Eylau United Methodist Church

NEWSLETTER (April 2016)


Our Purpose:

Love God - Love Others - Serve God in the World


Request from DS Rev. Bill Taylor


Dear Friends,


I have been in conversation with DS Rev. Alicia Colter, and she reports that the Southeast District is anticipating more flooding.  The Sabine River is due to crest tomorrow (3/16/16) afternoon/evening.  Flooding and damage speculations run the spectrum. Several towns in that district have already experienced flooding in churches, parsonages and member’s homes. We are putting out a call for flood buckets to be constructed and to be held in our district until needed and/or forwarded to Sager-Brown in the Louisiana Conference.


The procedure and contents list for the flood buckets is attached. More information is available at www.UMCOR.org .


Praying for all,




Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church


Cleaning Bucket
Value: $65.00


1 5-gallon bucket with re-sealable lid.  Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned.  Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner.  Advertisements on the outside are acceptable.


- Liquid laundry detergent (two 25-oz. or one 50-oz. bottle(s) only)
- Liquid household cleaner (12-16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water; no spray cleaners)
- Dish soap (16-28 oz. bottle, any brand)
- 1 can air freshener (aerosol or pump)
- 1 insect-repellent spray (6-14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover)
- 1 scrub brush (plastic or wooden handle)
- 18 cleaning wipes (handi-wipes or reusable wipes; no terry cleaning towels; remove from packaging)
- 7 sponges (no cellulose sponges due to mold issues; remove from wrapper)
- 5 scouring pads (remove from wrapper; no stainless steel, Brillo pads or SOS pads; nothing with soap built in)
- 50 clothespins
- Clothesline (two 50-ft. or one 100-ft. cotton or plastic)
- 24-roll heavy-duty trash bags
- 33-45 gallon sizes (remove from the box)
- 5 dust masks
- 2 pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves (should be durable enough for multiple uses; remove from packaging)
- 1 pair work gloves (cotton with leather palm or all leather)

Assembling directions:
Place all liquid items in the bucket first. Place remaining items in the bucket fitting them around and between the liquid items. Sponges, scouring pads, clothespins and trash bags can be separated in order to fit all of the items in the bucket. Ensure the lid is closed securely.

Important notes:
-- All items must be new except for the actual bucket and lid.
-- All cleaning agents must be liquid and in plastic containers. No powders, please.
-- If you cannot find the requested size of a liquid item, use a smaller size. Including larger sizes of any item will prevent the lid from sealing.
-- If all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating what has been omitted.
-- Cleaning buckets are only used within the United States. They are not opened to verify the contents unless there is indication some items have been omitted.

Packing kits:
Box weight: Each packed box cannot exceed 66 pounds.

Shipping kits:
1. Complete two packing lists – one for your records and one to put on the shipping box.
2. Paste the shipping label / packing list on the outside of each box you send. The shipping list helps the depot to quickly process kits.
3. Processing & shipping costs: Please enclose an envelope containing at least $1 for each kit you send. This donation enables kits to be sent to areas in need. For Cleaning Buckets: $1.50.


The Agape Group


This NEW group is committed to praying for the Church and making Agape Crosses to be given as gifts in various Outreach and Evangelistic settings. 


YOU are invited to come and make Agape Crosses with us.


When: Mondays @ 10 AM


Where: Classroom across from the Pastors' Study.


April Birthdays


1 Carol Stoner

4 Carolyn Greenwood

7 Kyla O'Farrell

8 Bob McGarr

8 Cindy Lee

8 Susan Wooten

9 Sean O'Farrell

14 Gina Carr

26 Jewel Sullivan

27 Dolly Williams

29 Amy McLain





View the current sermon HERE!


Maundy Thursday Service

 March 24 @ 6:30 PM


Tonight we will hear the story through the experience of a Tenebrae Service and the sharing of the Communion meal at Table with Jesus. 


Please join us in celebration of this profound yet humbling gift — and privilege.


