Eylau United Methodist Church

NEWSLETTER (May 2015)

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Our Purpose:

Love God - Love Others - Serve God in the World

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“Thinking of Him” Bible Study

 

Wednesdays @ 7 PM

June 3 - July 22

 

Make sure that your name is on the list in the Fellowship Hall so the pastor will know how many

books to order.

 

Why is this study important?

 

• Deepen your faith

• Better understand what you believe about God and why you believe what you believe.

 

Sessions:

1-      Introduction (Faith Story, Theology)

2-      God (Creator, Trinity)

3-      Creation (Providence, Human Condition)

4-      Jesus Christ (Redeemer)

5-      The Holy Spirit (Sustainer)

6-      The Church (Mission, Ministry, Word and Sacrament)

7-      Salvation (Justification, Sanctification, Prevenient Grace)

8-      Eschatology (Parousia, Everlasting Life, Kingdom of God)

 

This study is the perfect segue into a future Bible Study, planned by the pastor, on the book of REVELATION.  In fact the "Thinking of Him" study is such a perfect segue, that the pastor feels that it should be a pre-requisite for the future study on Revelation! 

 

A "suggested" fee of $20 per person will go directly into the general budget of the church.  Books and supplies will be donated by the pastor.  Scholarships are also available. 

 

We have the Pastors' Testimony and an Invitation to the

“Thinking of Him” and “Revelation” BibleStudies on DVD 

Pick up as many DVD videos as you need to share with everyone in your circle of influence!

 

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Giant Fundraiser!

May 1st & 2nd

 

We are ready for the Garage Sale!

 

We look forward to having a great sale, and want to thank everyone for all they have contributed.  We will take items through the last Sunday of April.  Also, baked goods are greatly appreciated and will be received at the Church through 8 a.m. on Friday, May 1.  

 

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Memorial Day

 

Is it enough to think today 
Of all our brave, then put away 
The thought until a year has sped? 
Is this full honor for our dead? 

Is it enough to sing a song 
And deck a grave; and all year long
Forget the brave who died that we 
Might keep our great land proud and free? 

Full service needs a greater toll, 
That we who live give heart and soul 
To keep the land they died to save, 
And be ourselves, in turn, the brave!

—Annette Wynne

 

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Annual Conference 2015

 

Attendees and congregations will be blessed by joining together to “Restore Lives with the Word of Life” by helping to fund the purchase of bibles for children of inmates and for Disciple Bible Study packets for inmates. Rev. Diane McGehee, Director of the Center for Missional Excellence shares, “When Jesus announced the beginning of his earthly ministry, he stood up in the synagogue in Nazareth and read the following from the scroll of Isaiah: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor … freedom for the prisoners …to set the oppressed free…’ 

 

Texas incarcerates more people than any state in the United States.  When you include families and criminal justice system employees, the Texas prison system impacts more than 1 million people.  When a person is incarcerated, the entire family is impacted, often causing the remaining family members to spiral into poverty, become homeless, and face significant challenges, including losing the income of the chief bread winner.  Many children are faced with the pain and shame of visiting their parent in a prison visitation room. 

 

What if they were given Bibles to read together with their family members? Many inmates need to hear God’s word of forgiveness and hope. What if they all had access to the Word of Life?  With this year’s Annual Conference Mission Project, we, the churches of the Texas Annual Conference, have a chance to make those “what if’s” a reality for more inmates and families.  We can make a difference by restoring life with the Word of Life!

The Center for Missional Excellence is asking every church in the Texas Annual Conference to take up an offering toward the cost of one or more children’s Bibles and Disciple Bible Study Packets. A donation of $50 covers the cost of one set with Bible and packet.  Simply mark your check "Annual Conference Mission Project."  Thank you for hearing the cry of the needy.

 

 

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3rd Sunday Meal

May 17

Invite your friends to our next meal.  Bring your favorite sandwiches, chips and dips.  See you there!

