS HERE!
This is upcoming week is an exciting time for our community and church! A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has graciously given of their time, opened up their homes as host families, donated supplies and/or food, and who will be serving at the Camp in any capacity!
Blessing of the Backpacks on August 11th!
We encourage all families to bring their children and their backpacks to church on Sunday, August 11th for our annual "Blessing of the Backpacks". There will be a special time during both worship services for students (and faculty and staff) to come forward and receive prayer before we begin the 2019/2020 school year.
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 (eurekaumc.org)
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!