Easter Egg Hunt

March 26 @ 10 AM


The egg hunting festivities will be followed by Cookies & Punch in the Fellowship Hall!



Easter Sunrise Worship

March 27 @ 7 AM


Meet with us outside, in front of the playground, to celebrate The Son-rise!


Easter Traditional Worship

March 27 @ 11 AM


Join in a time of Joyful Worship!


Christ is Risen! 

Christ is Risen Indeed!


Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. God loves a cheerful giver. One gives most who gives with joy. The best way to show our gratitude to God and people is to accept everything with joy.

A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love. Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of the Christ risen.

—Mother Teresa



The men gather on the 2nd Sunday of each month (excluding 5th Sunday months) for breakfast and spiritual nourishment. 


We hope to see you and your friends there on April 10 @ 8:30 AM. 



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. 


A Special Message to all who helped with the Christmas Child Shoeboxes: 


Dear Operation Christmas Child Partner,


Let’s celebrate our wonderful year of record giving of “Gospel Opportunities” (shoebox gifts) at our Celebration Rally at two o’clock  p.m. on Saturday, March 12th at FBC Nash at 500 East New Boston Rd. in Texarkana ,TX. 


Our speakers will discuss “How to Pack a Quality Shoebox Gift on a Budget.” Round table sharing sessions will follow the speakers’ presentations.


Please bring guests and enjoy a time of fellowship and sharing of ideas. Refreshments will be served.  I look forward to seeing you as we celebrate God’s goodness to us and how He has enabled us to help over 11 million children and their families to receive shoebox gifts and the Gospel of Jesus Christ with our 2015 gifts. 


In His Service,

Carolyn Sparkman

(Please contact Carol Stoner for more information)


Join us for our next Eylau United Methodist Women's meeting


April 18, 2016 @ 6:30 


Peace & blessings to all: Carol Stoner


3rd Sunday Meal

Pentecost Sunday May 15 @ 12 noon


Our May meal will have a Pentecost theme.  


 A Birthday celebration for the Church!


Potluck... bring your favorite dish and a smile!




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Fools for Christ


April Fools’ Day isn’t a religious holiday, though it may date to Pope Gregory XIII and his new calendar. In 1582, he shifted New Year’s Day from April to January, and people who didn’t believe the change were called April fools.

April Fools’ Day may also be connected to the lightheartedness that comes with warmer weather, as well as to medieval Christian festivals that involved pranks, disguises and a temporarily inverted social order.

Yet, in Scripture, such reversal characterizes the kingdom of God. In 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, St. Paul writes that the gospel seems foolish to people who don’t know Christ, that God uses the “foolishness of our proclamation” to offer salvation to all and that God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom. Jesus “foolishly” inverted the social order, saying the last will be first and the first, last.

So if on April 1 — and every day — we live as “fools for Christ,” we’re precisely what he calls us to be!


Next Fellowship meal will be May 15!


Potluck... bring your favorite dish and a smile :) 


See you there.



Liturgists for April


 3 - Don Petty

10- Laverne Ogden

17- Carol Stoner

24- Jewel Sullivan



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



 Newsletter Preparation

 Newsletter Volunteer Day is Wednesday, April 20 @ 5:30 PM 





To see the 2016 Committee list,  visit this link and click "LEADERSHIP"








• Gathering Time - 9:15 AM

• Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 AM

• Worship - 11:00 AM


• The Agape Group @ 10 AM


• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)


• Choir Practice @ 6 PM


• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)



Special dates

• Maundy Thursday Service, March 24, 2016

• Good Friday, March 25, 2016

• Easter Egg Hunt, March 26

Easter Sunrise Service, March 27, 2016

• Outreach Evangelism, March 30, 2016

• Men's Breakfast, April 10, 2016

• Church Council, April 10, 2016

• Finance, April 12, 2016

• United Methodist Women, April 18, 2016

• Staff-Parish, April 19, 2016

Newsletter Volunteer Day, April 20, 2016