EUMC News! (Oct 5, 2017)

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Our Mission, "To make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world"


This weekend is our consultation weekend for the Healthier Church Initiative! 

Prayer Teams
Our 22 prayer teams concluded their 40 Days of Prayer,  praying for the families in our community, our schools, and our church. These teams were also discerning God's unique vision for Eureka UMC in 2017 and into 2018. A big thank you to Brianna Doerr, our prayer team director for organizing this amazing group of teams!

Andy Heinz, our HCI Coordinator, has completed many important tasks leading up the the HCI weekend. This includes the recent completion of the Readiness 360 Survey which was completed by 26 members of Eureka UMC. This included people from both worship services, long time members and brand new members, and people in their early 20's to people in their 80's--it was quite a cross section of our congregation.

Church-wide training workshop
There will be a church wide meeting and training session led by our HCI consultation and coaching team on Saturday, October 7th from10 am until 3 pm (lunch provided). This training session is open to all members of the church. If you would like to attend this training session, please contact Andy Heinze at before 9 am on Friday, October 6th (this information is needed to ensure that enough food is available for lunch).

HCI Consultation Team all church meeting
The HCI consultation team will be conducting a one hour meeting on Sunday, October 8th from 11 am until noon to reveal the findings from your surveys, mystery worshipper insights, staff interviews, demographic data, and their research. This will include a list of five celebrations (things we are doing well) and five prescriptions (recommended changes) for us to prayerfully consider.

"Town Hall" meetings
There will be three town hall style meetings scheduled in October for members and friends of EUMC to discuss the findings of the consultation team. This will be a Q & A format led by members of our Leadership Team. Childcare will be available during these meetings. The meetings will be held in the sanctuary of the church. The dates and times of the town hall meetings are:

Sunday, October 22nd at 11:00 am
Tuesday, October 24th at 7:00 pm
Monday, October 30th at 7:00 pm

These meetings will be followed by a church conference in November (TBA) where members of Eureka UMC will decide to accept or to reject the prescriptions offered by the HCI team.

Rev. Dr. Jim Ozier, the lead consultant for our HCI

Rev. Dr. Jim Ozier, the lead consultant for our HCI

We are excited to welcome Rev. Dr. Jim Ozier to Eureka UMC as the lead consultant for our HCI weekend. Jim will also be our guest preacher on Sunday, October 8th at both worship services; he will be sharing a compelling message based on Luke 5:1-11 titled "The Net Worth of a Church".

Here is Jim's bio:

Jim Ozier retired in July 2017 from the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church after 51 years of active service in Illinois and Texas, so that he could invest more time to coaching, consulting, and presenting workshops around the country.

He most recently served for eight years as the director of the Center for New Church Development and Congregational Transformation.  Prior to that assignment he was senior pastor of Trietsch Memorial UMC in Flower Mound for nearly 18 years.  In his tenure the church grew from 800 to over 4000, and birthed three new successful congregations.

In addition Jim is a workshop leader, coach, and consultant working with hundreds of pastors and churches in over 20 annual conferences throughout the countryHe has been a presenter at Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute, and keynoted the Indiana Annual Conference, and the East Ohio Annual Conference.

Jim began his ministry working for noted missionary E. Stanley Jones, and he served his first church while just a high-school student in Illinois. He received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Jim Ozier is an established motivational speaker and presenter for religious groups, civic organizations, and corporations. Based on techniques and ideas learned from his experiences with Southwest Airlines, he has conducted numerous seminars on culture and hospitality for hundreds of pastors, churches, districts, and annual conferences.

He is co-author of the books “Clip In: Risking Hospitality in Your Church” and “The Changeover Zone: Successful Pastoral Transitions,” both published by Abingdon Press.  Jim specializes in coaching larger church pastors, and  “2nd Pastors Following Founding Pastors” as well as church transitions involving long-tenured pastors, and large churches. 

