Eylau United Methodist Church

NEWSLETTER (July 2014)

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Our Sunday Morning Messages!

A Sunday Message

The focus of the worship service is that of a Bible based message, which seeks to speak to everyday situations.

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Our Purpose:

Love God - Love Others - Serve God in the World

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Bring a friend and your favorite dish to our

3rd Sunday Fellowship Meal!

Birthdays for July

3 - Margie Martin   8 - Mary Thrapp   11 - Eric Carr

14 - Brady Williams   16 - Melba Phillips

29 - Rena Jo Cook

Making Disciples

We invite people to do THREE THINGS a week    

  • Come to a worship service to fall more in love with God and His Word.
  • Go to a small group to love others in community.  
  • Serve in a ministry to impact others.

Love God, love others, serve God in the world. (Simple Church, Eric Geiger)

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Check out the new facebook page for Eylau UMC!

Greetings, in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ: 

What an exciting time this is for me as I look forward to the journey we will share together, as we strive to fulfill God's purposes for us at Eylau UMC. 

I am certainly blessed and hope to visit with you, by phone and in one of our Cottage Meetings in the upcoming weeks.  

  • Please make sure your contact information is current by calling the Church Office.
  • Also, please get in touch with Shedera Combs about upcoming Cottage Meetings (these meetings are designed for pastor and congregation to visit and get to know each other better).

I know that our conversations will take us in various directions, so just in case we don't get around to all the basics, allow me let you in on a little information that was previously shared with your Staff Perish Relations Committee about the pastor:

Reverend Behrens is a full membership Elder in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Ordained in 2007.  She has three grown children and five grandchildren, graduated from Houston Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christianity and English, and acquired her Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University/Dallas. 

In her early years, Reverend Behrens (better known as Mom) spent most of her energy raising three children, while founding and operating a retail shop (The Knitting Machine) in Houston, Texas.  But by the age of 40, when her children were almost grown, she realized that God had a new and exciting plan for her life, that of pastoral ministry in His church.

Since that time, Reverend Behrens has served as pastor in six United Methodist appointments, as well as, on the West District Board of Ordained Ministry.  Her first pastoral appointment begin June 1, 1999.  And now, as of July 1, 2014, she will begin her newest appointment as the Pastor of Eylau UMC. 

Among her Lead Pastor positions, the congregations have ranged in size, from 100 to 750 in membership.  But the thing is this: Reverend Behrens would say that she has been blessed to serve each and every faith community, no matter the size, for, “Wherever two or more are gathered in the Lord’s name, there He is among us.”

During her longest tenure at Chappell Hill UMC/Houston (just short of 6 years) she was blessed to host two educational tours: “The Lands of the Bible Cruise,” to the Holy Land and “The Wesley Heritage” tour in England.  She has also led many Bible Studies during her appointments as pastor.  The one she enjoyed most was a study on Heaven, based on Randy Alcorn’s book with the same name.  She has, also, written a collection of books herself, ten devotional and one on Christian Theology.  

In addition to Traveling, Teaching, Writing, and Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ (in the pulpit and out), some of Reverend Behrens other interests include: Web Page Designing, Sewing and Walking. 

Most importantly, wherever God sends her, her desire is to use her God given gifts and graces in such a way, so as to bring as much glory to God’s kingdom as possible.


And now, may God fill each and every one of us with His awesome Joy and Peace as we step out onto the path that He has prepared for us.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Paula

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Mark Your Calendar!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

North District Clergy and Family Picnic at

Hardy Memorial United Methodist Church

6203 N Kings Highway, Texarkana, Texas 75503, 903.793-1116

We will fellowship and eat inside in the cool.  More Information to Come.

District Superintendent: Rev. Bill Taylor


“Prayer is not a spare wheel that you pull out when in trouble; it is a steering wheel that directs us in the right path throughout life.”


Our attitude toward the poor is still one of the surest tests of the health of our freedom.  The moment freedom is used to avoid acts of mercy or help or compassion, it is exposed as a fraud.  A free person who finds ways to enhance the lives of the poor demonstrates the truest and most mature freedom.

— Eugene H. Peterson, Traveling Light

Children's Corner

A little girl who’d grown up in the city spent some of her summer vacation out in the country. One starlit night, she and her dad stood gazing up into the sky without any harsh streetlights obstructing the view.

The girl, amazed by the sparkling view, exclaimed, “If heaven is so pretty on the wrong side, I wonder what it looks like on the right side!”


The Perks of Giving


Although National Volunteer Week is officially observed in April, every week thousands of volunteers help people in need. As volunteers can attest, sharing one’s time and talents leads to many intangible benefits.

New research shows that volunteering and giving also provide physical and emotional advantages. Givers report an improved sense of well-being, lower stress levels, better physical health, an enriched sense of purpose in life and increased happiness.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself.”




 Scientists have discovered that sound travels faster in the summer than in the winter.  In hot summer air, sound travels at 1,266 feet per second.  But in cold air, sound travels as slow as 1,066 feet per second.  So that means sermons preached in the summer will naturally be shorter, right?



In the Bible, rivers (and other bodies of water) often represent deliverance, salvation, freedom and cleansing. The Jordan River is especially prominent: The Israelites crossed it to enter the Promised Land after God delivered them from slavery, and John baptized Jesus (and many other people) there. The image of crossing the Jordan River has long been a metaphor for death — crossing from earthly to heavenly life, from worldly struggles to the bliss of God's kingdom, from physical ailments to the wholeness of a resurrection body.

Dates to Remember

Each Sunday:

  • Gathering Time - 9:15 AM
  • Sunday School - 9:45 AM
  • Worship - 11:00 AM
  • Each Wednesday - Choir Practice @ 6 PM

Wednesday, July 2 - Worship Committee @ 7 PM

Friday, July 4 - Independence Day

Sunday, July 6 - Pastor Paula's first Sunday @ Eylau UMC

Sunday, July 13 - Church Council @ Noon

Sunday, July 20 - Fellowship Meal

Saturday, August 2 - District Picnic