Eylau United Methodist Church

NEWSLETTER (January 2015)

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Our Purpose:

Love God - Love Others - Serve God in the World

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Opportunities to Bless and be Blessed!

 

Please help us identify ministry outreach opportunities in our community to be added to our Opportunities Table.  Then, make sure to visit the Table often to see the exciting new outreach ministries the Lord has placed before the Eylau Congregation.

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A Well-Balanced Church

 

The owner of a new puppy got a good laugh when the little dog, out for a walk, had an itch. The trouble was that the itchy spot was accessible only to a hind leg. So, while still walking, the pup tried to scratch and tumbled over, rolling a couple of times before coming to rest.

In several places throughout Scripture, the apostle Paul writes about the church as the body of Christ, and of the importance of each member. Just as the dog needed each leg to stay balanced while walking, so the church needs all the different God-given gifts of its members: preachers and teachers, friendly visitors, generous givers, musicians and singers, wise parents and imaginative children, people to produce and distribute meals, people to help with newsletters, to plan Sunday School classes, and on and on. 

When we start thinking that some part of Christ’s body isn’t necessary, we risk taking quite a tumble.

 

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The Legend of the Sand Dollar

 

There’s a pretty little legend that I would like to tell of the birth and death of Jesus found in this lowly shell.

If you examine closely, you’ll see that you find here four nail holes and a fifth hole, made by a Roman’s spear.

On one side the Easter lily, its center is the star that appeared unto the shepherds and led them from afar.

The Christmas poinsettia etched on the other side reminds us of his birthday, our happy Christmastide.

Now break the center open, and here you will release the five white doves awaiting to spread good will and peace.

This simple little symbol, Christ left for you and me to help us spread his Gospel, through all eternity.

—Author unknown

 

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Happy Birthday!

 

30 Olivia O'Farrell

10 Joe Breed

10 Ray Lee

18 Dawson Wooten

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To Forgive Is to Love

 

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

—Martin Luther King Jr

 

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Thank you for your efforts to use the church's resources wisely!

 

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Do THREE THINGS

a week:   

 

1) Come to a worship service to fall more in love with God and His Word.

2) Participate in a small group to learn how to better love others in community.  

3) Serve in a ministry to impact others.

 

Love God, love others, serve God in the world.

(Simple Church, Eric Geiger)

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Bible Quiz

 

Who rebuked people for bringing their children to Jesus?

A. The religious leaders
B. Jesus himself
C. The disciples
D. Roman soldiers

 


Answer: C (See Mark 10:13.)

 

 

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The Promise

 

Back in the early days of our country, a weary traveler came to the bank of the Mississippi River for the first time.  There was no bridge.  It was early winter, and the surface of the mighty stream was covered with ice.  Could he dare cross over, he thought?  Would the uncertain ice be able to bear his weight?

 

Night was falling, and it was urgent that he reach the other side.  So, finally, after much hesitation and with many fears, he began to creep cautiously across the surface of the ice on his hands and knees.  He thought that he might distribute his weight as much as possible and keep the ice from breaking beneath him.

 

About halfway over he heard the sound of singing behind him.  And out of the dusk there came a man, driving a horse-drawn load of coal across the ice and singing merrily as he went his way. 

 

There he was – on his hands and knees, trembling lest the ice be not strong enough to bear him up!  And there, as if whisked away by the winter’s wind, went the man, his horses, his sleigh, and his load of coal, all upheld by the same ice on which he had been creeping!

 

Like this weary traveler, some of us have learned only to creep upon the promises of God.  Cautiously, timidly, we venture forth upon God’s promises, as if the lightness of our step might make God’s promises more secure (author unknown).

 

Sometimes I wonder how often God must smile

as He watches over us.

 

God has promised to be with us.  Let us believe that promise.  He has promised to uphold us.  He has promised to grant us victory over all our spiritual enemies.  Above all, He has promised to grant us full and unconditional forgiveness of all our sins because of Jesus Christ, our Savior.  And He has promised to provide for us throughout eternity.  Let us take Him at His word.

 

We are not to creep upon these promises as though they were too fragile to uphold us.  We are to stand on them, dance on them, move freely and joyfully in them.  May the New Year bring us courage to do so.

 

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Paula

 

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As Christmas gives way to Epiphany and 2014 to 2015, I place my life in your hands once more, dear Lord. Lead and guide me. Amen.

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Third Sunday Meal

 

Bring a friend and your favorite dish to our 3rd Sunday Fellowship Meal, January 18 @ noon.

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Liturgist for January

 

4 - Bill Adams

11 - Max Harris

18 - Joe Breed

25 - Jewel Sullivan

 

* Please let the pastor know if you would like your name added to the Alternate Liturgist list.

 

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You are invited to help with the Newsletter

mail-out preparation!

 

Newsletter Volunteer Day is January 21 @ 10:30AM 

 

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2015 Committees

To see which Committees you will be serving on in 2015 visit this link:

2015 COMMITTEES

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Thanks for remembering your 2015 Commitment to God!

 

Many at Eylau UMC made a faith commitment for the upcoming year.  If that included you, praise God!  May you be blessed through your faithfulness.  Here are some of the things you may have chosen as a token of your love for God and His Church:

 

• Make the commitment do one or more of the following: Read the Bible daily, Read through the Bible once during the year, Develop a personal discipline of daily prayer, Read through the New Testament, pray daily for Eylau UMC’s mission, membership & staff.  No other commitment is more important for you and the church in achieving a generous and content heart.

• Make the commitment to serve in one of Eylau’s internal ministries, committees, or teams to ensure we deliver a ministry that is pleasing to God and helps us better accomplish our mission.

• Make the commitment to serve in at least two "Outreach Opportunities" to share the gifts and talents God has given you.

• Make the commitment to help Eylau fully fund its operating budget for 2015 by giving generously and sacrificially of your financial resources which God has generously given to you by growing one step forward toward the goal of giving a full tithe.

• Make the commitment to be more deliberate in your faith in 2015 by becoming a member of Eylau United Methodist Church.

If you missed out on the opportunity to make your 2015 FAITH COMMITMENT, it's not too late!  Take it to God today.

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Opportunities

SUNDAYS:

• Gathering Time - 9:15 AM

• Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 AM

• Wesley Sundays/A Modern day Class Meeting - 9:45 AM

• Worship - 11:00 AM

MONDAYS:

• Prayer Team @ 10 AM (Check Calendar)

TUESDAYS:

• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)

WEDNESDAYS:

• Wesley Wednesdays/A Modern day Class Meeting @ 11 AM (Check Calendar)

• Choir Practice @ 6 PM

THURSDAYS:

• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)

 

Special dates

 

• New Year’s Day, January 1, 2015

• Epiphany, January 6, 2015

• Baptism of the Lord, January 11, 2015

• Church Council Meeting, January 11, 2015

• Third Sunday Meal, January 18, 2015

• Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, January 19, 2015

• Newsletter Volunteer Day, January 21, 2015

• Worship Committee Meeting, January 21, 2015

 

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