Jim’s wife, Suzanne, is a retired special education teacher. Together they have four grown children. Jim is an outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, hunting, and wildlife management.


Sunday, October 8th "The Net Worth of a Church"

e are pleased to welcome our guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Jim Ozier, to share a compelling message with us this Sunday! You will not want to miss this!

We offer two distinct worship services on Sunday morning.
Our 9:45 am contemporary worship service includes modern Christian music led by 'midnight prayer', our amazing praise band. Our JAM (Jesus and Me) Children's Ministry also meets at 9:45 am for ages 3 years old through the fifth grade.

9:45 am Worship songs:
Your Grace Is Enough
Today Is The Day
10,000 Reasons
This Is Amazing Grace

Our 8:30 am traditional worship service includes timeless Christian hymns led by our Chancel Choir; the same message is offered at both worship services

8:30 am hymns:
We Gather Together
I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
**Anthem ~ With a Heart of Faith
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Childcare is available during both worship services in our newly renovated and professionally staffed nursery for children ages birth through 2 years old. We invite middle school and high school age youth to attend XP3 at 9:45 am (2nd and 4th Sundays of the month) or to join their families during the worship services on Sunday mornings.

We invite our first time guests to visit and click the "Are you a first time guest?" link near the top of the page.

See you on Sunday!


Upcoming Sermon Series

"Found Faithful" will explore how individuals and communities are called to be faithful with little, with much, and with all that our generous God gives us. This series will include an emphasis on stewardship and will end on Sunday, November 19th with "Celebration Sunday", an opportunity for each of us to join together to commit a portion of the financial resources entrusted to us by God back into accomplishing his Mission in our community in 2018.

"Found Faithful" October 29th
"Faithful in Little" November 5th
"Faithful in Much" November 12th
"Faithful with All" November 19th (Celebration Sunday)

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"Kernels of Thanks" (Thanksgiving weekend), Sunday, November 26th

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"The Star: A Journey to Christmas" Advent and Christmas Eve Services
A Journey to Hope" December 3rd
"A Journey to Joy" December 10th
"A Journey to Love" December 17th
            Christmas Eve morning service
"A Journey to Peace" December 24th (One service only on Sunday morning at 10:00 am)     
             Christmas Eve evening services
A Journey to Christmas, December 24th
               5:00 pm "Family Service" with music led by the Praise Band and will also include a special message for the children.
              11:00 pm "Traditional Candlelight Service" with music led by the EUMC Chancel Choir.


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Blue Christmas Service, Sunday, December 3rd at 6 pm

Sometimes life can remove the joy that many of our friends experience during this season. It could be a painful memory, the loss of of loved one, or any number of reasons why Christmas can leave us feeling blue. This is a service of remembrance, hope, and healing for individuals and families who are looking for joy in the midst of pain or loss during this Christmas season.

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Apportioned Giving update

One of the wonderful things about being part of the United Methodist Church is our connection with every other United Methodist Church in the state, nation, and even around the world. It's through this connection that we can do so much more than we could ever do alone. This connection allows instant response around the world during natural disasters, it helps start new churches around the world, it provides food and clean water for families in developing nations, and so much more. Each United Methodist Church supports these worldwide ministries through apportioned giving. 

For many years, Eureka UMC has not been very faithful in contributing towards our fair share of apportioned giving to the life changing and life giving worldwide ministries of the United Methodist Church. Our Leadership Team and pastor, along with our District Superintendent, developed a plan to bring Eureka UMC into full participation with our apportioned giving over a three year period beginning in 2017. Here is that plan:

2017: $18,000.00 (or about33% of our apportioned giving)
2018: $36,000.00 (or about 66% of our apportioned giving)
2019: 100% of our apportioned giving.

We are celebrating the full payment of our 2017 goal of $18,000.00 towards our apportioned giving! This is wonderful and your generosity is making a difference in the lives of families around the globe! Thank you for your continued, generous support of the wonderful ministries happening through Eureka UMC!