 

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Word + Spirit

 

We must not be content to have the Spirit without the Word or the Word without the Spirit. Our lives must travel along these two, as the locomotive travels along parallel rails. It is only by our devout contact with the Bible that we shall be able to detect the Holy Spirit’s voice. It is by the Word that the Spirit will enter our hearts, as the heat of the sun passes into our homes when its beams of light enter the open windows.

—F.B. Meyer

 

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Eylau United Methodist Women

 

The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose Purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. 

 

The United Methodist Women of the Eylau United Methodist Church have set up and are ready to sell out the items in their Garage Sale, on May 1 and 2.  If anyone can contribute some baked goods, we would ask that it be delivered to the Church by 8 a.m. on May 1.   We look forward to having a great sale, and want to thank everyone for all they have contributed.  We will take items through the last Sunday of April. 

 

The District officers of the United Methodist Women will have an executive meeting here at the Church on Saturday, June 27, beginning at 10 a.m.  The meeting is for all the district officers of the North District, and all unit presidents are encouraged to attend also. 

 

The next occasion for the United Methodist Women is Mission U which will be held at Lakeview near the end of July, with the District Mission U, Sept. 5. 

 

Once again, come out and support our efforts with the Garage Sale. May 1 and 2,   8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

If you wish to join United Methodist Women, you may do so by attending one of our meetings.

 

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Happy Birthday! 

 

7 Howard Killian

9 Amanda O'Farrell

25 Ashton Allison

31 Jason Combs

 

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

 

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A Special Sunday

 

May 10 @ 11 AM

 

Join us in honoring moms during a special time of worship!

 

 

Happy Birthday Church!

 

Sunday, May 24

 

We will be celebrating the Birthday of the Church with cake and fellowship at 9:30 AM, before Sunday School and worship.   We hope to see you there.

 

 

5th Sunday Singing

May 31 @ 11 AM

Join with us for a great time of worship and singing.

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Pentecost

 

Eighteenth-century brothers John and Charles Wesley, co-founders of the Methodist Church, were prolific hymn writers. At one point, they made a concerted effort to increase the number of Pentecost-related hymns available to worshipers.  I thought I would share this one with you.  

It is best sung to the tune of Charles Wesley’s hymn “O Thou Who Camest From Above” or may be spoken as a prayer, asking that the Holy Spirit will burn brightly in your heart and life today.

O Thou who camest from above,
the pure celestial fire to impart,
kindle a flame of sacred love
upon the mean altar of my heart.

There let it for thy glory burn
with inextinguishable blaze,
and trembling to its source return
in humble prayer and fervent praise.

Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire
to work and speak and think for Thee;
still let me guard the holy fire,
and still stir up thy gift in me.  

 

Grace & Peace, 

Pastor Paula

 

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As the blood of Christ is the fountain of all merit, so the Holy Spirit is the fountain of all spiritual life; and until he quickens us, imparts the principle of divine life to our souls, we can put forth no vital act of faith to lay hold upon Jesus Christ.

—John Flavel

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Annual Conference

 

Pray for our lay delegates and pastors, May 24 - 27, that all the decisions made at Conference will be Holy Spirit directed.

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Liturgists for May

 

3 - Bill Adams

10 - Max Harris

17 - Carol Stoner

24 - Jewel Sullivan

31- Elizabeth Allison

 

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

 

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Newsletter Preparation

 

Newsletter Volunteer Day is May 27 @ 10:30AM 

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Committees

To see which Committees you will be serving on visit this link and click "LEADERSHIP"

2015 COMMITTEES

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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 Meeting @ 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

 

• Garage Sale, May 1-2, 2015

• Church Council, May 3, 2015

• Pre-Conference Meeting, May 5, 2015

• Mother's Day, May 10, 2015

• Third Sunday Meal, May 17, 2015

• Pastor on Vacation, May 18-24, 2015

• Annual Conference, May 24-27, 2015

• Memorial Day, May 25, 2015

• Newsletter Volunteer Day, May 27, 2015 

• 5th Sunday Singing, May 31, 2015

• Noisy Offering, May 31, 2015

 

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