The River at Eureka News! (June 6th, 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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Each June, pastors and laity representing all of the nearly 800 United Methodist Churches gather at the Springfield Expo Center for the Annual Conference session. This year, Pastor Tim will be accompanied by Doug Stallman. Doug is a member of the Leadership Team and serves as our lay delegate to Annual Conference this year.

This Conference includes amazing worship services, great learning opportunities, and sessions where various Conference wide reports are shared and budgets are approved. This year, we will also be electing delegates to the 2020 General Conference.

On Sunday morning, I will be commissioned as an Associate Member of the Missouri Annual Conference during this Annual Conference session. This is a significant milestone of an incredible journey that began in 2010 when Pastor Duane asked me to discern if God was calling me to be a pastor. Since then, I have completed my Course of Study, a five year seminary education that led me to three different UMC seminaries in four different States. I have read hundreds of books, wrote hundreds of pages of papers, spent a significant part of each summer (2013-2017) on campus, and learned a lot about God and myself. I am grateful and thankful for the support of my wonderful wife, Sherri, my children, and each and every one of you during this incredible journey.

I am privileged and humbled to serve as your pastor.

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 12th, Cathy Westbury will be preaching about Sanity, based on the second step on the road to recovery.

Step 2: We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

"For it is God who is works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose." Philippians 2:13

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. 


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How Will You Measure Your Life?

"How Will You Measure Your Life?" Sermon Series begins this Sunday, June 2.

(see description below in "upcoming sermons")

 Our Director of Family Ministries, Jenny Babb, will be preaching from Matthew 13, her sermon is titled "By Who and How You Love".

 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.

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 9,    "By Who and How You Love", Jenny Babb preaching

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"


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:  

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

Enjoy the remainder of your week and we look forward to seeing you Sunday morning!