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To make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
9,987 Miles To Go
I love to explore! For me, a pair of high quality hiking boots makes much of this exploring possible. During the past decade, a pair of (increasingly well worn) Scarpa hiking boots have been faithful companions as I pursue my passion to explore. I estimate that I have accumulated about 10,000 miles on these faithful companions. They have carried me to the top of numerous 14er's, have spent months on mission trips to Guatemala, Joplin, Colorado and numerous other mission sites. They have traveled hundreds of miles per year through the trails at Rockwood Reservation and have been on every 'Guys Jeep Trip'. But a few weeks ago, I took them on their final hike, a very familiar trail at Rockwood Reservation. These boots are utterly destroyed, they have no more miles left in them.
Last week, a new pair of Scarpa hiking boots arrived in a cardboard box with a big smile on it. I could not wait to open this box and to lace up these new hiking boots! Within a few hours, I was on the Lime Kiln Trail, exploring. These boots (pictured above) are amazing! During this first hike and the few that have followed, I have considered where these boots will take me. They will take me places that my old boots, as wonderful as they are, could not. These new hiking boots will accompany me to the Elevation Camp in Colorado in July and will retrace the steps of Jesus in the Holy Land in December. These are the boots that I intend to wear to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2020. They will be my faithful companions as I continue to explore the local trails each week at Rockwood Reservation and Greensfelder. While I have some great memories associated with the old hiking boots, I am more excited about where these new hiking boots will take me. I am looking forward to exploring new and familiar places and creating new memories. I truly believe that the best is yet to come!
In a way, our new Vision parallels the story of these boots. God has given us a new Vision, new "boots" to carry his message of love, grace, forgiveness, and healing into the world around us. God beckons us to explore new ways to follow him with the same, timeless, powerful, and redeeming message of hope found in Jesus. Our past experiences, our past miles, have prepared us for this amazing adventure that lies ahead.
Let's lace up!
Grace & Peace,
The Road to Recovery--Letting Go and Coming Clean
This Sunday we will continue our Lenten sermon series, The Road To Recovery. This Sunday we will look at the next two steps-Making Changes and Repairing Relationships.
We invite you to join us on Sunday as we praise God and remind ourselves of the promises found in Romans 12:1-2 and Ephesians 4:31-32 as we continue our journey through Lent and along the Road to Recovery.
We gather for two unique expression of worship on Sunday mornings. Our 8:30 service includes traditional hymns led by our choir and our 9:45 am service includes modern Christian music led by our praise team.
Our JAM (Jesus and Me) Children's Ministry meets at 9:45 am for children ages 3 years old through the 5th grade. Childcare is also available in our nursery for children two years old and under.
The Road to Recovery Sermon Series
We invite you on a journey through the season of Lent as we discover the only hope for our recovery from sin, death, addiction, despair, fears, doubt, hurts, habits, and hangups: Jesus Christ.
March 31st "Making Changes and Repairing Relationships"
April 7th, "Maintaining Momentum"
April 14th "Recycling My Pain"
"This is Love" Sermon Series
April 21st "Love Wins" (Easter Sunday, see details below)
April 28th, "A Love That Makes All Things New" (Confirmation Sunday)
Maundy Thursday Worship Service, Thursday, April 18th
You and your family are invited to experience the "Last Supper" that Jesus shared with his disciples before his betrayal, arrest, trial, and death. During this unique worship service, you will be invited to the table, to hear the conversations between Jesus and his disciples as members of our congregation step into these roles for a dramatic retelling of this powerful moment in Jesus' ministry. Music from our choir and our praise team will continue to tell the story as the conversation pauses around the table.
This mid week worship and communion service begins at 6:30 pm. Childcare will be provided.
EASTER AT EUREKA UMC
We will again be offering THREE worship services on Easter! We will be retelling the Good News of the resurrection of Jesus Christ through inspiring music and a sermon titled "This is Love".
