Eylau United Methodist Church

NEWSLETTER (June 2016)


Our Purpose:

Love God - Love Others - Serve God in the World


Annual Conference 2016 MISSION PROJECT

We are going



The Center for Mission Excellence mission project this year is to help raise funds for school supplies to distribute on both sides of the border in Texas/Mexico. 


We all know that education is the way to improve the future for so many disadvantaged children who attend school in the poorest communities.  For a $25 donation you can purchase a backpack filled with supplies.  For $100 donation you can supply a teacher’s box with necessary valuable supplies.  Any donation will be appreciated - $5, $10, $15 or more. 


Please ask your Sunday School classes to purchase a teacher’s box or your membership to take up an offering to support this worthy project.  Donations may be brought during annual conference to the 4th floor outside the Grand Ballroom.  A table will be there to make it easy to drop off your checks.  Or the Church Financial Secretary may send the congregational donations to the conference office at Texas Annual Conference, 5215 Main St., Houston, TX  77002



Make out a check to Eylau UMC or TAC and add “School Supplies” in the notation.


To see what is in a backpack or teacher’s box, go to our website at http://www.txcumc.org/centerformissionalexcellence


The project donations will be administered by Susan Hellums, Border Area Mission Coordinator in McAllen and Willie Berman, Coordinator for the Mexican Methodist Border Mission in Reynosa, Mexico.


Contact:  Missional Excellence if you have questions at 713-521-9383, ext. 301


Why is the Choir Vital to the Church?

by Phil Nitz

"Among the many reasons the choir is vital to the life of any church, consider these three

1) The choir is an opportunity for involvement. A church’s ministry is only as effective as the people in its congregation who choose to get involved. Small groups, outreach teams, and the arts have provided great opportunities for congregants to sow into the life of their church’s ministry, and the choir falls under all three of those categories. . . When you join a choir, you’re not just singing notes together, you’re doing life and ministry together.

2) The choir is an extension of the pulpit. There are so many fantastic songs that have been written for the Church and many that have yet to be written. But not all songs are necessarily suitable for corporate worship. There are songs that teach, encourage, compel, and call to action, and the choir is a marvelous mouthpiece for such things. By presenting these kinds of songs, the choir takes on a pastoral role, and it brings a rich dynamic to the theme or message of that particular service. This is especially effective in services with a missional focus or special services like those during Holy Week or the Christmas season.    

3) The choir is a reflection of heaven. The prophet Isaiah gives us a glimpse into God’s throne room with angels singing together, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3). John paints a similar picture in the book of Revelation. There is a heavenly choir that sings God’s praises for all eternity. When we see our friends and family in the choir loft singing in harmony of voice and spirit, I believe we are momentarily transported (even if only in our minds) to the throne room of heaven. Furthermore, we often see a wide array of ages, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds on display in the choir. This, too, is a reflection of heaven – God’s people, of every age and every race, worshipping together as one body.

We must not discount the richness the choir brings to the church’s worship experience. I think many would be surprised by the long-lasting effect a choir program can have on their local church. If your church is anything like mine, the choir is a long-held tradition, and traditions enrich the life of the Church. Just because something is thought of as “traditional” doesn’t mean it’s not relevant for the body of Christ today. Let’s strive to keep these traditions alive while moving forward together into a richer and fuller life with Christ!"

If you are looking for a great way to sow into the ministry of the church, join the Eylau UMC Choir!



Visitor Gift Bags


Please join us in our effort to make meaningful gifts for our first time Sunday Morning visitors. 


These Agape Crosses are not only made with God's love, but we also pray God's blessings upon the one who will receive. 


When: Mondays @ 10 AM


Where: Classroom across from the Pastors' Study.


June Birthdays


01 Joe Combs

01 June Avance

04 Jeanne Wooten

16 Anna Jones

20 Howard Stoner

20 Matthew Orr

22 Elizabeth Allison




View the current sermon HERE!


Men's Ministry

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 June 12 @ 8:30 AM. 


Upcoming - Summer Bible Study!

Sign-Up Sheet in the Old Fellowship Hall


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 June meeting will be on Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church.  All women are encouraged to attend. We will be discussing our 12 days of Christmas and our Hands on Mission.  We encourage everyone to continue to contribute to their Thank Banks, and we will have the collection on them the Sunday before Thanksgiving. 

 The Annual Mission U will be July 21-23 at Lakeview.  If anyone is interested in going, please see Carol Stoner for an application.  The studies this year will be Claiming God's Good Gift and Climate Justice.  Also Latin America: People & Faith.  Registration needs to be in by July 1.  

Peace & blessings to all,

Carol Stoner



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Blessings Bestowed

When author Gary Smalley asked 100 people to share how they knew they’d received their parents’ blessing, they offered these memories of fatherly love:

• My father put his arm around me at church and let me lay my head on his shoulder.
• When my father faced a transfer at work, he purposely took another job so I could finish my senior year in high school.
• When I wrecked my parents’ car, my father’s first reaction was to hug me and let me cry instead of yelling at me.
• My father went with me to the store when I had to return a purchase I regretted.
• My father let me practice pitching to him for a long time after work.
• My father cried during my wedding because he was going to miss me being at home.


Fathers take note and know that no matter where you are in life… you can make a difference in the lives of your children,  grandchildren, and great grandchildren through the things you say and the things you do.




Happy Father's Day! 

We will be celebrating on Sunday, June 19 @ 9:15 AM with "Donuts for Dads."





Reflecting His Love


My prayer to God is that you see his presence when you look at me. His steadfast love has set me free, and his reflection I can be when God is shining bright in me. —MaryAnn Sundby


Next Fellowship meal will be August 21!


Pork sandwiches and Chips, YUM!

See you there. 


Liturgists for June


  5 - Don Petty

12 - Laverne Ogden

19 - Carol Stoner

26 - Bill Adams


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



Newsletter Preparation


Newsletter Volunteer Day is Wednesday, June 22 @ 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

• Pastor on Vacation, May 23-28 & June2, 2016

• Annual Conference, May 29-June 1, 2016

• Heaven Bible Study, June 8, 2016

Men's Breakfast, June 12, 2016

• Church Council, June 12, 2016

• Worship Committee, June 14, 2016

• Heaven Bible StudyJune 15, 2016

• Father's Day, June 19, 2016

• Donuts for Dads, June 19, 2016

• United Methodist Women, June 20, 2016

• Newsletter Volunteer Day, June 22, 2016

Heaven Bible StudyJune 22, 2016

Heaven Bible Study, June 29, 2016