New app is LIVE!

2015 marked the first time in history when more people accessed the internet through their smart phone rather than a desk top or lap top computer. We have had a great team, under the leadership of Lisa Koltun, developing a new app which will also be connected to our new website. The app is a great resource to find information to grow, connect, and serve at EUMC.  

Find our app here: 

We launched our new website this week! It can be found at the same address, The new site is easier to navigate and is much more compatible with our new church app. A big THANK YOU to Lisa Koltun for her amazing work to completely build and launch this new site in just over a week's time!


Upcoming opportunities to Connect, Grow, or Serve through EUMC!

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We are forming a media team!

We would love to connect with youth and adults who have an interest in serving in several different roles at the church:

App development and updates
Website updates
Social media updates
Video production
Live stream camera operators

If any of this sounds interesting to you, please contact the team at

This will be a fun and exciting way to serve at Eureka UMC!

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 Next Mission Dinner, Monday, October 16th.

Great opportunity to SERVE! Questions or sign up? Come to the Connections Table or sign up online at

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WOW Fall Coat Drive

Do you have jackets or coats you no longer use? Have your kids out-grown theirs? Please save them; WoW (Women of Worship) is doing a coat drive this fall. You may bring them to church and put them in the box in the Commons Area. We will collect the coats through October. Thank you!

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"Save the Date" Feed My Starving Children pack at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

            Wednesday, October 18 at 2:00 pm
            Saturday, October 21 at 7:00 pm

Feed My Starving Children pack at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church


Fall Roundup: October 21 ~ Youth grades 6-12th are invited to join us for a day of food, fun and service. We will being going to Sky Zone, preparing and eating dinner at the church, and packing meals for Feed My Starving Children. Cost is $55, which includes dinner, SkyZone and our donation to FMSC. Contact Jenny at to register or for questions about the event.

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WoW (Women of Worship) are planning their annual Soup-To-Go Event for October 29th. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy homemade soups and all the money raised will go towards adopting crisis nursery families for Christmas. Sign up at the connections table to bring your favorite soup or dessert and volunteer an hour of your time to help set up, serve or clean up. Questions? Contact Renee Smola

Click Here to sign up on line!  


Guatemala Mission Trip 2018: 

We are organizing a mission team to return to Guatemala, March 9-March 19, 2018. This trip is open to everyone 16 years and older. There are only 18 spots available for this mission trip and we expect this trip to be full. Please read the full description and registration instructions by clicking the "Guatemala Mission Trip" link on the front page of our website at

Please contact the Guatemala Team Leader, Cathy Westbury, at for more information.

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Harvest Moon 5K Run ~ October 7th

All proceeds benefit the Eureka Food Pantry.

Register at


Our current parsonage is for sale! If you know of a family that is interested in a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in Eureka, please share this link with them:

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The new parsonage is well underway!

Crews are framing the walls this week and the trusses arrived yesterday and are being set today.. Progress of the parsonage is updated weekly on our Facebook page.


Confirmation classes will begin in October 22. 

If you have a child(ren) in grade 6th or up, and you would like information on confirmation, please contact

You may register for confirmation classes here:


Jenny Babb
Director of Family Ministries
Eureka UMC

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Trunk or Treat ~ October 15th

Save the date for Trunk or Treat! Takes place from 1-3 pm on the lower south parking lot. Games, crafts, and CANDY! If you would like to volunteer to help, or host a trunk, please contact Jenny at

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Attention Crafters! Eureka United Methodist Church will be hosting a Craft Fair on December 3, from 9 am to 3 pm. Space for a table/booth is $35. The proceeds go to Mission Guatemala.

Crafters who would like to have a table/booth at this fair or have questions, please contact Jan Ray at 314/412-9107 or email

The deadline for application is November 19th.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Tim

We look forward to seeing you Sunday morning!