All three Easter worship services will be on Sunday, April 21st
7:00 am "Sunrise Service" with music led by our praise team
8:30 am Traditional Service with music led by our choir
9:45 am Contemporary Service with music led by our praise team.
There will be no JAM (Jesus and Me) children's ministry on Easter Sunday.
Our nursery will be open during all three worship services for children ages birth through two years old.
Our Family Room Worship Site will be open for families with young children during all three worship services on Easter.
We have an amazing, laity led, CR Team preparing to launch our new Celebrate Recovery Ministry in just a few weeks. Celebrate Recovery will meet every Wednesday evening beginning on April 24th: Dinner 6-7 pm, Large Group Gathering (worship) 7-8 pm, Share Groups 8-9 pm.
Celebrate Recovery is also a great place to serve! If you are interested in being part of this amazing, life changing ministry, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected to one of our CR Team members.
Clean out your closets- the spring rummage sale is scheduled for April 11, 12 and 13th and will be located in the church basement. Donations will be accepted beginning April 8th. Volunteering to help with the sale during set up, clean up or during the actual sale is a great way to make money for your mission trip account. Please contact Amber Wood if you have questions, a large item that needs picked up or if you are able to volunteer. The more volunteers the better!
Amber Wood can be reached at email@example.com or 989-387-0300
Live Stream Video Equipment Update
Thank you! Due to your generosity we have nearly closed the gap to updating our video streaming service for our 9:45 am live stream to our Family Room Worship Site and online through Facebook Live! We received another generous gift from another family for $500.00 this week!
Children's Ministry News
The month of March will focus on Individuality. Our verse for the month comes from Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. We were made in the image of God, to love God and to love others in a unique way. As we learn about individuality, we'll discover who we are meant to be. A Parent Cue handout is available at the Parent Resource Desk, which will include the Scripture lesson for each week and ways that you can talk to your kids at home.
Eagle Lake Camp
Spots are filling up quickly for Eagle Lake Camp. Each year, we are able to offer scholarships to families that can not afford this amazing camp. If you are interested in sponsoring a child with a full or partial scholarship, please contact Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Egg Hunt
Mark your calendars for April 14th! We will be hosting our annual Easter Egg Hunt from 1-3 at Berry Park. All are welcome to attend this free event and there will be games, snacks, face painting and crafts. If you are available to help, we are currently looking for 8-10 volunteers. This is a great opportunity for youth!
Youth Ministry News!
ELEVATION Adventure Camp
I’m stoked to be co-leading the ELEVATION Adventure Camp in COLORADO through the Next Generation Ministries of the Missouri Conference this summer! This amazing camp is for high school students. There are just 40 spots available statewide for this amazing camp. Interested? Open the link below or contact Pastor Tim at Tim.email@example.com Dates of the ELEVATION Adventure Camp is June 30-July 7, 2019. We do expect this camp to fill up quickly!
**The Missouri Conference is currently offering a $50.00 early registration discount. The discount code is: ILoveCamp19
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCM’s are lay ministers who serve alongside our pastors to provide care for our church family. You may contact us by:
Calling the church office at (636) 938-6377
Fill in the prayer request card attached to the weekly worship bulletin.
Through our EUMC app or website (eurekaumc.org)
Contact a CCM on a Sunday morning Or call CCM Sue Engsberg at 314 707 8733
Holy Land Tour, December 2-11, 2019 plus optional tour to Petra, Jordan December 11-14.
In just over one year, a group of 25 youth and adults from EUMC will be heading to the Holy Land for an amazing and life transforming experience. Do you want to walk where Jesus walked? Want to see historical places of the Bible? Now is the time. EUMC is joining the Conference of United Methodist on a tour of Israel with an optional extension to Jordan. Join Group Leaders Pastor Tim and Sue Engsberg on this marvelous Holy Land Tour.
If you are interested in securing your spot or if you have any questions, please contact Sue Engsberg at email@example.com or 314/707-8733.